Amasa Hines, Bunch
Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m.
The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St.,
$10, available at door and venue’s website

The Merry Widow is hosting a two-band lineup of innovative music Thursday, including local band Bunch, which rose from the ashes of El Cantador.

Bunch features former El Cantador members Heath Underwood (guitar), Alex Scharr (bass) and Sean Murphy (drums), plus Alan Anderson on keyboards. Bunch recently recorded its debut full-length album, “Forever My Sparring Partner,” and released two tracks as singles. The album’s title track rocks through great harmonies and Underwood’s ever-present guitar work. “Cheri & Brian” contrasts with its ‘70s country rock attitude.

Amasa Hines seems like an unlikely band to emerge from Little Rock, Arkansas. The seven-piece self describes as “Psychedelic Afro-Futurism,” blending soulful vocals and bright work from a horn section. The band has collected nine tracks on its album “All the World There Is.” Very few bands have the ability to trip through rock, soul and reggae while maintaining a cohesive thread, yet Amasa Hines does so throughout.