Hed PE and hurricane benefit highlight week ahead 

click to enlarge Still earthbound and angst-driven, Hed PE will bring their nü-metal repertoire to Sunshine Studios this Saturday.
  • Still earthbound and angst-driven, Hed PE will bring their nü-metal repertoire to Sunshine Studios this Saturday.
In times when tragedies or natural disasters occur, it’s always heartening to see artists and musicians, many of whom do not necessarily make a ton of money playing music themselves, band together with their communities to raise money for those affected. Unfortunately, such endeavors can be draining affairs, and in years when we see multiple such incidents — which, sadly, seems to be becoming the norm — it’s easy to become fatigued after the first few events.

Major kudos, then, are deserved by Sunshine Studios, which, on the heels of an earlier benefit concert to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, is set to host yet another benefit show on Sunday, Nov. 5, to help victims of the devastation in the Virgin Islands from this year’s intense hurricane season. The affair will be headlined by Jamaican reggae artist Prestige, who counts Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Bob Marley and Kenny Rogers among his influences. Also appearing on the bill are General, Javed, Adrenalin VI, Sizzling Sounds, P-Nuckle, Rachel Stovall, Life Club Collective, Dennis the Mennis, 3 Sounds, and local Americana standouts the J. Miller Band.
Speaking of Sunshine Studios, fans of nü-metal and rap-rock can get their fix at the venue on Nov. 4 with the pairing of Dope and Hed PE. Now some music journalists would tell you that nü-metal is a dated genre, stuck in the previous two decades and offering nothing culturally relevant in the contemporary world. I personally think all events from about 2000 on richly deserve a soundtrack of the genre’s (often protean) masculine aggression and industrial metal-influenced transgressive content. In the case of rap-rock outfit Hed PE, vocalist Jared Gomes’ lyrics explore both the 9/11 truth movement and the existence of extraterrestrial life. (That “PE,” by the way, stands for “Planetary Evolution.”) Perhaps the flat-earth theory aside, is there anything that better captures America’s enduring cultural zeitgeist?

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