BORIS @ The El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles (8/27/10)

Last night, Japan’s BORIS polluted Los Angeles with their sweet, amplified, audial nectar. Playing to a packed El Rey Theatre, the band showcased songs from their recently released 7″ series Japanese Heavy Rock Hits. The set also included some of their usual winners… “Farewell,” “Pink,” “1970“, “A Bao a Qu,” “Rainbow” with Wata on vocals, etc.

Distortion was at deliciously high volume, though better, sound-wise, from the back of the venue. Up front, house right (where I was) was overpowered by Michio Kurihara‘s guitars providing an unfortunately unbalanced mix of BORIS‘ wall-of-sound.

The band closed with the almost 20 minute “Untitled” track off their latest full-length of new material, Smile. The house lights came on during the epic, but the band played on… and loudly.

Check out some snapshots from the show…

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BORIS‘ tour ends tonight after they play The Glass House in Pomona. Then they will head to New York for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival where they and SUNN O))) will be performing their Altar album in its entirety, and again at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on September 7th. (which I, @roycifer, will be in attendance).

SLEEP Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Legendary stoner rockers SLEEP have announced a fall U.S. tour. The recently reunited band will feature original members Al Cisneros (OM, SHRINEBUILDER) and Mike Pike (HIGH ON FIRE). The two will be joined by NUEROSIS drummer, Jason Roeder. For this tour, SLEEP will perform their seminal Holy Mountain album as well as material from Dopesmoker and more.

Having originally split in 1997 after two largely influential albums, members of the band found success in the aforementioned bands, and only reunited last year to participate in All Tomorrow’s Parties.

Tour dates as follows:
9/03/2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties – Monticello, NY
9/07/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA
9/08/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ LICHENS
9/09/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ LICHENS
9/10/2010 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ SUB OSLO
9/11/2010 Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW – Portland, OR w/ Scott Kelly, YOB
9/12/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

Japan’s BORIS to Return to North America for Summer Tour

Japan’s architects of drone and balls-heavy psychedelic, post-doom rock, BORIS, have announced their return to North America by way of a summer tour that will last from the end of July through the month of August.  The opening leg will feature support from RUSSIAN CIRCLES and the second leg will feature RED SPARROWES.  The tour will conclude with a very special appearance at the third annual All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in upstate New York.  SUNN O))) will be joining BORIS for a very special performance of their 2006 Altar album in its entirety!

7/24/2010 The Casbah – San Diego, CA
7/25/2010 Plush – Tucson, AZ
7/27/2010 The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
7/28/2010 The Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
7/30/2010 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
7/31/2010 The Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/01/2010 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/02/2010 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/03/2010 930 Club – Washington DC w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/04/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/07/2010 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES, CAVE IN
8/08/2010 Le Tulipe – Montreal, QC w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/09/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/11/2010 Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/13/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/14/2010 Firebird – St. Louis, MO w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/15/2010 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS w/ RUSSIAN CIRCLES
8/16/2010 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ RED SPARROWES
8/17/2010 *TBA – Salt Lake City, UT w/ RED SPARROWES
8/19/2010 Republik – Calgary, AB w/ RED SPARROWES
8/20/2010 The Starlite – Edmonton, AB w/ RED SPARROWES
8/22/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ RED SPARROWES
8/23/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ RED SPARROWES
8/24/2010 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ RED SPARROWES
8/26/2010 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ RED SPARROWES
8/27/2010 El Rey – Los Angeles, CA w/ RED SPARROWES
8/28/2010 The Glass House – Pomona, CA w/ RED SPARROWES
9/05/2010 Kutsher’s Country Club – Monticello, NY @ ATP Fest – “Altar set” w/ SUNN O)))

Also, as a tour of this length might suggest, there is indeed new BORIS material coming down the pipeline.  Details to come.