When discussing the origin of life in the universe in the company of his peers, the British evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane — perhaps apocryphally — pointed out that the massive number of stars and beetle species suggested that the Creator would appear to be "endowed with a passion for stars, on the one hand, and for beetles on the other." Be that as it may, I would suggest that the gentle maker looking down upon our music scene has a real fondness for punk rock, as there are so many great shows of that genre, as well as many other stellar gems this week.
Let's explore them, shall we?
Fall Children is a band made up of high schoolers from Ukiah who have garnered a local reputation for playing exciting punk rock with a healthy social consciousness. These cool kids will be joined tonight at 7 p.m. by local solid punk aligned acts The Cissies and Smooth Weirdos at the Outer Space for what is sure to be a great show. ($5.)
Local stalwart jazz trio R.L.A. is setting up a good one tonight up at the Westhaven Center for the Arts where a collaboration with Rob Diggins and his homemade five-string electric violin is sure to generate some glorious noise. 7 p.m. ($5-$20 sliding scale.)
Meanwhile, over at the Outer Space there is yet another quality punk show going down tonight at 7 p.m. when Oakland hardcore act Coherence rips out a set sung in English, Arabic and Farsi with songs about racial oppression and prevalent institutional violence. Blood Honey and Dimboi provide local support. ($5.)
Finally, tonight there are two free acoustic gigs to relax or move to, location depending. At 8 p.m. Celtic/Irish fiddlin' act Fingal will fill the rich wood and plaster confines of Café Mokka with the gaiety of Gaelic scales and sounds. An hour later at the Logger Bar you can catch the jammy bluegrass roots music of Kindred Spirits and cut a nonexistent rug on the beautiful wood and sawblade floors.
Local noise-monger Steven Dugger hosts an album release show for his experimental music project Permanent Casual at the Sanctuary tonight at 8 p.m. ($5-$20 sliding scale.) Filling out the bill will be former Sanctuary artist-in-residence Philip Deniz's act Comfort Creature and a performance of Blush's Waltz by the Furniture Ensemble directed by Sanctuarian Daniel Nickerson.
The Alibi has a good ol' fashioned killer show tonight at 11 p.m. when Portland's nasssty hard rock outfit Pushy comes to town for a greasy one-night stand. How much will it cost you? I can't say but the show itself is as free as the air we breathe, my brothers and sisters.
Aotearoa, New Zealand's world traveling reggae band Katchafire brings its Legacy Love Tour to downtown Redway tonight to fill the Mateel with island vibrations. 8 p.m. ($25.) Grooving along tonight are E.N. Young, Imperial Sound and Sons of Zion. Choice.
It's a fun soiree of shadows and storytelling as three different acts convene at the Outer Space at 6 p.m. to give you your micro-drama fix. Rae Red is a visual artist who is presenting her Color Wheel show, featuring shadow puppets and stop motion theatrics on a colorful backdrop of motion and song. The Comix Trip continues its ineffable crusade to bring light and bright soundscaped strangeness to an overhead projector near you while Sean's Shadows is the brainchild act of local shadow puppeteer Sean Powers. ($5).
Over in Old Town another classic punk rock power act is hitting the stage at Siren's Song. Madison, Wisconsin's Naked Aggression is still a powerful sound to behold since losing founding guitarist Phil Suchomel to a tragic asthma attack 18 years ago. Tour mates and Boston hardcore act Opposition Rising has a complimentary style that is showcased on the two group's recent 7" split on Pine Hill Records. Local support will be provided by the ever-faithful group The ChainLinks. 8 p.m. ($8.)
East-meets-west as Bronx-born New Jersey-based rapper Chino XL teams up with San Francisco's own Equipto to rock their Ladies Night Tour at Live at Humboldt. 8 p.m. ($10.) Both of these guys are very different in style but complementary in ability, so I'd pin this one as pretty crucial for all of you heads out there.
Detroit is known for its heavy metal creations, from the Dodge Charger to the Ford F-series trucks to Robocop. But perhaps nothing heavier has come out of there in the last 40 years than Negative Approach, a hardcore punk band whose original run was outlived by the domestic run of the original Pac-Man arcade game. But to paraphrase what Brian Eno famously noted about the Velvet Underground, everyone who saw them seemed to form a band in their wake. Reformed in 2006, Negative Approach has been touring ever since and will grace the lucky few who squeeze into Siren's Song tonight with its ageless output. 8 p.m. ($10.) Chico tour mates Outside Looking In are worthy acolytes while local support comes from The Cissies, Cross Contamination, and D//FEX in its first live appearance.
Sheena is a punk rocker. Sadly, Collin Yeo is not anymore. He lives in Arcata.