Canadian musician Devin Townsend’s main strength is writing infectiously catchy prog-metal, but he can also switch gears with blistering, blastbeat-laden riffs at the drop of a hat. His latest album Z2 is a double-disc opus showcasing his “Ziltoid the Omniscient” alter ego in a humorous rock opera about an extraterrestrial on an epic quest for galactic domination. Townsend’s live show will be a fun fit on this bill with L.A. Weekly favorites, instrumental prog-metal greats Animals As Leaders.

Tue., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 12/16/14)