Last weekend, country music dominated the city’s venues. This weekend, it’s rock’s turn to bring the noise, as bands from Kathy’s to Whiskey Bones turn up to eleven.
Whiskey Bones gets things off to a raucous start on Friday night when they bring Whiskey of the Damned, a Celtic rock band from Milwaukee, to their stage at 8 p.m.
This five-piece band’s sound is a melange of fiddles, hard-driving drums, accordions, guitars, and vocals begging to be shouted along with. They play a breed of rock that sits just shy of punk and blend it with some heavy Celtic overtones.
The prevalent Celtic stylings in their songs are more than a cute affectation, though, as singer, guitarist, and bagpiper Eoin (pronounced O-Wen) McCarthy, was born in Dublin and raised in Wisconsin.
Their latest album, “Monsters are Real,” was released in March and is available for purchase on iTunes. “Burn Your Suicide Notes” is a great example of their sound, as it combines a snappy fiddle line with a fuzzy rhythm section and catchy hooks. For more about the band, check out www.facebook.com/WhiskeyoftheDamned.
At Kathy’s Pub, the recently-formed band Ambulance Chaser comes straight out of Minneapolis to play their third-ever gig at 8 p.m. The band is new to the scene, but its members are all seasoned performers who have shared stages with Jackson Browne, 2 Live Crew, members of The Hold Steady, and Tapes n’ Tapes, just to name a few.
Since the band is so new, there isn’t much in the way of streaming samples, but head over to www.facebook.com/ambulancechasermpls for more information.
Kathy’s continues its reign of rock supremacy on Saturday night when they welcome back Modern Era at 8 p.m. Last seen in Rochester back in May, this noise-loving garage rock band from Minneapolis is a finely-tuned instrument of destruction when it comes to dismantling generic rock. Led by singer Jack Swagger’s fearsome howl, they bring a furious energy that should satisfy even the crustiest rock-music aficionado.
Their latest release, “The Holiday EP,” is available for streaming and purchase at the band’s website, www.themoderneramusic.com.
The North Star Bar has a one-two punch of hard-hitting cover bands over the weekend. On Friday night, they welcome My Famous Friends (www.facebook.com/MyFamousFriends), a band that covers Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Kings of Leon, Queen, The Beatles, and more at 9 p.m., while on Saturday, Hitfaced returns to perform more of their decade-spanning catalog of chart-toppers, available for perusal at their website, www.gethitfaced.com.
Things don’t stop with the workweek, as Buckcherry plays the Wicked Moose on Tuesday.
Buckcherry achieved prominence back in 1999 with their single “Lit Up,” off of their self-titled debut, and again in 2006 with “Crazy B****.” They have been making crass, straight-forward rock reminiscent of AC/DC their whole career, which has earned them a loyal following. After their stop at The Wicked Moose, they will be heading off to tour in support of their upcoming EP, the title of which is unfit to print, with like-minded rockers Godsmack.
Doors to the show open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $32 in advance and $35 at the door. You can find a link to purchase tickets at the Wicked Moose’s website, www.wickedmoosebarandgrill.com. For more information about the band, head over to buckcherry.com.
The capstone of this week’s pyramid of rock is Wednesday’s Sebastian Bach show at Whiskey Bones.
After serving as Skid Row’s frontman from 1987 to 1996, Bach has lent his vocal talents to a handful of Broadway plays and released a trio of solo albums. His stop in Rochester is part of his tour in support of his latest album, “Give ‘Em Hell,” released in April.
If you want to do your homework before checking out the show, Bach’s website, www.sebastianbach.com, features a full biography and links to his latest work.
Tickets to his show are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. You can purchase them at Whiskey Bones’ website, whiskeybonesroadhouse.com.