New York City power-popsters The Figgs return to the area for an energetic set of guitar-driven, hook-filled, three-minute pop songs steeped in the live rock tradition. Sharing the bill is Lawrence, Kan., four-piece The Creature Comforts, whose album teaching little fingers to play references everything from Argybargy-era Squeeze to early Joe Jackson and Costello. Pop-heads, take note Thursday, March 8 at Local 506. Call 942-5506 for details.
File under: "But this amp goes to eleven... " Dorset, England's dope-promoting-doomsayers Electric Wizard (pictured) challenge Triangle rockers to stand up to their self-proclaimed "mind-melting riffs." Billing themselves the "most intense stoner sludge band" in the land, the heavy Brit power-trio are back after a four-year hiatus, ready to reclaim their Dopethrone (the title of their new weighty disc). What would the Grimoire of Exalted Deeds have to say? Will their vintage tube-driven, fuse-blowing, dB-spewing amps have scary, airbrushed demons on them? Will they fill the void left in your metal heart when Kyuss disbanded? Warhorse and The Stepgods open Thursday, March 8, at Kings. Call 831-1005 for details. --Angie Carlson