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SATURDAY JAN 11
A Benefit for John Neely with Chargers Street Gang/Cobra Verde/This Moment In Black History/Megachurch: An ardent supporter of local music and all-around good guy, Grog Shop employee John Neely needs money to pay some exorbitant medical bills, so some of the best local bands have gotten together to play a benefit for the guy. A terrific garage punk band that puts on an explosive live show, the Chargers Street Gang have come out of hibernation for the gig. The other acts on the bill are no slouches either. Cobra Verde is one of the city's finest rock bands and the ruthlessly noisy This Moment in Black History consistently gets better with each live show it plays. The relentlessly experimental prog rock-leaning Megachurch starts the whole thing off. A great show for a great cause. 9 p.m. Grog Shop. (Niesel)
Moises Borges: 8:30 p.m., $10. Nighttown.
Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys/Elderly Brothers: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Distant Signals: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Ideamen/Something Involving a Monkey/Infalling: 7 p.m., $10. The Foundry.
Jimmy Jack (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
The Jim Jones Revue/Daylight is the Dream/Eclectic Mayhem: 8:30 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom.
Mojoflo/Alan Brooks Trio/Elk: 9 p.m., $8. Musica.
SUNDAY JAN 12
Elvis Birthday Tribute: 7 p.m., $10-$47. State Theatre.
Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Shiloh/Time Cat/Nathan Wilson: Living halfway between rural and industrialized areas can have a weird effect on you. For the band Shiloh, whose members reside in northwest Indiana/not-quite Chicago, their once folksy music now gets overshadowed by a giant electric sound. On their latest album, simple folk tunes turn into explosive and intricate indie-rock tracks. Delicately played pianos turn into banged out clusters and drums appear out of nowhere giving the listener the image of a farmhouse overshadowed by massive industrialized monoliths. The stellar "It's Good Then It's Gone" is a perfect blend of their intimate folk tunes and crashing yet articulate indie rock. Calvin Schaller notably utilizes his drum kit impressively throughout the album, perfectly accompanying members Ryan Ensley and Alex Reindl. 8:30 p.m., $6. Grog Shop. (Patrick Stoops)
Kevin Smith: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
The Weeks: Signing with Kings of Leon's label in 2012 proved to be quite the bellwether for the Weeks. Their latest album, Dear Bo Jackson, rings loudly with the Southern indie rock that the Kings are well-known for. Singer Cyle Barnes' deep voice offers an interesting contrast to the bright, gentle chords in the background. Take "King-Sized Death Bed," for example. Samuel Williams' guitar work glides around the stratosphere of the melody, allowing plenty of room on the ground for Barnes' vocals to fill out the low end. Probably the most enticing song on the album is "Chickahominy," which diverges from the typically upbeat paths taken on most other tunes here. Williams' guitar lines lead the band toward post-rock fields at certain points. It's a reflective nod to life and memory (with great keys work from Admiral Collier) that closes out the album with aplomb. 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Tavern. (Sandy)
MONDAY JAN 13
Matt Andersen: 8 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.
Ernie Krivda Jazz Workshop/Sweta: 7:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Snarky Puppy: 8:30 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.
Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Sean Benjamin (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Diane Coffee/Summerrays: 8:30 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern.
Brian Henke/KMOB: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Lyrical Rhythms: Poetry & Soul Open Mic: 9 p.m., free. Grog Shop.
WEDNESDAY JAN 15
10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Tim Matson/Jerry Allen: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
May/Joey Aich/Dewie Lennon/Ray Ave/DeVere/northcoastWill: On its latest album, Summer Planning, May explores painfully honest hopes and dreams. The 20-year-old rapper spills his ambitions in tracks like "Big Dreams," his wish-list lyrics penetrating through deep synth waves. The album plays out with mostly slow beats with few exceptions, but May's rapping keeps it interesting. On the standout track, "Black Roses," he weaves his lyrical ingenuity around the beat with a skillful execution. A young rapper with dreams of being famous may seem like an all-too-common trope, but May might just pull it off. Tonight's line-up includes a host of other Cleveland-bred rappers, all nursing the kind of passion only found within an artist early in his or her career. 7:30 p.m., $10. Grog Shop. (Stoops)
Rumpke Mountain Boys/David Gans: Following the August release of Moon, the self-described "trash-grass" act the Rumpke Mountain Boys have got some new stuff to show off. And this new one really is a great album. The stings are topnotch as always, and the attitude is fresh and laid back. "Cincinnati Moon" is a nice little song, cleaving the Ohio River duality of north and south. From down in southwest Ohio to here in the northeast, the band's got a lot of good to deliver. Their shows promise high-energy bluegrass and plenty of dancing for those who've got the itch. Here's a parting drop of Rumpke perspective: "Doin' wrong feels as good as being right, especially when I'm high as a kite." We couldn't agree more. 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Tavern. (Sandy)
Thunders: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
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