Roman Barham, the frontman for insanely talented and über-popular local rock gods Black Maria, has a birthday coming up. In celebration of this joyous occasion, Launchpad (618 Central NW) is hosting a totally fucked-up, thrashed out and mercilessly monstrous party for Mr. Barham on Saturday, Jan. 7. Headlining this night of hellacious headbanging is none other than Speedealer, a thrash metal ensemble outta Lubbock in Tejas. These fellows are on tour 300 days a year, promoting a sound that is as maniacal and menacing as their song titles—such as “Dealer’s Choice” and “Drink Me Dead”—suggest. Providing support for these mavens of mayhem will be SuperGiant, the local stoner rock band with gravitas (and songs full of abstruse astronomical allusions). And if that ain’t enough to yank your chain, then hear this: Rock Jong Il, a band whose punk proclivities know no sane limitations, is also on the bill. Cripple (not me, the band) opens. $10 gets you in, so what the heck? You wanted to destroy parts of your brain anyway, so why wait for Inauguration Day when you can get the same thing done for fun, 13 days prior to the advent of the apocalypse. 21+, 9pm.