When the electronic duo Classixx met, Tyler Blake and Michael David were attending middle school together in suburban Los Angeles.

As teens, David joined a touring band as a guitarist, eventually becoming a session guitar player, while Blake went on to the Berklee School of Music. In the mid-2000s, the pair reconnected under the shared interest of electronic music and the need for more depth in the often robotic sounds other DJs and producers around Los Angeles were pumping out.

David and Blake began creating their own style through a more diverse set of influences than their counterparts and showing greater dimension in their samples, which range from indie rock to funk and soul, to disco to house music. The result is a more graceful, composed and melodic production without losing the energy and edginess of the modern-day electronic movement.

Classixx will perform Sunday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., in support of its new album, last year's "Hanging Gardens." Gems will also perform. Tickets for the 16-and-over show are $14-$16 and are available at the door or online at Doors for the 9 p.m. show open at 8 p.m.

Call 577-6989 or go to for more information.

The Hackensaw Boys

Mounting itself upon the rusty yet ever sturdy hinges of the modern-day bluegrass revival.

Charlottesville, Va.-based group The Hackensaw Boys swings on the widening barn door of acts that croon of Americana and pluck with the fingertips of a bluegrass tribute.

For its part, The Hackensaw Boys has been a relatively underground player in the Americana/bluegrass movement since its founding in 1999, releasing four studio albums and one live album between 2000 and 2007. The band has paid its dues, having played for several years on street corners and bars while occasionally earning its way onto larger stages alongside such acts as The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Cheap Trick and De La Soul.

The Hackensaw Boys has even found their way to some of the nation's largest festivals, including Bonnaroo and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, while also taking the stage at international festivals in Ireland, Norway and Belgium.

The Hackensaw Boys will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Love Canon. Doors for the show open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at

Go to or call 571-4343 for more information.


Hailing from the burgeoning Baltimore music scene, Ballyhoo! differs from many of the city's acts now garnering so much national and overseas attention.

The quartet formed in 1995 as a reggae- and ska-tinged pop rock group, a style the band has upheld nearly two decades later, and has earned industry respect for its dedication to touring, road-hardened live performances, and undeniably upbeat and infectious songwriting.

To date, the band has opened for 311, Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid and was included on the Vans Warped Tour.

The band left Pepper's LAW Records after releasing its 2011 album, "Daydreaming," to start its own label and record their latest effort, "Pineapple Grenade," with producer and Sublime vocalist Rome Ramirez.

Ballyhoo! will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with the Sublime tribute band Badfish. Tickets are $15-$17 and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show slated to begin at 9 p.m.

Call 577-6989 or go to for more information.