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Below is our complete Ides of Gemini news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Day Of The Shred 2015 Lineup Revealed

This fall, The Day of the Shred Festival returns to Southern California presenting a diverse lineup of heavy music acts.

Billed as an experience "to gather the living and remember the dead," The Day of the Shred will take place on November 1st (Dia de los Muertos) in Santa Ana, CA. Celebrating monolithic riffs, skateboarding and the souls of the departed, the second annual festival will be an all day, all ages event.

Tickets for the 2015 Day of the Shred Festival are on sale now at this location. Early bird general admission tickets are $59 (+ tax) and a limited VIP ticket package (which includes express entry, a signed festival screen print, access to the artist lounge, complimentary microbrew and snacks, a limited edition record bag and an exclusive Thief X Obey concert shirt) is also available. The band lineup consists of: More...

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Ides Of Gemini Gears Up For Summer Tour

Ides Of Gemini is very pleased to announce a latest bout of West Coast live ceremonies. Set to commence on July 14th in Oakland, the journey will coil its way around ten cities through California, Oregon, Vancouver and Washington, coming to a close on July 24th in Glendale. The band will be joined by blackened dream pop duo, Clay Rendering.

As a precursor to the expedition, the ethereal trio will play two shows supporting Oxbow next week. Two weeks later the Ides will head to Salt Lake City for a performance at Crucialfest alongside Rosetta, Norska, Disforia and more followed by a slot on the Demon Lung record release show in Las Vegas on June 20th. See Ides of Gemini live on these dates: More...

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Ides Of Gemini Posts "Strange Fruit" Clip

The Atmospheric spirit-conjurers from Ides Of Gemini released the moon-moving tones of their "Carthage/Strange Fruit" 7" via Magic Bullet Records last month in honor of Record Store Day.

Side B offers up a cover of "Strange Fruit" - written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol's original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America.

In celebration of this moving piece of history, the band has crafted a haunting visual accompaniment to their reinterpretation of the tune. The solemn video was directed by singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych unit Black Mare, who elaborates:

"The first time I ever heard 'Strange Fruit,' I was immediately taken by the powerful imagery in the lyrics before I even knew the historical implications of them. Though this song was written as a protest against racism, it seems to me to conjure a deep mournfulness for the violent atrocities that all people continue to commit against one another, with racism being a very potent example...sadly more so today than ever."

The other side of the release, "Carthage," can also be heard over at this location. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming "Carthage"

Today Ides Of Gemini, in cooperation with the sound sergeants at Cvlt Nation, are pleased to undrape the shimmering sounds of "Carthage" (available below).

The trio's latest hymn comes by way of a two-song seven-inch featuring "Carthage" and a stunning cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," released via Magic Bullet Records this past weekend in commemoration of Record Store Day. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Cancels Tour

Due to a serious medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, Ides Of Gemini - which was in the midst of a trek with Mountain Goats - regret to announce the band's withdrawal from the tour as well as the cancellation of the previously scheduled post tour headlining shows. The announcement follows the cancellation of New York City shows this past weekend.

In an official statement from the band: "It is with great sadness that we will have to drop off the Mountain Goats tour. Kelly, our drummer, has suffered a herniated disc in her spine and cannot continue. The Mountain Goats and their crew have been super cool to us and we're honored to have played with them. With some rest and healing, we plan to be in top form for our Summer tour dates." More...

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Ides Of Gemini To Miss New York Shows

After a medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, Ides Of Gemini will not be appearing at previously scheduled New York shows. The band comments:

"Due to Kelly's injury, we will be unable to play the scheduled NYC shows with the Mountain Goats at Webster Hall (tonight) and the City Winery (Saturday and Sunday), as well as our scheduled headlining show at Saint Vitus Friday with Kosmodemonic and Steve Brodsky. With a few days of rest and a little luck, we're hoping we can rejoin the Mountain Goats tour in Philadelphia on Monday night."

w/ Mountain Goats [remaining dates]:
4/13/2015 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2015 House of Blues - Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
4/17/2015 Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
4/18/2015 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
4/19/2015 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
4/21/2015 Headliners - Louisville, KY
4/22/2015 Wexner Center - Columbus, OH
4/23/2015 Mr. Smalls Theatre - Millvale, PA

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4/24/2015 Wunderkammer Art Gallery - Fort Wayne, IN
4/26/2015 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
4/27/2015 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
4/28/2015 Metro Bar - Salt Lake City, UT

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Ides Of Gemini Announces Record Store Day Release

In less than two weeks, Ides Of Gemini will uncork two new ethereal sound conjurings in the form of "Cathage" and "Strange Fruit." Set for release via Magic Bullet Records on April 18th, 2015 in honor of Record Store Day, the tracks will come available in digital and seven-inch formats.

The lingering tones of "Cathage" inhabit Side A. It begins with a doomy, acoustic summoning of the spirits of a barren world, written and recorded during the "Old World New Wave" (Neurot/Sige) sessions.

Side B is one of an emotionally stirring cover of "Strange Fruit." Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol's original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America.

All copies are pressed on limited edition, one-time-only runs of clear and black vinyl. The title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art by Jas Helena rounds out this dauntingly monolithic slab of wax. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Adds More Tour Dates

In addition to a previously announced live run supporting Mountain Goats, the West Coast sound alchemists from Ides Of Gemini are pleased to reveal a gaggle of headlining shows this Spring.

With various performances scattered prior to and preceding the tour, the band will bring eclectic sonic rituals to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah with even more exhibitions in their plotting stages. See confirmed dates below.

3/29/2015 Mango's - Houston, TX
3/30/2015 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
4/01/2015 Thirsty Hippo - Hattiesburg, MS

w/ Mountain Goats
4/02/2015 Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
4/03/2015 Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
4/04/2015 The Jinx - Savannah, GA
4/07/2015 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
4/08/2015 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
4/09/2015 Webster Hall - New York, NY
4/10/2015 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY (no Mountain Goats)
4/11/2015 City Winery - New York, NY
4/12/2015 City Winery - New York, NY
4/13/2015 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2015 House of Blues - Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
4/17/2015 Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
4/18/2015 Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
4/19/2015 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
4/21/2015 Headliners - Louisville, KY
4/22/2015 Wexner Center - Columbus, OH
4/23/2015 Mr. Smalls Theatre - Millvale, PA

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4/24/2015 Wunderkammer Art Gallery - Fort Wayne, IN
4/26/2015 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
4/27/2015 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
4/28/2015 Metro Bar - Salt Lake City, UT More...

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Ides Of Gemini Headed Out On Tour

West Coast atmospheric sound conjurors Ides Of Gemini will bring sonic rituals to the stage this Spring supporting indie folk rock trio, Mountain Goats.

Slated to commence on April 2nd, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, the journey will coil its way through seventeen cities coming to a close April 23rd, 2015 in Millvale, Pennsylvania.

"We are beyond thrilled to be going on tour with Mountain Goats this Spring," Ides Of Gemini guitarist J. Bennett says. "And we're honored that John Darnielle and his bandmates chose to bring us along for the ride. I can't think of another bill that's quite like this one, so I've gotta give them huge props for taking a chance on us and doing something different." More...

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Ides Of Gemini Posts New Music Video

"Old World New Wave" is the latest long player from West Coast shadowy sound conjurors Ides Of Gemini.

Released in September via Neurot Recordings, the follow-up to the "Constantinople" debut was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and offers up nine tracks of dark, mesmerizing soundscrapes.

In celebration of its release, Vice's music gateway, Noisey, reveals the occult conjurings of the Daciana Birladeanu-directed "Seer Of Circassia" video. Check it out below.

Elaborates singer/bassist Sera Timms, "The concept of the album traces the symbolic-psychological breakdown of a character over ten days ['Seer Of Circassia' takes place on day four]. We're working within the structures of psycho-spiritual alchemical transformation, utilizing Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology. Essentially we have a story of the psychological conflict of opposing forces -- yin-yang, male/female/dark light, etc. -- each driven by desire.

"The masculine archetype in this story desires control and structure, while the feminine archetype desires recognition and equality as it has been repressed in the 'Old World.' Our protagonist is the Emperor, based creatively on the last Emperor of Constantinople, who represents the ego, masculine, solar consciousness along with control, structure, domination, force and power." More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming New Song

Following the release of the "Old World New Wave" full-length earlier this week via Neurot Recordings, the West Coast sound weavers Ides Of Gemini are pleased to unleash "May 22, 1453."

Check out the track below, courtesy of Pitchfork.com. Elaborates singer/bassist Sera Timms of the hymn:

"We've had a history as a band of gifts and opportunities being given to us in alignment with the lunar phases, so it seemed fitting to give something back. This song and really the whole album is that something. The song was inspired by the prophetic May 22nd lunar eclipse preceding the fall of Constantinople. If you can imagine that empire as your mind and the black moon as your mother, then you will know the meaning of the Old World New Wave."

The previously released track "Fememorde" can also still be heard over at this location. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Posts New Track Online

Los Angeles-based trio Ides Of Gemini will unveil the consuming sounds of "Old World New Wave" this Tuesday via Neurot Recordings.

In celebration of its imminent release, today Cvlt Nation offers up seventh track, "Fememorde," for public consumption. Check it out below.

Notes guitarist Jason Bennett of the hymn, "'Fememorde' is the first song that was written for Old World New Wave, and appears on the 'new wave' side of the album. In that sense, it was the impetus for the entire OWNW concept. It's a completely different kind of song for us -- probably because all the guitar parts were composed in my head rather than on an actual guitar. That hadn't happened before and hasn't happened since. So I'll chalk this one up to something like destiny."

You can also see Ides Of Gemini live on these dates:

9/19/2014 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA Record Release Show w/ Ancestors, Glaare
12/18/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming "The Adversary"

With the official unveiling of the "Old World, New Wave" full-length now less than one month away, Ides Of Gemini is pleased to offer up another helping of sonic sanctity with "The Adversary."

Check out the song below, thanks to Revolvermag.com. Elaborates guitarist Jason Bennett of the consuming tune:

"The album was sequenced with vinyl in mind, so the 'old world' songs are on side one and the 'new wave' songs are on side two. 'The Adversary' is from the 'new wave' side of the album, which we see as a hint toward the musical direction of future Ides Of Gemini releases. At least that's what we're saying now, until we write a bunch of new stuff that sounds nothing like this."

"Old World New Wave" will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014. Catch the band live on these dates:

9/19/2014 The Complex - Los Angeles, CA IDES OF GEMINI Record Release Show w/ Ancestors
12/18/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA More...

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Ides Of Gemini Streaming "The Chalice & The Blade"

In celebration of "Old World New Wave," the impending new release from ethereal sound serpents Ides Of Gemini, today Noisey.Vice.com offers up the first official sampling of the record with "The Chalice & The Blade" (available for streaming below).

Relays singer/bassist Sera Timms of the tune, "The main riff [guitarist] J brought in for '...Chalice...' marches in as a transcendent assault with [drummer] Kelly's oppressive, jagged beat moving it forward like some re-animated corpse. A mechanized shamanic trance that sent me straight into the underworld lyrically." More...

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Ides Of Gemini Posts Album Trailer

As "Old World New Wave," the new full-length from Ides Of Gemini, draws near, today the band offers up a haunting new trailer to whet the appetites of fans hungry for the forthcoming platter of ethereal nightmares.

Directed and produced by singer/bassist Sera Timms and shot by Timms with drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, the clip can be seen below.

Ides Of Gemini features Timms (also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Mare), Johnston-Gibson, and guitarist Jason Bennett. "Old World New Wave" was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson.

"Old World New Wave" will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via Sige Records on September 16th, 2014. More...

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Ides Of Gemini Reveals Album Details

Ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini is preparing to unveil sophomore offering, "Old World New Wave," via Neurot Recordings digitally and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014.

Ides of Gemini features guitarist Jason Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of Los Angeles dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The follow-up to the band's 2012 "Constantinople" debut was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson.

Comments Sera Timms of the offering, "For Old World New Wave we all really coalesced as a band, and were able to work off one another's strengths. J came up with the basic concept and musical framework of the album, and Kelly and I gave it form and identity. For me, my own personal musical identity, taste, preferences etc. were eclipsed by the power of the music which worked as an animate force unto itself -- so much so that I cannot listen to any of it objectively, or tell you if it's good or bad, but I can tell you that it's distinctively Ides of Gemini." More...

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Ides Of Gemini Posts Album Teaser

In May of 2012, Ides Of Gemini unveiled debut full-length, "Constantinople" and aollowing the release, Ides Of Gemini spent much time touring both Europe and the U.S.

Upon their return to Los Angeles, Ides of Gemini hared stages with Boris, Deafheaven, and True Widow before hibernating to finish writing and rehearsing new material. That new record is ready to see the light of day.

"Old World New Wave" was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw, (who did the same for Constantinople and is often noted for his work with Danzig) and mastered by Grammy-winning producer Matt Hyde. The artwork and design were executed by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson.

“The foundation for Old World New Wave was laid before Constantinople even came out,” guitarist Jason Bennett reveals. “We had the title, most of the guitar tracks and basic arrangements in place at that point. We’ve been planning this record for a long time, so it’s incredibly rewarding — and a total relief — to finally have it out.”

The "Old World New Wave" album will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014. In the meantime, check out the new teaser video below. Also be sure to catch the band live:

5/22/2014 Cafe Nela – Los Angeles, CA
6/7/2014 Doom In June Festival @ Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV More...

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Doom In June Vol. 4 Coming To Las Vegas

The Doom In June Vol. 4 Music Festival is entering its fourth consecutive year. 22 live bands will be playing over a two day period on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th at The Cheyenne Saloon in North Las Vegas, NV.

Included in the roster will be Pennsylvania trio Pale Divine (pictured below), who recently remastered their entire "Cemetery Earth" album on Shadow Kingdom records. Also there will be Las Vegas' own Demon Lung and Harry Conklin's black metal band Satan's Host.

For the first time in the festival's four-year history bands have been booked to perform starting Friday night (June 6th). In keeping with festival tradition, Saturday (June 7th) will feature music all day and well into the night. Doom in June expanded the format to accommodate 22 bands this year.

"I'm proud to be doing Doom in June for the 4th time" explains festival founder Marco Barbieri, "We've expanded to a two-day format in order to add more bands. There is a greater diversity of talent and we've listened to the fans and made it darker and heavier this year."

Confirmed artists include the following 22 bands. Originally 23 artists, The Freeks cancelled their scheduled appearance:

Acid Witch
BigElf
Black Prism
Christian Mistress
Deathkings
Demon Lung
Funerary
Godhunter
Ides of Gemini
Lotus
My Ruin
Night Demon
November's Doom
Pale Divine
Satan's Host
Secrets of the Sky
SpiralArms
Spiritual Shepherd
Spun in Darkness
Trapped Within Burning Machinery
Whores of Tijuana
Wounded Giant

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Ides Of Gemini Posts New Music Video

Following a tour alongside cult sorcerers Ghost B.C., Los Angeles’ ethereal doom dealers Ides of Gemini today unveil a brand new video for the track "Starless Midnight" via Cvlt Nation. The ghostly tune comes by way of the trance-inducing trio’s "Constantinople" full-length, released through Neurot Recordings last Spring.

Check it out here or in the player below. Elaborates guitarist J. Bennett:

“We shot this video in the middle of nowhere during an off day on the Ghost B.C. tour. It was directed by our friend Daciana Birladeanu, a Romanian sorceress who also happens to be my cousin. The process basically consisted of me complaining for eight hours while the girls did all the work. But at least I got to wear my Shriner belt buckle. Enjoy!" More...

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Ides Of Gemini Announces More Tour Dates

The Los Angeles trance-inducing doom weavers in Ides of Gemini are pleased to announce additional live rituals this Spring, further spreading their ethereal hymns to unsuspecting souls throughout North America.

The supplementary dates come in the midst of the band's slot on the Haze Over North America tour opening for Ghost B.C., and will include Demon Lung, Boris, and Deafhaven on select shows. See the updated itinerary below.

In related news, Ides of Gemini will release a new 7” entitled "Hexagram 45." Fittingly set to drop on Record Store Day April 20th via Magic Bullet Records, Hexagram 45 features two new tracks: "Spectral Queen" and "Darkness At Noon." More...

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