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Abbasso's DJ showcase puts a spin on local techno.

The Faint of Heart The B-Sides Lounge, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights (beneath the Grog Shop) 8 p.m., Saturday, February 14, 216-321-5588; the show is free
Technos on the turntable at Plate Tectonics.
Technos on the turntable at Plate Tectonics.
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Those aren't seismic waves emanating from Abbasso Underground Lounge Friday; they're the sonic pulses of Electrasoul, the Pittsburgh-based DJ collective at the center of the techno showcase Plate Tectonics.

Happening the third Friday of every month, the series is the brainchild of Abbasso DJs Damon Havill and Jamie Tyler (who will also spin this week). "There's a lot of [regional] talent," says Havill. "And nobody's offering techno in a club atmosphere on a regular basis." That's where Tectonics steps in. Havill admits that house music is well represented in Cleveland, but hardcore techno is sparse. Electrasoul -- made up of a trio of turntablists -- fits the criteria. The music starts at 9 p.m. at Abbasso Underground Lounge, 1222 Prospect Avenue. Admission is $5. Call 216-566-7278 for more information. -- Andrew McMillan

Who Can It Be Now?
It's Men at Work's Colin Hay, back on the road.

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Colin Hay, onetime frontman for '80s popsters Men at Work, titled his latest CD Man at Work. The reference is obvious, but its intent -- to bring Hay and his music into the 21st century -- is determined. Hay's released a half-dozen albums since Men at Work disbanded in 1986. Man at Work gathers several songs from his back pages -- both solo stuff and group material -- and reworks them in intimate settings. "Down Under," "It's a Mistake," "Be Good Johnny," and "Who Can It Be Now?" all get new, acoustic-based arrangements. Topping it off is "Beautiful World," which was featured on NBC's Scrubs last season. Hay performs at the Winchester (12112 Madison Avenue in Lakewood) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.50; call 216-226-5681. -- Michael Gallucci

Dour Hour

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The New Jersey rockers 40 Below Summer are all about the loud. On their second album, The Mourning After, they set the amps to 11 and the vocals to shred as they tear through a collection of ass-massaging songs about hopelessness and despair, labeled with such merry titles as "Alienation" and "A Season in Hell." They take a little time out to "Self Medicate," but this is mostly about everyday pain and the cathartic eardrum damage that results from it. Cheers! 40 Below Summer performs at the Agora Ballroom (5000 Euclid Avenue) at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $11 and $13. They are available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Michael Gallucci

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