Elvis Presley is dead, but his ghost is alive and shakin’ his polyester-covered ass all over town in the form of Clownvis Presley, the side project and alter-ego of 7 Shot Screamers frontman Mike Leahy (who, naturally, dresses and acts like Elvis, but has the painted face and sly demeanor of a circus clown). Clownvis is an old-time “song-and-dance guy,” a true performer who will do anything for a laugh; he’s just as likely to sing as he is to pull a string of handkerchiefs out of his nose. This week he’s debuting a vaudeville-type show at the Way Out Club: In addition to performing impressive Elvis covers in a bedazzled white jumper, Clownvis will play host to a variety of guests, including burlesque dancers, bands, singers and comedians.
Fronted by feminist hero Exene Cervenka, X have been playing their own style of shaky punk rock since the late ’70s. While their lyrics describe horrors such as rape, abuse and Los Angeles, their surprisingly thick and melodic song structures are ripe with riffs that honor our rock & roll daddy, Chuck Berry. Henry Rollins will take a break from his main gig as witty cultural commentator to once again lead the Rollins Band in displays of sweating, gritty speed-rock. Don’t let his new status as a man of words and wisdom fool you, though — on stage he’s still the same blasting force we first encountered in Black Flag. Get to the east side early to catch Texas’ the Riverboat Gamblers and The Lou’s own 7 Shot Screamers.