Stars End host and electronic music explorer Chuck van Zyl is circling back around to a cassette tape he released in 1991, reissuing it with added tracks digitally and on CD via local label Industry8. Over the course of seven compositions The Xyl Filetravels the multi-faceted realm of futuristic music that is as mind-opening today as it was 25 years ago.
Last night saw a massive heavy double bill with 90s cult faves Local H and Helmet at World Cafe Live, of all places. The former came out roaring with their mix of punk and 90s grunge that set a high bar for energy and got the standing crowd moving. Vocalist/guitarist Scott Lucas was on point, ripping through favorites like “That’s What They All Say,” “High Fiving MF” and “Hands On The Bible.” Amazing sound for a two-piece and some of the best lighting I’ve seen in the venue.
Helmet was the main fare and not having seen them since 1992 (a co-bill with L7 at The Troc), I had no idea what to expect. Page Hamilton, the founder / vocalist / guitarist, is famously not your standard frontman for a metal band. He plays a very technical, mathematical jazz-influenced guitar sound that reminds me of classic Black Sabbath played by a Berklee alum with passive-aggressive issues. Continue reading →