The Beatdown

If everything works out, Maris the Great will Bury Your Dead at Ozzfest.

"There was like this big buzz," he remembers. "And Agents of Man, they said, 'I can't believe it. You're a hit in the hood.'"

And what qualified this section of Jersey as the hood?

"I guess it's a real rough neighborhood," Maris says. "It's poor. There's a lot of crime. At night, when I went to sleep, I would hear all these cars zooming by and screeching their brakes. And the guys in the band would say, 'Oh, that's just another car that got stolen.' I was just like, 'Oh, my God, that's kind of scary.'"

Scary? For chrissakes, Maris, you're a zombie -- and you live in Aurora. Don't make us send you to remedial monster school.

Let the bodies hit the floor.

Upbeats and beatdowns: On Friday, June 10, Eight-O-Two and Fallout Orphan find a home at the Walnut Room; D.O.R.K. , Fong Jones Band and the Railbenders tie one on at the Gothic Theatre; The Things They Carry, Magic Cyclops and d.biddle help Matson Jones celebrate the release of its new doughnut at the Bluebird Theater; Herman's Hideaway hosts Dick Ramada (that's Dick and the Chicks to all you old-schoolers), Ten Cent Redemption, Rexway and the much-ballyhooed club debut of Shoot Romeo, the Mootown supergroup anchored by Bobblehead Rupp; Twitch, Rainbox and Tequila Mockingbird order another round at the Soiled Dove; and the Vulpes, Firetrees and the Funeral dirge-y up the hi-dive.

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