Over the past couple decades, the one thing that Insane Clown Posse has gotten right is the fact that miracles truly do exist. Somehow, I managed to finagle my way into a GA ticket for the sold-out Soundgarden show at the Paramount. So strike last week’s comment about me staying home and getting stoned to a beat-to-shit copy of Ultra Mega OK instead of going to the show.
Tonight, you have a chance to see progressive black metallers Enslaved play an intimate set at the Highline. Also playing that night will be neo-folk doomsayers Ancient VVisdom, and Pitchfork.com’s metal poster boys Pallbearer. If my baked ass makes it through Pallbearer’s stoney set without passing the fuck out, I’d be surprised. But Enslaved’s Pink Floyd-meets-Transylvanian-Hunger approach to black metal is enough to stick around for, as they’ve been known to bust out a little “Immigrant Song” here and there. Plus, they're fucking Enslaved. End of story.
Does it make me a total asshole to say I’m kind excited to see Marilyn Manson tomorrow? YOLO, man…YOLO. No, f’real though, in junior high, Antichrist Superstar was my jam. And now that the hype around Manson has died down and he’s playing smaller venues, it’ll be fun to re-visit 8th grade as I join the freaks at the dope show.
I realize I’ve lost all credibility with “true” metalheads and punks at this point, so I don’t know if there’s really any point in continuing. Either way, if classic rock ala Thin Lizzy is your thing, the least you could do is make an attempt to see Graveyard this Wednesday at Neumos. These dudes bust out soulful yet heavy '70s rock inspired metal that resonates with the older crowd, yet remains fresh enough for the under-agers.