Clubs & Concerts

Scumfest

When: Sat., June 2, 12 p.m. 2012

This year, Scumfest scooted a few months forward on the calendar from its usual September scheduling. It also dropped the cover charge. Still, the bill gathers at least 11 bands to play, including but not limited to KIFF, The Plow, Wasted Agenda, Crucified Wolf, Blister, Motrendus and Second Law. KIFF, the festival's perennial anchor, color their hard-rock with shades of Motörhead, Kiss and Guns N' Roses, serving horror-kitsch lyrics with tenacity. Elsewhere, the bill veers among loud-rock subsets, with punk, metal and modern-rock all getting their allotted time. Among the more interesting acts, Crucified Wolf shapes harsh noise and drone into black metal muck, while Hunter's Ground adheres to black metal orthodoxy for a frostbitten detour in the bill. The broader spectrum of bands offers some relief to the intimidating day-long duration, but it's still a full slate of hit-or-miss loud rock bands called Scumfest; mass appeal isn't top priority. For what it's worth, the event also boasts a free-for-all vendors' area. —Bryan C. Reed

Price: Free

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