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Three Beats: An Experimental Garage Sale at ESS, Mosh for Cancer at Reggie's, and a makeover at the Abbey Pub 

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Mosh for Cancer at Reggie's Rock Club

Metalheads might want to look into the feasibility of smuggling a cot and toothbrush into Reggie's Rock Club on Fri 6/3: that night's show, a benefit for the National Brain Tumor Society called Mosh for Cancer, is just the beginning of a weekend full of metal. At 2 PM on Sat 6/4 and again on Sun 6/5, students from the Chicago School of Rock play $10 all-ages shows of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden covers—the first of which ought to prime you for some shopping at the "metal market" at 3 PM on Saturday. It's all-ages too, and there's no cover; I gather it's something like a farmers' market, except with angry records instead of nutritious vegetables. Then there's another full bill of metal the night of Sat 6/4—but more on that in a minute.

Mosh for Cancer is headlined by Slauter Xstroyes, an aggressive progressive-metal band who were brilliantly out of step with the times in their 80s youth; they broke up in 1989, but their 1985 album Winter Kill has attracted a passionate cult following. They've been working on a hometown comeback (and touring Europe), and it's possible their moment has finally arrived. Playing first are Panzer (death/thrash), followed by Act of Destruction (tech-death), True Witness (melodic), Deadmanswake (blues-tinged, female-fronted), and Sins of a Nation, whose lineup includes event organizer Dave Dunsire.

Dunsire calls himself a "Teacher of Mayhem and Mysticism" on his Facebook page—meaning he's a metal-guitar guru at the Naperville School of Rock (he's also taught at the Chicago branch). He was inspired by a friend's cancer diagnosis to put together a benefit concert with a wide diversity of talent, including young bands, and he hopes it will counter some of the negative stereotypes his fellow suburbanites might harbor about metalheads—like that they have no social conscience, for instance. I don't know how many Napervillains will come out for this show, but it's a damn good deal at $10 for six bands. Music starts at 6 PM, and it's 17+.

Saturday's 8 PM concert is presented by local label RIP, which specializes in old-school metal, complete with the sort of lurid album covers that horrify parents and art fans nearly equally. Headliner first, the bill is Desaster, Superchrist, Malas, and Scythe—a new band from Rick "Scythe" Sprague, founding guitarist and vocalist of Usurper. Cover is $20 and it's 17+. —Monica Kendrick

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