MELVINS, HONKY
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Anyone who's interviewed or read interviews with Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne knows he can be a prickly son of a bitch. Intense might be a better word for it. But that intensity is likely what has kept the Melvins making heavy rock that's still vital and challenging after three decades, without selling their souls. And they're as productive as ever. In the last year and a half, the band has released a five-song EP, a full-length as Melvins Lite, another EP with original drummer Mike Dillard, and a covers album. And they're all good. As the Melvins celebrate 30 years, we should cerebrate the importance of this band. Let's cherish these fuckers. MARK LORE


SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR: THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, PERIPHERY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, THE OCEAN, REVOCATION, AEON, & MORE
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) The annual Summer Slaughter tour is putting an end to another br00tal summer and capping off this year's run at the Hawthorne. The mathcore stalwarts in the Dillinger Escape Plan headline this year's installment, and the band's recently released One of Us Is the Killer continues to introduce songier songs into the band's otherwise hyper-technical catalog. The rest of the lineup isn't lacking in chops, either, with Animals as Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, and Aeon bringing the fretboard wizardry and full-blast assaults. The Ocean offers their post-rock/metal amalgam, while Periphery should appease the mall metal sect. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN