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Peeping Tom – More California Dates Announced

Mike Patton‘s PEEPING TOM have lined up two more dates in California for this summer:

July 21 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Dub Trio  
July 22 – San Diego, CA @ Cane’s Ballroom  (91X‘s “Next Big Thing“)  

The Day Everything Became Nothing – New Album Out Now!

Marching forth from the smouldering rubble left by their decimating national tour of Australia, THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING subject us to their third opus of (sub)sonic aural deconstructivism. “Invention: Destruction” sees the band resume their melding of the visceral and the mechanical with a massive grinding offensive that is at once rigid and swinging, angular yet fluid. Chugging and winding grooves ooze with booming heaviness over ultra-precise timing and rhythm shifting drumming which stops, starts and doubles back again with pinpoint accuracy and neck snapping rapidity. Taking a militaristically clinical approach to a genre usually defined by looseness and grime, THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING simultaneously destroy and reinvent the gore/groove grind conventions to create a simplistically complex model for widespread devastation. Aided in their mission by guest vocalists from FUCK…I’M DEAD, MORS PRINCIPIUM EST and DAMAGED, THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING‘s purging wave of demolition cannot be stopped!

Frightmare – No Desire To Sign To A Bigger Label

The following are excerpts from an interview that the Wormwood Chronicles recently conducted with FRIGHTMARE mainman Maniac Neil:

WC: You tip your hat to a lot of classic bands on the new album. For example, “They Were Warned” starts with a pure MISFITS riff and I can hear ANTHRAXCARCASS and more throughout the record. Who would you say the main inspirations for the songs on “Bringing Back the Bloodshed” were?

MN: Yeah I only really listen to old school Death Metal, Grindcore, Punk and Thrash bands. The biggest influences for me are bands like THE MISFITS, SLAYERHOLY TERRORTERRORIZER, REPULSION, AUTOPSY, IMPETIGO, PUNGENT STENCH, ANTHRAX, METALLICA, D.R.I., SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, DEATH, MASSACRE. Just the old killer bands. I really don’t care about what’s going on currently in the scene musically. I can’t stand Nu polished Grind or Brutal Death Metal at all.

WC: We seem to be enterting a new boom of thrash metal. Do you think today’s bands stack up to the greats of the 80’s? I’m encouraged with some of the stuff I’m hearing lately.

MN: Yeah, it seems to be a new trend doesn’t it? With bands like MUNICIPAL WASTE and TOXIC HOLOCAUST popping up. I think with any trend that is trying to revive a certain genre the bands never really stack up to the originals. I mean, there have been some killer newer thrash bands to come out in the last 10 years like HYPNOSIA, TERROR SQUAD, and F.K.U.. But overall I’m not to into it. Too many 16 year old kids that were born in 1990 trying to relive something they were never a part of to begin with by wearing denim vests and patches trying to be retro. What’s the point? Just be yourself and try to come up with something fresh and new. If I wanna hear KREATOR, I’ll listen to KREATOR, you know?

WC: If FRIGHTMARE had a chance to “step up” to a label like Metal Blade or Nuclear Blast, would you take it?

MN: No. Without Razorback Records, FRIGHTMARE wouldn’t exist. I do this band for fun. It’s what I enjoy in life. When you “step up”, it becomes something else, like a job. I think if that happened i’d stop enjoying it as much. Plus I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else other than Billy and Jill. Razorback and FRIGHTMARE are a perfect fit.

You can read the full interview here.

This Is Hardcore Fest 2006 – Information Released

This Is Hardcore 2006 Fest, containing over 30 of the country’s up and coming hardcore bands, will take place in Philadelphia, PA, on August 18, 19, and 20th. The Starlight Ballroom has been chosen for the venue of this 3 day festival and the organizers have stated this is “no big money marketing scam, no mall marketing, no pretentious pecking order, just awesome bands at an excellent venue put together by hardcore kids who are active participants in our scene year round.” A three day pass can be purchased here for $45 and watch out, as more bands (as well as headliners) are expected to be announced shortly. 

The following bands have been confirmed to play:
TERROR
BLACKLISTED
DEATH THREAT
RIGHTEOUS JAMS
CAST ASIDE
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
GUNS UP!
BETRAYED
STRENGTH FOR A REASON
THE FIRST STEP
INTERNAL AFFAIRS
COLD WORLD
TRIPLE THREAT
DEPRESSION
LEARN
IRON AGE
WISDOM IN CHAINS
LIKE IT OR NOT
FAROUT
COLIN OF ARABIA
SET TO EXPLODE
LIVING HELL
MELTDOWN
CEREMONY
BITTER END
GO IT ALONE
KNOW THE SCORE
ATTITUDE
LET DOWN
VAN DAMAGE
BRAIN DEAD
THINK I CARE

Soilent Green – Demiricous – Live Photos Available

Our good friends over at Dirt Junior have posted some live shots from the recent SOILENT GREEN (here) / DEMIRICOUS (here) show in Hollywood, CA, which took place on June 20th at The Wiskey.

The Haunted – Complete New Album

Swedish thrash titans THE HAUNTED have just completed the recording process for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s critically acclaimed rEVOLVEr album. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, KATAKLYSM) and it looks to be their most accomplished work to date. The group spent months working on the new material pushing themselves to create something unique that combines certain elements of their previous efforts, while ultimately forging ahead in new, unexplored directions. An announcement in regards to the title of the new album and its release date will follow over the next few weeks.

Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following post studio report: “Oh, the power of the internet and wireless computers. I’m currently sitting on the john writing this report thinking about all you good folks out there, while my kids are watching cartoons in the living room. We just finished a new album and I gotta say, I’m proud as fuck. It’s bigger, better, madder and thicker. Hell, that’s the weird part with the album business – how the hell to describe what you’ve just done. Anyway, it rocks. Big time. Really. Per (drums) told me at rehearsals a couple of days ago, ‘If I died tomorrow I couldn’t be more satisfied so if people don’t like it, fuck them.’ I couldn’t agree more. We started writing around Ozzfest last year, bouncing around ideas, recording anything that came to mind without the old ‘more or less metal’-filter, and pretty much knew that we were sick of the whole 900 bpm-chugga-chugga-AAARRRGGGGH-PUKE-end. We wanted to do something we’d just touched upon with our previous four albums. This album is simply more diverse, dynamic and HEAVY AS FUCK. Bands like TROUBLE, AUTOPSY, GANX, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSEKING CRIMSON and early METALLICA have all really had a great influence on us as a band, and I think this album really draws a lot in color from those artists.

“We just completed the recording process and are now putting the artwork together with Manne Andreasson, a bearded wierdo and dear friend or ours. Working with Tue Madsen‘s been great. The dude is down-to-earth man, and working with someone who’s got his shit together like that is a joy. Anders spent six weeks in Denmark getting guitars down while working with Per and Jonas and then helping me out while I was doing vocals. Before we started recording, he was telling us he didn’t want to do ANY solos on this record, but in the end we got him to do four really cool pieces. I think we’ve managed to find an immense sound: the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we’ve even got acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations going on. As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn’t know I could even sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue‘s studio, and felt like a complete rookie: ‘Shit, how the hell am I going to live up to this.’ Turns out all I had to do was keep running my miles and warm up like when we’re on tour. You can look forward to an album we’re proud as fuck of, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It’ll be ugly as ever, I’m sure. Stay sick.”

Click here to check out the band’s latest video from the studio.

Futurama – Revived By Comedy Central

TV Week reports:

Three years after Fox canceled the show, Matt Groening‘s “Futurama” will resume production for a 13-episode run on Comedy Central. The new episodes will be added to the network’s library of 72 “Futurama” episodes previously licensed from 20th Century Fox Television. Voice talent Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio will return for the new episodes, which will debut in 2008.

“There is a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience and it is great that we can offer them not just the existing library, but something they’ve never seen as well,” said David Bernath, senior VP, programming, Comedy Central.

Futurama” marks the third Fox project revived by basic cable in recent years. New episodes of “Greg the Bunny” are being ordered by IFC, and Fox resurrected “Family Guy” after the series found success on Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim.

Terrorizer – Announce Release Date For New Album

Reunited legendary grinders TERRORIZER will release their highly anticipated new album, Darker Days Ahead, on August 22nd through Century Media.

Dislimb – New Single Posted Online

You can check out a new single from DISLIMB, entitled “A Quality of Mercy,” here.

FASSW – Talk To MTV About Upcoming New Album

The following article was originally posted over at MTV.com:

Ask Will Jackson and he’ll tell you that the forthcoming sophomore LP by metal extremists FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW isn’t a concept album it’s more of a musical piece that a single word helped inspire.

That would be delenda, a Latin term that means “the promise to destroy everything,” the frontman said. “The Greeks used the delenda campaign when they were destroying Carthage.”

FASSW were so intrigued by the term that they’re using it as the name of their new album.

“It’s an inspiring word, because the promise to destroy everything means you understand there is an end to everything,” he elaborated. “That’s ultimately what this record is about: It’s about the human understanding of an end and all the emotional stuff that goes along with that understanding. So each song is written from an emotional human standpoint, through some sort of scripted dialogue. This album delves into the idea that as humans we’re all living everything day to day, but that we’re all going to face a sudden end. A lot of people choose not to deal with that.”

But not FASSW, who’re on the road with CATTLE DECAPITATIONMISERY INDEXANIMOSITY and JOB FOR A COWBOY through the end of next month. Delenda, the follow-up to 2004’s Not One Word Has Been Omitted, lands in stores July 11.

“I would say it’s the most accomplished thing we’ve put together,” Jackson said. “It’s leaps and bounds beyond the last record they’d done [Jackson joined the band in 2005 following the departure of Sean Vandegrift]. We put our minds together and we put everything we have into this record. We want to create music that will leave a lasting message and impact the music scene in general. The music that we’ve tackled on this new record is more approachable, more listenable than the last record, and we’re trying to take this more extreme approach to music and apply it to the masses and make it to where everyone can get into it. The scene we’re a part of has always been super-underground, and if we can do anything that’s going to take it to more people … that’s what we’re trying to do with this record.”

But at the same time, Jackson said FASSW want to push the boundaries of musical experimentation and ingenuity because, “if you’re not bringing something new to the table, you are just imitating or repeating,” he said. “Taking ideas or being inspired by something is a lot different than regurgitating. Nowadays, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people are thinking about the music they make, they just want to write songs with breakdowns, because kids are addicted to breakdowns. It’s like we can’t overcome that at all as a genre. Breakdowns are the new solo. But this record’s one kids will have to read the lyrics to and sit down and listen to instead of just waiting for the breakdown.”

In late August, FASSW will hit the road in Seattle with DARKEST HOUR, MISERY SIGNALS and VERSUS THE MIRROR for a string of dates that’ll keep them busy through September 8 in Baltimore. Jackson said the band’s got several irons in the proverbial fire for the fall but nothing’s concrete yet. Within the next year, Jackson‘s hoping the band can elevate its profile enough to where it’s fielding even bigger touring offers.

“We’d been approached for [this year’s] Sounds of the Underground, but it was all booked up,” Jackson said. “We’ve been very close to landing a lot of giant package tours, and I think that is definitely something that’s going to happen for us more in the future.”

La Coka Nostra – Two New Songs Posted Online

LA COKA NOSTRA, the hip hop supergroup featuring Ill Bill, Everlast, DJ Lethal, and others, have put up two new tracks on their official MySpace page, including the track “Fuck Tony Montana” which features B-Real of CYPRESS HILL fame.

Circa Survive – Twilight Army Tour

Pennsylvania rock group CIRCA SURVIVE is kicking off their headlining Twilight Army Tour next week with friends THE RECEIVING END OF SIRENS as main support. Also joining them will be DAYS AWAY and YOUINSERIES.

June 30 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
July 1 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theatre
July 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
July 4 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
July 5 – Rochester, NY @ Water St. Music Hall
July 6 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
July 7 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square
July 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
July 9 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
July 11 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 12 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene St Club
July 13 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
July 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
July 15 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
July 16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
July 18 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
July 19 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
July 21 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
July 22 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
July 23 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
July 25 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
July 26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian’s
July 27 – Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
July 28 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
July 29 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
July 30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
July 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
August 2 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
August 3 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
August 4 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
August 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
August 6 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
August 8 – St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
August 9 – Covington, KY @ Jillian’s Tower
August 10 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre

6/30 – 7/23 with DAYS AWAY & YOUINSERIES
7/25 – 8/14 with PORTUGAL THE MAN & KEATING

Neuraxis – Summer Tour

NEURAXIS have lined up a few summer dates with BENEATH THE MASSACRE and VICTIMAS:

July 23 – Mount Prospect, IL @ Ye Old Town Inn
July 24 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 26 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
July 29 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye (With ABYSMAL TORMENT)
July 30 – Dallas, TX @ Phoenix Music Complex
August 1 – San Antonio, TX @ Arturos Ballroom
August 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound (With DEVOURMENT and RETCH)

More dates TBA.

Grave – New Song Posted Online

You can check out a new song from GRAVE, entitled “Burn,” here. The track comes off their upcoming new album, As Rapture Comes, which is due out July 25th through Century Media.

Iron Maiden – Announce Brand New Studio Album

IRON MAIDEN will release their new studio album, A Matter Of Life And Death, on September 5th on Sanctuary Records.
 
The band started writing songs at the end of 2005 after a short break from their hugely successful festival appearances in Europe and the USA. The songs were completed and rehearsed when the band got together after Christmas to work with producer Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley at Sarm West Studios in London to start work on recording the backing tracks.
 
Kevin Shirley has now co-produced three of the bands studio albums, alongside Steve Harris, as well as two of their recent Live DVD’s and albums. Says Kevin, “The Beast is back!”
 
He continues, “I feel from the outset we all clicked on this one. We spent two months in the studio – from Nicko’s “tubs up” to final mixes and sequenced master.  That’s a tiny gestation period for an album.  Producing IRON MAIDEN is like driving one of those mammoth automatons from Star Wars. There’s nothing that can stop it!”
 
“I feel incredibly privileged to have been around to see this album born and breathe life. There have been only a couple of occasions in my career when the entire process of recording felt so complete – and it is on display here.”
 
As on previous projects, all of the tracks were performed live and together in one room.  No click tracks, computer tightening or manipulation has happened at any stage of the recording A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
 
Says Steve Harris,” I think in many ways this has been the easiest album, in terms of recording, that we’ve ever done. The whole process of writing through to recording was very natural.  I also think in terms of the material, we’ve pushed our boundaries yet again, which I think will please our fans, but also really surprise a lot of people as well. The sound we’ve managed to get is very powerful for a Maiden record and all of us have pushed ourselves in our own ways to create something that we’re all immensely proud of.  I think working as quickly as we did with Kevin was part of that process. We simply can’t wait to take this out on the road. We’ve played some great shows and had a lot fun introducing some of our older songs to a new generation of fans. However for us, personally, we’re incredibly excited about getting out and performing these new tracks.”
 
Says Bruce Dickinson, “This album has to be our best one since we began working with Kevin. There is such a wide scope of musicianship, and in parts this album is truly epic. I thought with the likes of Paschendale, from the last studio album, that we could only hope to surpass that.  Having now heard the album back, as well as sitting with a few select people and hearing their reactions, I truly believe we have managed it. Every one of us has put everything into this record and it has really paid off. We’ve had such fun making it that it’s almost difficult to believe what we’ve managed to achieve in the time it took.”   
 
 A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
 
1. “Different Worlds”   Smith/Harris      (4:17)
2. “These Colours Don’t Run”   Smith/Harris/Dickinson   (6:52)
3. “Brighter Than a Thousand Suns”   Smith/Harris/Dickinson   (8:44)
4. “The Pilgrim”   Gers/Harris   (5:07)
5. “The Longest Day”   Smith/Harris/Dickinson   (7:48)
6. “Out Of the Shadows”   Dickinson/Harris   (5:36)
7. “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg”   Murray/Harris   (7:21)
8. “For The Greater Good of God”   Harris   (9:24)
9. “Lord Of Light”   Smith/Harris/Dickinson   (7:23)
10. “The Legacy”   Gers/Harris   (9:20)

Bloodletting North America V – Tour Dates Updated

More dates have been released for the upcoming Bloodletting North America V tour featuring DEEDS OF FLESH, VILE, DECREPIT BIRTH, and ODIOUS MORTEM:

July 14 – Corona CA @ Showcase Theater
July 15 – San Marcos CA @ Jumping Turtle
July 16 – Hollywood CA @ The Knitting Factory
July 17 – Glendale, AZ @ Bull Dogz
July 18 – Albuquerque NM @ The Compound
July 19 – Lubbock, TX @ The Slaughterhouse
July 20 – Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
July 22 – Toledo, OH @ Vamps
July 23 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 24 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
July 25 – New York, NY @ Downtime
July 26 – Montclair, NJ @ Bloomfield Ave Cafe
July 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
July 28 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
July 29 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
July 30 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
July 31 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Grill
August 1 – Arlington Heights, IL @ Knights of Columbus Hall
August 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
August 4 – Denver, CO @ The Grimm Reaper
August 6 – Vancouver, BC @ The Lamplighter
August 7 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
August 8 – Portland, OR @ Gravity Room
August 9 – Eureka, CA @ The Eureka Vets Hall
August 10 – Fresno, CA @ The Belmont
August 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Pound

Through The Eyes Of The Dead – New Video Posted Online

Just prior to tearing across North America on this year’s Sounds of the Underground tour, South Carolina’s metal road warriors THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have unveiled the debut video from the band’s 2005 Prosthetic Records debut, Bloodlust. Footage was shot in April with director Jonathan Covert (NINE INCH NAILS, MORTIIS) in downtown Los Angeles for the track “Two Inches From A Main Artery.” Look for it on video outlets soon, but in the meantime fans can check it out online here.

Lostprophets – New Album Streaming In Its Entirety

The LOSTPROPHETS‘ new album, Liberation Transmission, is available to stream in its entirety here. The album is due out on June 27th.

MTV – Announce New Award Show

MTV2 will debut an annual user-generated celebration of everything that matters called “All That Rocks.” Winners will be determined by MTV2 audiences by voting at allthatrocks.mtv2.com and viewers submitted video uploads via partnership with iFilms.  This DIY opportunity puts the power in the fans hand to propel their favorite acts into the mainstream.  Hosted by Bam Magera, the event will air on Sunday, 7/30 at 9pm EST.  
 
MTV2‘s “All That Rocks” has nominated AS I LAY DYING and LAMB OF GOD and MASTODON for the position of “There Are None Higher, Ultimate Metal God”!
 
MTV2‘s Headbanger’s Ball will air a special episode preceding the award show (7/29) at their usual time of 10pm EST.  There MTV2‘s Headbanger’s Ball will interview all 3 nominees for the upcoming award show.
 
Be sure to vote for your favorite metal band.  Fans can vote online at the polling site for “All That Rocks,” MTV2‘s first ever award show!  Vote today:
 
http://mtv2.mtv.com/mtv2/ontv/atr/#/mtv2/ontv/atr/
 
Polling will run from Monday, June 19th, 2006 to Thursday, July 13th, 2006.

Commit Suicide – Announce Reunion

Pittsburgh brutal death/grinders COMMIT SUICIDE have posted the following update announcing their decision to reunite:

“First off, I want to thank everyone that has contacted us through myspace. The strong words of encouragement are appreciated and didnt go unnoticed. It’s time to make an official announcement, and to let the world know that COMMIT SUICIDE has decided to reunite. Reunion talks started a few months ago, and the five of us are all stoked to be playing together again. Now, make no mistake about it, this will be a full reunion with all of the original members.

We have one show booked at the moment, and we are working on the details for another huge show that we’re really looking forward to. These details will be made available in the not too distant future. We would like to hear your thoughts on a set list, what would you guys like to hear?”

The band will be performing on August 21st at the Lawrenceville Moose in Pittsburgh, PA with ORIGIN. More shows are expected to be announced shortly.

Guttural Secrete – Two New Songs Posted Online

You can check out two new tracks by GUTTURAL SECRETE over at their official MySpace page. The songs come off the Nevada based brutal death metallers’ recently released new album, Reek of Pubescent Despoilment.

Shadows Fall – “In Effigy” Video Posted Online

You can check out the video for “In Effigy” by SHADOWS FALL here. The track comes off the Massachusetts metalcore act’s recently released new album, Fallout From The War.

Skinless – Two New Songs Posted Online

New York based death metallers SKINLESS have posted two more new songs (“Spoils of the Sycophant” and “A Unilateral Disgust“) from their recently released new album, Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead, over at their official MySpace page.

Death Before Dishonor – New Song Posted

DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR have released a new song from their upcoming split with BLACK FRIDAY ’29. The track “Curl Up And Die” can be heard here.

Throwdown, Evergreen Terrace – Initial Dates Released

Initial dates for the upcoming tour featuring THROWDOWN, EVERGREEN TERRACE, ZAO, and MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER have been released:

August 18 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
August 19 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto 
August 21 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
August 22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 
August 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
August 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
August 28 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance 
August 29 – Levittown, NY @ Ritual  
August 31 –  Providence, RI @ Living Room  
September 7 – Toledo, OH @ Headliners
September 8 – Chicago, IL @ Metro / Smart Bar 
September 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater 
September 13 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater  
September 15 – Boise, ID @ The Venue  
September 17 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
September 20 –  San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s