GENRE-JUMPERS: Sick Electric.
SICK ELECTRIC is hitting the area this week. The Fall River outfit has been around a while, and their seasoning is starting to take hold. The recent Haywire comes from a pretty impressive sonic spectrum, spanning a bunch of non-obvious genres: emo, grunge, punk, metal, thrash, and prog, glued together by a willingness to look into the dark corners of heaviness for curious and abstract sonic artifacts. On Friday, March 7, they’ll play Accu-Billiards, 3057 Acushnet Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts, with headliners IREPRESS, BABIES IN LIMBO, and CALIFORNIA SMILE. Call 508.995.6286. On Tuesday they hit AS220 with JESUSCENTRIC and others. Call 401.831.9327.
DAN PEPIN AND EMPTY WALLET CLUB will be on WHJY’s “Soundcheck” on Saturday at midnight. EWC will be playing live in the studio and talking about their upcoming shows and, finally, a new album. But the really big news is that LETDOWN, Pepin’s former, near-miss band, will be doing a reunion show this summer. ZOX will return to Lupo’s on Saturday. Opening for the band will be MATT WHITE and up-and-coming locals HELLO MAHALO. HM will take the stage at 6:30 pm and will be filming their first music video at this event. Call 401.331.5876.
DEER TICK is at Jerky's on Friday. Call 401.621.2244. Also on Friday, Firehouse 13 celebrates the opening of its 2nd Annual Arts and Activism Exhibition with performances by THE SET OF RED THINGS, TINSEL TEETH, LOLITA BLACK, and SALT OF THE EARTH. Admission is free before 8 pm and $10 from then on. Call 401.270.1801 or go to firehouse.org.
On Sunday, March 9, there will be a BOB ENOS MEMORIAL BENEFIT at Rhodes-On-the-Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. As you know, Enos, a trumpeter in Roomful for many years, passed away recently while on the road with the band. Of course, Roomful soldiers on, stopping here to pay tribute to the inimitable horn man, with a full-on bash featuring BIG RED AND THE RESONATORS, EIGHT TO THE BAR, STEVE SMITH AND THE NAKEDS, and JOHN CAFFERTY AND THE BEAVER BROWN BAND. Roomful will also play, as will many alums, which means there will be quite a few surprises, just as Enos would have liked it. The show will run from 2 to 8pm and tickets will be sold at the door. Net proceeds will benefit Enos’s family. Call 401.785.4333.
The Liberty Elm Diner continues its amazing mix of food, fun, friends, and music. On Saturday, the “Your Roots Are Showing” series will present HELLBENT & HEARTBREAKIN, THE REBEL RIDERS, and LUCKY 57. Doors open at 8 pm, the cover is $6, and it’s BYO! On Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm, it’s MARK CUTLER AND FRIENDS. In fact, there’s stuff every Sunday morning, so check myspace.com/libertyelm for listings. The “Winter Coffee Conversations,” hosted by Phil Edmonds and Jim, continue on March 15 with the third installment of “Building Neighborhood Communities.” Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas and talk it out over morning coffee with your fellow locals. The little red diner is at 777 Elmwood Avenue in Providence. Call 401.467.0777.
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