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Gene's Jazz Hot and Captain Kneal and Noisemakers get graded

Gene's Jazz Hot

(self-released)

myspace.com/genesjazzhot.com

It's hard not to like this affable group of old-timers who have made Loganberry Books their home away from home. Recorded live at Loganberry earlier this summer, Live, Love, Laugh & Be Happy lives up to its ecstatic title. The band brings a youthful energy to standards, hamming it up on the scat-happy opening track "'S Wonderful" and toning things down for the relatively sparse "On the Street Where You Live," which has a soulful feel to it. "Blue Skies" is frivolous good fun, and so is the snappy "Red Red Robin." — Jeff Niesel

Gene's Jazz Hot performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 8, at Loganberry Books (13015 Larchmere Blvd., 216.795.9800, loganberrybooks.com).

Captain Kneal and the Noisemakers

(self-released)

clevelandnoisemakers.com

This trippy affair begins with the careening "Soka," a steady dose of trance that's propelled by noisy guitars before seguing into "Inversion," a tune with distorted vocals and sci-fi lyrics about elves and dwarves. It's head-melting stuff that this fine band delivers with the right amount of finesse. While the trajectory of "S.N.E.S." is more predictable than the album's first two tracks, there's little about Captain Kneal that can be easily categorized, as the guys dip into psychedelic rock ("Interlusion") and electro-funk ("CLE DNB") without missing a beat. — Niesel

Captain Kneal and the Noisemakers perform with All Day Recess and Inkface & the Digital Dream at 8 p.m. Friday, October 9, at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., 216.321.5588, grogshop.gs). Tickets: $6.

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