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Your Complete Guide to Cleveland Concerts (March 27 - April 2) 

thu 03/27

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

The Brothers Kaschak/Seasons/Tom Evanchuck: 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

Vicki Chew/John McGrail: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

The Dope Show featuring Ski Mask Malley/Doxxbaby/Astronut K.I.: 8:30 p.m., $10. Grog Shop.

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

Demi Lovato/Cher Lloyd/Fifth Harmony: Twenty-one-year-old singer Demi Lovato has successfully made the transition from child actor to pop superstar. Her third album, 2011's Unbroken, delivered the smash hit "Skyscraper," a breathy piano ballad about how she feels like she's made of glass. It's a heavy-handed metaphor but it really connected with listeners. Simply entitled Demi, her latest album features the usual quotient of overproduced pop tunes ("Heart Attack") and pretty ballads ("Neon Lights") designed to ensure she keeps up with like-minded acts like Katy Perry and Christina Perri. 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$59.50. Quicken Loans Arena. (Jeff Niesel)

John McCutcheon: 8 p.m., $25. Nighttown.

Jeremy Porter & the Tucos/The Drexels/Dutch Babies: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Rehab/Angels Cut/Insane E/Breezeway/Wizzle: 6:30 p.m., $14 ADV, $17 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Running Dog Labor Exchange: 9 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

fri 03/28

All Dinosaurs/Shit-box Jimmy/Two Hand Fools: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

The Wally Bryson Group: 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester.

JP & the Chatfield Boys/Run Boy Run/The Luckey Ones: Rooted in one of the most traditional genres of American music, Run Boy Run, who share tonight's bill with JP & the Chatfield Boys and the Luckey Ones, manages to bring a fresh flavor to good ol' bluegrass music. Female vocals coupled with violin and mandolin combine to create an almost trancelike atmosphere of nostalgia that's both beautiful and made of pure Americana. The group of five formed in 2009 and last year's So Sang the Whippoorwill garnered national acclaim, even catching the ear of Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. Gems such as "So Sang the Whippoorwill" (same title as their album) and "Little Girl" suggest the band's interest in music from another time. The singing is very understated and doesn't take the spotlight off the lovely music. 9 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern. (Liz Trenholme)

Crown Larks/Ma Halos/Banging Fragiles: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Sextet: 8:30 p.m., $10. Nighttown.

Demo Down Battle of the Bands: 7 p.m., $8. The Foundry.

Disco Inferno: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Hanzel und Gretyl: 7 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

John Hardy Band: 9 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.

Into the Blue: Grateful Dead Revival Night: Regardless of your take on the Dead, the band maintains a damn important stature in the rock 'n' roll canon. Into the Blue revives that spirit and lends it the respect Jerry and Co. rightfully deserve. Anyone interesting in hearing — and seeing — great music flow from the stage should check out what these guys are doing. Fellow musicians and artists, in particular, will glean plenty of inspiration from the shows. "There's a structure to everything that's going on, and then there's that intense improvisation inside that structure," guitarist and singer Dan Shramo says. Every time Into the Blue performs, they're trying to do things a little bit differently and add at least a handful of new tunes to the catalog. "There's a certain energy that takes over... You kinda get sucked into a different place. We do our best to really bring that out," he says. 9 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom. (Eric Sandy)

Eddie Money: 8:30 p.m., $27 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.

Anna Nalick/The Strange Familiar: 8 p.m., $20-$50. Musica.

John Perry (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Red Sun Rising/The Acid Cats/The Brothers Band: 8 p.m., $15. Tangier Cabaret.

Tease Box/The Village Bicycle/These Violent Young Lovers: 9 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Vertical Scratchers/Boogarins/Nowhere/Jivviden: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop.

Jim Volk/Dan Bankhurst/George Foley & Friends: 5:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

JT Woodruff (in the Locker Room): 6:45 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

sat 03/29

Mike "Mad Dog" Adams featuring the Flyin' Jays and the Reese Dailey Band: 1:30 p.m., $35. Tangier Cabaret.

Adams Ale/Gypseydaze: 9 p.m. Beachland Tavern.

The Baker's Basement/Johnny Habu and the Rebel Salmon: 9 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Moises Borges/Kevin Smith: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Matt Hectorne & the Family Tree/Sonny Brae/Kenneth W. Smith Jr.: 8 p.m., $8. Musica.

Improv Jazzy Noise Show with Comfort Food/Fish Thighs/Lull Novak Orange/J Guy (in Club Atlantis): 10 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.

Mark Leach: 9 p.m., $5. Thirsty Cowboy.

Jimmy McGuire (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Newshoes, Midnight Passenger, Erienauts, Yosemight, Essential Groove, Bullet Party, Scott Larson Band: 6:30 p.m., $5. The Foundry.

Nightmares on Wax (DJ set): 10:30 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

Peach Kelli Pop/Nights/Heavy Sweater: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Porno Mags/The Public/Let Em Run/My Pet Monster: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Todd Rundgren: Classic rocker Todd Rundgren has been popular in these parts throughout his entire career. Even when the singer-guitarist released weirdly conceptual albums such as 1973's A Wizard/A True Star, he could still count on Cleveland fans to care. Rundgren, who just played in town at the end of the last year when he held down a two-night stand at the Agora, has a reputation as a consummate producer (he's the guy turning knobs on albums such as Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell and XTC's Skylarking) and has enough hits in his own catalog (recognizable tunes include the poppy "Hello It's Me" and the sporting event anthem "Bang the Drum All Day") to keep more conservative classic rock fans happy. 8 p.m., $27.50-$59.50. Hard Rock Rocksino. (Niesel)

Stick to Your Guns/Terror/Hundreth/Counterparts/Expire: 6 p.m., $14 ADV, $16 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Sugar Magnolia: The perennial Pink Floyd tribute band, Wish You Were Here, shares a few members with this longtime Grateful Dead cover band. Sugar Magnolia brings the full Jerry Garcia-led effect to Northeast Ohio and beyond several times each year, giving fans intimate and rare engagements since forming in 1995. "We're doing it because we love playing the music and sharing it with the fans," says singer-bassist Eroc Sosinski. "The guys in the bands are fans themselves, so it was a natural outlet following Garcia's death. For the band — and many others on tour these days — maintaining the Dead's grassroots spirit and dazzling musicianship is an inspirational core." A hallmark of the Grateful Dead was the band's ability to cultivate a tight-knit symbiosis with fans and shine a light on the idea of the live performance as a source of energy. Sugar Magnolia makes sure that people remember those fundamentals and have a good time gettin' down while doing so. Tonight's show will no doubt accomplish all of the above. 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge. (Sandy)

To Kill a King/Oldboy/Moon Rocks: 7 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Grog Shop.

Typhoon/Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: Someone is actually "playing" a crumpled plastic bag "for texture" on one of Typhoon's recent tunes (the jaunty "Hunger and Thirst," whose brass excursions more than make up for the weird bag thing). So there's that. But Typhoon's White Lighter (2013) exhibits plenty of inviting weirdness throughout the album. The Portland, Ore., band is young and ambitious. The sheer variety of sounds and layering techniques offers enough of a reason to sink one's teeth into the music here. Album opener "Artificial Light," which bleeds in from a brief prelude, takes a little while to hit its stride and maybe tries to accomplish too much in one song, but it's a stirring indication of where the band is headed on their sophomore outing. Less a party and more a congregation of like-minded seekers, Typhoon exhibits a wellspring of ideas. 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy)

sun 03/30

Blizzard Babies/The Village Bicycle/Nope: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

The Cleveland Battle of the Bands: 4 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Kerry Kean Trio: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Robert Lockwood Jr. 99th Birthday Celebration: Legendary Delta blues guitarist Robert Lockwood Jr. was a Cleveland institution. As such, he served as the great nucleus around which our region's blues scene developed for many years. His ties to the granddaddy of the Delta himself, Robert Johnson, only polished the mythos already cemented by his other-worldly playing. Tonight, we meet once again to celebrate his life and legacy — and to vault the blues to its prominent place in Cleveland history. Artists on the bill include the Schwartz Brothers, Travis "Moonchild" Haddix, Wallace Coleman, Crazy Marvin Braxton, Vernon Jones, Pete Cavano, Robert Kidney, Bob Frank, Mike Balas and, as the evening's house band, the Robert Lockwood Jr. All-Stars (Robert "Red Top" Young, D.C. Carnes, Richard Smith, Jimmy "Gator" Hoare, Gus Hawkins, Benny Mostella and Rob Williams). 8 p.m. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy)

Frank Marzano: 3:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Mindless Self-Indulgence: Jimmy Urine and the gang are back. Mindless Self Indulgence brings their coked up brand of electro-punk/industrial breakcore to Cleveland tonight in support of the latest album How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love Mindless Self Indulgence. With Urine, you can expect a certain amount of obnoxious potty humor, and MSI's devoted fans expect no less. The video for the single "Fuck Machine" gives MSI the full anime superhero treatment and has them battle a giant pink squid to the hyperactive sugar-rush inducing song. This show will be unique as the band has one of its members shout out song titles from their huge repertoire at random. Then the band members have to play it even if they don't want to/don't remember how. 8 p.m., $23 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues. (Eric Gonzalez)

PigPen Theatre Co./The Spring Standards/Lowly the Tree Ghost: Part folk band, part theater troupe, Pigpen Theatre Co. writes narrative-driven songs and stories about crows, graveyards and the moon. They play whimsical Americana tunes rife with banjo, fiddle, accordion and all the usual old-timey goodness that comes with it. The titular track on the band's first studio release, Bremen, tells the story of a dog and hen trying to convince people that they are kind. "The Dress Song" is just that, a song about a dress sung to a jaunty waltz with vocals that are dusty and velvety. Pigpen's songs are like little American fables in that they combine dialogue and visuals to create an encapsulated folksy experience. 8:30 p.m., $10. Grog Shop. (Gonzalez)

The Real True Stories/Drunken Sunday/Jupiter Horse: 8:30 p.m., free. Beachland Ballroom.

mon 03/31

Mac DeMarco/Amen Dunes/Juan Wauters: It'd be pretty easy to hate singer Mac DeMarco. He's made a name for himself convincing fans that the ultimate in uncool — Steely Dan, which he often cites as an influence — is actually really cool. He exudes the effortlessness charm of the high school slacker. Worst of all, he's currently riding a wave of popularity with the current iterations of those same high school slackers, thanks in no small part to the fact that Pitchfork bestowed the "Best New Music" title upon his latest album. Though it'd be easy to miss underneath his smirk, DeMarco's a gifted guitar player and a deft composer. On his new album Salad Days, he expands his range to include synths He's not a shabby lyricist, either, and the song "Cookin' Up Something Good" could be about domesticity or it could be the most incisive

indictment of economic inequality in suburban rings since the

post-financial crisis era. 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (James Helmsworth)

The Goddamn Gallows/Feral Ritual: 8:30 p.m., $12. Beachland Tavern.

Kent State University Jazz Ensemble: 7 p.m., $5. Nighttown.

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

Skaters/Team Spirit/The Bakers: You know a band is up-and-coming when it performs multiple shows at South by Southwest, the annual record label showcase that takes place in Austin every spring. Skaters didn't play just once. The guys played seven shows over the course of the weekend. Clearly influenced by the melodic punk of the '80s (think Mission of Burma and the Pixies), these guys aren't afraid to temper their snarling guitars with soft vocals and tight melodies. On their new album, Manhattan, they alternate between sounding like the Strokes ("Deadbolt") and Blondie ("I Wanna Dance [But I Don't Know How]"). Think of tonight's show as a good way to catch the band before it breaks big. 8:30 p.m., $10. Grog Shop. (Niesel)

The Strange Rangers/Noon: 8:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

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

tue 04/01

DTCV: 8 p.m., $10. Musica.

Billy Joel/Gavin DeGraw: The folks at Live Nation are such big fans of singer-songwriter Billy Joel that they pulled out all the stops when they announced that he was coming to town at a press conference held at Quicken Loans Arena earlier this year. They had memorabilia from the Piano Man's many Cleveland concerts and enlisted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Greg Harris to talk about Joel's significance. Earlier this year, Joel signed an exclusive deal with Madison Square Garden and announced the dates for this extensive tour. Joel hasn't released a new studio album in years so expect to hear the hits at tonight's show. Joel last played Quicken Loans Arena in 2009 when he teamed up with Elton John on the "Face 2 Face" tour. Quicken Loans Arena. (Niesel)

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

Nellie McKay: Versatile singer-songwriter Nellie McKay has done it all. She's performed on Broadway and played on all the biggest latenight talk shows. She's written music for TV shows and films, and one of her albums even became a ballet. On her latest studio effort, 2010's Home Sweet Mobile Home, she plays a little bit of everything, including reggae ("Caribbean Time"), folk ("Adios") and blues ("Coosada Blues"), and sounds completely natural as she shifts from one musical style to the next. She regularly performs at Nighttown so expect to see a good show, whether you go to tonight's performance or tomorrow night's performance. 7 p.m. Nighttown. (Niesel)

Open Mic Night with Gary Hall: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

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

Wheeler Brothers/Desert Noises: 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

wed 04/02

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

Alesana/Get Scared/Hearts & Hands/Farewell, My Love/Megosh: 6 p.m., $15 ADV, $18 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

Pete Cavano & Friends/Jonn Ones: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Drowners/Daylight is the Dream: 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.

Experience Hendrix: 7:30 p.m., $65-$82.50. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Nellie McKay: 7 p.m. Nighttown.

Tinariwen: 8 p.m., $25-$35. The Kent Stage.

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