It's that time of year again: The only smudge on the calendar when I will blemish my otherwise pure objection to the ugly forces of capitalism and grudgingly endorse a spending holiday.
"You there, boy! What day is it today?"
(Responding in Dickensian street-urchin voice)
"Why sir, it's Record Store Day!"
"Ah, I see, so it's not too late to reform my ideologically-driven, skinflint ways and obtain some LPs and Eps ...."
Did you know that Record Store Day has a different parade marshal/mascot every year? This year it's the band Pearl Jam, a group I loathe nearly as much as the cynical market forces that made it popular. However, don't let my spleen-venting deter you, and kudos to Eddie Vedder for building a mighty career out of singing into a pillowcase full of unhappy cats.
The point of the day — which falls on Saturday the 13th this year — is to enjoy previously unreleased vinyl by your favorite acts while supporting your local record shops, which need our patronage because we have too few cultural hubs that aren't controlled by nightmarish corporate megaturds. Please consider keeping your cash as local as possible, too, and check out the great records by our many community bands. There are gems there, I promise.
And if you see a haunted, scowling man lurking around The Works or People's Records, that's just me buying some weird sounds for my suitcase Hi-Fi. For even Ebenezer Scrooge scores on Record Store Day.
The Sanctuary hosts True Life Trio tonight at 8 p.m. Comprised of three women — Leslie Bennett, Briget Boyle and Juliana Graffagna — who all sing, play percussion and play fiddle, guitar and accordion, respectively, this Bay Area group plays world folk music with tight harmonies and an ear for multi-cultural consonance. Expect a moving acoustic show in the family-friendly temple of socked feet (sliding scale $10-$25).
Lyndsey Battle last teamed up — on record anyway — with the No Good Redwood Ramblers for the group's really fun 2015 album Shoot From the Hip Straight to the Heart. Tonight she joins the boys in the band for a night of swingin', pickin' and dancing at Humbrews at 9:30 p.m. ($10, $7 advance). This is a great chance to support some fine local music with your body and bucks, and that, my friends, is priceless.
Avey Tare is the stage name of David Michael Portner, who, along with some high school friends, started the immensely popular '00s experimental pop act Animal Collective. Tonight he graces the stage of the Miniplex while on tour in support of his most recent solo record, the critically acclaimed Cows on Hourglass Pond at 7 p.m. ($20). Try to get there early, as the online tickets are sold out and there is a limited amount available at the door. Max Brotman's Complex Crown opens.
If you don't make the cut, have no fear, there are still some great shows going on elsewhere tonight. At the Old Steeple you can catch master slide guitarist Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings at 7:30 p.m. ($35, $30 advance). Mr. Rogers is a virtuosic veteran who made his bones playing with John Lee Hooker in the '80s and is currently considered one of the greatest living slide guitarists in the world.
Back in Arcata, local eight-piece Diggin Dirt will be kickin out the jams at Humbrews with Portland, Oregon, sympatico funk quartet Far Out West at 9:30 p.m. ($20, $18).
And finally, it's another installment of Radio Clash at the Alibi at 11 p.m. Join DJs Blancatron, Greenbeans and Zero One for a dance party designed to scratch the goth and punk rock itch in every set of fishnets and ripped jeans in the 707. Only $2 for the party you wish prom had been.
The Havana Cuba All Stars are an ensemble made up of members from the sensational Cuban musical act Asere and various dancers from the island. The group's mission is to take the contemporary night club sounds of Havana, marry them to the rich jazz traditions of the culture and travel across the world with the resulting sound. The experiment is paying off for these musical ambassadors, who have seen many sold out shows on their current North American tour, which takes them to Eureka and the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 8 p.m. If you can swing the $49 ticket ($15 for HSU students) this one seems like a can't miss. After all, who doesn't like Cuban music?
RampArt skatepark continues its series of punk rock and metal shows tonight at 8 p.m. This evening's fare appears to be a package tour — I could only find one local act on the bill — featuring reformed hardcore/proto-screamo ensemble pageninetynine in the headlining slot, with fellow D.C.-adjacent act Majority Rule and Austin, Texas' Portrayal of Guilt on the undercard. The show is $12 and is a benefit for Centro del Pueblo. Oh, and the aforementioned local group is crust and grindcore duo Klod, who I have yet to see live but whose name I am beginning to see around more and more.
Asheville, North Carolina's Toubab Krewe has been blending the sounds of Mali and Western Africa with southern funk, jazz and jam music for the last decade and a half. The group's sound is at once inscrutable, a hybrid that is somehow authentically informed and non-genre specific, while making organically enjoyable and intuitive music. Humbrews hosts the Krewe tonight at 9 p.m. ($15, $12 advance).
In 1980 director Franco Russo teamed up with Quadrophenia writer Martin Stellman to make a film about black working-class Britons with musical and immigration ties to the so-called West Indies and their then-burgeoning DJ culture called Sound System. The result, starring Brinsley Forde from the British reggae group Aswad, was the instant classic Babylon. The Miniplex is showing the film today at 7:30 p.m. and as far as gritty soundtrack-driven cinematic time capsules go, this one's a winner ($8).
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 would like to point out that April 7-13 is also National Library Week, the theme of which this year is Libraries = Strong Communities. He supports everything about that and lives in Arcata, where he has a library card and (probably) no late fees.