Various, The Venue, August 4, 5 and 6
If you're jonesing fora little rock, metal or emo-core this week, the Venue has something to fit your musical tastes.
On Friday, The Twilight Army Tour brings us Circa Survive, The Receiving End of Sirens, Portugal.The Man (the period is intentional) and Keating. Circa Survive plays pounding, frantic melodies bolstered by the high, yearning vocals of Anthony Green, formerly of Saosin. Check out their Web site at www.circasurvive.com. The Receiving End of Sirens also know how to rock a melody, mixing it up with futuristic synth sounds, heavy guitar and bass beats and poetic lyrics. Portugal.The Man is fun, flip and fearless. They maintain a sense of humor in their songs and aren't afraid to completely change a tune right in the middle, allowing them to showcase their ability to write music that's quite clever. Slap on a pair of 3D glasses and check out their Web site at www.portugaltheman.net. Nashville's Keating proves that more than just country comes out of the Volunteer State. Kicky beats, plaintive vocals and heavy guitar make Keating the perfect band to round out the show. You can get an earful of their sound at www.keatingband.com.
On Saturday, the fun starts early with the School of Rock All-Stars (see Picks on page 22) and then Love Crymes performs songs from their new CD Rebirth. Their funky wah-wah guitar should be fun to hear performed live. Western Aerial will also be playing on Saturday, and these boys are all Northwestern rock. Their brand-new release Want It All is nine tracks of pure rock and roll and they have been compared to Velvet Revolver and even AC/DC. You can watch a great video of Western Aerial's "Lipstick and Cigarettes" (two of my favorite things) at www.indie911.com/western-aerial and hear some Love Crymes at www.myspace.com/lovecrymes.
On Sunday, the Summer Bummer Tour rolls into town bringing Folly, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Look What I Did and The Human Abstract (whose new album Nocturne comes out August 22. This is an array of some serious hard rock/metal/emocore music that will have the place bouncing all night.
Friday: 7 p.m., $10 advance, $12 at the door; Saturday: 7 p.m., $10; Sunday: 7 p.m., $8. The Venue, 521 Broad St., www.boisevenue.com.