10 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys

Veteran Austin-based singer-guitarist Alejandro Escovedo has persevered through three decades of rough-and-tumble rock 'n' roll and lived to make an album about it. He's seen his ballyhooed punk/garage bands the Nuns, Rank and File, and the True Believers come and go. He's also eluded death after a really bad bout with hepatitis. All the while, he's delivered one stellar album after another but hasn't had anything resembling a hit. And yet, he's a phenomenal live performer. His last album, 2012's Big Station, combines garage rock and glam sensibilities. The music's invigorating and Escovedo always delivers in the live setting. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


As much as the Misfits provided singer Glenn Danzig with an outlet for his fascination in the macabre, it was Samhain, a gothic rock group he formed in the wake of the Misfits’ breakup, that would catch the attention of influential producer Rick Rubin, the mastermind who formed Def Jam Records. Rubin would sign Samhain to his Def American label and then cultivated Danzig as a solo artist. The well-respected Rubin then enlisted him to write songs for rock icons such as Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Danzig had a big hit in 1988 with “Mother,” a grim song with bellowing vocals and a heavy guitar riff. While that song introduced him to the MTV generation, he's continued to steadily cultivate an underground fanbase in the wake of that success (and has even reunited Samhain on occasion). For Skeletons, his forthcoming album of covers, he revisited his past. Expect to hear a few songs from it at tonight's gig. 6:30 p.m., $29.50 ADV, $35 DOS. The Agora Theatre.

Indigo Girls

With the recent release of One Lost Day, their 15th studio release, Saliers and Ray have assembled another powerful collection of songs and stories that will hit home with both longtime fans and newcomers. The duo continue to write from its own personal perspective, and “If I Don’t Leave Here Now,” partially inspired by the passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, is a particularly poignant moment on the album. (Matt Wardlaw) 8 p.m. Akron Civic Theatre.

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. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $12. Beachland Ballroom.

Mayday Parade

Formed nearly ten years ago in Tallahassee, punk rockers Mayday Parade got off to a rip-roaring start. The band sold some 50,000 copies of its debut EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends, before inking a deal with Fearless Records (and then landing on Atlantic Records for a minute). Initially, band members played in two separate groups before they realized they’d be better off as a single unit. Singer Derek Sanders and guitar player Brooks Betts were in one band while the band’s other guitarist Alex Garcia and drummer Jake Bundrick were in another band., The group has just released Black Lines, its most nuanced album to date. The opening track, “One Of Them Will Destroy The Other,” features some killer guitar riffs and restrained-but-parched vocals. The song even includes a rather complex bridge that leads to a spacey section featuring squealing guitars and call-and-response vocals. Ultimately, it verges on prog rock and suggests the band has turned a corner to embrace more complex chord progressions and melodies. (Niesel), 5:30 p.m., $25. House of Blues.


Old 97s

When Old 97s played last year at the Beachland Ballroom, the group opened with the rowdy “If My Heart Was a Car,” and singer-guitarist Rhett Miller tossed his floppy hair in the air as if he just didn’t care. Band members have bragged that they never rehearse and that certainly might be the case. If you were to compare the live renditions of many of the songs in the set, you’d find a number of flaws. “Dance with Me,” a country waltz of sorts, was played twice as fast as it should have been. Though the acoustic intro of “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” stayed true to its studio counterpart, the song quickly turned into a garage-y jam. And the band turned up the volume for “Every Night is Friday Night (Without You),” reveling in it as if were a punk rock anthem instead of a country-ish ballad. The band's live shows are always ragged affairs but definitely worth catching. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


When the Columbus-based indie folk band Saintseneca inked a deal with Anti- Records a few years ago, it had already started to record what would become its next album, Dark Arc. But with some assistance from the label, it was able to finish the album with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley). That experience was such a positive one, the group recruited Mogis to produce its new album, Such Things, another fantastic effort that utilizes a range of instrumentation, including balalaika, mandolin, dulcimer, Turkish Baglama and floor percussion. An Ohio band that's become a national act, the group just keeps getting better with each release. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

Patrick Sweany Band Album Release

Producer and engineer Joe McMahan helmed singer-songwriter Patrick Sweany’s new album, Daytime Turned to Nighttime, a low-key collection of tunes that suggests Sweany’s mellower side. With its cooing background vocals and twangy guitars, album opener “First of the Week,” for example, has a laid-back vibe to it. “I feel like I made four rock records in a row and was moving away from the finger style and acoustic guitar style approach,” Sweany says when asked about his approach on the album. “That’s what I started with. It’s what makes me unique and differentiates me. I worked really hard studying to attain this blues pedigree, for lack of a better word. For this album, we have a really funky rhythm section. I wanted to concentrate on singin’ rather than shoutin.’ I just thought the record could use some softer strokes.” (Niesel), 9 p.m., $12. Musica.


Marco Benevento

With last year’s Swift, keys man and circuit-bent guru Marco Benevento began singing for really the first time in his recorded career. The result was pretty great, and the move brought a new energy to his live shows. "In general, I like to keep things loose on stage," he told Scene last time we spoke. "Our band has never rehearsed." Benevento last played the Tavern about a year ago. The brooding "Witches of Ulster" played well as an incredible late-second set groove, and then the band launched into a version of The Knife's "Heartbeats" that could shake mountains before closing out the show with "At the Show" and a fine David Bowie cover in the encore slot. Tonight should be just as fun. Bring your dancing shoes. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern.

Maura Rogers & The Bellows

Singer-guitarist Maura Rogers has spent the last couple of years coping with serious health issues (she had to undergo a kidney transplant), and addressed those hardships in the songs on 2012's A Good Heart Will Break. Earlier this year, the band returned with In Light, its fan-funded second album that again shows off the band's alt-country sound. The album commences with the triumphant dirge "Battle Cry" that finds Rogers singing "I was left here to die" in a hushed voice that sounds a bit like a more restrained PJ Harvey. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m. Grog Shop.
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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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