FRIDAY, JUNE 12
This year, some 50 years since the release of their debut, the Sonics, a proto punk garage/punk band, issued This Is the Sonics, their first proper studio album in decades. Recorded in mono by Jim Diamond (White Stripes), the album still retains that raw power for which the band is known. “[Diamond] seemed to have a good idea of what he wanted,” says Parypa. “Everyone has their own opinion. There are things I would have done differently and maybe they would have been a failure, I don’t know. But in terms of mixing, he was good at capturing the raw sound. We didn’t go in fully rehearsed. We didn’t know what songs we were going to record. Some we decided to do right there and did our version of a cover song. A couple of others we wrote. It was a process. It was real basic and real unprocessed.” Parypa says the band is now in a good place and the acknowledgement from contemporary acts has been flattering. The guys in the Swedish garage rock act the Hives have befriended the band, and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has been a vocal fan.
(Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $25. Beachland Ballroom.
For thirtysomething years now, Soul Asylum, which originally started as a punk band, has delivered rock songs that draw from punk, blues and roots rock. Think of them as the Midwest’s answer to Social Distortion, the SoCal punk band from the same milieu. Soul Asylum initially signed with Twin Tone, the Minneapolis-based label that was also home to the Replacements. And then, the major labels came calling. After two albums, however, the band split with A&M records. Pirner figured it was over. He figured wrong. It was actually just beginning. The band then signed with Columbia for the next album, 1992’s Grave Dancers Union, because, as Pirner puts it, record label head Don Ienner “was different enough from the other record companies in that he seemed crazy in the right way.” That lead to a long, successful streak that stretched into the ‘90s. But after 2006’s Silver Lining, the band took a minute to regroup before returning with 2012’s Delayed Reaction. A new album is also in the works. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $15-$25. Hard Rock Rocksino.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Gritty, soulful vocals and the heavy guitar and drums of garage rock come together in the music of Benjamin Booker. He has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone who named him “an artist you need to know.” His newest single “Violent Shiver” features Booker on guitar with surf-punk riffs and screaming vocals. Sounds of Chuck Berry can be heard in his voice and the way he plays guitar. Last year's self-titled effort was well received and highly rated. He's opened for such acts like Jack White and Courtney Barnett. (Wintucky), 9 p.m., $15. Mahall's 20 Lanes.
Straddling the intersection of soul, R&B and dusty Americana songwriting, Timothy Bloom is quietly gaining some traction for doing things a little bit differently than his contemporaries. While songs like “Wooooooo!!!” would fit in real nicely on most college bars’ playlists, the off-kilter brass section and stutter-step beat are just enough to throw bovine pop listeners for a loop. Still, Bloom’s got a penchant for the catchy, and he should be sought out for such. “A Long Time Ago” (with Dezi Paige) is a throwback to Motown complete with weird production effects. Here’s Herbie Hancock on Bloom’s music: “Timothy is very talented, sincere, and passionate about good, relevant music. His music has all those elements. That's a hard combination to beat.” We agree. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.
Ray Flanagan & the Authorities CD Release
This local band sounds particularly assured on its new album. With its gritty guitars, album opener "Decider" channels ZZ Top while "I'm Just Trying to Live" has a bluesy swagger to it as it builds slow and then escalates into a rigorous anthem that sounds a cross between the Black Crowes and Jeff Buckley. The Foo Fighters-like "Get Off My Back" is a working class anthem that features a stellar vocal performance that finds Flanagan really belting out the song's refrain. "I wrote that in a warehouse. I was mad that day." As its title implies, the album has a bit of a theme to it. " 'A Hard Shell to Break' is about figuring out your own thoughts and ideas," explains Flanagan. "I have a good life. There aren't a lot of bad things that happened but there's frustrations that come from being middle class. Unless you meet somebody else, you don't feel like you have a lot of options. I know that I want to make music but I have friends who have picked a major because of how much money they'll make. It's about following your gut. I like to leave the title vague but it relates to having ideas or confidence in yourself." (Niesel) 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.
Gravelly voiced singer Eddie Money was a bit of a late bloomer. He started performing in the late ’60s but didn’t sign a record deal until 1977. His self-titled debut became a huge hit and yielded singles like “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” Money continued to deliver hits throughout the ’80s until struggles with addiction nearly derailed his career. More than 10 years ago, he joined a 12-step program, embraced sobriety and commenced regularly touring and recording again. In 2012, he released a single, “One More Soldier Coming Home,” that benefited the Fallen Heroes Fund. Expect to hear it alongside hits such as “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Shakin’” at tonight’s show. Money loves Northeast Ohio so expect the guy to give it his all. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $29.50 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
The power dynamics within Phish have always been interesting. For the bulk of their run together, Trey ran the show — which may or may not have played into the band’s impermanent 2004 split. Since then, and amid “Phish 3.0,” the guys have spent a lot of time touring and writing with solo bands and side projects — the Mike Gordon Band being one that’s really come into its own. Here, Mike is the undisputed conductor. Last year’s Overstep teed up a particular psychedelic sound that was heard in more nascent forms on his earlier albums (see the melody in “Andelman’s Yard,” for instance). In tunes like “Ether” and the ubiquitous “Yarmouth Road,” Mike struts his songwriting chops. He’s grown into comfort at the helm of the ship — taking charge in Phish’s jamming style and, here, developing a whole new sound entirely to his and his fans’ liking. (Sandy), 8 p.m., $27.50 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.