Cool Beats Club

VTO, Cash for Junkers, Tomb Toad

(Friday, April 5)

This longtime garage punk band will headline with their pop-punk sensibilities, reminiscent of your favorite old Green Day or Blink-182 records, complete with slick melody, some harmonies and chunky guitars.

Honky-tonk Western swingers Cash for Junkers support, along with Tomb Toad, a new-wave influenced duo.

All ages welcome at Free Cycles. Show at 7 p.m. $5 donations encouraged, all money will go toward Free Cycles’ youth program. (Peter Friesen)

Cool Beats Club

(Friday, April 5)

Ever wanted to get up close and personal with synthesizers? Been pining to share your latest laptop beat with likeminded musicians? Cool Beats Club is for you!

This concert/networking event at Wave and Circuit will feature performances from five local producers, as well as opportunities to talk shop.

There will be live painting as well, to go along with beats from Scene, Mike Stolin, Katana Boy, Sophistical and Luxury.

Music starts at 8 p.m. at Wave and Circuit 829 S Higgins Ave. All ages, BYOB and donations welcome. (PF)

'Sound of the Underground'

(Friday, April 5)

Local electronic producers and musicians will get together to produce four hours of new music on the spot for "Sounds of the Underground" series, which looks promising for fans of improvised and music and beats.

The full list of performers are Mr. Moo on beats and violin, Lecture on beats, guitar and vocals, Nintendeaux on beats, Emmet More on guitar, Sam Wieland on tenor saxophone, B3arB3ats on alto, and Trickshot Johnson on percussion.

Doors are at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10. 21 and up only. (CW)

Charles Ellsworth and Friends

(Friday, April 5)

Salt Lake City songwriter Charles Ellsworth is rolling into the VFW with some dusty, rocking alt-country tunes.

The show will run from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Admission is $5, 21 and up only.

An evening with Switchback Records

(Saturday, April 6)

This student-run show features a bevy of local artists playing stripped-down sets. Jordan Lane and Katie C of the Letter B headline, with Brady Schwertfeger (of Norwell), Jesse the Ocelot, Tiny Plastic Stars and PJ Willet filling out the bill.

The Facebook event promises free cotton candy to attendees. Check out the Missoulian’s story on the show as well.

Music starts at 8 p.m. at the VFW Ole Post 209. 18+ and suggested $5 donation. (PF)


(Sunday, April 7)

Lakebottom Sound Series is hosting its monthly FreeSessions where guest curators lead musicians in a group improvisation. The hosts this month are dancer Noelle Huser and musician-producer Koby Silverman. Check the blog post at for information on what they have planned. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and participate. The site has information on what instruments will already be on hand.

It runs from 6-8 p.m. at Imagine Nation Brewing. It's free and all ages are welcome. (CW)

Emo Night/Sad Sunday

(Sunday, April 7)

The Dead Hipster crew is starting a new monthly series dedicated to emo, which has been consoling wounded hearts for some 30 years now, depending on how you want to define it. Head down to the Badlander from 9 p.m. to closing to hear DJs spin the likes of American Football, Bright Eyes, Dashboard Confessional, My Chemical Romance and more. Emo Night will continue every first Sunday of the month thereafter. (CW)

Steel Pulse

(Thursday, April 11)

This old school reggae group was founded in England, making them the first non-Jamaican reggae act to win a Grammy in the genre.

Their Wikipedia page lists 24 previous members and eight current members, one of whom is an original: singer and guitarist David Hinds, who has some of the thickest damn dreadlocks I’ve ever seen.

But these guys groove, they move and they bounce in the pocket you know and love.

Catch 'em at The Wilma.

Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance. (PF)

Perfect Blue, In Rapture, Impurities

(Thursday, April 11)

Perfect Blue, a Missoula trio, are instrumental post-rock — think Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Mogwai, or other groups that (mostly or entirely) left the vocals out while chasing some emotive, thoughtful and loud rock. Perfect Blue fall a little more on the heavier end, as guitarist Jeremy Meine and bassist Anthony Lozada wind through evocative and introspective chord progressions, and drummer Geoff Thomas plays a mean bass drum when things pick up.

They'll hit the stage at the VFW with two touring acts — In Rapture, a Billings experimental metal act that has touches of synth and proggier songwriting along with all the guitar you'd expect; and the Impurities, a Reno, Nevada, group with thrashier things going on.

The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9. Cover is $5, 21 and up only. (CW)