If you find yourself longing for some "aggrotech" jams on this humid Monday night, Skully's, 1151 N. High St., has your prescription in the form of Combichrist. I'm not going to pretend to have heard of this band before they popped up on the Skully's calendar; my first assumption was they were some Scandinavian black metal band; then I thought they might be a Christian metal band.
Turns out my first instinct was closer to correct: Combichrist is the brainchild of Norwegian Andy LaPlegua, whose dabblings in metal and hardcore eventually bored him enough to inspire a jump into dance music. After fronting Iron of Coil, he moved toward bludgeoning industrial beats and adopted the Combichrist moniker. It's not exactly my area of expertise, but I'm surprised how much I've been enjoying this stuff this morning. Sometimes it reminds me of early Nine Inch Nails stuff. Other times it's practically otherworldly. Julien-K, Aesthetic Perfection and Dismantled will play tonight too. Tickets cost $15 advance, $20 at the door, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. after a 7 p.m. autograph session next door at Magnolia Thunderpussy.
There's also a cool show happening at The Shelf, 57 E. Gay (4th floor), featuring "Middle Eastern ensemble" Okbari with local support from The Black Swans and a set of old country-western covers by Anna Ranger's Nathan Snell. Details can be found here.