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Morbid Angel/Sin-Eater/Forged in Gore: When he formed Morbid Angel in Florida 30 years ago, guitarist Trey Azagthoth had some lofty goals. He sought both to better the standards for death metal and to capitalize on a burgeoning genre. The group did something like that, releasing Altars of Madness, an album generally considered to be one of the best death metal albums of all time, and signing with Warner Bros. for a short stint in the early '90s. The group sold truckloads of Covenant, which it will play in its entirety at tonight's show, part of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album's release. 7 p.m., $20 ADV, $24 DOS. Agora Ballroom. (Niesel)
Mystic Vibes/Eve 'n' Stephen 33rd Anniversary: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Ragers/Chin Shoda: 9 p.m. Happy Dog.
Reloaded: 8:30 p.m. Peppermill Pub and Grill.
Unknown Hinson: Probably best known for his voice work as Early Cuyler in Adult Swim's show Squidbillies, Unknown Hinson explores the stranger side of backwoods humor. Equal parts country singer, comedian and mad man, Hinson is an exquisite corpse of an entertainer. His brand of humor is stained with trailer park sleaze, but his searing guitar licks are no joke. The music is a combination of workin' man country, surf and rockabilly, calling back to greats like Chet Atkins and Link Wray. Combining the best features of Johnny Cash and Dracula (in both looks and showmanship), he relentlessly entertained audiences for 17 years before calling it quits last year. But as a 400-year-old hillbilly vampire does, he once again rises from the grave to haunt your ears and steal your women. With hits like "Before Your Husband Gets Home," "Unlock This Bathroom Door" and "Baby, Let's Play Rough," this show will surely put you and your best girl in the mood. 9 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Stoops)
Wes & Joey (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Winslow: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Johnny Winter: 9 p.m., $35-$45. Tangier Cabaret.
Wussy/The Ready Stance/Lawton Brothers: Wussy, the shoegazers of alt-country, draw in their listeners with beautiful harmonies, folky guitar strumming and close harmony vocals. Drones permeate the backgrounds of their songs creating a warm blanket of sound around an often up-tempo country-tinged rock song. In this way, they sound like two separate yet unified bands performing at the same time. As one of the more consistent bands around, Wussy's an old standby (though far from the stagnant connotations often associated with the title). Instead of expending effort on how to weird out their listeners, they spend that energy with a laser-beam-like focus on writing enjoyable, solid and — frankly — great songs. The Cincinnati five-piece's latest record, Buckeye, masterfully reworks material from their five previous albums, acting like a punched-up Best-of. With songs that express melancholy by means of catchy hooks, the show promises to be both heartwarming and heartwrenching. 9 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern. (Stoops)
SUNDAY, NOV 17
Charley Brown/Dan Bankhurst: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Hot Jazz Seven: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Hubble/Surround: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.
Hybrid Shakedown: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Concert: 4:30 p.m., $31.50-$69. E.J. Thomas Hall.
Nightmare Boyzzz/Mexican Coke: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.
Potluck/R.A. the Rugged Man/Whitney Peyton/Black Pegasus: 6 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Agora Ballroom.
The Ragbirds/Splitroot: 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.
MONDAY, NOV 18
Blotter/Pinkos/Drug Problems: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Pete Cavano & Friends/Alex Zinni: 8:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Fates Warning/Halcyon Way/The Rick Ray Band/Shades of Remembrance: 7 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Agora Ballroom.
Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans/Jim Marunich & Coaltown: 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Tavern.
Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
TUESDAY, NOV 19
Classical Revolution Cleveland: 8 p.m., free. Happy Dog.
Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers/Fifth on the Floor: Gathering the best elements of southern rock, alternative rock, pop rock, et al., Roger Clyne and his crew have always managed to turn out some damn fine music. Blending strains of mariachi, blues and reggae, Clyne and the Peacemakers' catalog has steered clear of generic territory. "All Over the Radio," the potentially worrisome track title that opens 2011's
Unida Cantina, offers the listener a worldly little tune about love and music and the love of music. What makes everything even better here is that the band's live show is notoriously kickass. Order a round of Cuervo at the bar (eh, maybe another while you're at it), and head into the party. 8:30 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy)
Robert Cray Band: 8 p.m., $35.50-$45.50. The Kent Stage.
Frenchy & the Punk/Steampunk Cabaret Soiree/Pinch & Squeal: 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.
Little Big League/Cherry Cola Champions/Wolf Creek/Madarosis: In every sense, Little Big League are the restorationists of the mid-'90s. Their music wails with classic-styled indie rock guitars; gritty, darkened vocals; and splashy drumming. Down to even their name, presumably a reference to the 1994 family film about a child-owner of the Minnesota Twins, they are the product of flannel-clad gloom. Back in August they released their debut LP These Are Good People, a wonderfully recorded album of blurred lines, sustained harmonies and massive walls of sound. Though this is their first album, the band maintains a thoroughly unified sound throughout; they sound like old pros. In their song "Never Have I Ever Walked When the Time Was Right," they seem almost aware of their own nostalgic-based songwriting with lines like "We were good when we were good." Deep-rooted in their nostalgia, Little Big League takes listeners to an old, familiar place, sure to please like Crystal Pepsi or Ecto Cooler. 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class. (Stoops)
Outlab: Experiments in Improvised Music (in the Locker Room): free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
Doug Wood & Friends/Derek DePrator: 8:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Black Uhuru/Mike Pinto: 8:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.
Cat Power/Nico Turner: Shortly after last year's Billboard Top 10 album Sun, Cat Power (the musical alias for singer-songwriter Chan Marshall) found herself in the hospital. If that wasn't enough, financial issues later forced Marshall into bankruptcy. No longer able to afford touring with a large band, this year's tour consists of more intimate solo performances. In practice, this falls in line with Sun, which she recorded almost entirely by herself. A fairly large departure for her, the majority of Sun's interesting textures and heavier rhythms come from electronic sources. Tracks like "Ruin" and "Real Life" explore new territory by means of heavier drums and buzzing synths never heard before in a Cat Power album. With Marshall only using piano and guitar on this tour, the majority of the set will probably sound more like alternate takes than exact album reproductions, though replacing synthesizers and drums for an intimate emotional experience with an indie rock legend is more than enough compensation. 6:45 p.m. and 10 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Grog Shop. (Stoops)
Freddie Cole: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $20-$30. Nighttown.
Crown Larks/Sails/Ma Halos/Swirly in the Fryer: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Dangermuffin/Big Daddy Love: 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Tavern.
England in 1819/Chin Shoda/Blaka Watra/From Borealis: 8:30 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
Gary Hall/The Scenic Route: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
India Arie/Gramps Morgan: Grammy-winning and R&B favorite India.Arie returns from a self-imposed four-year break in her career with SongVersation, one of her strongest albums yet. Approaching her music from a more stripped down perspective, Arie encountered a spiritual awakening driving her songs to new internalized places. And so SongVersation shows this in moments of self-empowerment in tracks like "Just Do You" and in the smooth, tender imagery of "Cocoa Butter." Less complex than previous records, the direct approach of the album enables an honest conversation with the listener. Arie's whirlwind of a career went from being virtually unknown to double-platinum and seven Grammy nominations within the span of five years. The rebuilt Arie feels even more in touch with herself and spiritual devotion, and her songwriting is all the stronger for it. Opener Gramps Morgan appears on the reggae-influenced "Thy Will Be Done," an exciting track with catchy horn hooks. 8 p.m., $29 ADV, $39 DOS. House of Blues. (Stoops)