The five best concerts this week: October 1-5
The Twins of Evil Tour at 1STBANK Center featuring Rob Zombie (above) and Marilyn Manson is one of this week's five best concerts.
Welcome to Rawktober! The month is getting kicked off with a bang tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center with the Twins of Evil Tour featuring Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, and the rest of the week is shaping up to be pretty stellar, too, with some dubstep and doom metal shows rounding out the week's best concerts. Keep reading to find out which five we think are worth staying up late for this week on a work/school night. And of course, as always, we have all of the best shows listed in our concert calendar if you'd rather choose your own adventure.
A founding member of the Glitch Mob, producer/DJ Kraddy is the mind behind "Android Porn," a track sometimes cited as the glitch-hop anthem. Although he began his career with breakbeats back in 2003, Kraddy's been mixing it up ever since, blending heavy hip-hop influences with dubstep and dancehall, splicing the genres in ways that make it difficult to pinpoint exactly what his sound is -- and that's a good thing, especially with so many dubstep artists dropping near-identical sets. Kraddy definitely stands out from the crowd. His "Next Level" mash-ups -- custom combinations created exclusively for his live sets -- are the stuff of legend in the dubstep world.
A Canadian-bred neu-wave pop darling, Metric, fronted by Emily Haines, mimics danceable humps from the indie rock handbook to an almost tired end, only unlike many other followers, Metric somehow makes the formula relevant. Like the metric system itself, the music may not be new, but it's definitely useful. And while credit is due to the other guys in the band -- guitarist Jimmy Shaw, bassist Josh Winstead and Joules Scott-Key on drums -- it's Haines's vocal presence and lyrical dexterity that will ultimately cause the masses to convert to this measuring system.
On 2009's Animals in the Dark, William Elliott Whitmore sang about the pulse of strange eyes glowing outside his Iowa farm and how closely they connected with the "malicious politicians with nefarious schemes" making his life hell in Washington, and on 2011's Field Songs, Whitmore tells the stories of the stark and spacious American landscapes where he cut his teeth and developed his mighty timbre. No matter what he sings about, it's understood that he will always do so with his jug and banjo held high and a stomp loud enough to scare animals of all types away.
Before Venom came along to combine the sludgy, dark psychedelia of Black Sabbath with the aggression of punk, there was Los Angeles's Saint Vitus. Although clearly taking some cues from Tony Iommi in its guitar sound, Saint Vitus also cited Black Flag as an influence. (Anyone more than casually familiar with the latter knows those guys learned a thing or two from Sabbath, as well.) In the second half of the '80s, former Obsessed singer Scott "Wino" Weinrich joined the band, resulting in an especially fruitful period that yielded much of the classic Vitus oeuvre, including 1986's Born Too Late. After an influential and somewhat turbulent career, the outfit split in 1996, only to reconvene in 2008. Saint Vitus recently released Lillie: F-65, its first with Wino in over twenty years.
Marilyn Manson, even more than one of his inspirations, Alice Cooper, has become a lightning rod of controversy for his provocative lyrics and visual style, and he also puts on some of the most entertaining live shows of anyone in the history of popular music -- rivaled only, perhaps, by co-headliner on the aptly named Twins of Evil Tour, Rob Zombie, whose shows are meticulously crafted multimedia affairs. Like Manson, Zombie knows how to get under your skin, whether he's trying to entertain and amuse you or utterly disturb you.
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