Finding love in the metal scene can be a long and arduous process. You think you really like someone and then you find out they prefer grindcore over doom-metal, and suddenly you’re single again and looking for someone who really understands you. Trust me, I’ve been looking for a Sif to match my Thor for ages now, and it seems increasingly harder to find anybody who actually respects the devotion that a metal addict requires.
That’s why I’m heading down to Los Angeles on August 8 (a Sunday!) to attend the Southern Lord-presented “Power of the Riff” festival. The event, curated by Southern Lord’s Greg Anderson and Night Horse’s Sam James Velde, will surely be the event of the summer to find your one-true-metal-soulmate. What sweetens the deal even more is that the concert is all-ages and free to anyone who sends an RSVP to this website.
The one-day festival is also the kick-off date for the Southern Lord West Coast mini-tour, featuring Eagle Twin, Black Breath, Goatsnake, Righteous Fool, and Corrosion of Conformity. The three-show tour features plenty of Southern Lord artists and even includes the recently reunited, 1986 Animosity album lineup for Corrosion of Conformity.
Besides the butt-kickin’ music, you can also expect the festival to feature a record swap meet of local record-purveyors, pop-up stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord, and more, DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors, and a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining.
The Power of the Riff Festival 2010 lineup:
Corrosion of Conformity
From Ashes Rise
The Fucking Wrath
Southern Lord West Coast mini-tour:
08.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo and Echoplex (The Power of the Riff Fest)
08.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
08.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos