Las Vegans often lament the lack of touring acts stopping in our town. However, on April 30, there is a plethora of gigs. Canadian crew A Tribe Called Red plays the Bunkhouse. Bear Witness, Dee Jay NDN and DJ Shub create a unique blend of hip-hop, electronics, tribal drums and traditional Native American vocals. The trio will work the decks, collaging dub beats and war chants, as a video mashup of media images of Native Americans provides counterpoint to the sounds. A Tribe Called Red’s next gig will be at the opening of the new Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.
At Backstage Bar & Billiards, Helmet will play their 1994 album, Betty, in its entirety. Many consider it the best example of the band’s grinding guitar, driving bass and pummelling drums. Lead singer/guitarist Page Hamilton will be the only guy who actually played on Betty, but if it’s been a while since you pumped your first to “Milquetoast,” here’s your big chance.
British “punk poet” John Cooper Clarke will perform at Vinyl in the Hard Rock. Clarke’s satirical, rapid-fire incantations have shared bills with the Sex Pistols and Elvis Costello, as well as being used in The Sopranos. Clarke is still influencing artists: He appeared in the Joy Division movie, Control, and his poem “I Wanna Be Yours” was adapted into a song by the Arctic Monkeys.