Canada's Sloan has been making ultra-catchy power-pop records for more than a decade. But between a prodigious release schedule (which included both domestic and import albums), which only the most dedicated fan could follow, and some mighty heavy filler over the years, it hasn't been easy to casually get into the band.
Here's a chance to catch up. Sloan's just released A Sides Win: Singles 1992-2005, a 16-track compilation that gathers 13 years' worth of songs. And because it begins with its very first single, "Underwhelmed," and ends with a pair of new tunes, the set offers a good opportunity to chart the band's progress. No doubt its 9 p.m. Wednesday show at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights) will be stuffed with hooks. Tickets are $12, available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Micahel Gallucci
You've Got Musical
Lyric Opera stages a classic.
We adore The Shop Around the Corner, Ernst Lubitsch's sly 1940 romantic comedy in which James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan secretly exchange love letters, unaware that they're actually acquaintances who can't stand each other. We're not so crazy about the modern-day remake, You've Got Mail, where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan do a similar dance, only this time with computers. We have high hopes, however, for She Loves Me, Lyric Opera Cleveland's musical version of the story (which opens Wednesday). It was a semi-hit for composer Jerry Bock in the 1960s, paving the way for his super-hit, Fiddler on the Roof. This one is more fun. It's at Drury Theatre, 8500 Euclid Avenue. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, July 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Tickets are $15 to $45; call 216-685-5976. -- Michael Gallucci
Morris Day and the Time are best known as Prince's tormentors in Purple Rain. But before they mocked and cursed the Purple One onscreen, the group was one of the era's tightest R&B ensembles. Their big hit was 1984's "Jungle Love," but they spent the remainder of the decade making funky dance-floor jams in the style of their little-red-Corvette-lovin' mentor. In 2001, the group made an appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where one of the protagonists declared them "the mad notes" (which we think is a compliment). Day and the Time play Lock 3 Live! (180 South Main Street in Akron) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5; call 330-945-9400. -- D.X. Ferris