Cigarettes, Swedes, Skulls

This week’s surreal underground rock show and art exhibit has everything I need for a good (and demented) time: a music video starring X-rated puppetry, original artworks by Jesus Lizard front man David Yow and the unveiling of an album by the best freak-punk/avant-metal band in town, the Fat Dukes of Fuck.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 21, the band is hosting a free listening party/art show, Pissing on the Lips of an Angel: An Exhibition of Art by the Fat Dukes of Fuck & Friends, in celebration of full-length debut CD Honey From the Lips of an Angel at Blackbird Studios (1551 S. Commerce Suite A). The Dukes will also premiere the deranged, NSFW puppet-porn video for their song “Cigarette,” directed by Dustin Mills (The Puppet Monster Massacre). Note: Mills did an amazing job earlier this year with an unsettling video for “Lament Code” by local doom outfit Demon Lung. There will be food, drink and, hopefully, no blood. For more info and to order or stream the album before its official Sept. 25 release, visit Intriguing track titles from the new Dukes disc include “Sorry About Your Dick” and “I Killed a Small Child.” Yikes.

Over at Cheyenne Saloon, at 10 p.m. Sept. 22, experimental-rock ensemble Fake Figures (featuring Atreyu guitarist Travis Miguel) unleashes their full-bodied sound on a bill with Where the Fallen Lie and Severed Corpse. The Orange County, Calif.-born Figures released the Hail the Sycophants EP last year, developing a healthy buzz. If you like metalcore on the edgy, angular side, with some Smashing Pumpkins-style melancholy, this band’ll blow you away like a mannequin in a Test Site Doom Town.

If that’s too thermonuclear, San Diego post-punk/dance-rock trio East of Sweden play Favorites (4110 S. Maryland Parkway, free) at 9 p.m. Sept. 22. The driving, synth-smeared, guitar-reverbed “Faceless Crowd,” from the Sink or Swim disc, generates serious heat. I anticipate a nerve-jangling set. This show is also a great excuse to see two great local bands: Deadhand, Battle Born.

Finally Reno punk trio Cobra Skulls will bash heads at Bunkhouse Saloon at 10 p.m. Sept. 24. Signed to Fat Wreck Chords, the band releases a new disc, Agitations, this week while kicking off a North American tour. Although the Skulls boast a knack for melody, they’re hardly pop. They recall earlier, more rocked-up and rockabilly-tinged West Coast groups X and TSOL. In sum, this ain’t four-lobotomies-in-leather-jackets punk. Sample Skulls’ track “Rebel Fate” via YouTube.

Venue change: The Minus the Bear/Cursive/Girl in a Coma all-ages show moves from the still-not-open Fremont Country Club to the Hard Rock Café on the Strip. Same show date and time: 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets purchased for the Country Club show will be honored. Tix are $26 ($23 advance) at

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