There's a ton of music this week with the exception of Monday night, which I have cut out entirely for space because it's dead out. Here's a thought: Consider spending that night rooting for my erstwhile home team the New Orleans Saints to beat the racist institution known as the Washington R*dskins within the purview of the larger racist institution known as the NFL. Or be sensible and just take a knee for the night.
Regardless, please read on and have a wonderful week full of new sounds.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming's Ben Musser travels with a small cast of supporters under the moniker Benyaro, playing a sort of post-modern bouncy Americana. His fall 2018 tour is midterm election-themed — appropriately titled Get Out the Vote — and will be rolling into The Jam this evening at 8 p.m. Also on the down-ticket will be Seattle's husband and wife reggae-lite duo Yogoman and Bongo Jac, as well as local rabble-rousers and acoustic executive branch Plumb Uglies (price TBA).
It's the inaugural day of Lost Coast Fest, our local DIY community's celebration of music, direct action and all-ages fun. As of press time, tickets were flying fast but, rather than allowing that to dissuade you, I suggest you take it as a challenge to join in for the main feature. The matinee begins today at 2 p.m. at The Outer Space, and the lineup is local talent-heavy, with sets by Arcatans Blood Hunny, La Mancha, Mash Yellow Bird and 4 The Masses, as well as an appearance by Oregon's Neil Campau and Dun Bums from parts unknown (to this writer at least). Just $5 buys you all of the songs all day.
At 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, you will find a more geographically eclectic lineup with many returning familiar faces and a decidedly downbeat and indie songbird vibe. Ehiorobo hails from New Jersey and plays a solo show of cross-pollinated classic and deformed beats, while Los Angeles' August Eve quietly destroys with hydrogen-cloud-sunset-sweet vocals and seismic songwriting. Local Oakland transplant Siri brings sublime solemnity to the shores of the beautifully weird as well. Also playing tonight are Maya Songbird, Terror Pigeon and Chicago's Vail ($15 for the whole magilla). There is a bar for those of age, as well as food from Sistah's Vegan.
If this isn't enough music for you little aural gluttons, it's also the opening night of the Eureka Symphony's 2018-2019 season at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($19-$49). At 8 p.m., the Dashing Debut has a hot playlist of riffs by the likes of Mozart, Bizet and that most quintessentially American composer — and also the gay son of Ashkenazi immigrants — Aaron Copland.
The Infinite Fest of the Lost Coast continues with another daytime show at The Outer Space at 2 p.m. ($6). Today's lineup has a little more of a punk flavor with performances by Arcata bands Slop and Thee Cissies, as well as dot Vom and Rip Room from San Francisco and Sacramento's Meet Cute. Mister Moonbeam delights with a rare diurnal performance and rounding out the bill is Toy from Olympia, Washington.
The fun continues at the Arcata Veteran's Hall at 7:30 p.m. with an all-visitors' attack of the trans-mundane, including New York City's Choked Up, Coherence, SOAR, Try the Pie and Spellling from the Bay Area, and Portland's amazing Saddle Creek Records act Black Belt Eagle Scout. Tonight's showcase features a spectrum of dreamy indie rock and heavier groovy weirdness and is a must-see ($15).
Lest you think that tonight is only an all-ages carousel, I have, believe it or not, two more fine shows to offer you. Over at the Miniplex at 10 p.m. is the completely immersive, drooling, vintage Euro-pop glory of Santiago, Chile's The Holydrug Couple. ($10). This one is worth peeling yourself away from the communal fun fest for. The evermore excellent CV kicks it all off.
Finally, tonight at 11 p.m., the Alibi is offering a heavy show for all the local headbangers and bong-rippers, as down-tuned instrumentalists Ultramafic takes over the dark side of the building with opening help from heavy riff-sters Dead Man's Tale ($3).
It's the final day of Lost Coast Fest and it's a day-to-night deal going down at The Outer Space starting at 2 p.m. Evening highlights include New Jersey's Screaming Females and Minneapolis' feminist punk trio Kitten Forever, while earlier in the day you can enjoy music by the likes of New York's Guerilla Toss and Portland's Body Academics, as well as many more fantastic acts. As with the other shows, this is a benefit for the RAVEN project and Centro del Pueblo, which advocate for the cultural advancement of the raza and indígena community on the North Coast. A $20 bill buys you an all-ages ticket to eight hours of music, so line up your ducats because this is easily the best deal of the weekend.
San Francisco's premier modern rock act The Stone Foxes invades Humbrews tonight at 9 p.m. Cut from the slightly faded cloth of early '00s rock retro-vation, these foxes will appeal to all of the hound dogs and hep cats who eschew the avant garde for the comfort of the groove. Tango Alpha Tango opens. 9 p.m. ($15).
Brothers Gow are an electro-funk outfit with an ear for the sort of jammed-out dance tracks which move asses from Bonnaroo to Jazz Fest. Humbrews hosts these chaps tonight for an evening of music that is sure to thrill the bliss-chasers of the community. 9:30 p.m. ($10).
Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collin Yeo thanks Alex for the David Foster Wallace pun. He was going to say something obnoxious about lobsters and footnotes. He lives in Arcata.