by Robert Bell
SCOTT KELLY, EUGENE S. ROBINSON
8:30 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $10.
Here's the rare show at Downtown Music Hall that will not require earplugs or tufts of toilet paper jammed crudely into your ears. But make no mistake: it will be heavy, in that these headliners are major dudes in the worlds of heavy music, heavy writing and heavy beating the crap out of people.
For the last quarter century or so, Scott Kelly has played with Neurosis, a band whose influence on metal is nearly incalculable. His acoustic solo albums "Spirit Bound Flesh" and "The Wake" drip with introspection and subtle dread, proving that screaming and distorted guitars and pounding drums aren't the only way to express one's deepest, darkest bad vibes.
Eugene S. Robinson is a renaissance man — writer, publisher, musician, actor, fighter. Robinson fronts the pummeling art rock outfit Oxbow and has written for all kinds of publications, such as GQ, The Wire, Hustler and more. I first learned of Robinson via an article he wrote for Vice back in 2003 about how to give and receive an ass-whupping. He's also the author of "Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking" and the novel "A Long Slow Screw."
The local riff experts Iron Tongue open the show with an acoustic set. All in all, this is going to be a killer show that you probably ought not to miss.