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Wrenching Motorhead's classic speed-thrash into new dimensions of brutality and doom, High on Fire also packs its songs with nasty imagery like pestilence, plague, vermin and "Bastard Samurai" to go with the spectacular album art. Across five albums, the Oakland trio founded by Matt Pike (formerly of stoner-metal gods Sleep) has developed into one of metal's most formidable acts, with a demonic live attack to match.
"Slave the Hive," a relentless battery of double-kickdrum aggression that marks HoF's first new music since early-2012 LP De Vermiis Mysteriis, will be available as a limited-edition 7-inch single on this tour. With Kvelertak, whose lead shrieker Erlend Hjelvik spoke with Rocks Off Friday. CHRIS GRAY
For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers - Ashley Imani, Tawn-P, Phill Wade, Lee-Lonn, Nick Greer, Jack Freeman, etc. - strutting their stuff for one of the most stylish audiences in town.
Hosted by local scenesters Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore, whom Channel 39's Newsfix called "ebony and ivory at its finest," these few hours will have you looking forward to every Monday... just not Tuesdays. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLoungeHTX, too. CHRIS GRAY
Somewhere between grizzly perdition and taut no-frills punk lies the complicated genius of Peter Case. His under-the-radar music slips from categorization, effortlessly blurs genres, and trumps every hack trying another spin on power-pop or brooding folksinger persona.
After recently mining the Nerves catalog and touring digital-era America, gigging in Australia with Blue Oyster Cult and the Buzzcocks, and hitting the rails with Dave Alvin and Chris Smither's King of California train experience, Case is back in the creative driver's seat. He still writes incessantly, and arrives at Mucky Duck ready to unsheath the faves and off-the-cuff tunes that make each performance a cliffhanger. DAVID ENSMINGER
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