This Wednesday night, St. Paul's Big V's is showcasing a pair of local alt-rock holdouts, Magic Black Pumas and the Mevissens. No matter how cool the thought of a performance piece that somehow combines the flavor of the Black Panther Party with the creepiness of David Blaine's Street Magic might be, Magic Black Pumas do not fit such a bill. The group plays solo-driven rock characteristic of early-'90s rock radio, a little after grunge had left the building. The Mevissens, on the other hand, are a two-piece act that deliver a grittier sound. If the band slowed the pace of their songs and tuned the guitar down some it could easily pass for purist metal, but as such it teeters somewhere in the abyss of modern hard rock. Either way, Big V's is going to be the place to be if you feel like remembering why you loved, or hated, '90s rock. 21+.
Wed., Jan. 7, 9 p.m., 2009