Atlanta indie rockers Manchester Orchestra followed up their 2014 double release of Cope and its stripped-down companion piece Hope this year with the release of their fifth proper album, A Black Mile to the Surface. The album takes the band further into the soaring, anthemic direction that they’ve become known for, while reaching a new level of cinematic intensity in its themes and its storytelling. It’s been three years since the band last played in the DC area, but their latest tour finally brought them back again to the Fillmore Silver Spring, where they played a long, forceful set to a packed room.
As the solo project of Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Puscifer has been a bit of an enigma since he started releasing albums under the name in 2007. An act which some fans of Keenan’s other bands deride for being different from their expectations (which recently led Keenan to referring to the more fanatical among them as “insufferable”), while drawing a fanbase of its own, Puscifer’s shows are not just music but full-on performance art, with an array of costumes and characters playing a central role. Touring for the project’s recently released third album Money Shot, the band brought a whole new show to the stage.
If you haven’t seen the show and are planning on going, you may want to stop reading right here. Keenan started the performance with a video of himself in military costume as his recurring Major Douche character, ordering the audience to put away their cameras and cell phones and not take photos or videos. At the end of the show, he asked those who had ignored the band’s wishes not to post what they had taken, in order to avoid “spoiling” the show for upcoming audiences. All well and good, but it places credentialed media outlets, like us here at ChunkyGlasses, in a bit of a dilemma – how do we share what we saw, as we came to the show to do, without going against the spirit of Keenan’s request? The obvious choice is a SPOILER WARNING: