Portland's Helio Sequence kicks off the week in the Beachland Tavern. Read on for a full rundown of this week's shows, what you can expect for your entertainment buck, and why you should check ‘em out. – D.X. Ferris
TUESDAY, MAY 27
Endless Blockade/Apt. 213/X-Brainiax/Fistula:
9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Ontario’s Endless Blockade play frantic hardcore with a touch of grind in the mix like a set of brass knuckles.
Helio Sequence/Houseguest/Good Touch Bad Touch:
Tavern, 9 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Arizona’s Helio Sequence plays spacey emo that doesn’t sound absolutely unlike 60s pops.
The Ocean/Kylesa/Lair of the Minotaur:
7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Germany’s the Ocean plays expansive, arty metal. And when it comes to metal imagery, water is the new fire. Lair of the Minotaur’s new album is called War Metal Battle Master. Any questions?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
Bobaflex/the Bangkok Five:
7 p.m., $8. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. New metal lives.
Dannity Kane/Day 26/Donnie Klang:
Making the Band 4 Tour, 7 p.m., $32. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Danity Kane is the latest P-Diddy project from MTV’s Making the Band reality series. The girl group look hotter than they sound, but they don’t sound bad.
Late show, 10 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Says the Grog – and we agree – “Rhode Island's Daughters sound can be described as sonic warfare. Spastic chopping and buzzing guitars at insane time signatures lay intricately over bombastic and off kilter drum patterns. Recently they announced that Hydra Head Records will be releasing another LP for them which is yet to be titled. Some have described Daughters as band that combines math-rock, metal, hardcore and punk. But, measly words can't really do their indescribable sound justice.”
Firewater/State Bird/Unsparing Sea:
Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Show up early to catch Unsparing Sea, the atmospheric Cleveland chamber-pop group. Driven by string instruments and soul-wincing howls, the Sea sounds like a gray day at the edge of Lake Erie.
Heroine Sheiks (featuring Cows singer)/Owenweatherone:
Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Here’s a fun show: The Minneapolis combo play groovy indie disc-rawk with a real edge to it. The band launched as a collaboration between former Cows singer Shannon Selberg and the Swans’ Norman Westberg.
Two shows: 7 and 9 p.m., $25. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. A Cleveland native, singer-pianist McComb played in Branford Marsalis’ Buckshot LeFunk group.
Ballroom, 7 p.m., $8. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Chicago’s 1997 plays catchy emo power pop.
THURSDAY, MAY 29
Crazy Marvin's 65th Birthday Bash:
8 p.m. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. Cleveland blues character Crazy Marvin celebrates his birthday at the Cajun night spot.
Troubadours of Divine Bliss CD release/the Elderly Brothers:
8 p.m., $6. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Kentucky combo play what the call “fringe folk” and old-timey roots music.
FRIDAY, MAY 30
8 p.m., $6. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Kent sextet plays atmospheric hard rock, switching back and forth from drum-driven scream to flighty emo, with keyboards added in for an extra quality.
Pete Best Band/Terry Sylvester (of the Hollies)/the Return:
8 p.m., $20 ADV/$25 DOS. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Former Beatle rocks the Kent Stage.
Fairhill Hooligans/Neon Wiener/Vast Delicatessen/Tumors/Violent Suburban Marriage:
8 p.m. Hi-Fi Concert Club, 11729 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8878. Cleveland punk vets Violent Suburban Marriage play their second show following a recent reunion, with a set including old favorites like “Pirate Song” and “I Want to Be a Fag,” with new material including “Demon Lust.”
Jonah Koslen CD release:
9 p.m. The Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2767. Michael Stanley Band alumnus returns with a new, breezy CD for the summer season.
7 p.m., $18 ADV/$23 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park Summer Kick-Off Weekend:
Friday features One Under. Saturday features Badfish (Sublime tribute). Other acts include Passafire, Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band, the Wekrs, Tropidelic, John Wayne & the Pain, Mystic Rebel, the Station, Drop Notion, KB & the Riptides, Rachel Roberts, and Scotty Don't (Badfish side project), $45, Friday through Sunday/$35, Saturday through Sunday. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716.
Pabst Polka Party, featuring the Johnny Koenig Band:
Ballroom, 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$12 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Pale Hollow/Black Girls/Life in Bed:
The Matinee (Cleveland), 2527 W. 25th St., 216-771-2527, www.thematinee.net. Formerly the Black Amps, Pale Hollow is a singer-songwriter projects that’s grown into a rich, layered rock band that straddles indie and alternative.
Satisfaction (Stones tribute)/Hooked on Tonics:
Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664. The turnout for Cuyahoga Falls’ outdoor Rockin’ on the River party is just ridiculous. We’re talking thousands. Some come for the music. Some come for the funnel cakes.
Schnauzer/Ringworm/Soulless/Abdullah/Bonfire (AC/DC tribute):
Cleveland metal heroes headline the Jigsaw's 30th Anniversary Show, 7 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/.
School of Rock performs Pink Floyd's The Wall:
6:30 p.m., $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. This showcase by the kid rockers will likely sell out; get your tickets now.
Straight Jacket Nation (Australia):
9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Old-school, dirty hardcore from Australia.
Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival/Struttin' Cock/Streetdevils/Rub-Offs:
7 p.m., $3, 18+. Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 216-771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. One of Cleveland’s best live acts, the tag team of Uncle Scratch use whatever they can find to assemble ad-hoc percussion kits, which they use to bash out cracked country tunes like “I Banged a Sinner.” Cuz, you know, they’re religious.