Monday, May 19, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This week’s concert cheat sheet

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The reunited Stone Temple Pilots lead this week’s list of shows that are worth their pound-of-flesh ticket fees. Also don’t miss the Bellrays’ soul-punk, if you prefer small indie shows. And if you’d rather just laugh, check out actor Eddie Izzard’s one-man show. Read on for a full rundown with who’s playing, when, for how much, and why you’ll feel better if you go. – D.X. Ferris MONDAY, MAY 19 White Rabbits/Elephant Bones/Sewing Machine War: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Led by two vocalists, this sextet are know for mid-gig instrument switching and adventurous covers. TUESDAY, MAY 20 Carney/the Brakes: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $8. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. LA quartet Carney splits the difference between Jeff Buckley’s spacey vocals and Zeppelin’s otherworldly rock. Tom Lellis/Toninho Horta Quartet, featuring Jamey Haddad: 7 p.m., $25. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. NYC vocalist Lellis and Cleveland native Haddad teams up with world class Brazilian guitarist Horta in a blazing quintet. Pela/To Be a High Powered Executive: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. From Pela’s bio: “Pela’s brand of pastoral punk has been beautifully described as equal parts desperation and inspiration, which they have masterfully crafted into a signature sound.” Stone Temple Pilots: 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$59.50 (LiveNation.com and Tickets.com)/Gold and platinum VIP packages available via www.PrivatePass.Citi.com. State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000. Grunge gods returns. In retrospect, grunge was mostly classic rock shot through with a little punk. And STP, once derided as mere grunge emulators, actually rocked more than most. WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 Blood on the Wall/This Moment in Black History/Child Bite/Very Knees/the War on Drugs: 9 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The co-ed trio promises, “We would like to be the first to welcome you back to the world of fun rock and roll.” That’s the booze-fueled kind of fun. The Boss Martians/Leftovers/Rainy Day Saints: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Iggy Pop recently teamed up for this Seattle rock band for the snarling track “Mars Is for Martians.” Nicholas Megalis/Luca Mundaca: 7 p.m. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444. The Rock Hall’s outdoor summer concert series gets into high gear with Nicholas Megalis, one of Cleveland’s brightest rising stars. Major outlets like NPR and Spin magazine are already taking note of the unsigned Cleveland teenager, who makes every show an event. His recent material is bouncy, fully-formed singer-songwriter material – sometimes unplugged with a piano, sometimes electric, with a Wurlitzer. And it’s always pretty fun. Check out two new tracks from the new Praise Be, Hype Machine album at MySpace.com/NicholasMegalis. Reverend Raven & His Chain Smoking Altar Boys: 8 p.m. Savannah Bar & Grille, 30676 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-892-2266, www.thesavannah.com. The Rev plays traditional blues, but loud and hard. Says the Rev’s bio: “Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.” THURSDAY, MAY 22 Bellrays/Architects/Cobra Verde: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. DON’T-MISS-IT SHOW OF THE WEEK: California’s Bellrays are really great, a soulful throwback of female-fronted garage-rock band that’s as tight as singer Leslie Kakaula’s hairdo is big. Enter the Haggis/the Mickeys: Tavern, 8 p.m., $12. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. It’s a Celtic rock throwdown, and Haggis’s old-world harmonies give the group an extra trad edge that offsets occasional reggae beats. Invasion (Spain)/Chronic Seizure: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. It’s a Spanish hardcore invasion. Get it?! Invasion? Macabre/Bloodwolf/Cellbound/MSOD/Blessed Sickness: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Says Macabre’s bio: “Formed in Chicago in 1985 Macabre quickly established themselves with their unique brand of music dubbed ‘murder metal.’ This quirky metal style blends thrash metal, death metal, and grindcore, sometimes with nursery rhymes and folk melodies. The lyrics focus mostly on serial killers and mass murderers and include a touch of sick gore humor.” Uh, dude, that’s what you mean by “quirky”? Subnoize Souljaz/Potluck/Fear Nuttin Band/DGAF: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. California rapcore band Subnoize Souljaz say people can talk shit, but they don’t give a fuck. So we won’t bother. FRIDAY, MAY 23 Abbey Road (Beatles tribute): 8 p.m., $15. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Decked in black suits and white shirts, Abbey Road bills itself as “the ultimate party Beatles band.” Which, technically, means more Meet the Beatles, and less Abbey Road. Candlemass/Daylight Dies/Argus/Icarus Witch: 7 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Doom masters Candlemass return to Peabody’s for the first time in a dog’s age, none the worse for wear. Ferry Corsen/Anthony Attalla: $22 GA/$26 VIP. Metropolis, 2325 Elm St., 216-241-4007. Trance pioneer Corsen returns to the Cleve. Eastern Blok: 9 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Eastern Blok, formerly known as the Goran Ivanovic Group: “Eastern Blok's extraordinary pan-cultural ensemble effortlessly blends classical and jazz music with the rich folkloric traditions of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia. The resulting music is as alluring as it is complex. Exotic Middle Eastern motifs merge gracefully with the evocative sounds of Eastern European Klezmer music.” Farandole: Cleveland Youth Orchestra and Progressive Arts Alliance's classical celebration of hip-hop, with GrandMixer DXT and others, 7:30 p.m., $29.50. Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. Eddie Izzard: 8 p.m. both nights, $35-$75 (Tickets.com). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. Comedian, movie star, and TV actor flexes his talents in two-night stand of his one-man show. Waterband/Jazzam: 8 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Jam bands. It’s still 4/20, right? Close enough, bra. Kings of the Iron Mic: Regional hip-hop showcase with Go Live Grizzlies, Smoke Screen, Tut, Beat Effeck, Vigatron, Proph the Problem, Just Mic, No Cuts No Glory, Amotions, DJ Know1, and Arrogant, 10 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Jonny Lang: Great-white-hop blues guitarist rocks Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival, $7 adult/free, kids 12 and under/VIP tickets available (Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Local H/Lions/Townhouse Suite: 8 p.m., $10 (18+ only), $10. Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. Yeah, Local H is a one-hit wonder from the 90s. But the Chicago duo sound just as good now as they did then – in fact, in their new cover of TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me,” they sound even better. Show up early for Lions, which sounds like the rocky side of early Jane’s Addiction. The Midlife Chryslers (featuring Michael Stanley): 9 p.m. The Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2767. Michael Stanley and friends play old-time rock and roll. Sonic Temple (Cult tribute)/Virgin Killer (Scorpions tribute): 9 p.m., $7 ADV/$8 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Tribute night sends props to two of the greater rock bands from the modern era. Yeah, we said it. Fun fact: The Scorps’ World Wide Live may be the only double-live album that deserves the tape it was recorded on. Tunturia/Modustella/Home & Garden/Wolfdowners: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Home & Garden feature distinguished Pere Ubu alums, and Wolfdowners features classic-lineup Integrity guitarist Aaron Melnick, who’s been back in town for a while now. Stop in and say hi, whether you were tearing up the West End in the 80s or 90s. Zoso (Zeppelin tribute)/Bargain (Who tribute): Free admission. Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664. Zeppelin and Who tributes kick off Rockin’ on the River, a ridiculously large (and free) outdoor party that absolutely takes over Cuyahoga Falls every Friday all summer. If you don’t go for the tunes, take the trip for some funnel cake. Ummm, funnel cake… xxxxxxxx Hello, Cleveland: This Weekend Concert Calendar Kenny Chesney’s stadium-sized, all-day country jam leads the list of the weekend’s must-see shows. And Young Jeezy’s in the house, too (at a different show, of course). But Filter’s Richard Patrick is a local guy, so he gets the video spotlight. Click MORE for a full rundown with who’s playing, when, for how much, and why you’ll feel better if you go. – D.X. Ferris FRIDAY, MAY 23 Abbey Road (Beatles tribute): 8 p.m., $15. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Decked in black suits and white shirts, Abbey Road bills itself as “the ultimate party Beatles band.” Which, technically, means more Meet the Beatles, and less Abbey Road. Candlemass/Daylight Dies/Argus/Icarus Witch: 7 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Doom masters Candlemass return to Peabody’s for the first time in a dog’s age, none the worse for wear. Ferry Corsen/Anthony Attalla: $22 GA/$26 VIP. Metropolis, 2325 Elm St., 216-241-4007. Trance pioneer Corsen returns to the Cleve. Eastern Blok: 9 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Eastern Blok, formerly known as the Goran Ivanovic Group: “Eastern Blok's extraordinary pan-cultural ensemble effortlessly blends classical and jazz music with the rich folkloric traditions of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia. The resulting music is as alluring as it is complex. Exotic Middle Eastern motifs merge gracefully with the evocative sounds of Eastern European Klezmer music.” Farandole: Cleveland Youth Orchestra and Progressive Arts Alliance's classical celebration of hip-hop, with GrandMixer DXT and others, 7:30 p.m., $29.50. Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. Eddie Izzard: 8 p.m. both nights, $35-$75 (Tickets.com). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. Comedian, movie star, and TV actor flexes his talents in two-night stand of his one-man show. Waterband/Jazzam: 8 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Jam bands. It’s still 4/20, right? Close enough, bra. Kings of the Iron Mic: Regional hip-hop showcase with Go Live Grizzlies, Smoke Screen, Tut, Beat Effeck, Vigatron, Proph the Problem, Just Mic, No Cuts No Glory, Amotions, DJ Know1, and Arrogant, 10 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Jonny Lang: Great-white-hop blues guitarist rocks Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival, $7 adult/free, kids 12 and under/VIP tickets available (Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Local H/Lions/Townhouse Suite: 8 p.m., $10 (18+ only), $10. Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. Yeah, Local H is a one-hit wonder from the 90s. But the Chicago duo sound just as good now as they did then – in fact, in their new cover of TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me,” they sound even better. Show up early for Lions, which sounds like the rocky side of early Jane’s Addiction. The Midlife Chryslers (featuring Michael Stanley): 9 p.m. The Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2767. Michael Stanley and friends play old-time rock and roll. Sonic Temple (Cult tribute)/Virgin Killer (Scorpions tribute): 9 p.m., $7 ADV/$8 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Tribute night sends props to two of the greater rock bands from the modern era. Yeah, we said it. Fun fact: The Scorps’ World Wide Live may be the only double-live album that deserves the tape it was recorded on. Tunturia/Modustella/Home & Garden/Wolfdowners: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Zoso (Zeppelin tribute)/Bargain (Who tribute): Free admission. Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664. Zeppelin and Who tributes kick off Rockin’ on the River, a ridiculously large (and free) outdoor party that absolutely takes over Cuyahoga Falls every Friday all summer. If you don’t go for the tunes, take the trip for some funnel cake. Ummm, funnel cake… SATURDAY, MAY 24 Alex Bevan: The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Says the Winchester, “Truly Ohio's Great Lakes Bard, Alex Bevan has been sharing his voice, guitar, music and stories with audiences for more than thirty years. Drawing on his deep skill set of imaginative and honest song writing combined with an agile, improvisational wit that dovetail wonderfully with his flawless guitar slinging, his recordings span the gamut from folk to folk rock and pop to children's educational music.” Kenny Chesney/Gary Allan/Keith Urban/ LeAnn Rimes/Sammy Hagar: $69.60-$99.50 (Ticketmaster), 3:30 p.m., (Ticketmaster). Cleveland Browns Stadium, 100 Alfred Lerner Way, 440-891-5000. All country, all day. No, wait – Sammy Hagar’s on the bill. Mostly country, all day. Charlie Christopherson & Midnight Lightning: Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. 11 After/Michigan City Vandals/Dead Enders/Moving Image: Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. The Everybodyfields/Oliver Buck & the New Madrids: Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Tennessee duo the Everybodyfields are leading a new, traditional-leaning wave of alt-country. Filter/Opiate for the Masses: 7 p.m., $22. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Filter mainman Richard Patrick was Cleveland’s second-biggest rock export of the 90s, after Trent Reznor, whom he used to back in Nine Inch Nails before Filter took off. And way before Filter drifted from aggressive industrial rock to blasé modern rock. Which is what you’ll find on the band’s new Anthems of the Damned. But live, look out for “Hey Man, Nice Shot.” Eddie Izzard: 8 p.m. both nights, $35-$75 (Tickets.com). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. Comedian, movie star, and TV actor flexes his talents in two-night stand of his one-man show. The Jungle Rockers (ex-Ace & the Ragers): 9 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Says the Grog, “Though The Jungle Rockers hail from Ohio, they've managed to carve out a definitive spot in the Austin music scene somewhere between the familiar blue notes and twelve bar structures of Diddley-blues and the three chord thrash of bands like the Clash and the Ramones.” Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx: At Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. $7 adult/free, kids 12 and under/VIP tickets available (Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. The real question isn’t whether the former Styx frontman will perform “Babe” and “Mr. Roboto,” but whether he’ll don the mask and dance the robot. For the record, that one time, we totally were not crying to “Babe” – we had something in our eye. SUNDAY, MAY 25 McKendree Spring: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$18 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Speedy folk legends recorded their Live at the Beachland album at the Beachland. Seether/Flyleaf/Red: At Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. $7 adult/free, kids 12 and under (Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Seether and Flyleaf are both quasi-Christian bands; Jesus is in their heart, but not their lyrics. Representing South Africa, Seether are signed to the ginormous quasi-indie rock label Wind-Up Records, the powerhouse that brought the world Creed, Evanescence, and Finger Eleven. The band deal in empty poetics, as in the vaguely profound conundrums of album title Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. And neo-grunge tunes like “Rise Above This” resonate with vague non-poetry like, “Rise above this hate… Regrets are better left unspoken… For all we know / This void will grow” Frontman Shaun Morgan’s carefully raspy voice sounds like a faded copy of the Chris Daughtry (who sounds like that guy from Nickelback). Jason Trachtenburg (of Trachtenburg Family)/Ching Chong Song: Tavern, 8 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Young Jeezy: Theater, 7 p.m., VIP tickets $75-$100 (GA $35). Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Just so’s you don’t confusion him with Old Jeezy or just plain Jeezy. Southern rapper with a rap sheet has also been cited for Thuggin’ Under the Influence. Which might be the one of the most awesome rap phrases ever. He’s the guy rapping on Usher’s “Love In This Club.”

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