Charged up by Battery
A deejay spun techno Friday, and a Metallica cover band rocked Saturday. Of the two performances at Levelz last weekend, techno drew a slightly larger crowd, but in my book, heavy metal rockers Battery brought a better show.
Many things Saturday night were worth the $8 admission, such as the way high-powered fans kept drummer Laurence Langley's hair blowin' like it was straight out of an '80s rock video. Or frontman Harvey Lewis' running tough-guy dialogue with the crowd, including shouts of: "You guys like Jagermeister?"
The music ripped, too. Highlights were a lengthy "Seek and Destroy" -- complete with bawdy audience participation, a dose of metal sensitivity with the reflective "Nothing Else Matters," and a killer guitar solo from Jason Taylor while the rest of the band took a break. Lewis then joined Taylor for a whiskey-fueled dueling guitar segment that brought the crowd jumping to the front of the stage. Battery closed with three -- count 'em, three -- encores, including their namesake song.
Battery fans were rowdy and energized but not violent, quickly picking up anybody who fell or got knocked over. As one long-haired guy in an old-school Metallica T-shirt said: "You're lucky this ain't a Pantera cover band."
-- Mike Lawrence
Clinging to Clutch
While Steamboat Springs was head-banging to the sounds of Metallica, the Four Points staff headed east to Nashville.
Some subconscious fear kept me from wandering into dark, smoky bars in the mid-afternoon to listen to the hourly rotation of solo singer-songwriters hoping to get discovered by some country music label scout.
Instead, I found myself in a block-long line at the door of the Exit/In waiting for two hours for the Clutch show to open.
Three college students in front of us amused themselves by repeating memorized lines from "Team America" and "Family Guy" and recapping their various dorm-room conquests for everyone to hear.
Once inside, the room was packed, front to back. When Clutch took the stage, surly lead singer Neil Fallon paced the stage and shouted his spoken word.
True to form, the girls covered their ears and the boys were escorted out one by one for being too drunk or too belligerent or a combination of the two.
-- Autumn Phillips