It’s April, one of my favorite months of the year. Spring is in full swing, temperatures are warming up and when the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to get outside.
It’s also a good time for live music, as this is when national touring starts to pick up speed, local bands play regularly, and music festival season is just around the corner. Providence will host a ton of stellar shows, which will make it hard to narrow down this list, but here are five shows you should watch in the coming month.
Endorphins / Atlantic Sensations / Coma Hole
Or: Twilight, 301 Harris Ave.
When: April 7, 8 p.m. (18+ )
Information: (401) 714-0444
Dusk, nestled between the Federal Hill and Smith Hill neighborhoods of the city, is going to be filled with electricity with this lineup. Western fuzz metal duo Coma Hole will kick things off with authority, with local garage rockers Atlantic Thrills and Boston alt-punks The Endorphins rounding out the line-up. Every act is releasing new music soon, is currently working on new music, or has recently released new music, so be prepared for new tunes when you enter.
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Or: The Living Room, 1119 North Main St.
When: April 9, 9 p.m. (21+)
Information: facebook.com/DTASBOASS, (401) 383-5858
If you’re a fan of classic rock bands like Boston, Kansas, Cheap Trick and Blue Öyster Cult, then the David Tessier All-Star Stars are a local band in that exact mold. They’ll be celebrating the release of their single “Tough Face Girl,” a power-pop track about loving someone beyond their exterior. , so show up early to support a few out-of-state groups.
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Or: Askew, 150 Chestnut St.
When: April 15, 8 p.m. (18+)
Hailing from San Diego, The Schizophonics is a fuzz rock duo that wants to get people dancing. They built their buzz the old-fashioned way, through memorable performances and extensive touring. This really cool period will see local synth-pop artist Jackie & The Wizard and Salem, Massachusetts, garage punks Salem Wolves start things off.
Or: Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway
When: April 27, 8 p.m. (all ages)
Information: columbustheatre.com, (401) 621-9660
Before the art rock band Guerilla Toss moved from Boston to New York at the start of the decade, I saw them perform in many different places in Providence during the 2010s. They often brought their unique sound to AS220 and various DIY spots around town, and it’s been a pleasure to watch them grow as a group. They just released their fifth album, “Famously Alive,” via legendary Seattle label Sub Pop Records on March 25, so be sure to hear some songs from that record live. Plus, arrive early to enjoy an opening performance by local poet and indie pop artist Muggs Fogarty.
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Burlesque n’ Roll part two
Or: Twilight, 301 Harris Ave.
When: April 30, 5 p.m. (18+)
You may remember when I covered the first Burlesque n’ Roll show at Dusk in October, and it’s back with a bang at the end of the month. Eclectic Electric, Haunting Titans, Killer Kin, Diablogato, Anxious Wave, Microwaves and The Hammer Party will deliver an assortment of rock ‘n’ roll, while Boston’s Kristen Minsky, Shirley MacSlaine, Hades Ivory, Blitzen Vonshtupp, Maiden X and Jessicalee Scary will be burlesque dancing. Crimson Al-Khemia will also be the MC of the evening, and it’s going to be one hell of a party.