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Jupiter Beat

Jupiter Beat

(Friday Nov. 16)

The rock-and-roots trio's new album, "Chains Are Broken," has the same hard-charging rhythms fans have come to expect. The key difference is that their raw vocals, banjos, guitars and upright bass are backed by a drummer: Stefan Amidon, their touring percussionist. 

Fans of the band and their high-energy live show probably aren't purists, anyway; the change-up gives the old-time songs a slightly different vibe, reading less as bluegrass and more like a rough-and-tumble rock band. (The electric guitar-to-banjo ratio helps, too.)

Their stop here at the Wilma will end a tour, so expect a good send-off to the road.

Their opener should be familiar to Missoula audiences. Erika Wennerstrom, the singer for the Heartless Bastards, is touring behind a solo album, "Sweet Unknown," released earlier this year. She and her band supplied the soundtrack for the Montana-made movie "Winter in the Blood," an adaptation of the James Welch novel.

Doors to the Wilma open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $27.50-$35 ( All ages.

(Friday, Nov. 16)

These New York pop-punkers get right to business putting modern millennial misgivings onto tape — their track “Breathless” opens up with the lines:

“I don’t know where to put pillows on my bed/not sure which side is best to lay my head … not even a shower curtain in my shower.”

Singer and guitarist Alex Luciano navigates herself and drummer Noah Bowman through all the scenes of life familiar to young people who wear dirty Vans and identify with the lyric “watching Simpsons on the floor/pretend it’s 1994.”

This includes a sub-2-minute track about Luciano sick of hearing about your band and your scene, and in the end, just wanting to dance (“Scene Sick”).

There’s no such thing as diet cigarettes, but there is the cigarette diet, where you only eat cigarettes and fried eggs.

Locals Go Hibiki and Carpool open at the ZACC Below. Tickets are $12, doors at 6 p.m. show at 7 p.m.

(Friday, Nov. 16)

Check out this week's featured interview with Foucault, a celebrated wordsmith.

His opening act is the duo Dusty Heart, who specialize in two-part harmonies.

They play the Top Hat, with doors at 8:30 p.m. and the show at 9. Tickets are $15 in advance.

(Friday, Nov. 16)

Jupiter Beat will bring their spacey, quirky and psychedelic rock to FreeCycles this Friday.

Ross Watkins supplies the punk-theatrical vocals, sounding like a well-educated carnival barker who's into cabaret, science-fiction novels and Jello Biafra. 

The colorful backdrop for his stories comes from a great backing band. John Sporman, of Shahs and Cold Hard Cash, plays guitar with lots of texture and riffs. Ben Weiss of Modality, on keyboards and cool synth effects, adds to that atmosphere. The rhythm section of drummer Matt Olson and bassist Hiram Mariner keep the whole thing grounded and grooving.

The other groups are the bill are Fate's Fortune and Easter Island. Plus you can hear comedy by Duane Raider, a very funny dude who held his own opening for Reggie Watts on the big stage at The Wilma.

Doors to the community bike shop, 732 S. First St. W., open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7.

(Friday, Nov. 16)

Erin Birgy comes through Missoula once again as Mega Bog, singlehandedly bringing free-jazz slacker rock into the limelight. If you thought Midnight Sister wasn’t weird enough, Mega Bog is for you.

On Mega Bog’s Bandcamp, Birgy is credited with playing vibraphone, drums, synthesizers and glass on the most recent release “Happy Together.” She’s also one of three different people credited with contributing drum machines to the record.

Locals Writ Large, Shahs and Tormi support at the Union Ballroom. Tickets are $5, doors at 7 p.m.

UM's Fall Percussion Concert 

(Friday, Nov. 16)

The percussion phenoms from the UM Percussion Ensemble and the "Islanders" Steel Drum Band will show off their rhythmic prowess during the annual fall concert.

According to a news release, the selections include a Spanish flamenco-inspired piece, a Brazilian samba in 7/4 time, soca, salsa, and a cover of "I Can't Stand Losing You" by the Police, and more.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Dennison Theatre.

Tickets are $11 or $6 for seniors and $5 for students, available at the UMArts box office, 243-4581 or

(Monday, Nov. 19)

Contemporary R&B doesn't come through Missoula very often. SoMo, a Texan, and his opener Johnny Stimson, will bring their broken hearts, autotuned vocals and beats to town. 

They play the Top Hat, with doors at 8:30 p.m. and the show at 9. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of.

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