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Black Elk

From: Portland, OR, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Black Elk Announces US and European Tour Dates

Portland noiserock band BLACK ELK has announced some tour dates in autumn, including West Coast US dates with The Jesus Lizard. Directly following that the band will tour across Europe through the beginning of December. The tour dates are as follows:

10/09 - East End - Portland, OR w/ Mico de Noche, Nether Regions
10/10 - The Comet Tavern - Seattle, WA w/ Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Mico de Noche, Madraso
10/15 - Henry Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA w/ The Jesus Lizard
10/17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA w/ The Jesus Lizard
10/22 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR w/ The Jesus Lizard
10/23 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA w/ The Jesus Lizard
10/31 - Rontom's - Portland, OR *free Halloween/European Tour Kickoff Show
11/03 - Black Fleck - Potsdam
11/04 - Az Conni - Dresden
11/05 - Bastard Club - Osnabrueck
11/06 - Klub Adorno @ Lades Kaelder - Copenhagen
11/07 - 1000 Fryd - Aalborg
11/08 - FZW - Dortmund
11/09 - Exzess - Frankfurt
11/10 - Sonic Ballroom - Keoln
11/11 - 013 Batcave - Tilburg
11/12 - Cafe DNA - Brussels
11/13 - Db’s - Utrecht
11/14 - Le Select - Lille
11/15 - The Craufurd Arms - Wolverton (Milton Keynes)
11/16 - The Farmhouse - Canterbury, London
11/17 - White Rabbit - Plymouth
11/18 - Criterion - Leicester
11/19 - Captain’s Rest - Glasgow
11/20 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds
11/21 - Notting Hill Arts Club-Rough Trade Records Showcase - London
11/21 - The Fighting Cocks - London
11/22 - le Rigoletto - Paris
11/23 - La Taverne du Theatre - La Louviere
11/24 - Le Kab - Geneva
11/25 - Circolo Valverde - Forli
11/26 - Init - Rome
11/27 - CS Bruno - Trento
11/28 - PMK - Tirol
11/29 - Channel Zero - Ljubljana
11/30 - 59 to 1 - Munich
12/01 - La Putika - Hradec Kralove
12/02 - 007 - Prague
12/03 - Zoro - Leipzig
12/04 - Lokal - Berlin
12/05 - Cafe Nova - Essen

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Black Elk Reveals West Coast Mini-Tour Dates

Black Elk's quick assault on the West Coast kicks off this Tuesday. They'll barrel down the Pacific Coast and back, dropping six shows in five days and joining forces with Made Out of Babies, Intronaut, Kylesa and more along the way.

4/14/2009 The Comet - Seattle, WA w/ Made Out of Babies, Madraso, The Family Curse
4/15/2009 Satyricon - Portland, OR w/ Made Out of Babies
4/16/2009 The Fire Escape - Citrus Heights, CA w/ Made Out of Babies
4/17/2009 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
4/18/2009 The Stork Club - Oakland, CA w/ Kylesa, Intronaut (Day Show/2pm)
4/18/2009 Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz, CA (Night Show)

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Black Elk Finishes New Album

Black Elk has just wrapped up their new album, "Always A Six, Never A Nine," scheduled to come out on October 21st.

"Always A Six, Never A Nine" is the second album and the follow up to the 2006 self-titled debut from Portland, OR aggro wreckers Black Elk, whose psychotic brand of crushing, noise-rock influenced heaviosity is a return to the unhinged underground rock force of bands like Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Black Flag and Hammerhead. This new album features ten songs of seething weirdness, with the dissonant, crushing riffage, lunging rhythmic push and awesome freaked out, Yow-esque vocals of singer Tom Glose that made their debut a fave among anyone who remembered the days when Amphetamine Reptile ruled the underground rock scene, but with some interesting new elements (bleak guitar ambience, piano, etc.) that add new shadows to Black Elk's ferocious sound.

"Always A Six, Never A Nine" will be coming out through Crucial Blast on October 21st and will be available as both a CD in deluxe gatefold packaging and digital download, with a West Coast tour to coincide with the release.

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Black Elk Plans New Album, Tour Dates

"Always A Six, Never A Nine" is the second album and the follow up to the 2006 self-titled debut from Portland, OR aggro wreckers Black Elk, whose psychotic brand of crushing, noise-rock influenced heaviosity is a return to the unhinged underground rock force of bands like Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Black Flag and Hammerhead. This new album features ten songs of seething weirdness, with the dissonant, crushing riffage, lunging rhythmic push and awesome freaked out, Yow-esque vocals of singer Tom Glose that made their debut a fave among anyone who remembered the days when Amphetamine Reptile ruled the underground rock scene, but with some interesting new elements (bleak guitar ambience, piano, etc.) that add new shadows to Black Elk's ferocious sound.

"Always A Six, Never A Nine" will be coming out through Crucial Blast on October 21st and will be available as both a CD in deluxe gatefold packaging and digital download, with touring to coincide with the release.

Black Elk will stampede down the West Coast beginning this week:

07/11/2008 Oak Street Speakeasy - Eugene, OR
07/16/2008 The Alibi - Arcata, CA w/Helms Alee
07/17/2008 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/The Divine Feud, Pristines, Loving Thunder, Hooray for Schwule
07/18/2008 Alex’s Bar - Long Beach, CA w/400 Blows, Horns, Telomere Repair
07/19/2008 The Scene Bar - Glendale, CA w/400 Blows
07/26/2008 Capitol Hill Block Party - Seattle, WA w/Akimbo

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Giant Squid March Tour Dates

Giant Squid will be touring in the US throughout March. Here are the tour dates:

Mar 9 2007 8:00P @ The Blue Lamp, Sacramento, California w/ Ludicra, Black Elk, Grayceon
Mar 10 2007 9:00P@ Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, California w/ Grayceon, Ludicra, Black Elk
Mar 11 2007 9:00P @ The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, California w/ Ludicra and Black Elk
Mar 12 2007 9:00P @ Zombie Lounge - Metal Mondays, San Diego, California w/ Ludicra, Black Elk
Mar 13 2007 8:00P @ TBA, Phoenix, Arizona w/ Ludicra and Black Elk
Mar 14 2007 8:00P @ Launch Pad, Albuquerque, New Mexico w/ Ludicra and Black Elk
Mar 16 2007 8:00P @ SXSW - Hole in the Wall, Austin, Texas w/ Stolen Babies & Invincible Czars
Mar 17 2007 8:00P@ SXSW - The End Records Showcase, venue TBA Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2007 8:00P @ Rudyard's, Houston, Texas w/ Grayceon
Mar 19 2007 8:00P @ The Double Wide, Dallas, Texas w/ Grayceon
Mar 20 2007 8:00P @ Downtown Music, Little Rock, Arkansas w/ Grayceon
Mar 22 2007 8:00P @ Ravari Room, Columbus, Ohio w/ Mouth of the Architect, Grayceon
Mar 24 2007 8:00P @ Mac's, Lansing, Michigan w/ Grayceon
Mar 29 2007 9:00P @ Abbey Lounge, Boston, Massachusetts w/ Grayceon
Apr 1 2007 8:00P @ The Kyhber, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania w/ Grayceon

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Black Elk To Tour The West Coast and Mid-West

Portland's crushers BLACK ELK will be hitting the road in March on their way to SXSW in Austin, Texas; the ELK will be touring with Bay Area black metallers LUDICRA (Alternative Tentacles) and epic prog/sludge ensemble GIANT SQUID (The End) on the way to Austin, and will be doing a string of dates with TOTIMOSHI on the way back up to Portland. Tour dates will be announced soon.

Here are a few already planned Black Elk gigs:

Feb 16 2007 Berbati's Pan 20 Year Anniversary @ Berbati's Pan Portland, OR
Mar 2 2007 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR with Fu Manchu, Valient Thorr, Seemless
Mar 3 2007 Chiribins Bellingham, WA with Bloodhag

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Crucial Blast Signs Microwaves and Black Elk

Crucial Blast Records has announced the addition of two bands to their roster, Microwaves and Black Elk.

Pittsburgh's Microwaves features drummer John Roman (ex-1985), guitarist/vocalist David Kuzy, and bassist Adam MacGregor (ex-Creation Is Crucifixion). Here's a description from the label: "In the anti-tradition of whitebread Bay Area thrash metal, the violent morass of New York no wave, and a familiarity with Ralph Records insanity, Microwaves draws from a palette that is somehow as wide as it seems limited. " The band's new album, "Contagion Heuristic," will hit streets in November through Crucial Blast. You can check out some of their material online here.

Meanwhile, Portland, OR outfit Black Elk plays a "creeped out conglom of carnivorous charred hardcore punk, the sludgy power of primo Pacific Northwest tarpit rawk (think Karp, Melvins, and early Soundgarden as reference points), twitchy Midwestern noise rage somewhere between Am Rep Records (circa-1991) and a more rabid Die Kreuzen, and a goatheaded psychedelic backwoods black mass/dance party risen to a freakin' fever pitch." Black Elk's new ten-song album was produced at Smegma Studios by Mike Lastra and will hit stores on November 7th. You can check them out here.

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