Miyavi is a big star in his native Japan, and has a fanatical US fan-base as well. Perusing his press photos and reading about his elaborate costumes and lines of teenage girls at his shows, you might be forgiven for expecting some sort of prefab pop heartthrob, but you’d be wrong. Stylistically, he covers a lot of ground, from pop to funk to straight up serious rock. And he knows a thing or two about how to play guitar.
Almost certainly the heaviest show this Monday night is at the Comet. Radio Moscow has released 3 albums blending blues and hard stoner rock on Alive/Natural Sound Records, but in contrast with label-mates The Black Keys and Left Lane Cruiser, they add a potent psychedelic sound to the mix, bringing to mind late 60s/early 70s bands such as Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, Flower Travellin’ Band, and Cream.
Seattle duo Hobosexual, heavy-psyche band The Flying Eyes, and local rockers Mystery Ship join in to complete this night of massive sludgy riffs.
Mariachi El Bronx are the alter-egos of LA-based hardcore punk band The Bronx. In this incarnation, bedecked in studded outfits, they perform original songs with the traditional instruments including guitarron (a large hollow-bodied bass guitar) and horns. They are currently touring behind their second album of mariachi music, the appropriately titled Mariachi El Bronx (II).