After two years, a million riffs, and countless tour dates, Southern Doom overlords Pallbearer—the de-facto metal breakthrough of 2012—have officially announced their sophomore album, Foundations of Burden, due August 19th via Profound Lore. Their simultaneously devastating-but-life-affirming debut, Sorrow and Extinction, is by no means an easy act to follow, but Pallbearer have armed themselves accordingly, recruiting Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Sleep, Red House Painters) to produce and Animetalphysical for what might be the raddest album art I’ve seen this year.
$369 for Electric Zoo. $250 for Governors Ball. $220 for Celebrate Brooklyn’s four non-free shows. It’s summer festival season, and your wallet is echoing uncle every time you open its empty leather folds. We get it. These price points aren’t easy on a Williamsburg loft-blasted bank roll, no matter who is playing (Outkast) and how badly you want to see them (kept a candle lit since like ’05). What you might not be able to glean through the tint on those neon-framed wayfarers, however, are the business realities of hosting an outdoor music festival in New York City. Unlike venue-based bashes like Northside and Martyrdoom, outdoor fests owe pretty pennies for infrastructure, artisan corn dog pop-ups, and, most significantly, use of the New York City Parks Department’s hallowed greenery, making them financially and logistically daunting even for the most seasoned organizers.