Scott Kelly, Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Earthen Grave, Dolan Wayward | The Abbey | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Scott Kelly, Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Earthen Grave, Dolan Wayward Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m. 2011

Most metal partakes of what you might call, in Black Sabbath's phrase, "technical ecstasy"—fans are almost as likely to fetishize a band's arsenal of effects pedals and amps as they are the skill of the musicians. So naturally it's a daunting challenge for a heavy guitarist to play relatively naked and at least mostly unplugged. SCOTT "WINO" WEINRICH, best known from his time in the Obsessed and Saint Vitus and more recently a member of doom-metal supergroup Shrinebuilder, recently released his second solo album, Adrift (Exile on Mainstream), a moody, atmospheric, mostly acoustic affair. It digs down to metal's oft-forgotten roots, buried deep in the blues, and taps a wellspring of terror and daydreaming and subtle wit—I especially appreciate what he does to Motorhead's "Iron Horse." SCOTT KELLY of Neurosis, one of Weinrich's bandmates in Shrinebuilder, is likewise no stranger to the acoustic realm—his side project Blood and Time translates the cerebral grace and simmering vulcanism of Neurosis into the freak-folk medium with no loss of meaning or power. When it comes right down to it, it's not the size of the Marshall stack, it's whose fingers are on the fretboard, and Kelly and Weinrich are two of the best. They've recorded a split seven-inch for Volcom, and if all goes according to plan, copies will be available at tonight's show. Earthen Grave (playing an acoustic set) and Dolan Wayward (an alter-ego of Sweet Cobra's Tim Remis, aka Botchy Vasquez) open

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