Your Complete Guide to Cleveland Concerts (March 13 - 19) 

THURS 03/13

Bad Boys Jam: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Margaret Brouwer's Blue Streak Ensemble: The oldest roller coaster at Cedar Point inspired the name of the contemporary classical group Blue Streak Ensemble. Founded by composer Margaret Brouwer to perform along the Lake Erie coast, this group of Cleveland Institute of Music alumni brings an exciting program of new music to Nighttown tonight. The work "Shattered Glass" from Brouwer's upcoming CD Shattered, is a roller coaster of music in its own regard. It opens with some nervously fleeting gestures, rolling through a soft punchy atmosphere that builds up to aggressive cacophony. Other works on tonight's program include arrangements of J. S. Bach's "Two Part Inventions," Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune," Paul Desmond's "Take Five" and a premiere of Brouwer's latest creation, "Inner Voices." 8 p.m., $15. Nighttown. (Eric Gonzalez)

The Burning River Ramblers/Chris Milam/C-Level: Crossing over years and the north-south freeways of this fair state, a group of young musicians managed to find one another among the bricks and burnt-umber fall leaves of Athens. As an homage to Northeast Ohio's infamous Cuyahoga, they called themselves the Burning River Ramblers. They began gigging at places like the Union and Jackie O's, mainstays of the music scene at Ohio University. A self-titled debut further established the Ramblers as a band fully capable of bringing listeners on a wonderful journey. Cheekily dubbed "your friendly neighborhood alt/rock/funk/reggae/folk band," the band carved out a welcoming niche in Athens and soon brought the music north. Last year, the band released its sophomore outing, To Color a Fool, an album that emphasized the collaborative nature of its songwriting. Often enough, songs start out as seedlings brought in by one member. With the ethos of an improv-friendly jam band, the Ramblers riff on the ideas coming and going throughout rehearsal. The band has always emphasized a devotion to roots rock and the spirit of Americana music. That much is still very evident on the new album, though there's an openness to everything. Rather than, say, gathering 'round a fire amid Midwest shadows, the band's sound now calls to mind hanging out on the rooftop of some major American city — Cleveland, perhaps? — and casting eager eyes toward outstretched land and memories. 8 p.m., $7. Mahall's 20 Lanes. (Eric Sandy)

The Grouch & Eligh / The TORTOISE & The Crow Tour w/ Madchild/Pigeon John / The Locals / DJ Fresh: With a preference for leaning on relaxed beats with crisp and clean production, the Grouch and Eligh bring their West Coast rap style to the Grog tonight. They've managed to really hit a certain demographic with their music. It flows so cleanly and without much abrasion that it's not immediately discernable as rap. It's not "kid-friendly" per se, but they do rhyme "Maui" with "wowie." So... there's that. Their latest record, The Tortoise and the Crow, is a triple-header with both members having a solo record on top of one collaborative. Guest artists like Blu and Kreayshawn make appearances on the record. Though given their normal backing tracks, they sound completely different from their usual selves. The track "Ashes to Ashes" explores the use of storytelling to convey morals and messages. Ethereal synthesizers and strings back the slowly clunking drums adorned by rap sirens. The album verges on the territory of rap-rock but, apart from the neck tattoos, doesn't commit to it too strongly. 9 p.m., $14. Grog Shop. (Patrick Stoops)

Chris Hatton (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

HIM: At one point, this Finnish band had broken big in the States. Its 2005 album Dark Light went gold and debuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard charts. At that time, the band came through town and played to a capacity crowd at the Agora. But those days are over. As the Goth metal scene declined, so did HIM's popularity, and it toured the U.S. less frequently. The band hasn't been inactive, however, and last year released Tears on Tape, an album of dark synth rock that commences with the moody instrumental "Unleash the Red" before veering into more aggressive territory. And yet, songs such as "All Lips Go Blue" have accessible pop harmonies at their core, suggesting the group has more in common with Depeche Mode than, say, Marilyn Manson. The band's on tour to support the digital reissue of its back catalog. 8 p.m., $29.50 ADV, $32 DOS. House of Blues. (Jeff Niesel)

The Human Experience/The Cat's Pajamas/Mister BradleyP: 9 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

New Soft Shoe: 8 p.m., free. Happy Dog.

Northeast Ohio Drum and Music Jam: 9 p.m., free. Beachland Ballroom.

Jim Schafer & Friends/Gene's Hot Jazz/D.K. & the Joy Machine: 6:30 p.m., Barking Spider Tavern.

Augustines / My Goodness / The Bellflowers: Tapped into the blue-collar nerve of middle-class America, Augustines reveal a powerful yearning for creative expression. The band's sophomore album, an incredible collection of larger-than-life tunes, expands on the uplifting redemption of their initial output. The colossal "Cruel City," for instance, just begs for a room full of people singing along with its righteous lyrics. Prep your pipes for as much at the Grog Shop tonight. Musically, the band's stuff is terrifically exciting. Multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson holds down the low end on the band's self-titled album with dextrous enthusiasm. He backs up singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy's alternating growls and croons, along with drummer Rob Allen's seemingly eight-armed percussion work. At times, the band almost seems to reach too high with its melodic and lyrical peaks, but the pros outweigh the cons tenfold here. 9 p.m., $13. Grog Shop. (Sandy)

Caliber Band/Teresa Rose Riley: 9 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.

Cellar Door 2nd Annual Rendezvous Day 1 with The Lighthouse & The Whaler/Captain Kidd/The Commonwealth/Tom Evanchuck/Likenesses/Midnight Passenger/Ottawa/Rob Duskey/James Douglas: 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom. Anne E. DeChant/Roundtooits/George Foley & Friends: 5:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Ki Allen: 8:30 p.m., $10. Nighttown.

Kiss Me Deadly w/We the People & Ray Flanagan and the Authorities: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Lydia/HRVRD/Golden Sun: 8 p.m., $12. Musica.

Mike Hard Band/Mayday!/Smooth Brain: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Spazmatics: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

XeLa/Charlie Mosbrook: 9 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

SAT 03/15

Bellamy Brothers: 9:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 DOS. Thirsty Cowboy.

The Boys from the County Hell: When the Boys from the County Hell first got together some 15 years ago as a Pogues cover band, it was supposed to be just a one-night stand. But after selling out their first show at the Euclid Tavern, the group's popularity escalated. As you can imagine, the band is pretty busy by the time St. Patty's Day rolls around so this show serves as a warm-up of sorts. The band's been working on blending some horns into the mix so expect to hear a bit of R&B as it plays a selection of Pogues tunes befitting the St. Patty's Day holiday. 9 p.m., $10. Happy Dog. (Niesel)

Cellar Door 2nd Annual Rendezvous Day 2 with Seafair/Ohio Sky/Thaddeus Anna Greene/The Suede Brothers/So Long, Albatross/These Knees/NOMADS/Morgan Mecaskey/Extra Medium Pony: 9 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom.

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute: 8 p.m., $25-$45. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Rob Falgiano/Sweet N Blu: Barking Spider Tavern.

Benny Golson Quartet: Benny Golson, who's contributed several tunes to the standard repertoire of jazz music, has been playing sax and writing music for more than 55 years, refining his style and evolving with the genre. The cool laid-back sound he's known for has that head-bobbing, finger-snapping feel that makes you want to lean back and relax. The standard "I Remember Clifford" is a blue elegy that holds a bittersweet mystery. Another classic Golson hit, "Stablemates," opens with a jerky drum solo that drops into a sparse, quirky melody. At 80 years old, Golson has definitely aged well, so get to Nighttown tonight to hear a masterful performance by him and his quartet. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $20-$30. Nighttown. (Gonzalez)

Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band / Wanyama / Ras Gato's Gullah Gumbo: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.

Sleazy McQueen (Whiskey Disco): 10 p.m., $5. B-Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade.

Our Name is Jonas: Weezer Tribute/Don't Speak: No Doubt Tribute: 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues.

Pink Martini/The Von Trapps: 8:30 p.m., $39-$70. Cleveland Museum of Art.

Sunday Best/Mark Leach/Chad Baker: 9 p.m., $10. Musica.

Velvet Shakedown: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

SUN 03/16

Arcade Fire/Dan Deacon/Kid Koala: Remember when Arcade Fire charmed everyone with Funeral back in '05 and we all fell in love? And there are those two Grammys they've won, too. Unlike a lot of bands that make it into the mainstream, they've kept true to their style and haven't lost touch with what makes their music so great. They released Reflektor at the end of October last year, and they're playing at Quicken Loans Arena tonight. Songs like "Afterlife" and "Awful Sound" feature their trademark instrumental buildup as Win Butler's vocals take you through a musical journey that reaches a euphoric wave dotted by percussion and underlined by lovely violin. (Check out the music video for "Afterlife" — it functions as a movie short.) On the other hand, "You Already Know" and "We Exist" both take on a more soulful approach with dance-y bass lines and repetitive, back and forth vocals. Be sure to arrive early to catch Dan Deacon and Kid Koala open the show. 7:30 p.m., $30.50-$60.50. Quicken Loans Arena. (Liz Trenholme)

Jesse Dee: On My Mind / In My Heart is a tidy little collection of tunes custom-crafted for a night of dancing with your favorite person. Jesse Dee's latest album dropped to widespread acclaim — and rightfully so. The Boston-based soul singer strings together a series of love letters against a backdrop of funky melodies and upbeat rhythms that'll have your toes tappin' all the way to the Beachland Ballroom. Tunes like "No Matter Where I Am" are so incredibly infectious, it's hard to believe Dee's not a time traveler, sent to bestow the most genuine sounds from Motown's heyday upon our otherwise weary souls. Dripping with that legacy, he filters the best of the best stylings into the present moment. Jesse Dee's is a fresh, fresh sound. Apart from live shows, like the one you'll be attending tonight, this music is also ideal for weekends spent hanging around the house. 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern. (Sandy)

Hot Jazz Seven: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Hybrid Shakedown: 7 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

In Cold Blood/Haymaker/Noisem/Futile Justice/Youth Forgotten/Party Plates: 9 p.m., $12. Now That's Class.

LA Project: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

The Oh! Sullivans with Buddy Sulllivan: 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band / Dom Flemons / Dex Romweber Duo: 8:30 p.m., $16. Grog Shop.

MON 03/17

House of Blues 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration: 8 a.m., free. House of Blues.

Hunted Down/Hysteria/Cruelster: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Ray McNiece & Tongue & Groove/Michael McDonald & Friends: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

St. Patrick's Day with the New Barleycorn: 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $22. Nighttown.

Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

TUES 03/18

G-Eazy These Things Happen Tour: 8:30 p.m., $16 ADV, $20 DOS. House of Blues.

Brian Henke/Revelry/The Sea The Sea: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

JD Eicher and the Goodnights/Zach: 8 p.m., $7. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Lyrical Rhythms: Poetry & Soul Open Mic: 9 p.m., free. Grog Shop.

Two Set Tuesday (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

WED 03/19

10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Boy = Girl/Rebecca Jean: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson: 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown.

Gym Shorts/Vulture Shit/Swirly in the Fryer/Kill All the Hippies: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Mariachi El Bronx: The Bronx is a punk band, but they moonlight as a mariachi band too. Last year's release, The Bronx features songs like "Torches" and "Under the Rabbit" with high energy guitar and drums with Matt Caughthran's scratchy vocals singing catchy refrains. Meanwhile, pretty much all of their mariachi stuff is done in a way that acknowledges their second-generation California roots, yet shows they take their Mexican roots seriously. Listed as their altar ego name on House of Blues' website, will they be playing punk or mariachi? Either way, the music will get you moving. 8 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. House of Blues. (Trenholme)

Gary Numan/Big Black Delta/Roman Remains: Electronic/industrial pioneer Gary Numan got his start in the late '70s with his punk-influenced band Tubeway Army. He had an out-of-the-blue hit in 1979 when the dark, Joy Division-like "Cars" somehow became a hit. The hits quickly dried up but Numan has soldiered on thanks to the fact that contemporary acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Battles have cited him as an influence. He's kept active too. Released last year, his new studio album Splinter is a real tour de force that commences with the noisy, NIN-meets-Peter Gabriel tune "I Am Dust" and doesn't let up. The last time we can recall Numan playing Cleveland was a 2001 show at the now shuttered Odeon, so this show has an extra amount of anticipation attached to it. 8 p.m., $27.50 ADV, $30 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel)

Vaadat Charigim/ITEM/The Village Bicycle: Israeli shoegaze. It's not a corner of the music world that gets much attention here in the U.S., but there seem to be some really spacey influences among the distortion-drenched scene out there. Enter Vaadat Charigim. Helmed by Juval Haring, the band's debut album narrates an inevitable nuclear apocalypse. The World is Well Lost is a strong dose of melancholy, strained through gentle-slash-heavy guitars reminiscent of 1990s shoegaze titans (like Swervedriver and Drop Nineteens at various points) and the thickness of Haring's native Hebrew. But even with the album frantically signaling end times, Haring and Co. suggest relentless partying. The music can be dour, sure: It's a shoegaze band. The whole of the law remains the same: Have fun. Go wild. Our world as we know it is about to implode, so why not toss on some Vaadat Charigim and rock out? Better yet, catch 'em tonight in less-than-apocalyptic Lakewood, Ohio. 8:30 p.m., $8. Mahall's 20 Lanes. (Sandy)


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