I hate to get stridently apolitical on you, but what the world needs now is some good old-fashioned, pedal steel-humping trucker-country tunes.
One of the few bands that does it right is Zach Ryan and the Renegades, who play a homecoming show at 9 p.m. March 28 at Beauty Bar. This Nashville-based quartet was birthed in Las Vegas, leaving a year ago for Nudie Suit-wearing fame and fortune. Judging by their shit-kicking four-track Renegade EP, I bet my collection of Merle Haggard records that they will seal a deal with an Americana indie label such as Bloodshot. Ryan is the real motherfucking deal, and I don’t ever want to stop cueing up white live-fevered, highway-hurtling “A Better Side” on my stereo.
If you’re feeling nihilistic, let me suggest German old-school thrash institution Destruction, which plays at 10 p.m. March 28 at Cheyenne Saloon. This Teutonic trio has been dishing out devastating metal riffs for more than 30 years, making them European-based peers of groups such as Metallica. Also on the bill: Brazilian death-metal crusaders Krisiun, California war-shredders Exmortus, local acts In the Flesh and Deep Fried Orphanz.
Downtown music-and-poetry outlet Culture of the Senses is putting together a cool live-music showcase in honor of the website’s re-launch. Las Vegas psychedelic art-punk ensemble Candy Warpop will sweeten a bill of local alt-rock groups at 9 p.m. March 29 at Triple B. Warpop has been experimenting with acoustic sets (at Money Plays’ open-mic nights) and preparing for April dates in California. Their full-throttle, miasmic guitar-heavy numbers such as “Exterminating Angel” pull you down like an ocean wave. The night concludes with a raffle, offering attendees a chance to win a stack of CDs from Rooftop Ridicule, Bounty Hunter Brothers, Solid Suns, Strange Mistress and Viridian.
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