5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Big K.R.I.T.

The past year has been one of tremendous artistic growth for Meridian, Miss. rapper Big K.R.I.T. (an acronym that stands for King Remembered In Time). The theatrical trailer for the hit movie Sicario featured one of his songs and the rapper embarked on an Australian tour. After years of being in complete control of his creative process — from the production and songwriting to the mixing and mastering of his projects — K.R.I.T. finally decided to venture away from his comfort zone during the recording of Cadillactica, his second album with Def Jam. The album was well received by many critics. Expect to hear tracks from it at tonight’s show. (Emanuel Wallace) 7 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Grog Shop.

Beachland Halloween 9: Party all the Time

For tonight's annual Halloween bash, the Beachland promises “endless entertainment throughout the night,” and there will be a costume contest, DJs and drink specials. Eight local cover bands featuring members of local acts like Boys From County Hell, Scarlet and the Harlots and the Hot Rails, are slated to perform. The bands will cover Van Halen, Bob Dylan, Soundgarden, Neil Young and the Smiths. Additionally, the Beachland will provide a free shuttle (courtesy of the Cleveland Brew Bus) that will run between Parkview Nite Club and the Beachland all night. Tickets are $8 with a costume and $12 without a costume. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $8-$12. Beachland Ballroom.


Hey Monea! Halloween Album Release

 In 2009, Hey Monea! released its first EP but then took four years to follow it up with 2013’s Cheap Souvenirs. For it, band recruited Dennis Herring, who produced the first few Modest Mouse records, to record the disc at his studio in Oxford, Miss. Herring brings out the band's soulful side on songs such as "Pollyanna" and "Stay," tunes with catchy, radio friendly melodies that recall the alt-rock of the mid-'90s. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of its latest effort The 50, another strong effort. The “Buenos Noches” features on a lazy Latin vibe and “Filthy Rich” benefits from cooing backing vocals and skittish percussion. The album effectively shows off the band’s musical range. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $10. Musica.


When the local metal act Mushroomhead first formed in 1993, few critics imagined the group would still be going at it in 2014. And yet the masked band is now more popular than ever. An annual tradition in these parts, its Halloween show regularly attracts a huge crowd. Expect a festive atmosphere at tonight’s show. (Niesel) 6 p.m., $29 ADV, $35 DOS. The Agora Theatre.


The Stone Foxes

The Stone Foxes, a retro-sounding garage rock act, has picked up some traction recently. The band has opened for the Black Keys and ZZ Top and it’s been featured in a national ad for BMW. The band’s latest album, 12 Spells, features a good quotient of woozy vocals, heavy keyboards and noisy guitars. The band reportedly puts on a killer live show too. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $12. Beachland Tavern.
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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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