Tera Melos and Speedy Ortiz
If a Primus fan asked you for an accurate and useful Recommended-If-You-Like list of similar acts, that list would probably become pretty sparse after Mr. Bungle, Hella, Captain Beefheart, late-60s Zappa, and maybe Spinal Tap. I nominate Sacramento-based genre-hoppers Tera Melos for said list as well, considering their inconsistently consistent sound is kinda like listening to prog while tripping on the brown acid at Woodstock. One man’s bummer is another’s bender. As with Primus, a lot of musicians tend to show up for Tera Melos concerts who wouldn’t be caught dead covering one of the band’s songs, but would cite them in their liner notes as an “influence” anyway. The group doesn’t have any new music to sell you, but that shouldn’t deter anyone brave enough to breach the Casbah gate to see them, along with Speedy Ortiz. Both bands will play headline sets.