Japanese rock, nerdcore and naptimes

I made the mistake of telling friends that this would be a quiet weekend for me. After all, the Vegas Valley Book Festival is taking place, and what can be noisy about literary people celebrating the art of writing? Boy, was I wrong. Turns out there’s plenty of live music for me to experience in the coming days.

Straight out of Tokyo, retro-rock/garage-soul purists The Heiz (pronounced “haze,” like the Jimi Hendrix Experience song “Purple Haze”) are playing two nights at Double Down Saloon (10 p.m. Nov. 4-5). This energetic trio offers raucous material such as power-pop “Menthol Blues,” which sounds like a tune The Creation might’ve constructed in their prime. On the second night, The Heiz assists a pervert-punk trio fronted by local author and Double Down owner P Moss a.k.a. Bloody Bloodcock. (Moss’ gritty short-story collection Blue Vegas makes for a great holiday stocking stuffer, FYI.) The band is, of course, Bloodcocks UK, which just returned from conquering the Land of the Rising Sun with a successful (as in “lots of people showed up to see the band”) overseas tour. The trio refuses to play in the U.S., but you’ll still get a show. Believe it or not, there’s an Oregon-based Bloodcocks tribute band (comprised of members of punk group Attack Ships on Fire) called Bloodcocks R Us that will perform in their place. This event celebrates the stateside release of the Bloodcocks UK’s self-titled debut CD, which I describe as “Glenn Danzig trapped in a garage with a DVD box set of Spanish filmmaker Jess Franco’s deranged works and a towering stack of hardcore penetration mags.” Nice, right?

On a less pornographic, more family-friendly note, Seattle nerd-rockers Kirby Krackle return to the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. The Krackle possess crackling wit and a sharp ear for melody when presenting songs about superheroes. Whether singing about Green Lantern (“Ring Capacity”), Thor (“Rainbow Bridge”) or Wolverine (“On and On”), these guys’ love for the medium shines. Kirby Krackle gets its geek on in the Clark County Library Theater (1401 E. Flamingo Road) at 2 p.m. Nov. 5.

If you’re like me and always looking for something to do with the kids or just need ’em to shut up for an hour or so, take ’em to see a performance by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (USA Today dubbed Roberts “the Paul McCartney of kids’ music”), who play little-people music adults can enjoy. Jaunty pop gem “Sleepoverland” is my current fave, one my 3-year-old can’t get enough of either. Roberts and the Naptimers perform as part of the Nov. 5 Children’s Book Festival with two free shows, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St.). For more information, visit VegasValleyBookFestival.org.

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