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The Soft Pack (San Diego/Los Angeles), 10 p.m. Formerly known as The Muslims, this poppy garage-rock band's latest single, "Answer to Yourself," would sound right at home in a commercial for a fuel-efficient but hip four-door sedan. "I've booked them before, at The Cavern, and it was awesome," Iskander says. "Anybody that went had a blast."
Tinsel Teeth (Providence), 3:30 p.m. This confrontational punk act is fronted by the shrieking, wailing lead singer Steph, whose ecstatic onstage convulsions include enough sex toys, semi-accidental nudity and bloodshed to frighten an entire team of roller-derby competitors along with their burlesque-dancing girlfriends. "Very, very heavy, aggressive noise rock," Iskander says. "She hurts herself. I've seen her spew blood at shows before. At least you'll be entertained if you don' t like her music."
Liturgy (Brooklyn), 4:30 p.m. Thrashing, droning black metal with elements of melodic noise-rock. "Very full-sounding and loud," Iskander says. "They're brutal. I'm interested to see the setup live. "
Naam (Brooklyn), 5:30 p.m. Heavy stoner rock interspersed with moments of four-on-the-floor speed. "They're one of those bands you need to listen to the whole album rather than one song," Iskander says.
White Mice (Providence), 6:30 p.m. Absolute sonic chaos that sounds a lot scarier than titles like "Cheesus Saves" would suggest. "They wear grotesque, dirty, demonic white mouse outfits," Iskander says. "Everything's a joke about cheese or mice or something, but it's very serious. Extremely loud noise-rock."
Withered (Atlanta), 7:30 p.m. Underground black metal, complete with vocal fry. "A friend suggested them," Iskander says. "They were a perfect fit, and I went after them."
U.S. Christmas (Marion, North Carolina), 8:30 p.m. Galloping, psychedelic, atmospheric metal with two drummers, violin and theremin. Says Iskander, "It reminds me of a metal version of Mogwai. Very dynamic."
Snake Sustaine (Philadelphia), 9:30 p.m. Bluesy side project from members of A Life Once Lost. "It's a completely different sound than A Life Once Lost, which is huge in that whole emo-core metal thing, so it's something where I can say I was the first person to book them in Dallas," Iskander says. "They sent me their first track, and it's just seven-minute psychedelic metal, Sabbath-y, predictable but good song."
Rwake (Little Rock), 10:30 p.m. Heavy Moog- and sample-accented Southern doom metal. Iskander has been working on bringing them and ASG to Dallas for more than a year now.
ASG (Wilmington, North Carolina), 11:30 p.m. Classic riff metal and melodic singing from Rwake's tourmates. "I was wanting somebody that was really heavy that wasn't coming through the area that often, and it just kind of worked out for this date," Iskander says. "The underground metal people know who Rwake is, but ASG seems to be a little more mainstream."