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Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites/The Modern Electric: Akron's Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lights played their first gig a little more than two years ago and the band has been going strong ever since. Because of its terrific live show — sharp-dressed Brent "Wesley Bright" Wesley is a real dynamo on stage — the soul/old-school R&B band is suddenly in high demand. The band has been touring regionally too and teamed up with the like-minded, Northern soul-obsessed Vallures to play a gig in Indiana recently. Their terrific new single, "Tell Me," is a retro-sounding number with a soulful vibe. All their unhinged energy should make for a fun show. 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel)
The Cinema Show: 8 p.m., $8-$10. The Kent Stage.
Combichrist/William Control/New Years Day: 7 p.m., $16 ADV, $19 DOS. Agora Ballroom.
Fifty Amp Fuse: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Engelbert Humperdinck: $25-$75. Hard Rock Rocksino.
Madison Crawl/Lorain Skum/Lords of the Highway: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Malice 213 Reunion/Sykosis/Mettal Maffia/Jus Mic: 7 p.m., $10. The Foundry.
Tracy Marie (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Whitey Morgan & the 78s/Charles Hill Jr.: Midwest honky-tonk country done right. Flint, Mich.-based Whitey Morgan helms a tight band that throws listeners back to whisky-slammin' outlaw days — another era when country music had a beating, rambunctious heart. To date, they've cut two albums: Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels and a self-titled 2010 outing that showed a fine breadth in their songwriting. The meandering, dusty "Bad News" kicks off the latter album, leading to more upbeat affairs like "Meanest Jukebox in Town" and "Hard Scratch Pride." If the studio stuff is any indication, you can expect some real country soul on the stage tonight. 9 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern. (Sandy)
Riverhawk: 9 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.
Marc Rizzo/Navene K: 7 p.m. The Rock Factory.
Al Rose/Eclectic Vision: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Royal Vasa/Orchids and Insects/Brett Auerbach/From Borealis: 9 p.m., $8. Musica.
Josh Rzepka Octet: 8:30 p.m., $20. Nighttown.
School of Rock: Midnight. Brothers Lounge.
The Sleeps/Golden Streets of Paradise/Velvet Tiger Poster: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
Michael Stanley and the Resonators: 8:30 p.m., $45-$90. Tangier Cabaret.
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers: 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester.
The War on Drugs/White Laces: 9 p.m., $13. Grog Shop.
5th Annual Red Dress Affair - A Benefit for the Fight Against Heart Disease featuring Jah Messengers/Milton Blake/Jr. Blessington/Abba Blade/Will Power/Jahtamerie: 8:30 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.
Alpha and Omega/Naysayer/Bent Life/Malfunction/Will to Die/Hand of Zeus: 6 p.m., $10. The Foundry.
April Noise Lunch: 4 p.m., free. Now That's Class.
The Boogers/Steve Brown: Billing themselves as "the Anti-Barney" and "the Wiggles' Worst Nightmare," the Boogers write songs about pancakes and pandas. In one tune, singer Paul Crowe, who goes by the moniker Crusty Booger, extols the virtues of eating vegetables. Nice! A veteran punk rocker who holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Crowe can really connect with the kids. The band's official bio includes a quote from Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick. He says, "If the Ramones had ever decided to make a children's album, this is what it would have sounded like." You couldn't ask for a finer endorsement. Noon, $10. Agora Ballroom. (Niesel)
Excision: When this DJ played House of Blues last time around, he reportedly brought more high-power amps than the club could accommodate. Expect that to be the case this time too as Excision is touring with a monstrous audio system. He's touring behind the single "Destroid 7 Bounce (VIP)," a dubstep single with squirrel-y bass riffs (and a woozy old school synthesizer segment) that should push his 150,000-watt sound system to the limits. He'll also have a mammoth video screen (he calls it the Executioner) projecting 3-D video behind him. 9 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Mapmaker: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Mary Martin & the Tuna Band: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
School of Rock: Midnight. Brothers Lounge.
Turquoise Jeep: 8 p.m., $15. Musica.
Hathaway Brown Musical Theater Program Part 2: 7 p.m., $5. Nighttown.
Ernie Krivda Jazz Workshop/The Progressives: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
La Dispute/Pianos Become the Teeth/Mansions: 8:30 p.m., $15. Grog Shop.
Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Somos/Save Ends/Runaway Brother/Crookshanks: 9 p.m., $7. Now That's Class.
Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Fortunate Youth/True Press/Drunken Sunday: 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Tavern.
Elliot Ingersoll/Derek Deprator Band: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
New Age Remedy/The Erienauts: 10 p.m., free. Now That's Class.
Particle/Freekbass/Octopus Prime: Part Pink Floyd, part Grateful Dead, Particle is one of the pioneers of the livetronica genres. Dubbed by their fans (Particle People) as "space porn," Particle lays out a relaxed '70s-influenced jazz-fusion sound complimented seamlessly by electronic effects and synths. They've got a nice mix of prog-rock, funk, and electronic soundscapes that shift from introspective shoe gazing songs to bombastic dance tunes. Before their debut album Launchpad dropped in 2004, the band garnered attention by playing intensely long sets (around five hours) at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza. If you ever wanted to hear Joe Satriani, DJ Logic and Blackalicious collaborate with a jam-band from the future, check out Particle's 2006 release, Transformations Live for the People. The band just wrote 13 new songs for a forthcoming album. Expect to hear at least a few of those tunes on this spring tour. 8:30 p.m., $15. Grog Shop. (Gonzalez)
Two Set Tuesday (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Bastard Cult/Drug Lust/Cruelster/Tartar Control: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Bleeding Rainbow/Chomp/Cheap Clone: 9 p.m., $7. Grog Shop.
The Burning River Ramblers/Sirsy: 8 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.
Will Cheshier/Mal San Marco: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Native America/Peaks: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
Tempest/Crystal Ball: 9 p.m., $15. The Winchester.
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