Once again, the best shows are crammed into a single Friday night. Let me sum each one up so you can choose your own sonic adventure.
Singer Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) died from stomach cancer in 2010, but his music lives on through a mighty tribute band. Dio Disciples genuflect to the baddest little man in metal (he stood at 5’4”) at Hard Rock Café on the Strip at 8 p.m. Oct. 26. The band includes musicians who played in Dio’s eponymous group—guitarist Craig Goldy and keyboardist Scott Warren—as well as vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth). No wonder the Disciples channel Dio’s spirit with balls-out rock ’n’ roll. Once Warren lays into the synthesizer motif from “Rainbow in the Dark,” shit is gonna go down, yo.
If you’re not in a devil-horns mood on Oct. 26, why not wade into From Indian Lakes? This young California alt-rock quintet pours into Choices Pub (6720 W. Cheyenne Ave.) at 8 p.m. with waves of layered guitars and emotional vocals that recall vintage Sunny Day Real Estate with some Minus the Bear added for good measure. To prep its new full-length album Able Bodies, the band released a teaser EP in August. “We Are Sick” and “Stay Outside” are difficult to spin just once. These dudes’ have rad musicianship and passion.
Chances are I’ll stick with what I know and love Friday night—Ryan Pardey’s Halloween Town, which Vegas Seven named as the city’s Best Unsigned Band, regroups for Halloween, 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Royal House. Pardey is a heartbreaking songwriter, and his underground anthem “A Faster Bullet,” shows what it means to be a cursed and blessed scion of Las Vegas. My other favorite local indie outfit A Crowd of Small Adventures shares the bill, along with quirky L.A. funk-pop group Conquistador.
Finally, metal masters Lamb of God play House of Blues at 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Maybe you’ve read about singer Randy Blythe, whom posted bail in August for a 2010 incident in which a fan was pushed off the stage and died in the Czech Republic. Until he’s charged, Blythe’s band joins Swedish melodic death outfit In Flames for a 38-date tour. Lamb of God’s most recent disc is this year’s Resolution, which is resolutely great.