Wielding an inordinate amount of social power—and being the self-proclaimed 12th largest economy on Earth—Dethklok may be the most brutally dominating metal band ever. On TV. But the riff-slinging metal heads may be ready to cross over. Described as “Spinal Tap meets Scooby-Doo meets Norway,” the band, featured on the Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse, will release its DethAlbum this summer, laying waste the eardrums of mortal music heads with their crushing metal-ness. Brutal. www.myspace.com/dethklok. (Phil Fuller)
REEL BIG FISH WITH SUBURBAN LEGENDS AND ARMY OF FRESHMEN AT THE KEY CLUB MORONGO, SATURDAY
Ska—the Genre That Will Not Die. Relive your misspent youth at Spanky’s and the Barn this weekend, then go home and annoy the kids—yet again!—with your “This is what good music sounds like” speech, before they started wanting all those crappy High School Musical product tie-ins. www.reelbigfish.com; www.keyclubmorongo.com.
ROCK & RAP CONFIDENTIAL GOES FREEBIE
Since the mid-‘80s, RRC has been the anti-Rolling Stone, dishing out vital music information in an eight-page newsletter, sans photos or advertising. Co-founded by critic Dave Marsh, it’s often been the only source for issues involving music censorship, the myriad ways that record companies rip off artists and fans—and, lately, it’s also been the lone voice daring to ask hard questions about Bono’s questionable entrepreneurial efforts in the guise of saving the world. Previously only available by snail-mail subscription, it goes free and online this month. Get a taste at www.rockrap.com, and then keep it coming by shooting your name and e-mail addy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STARPOOL AT THE SHOWCASE THEATRE, SATURDAY
Well, this sucks—competing ska shows, on the same night, on opposite ends of the greater IE. Starpool are basically the ex-members of Save Ferris, minus Monique Powell. Still have those hyper-caffeinated horns, though. www.myspace.com/starpool; www.showcasetheatre.com.
SKUNK DRAINO & THE KAT KILLERS AT THE SHOWCASE THEATRE, SUNDAY
Punk/goth/psychobilly, and that’s really all we know from their MySpace—but hey, hands down, this is the Band Name of the Week. www.myspace.com/skunkdraino.
SUBTLE AT THE GLASS HOUSE, TUESDAY
Oakland electronic/otherworldly hip-hop outfit, touring to raise cash after getting robbed of $15,000 worth of gear on a European sojourn late last year. The tunes are fabulously indie, the sort of head-trippy Anticon-esque stuff that you’d think every good and decent music fan should love, even if the reality is it’s just you, buddy. Subtle are what Tom Waits would be doing had he been born 30 years later—yep, they’re that cool. Give ‘em some love, even if it is on a weeknight. www.subtle6.com; www.theglasshouse.us.