When: Fri., Dec. 2, 6:15 p.m. 2011
While their contemporaries in the Seattle underground were making bank off hard rock that cloaked its deep love for bygone dinosaurs like Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer with a veil of hipster irony and punked-out nihilism, Kyuss and the so-called desert-rock groups they spawned in the wilds of southern California were building their own legacies playing those influences straight-up. The 1992 album Blues for the Red Sun and (even more so) its 1994 follow-up Welcome to Sky Valley made the massive riffage, stoner-boogie tempos, and broad-chested vocals that went out of style with the first new wave of British heavy metal suddenly seem vital again. Plus, they set the stage for bands like Queens of the Stone Age (the post-Kyuss project of Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri) to go multiplatinum even as Kyuss itself slipped into cultish semi-obscurity. Oliveri has rejoined front man John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork in their reincarnated Kyuss Lives! lineup (sorry, no Homme), and they've got new album planned for 2012. Odds are it's going to rock pretty seriously. —Miles Raymer The Sword, Black Cobra, and Bible of the Devil open.