Best of the week: Local music
Tuesday, May 10 - Old Jack + Larcenist + The Wandas
Bridging sounds and genres ranging from folk to soul to country to pop rock and psychedelia, Old Jack are a capital “A” American rock and roll band from start to finish. Fresh off an impressive showing at this year’s Rock and Roll Rumble, the band’s knack for anthemic, hook-heavy rock makes them an ideal live band for anyone with a taste for cheap beer and a good sing-along chorus. Larcenist and pop-rockers the Wandas round out the show, the proceeds from which will be donated toward the ongoing relief efforts in Alabama.
Friday, May 13 - Jason Bennett and the Resistance + The Dirty Truckers, Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls + The Grinds
Punk bands are a dime a dozen, especially in Boston where the genre has long had solid footing. But Jason Bennett and the Resistance go the extra mile by injecting their rootsy brand of street punk with a heavy heart and a firm grasp on Beantown’s punk rock history. With a sound that owes as much to local heroes the Pug Uglies and the Bruisers as it does the sociopolitical folk of Woody Guthrie, this is backyard punk rock played with unflinching conviction. Openers include no-nonsense hard rockers the Dirty Truckers, alt-country singer/songwriter Richard Bacchus and thrashy new wavers the Grinds.
Saturday, May 14 - The Shills + Grass Is Green + Mrs. Danvers
The Shills’ Facebook page boasts that their music “sounds like bacon tastes.” We’ll likely never know what that really means, but let it be said that the band’s jangly, sometimes angular style of guitar pop has its rewards. The songs are accessible and pleasing to the ear, but they also throw just enough kinks into the indie rock framework to stave off stale repetition. Grass Is Green, meanwhile, toy with the scrappier side of indie and post punk like kids in a candy store. The all girl group Mrs. Danvers complete the bill with their lilting, Beatles-inspired brand of pop rock.
Saturday, May 14 - Rods and Cones + The Lights Out + Cinnamon Fuzz
It’s been 23 years since Rods and Cones last took a stage. But the '80s are vogue in 2011, which makes now as good a time as any for the band’s quirky yet danceable brand of new wave to bubble back up to the surface. Saturday’s reunion gig at the Brighton Music Hall could just be that, a gig, as the band has no additional shows or releases slated, so fans looking to catch the band again (or for the first time) may want to take note. The Lights Out will open with their 80’s soaked brand of power pop, as will metallic pop rockers Cinnamon Fuzz.