By Joe Tone
on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 7:27 AM
Feist – the girl who sang the “1 2 3 4” song from the iPod commercial – heads up this week’s 58 concerts. The Soulja Boy show is canceled, but other hot picks include Alicia Keys, Constantines, My Chemical Romance, and Cleveland’s own Mr. Gnome. Read on for a full, annotated rundown. – D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, APRIL 21
Harvey Bainbridge with Fuzzhead and Quadraphonic Desperation: 9 p.m., $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Ex-Hawkwind members bring a full-on psychedelic experience, with the Solar Flare Light Show.
Eoto/Telepath: 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Eoto features String Cheese Incident's Michael Travis.
Meat Beat Manifesto/Raz Mesinai's Badawi/Mercury Project: 8 p.m., $14 ADV/$15 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. This Frisco electro-industrial clique has been in the game longer than the Giants.
Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade/Gene's Jazz Hot: Tavern, 8 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Promises the Beachland, “Miss Tess is a singer and songwriter from Cambridge, MA (by way of Baltimore) who could be described as stuck gloriously in the past. Her smooth, soulful vocals encompass a wide range of expression, everything from a plaintive introspection to a kind of ultra-cool sultriness; you can almost see her flapper hat when you hear her sing. She is a young, Boston-based songstress, whose ‘Modern Vintage’ sound mingles freely between eras and genres.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
Constantines/Oakley Hall: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Like a white-hot white-noise machine, Canada’s Constantines play dense indie rock with three extra layers of noise. The quintet don’t sound like Sonic Youth, but if you like Sonic Youth, you’lll like them. Another obscure Sonic Youth connection: They’re big Neil Young fans, and sometimes reconvene as Horsey Craze, playing Young covers. The band’s deep lyrics have earned comparisons to Springsteen and the Clash. If you like the idea of the Arcade Fire, but all that “my body is a cage” whining puts you to sleep, then the frontman Steve Lambke’s tortured-soul gut-howls will set your spirit free. – D.X. Ferris
My Chemical Romance/Billy Talent/Drive By: Theater, 7 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. My Chem’s Black Parade downgraded from arenas to small theaters and SOLD OUT instantly.
The New Pornographers/Okkervill River: Ballroom, 8 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. If you don’t like this heroic indie-rock collective, you don’t like music. Once they get a hook in you, the group’s co-ed harmonies will have you in musical ecstasy for days. No, months.
Tri-C JazzFest: Eddie Baccus, Sr.: 8 p.m., free. Karamu Performing Arts Theatre, 2355 E. 89th St., 216-795-7070.
Tri-C JazzFest: The Amina Figarova Sextet: 8 p.m., free. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/.
We Shot the Moon (members of Waking Ashland and Sherwood)/Wake Hollywood: 7:30 p.m., $8 (Ticketweb.com). Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. Cali all-star crew do the piano-emo thing.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
Charlie Christopherson: 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. According to his bio, this ace blues guitarist “studied music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a natural transition from his formal training, at age 13, he was inspired by Jimi Hendrix's music and began to play the guitar. His commitment and desire to play comes from an absolute love of Hendrix's music.”
Dark Meat/Mystery of Two/the Blakes: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Freak-folk collective, with Cleveland avant-rockers Mystery of Two opening.
Feist: 7:30 p.m., $10-$35 (PlayHouseSqaure.org). Palace Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000. Leslie Feist, the girl with that “1 2 3 4” song from the iPod commercial, brings her sophisticated, worldly pop to Playhouse Square.
Nonpoint/Scalera: 7 p.m., $10. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Rap rock is still big in certain circles.
Toots & the Maytals/Fear Nuttin Band: 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Tri-C JazzFest: The Vijay Iyer Quartet: 8 p.m., $25. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 8501 Carnegie Ave. (2nd floor of the Cleveland Play House complex), 216-421-8671, www.contemporaryart.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Hate Eternal/Soilent Green/Skeletonwitch/Toxic Holocaust: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$120 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Hate Eternal are from Floriday, where they don’t play around when it’s time for death metal and grindcore. Also on the bill are thrash throwbacks Skeletonwitch, Columbus boys who briefly relocated to Cleveland.
Alicia Keys/Ne-Yo/Jordin Sparks: 7:30 p.m., $37.50-$98 (Ticketmaster). Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. Piano queen Alicia Keys and friends play pop with soul.
MxPx/the Promise Hero/the Sidekicks: 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Pop-punk godfathers of MxPx rock the Grog.
Willy Porter: Tavern, 7:30 p.m., $12.50 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Gritty singer-songwriter will be playing solo; in recent years, he’s been hand-picked to invite for big dogs from Paul Simon to Tori Amos
Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves/the Voodoo Organist: Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Says the New York Times, “Mr. Reed invokes the stylish and muscular R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity.”
Tri-C JazzFest: The Joshua Redman Trio: 8 p.m., $30. Tri-C Metro Auditorium, 2900 Community College Ave..
FRIDAY, APRIL 25
The Afters: 8 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS (Ticketweb.com, $2 under-21 fee at door). Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. Dallas quarter plays rocky, Christian emo.
Asleep at the Wheel/Commander Cody: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005.
The Clarks/Good Brother Earl: 9 p.m., $15 ADV/$17 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Pittsburgh’s longrunning Clarks cover the whole rock spectrum, from alt-rock to alt-country, and it’s all fun.
Ekoostik Hookah/the Bridge/Max Allen Band: Spring Hookak Festival, also featuring Winslow, Tropidelic, Steve Sweeney & the Spikedrivers, Colin John & Cliff Strbuck, Sultans of Bing, Burning River Band, Blonde Boy Grunt & teh Groans, Willy Mac Music, Cherylann Hawk, John Welton, and the Red Hot Trio. $50, Friday-Saturday/$40, Saturday (www.nlpq.com). Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716. Still 4/20 at the Ledges, dude.
Mega '80s: 1980s retro party and tribute, with live music, videos, and more, 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Mr. Gnome CD release, with If These Trees Could Talk: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Co-ed duo Mr. Gnome will rawk you. Mr. Gnome spent 2007 touring out west, where the sexy riff machine recorded its full-length debut with some A-list names and at some top-notch facilities. The new Deliver the Creature was made with engineer Kendra Lynn at Portland, Oregon's Jackpot! Studios, which has hosted sessions by Elliott Smith and the Shins. The co-ed Mr. Gnome cut additional tracks with engineer Chris Schultz at Tucson, Arizona's Wavelab Studios, home to sessions by Neko Case and Animal Collective. The disc was finished at Cleveland's Ante Up Audio with Michael Seifert, who has recently worked with Fountains of Wayne and Colbie Caillat.
The Philedelphyinz: 9 p.m., no cover, 21+/$10, under 21. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. Get robo with this this Pittsburgh-Philadelphia electro-rock goodtime machine.
Stoner Rock Ohio Showcase, with Lo-Pan, Venomin James, Threefold Law, Newport, Masters of Luxury, and others: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. From metal to shred-rock, Cleveland stoner all-stars show what they’ve got.
Streetdevils/CosmoSonics: No cover, 9 p.m. Spitfire, 1539 W. 117 St., Lakewood, 216-226-7748. It’s a garage-rock street fight, pitting Pittsburgh’s Cosmosonics versus Cleveland’s Streetdevils.
Jon Swink: No cover before 11, doors at 9 p.m., dress to impress, 21+ only. Traffic, 1296 W. 6th St. (Warehouse District), 216-566-9621. Dance DJ headlines Asia: East meets West party, with food from Water Street Grill.
This Awkward Silence/Sound of the City/Murder by Midnight/Rumored Alone/Museums/Everything Zen/Affiance/All or Nothing/Fault Not Taken: Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Whole lotta screamo goin’ on to-night, Cleveland.
Tri-C JazzFest: An Evening of Natalie Cole: 8 p.m., $50-$85 (PlayHouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com.
Tony Trischka: 9:30 p.m. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. American five-string banjo virtuoso.
Urge Overkill/Suffrajett/Suede Brothers: Ballroom, 9 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. These Chicago rockers prefigured the alt-rock days, then scored big with that cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” from Pulp Fiction.