WHAT ELSE: Space is tight this week, so here's a brief rundown of a bunch of noteworthy happenings:
Led by Mato Nanji, one of the most talented young blues guitarists around right now, the remaining slots in Indigenous are filled by his brother, sister and cousin. The Sioux siblings were taught the basics on their instruments by their father, who also fed them a steady supply of his old blues records. The foursome played in their basement of their reservation home for five years before stepping foot on a stage. When they finally did, they were met with acclaim not only from fans and critics, but also by rock radio. In short, one of the best touring blues-rock bands in existence these days.
Indigenous plays at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Blues-rock singer/songwriter Chris Duarte opens the show. Advance tickets are available for $16.50 at Zip's on University, Hear's Music, Guitars, Etc., and ticketweb.com or charge by phone at 1-800-965-4827. They'll be $20 at the door. For more information call 798-3333.
Here's one for those who like fringe stuff. San Francisco's Species Being creates soundscapes alternately jarring and drifting, sort of like a cross between Scenic and Godspeed You Black Emperor!, with a healthy dose of free-jazz experimentalism. Tucson's Prepping Finger Salad is comprised of four whacked-out multi-instrumentalists with a bent for free-noise skronkery. The two bands pair up for a show at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Solar Culture, 31 E. Toole Ave. Admission is $5. Fore more info call 884-0874.
Also dropping into Solar Culture this week, and also from the Bay Area, is Mark Growden's Electric Pinata, which seeks to find out what happens when you bring a Tom Waits-ian weirdness to cabaret music, admittedly a pretty weird genre to begin with. The result is very dark, very moody, and yes, very dramatic. The band plays along with openers Bucko and Tita at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Admission to this one is also five bucks.
After a dozen years in existence and a slight taming of both its sound and juvenile sense of humor, Guttermouth is finally getting radio airplay. Though longtime fans may cry "sell-out," the tune in question, "She's Got the Look," from the band's brand-new album, Covered in Ants (Epitaph), is as catchy and quirky as Southern California pop-punk gets. Catch 'em at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, along with Pasta Rocket, No Other and Shoot for Tuesday, at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster for $10. For details call 798-3333.