Concert photos: Curse Mackey, the Bellwether Syndicate, and Clan of Xymox

There are few better ways to kick off the holiday season than with a good concert.  2018 was no exception in this regard - the DNA Lounge brought in a trio of goth heavy hitters spanning the last 40 years in.  The night was opened by Curse Mackey, who seems to have worked with just about everyone on just about everything from Thrill Kill Kult to Pigface.  Second up was a relatively new group called the Bellwether Syndicate (whose work I've grown quite fond of since that show), comprised of William Faith (best known for being one of the founders of …

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The Doctor's boot care regimen.

Boots: 14 hole Doc Martens, black, real leather.

Unlace.

Wipe down with damp paper towels.

Wipe down with dry paper towels.

Coat with Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam using included sponge.  Be sure to work balsam into stitches and exposed edges.  I ordinarily don't like to shill for particular products, but I started using this stuff to help break in my boots (it makes the leather softer, so it adapts to your feet more readily) and I was wearing them clubbing within a month of getting them (instead of six months to a year).  It's amazing stuff.

Wait half an hour …

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The Cure in concert - 28 June 2016

I've finally gotten around to pulling another load of pictures off of my phone. This one is from The Cure concert in June of 2016 during their summer tour of the United States. It's not often that you get to see one of the foundational bands of goth live so when tickets went on sale we jumped at the chance. I'm sorry that the pictures didn't turn out very well, between our distance from the stage and the lighting it was a battle just to get everything in focus, and I've had to cull a couple of pictures that just …

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Ego Likeness and the Mission UK.

Shortly before departing the DC metroplex late last year, Lyssa and I went to one last concert at the 9:30 Club downtown. It is noteworthy in that it was one of the first shows after the death of Josh Burdette, former chief of security; long-time concert goers at the 9:30 left things in memoriam of him on the street, sidewalk, and inside the building (which we took some photographs of). The concert we went to see was Ego Likeness opening for elder statesbeings of goth The Mission UK. Chances are you've heard some of the Mission's work on …

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Chant, Legion Within, and KMFDM

While cleaning out Windbringer's hard drive, I stumbled across a set of photographs that I took but forgot up upload last year. I had gone to see the bands Chant, Legion Within, and KMFDM at the State Theater in Falls Church, Virginia. It was easily one of the best shows I'd seen all through 2013, and it was well worth getting there early so that I could get right up next to the stage.

Without further ado (because it's been over a year since the concert and I don't remember very many specifics about it), here are the pictures I …

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Sophie Lancaster memorial album released.

I've spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this, partly because it hits so close to home. I quietly followed the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007 because what happened to she and her boyfriend hit a little too close to home for me. Because it happened in the United Kingdom it really didn't have much of a media impact in the States, though word can and did get around. In summary, Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby of Lancashire, both of whom were part of the gothic subculture in the area …

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Peter Steele, RIP.

Every once in a while, rumors that Peter Steele, frontman and bassist of the band Type O Negative had died would circulate through the Net; time and again, those rumors would be disproven and shown to be either a practical joke (in poor taste) or just that: rumors.

Not this time, unfortunately.

This morning at 0610 EST5EDT members of the band announced publically (note: no direct link to these posts so they'll probably rot over time) that Steele had died after a brief illness the evening of 14 April 2010. The cause of death is unknown, though heart failure is …

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