Thursday, 14 April 2016

The week ahead, April 14, 2016

Melvins, by Mackie Osborne

The week ahead: Pop & rock
Thursday, April 14, 2016

PRINCE RAMA A near-death experience on an Estonian island, a mountaintop album debut, a Central Park raccoon attack. . . hard to know where mythology ends and reality starts for psychedelic pranksters Taraka and Nimai Larson. One thing we know for sure: "Xtreme Now," the Boston-born, Brooklyn-based sister act's new sports-themed LP, is a black-diamond course for the dancefloor — neatly groomed, potentially perilous, and exhilarating. April 14, 9 p.m. $12. Great Scott. 617-566-9014,

2016 ROCK & ROLL RUMBLE Eight contenders take the stage for the Rumble's semifinal round: Eric Salt & the Electric City, usLights, Abbie Barrett, and Worshipper on Friday; the Devil's Twins, Analog Heart, Salem Wolves, and Weakened Friends on Saturday. The shows are bound to be hot since the stakes are high: Just three bands (two nightly winners, plus one last wildcard) will move on to the April 22 finale. April 15, 16, 8:30 p.m. $18, advance $13. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

MELVINS+ NAPALM DEATH Two of extreme music's most uncompromising veteran acts — hard-rock iconoclasts Melvins (presently featuring Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald) and grindcore institution Napalm Death — are touring together, leaving mayhem, debris, and ringing ears in their wake. Melt-Banana, since 1992 one of Japan's more charming and inexplicable exports, opens the show. April 16, 7:30 p.m. $22. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,

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