The alt-rock vibes are more powerful than ever in Rochester this weekend, as Scott Weiland, former frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, joins a small host of other alternative and indie rockers playing throughout the city.
Weiland and his band, the Wildabouts, hit the Wicked Moose from 8 p.m until 11 p.m. Friday. They’re touring in support of a new album, “Blaster.”
Weiland has referred to the album as a kind of rebirth, albeit one that dips into the same sonic waters that attracted so many fans over the years. For the uninitiated, the Stone Temple Pilots are considered among the pioneers of grunge music, thanks to their output in the early ’90s, though the band branched off into bossa nova, psychedelic rock and classic rock styles later on.
As far as what to expect from Friday’s show — reviews of other stops have reported that a majority of the material comes from “Blaster,” but that Weiland is making sure to satisfy his fans by ripping through a few cuts by STP and Velvet Revolver. You can check out some of his new sounds at his website, scottweiland.com.
By the time Weiland sings his final note at the Moose on Friday night, a cohort of younger rock bands on the second floor stage of Kathy’s Pub will be starting to hit their stride. La Crosse, Wis., indie rockers Midwest Voltage and friends play starting about 9 p.m.
Midwest Voltage specializes in an emotive, instrumental, Appleseed Cast-like style of rock that you can sample on their Bandcamp page, midwestvoltage.bandcamp.com/releases. If you like what you hear, there’s even an option to order the album on vinyl. Because I mentioned grunge music earlier, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Second Story, Rochester’s favorite grunge act, also will play, as will The Ultrasounds and DJ Inztramental.
Downstairs, Americana crew The Listings start about 9 p.m. They play a studied blend of folk, blues, country and rock that oozes quality with each note. You can check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/thelistingsrochestermn.
Identity, an alternative and indie rock act, rides into Kathy’s Pub on Saturday night starting about 9. The band’s psychedelic website, identityntheia.gweb.io, fits perfectly with the warp-speed riffs and wild subject matter on display in their music. Don’t take my word for it, though, you can stream the entirety of their last EP, “Planet Crusher,” at the group’s Bandcamp page, identity.bandcamp.com.
• While Weiland rips it up on the big stage, Push & Turn singer Sothea Lam brings his sunny vibrations to the Wicked Moose’s acoustic stage on Friday night from 9 to midnight.
• Lasonya Fleming, a Knufunk affiliate, brings her blues to the Canadian Honker on Friday evening from 7:30 to 10:30.
• The D’Sievers get Friday and Saturday night at the Redwood Room from 7 until 11. Word has it they may even play Christmas tunes.
• Metallica tribute act Acillatem return to the North Star Bar on Saturday starting around 9 p.m.
• Country songstress Becky Schlegel’s airy tunes keep the atmosphere cool in the Canadian Honker from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.
• Jeremy Jewell rounds out the week on Wednesday night at Forager Brewery form 8 to 11.