**UPDATED 7/26/12: The Party in the Park feat. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings has been moved to Main Street Armory (900 E. Main St.) due to threat of rain**
ALTERNATIVE/PUNK: Pink Elephant
On Saturday The Krown plays host to a post-punk revival with a trilogy of solid independent East Coast thrashers sharing the stage. Pink Elephant, a Rochester-based indie-rock four piece, is an amalgamation of two other area groups, as it has borrowed members and musical styles from The Indras (an alt-folk ensemble) and Clockmen (a punk outfit), and has created a noisy, psychedelic sonic landscape. The band claims Mudhoney, The Melvins, well whiskey, and Pabst Blue Ribbon as its major influences. The triple bill also boasts Buffalo’s Patrons of Sweet, a power-punk trio that packs some serious technical chops. Beantown post-punk band Wrong Body rounds out the evening’s festivities.
Pink Elephant plays Saturday, July 28 at 9 p.m. at Monty’s Krown, 875 Monroe Ave. $3, 21+. 271-7050. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.
SOUL/R&B: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Brooklyn’s The Dap Kings are back where they belong, backing up one of the best and sadly underrated soul singers of our time, Sharon Jones. I’m no crybaby, but I teared-up the last time this band was in town; it felt and sounded that good. Since its inception in the early 2000’s, this band has created a magnificent blast of classic — not retro — soul and r&b. Jones belts and wails and pours out all she has to give with twice the energy of artists half her age. This is one of the best live bands you will ever see; it’s razor sharp and rockin’. The band’s latest, “I Learned the Hard Way,” is another solid sender. But live…that’s what I’m talking about. Bring a date, and a hanky just in case the heartache gets caught in your eyes. Chuck Prophet and The Mission open the show.
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform Thursday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at Riverside Festival Site, Court & Exchange. $2. rochesterevents.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE
The members of Shonen Knife are cute as buttons and bring the chops that come with a group that’s lasted 30 years. The pop-punk trio sounds like Ramones inspired by Hello Kitty, or maybe vice-versa. Only Naoko (vocals, guitars) remains from the original 1982 line-up, but Ritsuko (bass) and Emi (drums) don’t miss a beat. Shonen Knife is touring in support of its 18th studio album “Pop Tune,” which is full of SK’s standard high-energy crunchy guitar-driven rock sung in Japanese and English. It’s not every day you get to see a legendary band, and this one will perform up close and personal. With The Absolutes, White Mystery, Smoking Spore, and LSD Enigma.
Shonen Knife plays Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. at Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $13-$18. 454-2966, bugjar.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR.
Electronic: Potent Sync, James Christopher
Potent Sync is bringing the local fire, with its powerful mix of drum and bass and electronic music. You might just see a keyboard and a drum set up there, but don’t let that confuse you. This group can and will bring all manner of electronic goodness. M. Fallon and James Christopher will also be there to get the night rolling with some progressive DJ bounce.
Potent Sync, James Christopher perform Saturday, July 28 at 10 p.m. at Decibel Lounge, 45 Euclid St. $5, 21+. 754-4645. — SUZAN PERO
This traveling music fest features a list of bands whose catalogs would be right at home in a Nerve (95.1/95.5) playlist. Everclear was a fixture in the mainstream modern-rock scene 15 years ago with huge radio hits like “Santa Monica (Watch The World Die),” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” and “Father of Mine.” But, despite the band’s once meteoric commercial success, Capitol Records dropped Art Alexakis and company after the group’s 2003 album “Slow Motion Daydream” failed to live up to expectations. The past decade has seen line-up changes and a couple of less-than-mind-blowing studio efforts, but Everclear has gone back to basics with its latest record, “Invisible Stars.” The band employs (or rehires) the equation that worked so well in the past: punchy hard-rock riffs and sugary-sweet pop hooks. Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Lit, and Marcy Playground also perform.
Summerland Tour 2012 takes place Thursday, July 26, 5 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St. $19-$44. 454-5425, summerlandtour.net. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Brad Oberhofer prefers to skip the pretense. The music made by his band, known simply by the young Brooklynite’s surname, is up-tempo and catchy. Oberhofer’s voice parallels the mystique and tone of The Cure’s Robert Smith while bearing the distinctive marks of the New York arts scene from which Oberhofer emerges. In a creative world where hip detachment is the goal, Oberhofer’s music is identifiable by an endearing earnestness; many of the bouncing tracks of “Time Capsules II” are straightforward sonnets of unrequited and enthusiastic young love. Oberhofer is one of the many acts performing at The Zone’s Bonzai event, which also includes The Offspring, Eve 6, The Gaslight Anthem, Our Lady Peace, and Walk the Moon.
Bonzai 2012 takes place Saturday, July 28, starting at noon at Highland Bowl, 1200 South Ave. $35. thezone941.com/events/scions-bonzai-2012. — BY JARED BENNETT
By now most Rochester jazz fans are well acquainted with our local heroes, but how well do we know our neighbors to the west? When the John Bacon/Michael McNeill Quartet takes the stage at Physikos Movement & Dance, some of Buffalo’s top avant-garde musicians will be on hand. Percussionist John Bacon has performed with Don Menza, Bobby Militello, Roswell Rudd, and Paul Bley. Pianist Michael McNeill plays with the New Buffalo Jazz Octet and has just released his adventurous debut CD, “Passageways.” Their quartet, rounded out by trumpeter Tim Clarke and bassist Dave Arenius, will be playing compositions by Bacon and McNeill, both of whom write in the vein of the legendary German record label ECM, known for albums by artists like Keith Jarrett and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
John Bacon/Michael McNeill Quartet performs Sunday, July 29, 8 p.m. at Physikos Movement & Dance, 302 N. Goodman St., E-201. $5-$10. johnbaconjr.com. — BY RON NETSKY
With one toe in the melancholy, one in the now, and all 10 kicking funky and smooth, Prime Time Funk is set to thrill with the release of “Hear and Now.” The life of PTF’s former bassist — the late, ever-gregarious bottom-end-shaker Ralph Ortiz — is prominent throughout this excellent 10-song funkified rave-up, in both sprit and actuality. PTF began recording “Hear and Now” before Ortiz’s death and his grooves are planted firmly at the bottom of the band’s cut and sway on half the CD’s tracks. Overall this CD celebrates a band that plays dirty funk mean and clean. You’d be wise to feel your own backbone slip with Prime Time Funk here and now.
Prime Time Funk performs Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $10. lovincup.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE
Blues Control’s most recent album, “Valley Tangents,” is an aptly named, wordless affair. The Brooklyn band moves at its own pace, spending three minutes of a song noodling on piano before layering a jagged guitar riff over top of it, then finishing the song as if it had never happened at all. The pair incorporates triumphant horns, roughly hewn guitar parts, and otherworldly synths into their miasma of sound. Even if you’ve heard Blues Control’s recorded work, it’s doubtlessly not going to be played the same when the duo takes the stage. These are musicians who operate in their own, wide-open spaces and allow the listener to join them on their sonic exploration. Local acts Silverfish and Aura of Aurelia both open the show.
Blues Control performs Monday, July 30, 8 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8. 454-2966, bugjar.com. — BY ANDY KLINGENBERGER