“I said I know; it’s only rock and roll, but I like it.”—A message from the Glimmer Twins.
Two variables here. A shortened format and a lengthy introduction touching on the history and culture behind the music we’re all going out to listen to yields a photoless, and some would say, joyless column. They’ll be none of that this week, mister! But do go see these shows anyway; you’ll break our stony hearts otherwise.
The Rolling Stones: “It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)”
Eric Williams Photography
I’m a gonna take a chance on this one because Halloween. Because hip-hop music. Because monsters. More precisely, Leo’s Nightclub (1119 Candelaria Rd NW) hosts the Monsters Ball 2017 on Friday night, Oct. 27, and it features some of the region’s most curiously intense rappers and rockers. I’m talking about acts like horrocore headmaster Seenloc, insane post-metal instrumentalists Scarlet Empyrean and the one and only Summon, whose work folds magik and mysticism into rap music the way mi abuelita used to fold baking powder into the tortilla mix, with love, an attempt to make something rise and all that. 8pm • $8 • 21+.
El Launchpad (618 Central Ave NW) continues to bring pre-Halloween hijinks to a head on Saturday, Oct. 28, with this year’s third iteration of the insanely popular Night of the Living Cover Bands concert. This time around, as the clock counts down to all hallows eve, there’ll be spooky performances by local bands reporting directly to the stage from the uncanny valley. Prepare for sets like The Coma Recovery as Nine Inch Nails while Lilah Rose invokes Weezer, Sorry Guero re-imagines Suicidal Tendencies (if they do “Institutionalized,” I’ll be good and goddamned) and Cobra vs. Mongoose covering the Rolling Stones! And guess what else? DJ Buddha Funk will be your evening’s host, so don’t be scared, be truly overjoyed. 8pm • $5/adv, $8/door • 21+.
Finally folks, if you want proof that folk, folk rock and underground, plaintive and plangent singer-songwriters can still fuel the engines of rocanrol as the genre otherwise careens carelessly over the hills and far away, then by all means, put your costume away for a day and haul your Halloween-anticipating arse over to the Historic El Rey Theater (622 Central Ave SW) on Monday, Oct. 30, to see Samuel Ervin Beam perform. Known to most as Iron & Wine, Beam’s been deconstructing and craftily remaking American music since the early aughts, when Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman noticed his increasingly intense and startlingly sick oeuvre. His new album Beast Epic is a return to simpler, subtle arrangements and intimate melodic musings. 7pm • $28 • All ages.