I’m writing this minutes before I’m scheduled to meet actress Linda Blair, who starred as a demon-possessed girl in The Exorcist I and II. When I was a kid, my parents wouldn’t let me see the films. So I spun the soundtrack on vinyl, listening to Blair’s dialogue and imagining the visual horrors that awaited me. By the time you read this, Blair should’ve signed my vinyl jackets at the Las Vegas Comic Expo. A dream fulfilled.
Enough about my musty record collection. Here’s what’s happening this week in underground rock. Blond sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin comprise garage-pop duo Bleached. In April, the siblings released their first album, Ride Your Heart. It earned positive reviews for a late-’70s New York punk style that bridges the years between the Shangri-Las and the Donnas. Fans of Best Coast and the White Stripes will appreciate Bleached’s minimalist approach—even though the Clavin girls tour with a live drummer and bassist. If you dig the gritty indie-surf sound that’s in vogue (Wavves, Ty Segall), your eardrums will hang ten at 9 p.m. October 3 at Beauty Bar.
Another duo, this one by way of Detroit, arrives at LVCS at 8 p.m. October 6. Twiztid is a hip-hop horrorcore act—think of these guys as violent, supernatural gangsta-rappers who paint their faces white like the Joker. Twiztid’s has recorded studio albums since 1997, their most recent disc being 2012’s Abominationz (released via Insane Clown Posse’s label). Murder and bodily-fluid references abound, which makes this show an ideal Halloween warm-up. Just don’t eat any candy they throw at you. I’m sure it has been razor-bladed. Also on the bill: War Paint, Ekoh.
Another Michigan band, We Came As Romans, conquers the Hard Rock Live at 5 p.m. October 7. The 8-year-old group dropped a new disc called Tracing Back Roots, which offers traces of symphonic metal. Romans are aggressive, yet deeply melodic, as evidenced by their radio-friendly yet mosh pit-exploding single “Hope.” Also on the bill: Silverstein, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Dangerkids.
Finally, Radiation City nukes Beauty Bar at 10 p.m. October 9. The Portland, Oregon-based dream-poppers specialize in crashing waves of synths and guitar chords. The standout track on Radiation City’s new album, Animals in the Median, is “Zombies,” which is either about hipster malaise or a fictional plague that wipes out Earth. Maybe both. In any case, it’s catchy, fraught with danger and the Video’s rad, too.
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