Live: Bidding Isis A Fond Farewell At Webster Hall, Alongside The Ever-Unflappable Melvins

Isis earlier this month, letting it all go.

Webster Hall
Friday, June 18

Farewell tours are weird, the celebratory nature of live rock being counteracted by the knowledge that this will never happen again; the listener can frequently walk away feeling weirdly hollow, as though the experience was somehow lessened by its unrepeatability. After 13 years and five albums (plus several EPs, a half-dozen or so live discs, a DVD, and dozens of austere/dignified T-shirts), the revered post-metal quintet Isis are calling it quits; their current U.S. tour is their final run of live dates. Their Friday night show at Webster Hall, which was followed by a Music Hall of Williamsburg gig Saturday night, was a concise summary of their artistic achievement--in effect, a final report on the work of the last decade-plus.

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Isis Are Breaking Up; Pay Your Respects At Two NYC Shows In June

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Super-cerebral experimental-metal band Isis are breaking up after five albums' and nearly 15 years' worth of thinking (and rocking) real hard; you will be pleased to know there's a florid, mega-paragraph goodbye letter explaining their (perfectly pleasant and amicable) reasoning, helpfully reprinted below. They put out Wavering Radiant last year; 2004's Panopticon, in particular, is the jam. They're in town with the Melvins June 18 at Webster Hall and June 19 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. With that, we turn it over to them:

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Tonight They're Gonna Rock You Tonight: Phish!

Props to Zach for intentionally running the words "Phish in a barrel" on this website. Starting today, the legendary jam band wanks three nights away at Jones Beach.

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Rock Plaza Central, a new batch of indie-minded, collectivist Canadians, have a gig at the Bell House. They're likely to play their rendition of "SexyBack."