Don’t let the back-to-school merchandise on store shelves frighten you. There’s still plenty of time—and many great shows to see—before the classroom bells toll.
Rad-as-hell rapper Rittz rolls into LVCS at 10 p.m. July 25. If you enjoy off-the-beaten-path hip-hop (like Yelawolf and Tech N9ne), you’ll dig this Georgia-bred MC. Rittz’s 2013 disc The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant is rife with dense wordplay, alliteration and puns—you know, next-level skills that make mainstream commercial rap sound flaccid in comparison.
On an altogether different note, Copenhagen, Denmark, death-metal trio Undergang bang Cheyenne Saloon at 8 p.m. July 26. These sonic miscreants perform metal with plenty of dirty punk attitude, oftentimes sounding like they’re playing fractured bones and human organ-strung instruments. The band’s most recent release is their Søm Til Din Ligkiste EP, which is grittier and grimier than anything you’ve ever experienced. Also on the bill: Trepanation and Astraes Pestis.
If that’s too much hesher hysteria for you, on that same night (10 p.m. July 26), Las Vegas rocker Rob Lyons is throwing a CD-release party at Sand Dollar Lounge. Lyons plays Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s, and when he’s not blue-suede-shoeing it onstage, he’s writing and recording eclectic-sounding songs with his own band. His new disc, When It Haunts You, is a well-crafted collection of tunes (see my review here), and Lyons has a real knack for grafting melodies on top of killer guitar riffs and chord progressions.
Finally, Indie-Americana group Deer Tick digs into Brooklyn Bowl at 9:30 p.m. August 5. This band always puts on an incredible show, even if its most recent album, 2013’s Negativity, was a tad on the introspective side. Singer John McCauley’s voice is part Kurt Cobain-like growl and alt-country swagger.
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