M”tley Cr�e and Nine Inch Nails storm the city Are you prepared? Have you stocked up on hair spray and Pamela Lee porn? Have you bought up black hair-dye, black eyeliner, black clothes with random buckles? Science is asking the question: Can Richmond survive both the titans of '80s hair metal and the dark lords of programmed industrial sounds? And can you, gentle reader, figure out an outfit that will work for both shows? The mind reels. M”tley Cr�e plays the Richmond Coliseum March 11 at 8 p.m. $45-$75. NIN plays the Coliseum March 14 at 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$44. Call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets to both.
Tralala at the Nanci Raygun Not a lot of formulas in rock are as sure-fire as putting four pretty girls on a stage and getting them to harmonize on good-time pop tunes. It should be a law of thermodynamics: Attractive female vocalists backed by bouncy band produce sufficient hip-shaking music to gravitate all eyes and ears to a stage. Newton would've loved it. Tralala plays with Triple Twin and The Ripoff March 14 at 10 p.m. $5. 353-4263.
The Living Things at Alley Katz Another crowd-pleasing formula: four pretty boys, three-quarters brothers, playing full-force rock with one toe over the punk line. Singer Lillian Berlin's voice dictates the feel of the politically tinted songs with the androgynous energy of Prince, moving from velvety growl to a series of shout-outs against the CIA or FBI and for love. Railing against war in the desert comes out sounding disturbingly sexy. The Living Things play with The Vacation and The Pink Spiders March 9, 6-10 p.m. $10-$12.
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