Tool Toyota Center, March 25
Tool's absence from iTunes should be a good hint that Maynard James Keenan and his comrades do things a little differently. Mixing postgraduate-level metal and a worldview verging on sociopathic, of course they've been one of rock's biggest acts for a solid generation now. Often spending years at a time on side projects a la A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, Tool works at its own pace and is often openly hostile to the corporate music industry, which only makes their fans love them more.
Although the band has reportedly been working on a new album, which would be their first since 2006's 10,000 Days, this tour is instead heavy on demented fan favorites such as "Hooker With a Penis," "Schism" and "Intention." You can also count on Tool's trademark over-the-top audiovisual concert barrage, which may leave you sleeping with the lights on for a few nights afterward. CHRIS GRAY
VNV Nation Fitzgerald's, March 27
VNV Nation, or Victory Not Vengeance, is all about the love of electronic music. The Hamburg-based duo of producer Ronan Harris and drummer Mark Jackson incorporate electro, industrial, synth-pop and EBM into a danceable hybrid of pounding beats and haunting electronic wails. As heard on releases like 1999's Praise the Fallen and last year's Transnational, VNV's unique brand of electronica makes for one potent, body-rocking mash-up. With Whiteqube. ANGELICA LEICHT
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