Erik Koskinen

Erik Koskinen

After their secret debut during the Best New Bands showcase last month, the all-star band temporarily known as the Jah-hawks will return Feb. 28 to First Avenue as the Jahskinens, part of a benefit for Erik Koskinen. The local twang-guitar ace and producer recently had his truck stolen along with a lot of important gear. "Our office," is how bandmate Molly Maher referred to the truck. Koskinen's insurance did not cover the theft, so friends are lining up to play in his honor/benefit and calling it the Real-phonic 8th Commantment Revival ("thou shall not steal"), including Maher, Charlie Parr, Dead Man Winter and one pretty obvious big-name act that can't yet be named due to contractual obligations (hint: it's playing somewhere close to town next weekend). As for the Jahskinens, the band will once again feature the ace rhythm section of JT Bates and James Buckley along with guitarist Jacob Hanson (Halloween, Alaska) and singer Zach Coulter (Solid Gold). They will be playing -- you guessed it -- dub versions of some of Koskinen's tunes. Click here for ticket info.


Also, a correction from last week's local music column: The first anniversary party is happening tonight at the Triple Rock (not the Turf Club), with violin-bleeding noise-rockers Mother of Fire, eclectic hippie collagists Buffalo Moon, Orchard Thief and Daughters of the Sun offshoot Camden. 9 p.m., 18 & older, $6.

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