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The Knitting Factory, Saturday, Oct. 19


All cursory searches of Gwar would say the band hails from Richmond, Virginia, but the members would say they are from the far reaches of another planet, having been banished to earth. The rag-tag group of misfits came to this new planet to start a rock band instead of serving the Master. The mythos of the band is far from the most jarring aspect, the members—adorned in demonic-looking garb—routinely cover the audience in fake blood and gore while performing. Gwar does get sentimental at times, too. It routinely dedicates performances to one of its founding members, Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, who died in 2014. All of the bands members adopt aliases such as Beefcake the Mighty, Pustulus Maximus and Bonesnapper. Gwar's music and lyrics are exactly what one might expect from such a troupe. The lyrics routinely reference grotesque illicit activity and war-torn worlds.

7:30 p.m. $23-$65. The Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise,