If you haven't seen the "Animosity"-era trio version of COC, you'd better head to Cat's Cradle this Thursday, May 26. That show will be the kick off for the band's U.S./European tour, which means you won't see them around here any time soon. In the past year I've seen this lineup twice -- at the Pour House reunion show and the punk rock house party -- and both of those shows were among the best I had seen all year.
And speaking of that Pour House show, I just took a look at some of my video stats for the year, and that video of "Animosity/Loss for Words" had 11, 210 plays! Thanks to Blabbermouth for making that video go viral. Scream and Devour open up for the band on Thursday.
Also this week, Rebuilding Raleigh, a benefit for the Red Cross, takes place Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 and 26, at the Pour House. Night one features BJ Barham, Kenny Roby, The Small Ponds, Debonzo Brothers and Jack the Radio. Night two features Stella Lively, Once and Future Kings, Bitter Resolve, Appetite for Destruction and The Last Tallboy. Proceeds go to help the Red Cross in the wake of last month's tornados.
Friday night (May 27) at Kings, there's a great show with at least four of my current favorite bands: Caltrop, Black Skies, Royal Thunder and USX -- who will be doing a stripped-down, partially acoustic show.
Finally, if you're up for a drive, classic English doom band Orange Goblin, and Indianapolis' Gates of Slumber will be at the Casbah at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte next Tuesday night. This show will definitely be worth the drive.