1) Friday night at MASS: The Unlikely Candidates with the Cut Throat Finches opening the show. Both bands blend rock, pop, and Americana influences into readily accessible, anthemic foot stompers, and as the saying goes, their respective frontmen – Kyle Morris in the Candidates and Sean Russell in CTF – “leave it all on stage.” Great stage presences, in other words, though that quotation suggests their clothes, limbs, or internal organs might fall off (or out, as the case may be) as the show heats up, which probably won’t happen in a literal sense, though I could see Russell tossing his hat into the crowd if it was one he didn’t care about losing. MASS also has a new sound system and lighting rig, so you’ll probably want to check that out and offer your assessment to the people you’re talking to while you’re at the bar waiting for drinks in between bands. The show is all-ages, $10 for 21+, $13 for minors. Here’s Cut Throat Finches’ Sean Russell covering a The The song:
2) Also on Friday: Lola’s Saloon (2736 W 6th St) is headlined by local psychedelic pop band the Hendersons, with openers Jake Paleshic (not sure what he sounds like now because it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him and he’s been working on shit with the Niles City Sound guys, but it’s probably country-influenced), and alt-rockers Picnic Lightning, as well as a full-band performance of Sur Duda, the non-War Party project of Cameron Smith. This Hendersons video makes me think they’d be a good opener for a band like the Black Angels. Who do you talk to in order to make that happen? Cover is $7.
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