American Head Charge - Friday, February 14 - Joe's Grotto
There are several ways to spend Valentine's Day, and if you sift through all the flowers and bullshit, the best-laid plans for rock fans are taking place at venues like Joe's Grotto, where the evening can be spent in the company of fellow head-bangers. To wit: On Friday, American Head Charge will occupy the North Phoenix rock haven's stage along with Cathercist, The Iris, Talk to Sheep, and Plague on Babylon.
After disbanding for a few years in 2009, patient American Head Charge fans were rewarded in 2011 when the band reformed and later dropped their EP, Shooter, last summer. The industrial metal act seems to be back in full force and have since toured with Mushroomhead and (Hed) PE before launching their current headlining venture Shoot Tour Part III.
Accompanying AHC on the road is up and coming heavy metal act Cathercist. Hard rock patrons may have caught the band coming through Phoenix on the Rockstar Uproar Tour in 2011. They too are on the road to support their latest studio album, As Hope Expires. -- Caleb Haley