Behind Max Cavalera’s rat's nest of unkempt hair and the Brazilian flag emblazoned on his guitar lies the soul-shaking blast of metal. Soulfly will hit the Knitting Factory stage today with Cavalera at its head. While unmistakably metal, the band is known to fuse world music influences into its steady, pounding drum beats.
A product of Brazil, the band only has one original member, Cavalera. The founding member jumped ship from metal icon Sepultura in 1996. Since then, he has kept a steady rotation of band members.
The metal group is known for its reggae and world music influences with Cavalera traveling across Egypt, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and France, among other countries. Soulfly has a new album, "Omen," in May.
An upbeat sea of jumping fans and a decent mosh pit are sure to come along with Soulfly’s performance.
Tickets are $20 to $40 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Crystal Method
Nobody will be paying much attention to the stage Friday night at the Knitting Factory as The Crystal Method takes the stage. The electronica, techno duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland will step behind the synthesizers, keyboards and computers to mix a wave of beats that will crash on a party crowd.
Jordan and Kirkland are known for their intense nightclub beats and west coast riffs.
The guys won’t be coming far from their growing up grounds in Las Vegas. Both moved to Las Angeles in the early 1990s, where The Crystal Method was formed. The basement beat scientists mixed their first concoctions while working at a local grocery store. Both later admitted that the group name was a drug reference.
The Crystal Method’s first mainstream hit caught the world’s attention in 1997 when the duo released “Vegas.” “Trip Like I Do,” a song on the album, uses samples from the Jim Henson film “The Dark Crystal” and the female vocals heard throughout the song were taken from an answering machine message Kirkland received. “Keep Hope Alive” contains elements from a speech by Jesse Jackson, but was remixed to add President Barack Obama’s voice.
After 10 years and four albums later, the guys will perform Friday. Tickets for are $20 to $50 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.
Chamillionaire and Paul Wall
Saturday night, rap and hip-hop will reign as king at the Knitting Factory as Chamillionaire and Paul Wall take the stage. The reunion of the thug pair on the In Love With My Money tour means both rappers have come full circle.
They started off together in 2002 when the fellow Texans released a couple collaborations including “Get Ya Mind Correct.” At the time, both were performing under one group name, the Color Changin’ Click, a reference to Chamillionaire’s popular moniker. The Houston rapper born as Hakeem Seriki combined the persona of a chameleon with that of a millionaire to create his ever-evolving name. After the album, both Chamillion-aire and Wall split paths, citing creative differences.
Chamillionaire set out on his own record labels and went on to win a Grammy in 2007 for best rap performance by a duo or group for “Ridin’.” He went up against Wall who was nominated for the prize for his work on “Grilz” by Nelly, featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp.
Wall, otherwise known as Paul Slayton, started his career promoting mixed tapes and doing DJ jobs in his home of Georgetown, Texas. Wall and Chamillionaire were originally affiliated with Swishahouse Records but left for Paid in Full Records a short time after they started collaborating. When Chamillionaire continued to release independent records, Wall returned to Swishahouse.
Tickets for the Saturday show are between $25 and $55 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.