10 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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10 Concerts to Catch This Weekend
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Archie and the Bunkers CD Release

This local group, which consists of teenage brothers Emmett and Cullen O'Connor on keys and vocals, formed in 2013. "My brother Cullen was playing bass at the time and we wanted to start a band," says Emmett. "We were looking for a guitarist and went through different guitarists. It wasn't working out. Cullen wanted to start on keys. I didn't think it would work. But then we heard the Screamers, an old L.A. punk band that had no guitars or bass guitars, and we thought we could do it." The two guys began recording music in their basement and self-produced their first two EPs (Comrade X and Trade Winds).  Influences range from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith and Richard "Groove" Holmes to punk icons Dead Boys and the Stooges; the band celebrates the release of a new album with tonight's show. 9 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern. (Jeff Niesel)

Joshua Davis

A veteran singer-songwriter who has been performing for about 15 years, Joshua Davis possesses a husky, soulful voice. For his blind audition on Season 8 of The Voice, he sang “I Shall Be Released,” a gospel standard. And he nailed it, no easy task for a pasty white guy out of Michigan. He currently manages Earthworks, a musical cooperative/record label, and plays shows both as a trio and a quintet. He brings the latter to the Kent Stage tonight. 8 p.m., $16-$25. The Kent Stage.

Into the Blue Grateful Dead Revival Night

Regardless of your take on the Grateful Dead, the band to which Into the Blue, an ensemble of local musicians pays tribute, the group 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 will glean inspiration. (Eric Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


Distant Signals

Over the course of the last few years, this Pittsburgh band has become one of the nation's best Rush tribute acts. The band's rendition of "Distant Early Warning" features the tune's beefy bass riffs and high-pitched vocals as the group delivers the song precisely, nailing all its off-kilter time signatures. The guys also play "Tom Sawyer," one of Rush's biggest hits, with plenty of swagger and accurately replicates the trippy synthesizer riffs. Expect to hear these songs and more at tonight's show. (Niesel), 9:30 p.m., $10. Brothers Lounge.

DJ Earl

Dance battle champion DJ Earl started performing in 2005 when he worked the skating rink parties around his Chicago home. In 2008, he formed Ghetto Teknitianz with fellow DJs Spinn, Rashad and Traxman. A track like "Super Unlimited Forever," a tune you can find on his Soundcloud page, features glitchy, Crystal Method-like beats as Earl cranks up the volume. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $5 ADV, $8 DOS. B-Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade.

Nights CD Release

Last year, this local indie rock act inked a deal with Tragic Hero Records. The label saw potential in the band's debut, Whisper, and wanted to re-release it, so it enlisted Jim Wirt, a producer who’s worked with national acts such as Incubus and Fiona Apple, to tweak the songs at his Cleveland-based Crushtone Studios. The band cites the Smashing Pumpkins and Cranberries and My Bloody Valentine as influences, and you can hear those influences in the shimmering songs on the disc. Tracks such as the moody “Butterflies” and “Rosebush” certainly sound like the kind of atmospheric alternative rock/pop that could be heard on commercial radio. Expect to hear them and more at tonight's show. 9 p.m., $8. Happy Dog.

Over the Rhine

Cincinnati’s indie folk-rock act Over the Rhine first formed in 1989 and had a brief brush with stardom in the ’90s, when it signed to the I.R.S. imprint, the same label that launched the career of R.E.M. The band never broke through to the mainstream but it has delivered some solid albums and regularly plays Northeast Ohio, where it has a small but devote following. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $25. The Kent Stage.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

When Slash played Hard Rock Live last summer, the crowd was fully engaged in the experience from the first moment Slash, with vocalist Myles Kennedy and the rest of his band (dubbed “The Conspirators”) took the stage to the sounds of an intro tape of circus music. It’s a rarity to see a crowd stay on its feet for the entirety of the full two-hour set. Usually, there’s a ballad or a new song that finds patrons taking their seats for at least a few moments, but Slash and his Conspirators turned out a set that had no dead space to even contemplate a bathroom break. Kennedy was the chameleonic vocalist who would tie the entire thing together (with bassist Todd Kerns filling in additional high harmonies), easily covering every inch of Slash’s back catalog with ample material featured from the past three albums, a single cut from the Velvet Revolver era (“Slither) and a healthy handful of classic GNR favorites, including a 15 minute-plus trip through “Rocket Queen,” nearly 10 minutes of which was occupied by an epic slow burner of a solo from Slash. Expect a similar experience for tonight's show. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m. Hard Rock Rocksino.

Whiskey Daredevils

With bellowing vocals and twangy guitars, the songs on the Whiskey Daredevils' new album, Nashville Surprise successfully channel bands like the Blasters and the Beat Farmers. Recorded with East Nashville producer Dexter Green at his SeaLab Studios, Nashville Surprise finds the band at the top of its game. Tonight's show serves as an album release party (the new disc should be available on red vinyl too). (Niesel), 9 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.


Hey Mavis with Hal Walker

Billed as “a musical feast that contains a pinch of jazz, bluegrass, old-timey, and folk, and a heaping spoonful of rock,” tonight’s benefit concert features two terrific local acts — the Americana act Hey Mavis and singer-songwriter Hal Walker. A finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest , Hey Mavis saw its 2010 CD Red Wine clock in at No. 13 in Folk Alley’s Top CDs of 2010. It charted alongside new releases by national acts such as Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Chieftains, and Bob Dylan. Walker plays “soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the creative process.” The Kent-based musician composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, jew’s harp and concertina. Proceeds from this concert to the Capital Campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $20-$40. The Kent Stage.

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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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