The Richmond music scene has been generous to the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross in its fund-raising efforts for tsunami relief. The Canal Club plays host to a dozen music groups, including The English Channel, The Susan Greenbaum Band, Plunky and Oneness, Dave Pahanish, The Taters, Robbin Thompson and others, for a day of music Sunday, Jan. 30, starting at 2 p.m. There will be a silent auction and food as well, and the Red Cross will be on-hand to accept donations. Tickets are $10-$20 with proceeds going to disaster aid. 643-2582.
MC Chris and The Gaskets at Nanci Raygun
Don't let the humble name fool you. MC Chris is better known by fans of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim as MC Pee Pants as well as the voice behind characters on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sea Lab 2021. Outside of the animated box, he has an animated hip-hop show, which Richmond's own Gaskets are proud to acknowledge. "We both are huge fans of Adult Swim and MC Chris," says Teddy Blank, one half of The Gaskets' high-energy sequencer-pop sound, of himself and cohort Ross Harman. Those who have seen The Gaskets know their live shows are similarly animated. Blank says they are excited about taking up the sequencer again after a hiatus, so there's no telling what antics will unfold Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 10 p.m. Luggage and The Gaskets open. Tickets are $8-$10. 353-4263.
Eighteen Visions at Alley Katz
Revolver Magazine called them "The Future of American Metal," which means Eighteen Visions have some big boots to fill. While embracing the roaring guitar sound that threatens to overcome many metal bands (as well as their audiences), Eighteen Visions takes a novel approach and incorporates range into its music, creating tunes you can be thrashed by. It plays an early show Saturday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. with Emery, Remembering Never and Misery Signals. Tickets are $12-$15. 643-2816.
The Witnesses and The High Life at Out of Bounds
Rock 'n' roll for swingers with Richmond's The High Life and the New York-based Witnesses. The Witnesses imported their sound from the rock of a few decades ago, psychedelic pop with some organ surprises and a strong female voice. The High Life is playing its inaugural show with The Witnesses Monday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. 355-7390.
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