At Mwanza Dover's final Mazinga Phaser II performance, it's unfortunate--but somehow appropriate--that a former Dover bandmate stole the show. Headliner the Great Tyrant, fronted by Daron Beck (formerly of the Pointy Shoe Factory and Dover's keyboardist in Falkon), erased any memory of Mazinga's faltering set with a bizarre half-hour of coffin-dark rock. Vocal effects alternately gave Beck voice-of-God depth and the guttural roar of a B-movie demon, and his keys spit forth insane-asylum piano dissonance and horror-movie organ blasts. The synth-bass-drums trio proved that it didn't need any guitars, thanks to the ferocious noise-rock rhythm of former Yeti members Tommy Atkins and Jon Teague. Their interplay of complex, jazzy drums and bass was straight-faced even if Beck's performance (complete with an under-the-chin work light and black undertaker suit) had a campy side to it, especially during his set-closing cover of Phil Collins' "I... More >>>