Music: Helmet

While Nirvana was bringing attention to the sound of many bands on the independent label Sub Pop in the early ’90s, Helmet was the first band to break wide with the sound of another important underground label of that era — Amphetamine Reptile.

While Nirvana was bringing attention to the sound of many bands on the independent label Sub Pop in the early ’90s, Helmet was the first band to break wide with the sound of another important underground label of that era — Amphetamine Reptile. Helmet’s tight, punctuating mix of Metal, Hardcore and Alternative music was showcased on its debut, Strap It On, released in 1991 on the esteemed Chicago label. The power of that album led to the band’s debut for Interscope Records, Meantime, which brought Helmet mainstream success thanks to the radio/MTV hits, “Unsung” and “In the Meantime.” The band — which broke up in 1998 but was reformed by frontman Page Hamilton with a new lineup in 2004 — followed up its major label debut with 1994’s Betty. While that album didn’t have the same mainstream impact, critics loved its broader sound, and its stature has continued to grow with fans over time. Helmet’s current tour pays tribute to Betty’s cult status and 20th anniversary; the band is playing the album in order, from start to finish.

8 p.m. Friday. $17. Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, thompsonhousenewport.com.

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