Cheyenne Saloon, June 2

Charlie, Bipolar’s mono-named lead vocalist, knocked me out with her one-two punch of guttural screaming rage and melodic vocals. Rounded out by bassist Chris Kmit, who’s head seemed to be on a permanent swivel with some major windmills, Bipolar is one badass four-piece. This local band—who formed in Sacramento, Calif., in 2003 and relocated to Vegas in 2008—offered a powerful blend of alternative and melodic metal, sounding somewhere between Deftones and Glassjaw. Bipolar has slowly but surely cultivated their craft, and it shows in the newer songs, which have hooks that grab on and hold tight.

Dressed in ’70s-style purple shorts, along with tube socks and a pair of green Chucks, Charlie rocked out their song, “Pigs.” She followed with a cover of “Bloodline” by Slayer, to which she added her own unique spin. How many of us have ever heard a female singer cover Slayer and pull it off? Charlie did.

Bipolar will be entering the studio to record new songs next month, and combined with a new video, it looks like they will be the new heavyweight contenders. ★★★☆☆

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Why do we love to loathe what we love? That would be—brace for it—“disco” (GASP!), which long ago assumed a pop-cultural toxicity even though millions embraced it, only to rename it “dance music” to spare later generations some silly taint. Once upon a Do-the-Hustle! time, this columnist disavowed the soundtrack of his teen-plus years. Apologies are over. (Put that in your bong and smoke it in your powder-blue leisure suit.) Disco was the sensual backbeat of a pleasure-loving (anything wrong with that?) era.



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