Veteran hard-rock outfit Structure welcomes two new guitarists to its lineup when the band headlines at Scout Bar on Friday, January 16. The new members, Jeri Pheroh and Nate Villarreal, will probably become highly familiar with the Valley, a developing commercial outpost for this band.

This weekend will also offer two notable CD-release shows. Druggist celebrates the release of its epic album, The Pile On — which finds frontman Blake Cormier’s dramatic, emotive croon in better-than-ever form — with a Friday, January 16, show at Limelight, while pop-rock trio A Kid Named Thompson returns to action with a four-song EP (recorded in four days in Eudora, Kansas) called Life Generally. They’ll christen its release on Sunday, January 18, at White Rabbit.

At Snowbyrd’s emotional tribute to Manny Castillo at Limelight last Friday, singer-guitarist Chris Lutz told me that the band recorded seven new tracks with Castillo in September (shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer) at Blue Cat Studios. Lutz considers it the band’s finest recorded work.

Finally, polyrhythmic big band Bombasta joins forces with El Paso’s Radio La Chusma for a night of percussive mayhem on Saturday, January 17, at Sam’s Burger Joint.

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