Sending Vegas’ Dirty Panties to Japan

Local label SquidHat Records is harnessing the crowd-funding power of Indiegogo to put homegrown all-girl punk band The Dirty Panties on a plane to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Apparently the Panties have been asked to join a bill for a weeklong tour with shows in cities including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The invitation isn’t that left-field. After all, the Panties have many fans in Japan, some of whom launched a website in honor of the band. The trip is pricey, though. To offset the cost, the Panties’ Indiegogo campaign offers cool perks, my favorite being the $100 Panty Playah donor package. It includes a signed CD and poster, T-shirt and a pair of logo panties. Now I have something to give my wife for our anniversary, right? To learn more, go here.

Sunshine State Southern rock, represent! Jacksonville, Florida’s Molly Hatchet hacks their way into LVCS at 10 p.m. May 30. Among hipsters, these guys are best known for their Frank Frazetta album cover art. A shame, because the band wields real gothic power. They released a covers collection last year, Regrinding the Axes, which offers Hatchet’s rendering of everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” to George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ “Bad to the Bone,” along with guitar-heavy takes on the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Thin Lizzy. I’ve yet to see this legendary, very classic ’70s hard-rock band live, so count me in.

Doom in June—still the only all-doom-metal festival in the U.S.—is dialed in for 1 p.m. June 1 at Cheyenne Saloon. It looks to be a doozy. Eighties cult act Manilla Road and heavy stoner-rock trio Karma to Burn are a couple of the highlights. But my main reason for attending? Doom in June serves as Vegas band Demon Lung’s release party for their debut disc The Hundredth Name, out this week on Candlelight Records. Buy tickets at or at the door. Tip: Because the fest will wrap up early in the morning, maybe consider booking a cheap room at Fiesta Rancho down the street. (You don’t really need a DUI in your already-complicated concert schedule, do you?) Gracious, this year’s fifth Life Is Beautiful Showcase—which begins at 7 p.m. June 5 at Beauty Bar—looks amazing. Mostly because of the inclusion of indie-electro duo Kid Meets Cougar, who always boast an incredible stage show of projections, lights and loops. Kid Meets Cougar hasn’t performed onstage in a year, so catch this rare musical beast before it disappears into the neon jungle again. I’m also pumped to experience sets by experimental-indie band Twin Brother (Vegas’ answer to Animal Collective), film-inspired instrumental ensemble Cinemetric and grungy psychedelic-rockers Trevor and the Joneses. Also on the bill: XNY and Pax Trend.

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