Diarrhea Planet will explode at Crystal Bay

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Diarrhea Planet rests up for the big show at Lake Tahoe.

When all is right with the cosmos, you get Diarrhea Planet hovering over Crystal Bay in the same week that a super moon shines over the earth.

Such is the case on Saturday night, when the punk rockers from Nashville will entertain in a free Crown Room show at the Crystal Bay Club. Lovely Bad Things, indie rockers from SoCal, will get things going at 9 p.m. and Badweather Friends will tidy things up with a free Red Room after party. Fans must be 21 or older.

Diarrhea Planet describes the experience as watching “School of Rock” for the first time — every time. In that 2003 classic, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is booted out of his band and finds work as a substitute teacher at a prep school, where the guitarist seeks to mold his fifth-grade class into a rock band. Was he smarter than the fifth graders? Probably not.

DP’s online bio explains where the band is coming from, perhaps better than any earthling could:

“The gravitational pull of Diarrhea Planet is strong; once you get caught in the orbit of its stadium-sized riffs and blistering solos, it’s hard to escape. The Nashville six-piece has been melting faces since its debut 7” Aloha first started making waves outside the leafy campus of Belmont University, where its members first met. …

“The band’s rhythm section, which features drummer Ian Bush (aka Tuff Gus) and bassist Mike Boyle, is the bedrock on which the foundation is built, but what makes Diarrhea Planet explode is the raw power of its four guitars. Not one note is wasted, and each ax slinger plays a role: Jordan Smith writes soaring power pop singalong hooks; Brent Toler brings a classic rock sensibility and chunky, fuzzy riffs; Emmett Miller’s wields classical training and a wizard-like five-finger pick-less technique for mind-bending, finger-tapping solos; and Evan Bird is the glue that holds them all together, capable of playing any part (or instrument) as needed.

“Diarrhea Planet is a nationally touring band, playing a punishing schedule of more than 200 shows a year. … As they’ve graduated from living rooms to clubs to festivals, the energy has remained constant — just ask the ladies in the mosh pit or the crowdsurfing dads you’re sure to find at any Diarrhea Planet show. They’re carrying the torch for the past, present and future of rock, and you’d be wise to take notice — everyone else sure has.”

The Lovely Bad Things bring their garage-rock and surf-punk sound from La Mirada. The band is comprised of brothers Camron and Brayden Ward, along with Tim Hatch and Lauren Curtius. The musicians all are multi-intrumentalists and are known to switch it up mid show. Any band that offers up “Randell the Savage” as one of its top tunes surely has the world dialed in.

Like their brethren in Diarrhea Planet, the Lovely Bad Things have been making music together since 2009. When the moon is the brightest it’s been since 1948, and all the planets align, lovely bad things are sure to happen. Be there.

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