Wisconsin Death, Oakland Hip-Hop and Elvis Mash-Ups


Oakland’s Zion-I plays LVCS on Dec. 6.

I feel better knowing A Crowd of Small Adventures surpassed its Kickstarter-funding goal of $4,500. Money raised will go to the Vegas indie-rock band’s forthcoming Blood EP on vinyl. The band hasn’t brought out anything since 2010, so while my chest is less tight, every breath I take remains bated until the EP is released sometime next month.

Now for live music. When I think of Green Bay, I think of Packers football fans and cheese curds. After hearing Wisconsin death-metal band Micawber’s 2011 album Viral, I may update my list. Taking their name from a character in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, Micawber is mesmerizingly technical and brutal. “Mechanized Enslavement” will sear your face off. The band plays The Dive (4110 S. Maryland Pkwy.) at 10 p.m. December 6 with L.A. bands Harlequin, Vesterian and Satani Infernalis, plus locals In the Flesh and Opticleft.

There’s a free hip-hop concert that same night (at 10) at LVCS headlined by Oakland duo Zion-I. Futuristic, socially conscious and alternative-minded, Zion-1 comprises AmpLive and MC Zumbi, who released their Shadowboxing album last year. For those who love A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots, this is a must-see show. Also on the bill: local hip-hop artists RNR, Ekoh and Chosen Few Crew.

Graceland Ninjaz are, like Metalachi at Vinyl, one of the very few cover bands I endorse. These guys don’t just cover Elvis Presley. They mash-up completely separate tracks—say, Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” and the King’s “That’s All Right, Mama”—into a mind-melting hybrid called—check this out—“Are You Gonna Be My Mama.” Check out the Dallas band’s 9 p.m. December 7 show at House of Blues. It’s free, too!

Finally, at 8 p.m. December 8 at Cheyenne Saloon, Virginia’s Iron Reagan brings its retro-’80s crossover style (hardcore punk-meets-thrash metal) to Vegas. The band’s 2013 debut, Worse Than Dead, is full of piss, venom and speed, especially on bottle-smashing cut “Eat Shit and Live.” Even better, not a single song reaches the two-minute mark. Old-school death metal act Exhumed (from San Jose, California) is also on the bill.

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