Hearing Damage, AKA the Rat Opera -- the Life and Times of Rat Bastard
If you have never met Rat or engaged him in conversation, then you have seriously missed out on a slice of history. The man is a walking encyclopedia of engineering knowledge, music history, and general information. He is also the musician most likely to be mentioned by musicians I respect outside of Miami, like Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, and so on.
The guy is legit all the way -- he puts together the International Noise Conference every year, tours relentlessly, records tons of music, and was responsible for the early-'90s Snatch the Pebble releases. There is so much more to be said about this guy, but hey, I guess that's why Elba is doing this.
There is a sneak preview of the Opera at Tobacco Road on Saturday, September 19, and a full performance at Churchill's on Saturday, October 3. More information can be found at ratopera.com.