Friday, November 26
THE POWERFUL AND POLITICAL Gunpoets know how to throw a party. Fronted by Dan “Rising Sun” Lisbe, this band mixes rap, rock, funk and pop under the emcee’s positive lyrics. Friday, Nov. 26, the band will hit Castaways for a post-Thanksgiving show; tickets for the 9:00 p.m. show are $10 at the door.
This summer, Gunpoets released “Shoot the Stars,” music with a message that uplifts the soul while inspiring the body to dance. Live, Lisbe and his rock-solid backing band provide a blisteringly good time, and frequently feature special guests and emcees. Ave Mack, who recently released his new album “My Mainstream Dream — My Real Life Nightmare,” will open the show.
The seven-piece Summer People play an eclectic mix of indie, classic rock, punk, noise and country. With The Berettas, Tropical Punk and Mechanically Separated (10:00 p.m., at The Nines).
Saturday, November 27
When IY, who changed its name to New Neighbors and released its last album as a band last spring, the members promised to perform in town together on an occasional basis. This Saturday, Nov. 27, the boys make good on this promise, stopping by the Chapter House for a show with Bronwen Exter. “Bookfight,” which was released in March and is available on the group’s website, is sonically and conceptually ambitious. Exter will be joined by drummer Dana Billings, keyboardist Mike Stark and vocalist Jen Middaugh (10:00 p.m., at The Chapter House).
Tribute to the Music of New York City, with Alphabet City, Blow!, Candypants, DP Projectiles, Steve Gollnick, Mary Lorson, the Mill Bastards and Alan Rose (9:00 p.m., at Castaways).
Jeb Puryear from Donna the Buffalo performs as Jeb & Them. With Hank Roberts, Sim Redmond, Tom Gilbert and Uniit Carruyo (10:00 p.m., at The Rongovian Embassy).
Sunday, November 28
Led by singer-guitarist Dave Yantorno, Not From Wisconsin offers pop music with a serious edge. String arrangements swell around somber lyrics, buttressing compact song structures. The band also includes Angela Comprone on violin and vocals, Brett Powell on drums, and Rob Cook on upright bass, and string arrangements swell around somber lyrics (7:00 p.m., at Felicia’s).
Tom Gilbert on drums and guitar with guests. The Atomic Forces will open (6:00 p.m., at The Rongovian Embassy).
Blues rock duo Burke & Bone (6:00 p.m., at Maxie’s).