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Mimicking Metallica

You may love them, you may hate them, but you can't deny Metallica's influence on contemporary metal music. This weekend, Hellbound Clothing—with some help from 1332 Records and The Guitar Center—presents two shows with Spokane, Wash.-based bands Character Flaw and Sanctified Sin, and Boise's Midline and Heibarger paying tribute to the masters of metal. I don't know much about Character Flaw and Sanctified Sin (except what can be heard on their Myspace pages) but I do know that with Midline and Heibarger representing Boise, this show promises to be a seriously rocking good time. Anthony Fagiano (Midline) has never sounded better and Heibarger's new CD is a map into a deep, dark maze of metal/stoner rock, and the band's live performances are an adventure. The bands will take the Spokane Big Easy stage on Friday, April 25, and then Boise's Big Easy stage on Saturday, April 26.

April 26, 8 p.m., $5. The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 208-367-1212.

Take That to the Bank

Local band Bank has spent the last couple of months touring their melodic indie pop. With new drummer Adam Frost in tow, Bank makes a stop at the Venue to showcase some of the new music they've been working on. Sans drummer, Bank played at Opa a few weekends ago. If the beautiful version of "Rebecca, Let's Go" they performed is any indication of the band's maturing sound, the upcoming show—with Seattle band Man Without Wax and locals Arctic Turtles and Sloth Falcon—should be a good one.

April 26, doors at 7 p.m., $10. The Venue, 521 Broad St., boisevenue.com.

—Amy Atkins

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