May 11, 2012 in Features

Belles kick off big week at Factory

By The Spokesman-Review

Social Distortion lands at Knitting Factory on Tuesday night.
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The all-female tribute to AC/DC, punk-rock veterans, the rap “Mail Man” of hip-hop, and half of the drummer duo from the Grateful Dead – that’s what is on the docket for live music this week to The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave.

Tickets for all Knitting Factory shows are available at>

Hell’s Belles, Thirty Three, Laylah’s Drink

When: 8:30 p.m. today

Tickets: $12.50

Originally formed in Seattle in 2000, the ladies in Hell’s Belles are world-famous for their spot-on gender-bending tribute to AC/DC.

While the lineup for Hell’s Belles has evolved over the years, the band has remained a constant touring spectacle for its dozen-year existence, traveling as far as Japan and Singapore for shows.

The Belles even received a sparkling endorsement from none other than Angus Young himself. “It’s great to know that other musicians like you enough to play a tribute to you,” he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer back in 2008, later calling Hell’s Belles “The Best AC/DC cover (band) I’ve heard.”

Mickey Hart Band

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $27

One half of The Grateful Dead’s “rhythm devils,” Mickey Hart is alive and kickin’.

After the death of Jerry Garcia, and the Dead’s split, Hart continued to play in various projects, occasionally crossing paths with Bob Weir’s band, Ratdog.

Concurrent with his work in the Grateful Dead, Hart forged a colorful career in music as a soloist, percussionist and book author, all filtered through his lifelong passion for ethnomusicology and world music.

A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Hart also sits on the board of directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to seek to establish new knowledge and develop more effective therapies to awaken, stimulate and hear through the power of music.

In 2008, Hart led his own band on a national tour in advance of the release of “Rhythm of the Universe,” a composition based on a variety of astrophysical data and collaboration between an artist and scientist.

Social Distortion with The Toadies and Lindi Ortega

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Tickets: $32

Following bouts with drug abuse, multiple hiatuses, and a band roster that has seen 20 different players over more than two decades, Social Distortion managed to release its most commercially successful album yet with last year’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.”

The album came seven years after its predecessor and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200, making it Social D.’s first ever top-10 album and highest ever peak on that chart in their 30-plus year career.


When: Thursday at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $30, $35, through

The founding leader of California rap crew The Click, E-40 has a staggering level of output, releasing 17 albums in 10 years as a soloist. That’s not counting his group albums with the Click, plus various collaborative projects.

This year alone, 40 dropped a trilogy called “The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil.”

The third and final installment of that series came out in late March and features a host of guests, including Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Kokane, Kendrick Lamal, Droop-E, Too Short, Kaveo, Stressmatic, B-Legit, Willy Will, Kat Williams, Raheem Devaughn and Hieroglyphics.

The records follow E-40’s previous four albums that were released in pairs in 2010 and 2011.

The Click’s ringleader is also promising a collaborative album with rap legend Too Short.

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