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    Heavy Metal Tsunami

    By Jarret Keene

    The forecast looks sweaty, wild-haired and very, very loud with a serious chance of permanent hearing loss. That’s because it’s practically raining heshers and headbangers this week in Las Vegas.

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    Upcoming Shows: Cosmic Metal, Colour-ful Rock, Vampire Diary

    By Jarret Keene

    I spent my teens ghetto-blasting the music of L.A.-spawned alternative-rock band Concrete Blonde. From the bracing 1986 self-titled debut to the spooky vibe of vampire-themed Bloodletting (1990), singer-bassist-songwriter Johnette Napolitano never let me down.

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    Upcoming Shows: Rittz Raps, Denmark Rocks, Lyons Roars

    By Jarret Keene

    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.

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    Soul-Ska, Country-Rap, Steamrollers

    By Jarret Keene

    In search of the next band to add to its roster, SquidHat Records is holding an open call for submissions on its Facebook page. The Las Vegas music label invites local bands to post their music, along with a note explaining why they should be signed. Deadline is Jan. 1, and the six bands selected will play a two-night showcase (Jan. 25-26) at Double Down Saloon. The show will be headlined by one of SquidHat’s two flagship acts, the Gashers or the Dirty Panties.

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    Cigarettes, Swedes, Skulls

    By Jarret Keene

    This week’s surreal underground rock show and art exhibit has everything I need for a good (and demented) time: a music video starring X-rated puppetry, original artworks by Jesus Lizard front man David Yow and the unveiling of an album by the best freak-punk/avant-metal band in town, the Fat Dukes of Fuck.

  • Concerts

    Beau & the Outfit

    By Glenn Brogan

    Lead singer Beau Hodges describes the sound of his Henderson band as “red dirt rock,” which is to say it’s a mix of Texas country storytelling and classic rock with an edge. The nine-song set consisted of heartfelt highlights, such as opener “Ole Slide” and two new offerings: “Take Your Tix” and “Boogity.” When singing “Semper Fi,” Beau explained the song’s meaning, thanked all who have served and got the crowd to chant the military cadence.

  • Concerts

    Hemlock

    By Sean DeFrank

    It’s nearly impossible to growl and smile at the same time, but Chad Smith came damn close to pulling it off. There was no mistaking the good time Hemlock’s founding front man/bassist was having as he engaged the crowd—tugging his dreadlocks out to each side, pounding his fist on his chest, bulging his eyes out and pogoing up and down—and the audience reciprocated with some high-energy cheer of its own.

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    Punk mammaries, gross-out metal, power violence

    By Jarret Keene

    It’s going to be an extra-loud week. Punk acts, death-metal marauders and power-violence avengers are descending on Las Vegas in unprecedented numbers. Please invest in hearing-protection plugs or you might as well just hand over your eardrums to a cannibal bath salt-head.

  • Concerts

    Bipolar

    By Ted Lewins

    Charlie, Bipolar’s mono-named lead vocalist, knocked me out with her one-two punch of guttural screaming rage and melodic vocals. Rounded out by bassist Chris Kmit, who’s head seemed to be on a permanent swivel with some major windmills, Bipolar is one badass four-piece. This local band—who formed in Sacramento, Calif., in 2003 and relocated to Vegas in 2008—offered a powerful blend of alternative and melodic metal, sounding somewhere between Deftones and Glassjaw.

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    Oh well, whatever, never mind

    By Jarret Keene

    Local bands playing covers of famous alt-rock groups are going strong at the Royal House. Following two very successful evenings involving the music of the Pixies and Talking Heads, this week’s tribute-night (9 p.m. April 27) focus is Nirvana. Two bands I hope to see channeling the teen spirit of the late Kurt Cobain are China (pulverizing grunge) and Asterionella (psyche-rock shoegaze). Indeed, these ’90s-throwback groups are perfectly suited for laying into tunes that have aged far better than your college flannel shirts.

  • Music

    Season of the Witch

    By Jarret Keene

    If there’s an It Girl in metal right now, it’s Jill Janus, the blond, statuesque, always half-naked, totally pagan, operatic singer in Huntress. After years as an L.A. rock-nightlife staple, DJ-ing and promoting club shows, she finally formed her own band last year. Huntress quickly signed a deal with monolithic European metal label Napalm, released a sexy fantasy-themed music video (“Eight of Swords”) and is touring the U.S. in support of Spell Eater, her forthcoming debut album (May 8).

  • Concerts

    Good Greens

    By Michelle Franco

    Not just any band can draw a hefty crowd on a Wednesday night, but Good Greens can. With their body-grooving style of reggae-rap, this local six-piece kicked off a set that felt more like a house party than a concert. And the crowd responded by dancing and singing along. Good Greens has been jamming out since 2010, and in that time they have cultivated a clean, radio-quality sound. They kept that sound fresh by alternating leading instruments on each song. Saxophonist Randall Logan led the highly contagious “Ojos Rojos,” whose chorus sticks in your head.

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    American Head Charge

    By Jack Halloween

    Recently reunited industrial metal band American Head Charge plowed into Las Vegas with so much aggression that there was nothing left standing. They haven’t played Las Vegas in years, and many excited fans were waiting in anticipation. Mesmerizing and almost seemingly possessed lead vocalist Cameron Heacock proved that American Head Charge is back, sounding bigger and better than ever. Head Charge’s dual ax attack of guitarists Karma Cheema and Sin Quirin decimated the audience and created a wall of sound so thick, even Phil Spector would have been impressed.

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    Time travel, Sleaze Rock, Acoustical Jams

    By Jarret Keene

    This first full weekend of shows suggests we're in for a hell of a year in live music. Can't wait to absorb it all.

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    Nerd rock, holiday albums, Spanish guitars

    By Jarret Keene

    The holidays are a musically problematic time for me, as the air is laced with Christmas jingles and the dismal sound of once-respectable rock bands and artists stooping to make a quick buck by recording songs designed to make us feel good about racking up insane credit-card debt in the name of “generosity.” Let’s call mass, mindless consumption what it is: an addiction. If you want to save the economy by ruining your personal finances, fine. Just wake me up when it’s safe to enter a Walgreen’s without hearing Bob Seger’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy.”

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