KUSH is playing home to a new Wednesday night EDM series, starting with two hours of open decks, followed by sets from drum-and-bass peddler Dvus with DJ King Boo and Shock Fever. Cowboy Mouth are still chugging along, and their inimitable Cajun rock turns up at Ziggy’s on Thursday. The dates for MantraBash 2014 are out and early-bird tickets are available, something you’ll hear about when the Mantras’ portable trio ATV plays the Blind Tiger. At New York Pizza, Boston art-folk songwriter Ellen Siberian- Tiger draws on early St. Vincent-style compositions with support from Matty Sheets, Laila Nur and Cathalyn.
Members of Roseland just wrapped up recording Caleb Caudle’s new album, and the vibrations are quite promising. The full band is back in town for a show Friday night in the upstairs room at Ziggy’s with Burlington riff lords the Ends. In the big room, legendary bassist Aston Barrett leads the Wailers back into town with support from Anguillan imports British Dependency and local staples Truth ’N Rights. For anyone wondering where Jody Lee Petty has been, he’s leading a twanged-out country rock outfit called Honey Suckle Ridge, and they’ll turn up at the Blind Tiger in advance of their debut record. DC six-piece Bumper Jacksons scrape together a hell of a party from the remnants of pre-1900s jazz and antiquated Appalachia, and they’re playing Turntable, while psych-prog group Aside Oceans visit Brewski’s On Burke.
On Saturday, Dalton Village’s elevated R&B pairs well with the scuzz blues of Solar Void, and they’re joined by rockers Elemeno and ska heads Corporate Fandango at New York Pizza. Nashville folkrocker Wyatt Espalin plays an increasingly rare show at the Green Bean — not for him, but the venue. Atlanta roots rocker Ralph Roddenbery comes to High Rock Outfitters with Darrell Craig & Friends. In the lower Triad, spacey Virginia indie band Mammoth Indigo hit Turntable and ESP turn up the jam at Blue Bourbon Jacks. At Krankies, Tyler Nail, Jonathan Loos and Carl Lombardi get together for a songwriters circle.
Propelled by a nationwide tour in support of Autism Speaks, 2011 American Idol also-ran James Durbin is playing Ziggy’s on Tuesday with hip-hop cultural despoiler Kelley James in support. Legitimate Business keeps it so real though with local grind heroes Holder’s Scar and BrainXToilet supporting Disciples of Christ and Scissor Grinder. !