Archive for the ‘Live’ Category

Apr 13

In Concert: Trance to the Sun, Mercury’s Antennae & the Deadfly Ensemble

Kind of like a West Coast Projektfest


Friday May 2nd @ The Complex in Glendale, CA

Club Deadcadence LA & Club Violaine present:

Psychedelic Post Punk Legends: Trance to the Sun (Aviatrix 2014 Tour) Listen to newly recorded and updated of 5 TTTS classics at Bandcamp With Special Guest: the Deadfly Ensemble listen at Bandcamp and new Projekt Recording Artist: Mercury’s Antennae (Featuring Dru Allen of This Ascension) – preview a track at Bandcamp

21+w/ID • $8 all night • DJ’s Spinning a Mix of Goth-Shoegaze-Darkwave-Dreampop DJ’s Doomie & Matthew (club Violaine)< Complex: 806 Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205 Facebook Event Page

Mercury’s Antennae

On the road supporting their limited edition debut CD A Waking Ghost Inside (The #1 seller in Projekt’s store for April). Purchase CD at Projekt | Download at Projekt’s Bandcamp Store.

Thu April 24 @ Alhambra Theatre in Portland, OR 4811 SE Hawthorne. website | Facebook Event Page

Sun April 27 @ The Highline in Seattle, WA 9:30pm. 210 Broadway Ave E. website | Facebook Event Page

Mon April 28 @ Oberons Tavern in Ashland, OR semi acoustic/electro show and free! website

Tues April 29 @ Velvet Jones Night Club in Santa Barbara, CA w/ Trance to the Sun and The Maheekats 423 State St. 8pm, 21+, Cover $10. Facebook Event Page

Wed April 30 @ DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA w/ Trance to the Sun, BloodWIRE, & Crimson Scarlet –> All ages <– DJ Melting Girl / Doors 8pm, show 8:30 / $8 Adv / $10 door 375 11th St. website | Facebook Event Page

Thu May 1 @ Club Apparition at Lido Nightclub in San Jose, CA w/Trance to the Sun and special guests TBA 30 S First St. 21+ / 8pm. website | Facebook Event Page

Fri May 2 @ The Complex in Glendale, CA w/ the Deadfly Ensemble & Trance to the Sun See full details above. website | Facebook Event Page




Trance to the Sun

Sunday, April 27 at The Box @ Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz, CA 923 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 8PM, 21+, Cover $5. With and DJ’s OWEN and THE USUAL SUSPECTS Facebook Event Page

Tues April 29 @ Velvet Jones Night Club in Santa Barbara, CA w/Mercury’s Antennae and The Maheekats 423 State St. 8pm, 21+, Cover $10. Facebook Event Page

Wed April 30 @ DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA w/ Mercury’s Antennae, BloodWIRE, & Crimson Scarlet –> All ages <– DJ Melting Girl / Doors 8pm, show 8:30 / $8 Adv / $10 door 375 11th St. website | Facebook Event Page

Thu May 1 @ Club Apparition at Lido Nightclub in San Jose, CA w/ Mercury’s Antennae 30 S First St. 21+ / 8PM, 21+, Cover TBA website | Facebook Event Page

Fri May 2 @ The Complex in Glendale, CA w/ the Deadfly Ensemble & Mercury’s Antennae See full details above. website | Facebook Event Page



also on the road:  Voltaire Friday, April 25 @ Steampunk Empire Symposium in Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, April 26 @ Midwest Media Expo in Detroit, MI The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. website

Friday, May 2 @ The Middle East in Boston, MA Saturday, May 3 @ Nauticon in Provincetown, MA website

On tour with Ego Likeness, full details at Voltaire’s Website May 9th Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks May 10th Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head May 11th St Louis, MO @ Crack Fox May 12th Chicago, IL @ The Burlington May 13th St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall May 16th Jacksonville, FL @ Factory May 17th Knoxville, TN @ Relix Variety Theatre May 18th New Orleans @ Siberia May 20th Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade. May 21st Richmond, VA @ Fallout May 22nd Chesapeake, VA @ Roger’s May 23rd Philadelphia, PA @ District N9ne May 24th Washington DC @ Spellbound May 25th Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13


Projekt Webstore Top-5 for April:

1 Mercury’s Antennae: A Waking Ghost Inside 2 All my faith lost… Redefine my pure faith 3 Steve Roach: Structures From Silence (30th anniversary 3-CD Remastered edition) 4 Rome: A Passage to Rhodesia Limited Edition DVD/2-CD/Hard Book (Pre-Order) 5 Black tape for a blue girl: 10 Neurotics ~ SALE $7

Oct 13

In Concert: Steve Roach & Athan Maroulis’ NOIR

Steve Roach live in Los Angeles

Hey Los Angeles! I’m going to be at all of these shows. See you there. – Sam. Steve’s Oct 25 & 26 Los Angeles Dome Concerts have limited seating and tickets are selling fast. Tickets:


featuring Athan Maroulis of Spahn Ranch & Black Tape For A Blue Girl

NOIR’s album Darkly Near ships in late August (pre-order for $14 at Projekt).

NOIR perform three exclusive East Coast shows:

October 25: PA’s Lounge, Boston Facebook Event Page October 26: Smack! Halloween Ball, New York City Facebook Event Page October 31: 31st Street Pub, Pittsburgh Facebook Event Page

Dec 23

Voltaire tour dates

Monday, December 31st, 2012 Voltaire in Amityville, NY on NEW YEARS EVE! – Doors open at 10:30pm Club Revolution/Ollie’s Pt., 140 Merrick Rd Amityville New York Price: $15 or VIP $30 $15 regular admission/ $30 VIP which includes open bar 10:30-1am. Both include free buffet and champagne toast. for advanced tickets For more info: and

Friday, January 25th, 2013 Voltaire at the Elysium in Austin, TX Austin TX

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 Wicked Faire Somerset NJ

Friday, April 26th, 2013 Whitby Gothic Weekend Whitby Eng

Sunday, April 28th, 2013 Voltaire in Dublin, Ireland Dublin Ire More info coming soon!

Apr 19

Out of the Blue and Into The Black

This was written in 2010, about the Projektfest in Philadelphia. There was before the line-up revamp; still of interest.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – “When I started Projekt,” comments label-founder Sam Rosenthal, “I never expected that 27 years later I would still be at it, still releasing amazing music, still making fans, and performing live on a regular basis. The music industry is a mess of corporate interests, run by people with no passion for art, only passion for money. Projekt is my way to make my art – and the art of bands I love – available for people who still have passion for music.”

Rosenthal brings that enthusiasm and love to Philadelphia July 30 and 31 for Projektfest, the 9th label festival and the first since their day-stage at the 2007 BlackSun Festival. Projektfest’10 will be a weekend of dark rock and indie music presented in conjunction with Philadelphia’s long-running Dracula’s Ball (details at Through June 15th, they are offering a special 30%-off combo ticket price of $39.99.

The festival features a sampling of artists from the Projekt’s roster including Rosenthal’s own Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Lovesliescrushing, Unto Ashes, Weep, Makaras Pen, The Twilight Garden and others.

For those of you unfamiliar with Projekt, it is America’s premier independent label specializing in passionately intense music in the darkwave, shoegaze, ethereal, goth ambient, and darkCabaret genres. Past highlights include Voltaire, Lycia, Love Spirals Downwards and Android Lust.

Projektfest is a hands-on event for Rosenthal, a light-hearted guy with a casual manner and an easy smile. He is organizing the fest himself with the assistance of Shea Hovey, who has been his assistant, label-manager, and sounding board since she started at Projekt as a mail-order clerk in 2001.

“I’ve navigated the waters of the music industry for most of my adult life,” Sam says. “I love what I do, and I’ve got it to the point where the label and mail-order company are fun to work at and provide a minimal amount of Drama. I am releasing Projekt’s 245th CD this year; I have not succumbed to the downward spiral that prevades most of the industry. I struggle with how to make ends meet in the current reality, but I am kept interested by the great music that I get to release and the appreciation of the fans of that music. Actually, the label is more profitable than ever. Why? Because we love what we do and we keep in touch with our fans. People have this idea that musicians are aloof and unapproachable. My idea behind the festival to break down the barriers and bring the fans and bands together.”

Rosenthal’s dark rock outfit Black Tape For A Blue Girl performs at Projektfest. The band recently released their 10th studio album, 10 Neurotics, a collection of sinister-character sketches performed in theatrical cabaret style. Keyboardist/guitarist Rosenthal is joined by vocalist Athan Maroulis (formerly of the pioneering electronic band Spahn Ranch), drummer Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls) and Philadelphia-native dark cabaret chanteuse Nicki Jaine.

Projektfest’10 will introduce the label’s newest signee, Weep, the musical side of Doc Hammer, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros. Worn Thin, the first full-length from the New York City band, takes their aggressive and firmly pop-structured songs to a place of heightened grandeur within Weep’s guitar and drum-driven dark rock sound.

Another newcomer is Makaras Pen. Doug White – founder, guitarist and songwriter from Projekt’s now disbanded Tearwave – builds on Tearwave’s sound, walking the line between shoegaze and indie rock with a strong dynamic of crushing guitars and delicate female vocals.

Recent signee The Twilight Garden create European synth-pop, cold wave and post-punk. They blend catchy synth melodies, hypnotic drum beats, lush guitar work and elegantly powerful vocals from sole band-member Todd Loomis (who co-wrote and performed on Velvet Acid Christ 2006’s Lust for Blood).

Unto Ashes has been with Projekt since 1999. They haven’t played live since the 2007 Projektfest, so this is an opportunity for Michael to present the dark neo-folk sound that graced the recent The Blood of My Lady CD.

Projektfest’10 features a rare appearance from space/shoegaze/drone progenitor Lovesliescrushing, one of the “original Projekt bands” whose first release was in 1993. Scott Cortez’s guitar is processed nearly to the point of unrecognizability, leaving behind veils and walls of shimmery droning bliss. Melissa’s glossolalic female voice glides spectral and luminescent through the walls of sound; sheets of noise; glossy, ethereal. Lovesliescrushing makes noise sound beautiful.

The first Projektfest was held in 1996 in Chicago, where the label was then based. Several festivals followed, including Philadelphia in 1998 and 2002, as the label moved to the East Coast. Rosenthal took a break from the 2-day festival after 2002 to focus on raising his son. Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s tour earlier this year brought out the festival-itch, and Rosenthal began making arrangements for its return.

“It is great to meet the people who have passion for the music I release. I throw these festivals to bring us all together, to give the fans great music and give the bands a chance to connect to fans of other label acts. I plan to have lots of places at the festival where the artists and audience can interact, to make it more than just a show, it’s an interactive experience.”

Keeping with this philosophy, Projektfest’10 kicks off with a “Meet Up” at its official hotel, The Hampton Inn, on Friday at 2 p.m. The Meet Up, which runs until the festival door time of 7 p.m., offers an opportunity for fans, artists, and Projekt staff to meet and mingle prior to the show. The main show will be held at the nearby Trocadero Theatre. Fans gather again on Saturday at the Hampton Inn, which will host a Day Stage and Merchants Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Night is Dracula’s Ball, a gothic/industrial dance night that will feature live performances from legends My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Lords of Acid. The Digital Ferret record store will host a pre-event on Thursday.

“Hosting a label festival is really a blast,” Rosenthal said. “Hanging out with bands I usually only communicate with by email. Meeting the label’s fans. We sold a pair of tickets to a couple from Anchorage Alaska and also to two guys from Mexico City. That’s dedication to the music! Our fans stick with us because they know we’re the real thing, we’re doing this out of our love of the music. See you in Philadelphia.”