When a venue's run and booked by a rotating cast of members, there are bound to be ebbs and flows in the kind of music booked there. The Mr. Roboto Project, being collectively run, hosts a variety of different types of show, nearly all somewhere along the loose lines that (perhaps fail to) define "punk."
While a lot of heavy rock and noise shows have vacated Roboto to different venues over the past few years, this weekend brings two notable national acts that are a bit different from the hardcore shows we see there more often lately.
Friday night, Hair Police, the members-of-Wolf Eyes et al. noise outfit from Lexington, infiltrates, fresh off of being named in the Post-Gazette as one of Henry Rollins' favorite current bands. Do ride the wave of fame that accolade brings you, guys.
Saturday night, New York's Blues Control, who defy the general rule that if a band's name starts with "Blues," they're a, er, blues band, pull in. The duo inhabits the venerable Holy Mountain label and plays a weird brand of kinda-experimental electronics-infused rock. They're on their way to SXSW, where they will be playing at an American Apparel.
Both shows start around 7:00 and are all ages. A fine assortment of locals and semi-locals open for each.