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click to enlarge Anvil plays the Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8. - COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS
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  • Anvil plays the Jam at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

This week has a lot of jazz, a decent smattering of heavy metal and some festie-friendly electronic acts in the pipeline. Some big names are in the mix, as well as some promising young upstarts. Local musicians who have done well for themselves in the world play some home sets, while bigger names from the world stage tread the redwood boards, as well. For those of you who are still capable of trusting me after last week's unfortunate Neil Young mix-up (Editor's note: That was, indeed, an April Fool's prank), trust me, this week has some great shows. In fact, I plan to overcome my occasionally severe introversion to enjoy at least a couple of these performances with good company. Perhaps I'll see you out there in between the raindrops. For now, I've got an earful of spring rain and Mort Garson's splendid '70s oddity album Plantasia to keep my evening in its proper niche.

Have a very vernal week.

Thursday

Kalispell, Montana's Wizzerd is a doom metal quintet specializing in down-tuned and stoned heaviness. Tonight its tour swings through Eureka and the band will grace the diminutive stage at the Little Red Lion with a very fine local pairing in the form of Ultramafic and FHOG aka Finger Hash of the Gods at 8 p.m. ($5).

Friday

Avant jazz violinist and Petrolia native Jenny Scheinman brings a unique show to the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Produced with help from the folks at the Arcata Playhouse and the Minor Theatre, Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait is a live performance soundtrack to a film by Finn Taylor featuring the mid-century small town American photography of H. Lee Waters. Scheinman will be using her voice and fiddle for the score, accompanied by skilled multi-instrumentalists Robbie Fulks and Robbie Gjersoe ($28 general, $25 Humboldt Folklife and Arcata Playhouse members, $15 children 12 and under).

Saturday

Local hero Nicholas Dominic Talvola will be blowing his trumpet up at the Westhaven Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nick's traveling to Japan for a spell soon so consider this a temporary swan song to tide the public over before he returns from across the Pacific Ocean. Joining him for the evening will be RLA Trio doing what it does best ($10-$20 sliding scale).

Two hours later at Humbrews, Vancouver's own electro-dance pop global ravers Delhi 2 Dublin will bring its warehouse and festival show to the stage. Expect an intersection between tablas and sequencers ($15).

Sunday

Santa Barbara Math Rock trio Pookie makes the trip north to rattle the decor off the walls of the Outer Space tonight at 7 p.m. ($5-$20 sliding scale). Arcata prog outfit Farmhouse Odyssey will play a set while local singer, songwriter and bookseller Gabe Lubowe squeezes onto the bill, as well.

Speaking of squeezing and books, this gig will be bookended on either side of the hour by two performances at Fulkerson Hall by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. The two shows, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., will feature the trombonist son and brother of one of New Orleans' royal families heading up a 16-piece jazz orchestra staffed with world class players ($66).

Monday

Anvil is a Canadian metal band that almost made it big but never quite did. The Canadian trio — whose sound nests somewhere between hard rock, power metal and early thrash — was the subject of an acclaimed documentary a decade ago about the barnacle-like resilience of the group and its multi-decade career. Though it might not be a household name, Anvil is a world-class group. Which makes it extra special that the band will be playing the Jam tonight. ($15). Along for the ride are VH1 metal comedian Don Jamieson, Santa Cruz metal act Archer Nation, and local bangers Dullahan. The whole thing kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and to paraphrase Deaner from the Canadian metalhead mockumentary FUBAR, this night is the soundtrack to givin' er.

Tuesday

It's a quiet Tuesday so why not go and give The Logger Bar some love? At 8 p.m. the regular old time music session will be crackin' off. How's about you bring your favorite wireless — unless that wire is of the piano variety — instrument to the sawblade embedded floors of Blue Lake's other social hub and have some free fun.

Wednesday

Portland electronic funk dance trio Yak Attack is playing Humbrews this near-first moon night at 9 p.m. Known for fun and danceable shows full of solid musicianship and improvisation, this is the sort of show that attracts the happy-go-lucky college crowd and beyond. As of press time, I haven't located a price for the event but this reporter figures it won't be much over $20 and likely under. It's pure speculation but I'd take those odds.

Full show listings in the Journal's Music and More grid, the Calendar and online. Bands and promoters, send your gig info, preferably with a high-res photo or two, to music@northcoastjournal.com.

Collin Yeo would like to say rest in peace to the late Nipsey Hussle, murdered last week. He lives in Arcata.

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