Phoenix grind, Jamaican jams and Austin facials

It’s all about scraping the underground’s underbelly for cool sounds this week.

Phoenix grindpunk merchants Sorrower are set to sow sonic discord at 7 p.m. June 28 at Yayo Taco (4632 S. Maryland Parkway). I don’t know much about this band except that they released an excellent EP/vinyl 7-inch a couple years back, a few split singles since, and their songs, such as “Vultures in Our Fold,” are eviscerating. Sorrower wields an early ’90s Swedish grind sound (à la Nasum), giving them a slight retro feel. But there’s nothing nostalgic about the brutality and technique. This is good feel-bad music for disaffected youth in black.

On a happier note, Jamaican reggae vocalist Bushman will serenade Sway pool at the Silverton (3333 Blue Diamond Road) at 8 p.m. June 30. Dude’s got a deeper, warmer, smoother tenor than what you normally encounter in the genre, and his lyrics are upbeat and life-affirming without being cheesy. Bushman’s range is broad, as he incorporates roots, dancehall, lovers rock and even R&B into his approach. It’s a little puzzling to me that he’s not already a huge star. But I’m confident his show will win over lots of people—especially when they hear him sing cool, romantic tunes such as “Your Love” and “Fire Bun a Weak Heart.” Tickets and info:

After a I burn a few hot dogs and down a few beers poolside with friends, I plan on celebrating American independence at 10 p.m. July 4 at Beauty Bar with Austin, Texas, blues-rockers Not in the Face. The raucous duo, which comprises singer/guitarist Jonathan Terrell and drummer Wes Cargal, plays it the way I like it—rowdily, with volume, soul and abandon. Songs such as slide guitar-smeared “Brass Tacks” and the Springsteen-meets-Strokes rave-up “Downtown Girl” appear on last year’s debut album, Bikini, and I suspect they’ll go over just as well in a live setting.

I’m currently on a strange and impossible-to-explain-to-friends Whitesnake binge, so I was pleasantly surprised to receive a press release from the world’s best butt-rock mag published right here in town, Vegas Rocks! The magazine’s third annual awards ceremony will be held at The Joint on Aug. 26, and check this: David Coverdale is to receive a lifetime achievement award. Oh man, my calendar is so marked. Hopefully he performs at least one song.

Las Vegas is a top LGBT travel destination, so it makes perfect sense that the eighth annual OUTMUSIC Awards will be presented at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 14-16. The recently announced event is run by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA), and the organization plans to announce the list of live performers sometime in August. More info at

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SAY YEAH: Here’s a test: Name one Def Leppard hit that isn’t conducive to pumping your fist. I’ll save you the trouble: “Hysteria.” (Such a magical mysteria!) Every other song in the British pop-metal band’s repertoire—“Animal,” “Rock of Ages,” “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”—is an unsophisticated, crowd-pleasing, fist-pump-ready anthem for our times. Seriously, the word “mindless” is an insult when applied to everything but Def Leppard songs. You can reap this brainless bounty when Def Leppard plays Red Rock Resort on June 23 ($31-$164).



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