Upcoming Concerts: Swedish Haulers, Tampa Thrash, Ohio Country

Ohio country-pop songstress Lydia Loveless plays Larry's Hideaway March 25

Ohio country-pop songstress Lydia Loveless plays Larry’s Hideaway March 25

Did someone say spring break? Well, it’s an ideal moment to take in some live music.

Fans of Queens of the Stone Age better not miss Truckfighters when they crash into Vinyl at the Hard Rock at 9 p.m. March 21. Notoriously aloof QOTSA frontman Josh Homme calls the Swedish desert-rock trio “the good shit.” If you enjoy guitars set to “loud and fuzzy,” Truckfighters deliver, especially on their new self-released disc, Universe, which sounds heavier than a neutron star. Pennsylvania hard-rock quartet Crobot (fresh off a SXSW performance) opens.

If that’s not homespun enough for you, there’s a “Clothes for a Cause” concert at 8 p.m. March 21 at Triple B. The event benefits the Las Vegas Rescue Mission—and all admission will cost you is the shirt off your back. I’m kidding, sort of. You gain entry by donating clothing, and there’s a diverse lineup of local bands: Andy Gorman (indie rock), Pistol Shoebox (alt-metal), Las Treal (cabaret rock) Lums & Leafs (avant-pop), Mr. & Mrs. Felps and Friends (freak folk), and Gnashing (reggae).

Should you be in a noncharitable mood, Tampa thrash-metal marauders the Absence should stuff the hole in your soul at 10 p.m. March 21 at Cheyenne Saloon. Imagine old-school Iron Maiden-style twin-guitar leads mixed with guttural vocals and technical drum fills and you get the idea. Also on the bill: Infernaeon, From the Embrace, the Mirage Theory, and Spiritual Shepherd.

Country pop doesn’t get better than Lydia Loveless. The Columbus, Ohio songstress settles The Dive Bar at 10 p.m. March 25. Loveless’ music is equal parts heartbroken ballads and whipsmart hillbilly jangle-rock and she does a delicious cover of Kirsty MacColl’s “They Don’t Know.” More importantly, she has a new album on Bloodshot Records, Somewhere Else, featuring 10 originals.

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