30 Days Out, June 2024 #1: Beach Boys, King’s X, Kim Gordon, Pinkish Floyd

Wow. Some big names – from both a commercial and critical perspective – are coming to town in the next 30 days. And a local group that serves up the music of one of rock’s greats does their part with a high-profile gig as well. Here we go!

Artist: The Beach Boys
Venue: Salvage Station
Date: Sunday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Door: $50 advance / $55 day of show
In the early 1960s, The Beach Boys made some of the best pop music to come out of the U.S. And thanks to the production and songwriting talents of Brian Wilson (and the sublime vocal harmonies with his brothers), the band’s mid-decade output was so great that it inspired The Beatles to greater heights. But the early ‘70s, the group’s cachet had passed, though they had continued to make fine music. The release of 1974’s retrospective 2LP Endless Summer was a two-edged sword: it jump-started the Beach Boys’ then-moribund career, but it also preserved them in metaphorical amber: no more new music of consequence, they would continue as a nostalgia act. A half century later, with no Wilsons in the band, original member Mike Love and longtime member Bruce Johnston front an ensemble of younger musicians in an oldies revue that continues to delight audiences.

Artist: King’s X
Venue: Orange Peel
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 8 p.m.
Door: $30
Starting out as hard rock and progressive metal with a spiritual bent, King’s X have long since disassociated themselves with the religious perspective that informed their early work. Their commercial heyday was the mid’ 80s to 1990s, but for a couple of decades now the band has demonstrated a more indie-flavored path. Their style resolutely defies easy categorization. And arguably they’re better now than they’ve ever been. Sound and Shape opens.

Artist: Kim Gordon
Venue: Grey Eagle
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 8 p.m.
Door: $35
Sonic Youth is one of those bands that one either gets or doesn’t. Their influence is beyond question, and their music – variously pigeonholed as noise rock, no wave, avant rock or post-rock (take your pick) – made an indelible impression upon countless musicians to follow in their wake. The band ceased operations in 2011, but key members including bassist Kim Gordon have continued making remarkable music on as solo artists. 2024’s critically lauded The Collective is Gordon’s fifth solo album. Bill Nace is the opener.

Artist: Pinkish Floyd
Venue: Highland Brewing
Date: Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Door: $10 advance / $15 day of show
Once a cottage industry, the tribute band genre is now a full-fledged music industry phenomenon; any band worth its salt (especially classic rock-era bands) has inspired tribute groups of its own. Some tour nationally or internationally, and others are more regionally-focused. The music of Pink Floyd has inspired many, many (though not more than its share) of tribute bands. These days in Western North Carolina, Pinkish Floyd carries the banner, aiming to re-create the sweeping power and majesty of the Floyd’s work for both longtime admirers of Pink Floyd as well as a generation too young even to have seen them on their ‘87 or ‘94 tours.

See you at the show!