Superheaven at DC9
An awful lot of the on-stage banter during Superheaven's set was about their band's name. They had to change it recently for legalish reasons. No big deal to me, maybe a bigger deal to them, so be it.
I wonder though whether their new name was intended to sound similar to "Superunknown", the title of Soundgarden's biggest album. I didn't make that connection until, oh, about ten seconds into Superheaven's first song. More than anything else it's the guitars, that almost-metal wall of fuzz sound which pretty much defined grunge. Okay, that and all the flailing hair, but my point is that they're somewhere in the hard rock universe and tend towards the slower, distorted and crushingly heavy side. I do mean "tends", since they do have some songs with a bit more pep which are closer to punk (think Samiam), but they're mostly about the crushing.