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Zombie Dance Party at Alley KatzMaybe it's because things haven't been the same since weird dance trends like the noodle or the worm came around, or maybe it's because stumbling around like the undead is safer than stage diving. Whatever the case, the Zombie Dance Party has taken hold in the culture. Kids smear grime on old tattered clothes, they paint black circles around their eyes, and they lurch around, looking for brains. This being 4/20, they might be seeking other things as well. Which is why Alley Katz is hosting a Garden of Weed'n Zombie Dance Party with metal and experimental rock from Cut the Architect's Hand, An Ariatic Silence, The Human Body, Crackjaw, Chalkline Beauty, El Zombie and Satori's CD release Friday, April 20, all ages, 5-9 p.m. $6-$10. 643-2816.

The Gaskets,The Atkinsons and some of the old Matt's crew at Canal ClubPeople tend to get a little wistful when talking about long-gone music venues in this town — Twisters, Nanci Raygun, the Carpenter Center — so it's interesting to see that a bunch of bands that met at Matt's Village Pub (turned into Fusion, which too is no more) are getting together to play. There's the two-man pop-rock explosion of The Gaskets, the Americana heartbreak of The Atkinsons, a mix of Irish and punk with the Ex-Patriots, and Schnitzel, which advocates rocking and the German language. They recall past glories Saturday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m. $7. 643-2582.

Paul Curreri and Devon Sproule at Ashland Coffee & TeaIf you missed them at Barksdale's Stretchin' series last month, well, the C-ville singer-songwriters don't play together much, and may not this time. But never fear, these two young marrieds are adorable enough, all bouncy bluesman on the one hand and gin-joint chanteuse on the other. But ask for the duet anyway Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. $10. 798-1702.

Black Skies at Nara Japanese RestaurantHere's a band that once had a heavy Stooges sound, traded up for something darker, more raffish (riffy?), something a little like the thunder from testosterone clouds. Yes! They compare themselves to the Melvins, which conjures an interesting image, because they're playing a sushi restaurant on Main Street. More wasabi with your doom rock? Witness the new face of music venues Wednesday, April 18, with Caltrop, Cough and Inter Arma at 8 p.m. $3-$5.

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