HoZac Blackout: Chrome, Wizzard Sleeve with Mr. Quintron, Cop City/Chill Pillars, FNU Ronnies Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., May 18, 8 p.m. 2013

Helios Creed, the guitarist, singer, songwriter, and sound artist who’s been the driving force behind all recent incarnations of legendary sci-fi/psych/punk/postpunk band Chrome, didn’t even play on their 1976 debut, The Visitation. But it’s pretty unanimously agreed that the band really took off after he joined, with the superweird 1978 and ’79 masterpieces Alien Soundtracks and Half Machine Lip Moves; since founder Damon Edge died in 1995, Creed has carried the Chrome banner. Busy and productive, he’s kept a solo career going at the same time (which tends to run together with his output as Chrome), and he’s working on new material now; for this show, he’s joined by a five-piece band that includes keyboardist Tommy Grenas (formerly of Pressurehed) and drummer Aleph Kali, both of whom have been with Chrome for 17 years, meaning they were around for the solid late-90s reunion. For me what’s more exciting, though, is that he’s polishing up a double album of unreleased late-70s Chrome tracks—a snafu over bills kept the tapes in limbo for more than 30 years—and plans to release it later this year. Fans who want to support the project can keep up with his progress at DIY funding site pledgemusic.com. This show is part of the HoZac Blackout festival. —Monica Kendrick Wizzard Sleeve with Mr. Quintron, Cop City/Chill Pillars, FNU Ronnies, Verma, and Population open.

Price: $25, $70 four-day pass

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