The Melvins have pretty much used the press build-up surrounding their new Nude With Bootsto complain bitterly about being taken for granted, which they most certainly are. Survivors of hype cycles that date back to their days as the proto-Nirvana, the Melvins are used to a certain type of slight: As Buzz Osborne told Paper Thin Walls: Were yesterdays news, were not quite a novelty act, and we have a Peter Pan complex. If Nude With Boots was a brand-new record from a brand-new band, people would think its amazing. True enoughthe record stomps, hard. One relatively brand-new band upstaging the Melvins is Big Business, who open here, and who flip their elders punishing bass-and-drums template into something more dynamic and less punishingly abrasive. Their homage, however, remains convincing to the people who count: Since 2006, Big Business have moonlighted as actual auxiliary Melvins members, as theyre sure to do tonight after their own set.
Thu., Aug. 14, 8 p.m., 2008