On the weekend of August 26-28, a who's-who of punk, metal, hard rock and hardcore will converge—including Converge, as it turns out—at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery. The lineup holds a couple of San Diego bands, including Drive Like Jehu and Black Heart Procession, along with an impressive list of heavy music heroes the world over. If you can't make it that weekend for Psycho Las Vegas, however, there are several banner acts playing in San Diego before and after the fest. Here's a roundup.
Alice Cooper (October 28, Harrah's Resort): Rock 'n' roll's original villain was here a few years back opening for Motley Crue (don't ask me, dude) but he's finally back to offer a theatrical show, second-billed to nobody.
Baroness (August 30, Observatory North Park): Full disclosure: This is my most anticipated show of the summer. I've seen Baroness play three times before, but their melodic, psychedelic metal is just too good not to catch at every opportunity.
Black Heart Procession (August 24, The Casbah): The Black Heart Procession haven't played a show in San Diego for a few years, their membership divided by geography and different goals. But they're making a brief return to darken our fair city once again.
Blue Oyster Cult (June 26, Belly Up Tavern): This one's just around the corner, so don't miss it. The proto-metal heroes and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" stars bring some riffs to the Belly Up ahead of the fest.
Boris (July 22, The Casbah): This week I wrote about my ambivalence about bands performing their albums live, but one I'll make an exception for is Boris, whose 2006 album Pink they'll be playing at Psycho and in San Diego. It's a damn classic is what it is.
A Storm of Light (August 25, Brick by Brick): A Storm of Light isnít exactly a supergroup, but nonetheless features members of The Book of Knots and Battle of Mice. Their sound is atmospheric and big, so expect something epic.