Riding the Spinal Tap ticket into the spotlight, Canadian heavy-metal group Anvil will perform tonight alongside the painfully real documentary about them—the tongue-in-cheek, redundantly titled Anvil: The Story of Anvil—which has won indie film-fest awards. The flick chronicles why, after touring with no less than Bon Jovi in ’84, the group was playing to five-person audiences in metal-friendly Europe two decades later. Of course, the band keeps the faith (har, har) and still plays with unparalleled aplomb, appealing to fans of irony and Iron Maiden alike, no Stonehenge necessary.

Mon., April 6, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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