crossover thrash, 6:30 p.m.
There was a time when Suicidal Tendencies was one of the most feared bands in all the land. Heck, thanks to their rumored connections to gangs and the tendency for their shows to be marred by violence, the multi-ethnic punk-metal act was even banned from playing in Los Angeles. But these days, singer Mike Muir, guitarist Dean Pleasants, and company have become mosh-pit elder statesmen. “We are still going strong in 2013, and even though some of us are older, we still have a lot of music in us,” says Pleasants, who replaced long-time Suicidal guitarist Rocky George in 1997. “We all love to be onstage doing our thing and giving the fans what they want — some ole school Venice punk rock.” The So-Cal band is currently touring in support of their latest album, 13, a thrashtastic, Cyco Miko flashback to the band’s breakthrough records, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today and Lights ... Camera ... Revolution! As for the Suicidal side project, the funk-metal-loving Infectious Grooves, Pleasants says that he, Muir, and former Suicidal bassist Robert Trujillo have a few reunion shows in the works, and the band is working on a new album. —Chris Haire SUNDAY