Hello. Happy summer. Please go outside, report back, then attend some of these fine shows.
A gentle hit
The weekend proper starts off with a full evening of psychedelic alt rock as L.A.'s Mild High Club and Hemingway play Blondie's, along with Humboldt's Something Simple. First, let's take a moment to appreciate the fine play on words: "Mild High" Club — ha! Okay. The Club is the musical output of one Alexander Brettin, and sounds like you're on drugs in hazy, dreamy, lazy-brained way. If you dig 13th Floor Elevators, Brian Jonestown Massacre, e.g., you may want to haul yourself over to check it out. DJ Positive Idiaz spins at 7 p.m., and the night goes on from there. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at the Works, People's Records and Wildberries — get $2 off admission at the door if you bring a can of food to donate to Food for People.
Just can't get enough
Humboldt's own-personal-Jesus-with-a-turntable DJ Red will stand and deliver you back to 1980s dance hall days at Richard's Goat. He'll spin you right round (like a record), taking you one step beyond, until you'll find yourself gazing into the mirror in the bathroom, face flushed, but don't worry — you're pretty in pink. This party out of bounds begins at 9 p.m., no cover.
More than 20 of retiring professor Harley Muilenburg's students pay tribute to the instructor's 32 years of teaching Humboldt State students to sing. They join HSU Music department faculty performers, including pianist Daniela Mineva and violinist Cindy Moyer, in a celebratory retirement concert, free and open to the public at 7 p.m. in HSU's Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Locals night in A-town
The Mother Vines bring the surf-psych punk rock and Super Demon delivers the Macktown math metal at the Alibi. Music at 11 p.m., $3 cover, 21-and-over.
Austin's magnificently eerie-folky-rocky Technicolor Hearts play with local favorites The Monster Women and Strix Vega at the Palm Lounge, 9 p.m., 21-and-over, $5 suggested donation.
The Green's latest album, Hawai'i '13, opens with a chant because, according to guitarist, vocalist and one of the band's five songwriters JP Kennedy, "From the times of ancient Hawaii and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture. It's a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge and guidance so that we can be 'pono' or righteous in whatever we do." The chant prepares the listener as much as the band. Hawai'i '13 dances through roots reggae, soul and R&B — a logical sound for a band that's supported Rebelution, Iration, SOJA and Damian Marley, and has played at the Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and California Roots Festival. The Green plays the Arcata Theatre Lounge along with the Expanders, known for reggae centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting, with lyrics that range from socially heavy to playful and upbeat, in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like the Ethiopians, the Gladiators and the Mighty Diamonds, Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance at Ticketfly, Wildberries, People's Records and the Works, $25 at the door. The show is 21-and-over.
Because we like these descriptions
An unusual show at Richards' Goat features Shelter Death, best known for an ability to "utilize alien programming, heavy electronics and pained instrumentation that makes for a tragic and austere peal." Do with that what you will. Also performing: Pod Blotz and Glochids, plus Humboldt's DL Mathias doing "synthesizers for shut-ins" and DJ interludes provided by Ensemble Economique. Show starts at 9 p.m., 21 and over, $5.
Yes, goth karaoke. At Siren's Song, with a selection that includes Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Christian Death, Nina Hagen, Bauhaus, Sex Gang Children, the Cure, Virgin Prunes, Xmal Deutschland, Specimen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 45 Grave and what more do you need? Event organizers note that the Siren's Song bar "is now equipped with wine for all you vampires that need a bit of blood before you get up on stage!" No surprise to also note that "debauchery is encouraged." Resident DJs Wrye and Decoffinated in attendance. All ages, free, 9 p.m.
'Fare Thee Well'
So there's some final Dead shows? We'll trust you fans know what's happening with that, but we do care enough to make sure you know you can see them in HDTV and on the big movie screen at the Jambalaya. Dressing in Deadhead attire gets you a drink deal. Should be supercool if it's your thing. Free, June 27 through July 5. Hit up the Jam for details, 822-4766.
Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Eight Days a Week calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to email@example.com.