Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears is as perfect a name for a stompin'-good blues-soul outfit as you're likely to find.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears is as perfect a name for a stompin'-good blues-soul outfit as you're likely to find.

Sadly, the Austin, Texas-based band has dropped the Honeybears addendum from its moniker, but still employs what could be called a scorched-air policy, both live and on record.

Touring in support of its latest release, the slightly punk-infused Electric Slave, Black Joe Lewis plays the Newport Music Hall Friday, Feb. 21, with opener Pickwick.

Tickets are $20/$22.Visit

The Hackensaw Boys, of whom The Beat once wrote "(they) are what O Brother, Where Art Thou's Soggy Bottom Boys would have been if they had been real and living in the 21st century," are a rollicking punk-grass party and keen bluegrass show all rolled into one.

Good stuff, this. Plus, each of the band members has a cool nickname.

Check out the Virginia-based sextet Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Park Street Saloon. Hocking River String Band opens. Tickets are $12. Visit

Drummer Richie Ramone injected new life into the punk giants when he joined the Ramones in the early '80s, drumming with more fervor than the band ever had and writing and singing some to boot.

A circuitous musical journey in his post-Ramones days has led Richie from punk to jazz to rock to orchestral music, including his own arrangement of music from West Side Story titled Suite for Drums and Orchestra. He's back to making punk rock, with a crunching, crushing, pedal-to-the-metal new record titled Entitled, and is on tour, with a stop planned for Sunday, Feb. 23, at The Basement.

Downtown Brown and Pretty Pretty open. Tickets are $12.Visit

Crunchy, earthy, satisfying.

Nope. Not Grape Nuts cereal -- but Virginia rock trio Pontiak, a fully modern band that sounds like it could have been right at home at the height of '70s riff-rock.

Touring in support of its brand-new record, Innocence, Pontiak plays the Rumba Cafe Monday, Feb. 24. Old Baby and Brujas Del Sol open. Tickets are $7. Visit

At the intersection of modern melodic power-pop and minimalist indie rock, you'll find Evan Weiss' solo project Into It. Over It.

The erstwhile Their/They're/ There frontman has released a sonically ambitious full-length, Intersections (see what we did there?), and has assembled a band to tour behind it.

The tour stops at The Basement Thursday, Feb. 27. Openers include The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves and SRVVLST. Tickets are $10/ $12. Visit