A very interesting show finds singer/songwriter Linda McRae joining forces with a slew of her Western New York musician buddies for a CD release party at 5:30 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). McRae will perform material from her "Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts" disc with the help of Doug Yeomans, Randy Bolam, Mark Panfil and Jim Whitford. McRae was an original member of seminal late-1980s Canadian folk-rock outfit Spirit of the West, and since splitting with that band in 1996, has released a string of critically lauded folk-based records. Check out some of the music through LindaMcrae.com.
Caitlin and the Jamie Moses Band play happy hour at 6 tonight in Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). Stick around afterward -- Boombox, a weekly showcase for area DJs, kicks off at 10 p.m., and will feature the talents of Mario Bee, the Owski and Bearskinrug.
A smoking indie-rock triple-bill at 9:30 tonight in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) has the Found, Bearhunter and the Sleepy Ha-Ha's offering a fond farewell to Found/White Bison drummer Ben Hayes, who is preparing to move to Music City -- that's Nashville, to you and me. We wish him the best!
The Drop-In Sessions continue tonight in Merge (439 Delaware Ave.), as DJ Cutler continues his residency. This time, he's joined by the awesome prog-jam-funk collective Universe Shark. The Drop-In shows are all-ages, and kick off at 10 p.m.; $5 will get you in the door.
Last summer, Texas musician Walt Wilkins and his band the Mystiqueros hit 'em hard with their debut at the Sportsmen's Tavern, reportedly making an instantly favorable impression on Sportsmen's owner and all-around good dude Dwane Hall. Wilkins and an expanded edition of the Mystiqueros return to the Sportsmen's at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in support of a new record, "Plenty." Admission will be $15.
Here's a show that blends the club scene and the outdoor summer concert scene together, potentially providing the best of both worlds. BuffaBlog, a blog covering local music, is hosting a Beach Party Concert beginning at noon Saturday at the Sunset Bay Beach Club (1028 South Shore Drive, Irving). The Tins, Autopunch, Canary Girls, Aircraft and Nelson-Type will perform. DJ Handsome Dan, he of Sugar City Soul Night fame, will spin between the band's sets. All this for a paltry $5!
Reid Speed, revered for her drum and bass, two-step, electro and dubstep mix compilations and remixes, will take over Soundlab (110 Pearl St.), beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday. The "Queen of Bass" will be joined by special guests Hxly, Papi Chulo, Loki and Potent J. If you buy tickets today, at Headspace on Elmwood, Terrapin Station, or through mnmpresents.inticketing.com, you can get them for an advance price of $10; they'll cost $12 on Saturday.