hip-hop, horror-core, rock, 8 p.m.
Like a horror movie, Twiztid appeals to those with a particular, generally dark, theatrical sensibility. White-paint provocateurs Jamie Madrox and Monoxide are part of the Insane Clown Posse camp, and they’re inspired by the pioneering horror-core rap of fellow Motown resident Esham. Like their Psychopathic Records brethren ICP, Twiztid portrays grim, desultory dystopias where predation is the only defense against becoming a victim. The pair possesses great chemistry with Monoxide’s brawny swagger keenly contrasting Madrox’s wiry tongue-twisters. There’s a certain nihilistic humor there, as on “Kill With Us,” where they promise “we’ll certainly try to put you in graves” with nursery-rhyme insistence. Though disparaged and cast as music biz outsiders, two of Twiztid’s last three albums have broken Billboard’s Top 20, and the half-dozen before inhabited the Top 100. However fringe the Detroit pair look, their sales don’t. The last few albums have showcased a variety of wrinkles in the formula, from the funkified “Circles” to the jazzy-psych “Killing Season” and the swamp blues of “Bad Side” off their latest, Abominationz. —Chris Parker FRIDAY