When: Fri., Nov. 4, 6 p.m. 2011
Tucson posthardcore band the Bled never quite saw their considerable talent jell into career momentum. Lineup changes (including a singer quitting right before they recorded their 2003 full-length debut) and the usual money problems built to a sort of critical mass of frustration, and this summer the band announced that after ten years and four full-lengths they'd be taking a farewell tour and calling it quits. It's really a shame: their final album, last year's Heat Fetish (Rise), is their best—a solid, occasionally ambitious package of gnat's-ass-tight stop-and-start aggro, bolstered by savagely skillful drumming and tightly disciplined riffing. Vocalist James Muñoz fronts the band with conviction and wit, especially on "Need New Conspirators" and "Shouting Fire in a Crowded Room." At least fans can take comfort that the Bled are stepping out on a high note—when these guys do the reunion thing in seven years, Heat Fetish will probably be the "classic" album they play. —Monica Kendrick Decoder, Cave Bear, Internal Empires, and Burn the Remains open.