Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What to Do Tonight: Lovedrug

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 7:02 AM

Like their name infers, Lovedrug’s atmospheric music floats and fizzes like a smoky narcotic elixir. The Canton quartet stocks a recipe of potent indie-pop that’s as rich, theatrical and addictive as ear candy. It’s something you might mix with the likes of the Wild Beasts, Muse or Queen — homegrown from the roots of demised local rockers Kerith Ravine. Led by frontman Michael Shepard, Lovedrug have released three albums. They toured throughout Germany this summer, still riding the strength of 2008’s The Sucker Punch Show and the alternative/demo collection Sucker Punched. But that doesn’t mean the band will come out swinging for its concert at Musica tonight. Lovedrug are billing it as a “Have It Your Way” show, focusing on their friction-filled, alt-rocking 2004 debut, Pretend You’re Alive. Selections from 2007’s arty sonic séance Everything Starts Where It Ends are also on the bill, along with a few recent singles (“Blood Like,” “Borrowed Legs”), a few rarities (“The Narcoleptic,” “Skeleton Jill”) and some yet unnamed fan selections. The set spans the band’s evolution from Midwest alt-guitar rockers to emotive arena pop stars, led by Shepard’s songwriting skills and mock operatic screams. Hey Sandy, the Dom Liberati Band and the Big Sweet open at 8 p.m. at Musica (51 E. Market St., Akron, 330.374.1114, akronmusica.com). Tickets: $10. — Keith Gribbins

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