Punk Radio, British Goth, Seattle Math

Minus the Bear

Minus the Bear

Time flies when you’re corrupting listeners with Vegas punk and raunchy segments that involve guests guzzling hooch from the anuses of blow-up dolls. For Double Down Radio co-host Steve “The Producer” Fodor, it’s all in a half-decade’s duty.

Double Down Radio celebrates its five-year anniversary with a live-music lineup at—where else?—Double Down Saloon at 10 p.m. September 6. Bands include Geezus Cryst & Free BeerStagnetti’s CockPet Tigers and Tiger SexLIVE! From the Double Down Saloon podcasts 8-10 p.m. Fridays, with a 24/7 online stream of local music mixed in with established artists.

“When I started, I didn’t know what I was doing,” Fodor says. “It’s been like a college education, and the show has grown into a nice little weed.”

With 7,000 unique listeners tuning in every month from all over the world, Double Down Radio, co-hosted by Ron Mione, continues to sprout. The show spawned a separate podcast by musician and Vegas reality-TV star (and early DDR co-host) Rob Ruckus. I’ll raise a shot of sex-doll liquor to that!

LVCS hosts a showcase night at 9 p.m. September 7 with a lineup of Vegas and California hard-rock bands—PermacrushGorilla HeadCrazy Cole & the Bar FlyzMissing Blind and Nothing More. The headliner, however, is L.A.-based industrial-metal act Madlife, who sound, to my ears, like a cross between Ministry and Linkin Park. In other words, Madlife is aggressive yet unafraid to deliver hooks. The band’s latest single, the catchy “Just One Gun,” deserves to be played on what’s left of terrestrial rock radio, and I’d bet Madlife is a lively bunch in the flesh. Their just-released album, 21st Century Megalomaniac, is also ideal music to cathartically blast while watching bad things develop on the geopolitical stage (Syria, etc.).

English goth-rock legend The Mission UK usurp LVCS at 9 p.m. September 11. The band formed in 1985, comprising ex-members of Sisters of Mercy. While Sisters and its album Floodland went on to find commercial success in the late ’80s, The Mission UK stayed closer to the underground. Its best CD remains its first, God’s Own Medicine, with hard-charging anthem “Wasteland.” (Interestingly, the members of The Mission UK remain pals and still tour with The Cult, which changed styles to become a hard-rock act. See this week’s Tour Buzz on Page 91 for details on The Cult’s show.) The Mission UK disbanded in the ’90s, re-formed, disbanded again, then reunited in 2011 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The group releases a new album this month.

Seattle-based math-rock band Minus the Bear adds its powerhouse guitar sound to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan at 9 p.m. September 12. The Bear is touring in support of its released-this-weekAcoustics II EP, which offers two unplugged songs and eight reimagined classics from a group that’s been around for a dozen-plus years. This band is a very sophisticated indie ensemble, bordering on prog-rock at times. But lead singer Jake Snider always keeps things melodic and engaging, so you needn’t worry about any prolonged hippie-dippie jams.

Your Vegas band releasing a CD soon? Email Jarret_Keene@Yahoo.com.

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