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This veteran rapper somehow manages to stay "street" while delivering albums that have the potential for mass appeal. His latest effort, Seen It All, is no exception. "No Tears" is a catchy tune that features soulful vocals and a snappy snare drum beat — of course, Jeezy freely uses the n-word, ensuring the uncensored version won't be heard on commercial radio anytime soon. With his deliberate delivery, Jeezy is one of rap's top talents; on Seen It All, he holds his own while rapping alongside heavyweights like Jay-Z, Game and Rick Ross. Expect a big crowd to show up for tonight's club gig. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $38 DOS. House of Blues.


As the 2000s rolled onward, we all watched electronic music fuse with jam band approaches to live improvisation. It was a huge deal, and several bands really made a gigantic splash on the scene. Particle was one of them. Combining elements of electronica, funk and rock with a heavy angle toward sonic exploration, the band picked up fans on tour and dropped the subgenre-defining album Launchpad in 2004. Frontman and keyboardist Steve Molitz said in a recent interview: “Particle has always been fueled by the energy of our fans, and we’re so excited to get back out on the road full-time, and to share all of this new music with the Particle People.” As a more illustrative bit of context, the band has often termed their sound “space porn,” based on at least one fan’s astute observations. They play the Beachland Ballroom tonight. Showtime is 9 p.m., and tickets cost $15. Octopus Prime, which features members of Particle and Broccoli Samurai, will open the evening's festivities. (Sandy), 9:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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