Concert Calendar

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Adema have been kicking around for more than a decade now. But things haven't been easy for the Korn-y California rockers. Their self-titled debut album was a minor hit back in 2001, spawning a pair of rock-radio favorites in "Giving In" and "The Way You Like It." But by 2004, singer Mark Chavez and guitarist Mike Ransom had left the band over the usual artistic differences. The rest of Adema soldiered on, releasing two albums — 2005's Planets and 2007's Kill the Headlights — with replacement members. In 2009, most of the original lineup (including Chavez) reunited and started working on a new album. They played their first show together in five years in early 2010. They were all ready to kick off a new tour a few weeks ago when Chavez left the band again, blaming "band politics that can't be solved" on his blog. But that little bump hasn't stopped Adema. They're continuing their 2011 tour with guitarist Tim Fluckey taking over vocals. — Chrissy Niehaus

8 p.m. Wednesday, February 2. Peabody's. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance; call 216-776-9999 or go to

Shelby Lynne

There was a time about a decade or so ago when Shelby Lynne — already 11 years into a country-music career that wasn't going anywhere — looked ready for mega-stardom. Her 1999 album, I Am Shelby Lynne, was universally praised, and Lynne snagged a Grammy for Best New Artist (apparently voters forgot about the five albums she released since 1989). The album was a torch-song masterpiece, a smoky update of Dusty Springfield's classic Dusty in Memphis, swathed in horns and lush arrangements. She's since released five more albums (including a straight-up Springfield tribute, 2008's Just a Little Lovin') before settling into semi-obscurity again. The title of her forgettable 2003 album, Identity Crisis, says it all. But over the past few years, Lynne has been staging a quiet creative comeback — first with the Springfield covers record and then on last year's Tears, Lies, and Alibis, a collection of adult pop songs. Michael Gallucci

With Charlie Mars. 8 p.m. Thursday, February 3. Beachland Ballroom. Tickets: $28, $26 in advance; call 216-383-1124 or go to

Twin Tigers

Shoegaze may have peaked in the early '90s, but its influence is stronger than ever. My Bloody Valentine and other bands from the era still inspire shaggy-haired twentysomethings to stomp on as many effects pedals as their feet will allow. Athens, Georgia's Twin Tigers formed in 2007 by singer-guitarist Matthew Rain and bassist Aimee Morris, and their debt to buzzing, droning guitars is all over their debut album, Grey Waves. (For an even more primal take on indie rock, go back to the band's 2008 EP, Curious Faces Violet Future, where heaps of distortion and DIY attitude rule songs like "Red Fox Run.") Twin Tigers' ear-bleeding aesthetic is all over their music. They've opened for artists as diverse as Deerhunter, Dungen, and Jay Reatard over the past couple of years. Now they're making their way across the country as headliners, with a stop at the Beachland this week. — Bill Delaney

With Sex Tapes and Nights. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 3. Beachland Tavern. Tickets: $8; call 216-383-1124 or go to Townes Earle/

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Like father, like son ... singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle had to cancel some tour dates late last year after a drunken scuffle landed him in jail and then rehab. The 29-year-old son of legendary rabble-rouser Steve (himself no stranger to addiction, jail, and rehab) apparently has his shit together and is back on the road supporting last year's Harlem River Blues. Like his dad, Justin's got a knack for telling stories about people who end up on the losing side of things way too often. Also like Dad, he's a powerful tunesmith with a croaky twang that suits the songs and characters. Even better is 2009's Midnight at the Movies, a reflective piece about growing out of his father's shadow and into his own man. He's getting there. Get to the show early for opener Jessica Lea Mayfield, whose new album, Tell Me, comes out next week. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced and played on the record, adding dark atmosphere to the 21-year-old Kent singer's moody songs. Gallucci

8 p.m. Tuesday, February 8. Kent Stage. Tickets: $25; call 330-677-5005 or go to

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

It's been a pretty stellar year for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. The retro-soul group's fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, reached the Top 15 when it was released last spring. Not bad for a band that barely dented the Top 200 with its previous record, 2007's excellent 100 Days, 100 Nights. Then again, people got used to hearing about them over the past three years. First, there was the Dap-Kings' appearance as Amy Winehouse's backing band on Back to Black. Then there were cameos, TV performances, tons of commercials, and songs on movie soundtracks. If you care at all about R&B music, then you know about Jones and her group. And while the songs don't flow as effortlessly on I Learned the Hard Way as they did on 100 Days, 100 Nights, the Dap-Kings are still one of the tightest combos making music these days. They especially come alive onstage, where the nine-member group transforms into a funky soul machine. Don't miss them. Gallucci

With Charles Bradley. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5. Beachland Ballroom. The show is sold out; call 216-383-1124 or go to