Houdini, back in 1993. But by ’97, that flirtation with stardom was left to rot, and the Melvins crawled back into the primordial metal ooze where they truly belong. The remarkably prolific trio, which now also features bassist Steven McDonald, just released a new double album, A Walk With Love and Death, this year, so expect plenty of new songs. Also at The Troubadour, Friday, July 7.
Nearly 35 years into their critically, if not commercially, lauded career, there are still few bands that put on a show so monstrously heavy and brutally monolithic as the Melvins. Longtime members King Buzzo and Dale Crover have always made it their mission to release gleefully difficult, radio-repellent, sludgy punk rock. Fans in the underground were left polarized with the band’s major-label debut,