A traveling celebration of Chicago industrial music, as well as an ongoing tribute to beloved sound engineer Jamie Duffy, Cold Waves could quite easily become a one dimensional dirge-fest if the organizers weren’t smart when putting the bills together. But they are, and the bands on this L.A. lineup, while all playing with the industrial genre, come at it from a variety of angles. London innovators Test Dept. headline, with Australian post-punk/synthpop band Severed Heads next on the bill. And of course Ministry man Paul Barker makes an appearance. Should be quite the party.

Cold Waves takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 13 at the Regent.

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