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Friday, April 25, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This weekend’s concert calendar

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 7:00 AM

A CD release party from Cleveland’s Mr. Gnome (click the video for a taste) is the weekend’s must-see local show. Read on for Ekoostik Hookah’s all-weekend jam session, the Mega 80s tribute to a the music of a decade of questionable hairstyles, and some top-shelf dance club action from Jon Swink. – D.X. Ferris 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. SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Akron Rock Goddess Festival For Peace: 2 p.m., $5, featuring Heather & Lisa Malyuk, Tracey Thomas, Khearan Morgan, and Raw Purr. Singer-songwriters play to benefit the Akron Battered Women's Shelter. Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. Diamond Dogs (Bowie tribute): 8:30 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Bowie tribute Diamond Dogs plays Lakewood, just as Bowie did once. 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. The Fall of Troy/the Dear Hunter/Foxy Shazam/Tera Melos: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$13 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Rockin’ emo heroes of the Fall of Troy put the rage on stage. Newton Faulkner/Jesse Baylin/Brian-Marcel Edmond: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The guitar hero’s percussive style sees the dreadlocked dude throw his whole body into it. Fiction Plane: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. If the Police started today, they’d probably sound a lot like the Fiction Plane. The Hi-Risers/Gringo Starr: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The Hi-Risers’ garage rock sounds like it’s straight outta 1966. Psyopus/Dance Club Massacre/The Crinn/Epicurean: 9 p.m. Ghoulardi's Bar & Grille, 770 Broadway, Lorain, 440-246-5955. Tech-metal shredders of Psyopus record for California’s legendary Metal Blade label, which brought the first Metallica and Slayer recordings. Rock the Puzzle: Cleveland Rocks Autism: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., with food, wine tasting, and bands: Second Place, Breakfast Club, Nick Zuber Band, Disco Inferno, Stan Miller, and the Extremes. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Solipsist, To Envy The Horrid, Bloodwolf, Buried By Angels, The Thrown, Hollowpoint, Ichabod Crane, Painting My Horror, and The Apocalyptic Fist Of The Black Death: 7 p.m., $6. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Tri-C JazzFest: R n R, featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot: 8 p.m., $20-$40 (PlayHouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Cartel: 7 p.m. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Cartel mined the precarious no-man's-land between the Warped Tour, TRL, and mainstream radio, and came out with a few nuggets. Chroma, which dropped on indie label the Militia Group, yielded the emo-tinted modern-rock single "Honestly." The big winner from the Atlanta band's new self-titled major-label debut is "The Fortunate," a jump-up-and-down sing-along anthem. As good as it sounds on record, the smart money says it's a guaranteed showstopper. Cello Celli: 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Cello Celli: The music of Bach and Dave Brubeck, arranged for cello. By now, we’ve either sold you or lost you. Chad & Jeremy: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. This folk duo’s been at it since the ‘60s; best known for the onetime hits “A Summer Song and “Willow Weep for Me.” 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. 4/20 lasts all weekend long. Mushroomhead: 7 p.m., $16 ADV/$20 DOS. The Barn, 200 S. Depeyster St., Kent. Cleveland masked metal troupe storms the southern territories Northern State/DRI (Range Life)/Hot Cha Cha: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Northern State may be the best all-female white indie-rap group, if only by default. But trust us: Their latest record, Do You Mind If I Keep This Pen?, is like at least eight times better than the last one. It’s a smooth, sonically sophisiticated record that’s closer to the stylings of the late, great rap-rocking Luscious Jackson. Don’t mistake Range Life Records’ DRI for hardcore legends D.R.I.; it’s shot for Adrianne, a Kansas singer-songwriter who fleshes out her tunes with trippy electro beats and world-music tracks. Reverend Horton Heat/Nashville Pussy/Backyard Tire Fire: 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. This weekend, the Reverend Horton hears some rockabilly. And, the joke goes, have you heard NASHVILLE Pussy? Tri-C JazzFest: Jazz Brunch, with Dominick Farinacci: 12 p.m., $25 (show only)/$50 (includes food). Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities East 4th, 2035 E. 4th St., 216-736-4242, www.pickwickandfrolic.com/. Tri-C JazzFest: The Marchus Roberts Trio: 4 p.m., free. East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Ave., E. Cleveland, 216-541-4128. Tyrant/Rhinocerous/Suicide Pact/Search Bloc/Cinderblock: Hardcore matinee brings talent from all over the midwest and rustbelt. 6 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576.

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