8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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When Baroness singer John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams sat down to the write the songs for last year’s Purple, they took a different approach. The two hadn’t written together but Baizley has plenty of “stage time” with Adams, who joined the band back in 2008. The demos became “hugely orchestrated things” that showcased every idea the band had for every song. On the resulting album, the band delivers more of the “glorious riffs” for which it’s known. The title also reflects “a dark moment” and references that aforementioned bus crash. Produced by Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney), the album starts with the noisy “Morningstar” and doesn’t let up until the mid-song breather, “Fugue,” an instrumental featuring an undulating guitar riff that makes the tune sound like a '60s lounge song.  Good stuff. (Jeff Niesel) 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues.

DEVOtional 2016 with Fantastic Plastics/DEVOmatix/Eric Nassau/Lieutenant Dance/We Are Not Men

DEVO fans have delighted in a “summer of Mark Mothersbaugh” thanks to Myopia, a tribute to the singer’s extensive visual art catalog at MOCA Cleveland and the Akron Art Museum (continues through Aug. 28.) Now, DEVO worshippers from across the country and abroad will descend on Cleveland once again for the 16th DEVOtional weekend at the Beachland Ballroom. The annual cultic meeting is two days of fan communion: cover bands evoke the spirit of the iconic Akron band in many forms, while DEVO members and affiliates make appearances in the flesh. We Are Not Men, the aptly-named female DEVO cover band from Austin, Texas, will perform on the opening evening. Lieutenant Dance revs the motor with its own breed of noise rock flecked with funk and polka while the Fantastic Plastics offers new wave-riding electronica. Folk singer-songwriter Eric Nassau brings the gang back down to earth with rootsy DEVO covers, and Atlanta’s DEVOmatix will induce a “deep sleep” to close out night one. (Bethany Kaufman), 7 p.m. Beachland Ballroom.

Guitar Legend: Dick Dale

From rock, to punk rock, to heavy metal, all roads lead back to Dick Dale. Known for his lightning-quick picking, the undisputed “King of the Surf Guitar” has remained an active musician, touring and recording since Eisenhower was president. Dale is a living legend for more than his genre pioneering music. He has maintained a grueling non-stop touring schedule; Cleveland is a frequent destination. For Dale, touring is a necessity—the costs of a series of medical issues from diabetes to cancer have forced the living legend to continue working long after others pass the torch and hang up their robes. Not many, musician or not, could do the same, let alone take to the road to perform nightly. (Tucker Kelly), 8:30 p.m., $30. Grog Shop.



“Man, oh man!” Those words, spoken at the end of the night by Chicago trombone player James Pankow, a founding member of the group, provided a succinct and accurate description of the blistering set that the band laid out at Hard Rock Live two years ago. Chicago’s concert was a jaw-dropping experience on a number of levels. First, the horn section — a powerful trio providing a swirling storm of constant activity with Pankow on the trombone, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and Ray Herrmann on woodwinds (a temporary sub for original member Walt Parazaider, who was absent) as always, was quite a sight to see. They’ve earned their legendary reputation for a reason — one could watch the conversations between these guys, musical and otherwise, all night long — and certainly, some folks did. Expect a similar performance at tonight's show. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m., $67.50-$125. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

The CrossRhodes - Raheem Devaughn & Wes Felton featuring Sa Roc

The Keepers of the Art Music Showcase Concert Series, an “inspirational and thought-provoking meeting of progressive minds designed to provide heightened stimulation through underexposed artists and their music,” regularly brings national acts to town. The group’s mission: “to socialize and entertain the masses through soulful meetings that showcase soul music and next level hip-hop music.” The organization has just announced its latest concert. The socio-political super group the CrossRhodes, a group that consists of international recording artist Raheem DeVaughn and singer, songwritier and emcee Wes Felton, will play their new album Footprints on the Moon at tonight's show. Critics consider their 2004 debut, The Invitation, to be one of the most influential records in underground hip-hop and R&B; it features "vivid storytelling and intrinsically soulful vocals about socio-political issues while praising the gospel of love absent self-pity." (Niesel), 10 p.m., $15. Musica.

DEVOtional 2016 with Ultrabunny/DEVOmatix/Spudboys/Xposed 4Heads/Ken the Magic Corner God/Hep Z

Day two of DEVOtional weekend brings visits from original DEVO member Jerry Casale and Delaney Jae of FUTURISMO Inc., the label responsible for releasing DEVO rarities through the vinyl medium. Bandmate Mark Mothersbaugh will join Casale to unveil DEVO-inspired guitars by Eastwood. Connecticut’s Ultrabunny will manufacture noise rock on the spot with buzzsaw guitars and searing synths, followed by a performance by Ken the Magic Corner God. Mark’s brother Al Mothersbaugh slides the trombone for Massive Hotdog Recall, the self-proclaimed “nu wave marching band boogie rock” group from Kent. DEVOtional’s long-reigning house band Spudboys are back after a five-year hiatus. Xposed 4Heads bring their social sarcasm to the table before DEVOmatix brings it home. (Kaufman), 3 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom.



We didn’t hear much from Chapel Hill-based, synth-punk band Milemarker for a good ten years between 2005 and 2015, but they came back from a long hiatus with a new, different record, Love Conditional. They’re carrying their momentum into 2016 with a new record, Overseas, and a worldwide tour. Their last release, Love Conditional, is a departure from the darker material they released before the hiatus and a serious departure from the experimental sound they embraced when they were just getting started. The title song from the album sounds like a melody hummed by a robot on a factory assembly line—highly modified vocals, a catchy refrain and their signature synth layering. Their new album promises to be a return to their sounds forged in the early 2000s for the Frigid Forms Sell and Anaesthetic albums. (Kelly), 8 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Now That's Class.

Tommy Womack

Like all the albums in singer-songwriter Tommy Womack’s catalog, Namaste features a bit of everything. The album opens with tender, twangy ballad “Angel,” a song that finds Womack singing in an upper-register as he croons “angel, you got me on my knees/I got problems.” Womack even adopts a Tom Petty-like sneer for the mid-tempo “The End of the Line.” Inspired by a near-death experience, the album finds Womack at the top of his game. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern.