Strange bedfellows: heavy metal and cellos. And yet they come together in Finnish quartet Apocalyptica, four dudes who have increased the overall bad-assitude of classical instrumentation by 400% by releasing albums like Plays Metallica by Four Cellos and Inquisition Symphony, on which they string-rock a Pantera cover. It's a surprisingly pleasant combination, like your best friend's mom in a bikini, or Dane Cook and deafness. Just kidding, there's no pleasant way to enjoy Dane Cook. Unless you've got a nice Shiraz and a pretty big grill. Nom, nom, nom. Anyway, you can get your high-culture head-banging on when Apocalyptica plays the House of Blues this Monday. That's right, not only do these dudes shred a cello, but they go hard on Mondays. When will the madness end? Doors open at 7 p.m. at the HOB, 2200 N. Lamar St., and tickets are $15. Call 214-978-BLUE.
Mon., May 12, 7 p.m., 2008