Bloody Knives

Bloody Knives
9 p.m. Friday, February 10. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.
By Jaime Lees

Bloody Knives is often presented as “industrial shoegaze,” but that description isn’t quite right. Shoegaze was built on shy, passive performances and “swirling guitars.” Bloody Knives ain’t got none of that. This is a long-haired rock band from Austin, Texas without a single six-string guitar. The three band members play drums, bass and synthesizer. This mixture creates a thick bliss: It’s a combination of pretty distortion, eight-bit glitch and melody, backed by heavy stoner rock thumping. Constant touring has spread the band’s reputation as a thunderous live act; check it out with local openers Bug Chaser, Tone Rodent and Trauma Harness.
Go If: You want your 1988 My Bloody Valentine to rock like 1992 Kyuss.

Nick Oliveri

Nick Oliveri
10 p.m. Friday, October 10. The Trade, 3515 Chouteau Avenue.
By Jaime Lees
Published on October 08, 2008

You might not know the name Nick Oliveri, but chances are he’s been in one of your favorite bands. Arguably the most important group on his résumé is the mighty Kyuss, which remains one of the strongest, most definitive bands within the otherwise nebulous “stoner-rock” genre. After Kyuss split in 1995, Oliveri hopped all over the West Coast desert scene, and joined (or established) essential outfits such as the Dwarves, Mondo Generator and Queens of the Stone Age. Oliveri now splits his time between new band the Knives and his gigs as a fill-in singer, bassist and guitarist for artists such as Mark Lanegan and Turbonegro, although this current tour is an acoustic one. Expect to hear favorites from all of his old bands and cuts from his solo debut, Demolition Day.