Prong is one of those bands that gets referenced and credited by countless bands under the heavy umbrella, but which never quite achieved the attention it deserved. Founded in New York City in the mid-1980’s, Prong perfected the chug-heavy riff and percussive aggression that kept it dark and serious while a lot of metal was choosing what shade of lipstick looked best. Prong is angular, angry, and aggressive heavy music with zero pomp or fluff. The band’s latest “Carved Into Stone” is more of Prong’s sharp and heavy dynamics with forays into melody as well. Static X, A Thousand Shades of Cold, and 9Electric share the bill.
Prong plays Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $20-$25. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE
Reggae/World: Antioquia, Rebel Fire
While it definitely sounds like the kind of band that would come from California, Antioquia comes by its eclectic sound naturally. The two original members met while in Ecuador, studying drumming and Afro-Columbian folklore, and naturally ended up in San Francisco — because when you’re looking for some flexible musicians, you can’t do better than SoCal. The music has a funky jam-band quality to it at times and some light Latin flavoring. If you like Primus but aren’t so into the weird percussion times this would be a good fit. It certainly makes you want to jump up and shake it. Rebel Fire will be up from Ithaca, and I can say with authority I’ve never quite heard anything like that band’s brand of reggae. The female singer has a unique voice, and you will find yourself nodding along without even realizing it.
Antioquia, Rebel Fire play Wednesday, August 22 at 8 p.m. at Tala Vera, 155 State St. $5, 18+. 546-3845, tala-vera.com. — SUZAN PERO
CLASSICAL: Iosif Andriasov Chamber Music Festival
The air-conditioned Memorial Art Gallery might be just the place for a Sunday afternoon concert, this one showcasing the compositions of Armenian composer Iosif Andriasov (1933-2000). A 1963 graduate of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Andriasov was later offered the position of head of the “Special Committee on Music and Moral Matters” by the Soviet Ministry of Culture. Andriasov declined the position, and moved with his family to New York City. But in order to take his own compositions out of Russia to NYC, Andriasov had to request permission from the Soviet composers’ union, where, it is stated, “Some pages from his [musical] diaries were extracted and replaced with blank paper.”
Iosif Andriasov Chamber Music Festival takes place Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. $10-$15. 766-9960, AndriasovStore.com. — BY PALOMA A. CAPANNA
ROCK: Red Wanting Blue
There’s something about bands like Whiskeytown that I love, while on the other hand, bands that are remarkably similar — like Wilco — leave me cold. In roots/American music, I don’t ride the fence — either I like it or I don’t. Well, you can add Columbus, Ohio’s Red Wanting Blue to the “like” side of the menu. RWB cranks out classic bar-band fare with lyrical depth and guitar-driven heat. Like the Boss? How about The Cardinals? Then don’t miss this show. Mr. Boneless and The Reactions also appear.
Red Wanting Blue plays Wednesday, August 22 at 8 p.m. at Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8. bugjar.com. — BY FRANK DE BLASE
INDIE: MiRthkon & MoeTar
MiRthkon & MoeTar might sound like a couple of aliens from a low-budget flick, but actually both are eclectic rock bands from Oakland, California, currently on an East Coast swing. MiRthkon includes two woodwinds players and its songs have been featured in video game “Guitar Hero Van Halen.” The septet is influenced by Frank Zappa and takes ingredients including prog-rock, avant-garde jazz, and catchy pop, and makes a big instrumental stew. How tasty is that? Quintet MoeTar (pictured) includes female singer Moorea Dickason (Moe) and co-founder bassist Tarik Ragab (Tar). It’s all over the place musically, but ultimately sounds like a classically trained jam band with complex arrangements and jazzy vocal lines.
MiRthkon & MoeTar play Wednesday, August 15, 8 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $3-$5. 292-9940, lovincup.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
FUNK: Bernie Worrell Orchestra
Why is it that only singers and guitar players draw all the attention and appear to get all the chicks? Keyboard virtuoso Bernie Worrell got the party started in the 70’s as musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic by doubling bass lines and utilizing original riffs and grooves. The Wizard of Woo earned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame immortality in ’97 along with his P-Funk band mates, and has worked with notables including the Talking Heads. Worrell’s current project is the nine-piece Bernie Worrell Orchestra, which leans towards jazz-funk and performs selections from his latest album, “Standards,” along with tunes from Worrell’s decades-long repertoire. With FunkNut and The Meta Accord.
Bernie Worrell Orchestra performs Friday, August 17, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $15-$20. waterstreetmusic.com. — BY ROMAN DIVEZUR
REGGAE/ROCK: House On a Spring
House On A Spring hails from Oswego, which just happens to be located in the heart of one of the strongest reggae scenes in the country. In late 2006, Matt Brown (guitar, vocals) and Josh Russell (keys) combined to create a sound with heavy roots in technical rock and hints of reggae and Latin flavor. Since the band’s initial incarnation, the sound has drifted away from overly complex composition, toward a more rhythmically based vibe. The songwriting still oozes with instrumental intelligence as the ensemble issues robust and ruminative grooves under MC Rob Dee’s discerningly deep lyrical waves. The energetic live performances put the whole package together, delivering thoughtful, improvised jams laden with dub and hip-hop homage.
House On A Spring performs Saturday, August 18, at 10 p.m. at Dinosaur BBQ, 99 Court St. Free. 325-7090, dinosaurbarbque.com. — BY DAVID YOCKEL, JR.