Ring Around the Moon, Distiller’s Fest: Spirits And Jazz, City of East San Diego Police 1912-1923, Vision Quest Hike, The Black Keys and Modest Mouse
Various Authors 1 p.m., Nov. 13
Hard-rock heroes Converge have taken five years to record a studio followup to their 2012 album, All We Love We Leave Behind, which was so lauded on sites like Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound that the band has been cruising the world on its fumes ever since. Formed in 1990, the Massachusetts mathcore-metalcore group has staged dozens of tours and played countless festivals, where they’ve become such mainstays that singer Jacob Bannon was recently invited to curate next year’s Roadburn fest in the Netherlands. Their 2016 Roadburn set was released this past March as a concert album, Jane Live, featuring a performance of their entire 2001 LP Jane Doe.
November will finally see their followup studio full-length, The Dusk In Us, which has already been preceded by three hard-driving singles that continue their penchant for brutal, bloody-sounding headbanging: “I Can Tell You About Pain,” “Under Duress,” and “Reptilian.” Their appearance at Brick By Brick on January 27 finds the band still fronted by founding duo Jacob Bannon (vocals) and Kurt Ballou (guitar), backed by the same Jane Doe rhythm section: bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Kollar. The show will be opened by Canadian-American metal trio Sumac and Salt Lake City metalcore band Cult Leader.