Yes, I know the Iron & Wine show tonight has been sold out for months (not to mention the Vera Project show last night), but good news: if you have no ticket, you can still go see Iron & Wine folk poet Sam Beam at Sonic Boom Records in Capitol Hill tonight at 6 p.m. for free (and it's all ages, of course).
Then you might want to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with one of our favorite local purveyors of rhyme, Dyme Def. They have a show at the High Dive tonight with Big World Breaks and Theoretics. That starts at 9 p.m. and costs $8. More on Cinco de Mayo music later, but this is where I'd spend my evening if I was looking for someplace to get rowdy.
Rocco Deluca, Joshua James at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15
The touchstones are clear. Rocco DeLuca (pictured courtesy Daniel Lanois) is fond of Led Zeppelin, and finds footholds in the same hard-blues that Jack White has turned into a career of reductive reinterpretation. DeLuca is not just an amalgam of his influences, though, offering uncommon interpretations on common themes. DeLuca's sound resides somewhere between the soil and the sky; his frequent use of dobro highlights the push and pull of earthy and ethereal, paring its steely sound against the haunting effect of sinewy slide work. DeLuca's rhythm section, The Burden, keep the songs driving forward with a feel that's not quite rhythm and blues, not quite rock & roll, and DeLuca's vocals capably handle a range of dynamics and moods, feeling just as steady in tortured howls as in subtle crooning, proving DeLuca as capable and engaging a singer as any of his contemporaries. Though cries of cribbing are a given, DeLuca rises deftly beyond his influences, even as his music openly announces them. What more can we ask? NICHOLAS HALL