by John Tarpley
Having spent years fronting thrash and doom metal acts in Louisiana, Dax Riggs has come into his own, spearheading the successful, garage duo of Deadboy and the Elephantmen while nurturing his own solo career, a swampy amalgamation of Jack White, Beck and Nick Cave, for lack of better touchstones. While Deadboy is no longer, Dax's still on the road with his glammed-up, psych-swollen take on roots-rock, singing about the devil, cigarettes and graveyards. Time will tell whether this crossroads will be Dax's final destination or if it's just another stop in his long, weird drive through disparate genres. His newest album, "Say Goodnight to the World," is set to be released next Tuesday on Fat Possum Records. Badhand opens.