When: Sat., Jan. 14, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 2017
An amp-worshiping staple in the Alamo City, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy might just be the most relevant band heading into 2017. The subversive group borrows its name from a fictional novel within Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, a book that reimagines life if the Axis Powers had won World War II. Presumably of Biblical origins (“The grasshopper shall be a burden” reads Ecclesiastes), the hardcore outfit's namesake whispers resistance under totalitarian rule. Now that we live in an upside-down world where the alt-right is a real thing, the postmodern landscape of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy takes on firsthand significance. The Forgotten Empire Records band experiments with cathartic explosions of percussion and guitar drones in the style of Fugazi and Quicksand. Intelligent and irate, they’re ready to dismantle the bullshit of the sinister master class with a crushing wall of sound.