When: Fri., June 1, 7 p.m. 2012
Texas band Urizen, named after a godlike figure embodying reason and law in the mythology of William Blake, can be hard to classify—their puckish humor sometimes leads you to suspect you're dealing with the real-life equivalent of a bunch of smart-ass Internet trolls. Essentially, they play electronic video-game-geek rock with a fierce metal bite. Their latest release, 2011's >8-bit Universe, is a chiptune remix of their previous album, Universe: Red, and as such it doesn't give a very accurate picture of what their music is usually like—though it's brilliant in its own way, especially if you enjoy visualizing Marty Rev and Alan Vega trapped in a first-generation Super Mario Brothers game. A more vivid starting place is the 2010 live EP Earth Transmission: Live in Dallas (available for free download on their website), which is a glorious eruption of overexuberant nerd joy—its bleeps and bloops collide with beautifully incongruous and yet somehow perfectly apposite surges of power-metal riffing. —Monica Kendrick Winterhymn, Act of Destruction, Lords of the Trident, and Gamma Gulp open.
Price: $10, $8 in advance