Sonically speaking, this weekend’s musical landscape is all over the map. There’s soothing local music, mainstream rock, traditional bluegrass, ethereal indie-rock, and, to top it all off, a four-pack of punk bands invading the city on Wednesday night.
First things first: there’s a new trio in town. Bungam, Olson & Walsh is comprised of Bruce Bungam, Brian Olson, and Mark Walsh and you can catch them at Thyme Restaurant and Lounge this Friday night, where they will play from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The trio hasn’t made any of its work available on the Internet (that I could find, anyway), but each member has made some marks on the city’s music scene.
Olson and Walsh are members of the Booker Mini Foundation band and Reunion Band. Walsh is a saxophonist who also dabbles in woodwinds, as evidenced by his recent Lake City outing with local percussive-folk masters Thomas and the Shakes.
Bungum’s latest project, the “A Little Country EP,” features original, wave-infused country tunes with harmonic sensibilities that borrow a page out of Crosby, Stills, & Nash’s book. The project is available to stream on Bungum’s website, brucebungum.com. I recommend starting with “Terror” or the older, straight-up country tune, “Where the Hell’s Mazeppa?”
Also on Friday night, Thursdays on First favorites The Pines will play a show at Ed’s No Name Bar in Winona starting at 8. The eerie-indie rock band’s latest project, “Pasture: Folk Songs EP,” is set to start shipping on May 4. It’s a seven-song tribute to the band’s favorite Midwestern folk music and features The Pines’ renditions of songs in the public domain as well as cuts by Mason Jennings and Iris Dement. For more about the band, head over to their website, thepinesmusic.com.
On Saturday night, Kathy’s Pub will bring Duluth-based bluegrass band Black River Revue back onto its stage starting at around 9 p.m. For a taste of the band’s approach to bluegrass, head over to their website, blackriverrevue.com, where both of the group’s albums, 2014’s “Spring Thaw” and 2013’s “Garbage Pickin'” are available to stream in full.
Elsewhere on Saturday night, the Wicked Moose will feature the self-described mainstream rock of Minneapolis-based Sin City Escape. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The driving force of “Still Here” starts as soon as you access the band’s website, sincityescape.com, and provides a fitting introduction to their sound. It features focused guitar riffs, a pounding rhythm section, and modern rock vocals that oscillate between melodic shouts and guttural yowls.
The rock doesn’t stop with the weekend, though. On Wednesday night, Kathy’s Pub is throwing a punk party on the second floor of their building featuring a smattering of rough-around-the-edges acts from across the nation for your listening pleasure.
Chicago pop-punk act Brickfight (facebook.com/brickfight), Tampa, Fla., punks Too Many Daves (facebook.com/pages/Too-Many-Daves), Twin Cities rock ‘n’ rollers Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band (natocolesandthebluediamondband.blogspot.com), and San Diego drunk-rockers Tiltwheel (facebook.com/pages/Tiltwheel) will all take turns on the second floor stage starting at 9 p.m.