The Kryptonite Metal Festival Returns to Tobacco Road this Friday

No one can ever accuse Oski Gonzalez, the tireless booker at Tobacco Road, of favoring any particular genre in his famous multi-band, mini-festival extravaganzas. So heavier stuff gets its due this weekend at the second annual Kryptonite Metal Festival. Including some 18 bands on three different stages, the lineup features much of the short-haired, hard-rock side of things. Still, there's a wide representation of geographical origins, and, rare for a show of this kind, a female!

Representing for the ladies is BitchFire, a Fort Lauderdale quartet fronted by the kickass Sharyn Peach and supported by some seriously smoldering Van Halen or Lita-Ford-style riffage. Think the best of cock rock without the, well, you know. Then, over in the stoner-rock corner comes Hatchetface, a sludgy combo from Miami with a hardcore bite who list the Melvins and Fu Manchu as influences. At the extreme edge of the spectrum are bands like Mendacity, with its Obituary-owing death stylings. And hey, quartet Intoxicated is trying to bring back real thrash! Can't argue with that!

Kryptonite Metal Festival. Friday, February 27. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets cost $10. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-374-1198;