About a year ago, Rusty Boyer and David Horton of the Kent rock band Dr. Teeeth wanted to explore something more "futuristic and complex," as Boyer puts it. So they recruited a friend — singer and guitarist Neal Campbell — for a new project called the Rare Birds. Before long, they had written several songs and set their minds to making an album.
"The Rare Birds have more of an experimental element that the Dr. Teeeth doesn't venture into," says Boyer, Teeeth's singer and guitarist. "It's a different sort of weirdness."
No kidding. Just listen to the songs available on therarebirdsofcleveland.com. "Possible Conversations" recalls Queens of the Stone Age, while "Black Summer" and "Whistling Bones" are sludgier and more groove-oriented. The band used its West Side practice space (conveniently located behind Cleveland Lumber) as a recording studio and self-produced its upcoming album. "It's not that heavy," says Boyer. "We love riffs and everything. The Dr. Teeeth would have made these songs really heavy. It's more of a spacey and atmospheric and melancholy feeling than a stoner-rock kind of approach."
Boyer expects to have copies of the Rare Birds' album when they play with the Dr. Teeeth Friday at the Happy Dog. Showtime is 9 p.m.; call 216-651-9474 or go to happydogcleveland.com.
Music writer, scene-maker, and self-described Host of the North Coast Peanuts celebrates his birthday (he says he'll be 20, but we suspect he's shaving a few years) at 9 p.m. Saturday at Harpo's Sports Bar in Brook Park. Classic rockers the Smashed Glass Band will perform. Admission is free. You can find more info at goharpos.com.
Hard rockers Switchblade Scarlett headline a showcase for Virgin/Capitol Records at 8 p.m. Friday at JB's in Kent. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance.
Cleveland-based David Bowie tribute band Diamond Dogs will play a special show at 9 p.m. Saturday at House of Blues' Cambridge Room. Frontman Rich Kline and group will recreate the Thin White Duke's Sound & Vision tour, which played the old Coliseum in 1990. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance. Go to hob.com/cleveland for details.
Singer Logan Wells brings her Patsy Cline tribute to the Akron Civic Theatre this week. She pays homage to the late country icon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $25 and available at akroncivic.com.
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra is offering a series of concerts this weekend that stray a bit from its usual programs. First up is a plugged-in jazz-fusion show under the direction of artistic director Sean Jones at 8 p.m. Friday at the East 14th St. Theatre. Then the group plays a tribute to jazz and gospel singers at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hanna Theatre. Finally, as part of the Jazz Discovery Series, the orchestra will play a free concert of jazz standards at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Ignatius High School's Breen Center for the Performing Arts. You can find out more about these shows at clevelandjazz.org.