Music News & Reviews

Balms, the Melvins and Experience Hendrix

The Black Keys are headed to Sleep Train Arena on Nov. 1.
The Black Keys are headed to Sleep Train Arena on Nov. 1. Associated Press file


Indie rock/dream-pop

9 p.m. Tuesday


Got a little bit of that TBD Fest hangover? LowBrau’s “Le Twist” weekly Tuesday music series is an obvious “hair of the dog,” and this week’s guest, San Francisco trio Balms, would have cozied quite nicely into the indie pop wonderland lineup of last weekend’s festivities in West Sac. Balms, a relative neophyte in the Bay Area scene, first appeared last year toting some heavy gusts of atmospheric, dreamscape pop rock, which it’s not afraid to weigh down with some provocatively fuzzy and devious guitar lines. 1050 20th St., Sacramento. Free.

The Melvins


8 p.m. Wednesday


The story never-endingly goes that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana ushered in a new era and a new mode of rock ’n’ roll thought by kicking big hair and big riffs to the curb in favor of flannel and fuzz – so who, then, ushered in Kurt Cobain? Rock lore consistently offers that it was the Melvins. They came up just a few years before Kurt & Co. in the same town of Aberdeen, Wash., took the pioneering metal framework of Black Sabbath and sunk it into the murkiest shores on Puget Sound, creating a sludgy, bottom-dwelling brand of droning rock that has wedged its own dark little corner in the history books. Melvins are keeping at it with “Hold It In,” their second new release in less than a year’s time, hitting shelves on Tuesday. 1000 K St, Sacramento. $18.

Experience Hendrix


8 p.m. Thursday

Mondavi Center

While we’re on the subject of members of the “27 Club” (Google it), let’s talk Jimi Hendrix. When you look at the pedigree of axemen lined up for this tribute gig, you might actually start to forget who the posthumous guest of honor is: Billy Cox (formerly of the Jimi Hendrix Experience), Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Rich Robinson (of Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Doyle Bramhall II, Scott Nelson and several others are on deck. The show is being put on by Experience Hendrix, LLC – the same estate that denied filmmakers rights to use Jimi’s original catalog in the forthcoming Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side.” That’s a bit of a head scratcher, no? 1 Shields Ave., Davis. $57-$97.

Looking ahead: The Black Keys. Nov. 4 at Sleep Train Arena

It’s hard to imagine the Keys topping their all-world 2012 tour stop at Sleep Train. However, Rolling Stone reported last week that the “Turn Blue” tour might be the band’s biggest spectacle yet. Consider us intrigued. With Jake Bugg. 1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento. $45-$85.