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By the End of Tonight you will be destroyed.

June 28, 2006
I have never seen the Niagara Falls, I have never seen the Grand Canyon, and I have never seen By the End of Tonight live. A shame isn't it... not a shame, a problem (thanks, Treach). It seems like every year when this band comes to town from way deep down in Texas, I am far away from New York City. But everyone that I've talked to who has seen this band live... and I mean everyone... can't stop talking about how jaw-droppingly awesome By the End of Tonight's live set is.

Apparently, seeing a By the End of Tonight show is an event, like running with the bulls in Pamplona, or joining the Food Co-Op in Park Slope. By all accounts, this mostly instrumental band (they don't sing, they scream) exhibits some seriously killer calisthenics. They aren't afraid to get physical up there. I've heard talk of their boisterous bassist getting belligerent and bloodied, the guitarists' riffs bringing the motherf*ckin' ruckus, and the drummer absolutely drilling his tiny drums (I also hear it looks just like the Muppet Babies drum kit I got one Christmas morning when I was 9... rose... bud). And while I haven't seen By the End of Tonight live... yet... I have been obsessing over their two EPs on Temporary Residence for a couple years now.

When you think of By the End of Tonight, think indie metal similar to Pelican, Hella, and those times when Explosions in the Sky get really pissed off for some reason. This is some of the most maddeningly melodic noise you can ever hope to hear. And I promise you, I will be at this show Saturday, July... wait, Saturday? This Saturday? Oh shhhhhhit. You taunt me again, Travelocity! Well, I expect a full report about how legendary it was (and you better be awesome like you've never been awesome before, Chicago).

Also opening is Birdmonster... but you already know all about them. Wait, you haven't heard of Birdmonster? Don't you read all those personal web logs written by the twenty-somethings? No? Really? Well then how do you stay in touch with the hot new bands? What's that? By going to see shows? Ahahahaha. Nobody does that anymore! Next thing you'll tell me is that you still buy vinyl. Ahahahahahaha. Ok fine, Birdmonster kind of sounds like early Modest Mouse. And they recently brought down the house opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah... what do you mean, WHO??

Opening this show is Joseph Francis Machine, a.k.a one-half of the DJ disaster team, The Creature. The Machine's mission is simple... to coax notes out of his laptop that will truly represent the wonder that is dirty jersey. Come early for this.

By the End of Tonight, Birdmonster, Buxton, and Joseph Francis Machine play Knitting Factory Tap Bar, on Saturday, July 1st.


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