Intrepid industrial-metal assault vehicle Ministry is calling it quits after 27 years. After surviving heroin, venomous spider bites, some sketchy mid-â90s albums, and two Bush administrations, lead biledriver Al Jourgensen ends on a high note: His last three D.C.-directed Molotov cocktails (2004âs Houses of the MolÃ©, 2006âs Rio Grande Blood, and 2007âs The Last Sucker) have all been classic returns to form: tommy-gun drums, glass-gargle garble, and two middle fingers blazed at the commander in chief. And his influence has been felt everywhere from metal (Nine Inch Nails, Fear Factory) to the recent crop of indie rockers (check out the Liarsâ âPlastic Casts of Everythingâ). With a demmycrat headed to the White House (we hope), old Al is gonna be all cheers ânâ beers come November, so catch his last New York show ever while weâre all still a little pissed off.
Thu., May 1, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 2, 8 p.m., 2008