To hear the dark melodies of the rock band Ours is to never again settle for anything less. To listen to the anguish in singer Jimmy Gnecco's voice is to feel the weariness, anger and pain of his poetic lyrics.
Happiness doesn't necessarily exist in the music of Ours, but hope does. And maybe more importantly, honesty, brutal as it might be.
Gnecco and his bandmates aren't into sugarcoating reality, or making music that fits into some pre-packaged ideal. That's why the band's music, captured perfectly on its impassioned second disc, "Precious," stays with you.
On Tuesday, Ours returns to the Continental, where it blew the doors off the club a few months back with an "acoustic" concert. The show begins at 8 p.m. in 212 Franklin St. Tickets are $10 presale (Ticketmaster, Home of the Hits) or $13 at the door.
Hypnotic Clambake is gearing up for its seventh annual O.U.R. Music Festival (Outrageous Universe Revival). The two-day camping and music extravaganza is next Friday and June 7 at the Brushwood Folklore Center Campgrounds, Sherman. Performers include Irving Klaws, Redheaded Stepchild, Big Leg Emma, Zydeco Vacation, New York Klezmer Orchestra, Smack Dab and the Johnsons and Buddhahood. Advance tickets are $35 (call 585-256-1479) or $40 at the gate. For info, go online to www.hypnoticclambake.com or www.brushwood.com.
-- Toni Ruberto