Motown unity, cannibal torture and fantasy man

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Who doesn’t love The Jacksons? Granted, their most talented and distinctive sibling, Michael, is dead, but the others—Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito—are no slouches in the singing, dancing and music departments. The brothers arrive at the Club inside the Cannery Casino at 8 p.m. July 20 as part of their Unity Tour 2012, which marks the first time the Jacksons have hit the road together since 1984’s Victory tour. (Victory isn’t a bad album, by the way.) The legendary Motown group will obviously perform all the hits, as well as honor the Gloved One’s legacy. And Christ, do they have hits: “Blame It On the Boogie,” “Dancing Machine” and on and on. Let’s just hope there’s no MJ hologram being projected onstage, right? Or maybe some of you dig holos! Shame on you then.

On an altogether different note, death-metal marauders Cannibal Corpse, fresh from vacation after wrapping up their brutal U.S. Torture tour 2012 in May, are now headlining the Summer Slaughter tour. The band touches down at 1 p.m. July 22 at House of Blues as part of an incredible (and incredibly loud) lineup that includes Between the Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job for a Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cerebral Bore and Rings of Saturn. But the Corpse is the real reason to suffer aural devastation. Although the band has mellowed lyrically since its early shock-metal days (remember such radio-friendly fare as “I Cum Blood” and “Necropedophile?”), the Corpse’s 12th studio album, Torture, came out in March to overwhelmingly positive reviews in the metal press. The band’s virtuosic musicality will surprise you if you give it a chance. YouTube the hypertechnical track “Demented Aggression” for a taste.

Now for some news: Heard it from the horse’s mouth: Long-lost Vegas alt-country act Romance Fantasy—the last serious band drummer Ronnie Vannucci played in before hitching his wagon to the Killers—reunites to play a one-off show the Royal Resort at 10 p.m. Aug. 16, so plug the date into your iPhone. Fantasy front man Rod Pardey is the brother of Vegas’ top songwriter, Halloween Town’s Ryan Pardey (who also booked the gig), and let’s just say musical genes run strong in this family.

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