Rock & Pop

The Power Of The Riff

When: Mon., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. 2011

It's nearly impossible to keep up with all the different subgenres of heavy music that have sprouted up in the last couple decades: powerviolence, post-hardcore, experimental black metal, prog-metal, neo-pagan folk metal, deathcore, crust punk, et al. And although a lot of these bands are in the same community and share the same fans, not enough is done to bridge these scenes. At least, so thought Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde. So the founder of Southern Lord Records and the singer of LA band Night Horse, respectively, decided to start The Power of the Riff Festival last year. Seeking to "blur the lines between metal, hardcore, punk, and rock music" and to highlight "forefathers, milestones, and current touring acts," the event has expanded into five West Coast dates this year, including two in the Bay Area. As promised, the lineup is a healthy mix of old and new, in a variety of genres filed under the "heavy" umbrella. On Monday, Aug. 15, Winter, Noothgrush, Trap Them, Black Breath, All Pigs Must Die, and Acephalix play the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco; 7 p.m., $20, $25), followed the next night by Pentagram, Pelican, Alpinist, Masakari, Early Graves, Baptists, and Aeges at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco; 6:30 p.m., $20, $25).

Kathleen Richards

Price: $20-$25

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