The White Buffalo: California-raised Jake Smith grew up listening to country and punk and plays under the name the White Buffalo. The largest influences on his songwriting are folksingers including Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. A baritone, Smith is known for his wide range in pitch within his singing, incorporation of whistling into his music and his lyrical references to God and war. His singing style has been compared to that of late singer-songwriter Richie Havens. The also-hairy Spencer Burton opens the gig.
Details: 7 p.m. at The Startlite Room (10030 102 St.), $27 at starliteroom.ca
Pine Barrens: Local psych shredders Pine Barrens — ex-Krang (also the name of one of the best episodes of The Sopranos) — are joined by Saskatoon slop-rockers Ancient Pig — a side-project of the Radiation Flowers and the Switching Yard — for a night of slow and heavy hand-bangin’. This one feels like a perfect prelude to summer, and if you’ve already spent some time on that patio as we head into the double digits, weather wise, you know this is the place to be.
Details: 9 p.m. at Empress Ale House (9912 82 Ave.), no charge
Gandhi (1982): This acclaimed biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the beloved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country. Dedicated to the concept of nonviolent resistance, Gandhi is initially dismissed by English officials, including the influential Lord Irwin, but eventually he and his cause become internationally renowned, and his gatherings of passive protest move India towards independence. Directed by Richard Attenborough, Ben Kingsley stars and — an actual Indian person — Ravi Shankar is all over the beautiful, Grammy-nominated soundtrack.
Details: 7 p.m at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $13 at metrocinema.org