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Knitting Factory offers eclectic mix

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

Week ahead promises wide variety of concerts

A white-clad dance party, dark metal mosh pits, politically powered folk songs, headbanging hard-rock anthems and juggalo hip-hop hysteria. That’s what’s on the menu of music being served up at the Knitting Factory Concert House over the coming week.

Here’s the lineup. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through TicketFly (877-435-9849, www.ticketfly.com).

From Sword To Sunrise and guests: Tonight at 7:30 ($6 at the door)

It’s a locals-only affair when hardcore metal crew From Sword To Sunrise anchors a bill with punk-pop quintet Small Town Nation, thrash foursome Reinkaos, death metal die-hard Benign and relative newcomer Into Ashes. FSTS is giving away free copies of its new EP at the show.

Night In White, with DJ Freaky Fred and guests: Saturday, 9 p.m. ($10/advance, $15/day of show; for presale tickets call Kelly at (424) 832-0223.

DJ Freaky Fred has made his almost-monthly color-themed dance parties a no-brainer for club night at The Knit. Whether it’s a blackout or whiteout, expect to see lots of skin on the dance floor.

Martin Sexton: Sunday, 8 p.m. ($20)

Singer-songwriter Sexton’s latest album, “Sugarcoating,” is anything but, as is evidenced in the post-9/11 perspective of the title song: “I wonder why nobody wonders why/with all the sweet sweet sweet sugarcoating/the nightly news gone entertainment biz/and the politicians out showboatin’/One day somebody tell it like it is.”

As I Lay Dying, with Demon Hunter, Blessthefall and War of Ages: Monday, 7 p.m. ($18.50/advance, $22/day of show)

Released Tuesday, “The Powerless Rise” comes three years after the Grammy-nominated “An Ocean Between Us,” the previous studio offering from metalcore quintet As I Lay Dying. That’s the widest gap between albums yet. Ten years in, As I Lay Dying continues to keep the metalcore movement alive.

Fear Factory, with Prong, Silent Civilian and Thy Will Be Done: Wednesday, 7 p.m. ($20)

Singer Burton Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares set their differences aside and reassembled Fear Factory after a fallout with founding drummer Raymond Herrera and guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers. The April release “Mechanize” is the first abum with drummer Gene Hoglan, and the first record with Cazares since 2001’s “Digimortal.”

Tech N9ne, with Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Prozac, Cognito and Knothead: Thursday, 8 p.m. ($26/advance, $28.50/day of show)

If Tech N9ne isn’t the hardest-working DIY rapper in the biz, he’s at least keeping the seat warm.

Averaging 200 shows per year, N9ne has topped Billboard’s indie charts and clocked major Internet love (including 4.5 million plays on YouTube and 10.2 million profile views on MySpace), along with heavy rotation on radio and more than 1 million records sold.

After two decades of rocking microphones in weird makeup, N9ne is still raising rap havoc on his forthcoming EP, “Amafrican Psycho.”



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