Just admit it: when you think of alternative rock, it's all images of dudes, Seattle and the high school football captain insisting he's "emotional." Paradigm is alt rock, but shatters the stereotype for three reasons. 1. They hail from sunny California so; 2. lyrics are introspective and positive and; 3. the griping singer is a girl. OK, so they are from Sacramento, but they aren't dark and they aren't angry, so this is the alt-rock band out to free your predisposition.
Boise State University's Brava Stage, 5 p.m., FREE.
Temptation of Saint Anthony
All I know of the Temptation of Saint Anthony is that Paul Cézanne painted it in the late 1800s. But have you heard the band with the same name? Me neither, because they have yet to release an album. Lucky for us, they are having a CD release party and all of their friends are invited to check it out, including the general public. And Cézanne, if he can make it.
The Venue, 7 p.m., $6.
Though it's called "the mistake on the lake," Cleveland rocks! Hey, it's home to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of the most important groups in hip-hop history: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The Midwestern rappers became an overnight success with the release of Creepin on ah Come Up in 1994. The sound was a breakthrough, weaving harmonious singing, melodic beats and smart rapping thanks to Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-N-Bone, Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone. It also laid tracks for other artists to follow ... Then they fell apart. That lasted just a short while because the has-beens are now back together, minus one dude, and they're coming with fire to spit. Not the same fire that engulfed Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, however. Kansas City lyrical sniper Tech N9ne will break in the crowd.
The Big Easy Concert House, 8 p.m., First 100 tickets are $10, next 100 are $15, then all tickets are $25.
With a powerful hardcore foundation, Atreyu makes music that's a little more melodic than metallic. Joining the Southern Cali quintet on a winter tour that's now winding down are Unearth, Norma Jean and Scars of Tomorrow. Yes, an aural melting pot of a show. Boston-based Unearth is raw hardcore; their recent debut The Oncoming Storm is swift like a fist to the thorax. Norma Jean bills their third album O God The Aftermath as hardcore for intellectuals. And then there's Scars of Tomorrow, which is what you'll likely acquire during their vicious show. These Orange County boys sift through anger and rage to find the basis of their malevolent metalcore. Punch, kick and sweat till your hair gel goes limp.
The Venue, 6 p.m. $10.
They call it exotic punk even though the quartet Authority Zero is from Mesa, Arizona. Maybe because there's some ska filtering through, which is exotic as a transitive property of reggae. Or perhaps it's due to the band's multicultural backgrounds. Formed in the mid-90s, the guys didn't release an album until 2001 but they spent those years preparing for the big day by playing countless house parties, college and club shows. Once the album was released, college radio stations tuned into their Rage Against the Machine-like structured hard rock and they were off like a prom dress. Living In Question is also performing.
Big Easy, 7:30 p.m., $10 or $12 at the door.
this week in music history
March 16, 1970
24-year-old singer Tammi died of a brain tumor onstage in the arms of Marvin Gaye, with whom she had recorded 10 hit duets.
March 18, 1965
The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Keith Richards were arrested for urinating on a wall at a gas station when they couldn't get into the men's room.
March 19, 1957
Elvis Presley bought Graceland.