THURSDAY FEB 6
Bad Boys Jam: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Alex Bevan/Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys: 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown.
Eclipse Movement: 8 p.m., $10. Musica.
Chris Hatton (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Imfromcleveland.com & Dirty Jones present The Shake Up with Nuke Franklin / Brian Baker/Common Ave/Archie Green: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.
Jack of Heart/Mr. California/Royal Blood: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Jam Night with Tower City Blues: 8:30 p.m. Grillers Pub.
The Main Squeeze/The MuckleBuck/Acid Cats: There are now so many musical threads that filter into the jam band scene that it's sometimes difficult to parse out an individual band's inspirations. Not that that matters too much, of course. (I mean, on the one hand, we're just here for the music, right?) But the Main Squeeze does a real fine job of making an analysis as multifaceted as possible. The band mashes up funk and soul with zeal, producing a full sound that can morph into an entirely different beast at a moment's notice. Their live show — the main act — has garnered acclaim and excited praise for a while now, riddling tonight's Cleveland appearance with anticipation. They've dropped two stellar albums (2011's First Drops being a terrific primer to the band). There's a bright future ahead for these guys, and the music they've already put out there has had time to develop a full-bodied life on the stage. 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern. (Eric Sandy),
Spyder Stompers/Rebecca Wohlever: 8 p.m., 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
FRIDAY FEB 7
Acoustic Basement Tour: Now in its second year, this offshoot of the Warped Tour features punk bands playing unplugged. This particular installment brings Transit, Hit the Lights and Brian Marquis to town. It also includes Newark, Ohio-based Front Porch Step, Jake Mcelfresh's acoustic solo project. The "group" has just released its debut, Aware. Songs such as the title track and "Drown" push Mcelfresh's earnest vocals to the front of the mix. The music has rightly drawn comparisons to Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Saves the Day's Chris Conley. 6:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes. (Jeff Niesel)
A Concert for Open M featuring House Popes/Freez-R-Burn/Brick Road Ramblers/Brian Lisik: 8 p.m., $10. Musica.
Greensky Bluegrass/Tumbleweed Wanderers: 8 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.
Hollywood Slim/The Del Rios: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Uncle Leo (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
G. Love & Special Sauce: Not many of the alt-rock and hip-hop acts that MTV made famous in the '90s are still kicking. G. Love & Special Sauce is the exception. Twenty years ago, the singer-guitarist G. Love and his two-piece band released their self-titled debut and had an instant hit with the woozy blues-meets-hip-hop number "Cold Beverage." In the two decades since that album's release, Love and crew have consistently toured and recorded; they received a good second wind in 2003 when Love and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson collaborated on the Johnson tune "Rodeo Clowns." Love's forthcoming album, Sugar, which will be released on April 22, reunites Love with upright bassist James "Jimi Jazz" Prescott and drummer Jeffrey "The Houseman" Clemens for the first time in eight years. The band will perform its first album, G. Love & Special Sauce, in its entirety during tonight's first set. 9 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Macabre: 7 p.m., $10.40. Agora Ballroom.
Mistake by the Lake presents Petrus Fest with Dog Lady Island/Andrew Coltrane/Arlo Zyvo/Moltar/Witchbeam/Fragments/Jason Rodriguez + Stopped Clock/Black Vision: 9 p.m., $10. Now That's Class.
Outlaws I & I/Ras Gato's Gullah Gumbo: 10 p.m., $7. Grog Shop.
Carrie Rodriguez: 8:30 p.m., $20. Nighttown.
Schwartz Brothers: 8:30 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern.
Soul Music & Other Soul Music for the Soul: 6 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
Tegan and Sara/Jessica Lea Mayfield: Oasis proved that putting siblings together in a band isn't always a great idea. The Gallagher brothers fought like arch rivals out for blood. Yet for sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, who formed Tegan and Sara nearly 15 years ago, feuding hasn't been part of the equation. "We have our conflicts and debates," says Sara Quin. "We've just learned to manage them with a gentler approach over the years. We were raised to keep our battles private whenever possible and our career is no different. I would be beyond humiliated to air our grievances publicly about one another. We have built thick skin and an array of skills to keep the conflict mostly at bay." It probably helps that the band's popularity continues to escalate. With its latest album, Heartthrob, the group sought to "expand and build" its fanbase, so it opts for a poppier approach and emphasizes the synth-pop side of its sound. That doesn't take away from the band's deeply personal lyrics and terrific vocal harmonies. "Even though this record is more 'produced' sounding, we've always had to dig through very dense compositions in the rehearsal stages," says Quin. "Our records have become cleaner and beefier but even on previous albums there were dozens of great ideas that came together to create the music. It's always a mystery to try and discover which of those ideas need to be there to create the most interesting version of the song live." 8 p.m., $35-$40. Masonic Auditorium. (Niesel)
Velvet Shakedown: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
SATURDAY FEB 8
The Black Angels/Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville/Golden Animals: 8 p.m., $22. Beachland Ballroom.
Blackberry Smoke/Delta Spirit: Last year, the guys in Blackberry Smoke were on a tour that found them switching between arenas and clubs as they alternately opened for Zac Brown Band and headlined their own club dates. Their show at House of Blues was a sellout and the band — Southern rockers who proudly carry on in the tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band — came off as some kind of newfangled version of the Black Crowes as it mixed country, blues and rock into a sonic stew with its own, particularly delectable taste. Tonight's show should be just as thrilling. 8:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Hard Day's Night Headlines Kent Beatles Fest: 8 p.m., $15-$18. The Kent Stage.
Adrian Krygowski/Joey Beltram/Oldboy (in the Locker Room): 9 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
Brian Lisik (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Mo Mojo/In-Groovement: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Relaxer: 9 p.m., $5. Musica.
Scarlet and the Harlots: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
That '80s Band: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Tinsel Teeth/Swindella/Red Sun/Real Regular: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Thalia Zedek Band/Banging Fragiles/Brian Straw/Chin Shoda: The past year has been a busy one for singer Thalia Zedek, and she's only gearing up for more. After releasing the solo album Via and then reuniting with the indie rock act Come and reissuing Eleven:Eleven, she sat down and made SIX with her band this past October. Via has a layered quality but is dotted with accents of piano and lined with a husky viola. One song, "Want You to Know," even features a psychedelic-sounding guitar solo. On it, she takes her brooding, dreamy alternagirl style and pares it down in tracks like "Julie Says" and "Afloat," letting her voice take over in spaces guitar would normally fill. Both these releases focus on themes of recovery, loyalty and gratitude, reflecting a broader snapshot of Zedek's life as a recovering addict. 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop. (Liz Trenholme)
SUNDAY FEB 9
Joshua Breakstone/Peter Dominguez Duo: 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown.
Cats on Holiday: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Dark Star Orchestra: There are all sorts of ways to reignite the Grateful Dead's legacy in 2014. Local revival acts abound, jam bands get together for Dead tribute nights, Joe Russo's Almost Dead is making enticing waves (although note that, meanwhile, Furthur is now officially on hiatus). But Dark Star Orchestra remains a distinguished band that conjures the Dead in unique ways. The band rose up in 1997 in the wake of Jerry Garcia's untimely 1995 death. The idea was simple: Pick up Dead shows and perform the set list as it was written. Last year, DSO treated Cleveland to the May 21, 1977, show at the Lakeland Civic Center in Florida. Coalescing around a first set-closing "Scarlet Begonias" into "Fire on the Mountain," the set list was just damn near perfect. Who knows what era the band will take us to tonight? 8 p.m., $22.50 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues. (Sandy)
Death Stalks Sudan/Violent Suburban Marriage/Twat Waffle/Goyder: 8:30 p.m., $6. Grog Shop.
The Expendables featuring Stick Figure: Blending the alternately rowdy and sublime elements of the punk-meets-reggae sorts of subgenres, the Expendables certainly own their little niche. While a lot of their albums are great (Gettin' Filthy probably most readily distills the band's essence), it's their acoustic album that seems to be the Expendables' most enticing listen. Really, the laid-back approach of Gone Soft underscores the band's Santa Cruz roots in ways that heavier punk tunes just don't. To that end, what the Expendables do well is cover a lot of territory in just a few songs. Take a cross-section of any album for an example of that. Their live shows mirror that sense of variety too, giving audiences a chance to a) dance their asses off b) bob their heads in time with the two-four beats of a reggae send-up and c) throw down in whatever impromptu mosh pit might form at the foot of the stage. Go forth and rock! 6 p.m., $15.60. Agora Ballroom. (Sandy)
Dave Hause/Northcote: 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.
Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Polka Bash with the Polka Pirates: 3 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
MONDAY FEB 10
Kris Allen/Caroline Glaser: 8 p.m., $20-$50. Beachland Ballroom.
Dark Tranquility/Omnium Gatherum/Exmortus: 7 p.m., $16.64-$52. Agora Ballroom.
The Humminbird/Baat/Istvan Medgyesi: 9 p.m., $7. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
Ernie Krivda Jazz Workshop/Amanda Walsh: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Huey Mack/D-Why/Timmy D/Zac Gatz/Veeno/B. Rich: 8:30 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.
Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
TUESDAY FEB 11
Galactic/Ryan Montbleau/Sassafraz: Straight outta the bayou, Galactic brings a funky energy that few other bands replicate with any sort of authority. Theirs is a sound that dwells hundreds of miles away from our frozen Cleveland terra, making tonight's show more of a vacation than anything. G'head and cue up Carnivale Electricos and take in the New Orleans-inspired vibes of "Magalenha" and "Carnivale Time." Hell, even the interlude "Guero Bounce" is a danceable highlight (and fully capable of morphing into a longer jam segment, clearly). Last week, the band dropped new tune "Dolla Diva" to widespread joy on the Internet. The heavy emphasis on bangin' drums and bass recalls the likes of "Guero Bounce" and promises all sorts of ass-shaking at tonight's show. 7 p.m., $25. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy)
Jon Mosey/Charlie Mosbrook: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Robin Nolan Trio: Carrying the musical legacy of gypsy jazz to the modern era, Robin Nolan performs with carefree looseness backed by astonishing precision. In the vein of the gypsy jazz great, Django Reinhardt, Nolan's exotic harmonies blend with classic swing seamlessly. On his latest record, Gypsy Blue, these genres weave in and out of each other, sometimes even with a little bit of folksy twang. The title track makes use of catchy syncopation as Nolan skillfully solos on top. While the legacy of Django is a tough act for any guitarist to follow, Nolan's formative years studying the master's works led to some wonderful interpretations of his pieces. Tonight, he performs his exotic swing with his trio that includes a second guitarist and upright bassist. 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown. (Patrick Stoops)
Two Set Tuesday (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
WEDNESDAY FEB 12
10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers/Brickhouse Blues Band: Two years ago, blues guitarist Tommy Castro ditched the horn section to bring in the Painkillers, a leaner and meaner backing band. These guys back him up on his new album, The Devil You Know. The disc kicks off with the raucous title track and then never lets up as Castro and crew kick up some serious dust on tunes such as "Center of Attention" and "The Whale Have Swallowed Me," the latter of which concludes with a bluesy jam and solo from guest singer Tasha Taylor. 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel)
The Damn Choir/Filmstrip/The Judys: 8:30 p.m., $8. Grog Shop.
Jane Monheit: On her latest album, The Heart of the Matter, Jane Monheit once again displays her vocal prowess. The Grammy-nominated singer beautifully works within a variety of jazz genres. Bossa nova takes on tracks like "A Gente Merece Ser Feliz" and the Carpenter's classic "Sing," delicately groove the album, giving it some much needed momentum from slower numbers like the Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road." Her voice smoothly glides along on gentle melodies like "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day," lending itself to a little bluesier, smokier style of jazz. While a full orchestration of strings and winds accompany her on the album, tonight she performs as a duo with her pianist for a more intimate, private performance. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $30. Nighttown. (Stoops)
Swirly in the Fryer/The Old One-Two/Old Souls: 8:30 p.m., $5. Beachland Tavern.
Xela/Eric Oswald: 8:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
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