We caught up with synthwave musician Seth Haley, aka Com Truise, to chat about his mesmerizing new EP Silicon Tare and more.
Were there any particular new influences or inspirations informing your new music? Some of the tracks were influenced by moving from the East Coast to the West Coast. [Also] the software I use went through a huge change—it has more room now, more air and more breathing space. Things warmed up. It sounds a little bit more open.
You’re also working on a new album. Do you know what direction that will take? The storyline: The first android astronaut goes into space and makes contact with this civilization. They try to corrupt him, and he falls in love. Then he causes a rift between our civilization and theirs. It will be dark and light, happy and sad.
What’s been the biggest challenge as Com Truise has amassed a larger audience? Being a one-man band, I have to make it more of an experience than just a guy with a laptop and a couple MIDI controllers. I’m starting to work the visuals in.
For more of our interview with Com Truise, click here. Opening for STRFKR, with Fake Drugs. May 28, 8 p.m., $17-$20. —Annie Zaleski
If your idea of a good time involves climbing through PVC pipes, crawling under fences and sloshing through mud, test your strength against challenging obstacles with names like “Horrendous Heavy Bags” and “Wicked Walls.” Join a team or try taking on this 7K gauntlet alone. May 28, 8 a.m., $20-$100 for participants; $10-$15 for spectators, badassdash.com. —Rosalie Spear
This Mexico-born garage-punk outfit keeps bolstering its pedigree—opening for the Melvins, landing Iggy Pop for terrifying 2015 track “La Uva” and touring with At the Drive-In (Omar Rodríguez-López has played and produced for the band). When Teri Gender Bender belts out her emotional lyrics, time freezes. With Supermoon, Mauve. May 26, 9 p.m., $10-$12. —Leslie Ventura
The clandestine purchase of the Review-Journal last December generated headlines, especially when the buyer was revealed to be Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Since then, more than a dozen editorial staffers have reportedly resigned or been dismissed—just some of the R-J developments written about by this longtime NYU journalism professor, who will opine further and answer questions during a discussion with UNLV Associate Professor of History Michael Green. May 26, 6 p.m., free, Greenspun Hall. —Mike Prevatt
Arguably heavy metal’s boldest frontiersmen, these sci-fi-obsessed futurists have been trekking through the genre’s fringes for more than three decades. Their origins were as primal as the stone tools of early man: On 1984 debut War and Pain and follow-up Rrröööaaarrr, the band blasted forth like a Canadian Motörhead, right down to the umlauts. But it didn’t take long for Voivod to prison-break from thrash metal and begin channeling Pink Floyd at its most adventurous, pretty much abandoning metal altogether on 1991’s now-influential, then-misunderstood psych-prog oddity Angel Rat. Since then, Voivod has undergone numerous lineup changes, weathered the death of visionary guitarist Denis D’Amour and most recently, released the invigorated-sounding Post Society EP in February. Voivod has always imagined a dystopian future—it turns out theirs has proven to be far brighter. With King Parrot, Child Bite. May 28, 9 p.m., $15-$35. —Jason Bracelin
The Who Hits 50! tour is all about hits, so this deeper-cut playlist won’t spoil the set.
• “Circles” (’66) An early pop confection, meant to follow single “My Generation.”
• “A Quick One, While He’s Away” (’66) The ’68 Rock and Roll Circus take makes for an exhilarating head-rush. YouTube it.
• “Mary Anne With the Shaky Hand” (’67) A genius earworm off the quirky Sell Out.
• “Sally Simpson” (’69) Is there such a thing as a deep cut on Tommy?
• “Sea and Sand” (’73) Practice your Roger and Pete vocals on this classic Quadrophenia cut.
• “Naked Eye” (’74) Head straight for the primo Who’s Next live bonus version of this non-album gem.
May 29, 7:30 p.m., $96-$501, Caesars Palace. —Spencer Patterson
Michael Heizer is best known for “City,” a monumental land-art project in Garden Valley that’s nearing completion after four decades. Or for “Levitated Mass,” the large-scale sculpture that debuted triumphantly at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012. He exhibited at New York City’s Gagosian Gallery last year, showing massive sculptures and paintings. From June 2 through August 13, head Downtown to view a collection of Heizer prints from Gemini G.E.L. and Durham Press, directly related to his land art and other sculptural works. Opening June 2; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. or by appointment, free; 620 S. 7th St. —Kristen Peterson
...And No One Else Wanted to Paint at Metroplex Art
The late ’80s and early ’90s were a hell of a good time for Las Vegas’ underground punk scene. Just in time for Punk Rock Bowling, the artwork of Jesse Michaels—singer for Operation Ivy, Big Rig and Common Rider—will go on display with this opening reception (and stay up through June 4) alongside the works of longtime local (and non-local) punks. From Dan Sites, known for his Rich Kids on LSD album artwork, to FSP’s Danny Breeden, Schizoid’s Greg Higgins and Poison 13’s Tim Kerr, it will celebrate a scene that paved the way for many of the Vegas musicians who followed. May 26, 5-9 p.m., free, 1201 S. Main St. —Leslie Ventura
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