4 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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The Appleseed Cast

Blending some of the finer elements of the emo and post-rock sets, the Appleseed Cast has staked a very consistent claim to both camps since first blossoming in Lawrence, Kansas, around the turn of the millennium. The band’s most recent album, Illumination Ritual, captures its career’s essence really, really well. Album opener "Adriatic to Black Sea" encapsulates the slow-build mentality espoused by the cream of the post-rock crop. The band sets the stage for the vast landscapes to come, shining an introductory light onto listeners just as the curtain begins to rise. Several tracks later, the ricocheting melodies within instrumental "Simple Forms" highlight both the time signature-bending elements of the band and the talents of the musicians at the helm (notably drummer Nathan Wilder; wow!). (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Grog Shop.


When singer John McCrea, who formed the band way back in 1991, talks about his band’s “sonic DNA,” he explains that the band was conceived as a “a hostile reactionary gesture against the music of the early and mid-’90s, which for us was just big dumb white guy rock.” Regardless of how out of sync the band’s rinky dink music sounded at the time, the group quickly found a following and was signed to Capricorn Records following the release of its debut album, Motorcade of Generosity. The group’s second album would yield, “The Distance,” a terrifically quirky song that featured McCrea’s sarcastic, spoken word vocals and the band’s signature trumpet sound. The band's popularity soared. The band’s cover of the disco tune “I Will Survive” got radio airplay and became a hit. The group hasn't put out a studio album in about four years but tonight's show should still be a blast. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $37.50 ADV, $45 DOS. Jacobs Pavilion.


Formed in 1995 in a small suburb of Chicago, Chevelle has been putting out records ever since. Their alternative metal music has given them one platinum record (Wonder What’s Next) and one gold album (This Type of Thinking). Lead vocalist Pete Loeffler screams out vocals and plays heavy guitar on all albums; he really gives the band its sound. Their most recent album. last year's La Gárgola, continues with their guitar heavy, traditional metal sound. (Hannah Wintucky), 8 p.m., $29.50 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.


Motion Device

A hard rock band from Toronto, Motion Device has yet to play a show south of the Canadian border. Until now. Tonight's show at Brothers Lounge will be its U.S. debut. Thirteen-year old Sara Menoudakis leads the young group that also includes Sara's 18-year-old sister Andrea on 6-string bass and keys and her 16-year-old brother David on drums. The band also includes guitarists Josh Marrocco and Alex DeFrancesco, both of whom are 21. The group formed back in 2008 and then christened itself Motion Device in 2010. It's built a fanbase on a grassroots level and its Youtube channel has over 7.3 million views and 39,000 subscribers. Earlier this year, they ran a 45-day crowdfunding campaign to finance the recording of their new album Eternalize, a collection of hard rock tunes that shows the influence of prog rock acts such as Rush and Dream Theater. According to a press release announcing the gig here, the band has two hours worth of material including covers, originals and acoustic songs that it'll present at Brothers Lounge. The up-and-coming act counts Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Evanescence's Amy Lee, Zakk Wylde, Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider as fans. (Niesel), 6:30 p.m., $20. Brothers Lounge.