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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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