Moving in Mono
The revolution -- as we've been told time and again -- will not be televised. But it might have a soundtrack.
If so, it wouldn't be out of place to suggest that Japan's Mono should be the band to compose it. Perhaps they already have. The recent, dense, epic and absolutely deafening "Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined" (Temporary Residence, 2005) produced by veteran noise-meister Steve Albini manages to conjure an image of the end of the world without the benefit of lyrics or vocals and to simultaneously make such an event sound like a beautiful thing. Lush and orchestral, Mono's sound will still peel the paint off your walls and, as Motorhead's Lemmy once famously decreed of his own band, "make your neighbor's lawn die."
My pick for the coolest show in town this week will feature Mono, guests Eluvium and Buffalo's own Sleeping Kings of Iona in the Big Orbit Soundlab space at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7, and presale tickets are available at Home of the Hits, New World Record or can be reserved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
First time at Soundlab? It's located in the basement of the Dun Building, corner of Pearl and Swan streets. Bring earplugs and an open mind.
Play that old cliche
Love 'em or hate 'em, the River City Rebels demand to be dealt with, particularly on their new album, the sprawling and sloppy "Hate to Be Loved," a record some have called the punk rock "Exile on Main Street" and others have written off as tired, cliched and cheesy.
Isn't it possible that the thing is actually a bit of both? I think so. Decide for yourself when the Rebels headline a massive bill at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Icon, 391 Ellicott St. Sharing the stage will be Dark Tranquility, Hypocrisy, Mnemic, Soilwork, the Black Halos, the Bones and the Queers. That's a lot of punk rock! Get ticket information at www.tickets.com, or call the club at 842-0167.
The ska's the limit
The Sphere will host a ska party with New Jersey's skank-pop outfit Catch-22 headlining the festivities at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The band is touring in support of its raucous new live CD/DVD combo, out now on Victory Records. Bringing a punk-rock ethic to bear on a snotty blend of ska, jazz, R&B, soul and funk, the band has endeared itself to the Vans Warped Tour crowd and is threatening to make a move toward the mainstream any day now. Suburban-dwellers are advised to lock up their children. (I kid, of course.)
Catch-22 will share the stage with Liar's Academy, Don't Look Down and Whole Wheat Bread. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased now through Ticketmaster at 852-5000. The Sphere is at 681 Main St.
Old souls in new clothes
Hallwalls is sponsoring an extremely hip gig this evening inside Trinity Episcopal Church -- I know it's not a club, but tonight it will be -- featuring Omkara, the Buffalo-based trio that blends traditional Indian classical forms with Western motifs and ideas in service of an inspiring, eclectic sound. Brothers Ravi, Naryan and Aneal Padmanabha will explore the upper reaches of the improv ether on a host of instruments, including tabla, kanjira, frame drum, hammered dulcimer, Persian santoor, acoustic guitar and double bass. Admission to the concert, which begins at 8 tonight, is $7. The Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 371 Delaware Ave. Call 208-5358 with questions.
What about Bob?
Warm up for Bob Dylan's highly anticipated appearance April 13 in Shea's Performing Arts Center with the 17th annual Bob Dylan Imitator's Contest next week. The event takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. The imitators will compete for cash, prizes and, occasionally, laughs. Fancy yourself a Bob-o-phile? Get thee to Nietzsche's for the 7 p.m. sign-up, and don't forget your harmonica rack! The event is presented by Michael Meldrum's Buffalo Song Project. Call Nietzsche's at 886-8539 with questions.
Blues guitar diva Deborah Coleman plays the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St., at 9 p.m. next Friday. Call the Tap Room at 854-2466 with inquiries.