Don’t Bunk It Up, Tony Hsieh

Yayo Taco reopened? Alas, the once-mighty underground punk/metal venue across from UNLV has no immediate plans to host any shows. Drat! I popped in there recently to chew some killer nachos and found owner Cho Yiu posing with some ladies from South Dakota. They’d seen Yayo on Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wanted a souvenir picture with Yiu. They loved the food. If only they knew that brutal grindcore act Buried at Birth had once graced the non-stage there. I didn’t tell them.

Well, there’s always live music Downtown. At least I hope so. Given Yayo’s music kabosh, last week’s news that Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project had bought the Bunkhouse Saloon rattled my nerves. I’m left with many questions: How will an ownership transfer impact live music Downtown? After all, the promoters booking shows there lean toward highly aggressive bands. Once Hsieh figures this out, how will he negotiate the trick of offering a “comfort zone” Downtown for the regentrification crowd while at the same time owning a bar that consistently features discomforting, eardrum-lashing music?

Well, even though the Downtown Project acquired the Bunkhouse in January, the bar’s previous owner, Charlie Fox, will continue to run things through June. According to Downtown Project Communicator Kim Schaefer, the group hasn’t programmed anything for the Bunk yet. Good. But how long until happiness is delivered?

El Cortez is getting in on the live-music bandwagon every First Friday in the Fiesta Room. The monthly event, dubbed Sessions at El Cortez, will showcase “budding music acts from across the country.” Only problem is, no one there wants to reveal the lineup, opting for the non-promoting surprise tactic. Good luck with that!

Tattoo You? It’s my favorite Rolling Stones album. The intersection of rock and inking the skin will be celebrated at Studio 21 Tattoo Gallery’s 10-year anniversary party at 7 p.m. April 12 in the Arts Factory Bar+Bistro at 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Country-rockabilly ensemble The Clydesdale clomp onto a small stage for a set of desert-blasted, highway-ready folk songs. There will also be a pig roast (don’t tell Morrissey fans), plus an appearance by a gold-prospecting burro named Dusty. I’m going to steal that fucking burro and get rich, yo.

A hair-raisingly excellent and astrologically inclined show you need to see this week: Los Angeles melodic gloom-metal trio Ides of Gemini brings its sublimely melancholy sound to the Bunkhouse at 9 p.m. April 16. Singer-bassist Sera Timms, guitarist Jason Bennett and drummer Kelly Johnston keep things surging. Despite Timms’ pretty voice, Ides of Gemini contain traces of black metal and sludge-punk. Imagine Nico fronting Black Sabbath and you get the sound. Local doom-metal exhalers Demon Lung open.

Shhh, don’t tell Hsieh.

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