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Jeff Sherman (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
The Suede Brothers Album Release/Ohio Sky/So Long, Albatross: 9 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern.
Surf Night Residency with Dan Shaw/Jesse Michael Barr/Nathan Parker (in the Locker Room): 9 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
Ken Uram: 5:30 p.m. Peppermill Pub and Grill.
SATURDAY DEC 21
Buck Naked: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Bummers/Summerays/Nick Tolford & Company: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
Chimaira: 6 p.m., $10-$54. The Agora Theatre.
Farewell & Vegas/Ill Vision/Stiletto/Argyle: 8 p.m., $5. Musica.
Donald Harrison/Mike Clark Organ Quartet: 8:30 p.m., $25. Nighttown.
Holiday in the Heartland: An Evening with Michael Stanley and the Resonators: It's been a solid year for heartland rocker Michael Stanley. The guy self-released his new album, The Ride, which came on the heels of last year's The Hang, an introspective album he's referred to as his darkest release yet. The Ride presents a much more positive perspective, something that's reflected in Stanley's more regular live appearances (earlier this year, he held down a four-night stand at the Tangier). Expect to hear MSB favs as well as a good sampling of Stanley's solo material at tonight's holiday show at House of Blues, an annual tradition for Stanley and his band the Resonators. 8:30 p.m., $32 ADV, $35 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Kristine Jackson (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Just Jazz: 8:30 p.m. Peppermill Pub and Grill.
Mr. Gnome/If These Trees Could Talk/Leah Lou & the 2 Left Shoes: A dynamic hard rock group that's hands-down one of the best bands in Cleveland, Mr. Gnome has been on the road so much throughout the year that it's hardly had a chance to play a hometown show. It did play a terrific set on the Scene stage at this year's Ingenuity Fest, but that was several months ago. Expect the abrasive duo to be in fine form for this show. And given that a new album is in the works, it's a good bet you'll hear some new tracks tonight too. 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel)
Riverhawk: 9 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.
Silver String Band/Ray McNiece & Tongue and Groove: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
The Story Changes/Bobby Vaughn: 9 p.m., $7. Now That's Class.
Welshly Arms' First Annual Celebratory Winter Solstice Extravaganza!: Named after a Saturday Night Live skit, this local band released its debut EP, Welcome, earlier this year. Informed equally by blues and classic rock, it's a strong effort; album opener "Two Seconds Too Late" is every bit as raw and rocking as anything by the Black Keys. They haven't played locally much this year so this show, billed as their first annual winter solstice extravaganza, should be a good time. 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes. (Niesel)
Whiskey Daredevils/Let Em Run/Scoliosis Jones: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop.
SUNDAY DEC 22
The Admirables Christmas Party hosted by Baron Rodgers: 9 p.m., $5. Musica.
Gorilla Productions presents Battle of the Bands: 4 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Agora Ballroom.
Hybrid Shakedown: 7 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Moises Borges/Carton Fellows: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Old Home Night with Home & Garden/Kidney Brothers/Nick Riley All-Stars/The Gunns DJ: 8 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.
Red Black & Green Christmas with Muamin Collective/Latch Key/Peerless/LMNTL/DJ Red-I/The Dangerous Colors: One of Cleveland's best underground hip-hop acts, Muamin Collective has had a stellar year. The band's latest album was recently picked up by Insect Records, a small label out of Austin, that plans to rerelease it in February with wider distribution. And the guys have put together a terrific line-up for this, the seventh installment of their annual Christmas bash. Rapper Peerless will debut songs from his new solo album and special guests Dangerous Colors, LMNTL, Latchkey, DJ-Red-I and Kisha Nicole Foster round out the bill. Muamin will headline and the Neil Chastain Trio+1 will back the guys. Always a good time. 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Grog Shop. (Niesel)
MONDAY DEC 23
Boys from the County Hell/Mary's Lane: When the Boys from the County Hell first got together in 2000 as a Pogues cover band, it was supposed to be just a one-night stand. But after selling out their first show at the Euclid Tavern, the group's popularity escalated. As you can imagine, the band is pretty busy by the time St. Patty's Day rolls around. But it regularly plays a special holiday show this time of year too. The band's been working on blending some horns into the mix so expect to hear a bit of R&B as it plays a selection of Pogues tunes as well as some seasonal covers tonight at House of Blues. Expect a rowdy good time. 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $13 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Lorine Chia/Gwen Maul/Freeze Tag/Queen Chella / DJ Xplosive: 9 p.m. Grog Shop.
Holidaze for the Heads with Dead Ahead Ohio/JP & the Chatfield Boys/Syrup: 9 p.m., $6. Beachland Ballroom.
Chris Massey and the NJP: 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown.
Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Punk Rock Festivus with Lawskof/Swirly in the Fryer/Short Handed: 8:30 p.m., free. Beachland Tavern.
Jim Schafer & Friends/Red Brick Rhoades: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
TUESDAY DEC 24
Annual Grog Xmas Eve Party: 8 p.m., free. Grog Shop.
WEDNESDAY DEC 25
6th Annual Holiday Latke Party with Blue Lunch/Walkin Cane/Jake Friel: 7:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.
American Werewolves / Venomin James / Lawskof / Free Medicine: American Werewolves grew out of a Cleveland art student's broad cross-section of interests: horror movies, punk music, throwbacks to mid-century doo-wop and more. That was all in the late '90s, and things have only grown more intense from there. The band's albums play out like whirlwind tours through the grit of metropolitan horror in our modern society. Check out "Kings of the Cleveland Streets" for a fine example of what these guys do best and a badass nod to our wonderful city. Fans can expect a batch of new material at tonight's Christmas show. 9 p.m., $5. Grog Shop. (Sandy)
Texas Plant/Binder/Keith Jackson: Texas Plant, a local folk-punk group that prides itself on the ability to be able to play street corners as well as bars, just came together last year. But the band is already getting gigs in Pittsburgh and Columbus. Singer Matthew Leeb has said the band is going for something more minimal and didn't want to have to use any electricity. "Ain't For Me Babe" and "Little Jimmy" are raucous tunes that have a classic Americana sound but are a lot rougher around the edges than something you'd hear by Wilco or the Jayhawks. For this show, expect to hear the rowdy single "Reefer Blues" as well as a Willie Nelson cover the group has been working into the mix. 8:30 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern. (Niesel)
Xela: 10 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
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