Be a Young Original and bask in the Dusty Sunshine

Public arts centers used to be the last place I’d look for cool music. Chinese flute recitals and Native American chanting, sure. But electric guitars? No chance.

That’s all changing, at least at Winchester Cultural Center, where two new shows have just been announced for the fall. These shows extend the Young Originals concert series, which kicked off last month to little fanfare but much acclaim. So mark your calendars and buy tickets early. First, on Oct. 22, Dusty Sunshine and Mike Weller will take the stage at 7 p.m. Dusty Sunshine is a Las Vegas indie-rock supergroup involving Heidi Guinn and Summer Soll (the two gals who comprise folk-pop duo The Petals), the vocalist Chani Riiell from Rubiks Hotel, violinist Megan Wingerter from A Crowd of Small Adventures and Hungry Cloud, and Jason Aragon from I’m The Rabbit and The Clydesdale. Dusty Sunshine offers a fuller vocal approach with plenty of four-part harmonies. Mike Weller of Hungry Cloud will open with a solo acoustic performance.

The wildly funky and very danceable Moshka will perform at 8 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Winchester. Moshka’s self-released album, Mammal or Machine is great. Visit for more info on Young Originals.

Good Lord, I’d forgotten all about Diablo’s Mexican Cantina at Monte Carlo. The venue has given me no good reason (other than their spiced skirt steak nachos) to return. Now I have a reason: The Head Cat, a rough-and-ready rockabilly group led by none other than Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister. The band performs Sept. 4, and I’m so excited I can barely keep my ducktail properly lubed.

Local post-hardcore act This Romantic Tragedy is recording its full-length debut with producer Will Putney. Titled A Day to Remember, the CD’s projected release date is “late 2010.” Putney has produced a slew of releases by Suicide Silence, Cobra Starship and Lamb of God.

Finally, I hope to see my punk-rock peeps at the Know Your Saints show on Sept. 7 at Las Vegas Country Saloon. This cool-as-all-hell Seattle trio hits like Hüsker Dü crossed with Social Distortion and makes me long for the golden days of alt-music, before the Goo Goo Dolls ruined everything. Go to, listen to “Like a Funnel Cloud” and bask in the beautiful din of three guys, three chords and the ugly truth.

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