Synergy Effect with Jamaladeen Tacuma, Will Calhoun, and Marc Ribot. An improvisational power trio, with Philadelphia bass virtuoso Tacuma, who’s played with Ornette Coleman and many more, plus Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun and renowned guitarist Marc Ribot, who released a top-notch protest album in Songs of Resistance, 1943-2018, last year. Sunday at MilkBoy Philadelphia.
Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll. Philadelphia’s Roots get their own display case in this Manhattan museum show, from Questlove’s drum kit to Damon Bryson’s sousaphone. But this entertaining, high-volume exhibit headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year is really a geeked-out glorification of the guitar. It features instruments played by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Joan Jett, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, cleverly including smashed or torched six strings destroyed by Pete Townshend, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix. Through Oct. 1 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Death. Did African American brothers David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney invent punk rock in Detroit in the early 1970s? Not quite, but their commercially unsuccessful recordings — songs like the timeless ”Politicians in My Eyes” and “Keep on Knocking” were legitimately visionary work. Bandleader David died in 2000, but the surviving brothers regrouped in 2009 and the band is the subject of the 2012 documentary A Band Called Death. Monday at the Foundry.
Anvil. The Canadian metal band who were the subject of the hilarious and inspiring 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil are heroically still at it, 37 years after their influential 1992 album Metal on Metal. Wednesday at MilkBoy Philadelphia.
Orville Peck. Masked and pseudonymous openly gay country singer Peck records for the SubPop label, drenches his voice in reverb, and goes for soaring Roy Orbison-style operatic heartache on his debut album, Pony. All of a sudden, everybody wants to be a cowboy, or at least play around with that quintessential American archetype, and Peck is shrewd and subversively smart enough to know it’s not enough to get the semiotics right — you also have to make sure the music sounds good. With Sixteen Jackies. Thursday at Boot & Saddle.