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    Rotting Christ, Carach Angren, Uada, Gaerea, Whore of Bethlehem

    Not rock, indie rock, or rap. Nor punk, pop, or dance. DJ, EDM – close. Pound per MF pound, extreme metal stacks far flung international beatdowns. Nearly 40 years in, Greek black metal heretics Rotting Christ cycle back to Austin behind digital career comp The Apocryphal Spells. Meanwhile, Tolkien-titled symphonic black metallers Carach Angren jet in from the Netherlands. Gaerea’s third LP Mirage grinds BM misanthropy originating from Portugal. Don’t let that triptych pull focus from Oregonian USBM hooded heroes Uada or even blacked ATX extremists Whore of Bethlehem. “Black metal is a religion,” Rotting Christ founder Sakis Tolis told the Chronicle in 2018. A m e n.
    Fri., Feb. 17, 6pm 
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    Vel Nine, Ben Buck, Spy MC, Evolve, BLakchyl, Hell Cat, Bubs Rubino & Friends, Akomplice Beats, Landon Wordswell, Resonate

    Austin’s Ben Buck first invited Southern California’s Vel Nine for a “Texas Two-Step” tour in 2019, assisted by Spy MC for the San Antonio leg. Since, the steady West Coast artist landed R&B croon “Frutas” on HBO’s Euphoria, under past title Vel the Wonder. Her latest September Freakjet hits harder with a baseball-bat-swinging cover – wrapping timelessly assured hip-hop around nostalgic opening samples from Love & Basketball and A League of Their Own. Gender studies in Nineties sportsmanship smooth the playing field across Lauryn Hill-esque spoken charisma and harsher defenses, oldies soul samples humming throughout. Friday brings Buck’s third season presenting Vel Nine as booming local outlet Speaker Bump, also continuing a monthly genre-crossing residency at Hole in the Wall (every last Friday) and running cassettes for artists like Deezie Brown, Termanology & Paul Wall, and Vel Nine. On this weekend’s lineup, Buck emails: “I’ve been a fan of Blakchyl ever since I first started attending hip hop events in Austin. Blakchyl’s group Mindz of A Different Kind were one of my earliest influences when I started performing. I met Hellcat at the Vel 9 show at Swan Dive in 2021 and became a fan after booking her for my monthly residency ‘Rhyme Schemes’ last year. I felt both of them fit very well stylistically alongside Vel’s music.” Evolve, Bubs Rubino, Akomplice Beats, Landon Wordswell, and Resonate complete team Flamingo.
    Fri., Feb. 17, 8pm. $10 cover or purchase two-for-one advance tickets. 
  • Music

    Akina Adderley

    The jazz vocalist performs with her band on the heels of January single “Where Does the Love Go?”
    Fri., Feb. 17, 10pm
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    We Are the Asteroid, Suckling (record release), Tia Carrera

    A triumvirate of top-tier heavy riffers under one roof: zero-gravity brain-scrapers We Are the Astroid, instrumental stoner voyagers Tia Carrera, and the mesmeric Suckling, christening a must hear full-length debut. “This is me trying to raise the dead… in my head,” expurges Suckling vocalist/organist Ezra Reynolds, to open the emotive and exploratory 11-song platter where Brett Bradford’s fierce Stratocaster resounds like a hungry beast stalking around the intestine rumbling bass grooves of Win Wallace. The cinematic strain of noise rock and post-punk laid out on Suckling’s 2018 EP now enfolds a bounty of surprising jazz/soul horn arrangements and compositions that lean progressive and classical. Don’t miss the lively “Mean A Nine,” uniting Bradford with his Scratch Acid bandmate Rey Washam for the first time since 1986.
    Fri., Feb. 17, 9pm
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