Floater, Smoochknob

When: Fri., Jan. 3, 9 p.m. 2014

As a lifelong KISS fan, I'm familiar with the idea of a band that is unconditionally loved and simultaneously loathed. Such is the case with Floater, the longtime Portland band that for the better part of two decades has been able to easily sell out 2,000-seat theaters, while music critics give them the equivalent of the sound of crickets. They're inexplicably huge in the Northern California town where I used to live—their fanbase so blindly devoted I wondered if Floater records came with vials of Flavor Aid. In all honesty, I can get behind their 1998 concept album Angels in the Flesh and Devils in the Bone, a nerdy epic filled with proggy turns, big guitars, and psychedelic lulls. But, as with many bands, I'd rather listen to it in the privacy of my own home than brave the horde of overly faithful ghouls. MARK LORE

Price: $16-18

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