Your Sactown Rundown reporter still harbors delusions about jamming out of the Dave Matthews Band show on Friday at Sleep Train and making it back to "The Grid" and to Old Ironsides in time to catch the Stone Foxes.
Impossible? Hmmm…it might take skipping an encore. I’ve heard "Ants Marching" plenty of times.
For those of you who are, unlike me, still living in reality, here’s a few more shows on deck for the weekend.
Carolyn Wonderland – A redheaded blues singer and guitar-slinger with a little twang in her voice? It’s a safe bet that Lonestar State-bred Carolyn Wonderland has been smacked by the Bonnie Raitt comparisons before, but there truly aren’t that many. She’s as firmly entrenched in the blues as Johnny Winter could ever hope to be, and she sports an honest and warm vocal prowess, laced the with the kind of edginess you have to have to even get in the door of the blues’ clubhouse; she’s the kind of girl you could bring home to mom, but still worry she might brawl with her if the meatloaf is overcooked. Wonderland’s 2008 album “Miss Understood” is a buried treasure of jazz and Americana tinged Texas blues, and she’s backed by a crackerjack band of like-minded sonic ruffians. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $17. 21+. www.harlows.com.
Cull with Deafheaven – This is a show for those (and there are many) who feel there is too much flash and pop heaped on top of the metal world these days, as all the bands on the bill are devoid of any of it. Portland’s two-guy, two-girl act Cull leads the pack as one of the rising faces in PDX’s underground metal scene (yep, there is one buried underneath all the indie rock) with their gothic, blood-curdling breed of post-punk thrash. Also performing is Deafheaven, a group of upstarts from the Bay Area digging into the darker side of black metal, with their lyrical howls taking a backseat to a slathering of ferocious guitar and drum slashes, like the soundtrack to your nightmares about being stuck in a medieval battle. Chronaexus, Waning and Divination of the Damned all perform at this Buriedinhell Records showcase. 8 p.m. Friday. Off Broadway, 2504 Franklin Blvd. $7. All ages. www.myspace.com/buriedinhell.
Doombird with Aaron Ross and Bart Davenport – An Angle was one of those bands that you hated to see fall into oblivion; they had too good and too expansive of a catalog to let fall into limbo, and you’d have to assume there’s a collective hope among Sacramento music fans that they find daylight again. Meantime, front man Kris Anaya has come up with a new outfit that might actually make us forget the loss. Doombird celebrates the release of their debut full-length offering, a beauty-in-a-bottle record of ethereal indie chamber pop that harnesses the emotional oasis of Anaya’s singing and songwriting, but explores the kind of instrumentally lush territory that his former outfit tap danced with a few times, but never fully dove into. Aaron Ross (formerly of Hella) joins the party, along with veteran San Francisco singer/songwriter (and Honeycut leading man) Bart Davenport, in his own right a Northern California fixture of indie folk rock. 9 p.m. Sunday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $5. 21+. www.harlows.com.
Mark Your Calendars: The Devil Makes Three – Now living in Davis, this Santa Cruz outfit are a trio of front porch punk rockers, who found a way to reconcile their rock and roll wiles with jam-happy country and bluegrass vibes. With Cornmeal. Sept. 30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $15. www.harlows.com.
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