This band might have miscalculated the loyalty of its other fans, but we still like them.
Dillinger Escape Plan's 2001 debut, Calculating Infinity, earned a cult following for its staggering complexity, the way it combined free jazz's obtuse virtuosity with death metal's velocity and volume. For its follow-up, the group could have fused technically daunting snippets, called it an album and still pleased its flock. Instead, it started writing melodically plausible songs and picked up a vocalist (Greg Puciato) who actually sings instead of screams. Extreme-music fans express displeasure in extreme ways, so jilted chaos cravers likened Miss Machine to everything from Limp Bizkit to frilly little-sister music. In reality, this release buttresses the band's trademark speed-spiraling guitars and sporadic stop-start drums with aggressive hooks and heavy grooves. Anyone who questions the band's spazz-metal prowess should witness the believer-making madness that is a Dillinger Escape Plan show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at El Torreon (3101 Gillham Plaza). See eltorreon.com for more information. Andrew Miller
The Donkey Show ambles through Lawrence.
Bill Sundahl's peripatetic Donkey Show has given good face all over Kansas City Davey's, the Brick, the Record Bar. But for its Wild, Wild West installment, the bands behind Spice of Life Productions mosey on over to Lawrence's Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall (943 Massachusetts, 785-832-1085). The ninth showing of Sundahl's brainchild born to provide an alternative to the three-band bill is outfitted with performances by Honeybaby, OK Jones, Massive Tassel and It's Over; count on appearances by the Independent Filmmakers Coalition and those ever-present burlesque acts. Admission is $6, but cowboy wear secures a discount. We recommend chaps. Annie Fischer