Two of my favorite indie-rock bands—one Vegas-based, the other with Vegas ties—are playing the new Bunkhouse this week: Rusty Maples (August 25) and the Silver State (August 27). Even better, they’re both releasing CDs that evoke, in different ways, the big-sky, desert-stretched grandeur of the Southwest.
Rusty Maples are masters of the folk-Americana style. Their new EP The Western World is a highway-blasting disc that doesn’t suffer a false note or sentiment. Rusty Maples perform at 10 p.m. August 25. Also on the bill: Built to Spill, Slam Dunk and the Warm Hair. Check out the full story on Rusty Maples in our August 14 issue.
Singer-guitarist Caleb Lindskoog lives in Brooklyn, but the rest of his band—Taylor Milne (guitar), Alex Stopa (drums)—reside in Las Vegas. Which explains why the group is called the Silver State. They have a full-length coming out called Outside, mostly recorded here in town, and it’s a humdinger. Stereogum already spotlighted the album’s centerpiece, “The Colorado,” which churns like Sun Kil Moon leading Neil Young & Crazy Horse on a whitewater rafting expedition. Lindskoog stomps his fuzzbox guitar-effects pedals on some of these songs, to mind-searing effect. It helps that Lindskoog is a poignant lyricist who locates compelling images and metaphors amid Nevada’s incongruous environs. (Indeed, my favorite stanza appears in the song “You Are Here”: We pulled over on the 95/Out beyond the lights of the city/And under that moonless desert sky/I stood there shrinking in its infinity.) Also on the bill: Leopold and His Fiction and Dusty Sunshine.
On a heavier note, French grindcore band Department of Corrections crashes into Cheyenne Saloon at 9:30 p.m. August 24. Mixing hardcore punk, black metal and neck-snapping grind, this group specializes in songs such as “Lord of the Black Ring” and “Space Intruder.” Lead screamer Grégoire Duclos sounds like he’s being flayed alive with dull knives. Also on the bill: Muscle & Marrow and Budd Dywer.
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