3 shows will make that earplug investment pay
There are three superb shows this week (that I know about — if you've got a heavy show and I missed it, let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org). Clear your schedule and buy some earplugs. Bring some to share.
On Thursday, May 14, the fun starts at Kirby's Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th. Bands will (hopefully) start at 9 p.m., so show up early and tip the bartender. Fairness, Darjeeling and Plaguebot are playing with Iceland's Börn, out on its first North American tour. This show is 21+. Sorry kids.
Fairness is first on the bill. This local four-piece plays a funky blend of indie and alt rock. Darjeeling is also local and relatively new, and was described by Torin Anderson in these pages as: "Sounding like a machine that saw the last of its intended service years ago, Darjeeling refused to stop manufacturing sound; it diced bass chords and angular guitar junkets into fixtures that were never meant to be utilized but now cannot help but be experienced." Plaguebot is ridiculously heavy and ridiculously good. The guys have been blasting some nasty grind locally since 2009. Börn ends the night with some foreign post-punk vibes. Vocalist Alexandra's haunting crooning is layered over spastic rhythm that gets deep in your head and makes you move.
The fun continues on Saturday, May 16, at The Elbow Room, 1507 E Pawnee. Doors open at 8 p.m. You should definitely show up early and tip the bartender. Ashes of the Armada and Hosmer are playing with Austin, Texas, three-piece SkyAcre, out for a short May tour. This show is also 21+ with a $5 cover.
Locals Ashes of the Armada lay out some mathy breakdowns. It takes a different direction than now-defunct Went Missing, but it's good to know at least one group is still trying to make its guitars really weird.
Hosmer has been shattering local indie expectations for a couple of years now. If you haven't heard its indie-meets-grind sound yet, you need to.
SkyAcre finishes the night with noodley dude rock. SkyAcre starts soft but finishes heavy.
The fun ends on Monday, May 18, at Rock Island Live, 101 N. Rock Island. Doors at 7. As always, get there early so you can tip your bartender. Filius Sol, Ritualist, AntropoX and Limits are supporting Delinquents and Wicked World. This one's all ages — $5 for 21+; $8 for anyone below.
Drone-loop-gaze local Filius Sol kicks off the night.
Derby's Ritualist picks up with the first metal vibe of the night. The five dudes pack one hell of wallop; expect to bang your head.
Hard rockers AntropoX make sure Wichita remembers older metal. It's fast and thrashy without a flashy exterior to distract you.
Luckily, locals Limits survived their appearance on Djudge Djudy. If I didn't have to protect my natural good looks, I'd see you in the pit for some Limits breakdowns.
Madison, Wisconsin brings us Deliquents: a punk rock hardcore band you should dance to. Deliquents throws in a few more traditional metal elements on occasion just to make sure you're paying attention.
Finally, Wicked World from Whitewater, Wisconsin, drops the 808 right on your toes. Learn some lyrics to help these deathcore dudes along during the plethora of guest spots they had on their last EP.
You might not be as brutal as some of these folks, but I can guarantee any of the bands I've written about would love you singing along.