Even 40 some-odd years after the fact, Cream are still the standard by which pretty much all power trios are held, and Antique Scream seem as aware of that as anybody. They offer plenty of blues-inspired classic rock riffs, but their hardest-rocking numbers basically operate as a support system for guitar and drum solos. Their occasional flirtations with active rock radio fodder tread paths that we're not always willing to follow, but for now we'll overlook those moments in favor of the more retro stuff. Opening the show are locals Firebirds of the Arctic Ice, who take their cues from the kings of mandibular indie rock (Jawbreaker/Jawbox) and feature former members of defunct power metal unit Keymaster and former Murfreesboro stalwarts Kill Devil Hills.
Sat., March 27, 9 p.m., 2010