Al Scorch, the thinking punk's old-time band leader, is stopping by the Union Hall on Friday. The local support is Wailing Aaron Jennings, a roots scribe with some yodeling technique, and Tuco, a metal band from Great Falls. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the hall, upstairs from the Union Club. Cover is $5.
Adrian Teacher and the Subs, a groovy indie-pop band from Vancouver, British Columbia, will play an all-ages show at the ZACC Below on Friday. The tidy, word-heavy songs and singer's deep voice will please fans of the Magnetic Fields, while the creative, clean-toned guitar work has an antic new wave/post-punk energy.
They'll have support from Montana bands Panther Car (Bozeman) and Wrinkles (Missoula). The show starts at 8 p.m. in the basement space of the Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N. First St. W. Admission is $5.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre has by now been making psychedelic rock albums for longer than most bands that defined the style in the last half of the 1960s. Anton Newcombe, the Massacre's singer, songwriter, guitarist and only stable member, has been forging this path since the mid-1990s to the present.
They've also tried their hand at many versions of psych-rock, from shoegaze to the Stones.
Like Primal Scream before him, Newcombe makes a version of streamlined version of psychedelic rock one that favors repetition, texture and atmosphere more than, say, instrumental solos. The Massacre's most recent album, 2017's "Don't Get Lost," has a stready, hazy groove instead of the punk propulsion of younger garage-psych bands. He and his current band-mates build an atmosphere that's as engrossing as it is paranoid, as Newcombe buries the vocals deep into a heady mix of keyboards, guitars and steady basslines and drum-beats, all dipped into sticky dub production.
On extended jams like "Open Minds Now Closed," and "Throbbing Gristle," it feels like a fan has taken everything he admired in the weird fringes of music from the 1960s through the '80s and blurred them into a revision of that period. Given that the band has dabbled in so many genres over the years, it's your guess what this iteration will sound like live.
The Massacre play at the Top Hat on Saturday, May 19. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., the show starts at 9. Tickets are $22 in advance or $22 the day of show.
Rogue Wave, a California indie-pop band, are touring to mark the 10th anniversary reissue of "Asleep at Heaven's Gate," a collection of hooky songs, made more distinguishable by singer/guitarist Sam Rogue's wind-up crescendos with bells and other features that work in strong contrast to the cleanliness of his melodies. The band also lets the rhythm, and their drummer, drive the tunes more than many artists who work in this vein.
The group's most recent studio release is 2017's "Cover Me," a short collection in which they interpret songs that give a decent cross-reference of the sound you hear on their work: An acoustic-guitar/synth cover of Pete Townsend's hushed "Let My Love Open the Door," and an angstier tune from the same year, "Rescue" by Echo and the Bunnymen.
Rogue Wave and opener Dear Boy will play the Top Hat on Sunday, May 20. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16, all ages.
Algiers, a band from Atlanta, Georgia, are seeming proof that everything hasn't been done.
The band emerged in 2015 with a powerful merging of sounds that hadn't been compounded quite like this before: Singer Franklin James Fisher's howling vocals, with roots in soul and gospel, are projected onto an ominous backdrop of electronic beats and distorted noise.
Between the name of the band and the album, you get the message that Algiers is not an apolitical group. The sound is more gripping given that he's using the warm associations of gospel to express despair accompanied by the deliberately cold surface of the productions. The band's second full-length, "The Underside of Power," (Matador, 2017) built on the success.
The winery's tasting room will open at 4 p.m. with a pop-up vintage shop. The show starts at 6 p.m. The show is free. Alcohol is available for purchase for those age 21 and up.
David Bazan, a journeyman songwriter, has recorded as Pedro the Lion and more recently under his own name. Like Sufjan Stevens, he works in the indie-rock realm and has written many songs detailing his own struggled with his Christian faith. On his most recent album, "Care," in 2017, Paste magazine said "his music has moved passed acoustic guitars and jumped headfirst into synth-laden pieces drenched in texture."
He'll perform on Thursday, May 24, at the Top Hat, 134 W. Front St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $9 in advance or $22 the day of. All ages.
Pale People, the rare rock-ish Missoula trio featuring piano instead of guitar, will mark three busy years on Thursday at Free Cycles. The band, comprising pianist-vocalist Mack Gilcrest, bassist Kurt Skrivseth and drummer Austin Graef, have released three full albums, one per year, since forming. The self-described disgruntled former music students write funny and sad, lyrically detailed songs about lonely misfits and weirdos — which made the band name an amusing in-joke back before the presidential campaign. You can give all three albums of cabaret-inflected oddities at palepeoplemusic.bandcamp.com.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at FreeCycles, 732 S. First St. W.