Plus, ESH and Arc in the Bucket
A pair of vastly different gigs to kick off the weekend starts THURSDAY (the 17th) with excellent locals The Can’t Nots opening for Cleveland’s SomeKindaWonderful at the Met (401.729.1005) free-of-charge (courtesy of WBRU), while at Fête (401.383.1112), rhyme duo DirtyDurdie will host “The Culture Games.” Compete in the breakdancing and/or freestyling competitions, with cash prizes on the line, beginning at 10 pm sharp. A nice variety to spice up your FRIDAY (the 18th), starting with acclaimed blues-rock crew (and 2013 Rock Hunt champs)Torn Shorts at the Bucket Brewery (401.305.0597) with the Little Compton Band; Roz & the Rice Cakes open for Max Frost at Waterplace Park (free); Midday Records delivers Vary Lumar, Sadie Vada, and GrandEvolution at Fatt Squirrel (401.808.6898); and ol-skool rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga invades Simon’s 677 with a slew of special guests ($25/all-ages, 401.270.6144). Must-see hip-hop on Saturday (the 19th) at the Met features ESH & ARC opening for indie legend Cage ($15). The two-day Pete Theroux Memorial Fest will kick off Saturday at Fête with Suffocation and Sexcrement, while Doosh Bucket and The Meatmen lead the charge on SUNDAY (the 20th); $20 for a single-day pass or grab both for $30, and all for a great cause. And how about the quality options available for MONDAY (the 21st): stoner metal on the docket at Machines With Magnets featuring locals Balam withSweet Jesus, Give, and Fell To Low ($7, 401.475.2655). Park your ears at AS220 midweek for badass metalheads Churchburn, Bog of the Infidel, and more on TUESDAY (the 22nd); and on WEDNESDAY (the 23rd), Tor Johnson Records presents Whore Paint, Rampant Decay, and Mortals — easily the best $5 you’ll spend all week.