Around Hear: Dodgeball is All Class

And more local music news

Indie concert club Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave.) will host its second annual dodgeball tournament on Saturday, January 16. Co-owner Paul Schlacter says to expect plenty of faces from the music scene, including "play-by-play commentary by Parma's greatest natural resource Tony Erba and his sidekick Scooter the Vine Street Heartthrob. Even if you don't want to play, show up and watch the mayhem. This is the most fun you will ever have at a bar."

The tourney takes place in the club's concert hall, with bleachers onstage. The one-man rabblerousing band Mr. California will play at halftime. Teams comprise three people, with an optional fourth alternate. Entry fee is $10 per team. The top two crews take cash prizes, and the best-dressed team wins an award. Register at Game time is 8 p.m.

Hardcore heroes Heads Held High have signed a one-album deal with Florida punk label Fail Safe to release their new disc, Dogs and Cats, Living Together. "The geek references continue," says bassist Rob Schultz. "The songs are H3 doing what we do. We mix it up and expand on our sound a little." The CD-release party is booked for Saturday, March 27, at Now That's Class. Rough artwork and a new track, "Ex Machina," are posted at

VNV Nation's Mark Jackson and Combichrist's Joe Letz will headline the Snowfire 2010 Industrial/Electronic Music Showcase on Sunday, January 17, at Peabody's (2045 E. 21st St.). Regional acts the Bridge Party and DJ Dark Nave from the Chamber will be present, playing and passing out free merch. Doors at 7:30 p.m., tickets $8.

BET's hip-hop talent showcase The Deal and its Rip the Runway model-search show will visit Earth Night Club (1295 Old River Rd.) on Sunday, January 31. Winning musicians qualify for a spot on the The Deal's Spit Ya Game segment. The entry fee is steep: $100 for bands and $75 for models. Request a registration form via [email protected]. Corrupt of Lorain-based rap-rock group Corrupt All Around, who also produces an underground music showcase called Corrupt TV, is shooting the event. Learn more at

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