Electronicore, lycanthropy and smooth-metal

Always a new mashed-up music genre arriving in Las Vegas. This week’s mélange is something called electronicore. Also known as synthcore, it fuses the ferocity of headbanging metal with long passages of electronic dance music. Think Skrillex and Slayer thrown into a sonic blender and you get the basic idea.

The Texas band arguably at the forefront of this hybrid is The Browning (pictured), who released a first full-length, Burn This World, on metal label Earache Records in 2011. Songs such as “Dominator” start off sounding like Britney Spears pop before lurching into pit-exploding, double kick-drum-blasting, riff-snapping breakdowns. I’m curious to see if Hot Topic-draped kids turn out for The Browning’s show at Downtown’s The Box Office (1129 S. Casino Center Blvd.) at 5 p.m. January 18. Local sextet Leave This World Blind opens.

That same evening at 10 p.m., indie-folk voyager Sea Wolf sails into Beauty Bar. This L.A. band, led by singer Alex Church, snuck an understated, emotionally poignant album called Old World Romance on Dangerbird Records by me in September. Here’s my chance to make amends by telling you how incredible his music sounds. Church constructs unfussy, yet deeply melodic songs with just the right amount of synth flourishes and drum loops.

I’m a sucker for vintage butt-rock. Which means you might find me loaded when BulletBoys ricochet into Count’s Vamp’d (6750 W. Sahara Ave.) at 9 p.m. January 19. If the sweet phrase “Smooth Up In Ya” doesn’t make your girl/boyfriend smile, then you should break up with her/him. This L.A. band had a few minor hits such as “Smooth” in the late ’80s, including a cover of soul/funk jam “For the Love of Money.” The only original member performing is vocalist Marq Torien, but his bluesy, hard-rock pipes will make it worth your while. Stone Senate and Shine*Ola are also billed.

If that’s too much hair metal, opt for Austin, Texas, punk act Lower Class Brats at LVCS at 9 p.m., January 19. The band released an EP last year called Rock ‘n’ Roll Street Noize that boasts hard-hitting tracks. Also, at 10 p.m. January 20, underground hip-hop duo Cannibal Ox plows into Beauty Bar. Fans have been waiting more than a decade for a follow-up to 2001’s The Cold Vein. A sophomore disc isn’t out yet, but here’s a chance to hear material from an album rumored to be coming this year.

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