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Photo by Jason Dailey: Truckstop Honeymoon will play from latest album "The Madness of Happiness" at The Replay in a matinee show starting at 6 p.m. this Sunday.

Photo by Jason Dailey: Truckstop Honeymoon will play from latest album "The Madness of Happiness" at The Replay in a matinee show starting at 6 p.m. this Sunday. by Nadia Imafidon

Son Venezuela

Kansas City band Son Venezuela is providing quality live Latin music for your Saturday night pleasure. The nine members of the band, who have toured mainly in the Midwest for the past 19 years, play congas, timbales, bass, keyboard, sax, trumpet, trombone, trumpet and the bongos, so prepare yourself for a nonstop party that combines salsa, mambo, merengue, calypso, tamboreros and cumbia. If you know how to do even one of those dances, you can fake your way through the rest, and if not, this is your opportunity to get a kind a Latin dancer to show you. 10 p.m. Saturday at Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., $7.

Truckstop Honeymoon

Comprised of Mike West on the banjo and Katie Euliss on the doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon churns out gritty bluegrass rock, with quite a bit of soul influence, to make high-octane songs about the oddities of everyday life. In 11 years the Louisiana duo has released eight albums and a full-length documentary film on Baton Rouge label, Squirrel Records. Their latest, “The Madness of Happiness,” just came out this year, and will likely contribute to the majority of an expected high-energy show. Their displacement story citing Hurricane Katrina as the reason they landed in Kansas appears on the “Madness” album in “House of Love.” Mike takes the lead, opening the song with “First Christmas in Kansas and everything went to hell,” outlining the family struggle of adjusting from their New Orleans home to Lawrence. Hear it live and some of their other 15 new tracks at this matinee show. 6 p.m. Sunday at the Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St., $3.

Black Joe Lewis

Black Joe Lewis will bring his soulful vintage blues to the Bottleneck this Sunday. Backed by his band the Honeybears, the Austin-based artist draws inspiration for his shouting sound from legendary musicians like James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Howlin’ Wolf. He played Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City in February, using his gritty, loud vocals, garage-rock licks and tight horn section to bring down the house. His latest and third studio album, “Electric Slave,” was released last year, The album kicks off with the in-your-face “Skulldiggin,” and the remaining 10 tracks are packed with raucous, bluesy-rock riffs and women-chasing. 8 p.m. Sunday at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., $15.

Band of Skulls

Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums) are Band of Skulls, an English rock band from Southampton. Combining gritty, bluesy sounds with indie rock influences, the trio — who formed after meeting in college and recording a buzz-worthy demo in 2008 — have gotten comparisons to the likes of The Kills, Black Keys and Duke Spirit. Their latest album, “Himalayan,” was described by Village Voice as: "Cool enough for hipsters, heavy enough for metalheads, smart enough for muso snobs, Band of Skulls succeed in striking that oft-elusive aural sweet spot for fans of all stripes.” It seems like they’ve covered all of their bases, so you should probably go ahead and check out the show. If you’re not quite convinced, check out the video below for the song “Asleep at the Wheel” and decide for yourself. 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., $18.


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