By marrying a psychedelic twist to its alternative-pop core, Son of the Sun stood out on the regional music scene from its 2007 birth onward. The sound of the band, described as “melodically detailed rock,” rose above the din of vitriolic garage rock and the birthing pangs of various electro offshoots to suggest an affinity with the timelessness we often associate with rock’s great album era.

Not surprising, then, that the group’s 2010 release “The Happy Loss” arrived as full-formed alt-pop, comfortably straddling the line between the familiarity of tradition and the surprise of modernity. It’s a regional classic that is clearly capable of being something even more.

We’ve seen Son of the Sun on many of our various outdoor summer stages over the past few years, opening for major touring acts and, in many cases, giving those acts a run for their money. The band belongs on a big stage, a position it assumes in an unstudied, natural manner.

That said, catching the group in the more intimate confines of the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) is an enticing prospect for other reasons – among them, the fact that the group will be debuting some of the material it has spent the last several months working on. The group will perform two sets, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday as part of the M&T Second Fridays @ the Burchfield Penney series. Additional information is available through and

Gig picks

A legendary Buffalo band associated with the early ’90s explosion of independent music in the area, the Industry of Life Divine, married goth, industrial, rock and electronic elements into a darkly compelling whole while simultaneously bringing dark, neo-burlesque theatrical aspects to its stage shows. The group has had many members over the years, among them Mark Freeland and Bill Moore, near mythical figures in the world of area alternative music. Though the group is not a full-time concern these days, there is good news – a new EP, “Circus Dust,” will be celebrated at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Broadway Joe’s Bar & Grill (3051 Main St.). The Industry of Life Divine will be joined by Whisper In Distortion.

With former members Adam Czolowski and Eric Wise back in the fold once again, Sonic Garden – a pre-eminent Grateful Dead tribute ensemble since 1988 – has taken a new lease on life, and it will celebrate that fact with a twin-set gig of Grateful tones and Dead grooves starting at 10 p.m. Friday in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). AjamajA opens the show.

McCarthyizm will be joined by friend (and harmony vocalist on the group’s latest CD, “Victors & Vices”) Dee Adams for a gig at 7 tonight in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.).