Currently touring in support of their 2019 release Egowerk, the Kansas-based independent rockers of The Faint play Maquoketa's Codfish Hollow Barn in a May 26 co-presentation with Moeller Nights, their latest recording proving that, according to Riff magazine, “the band can still speak truth to power and culture through infectious melodies and electrifying rhythm.”

Indie rock by a four-piece ensemble based in Massachusetts and a solo artist based in Washington will be on the May 26 bill at Davenport's Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, with the venue hosting a Moeller Nights concert featuring the layered vocal harmonies of Dutch Tulips and the singularly thoughtful and soulful sound of Chris Otepka's solo project The Heligoats.

Described by The Obelisk as “among the best in the world at what they do,” the doom-metal musicians of Japan's Church of Misery headline a special Memorial Day concert at the Rock Island Brewing Company, their May 27 set demonstrating why calls the band “a fairly unique and contradictory example of how dark, disturbed, catchy, and even fun this type of music can be.”

An artist who, according to American Blues Scene magazine, “plays a head-spinning variety of styles … never failing to excite the listener,” the Florida-based J.P. Soars and his band The Red Hots play a May 28 concert presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, their engagement at Rock Island's Riverfront Grille demonstrating why wrote, “Soars can stroke, persuade, bend, and stretch notes from places other guitarists haven't even heard of.”

New Orleans-based grunge-pop group Treadles performs at Rozz Tox on Wednesday, May 15, appearing on the bill with local electronic project Archeress and country/folk artist Liv Carrow.

Described by Glide magazine as “a self-assured powerhouse” who “will knock your socks off with her smart, unpretentious rock and roll,” the Nashville-based Ruby Boots performs as the headliner in a May 15 Moeller Nights concert, demonstrating why lauded her “artfully scruffed alt-country songwriting” and “powerful, versatile, wide-open voice.”

With Elmore magazine raving about his “intimate and confessional” lyrics and describing him as “one of the best, most versatile songwriters around,” folk-rock singer/songwriter and Illinois native Dan Hubbard and his band play a May 17 concert at Davenport's Redstone Room, the album-release show for his new Attention demonstrating why Independent Clauses stated, “Dan Hubbard should be on your to-hear list.”

Xiu Xiu, May 18

Lauded by PopMatters for “the band's playfulness with both sound design and the use of sound effects,” the Los Angeles-based experimental rockers of Xiu Xiu headline a May 18 Rozz-Tox concert in support of their 2019 release Girl with Basket of Fruit, the band's 14th studio album and a recording that Spill magazine called “a Finnegan's Wake of sound which deserves to be placed on a level with some of the famous works of art that it samples and references.”

Delivering what American Songwriter calls a “frantic, thrilling, roller-coaster ride of a live show,” the California-based musicians of The Devil Makes Three play East Moline's The Rust Belt as Moeller Nights headliners on May 20, showcasing the bluegrass, country, folk, blues, jazz, and ragtime talents that made PopMatters call the group “one of the most exciting American bands in the business.”

Delivering what calls “a daring blend of innovative modern swagger and classic Americana cool which dares listeners not to come along for the ride,” the bluegrass, hip-hop, and country-rap artists of Gangstagrass play a special free concert at Davenport's Redstone Room on May 10, producing a singular sound that, according to Essentially Pop, “smashes every borderline, every genre, every preconceived idea of what a bluegrass hip-hop fusion might sound like.”