Sonic Spectrum Dealer's Choice
This month's installment of the Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series happens to fall on organizer Robert Moore's birthday, and as such, the theme of the evening is shifting from the usual "a bunch of local bands cover one artist" to what Moore is calling "Dealer's Choice." He has picked four local acts and supplied each with a list of songs he has always wanted to hear them cover. For example, a band featuring Steve Tulipana, Mark Lowrey, Jeff Harshbarger, Duane Trower and Ryan Shank takes on songs by Bauhaus, Swans, Tom Waits and others. Tiny Horse does some Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams. Erik Voeks and His Merry Men try on Split Enz and Guided By Voices. And for Soft Reeds, it's Bowie, Devo and T. Rex. RecordBar closes at midnight Sundays, which means this show starts early, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
A friend of mine once told me that the first time he heard "Accidentally in Love" on the radio, he thought it was the intro to a McDonald's commercial. I laughed and laughed, and when I was done, I sighed a little because when I was 12 years old, Counting Crows really meant something to me. Alas, our affair was not meant to be. In fact, I will still go to bat for all of August and Everything After, most of Recovering the Satellites, and a couple of songs off This Desert Life — but unless you were born between 1981 and 1985, I wouldn't really expect you to understand why.
Tuesday, July 31, at Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Road, 816-363-7827)
Los Lobos, with Making Movies
Last September, local Afro-Cuban indie-rock act Making Movies opened for the legendary Latin-rock band Los Lobos at Knuckleheads. Los Lobos was impressed enough with Making Movies' set to invite frontman Enrique Chi and percussionist Juan-Carlos Chaurand onstage for the encore. The encounter eventually led to Los Lobos member Steve Berlin offering to record Making Movies' next album, which will be released later this year. The two bands reunite for this Knuckleheads street party — with food vendors and an area in front of the venue for folks to mingle and roam — which sounds like an excellent way to spend a summer evening.
Thursday, July 26, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
Mouthbreathers, with Bloodbirds
and Stiff Middle Fingers
Due to one of its members splitting town, Mouthbreathers is calling it a day, at least for now, according to the Facebook event page for this show. This coincides, somewhat ironically, with the release of the hard-and-fast garage punks' "Die Alone"/"Validation" 7-inch that is out via Replay Records and which you should probably purchase.
Friday, July 27, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)
The What Gives, Erik Voeks, and the Harrisonics
If spending seven hours at the Replay sounds achievable — that sounds very achievable to me — then arrive early for the Mouthbreathers show Friday and watch a reunion of the Bus Stop Label featuring the What Gives, Erik Voeks and the Harrisonics. (Through Futureman Records, the What Gives recently released an album that the band recorded in Eudora in the late 1990s.) The melodic power pop of these three acts ought to provide an easy transition into the wilder sounds that ring out after the sun goes down.
Friday, July 27 (early show, at 6 p.m.), at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)