Rob Zombie with special guest Fireball Ministry will play the Knitting Factory, 211 N. Virginia St., at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Rob’s back, and he apologizes for canceling his previous date. He’s making it up by upgrading to a Saturday Night Spooktacular.
Musician/band leader/film director and all-around conceptualist, Zombie released his first album for Loud and Proud/Roadrunner Records in February of last year, “Hellbilly Deluxe 2.”
“HD 2” comes a dozen years after its predecessor, “Hellbilly Deluxe,” the album that established Zombie as a solo artist in his own right following the demise of the band White Zombie. That album also yielded a string of successful radio singles, namely “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl,” both of which dominated the airwaves in 1998 and 1999.
Zombie’s new offering of done-the-way-you-love-it horror metal also showcases some new moves from the master. “What?” puts the mad scientist laboratory in the middle of the garage, while the 10-minute closer, “The Man Who Laughs,” showcases an underlying orchestral score by Tyler Bates, film composer known for the Zombie-directed “Halloween” remakes and “The Devil’s Rejects,” as well as “The Watchmen.”
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range in price from $36 to $100 for reserved box seating. Tickets are available at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24-Hours a day, at Recycled Records or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at www.ticketfly.com or www.knittingfactory.com.
Larry and His Flask to play The Alley
JMAX Productions welcomes Larry and His Flask Tuesday to The Alley in Sparks. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.
Musical anthropologists interested in the study of just how fast a band can evolve need look no further than the six upright, upstanding men from Oregon who comprise Larry and His Flask. Formed by brothers Jamin and Jesse Marshall in 2003, the Flask (as the band’s expanding army of fans calls them) spent its first half-decade stuck in a primordial, punk-rock goop, where a blood-sweat-and-beers live show took priority over things such as notes and melodies. The band was (somewhat) skilled and an absolute joy to watch, but the goal was always the party over perfection.
Over the past two years, however, Larry and His Flask has gone from crawl to sprint at breakneck speed. First, Jamin Marshall moved from gargling-nails vocals to drums. Guitarist Ian Cook became the band’s primary voice and a trio of talented pickers and singers — Dallin Bulkley (guitars), Kirk Skatvold (mandolin) and Andrew Carew (banjo) — joined the family.
Determined to make music for a living or die trying, the six brothers set out in a van, intent on playing for anyone, anywhere at any time. From coffee shops to dive bars and street corners to theater stages, the Flask honed its sound and show through experience, attacking attention of passersby in hopes of collecting enough change to get to the next town.
By 2009, Larry and His Flask’s train began gaining steam. The band’s new songs are a blurry blend of lightning-fast string-band picking, gorgeous nods to old-school country, and sublime multi-part harmonies, all presented through a prism of punk chaos. The boys have grown and changed, yes, but their shows are still gloriously physical displays of live music’s sheer power. In other words, keep your eyes peeled, or risk taking the heavy end of Jesse Marshall’s flailing, stand-up bass right between the eyes.
A slot supporting the Dropkick Murphys led to an opportunity to finally record their new, twangier sound. The result is Larry and His Flask’s three-song, self-titled 7-inch record, pressed in a limited run. In mid-2010, the Flask holed up in central Oregon, working on songs for its first full-length recording in anticipation of the next leg of a lifelong tour. For more information, visit www.larryandhisflask.com.
Tickets to the Sparks show are available at www.ticketweb.com, www.jmaxproductions.net, at The Alley and Recycled Records. Tickets cost $12 in advance and the show is open to guests age 21 and over.
DJ Aoki comes to the Knit
Steve Aoki with special guests Designer Drugs will perform Wednesday at the Knitting Factory Concert House.
From his recent work with Afrojack, Armand Van Helden, the Bloody Beetroots and Zuper Blahq (to name a few), Aoki is a preeminent party-rocker/DJ/producer who is taking electronic music to new heights and sounds. His special guests are world-renowned producers, remixers and DJs. Designer Drugs will bring the high-energy, speaker-melting madness with their first-ever Reno appearance and set the tone for Aoki’s performance.
This show is open to all ages. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Cal-Neva Casino main cashier cage 24 hours a day, at Recycled Records or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at www.Ticketfly.com or www.KnittingFactory.com. Tickets cost $23 for general admission.
Wayne “The Train” Hancock live at Piper’s
Wayne “The Train” Hancock will be at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City on Saturday.
Since his stunning debut, “Thunderstorms and Neon Signs” in 1995, Hancock has been the undisputed king of juke joint swing — that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, Western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Hancock’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro,” bare bones but bone shaking, hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Hancock is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.
Like he’s fond of saying: “Man, I’m like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That’s me.”
Piper’s Opera House is located at 12 N. B St. in Virginia City. Tickets cost $10 and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio station presents a Low Dough Show
The Knitting Factory and 100.9 KRZQ FM are proud to welcome Biffy Clyro to Reno for a special low-ticket price show.
Biffy Clyro, from Kilmarnock, Scotland, came together in 1995, when childhood friends Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and twins James (bass/vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) started playing music together.
United by a love of underground, experimental rock and post-hardcore bands such as Braid and Karate, along with the starrier likes of Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, they quickly honed their own unique sound, a mind-boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams, sewn together into a strange tapestry of sound that sat resolutely apart anything else being made at the time.
Since then, they’ve released four albums and have worked their way up to playing with Muse at Wembley Stadium, headlining the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, and supporting the Rolling Stones and U2. This year, they will be supporting Foo Fighters throughout America.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission or $25 for a reserved box seat and are available at the Cal-Neva casino main cashier cage 24-hours a day, at Recycled Records or by calling 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849) and online at www.ticketfly.com or www.knittingfactory.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Brüka Theatre presents ‘Angry Housewives’
Brüka Theatre presents “Angry Housewives – The Musical Comedy.” Bored with their everyday lives and kept in insignificance by their boyfriends/husbands, these are four angry women. They try a number of outlets, but nothing suits until one of them strikes a chord on her guitar and suggests they form a punk rock group to enter the upcoming talent show at the neighborhood punk club. Their group, “The Angry Housewives,” enter and win. This genial satire of contemporary feminism ran for ages in Seattle and has had numerous successful productions across the country.
The sixth play of the 2010/2011 Brüka Theatre season, “Angry Housewives” opened with a post-show champagne reception catered by The Wild River Grille and Back of The House on Friday. The show runs through June 25, Thursday through Saturday with evening shows at 8 p.m. There is a Sunday matinee June 12 at 2 p.m. that will be followed by a talkback with the company. The doors open a half an hour before curtain time. Reservations are available through the box office at 323-3221. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Individual tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for students and seniors and $25 at the door. Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot Emporium at 1049 S. Virginia St. The theater will validate parking at the parking gallery on First and Sierra streets. For more information, visit www.bruka.org.
Other shows this week at the Knitting Factory
The Knitting Factory presents Fitz and The Tantrums and the Whitney Myer Band tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Knitting Factory and JMAX Productions Presents Flogging Molly Friday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Documentary about landfill residents
showing at NMA
“Waste Land,” a film by Lucy Walker, will be presented at the Nevada Museum of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.
“Waste Land” is a multi-award-winning feature documentary following world-renowned Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he takes viewers on an emotional journey through the world’s largest landfill in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro — a place called Jardim Gramacho.
Over three years, Muniz took photographs of the people who inhabited the trash city and the art objects they created out of trash. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the “catadores” – pickers of recyclable materials – as they begin to re-imagine their lives.
For more information, visit www.wastelandmovie.com. Tickets cost $10 or $8 for museum members.
Harrah’s Reno Plaza presents Saturday night summer shows
RENO — As part of the summer-long festivities focused around the Bill Harrah’s centennial birthday celebration, Harrah’s Reno is rolling out a summer Saturday night concert series starting Memorial Day weekend through Street Vibrations weekend, Sept. 24.
To kick things off, Pop Fiction, an eight-piece party band from San Francisco, will take the stage at dusk on Saturday. ’Admission is always $10 and comes complete with two free cocktails, party toys, entry into generous raffle contests and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. with performances at 9 p.m..
For a complete list of the summer’s performers, visit http://bit.ly/ksM3QF.