The Melvins

Equally revered by metal heads, grunge kids and stoner music followers, the Melvins is a band for lovers of cross-genre loudness. Thick guitars, devilishly droning vocals and deep, dark drums combine to make the Melvins’ powerful, evil sound. Known for using two drummers at live shows (and for King Buzzo’s beautiful afro), the band’s entire set is one long relentless (and glorious) ear assault. Opening for the Melvins is legendary New York noise rockers Unsane. Unsane has a huge cult following and it might be an even bigger draw than the headliner. Lots of people have been talking about this show; be sure you get your tickets early.
Warning: Bring ear plugs. No, really. Even if you never wear them, you should make an exception on this night.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 3. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street. $18 to $20. 314-535-0353.
— By Jaime Lees

– link: Riverfront Times

Melvins / Big Business

Melvins/Big Business
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26. Pop’s, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
By Jaime Lees
Published: September 19, 2007

Beware, children: The Melvins, lordly gods of bone-crunching sludge-grunge, are coming to melt your eardrums. Longtime members Buzz Osborne (exquisite thrashing, psychotic vocals) and Dale Crover (swamp-heavy drum thuds) have joined with Big Business bandmates Jared Warren (bass) and Coady Willis (drums) to breed a new, ultra-heavy sound. (That’s right, the Melvins now have two drummers.) Touring on the bombastic new album, (A) Senile Animal, the band has designed a way to reign all night. Big Business will be the opening band, but before the music there is a screening of A Purge of Dissidents, a short animated film with a soundtrack by the Melvins and friends, including Jon Spencer and Jesus Lizard’s David Yow.