Have reports of rock’s death been greatly exaggerated? This solid triple bill suggests that might be the case. In the head lining slot, the Cult will no doubt play to an audience more reflective of its name than it did during the late 1980s, when the English outfit scored platinum sales with albums like Sonic Temple and the Rick Rubin–helmed Electric.
But on Choice of Weapon, which came out last month, frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy (the Cult’s two remaining original members) don’t sound diminished; it’s a snarling, appealingly gritty set of black-light psychedelia that splits the considerable distance between Astbury’s recent work with the re-formed Doors and with the Japanese avant-metal crew Boris. Pay attention to “Lucifer” and “A Pale Horse,” whose titles pretty much speak for themselves.
Florida’s Against Me! lit up the Internet recently after singer-guitarist Tom Gabel announced that he’s decided to begin living as a woman; as a result, it’s probably safe to expect as many looky-loos at Terminal 5 as folks into the fist-pumping punk best captured on 2007’s New Wave. (A new Against Me! album, reportedly called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, is due out later this year.) The Icarus Line, from Los Angeles, makes a cranky-trancey noise-blues racket with more than a little Stooges in it.—Mikael Wood