Thursday, March 24th
Antagonist, Picture It In Ruins, Submerged In Cocytus, In Her Memory and Run Bitch Run
Cafe Noir, 610 Marion St. NE
$7, 6:30 p.m., all ages
Antagonist – yes, THAT Antagonist – will stop in Salem to play Cafe Noir – yes, THAT Cafe Noir. Antagonist – for those who are “out of the loop” – mixes thrash, death metal, and hardcore and frosts the combo with a heavy portion of guitarmanies to make the sweetest metaphorical cake a metal-head can stomach. The band is teaming up with Picture It In Ruins, who I hear “tore the Wasteland a new one” a while back, and In Her Memory, who are playing their first show in a long while. If you like head bangin’ and you’re looking for a good time on March 24, look no further.
Saturday, March 26th
1st Annual Cherry City Roots & Blues Explosion
Clockworks Cafe, 241 Commercial St. NE
$7, 8 p.m., all ages
Marcus Parrish’s Long Beach, California band Beans and Rice will visit Salem for the 1st Annual Cherry City Roots & Blues Explosion. Parrish’s guitar-harmonica-violin roots combo will be joined by The Elvicious Cash Trio, The Chris Garcia Project and Mark Albert with Diana Reeck. Tickets can be purchased at Clockworks Cafe. This event is in no way affiliated with the short-lived Salem band Matt Moore’s Blues Explosion, or the slightly more popular Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Blues go BOOM!
Tuesday, March 29th
Road To Metalfest Tour
Wasteland, 730 Front St. NE
$10, 7 p.m., all ages
Lionheart, Legend, Monsters, The Greenery, The Great Commission, Proven and Run Bitch Run
Salem’s home for metal is hosting a whopper of a night on Tuesday, March 29 with heavy-hitters Lionheart and Legend being joined by touring, regional and local acts. Lionheart’s precise and pummeling rhythm section, beyond heavy riffs and screeching solos, will have Wasties (I’m coining the term right here, right now) screaming in horrific delight. The band even has a song called “Wasteland.” That’s a match made in … well, I don’t want to scare the soccer moms, but it isn’t heaven. If you can handle a seven-band bill on a Tuesday, this show is highly recommended for devil-horned brethren.
Friday, April 1st
Bottle Rocket, Youth, Boomstick
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St. NE
$8, 7 p.m., all-ages
Local alternative rock favorites Bottle Rocket will be releasing their first full-length album “Spanish Dreams” on Blueberry Hill Records at the IKE Box on Friday, April 1. The ’90s college-rock inspired outfit features Phantom!’s Blake Ferrin, Monoplane’s Matt Hall, Andrew Tennant and former The Navy member Rob Harris on skins. Bottle Rocket is one of the better and more consistent alternative bands that Salem has had in the past few years, so the release comes with some anticipation in tow. The band is teaming up with Portland’s Youth, who also rocked the Buttfrenchers’ Cafe Noir show in January, and Boomstick.