LANGHORNE SLIM, JONNY FRITZ, NATHAN REICH
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Listening to the records of Langhorne Slim is one thing, but to see the energy (and, occasionally, blood) that pours into a live performance of this brand of soulful, folk-kissed rock is a new experience altogether. No regrets. MARJORIE SKINNER
DIAMOND HEAD, RAVEN, NETHER REGIONS, BLACK SNAKE
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) As a fickle music journalist, I reserve the right to flip-flop on my views and opinions. Let's face it, things change, people grow, and I've probably already contradicted myself several times in this publication anyway, so what's the harm in doing it again? The last time Diamond Head came through town, I referred to them as a "pick-up band that are turning a triumphant legacy into dollar signs." A harsh statement that was probably true then, and may be now. But really, who gives a shit? In the end, it's all about the music. And in Diamond Head's case, it's music any right-minded hesher has been worshiping since learning how to drop a needle in a groove (or type a band's name into a YouTube search). So let me lead by example: Put aside your hang-ups and let's go hear a band that can no doubt play "Am I Evil?" better than Metallica. ARIS WALES
SLEIGH BELLS, DOLDRUMS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Sleigh Bells' debut album Treats was a revelation, blending teeny-bopper pop and brawny metal riffs. Probably because of that blend, the duo of Alexis Krause and former Poison the Well guitarist Derek Miller have also offered plenty of flat-out annoying tunes over the course of three albums, including the just-released Bitter Rivals. But there are just as many life-affirming moments in the Andrew WK-style party-slammers, too. The new album leans a little closer to a pop sheen, but not so much that Sleigh Bells can't invert the whole thing into a fist-pumping piece of mosh-pit bait. They're still sometimes really, really annoying, though. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN
BEN DARWISH'S THE LONELY NIGHT
(Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate) Fresh off his Morning Ritual project, local keyboardist/composer Ben Darwish has prepped another ambitious piece. From the description I've heard, The Lonely Night isn't really comparable to anything else, a multimedia work anchored by 10 new songs performed by Darwish, drummer Russ Kleiner, and guitarist William Seiji Marsh. There is filmed footage to go alongside the new music—which has been described as "nocturnes" with a down-tempo R&B slant—and there's set design and lighting cues to match. The project was funded by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Darwish & Co. will perform it five times over the course of the weekend. Most intriguing of all, Darwish will be seated behind a 60-year-old Hammond S6 organ that has accordion-style chord buttons. I can't tell you what to expect, exactly, but the intrigue factor is sky-high. NED LANNAMANN
FALL INTO DARKNESS: ORANGE GOBLIN, HOLY GRAIL, LORD DYING, LAZUR/WULF
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Riffs on riffs on riffs on riffs. Expect nothing less from UK groove gods Orange Goblin. For 18 years now, these lords of sleaze have been releasing heavy yet catchy stoner rock with a cosmic flair. Their latest effort, A Eulogy for the Damned, is no exception, as it proved the Goblin can still rage after five years away from the studio. It's the kind of band where pre-show bong hits are a requirement. Support comes from Holy Grail, a cheese-tastic power-metal band from California that obviously overdosed at a young age on Iron Maiden and Judas Priest singles. KEVIN DIERS Also see My, What a Busy Week!
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