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Just after graduating from their Tempe, Arizona high school five years ago, the five members of the Maine began filtering a potent blend of '90s rock influences through contemporary pop-punk sensibilities. Within a year, they released three EPs as well as their full-length debut, Can't Stop Won't Stop; toured with Good Charlotte; and landed a spot on the Warped Tour, which they've since returned to a couple times. They've also published two books — This Is Real Life and The Black & White Keepsake Book, tour diaries that document their road adventures through extensive journal entries and photographs — and were honored for best live band, best album (Black & White), and best song (that album's "Inside of You") in Alternative Press' 2010 readers' poll. The Maine's third album, last year's Pioneer, is a simpler and more direct record, filled with buzzsaw guitars and heart-on-sleeve hooks. They play the Grog Shop this week. — Brian Baker
With Lydia and the Arkells. 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. Grog Shop. Tickets: $18; call 216-321-5588 or go to grogshop.gs.
We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Scottish quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks, in addition to having one of the best names in the business, seem to have a lock on Glasgow's entry in the faceless-indie-rock-band-that-definitely-rocks-when-called-into-action sweepstakes. There's a whole history of music that goes all the way back to indie's formative era of the early '80s, when guitar band after guitar band sprouted up all over the world, determined to conquer the planet with post-punk riffing and softened stadium-ready sounds. There's way too much of that happening on the left side of the dial these days — from Surfer Blood to Hospitality to even Arctic Monkeys at this point — to make much of an impression. At least We Were Promised Jetpacks have that accent thing going for them. And some of the songs on their second album, last year's In the Pit of the Stomach, build in a way that hint they at least know where their strengths lie. By the time the guitars skyrocket and the whole thing explodes in the atmosphere with enough indie-rock spit and muscle to keep it under control, it doesn't really matter where they wanted to lead you and where they end up. You'll just be glad you were along for the ride. — Michael Gallucci
With Breton and Fort Lean. 8 p.m. Monday, April 30. Musica in Akron. Tickets: $12; call 330-374-1114 or go to ticketweb.com.
Under the Radar
Back when Cleveland bands were actually getting some national airplay (thanks, MSB and Breathless!), Love Affair almost sneaked through with the regional hit "Mama Sez," a guitar-and-drums sing-along designed for maximum fist pumping. After that 1980 high mark, the group kicked around for a few more years before calling it quits in 1984. The original quintet reunites this Saturday for a show at the Tangier in Akron.
At 532 West Market St. in Akron, 330-376-7171, thetangier.com.
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