Morrissey, with guest Kristeen Young
8 tonight (sold out)
To conclude a recent blog post in which he blasted the "blustering jingoism" surrounding this summer's Olympic Games in his native England, alternative rock icon Morrissey signs off, "Undiminished, with a heart that longs for light, Morrissey." This blend of stern social criticism and full-blown Romanticism tells us everything we need to know about Morrissey's music – it can be catty, nasty, aggressive and acid-tongued; just as easily, it can be grandiose, swooning, heart-rending and beautiful.
The former Smiths singer is several decades into his "solo" career by this point, and as anyone who had the pleasure of catching the icon's last area appearance (UB's Center for the Arts in March 2009) can attest, that career is stuffed full of poetic alternative anthems, gorgeous melodies, and occasionally, inscrutable points of view, all delivered in the inimitable whimsical croon that endeared Morrissey to so many over the years.
On the concert stage, Morrissey is king, and the assembled audience his court. His fans form a loyal cult, and unsurprisingly, they snatched up all the tickets to their man's Rapids Theatre show in a matter of days.
Black Label Society, with Stemm, Pop Evil and Messer
7:30 p.m. Sunday; $29.50 advance, ?$35 day of show, through Ticketmaster
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, left, has earned a rabid, devout fan base since forming his own Black Label Society. A thunderous blast marrying metal and hard-core, all constructed around Wylde's blazing chops and gruff, Grizzly Adams-crossed-with-a-Hells Angel appearance and demeanor, the BLS sound also assimilates elements of 1970s Southern rock. ?Think Molly Hatchet covering Pantera tunes, and ?you're in the ballpark.
Fresh from a series of dates opening for metal gods Judas Priest on that band's 2012 "Farewell Tour," Wylde and BLS are right back where they want to be – headlining their own shows in large concert clubs and theaters. Expect to hear plenty of material from the recent "Order of the Black" and "The Song Remains Not the Same" albums, as well as earlier favorites.
Primus in 3D
7:30 p.m. Tuesday; $42.50 advance, ?$50 day of show; Ticketmaster
Primus doesn't really need visual aids to get its wonderful weirdness over. The trio's deep-fried blend of prog-rock, funk, metal, jam-band, and the just plain strange, is completely arresting. The individual virtuosity and collective high-level interaction of bassist Les Claypool, right, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Jay Lane is more than enough to blow the minds of most freaky mortals.
But for this tour, which in part celebrates the recent release of "Green Naugahyde," Claypool and Co. are taking their penchant for the trippy to new heights and performing in quadraphonic sound in front of massive screens displaying interactive images.Audience members will be given 3-D glasses as they enter the ?Rapids Theatre on Tuesday. Things are bound to get good and strange before the evening's end.