PLENTY OF MOVES
Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Ian Mairs, Blitzen Trapper, Holy Wave, Architects and The Faint deliver the goods to Northeast Florida
JACKSONVILLE DANCE THEATRE
The movers, shakers and plié-ers of Jacksonville Dance Theatre are back, now collaborating with the best local artists to create original works to move you. Host of NPR’s State of the Re:Union and poetry slam wordsmith Al Letson contributed his prose, to which artistic director Tiffany Fish created a duet to make the words dance off the page and across the stage. Rebecca R. Levy’s new choreography features live Klezmer music (Jewish party jams) by Guy & The Yehudas. The rest of the 10-dancer company presents new and classic dances by acclaimed choreographers. 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Munnerlyn Center for Worship & Fine Arts, Episcopal School, San Marco, $8-$25.
Modern bands that keep it between standard Americana’s well-trodden white lines rarely make waves with the persnickety critical establishment. But over the course of seven rambling, raucous albums, Portland’s Blitzen Trapper has managed to wow tastemakers like Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, which released three of the band’s records between 2008 and 2011, and heartland dad-rock fans nationwide. Suffusing everything from honky-tonk to psych-folk to AM pop to countrypolitan to prog-rock to glam funk, all with astonishing instrumental chops, intelligent narratives and heartfelt sentiment, Blitzen Trapper thrives on a razor’s edge between ironic mimicry and loving homage. With Matrimony, 8 p.m. May 9 at Jack Rabbits, San Marco, $15.
Texas has a long line of psychedelic legends, from Roky Erickson in the 1960s to The Black Angels in the 2000s. Give ’em a little time, and El Paso’s Holy Wave will ascend to that Lone Star throne. The band’s 2014 album Relax inspires just such a sentiment, combining hazy drones with paisley-clad surf rock and flourishes of Beatlesesque Baroque pop. Holy Wave’s recorded output is great for inducing a narcotic torpor, but performing live the freaks wave a more propulsive, trance-inducing flag. With Blueprint, Count Bass D, DJ Rare Groove, Early Disclaimers, 8 p.m. May 12 at Shanghai Nobby’s, St. Augustine, $8.
British metalcore stalwarts Architects tossed the rulebook, cookie cutters and any expectations of them coasting on the success of previous albums out the window with Lost Forever // Lost Together, their sixth studio release and much-needed breath of fresh air into a tired, formulaic scene. Guitarist and primary songwriter Tom Searle demolishes conventional breakdown/verse/chorus song structure, keeping us guessing with atmospheric meanderings that give way to pummeling, impulsive riffs seamlessly blending calculated rhythms with accessible, organic emotion. While standing toe-to-toe with the most brutal screamers, singer Sam Carter delivers cathartic, soaring cleans to drive the material forward. 6 p.m. May 10 at Underbelly, Downtown, $13.
BAY AT THE MOON
Caring for her father, who’s succumbing to Alzheimer’s, Ava has become a self-proclaimed hermit. Trying to provide her sister with some form of romantic companionship beyond sipping whiskey and making ceramics, Delmarie (who lives next door) subjects her to disastrous blind dates with mismatched suitors and one cocktail party from hell. The production, under the direction of hometown success story Ian Mairs, explores the family dynamic and the boundaries we set to stay out of the nuthouse. May 9-25 (8 p.m. Thur.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. matinees) at Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, Atlantic Beach, $15.
Dance-punk peaked in the mid-2000s, with most of the genre’s biggest names moving on stylistically in the ensuing years or simply vanishing into the ether of the Internet era’s earliest musical crazes. But The Faint was plying its throbbing, synth-spiked trade long before the electro-clash bubble burst. And with 2014’s release Doom Abuse, the band’s first studio album in six years, the Omaha boys hit the same frantic, throbbing, politically minded high notes they first exhibited way back in 2001 on masterpiece Danse Macabre. It might sound nostalgic, but The Faint’s thrash-inspired onstage energy never gets old. With Reptar and Solid Goldberg, 8 p.m. May 9 at Freebird Live, Jax Beach, $15.