When Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural sings, his voice sounds like it’s smiling. Given the sheer joy he obviously reaps from performing, it’s a shame his father once discouraged the Louisiana native from pursuing music outside the home. Chalk it up to an all-too familiar generational gap, but dad didn’t approve of his son’s newfangled rhythm and blues. Eventually, Buckwheat heeded pop’s call to embrace Zydeco—only with a twist. While old-time Zydeco is sung in Creole French, accompanied by accordion, washboard and occasional percussion, Buckwheat Zydeco infused elements of reggae, jazz, rock, country, Cajun and R&B into the mix. Thirty years later, the group continues to expand its giant sound with Lay Your Burden Down, an uplifting work featuring renditions of songs by Jimmy Cliff and Minnie Davis, among others. The album offers a hint of things to come at tonight’s live show, which kicks off The State Room’s fall concert season in earnest. The State Room, 638 S. State, 8 p.m. Tickets: TheStateRoomSLC.com
SUBARACHNOID SPACE, OVO
With Eight Bells, Portland’s Subarachnoid Space strikes the perfect balance between epic experimental noise and more traditional “songs” with fairly well-defined beginnings and endings—like Sonic Youth’s most daring recent works, they still pack the midsections with murky, sprawling explorations of psychedelic drone. Melynda Jackson, last-artiststanding from the original 1996 lineup, picked up her three current band mates upon relocating from San Francisco to Portland, Ore. and their contributions helped shape a new era for Subarachnoid’s creepy instrumental slow-rock/metal. The group coheadlines an evening of innovative, booming sound along with Italian doom band Ovo, local heavy-folk rockers Subrosa (check our review of their new EP in tomorrow's City Weekly) and Salt Lake City’s Bird Eater. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 9:30 p.m.