Upcoming Shows: Utah Metal, Cali Acid-Rock, BL’AST Caps

Santa Cruz ’80s-era hardcore band BL’AST, who are set to perform at Triple B at 10 p.m. August 20.

Santa Cruz ’80s-era hardcore band BL’AST, who are set to perform at Triple B at 10 p.m. August 20.

This bunch sends shivers down my spine: Gravecode Nebula, a psychedelic-blackened doom-metal band from Salt Lake City. Their 2013 full-length Sempiternal Void features 10-minute-long tracks such as “Bloodcraft of Andromeda” and “The Frozen Sun (Does Not Support Life),” which sound less like rock music and more like the entire universe being ripped apart and sucked down a black hole. Equally aggressive and atmospheric, Gravecode Nebula will tear Cheyenne Saloon a new one at 10 p.m. August 16, with local metal acts Demon Lung and Spun in Darkness.

L.A. acid-rock trio Zig Zags zips into the Dive at 9 p.m. August 17. Also on the bill: the Loud Pipes and the Pluralses. Gritty yet tuneful, this band makes playing three-chord songs with huge choruses sound like heaps of fun. Seriously, I could listen to 47-second-long “Psychomania” a thousand times without getting sick of it. Zig Zags’ self-titled full-length was produced by indie-garage darling Ty Segall, and it’s a must-own. More importantly, I’m told the band slays live with a high-energy show and hell-for-leather guitar riffing. Hopefully they’ll let me have a safe word.

Santa Cruz ’80s-era hardcore band BL’AST is set to obliterate Triple B at 10 p.m. August 20. Anyone who has followed alternative music surely remembers these guys, who released three albums for SST Records before calling it quits. Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl rescued them from relative obscurity last year by remixing and remastering their finest effort, 1987’s It’s in My Blood, for the Southern Lord label. (As the former Nirvana drummer has said: “Everyone used to have a BL’AST! sticker on the bottom of their fucking skateboard.”) The attention clearly galvanized founding members Clifford Dinsmore (vocals) and Mike Neider (guitar), touring now in preparation for a BL’AST album to be released in 2015. They even recruited Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age) on bass.

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