One of the furthest ideas from Metal Mergence festival this weekend is the classic mail-merge in Microsoft’s Excel. Luckily, it’s not the only game in town, with Rebecca Gates and Eleni Mandell also in town.
The sixth-annual Metal Mergence aims to be a not-so-stuffy marketing event for the metal community — a population that reaches far and wide, but with an anarchist streak that threatens its livelihood. Dangling its wares at the not-very-downtown but still urban spot of Reggies, it’s an event where label, booking, and artist reps can mingle with graphic designers, musical artists, and less-definable community members can bang their heads together. First Jason’s Ari Lehman will MC, while Bleed For The Fallen, Deliver Us From Evil, Two Ton Anvil, ADD, Armored Assault, First Jason, Panzer, and more will perform. (Saturday@Reggies.)
Without being very emo or Sex And The City, Rebecca Gates could distill a relationship’s problems and still come off like the loser. After she dumped the Spinanes tag and briefly recorded solo in Chicago, she just seemed like anothe intuitive indie-rock soul gone astray, but this year’s The Float redeems those years spent adrift. With no public-past to capitalize on, she comes back into view with a laundry list of self-doubt, but never afraid to drown her invariably unsatisfactory cohabitants. (Sunday@Hideout with Archer Prewitt.)
Quite the opposite of Gates, Eleni Mandell has been nothing but visible for the past decade. Instead of waiting for My Guy to come along, she’s launched herself into the world of artificial insemination, and I Can See The Future (Yep Roc) watches as the former stalker adjusts to severe, adult choices. (Sunday@Ace Bar with Algebro & Hungry Wolf.)
– Steve Forstneger
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