Three reasons to catch Boris at the Bunkhouse

Boris plays its second-ever Vegas set on November 16 Downtown.

1. The Japanese drone-metal trio just discovered the way to Vegas. Last year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival set marked the first and only performance here by a band now in the midst of its 25th-anniversary tour. Relatively few locals were present for that appearance, which saw bassist/vocalist Takeshi, guitarist/vocalist Wata and drummer/vocalist Atsuo re-create 2005 LP Pink in full inside the Joint.

2. Boris picked a good tour to bring here. July album Dear—which the band will likely be playing straight-through, if recent setlists hold up—marks a return to the doomy, stretched-out style of beloved early-2000s records like Flood and Feedbacker. Distortion once again rules all, rumbling over compositions that range from grunge-rock (“Absolutego) to dream-pop (“Biotope”), culminating with the downright terrifying title track.

3. It makes for terrific theater. The first time I caught Boris live, at a New York festival in 2009, the band’s setup included a massive gong … which hung untouched behind the drum kit for most of the show. During the final number, the stage filled with heavy fog, to the point where we could no longer see the musicians. And then, as the final piece built toward its climax, a single hand raised above the cloud—Atsuo’s, clutching a giant mallet, which he then smashed against the gong at last.

Boris with Torche, Endon. November 16, 9 p.m., $20. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.

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