7 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Like bleach strips hair of its color, Los Angeles garage punk band Bleached strips young adult life of expectation and social burden. On their newest release, 2016’s Welcome the Worms, Jennifer and Jessie Clavin skip the temporary color cover-up and find peace by going rogue. After years as a bottlerocket singles band, propelled by explosive garage-style shows and a handful of intermittent yet solid 7-inches, the sisters sat still long enough to make a full-length album, Ride Your Heart, in 2013. Zooming in on the teen-assuaged lifestyle of twenty-somethings still prone to the whims and wills of adolescence, Bleached discovers that maturity doesn’t have to equal a change in habit. Instead, contentment can be found through the acceptance of human weakness and a realization that the Earth’s rotation is constant through it all. Although Welcome to the Worms presents a polished pop that is new for the band, the girls have not cut loose from their grisly rock roots; in fact, a heavy dose of instability is what the record is all about. (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $15. Grog Shop.

LoveMuffinPalooza 2016

Local hero Adam Rich is also the guy behind LoveMuffinPalooza, an annual music festival that supports the work of the Gathering Place, a programming and service center for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. LoveMuffinPalooza takes place this weekend. As a bassist for the past 20 years, Rich has maintained a close connection to Cleveland’s music scene. (He’s switched back to guitar lately). This year, in fact, he’s assembled his own band to perform at the fest (featuring drummer Kurt Bernardo, vocalist and bassist Jerry Principe and vocalist and guitarist James Daymond Carter); they’ll be throwing down some songs from Rich’s impending album, Sunshine & Puppies. Beyond that, he’s gathered a nice variety of local bands to fill out the bill and dish out some weekend entertainment. Tomorrow night, the festival switches venues and will take place at the Happy Dog in Ohio City. (Eric Sandy) 9 p.m., $5. The Euclid Tavern.

Silencio Performs the Music of David Lynch

For the past several years, guitarist Kirk Salopek has led Silencio, a band that plays the moody music from the soundtracks to David Lynch movies. The group also writes original music in the vein of the scores that Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti penned for the director’s films. A high school art teacher, Salopek and his crew can play all the music from Lynch films such as Eraserhead and Inland Empire. They’ll have some trippy visuals with them too. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Tavern.



Singer-guitarist Bradford Cox noted that Tom Petty was at least one influence in Deerhunter’s latest record, Fading Frontier, and we can totally hear that. Of course, that means that Deerhunter flipped a tamer, less frenetic album on us this time around. It works, because Cox has maintained a self-awareness as a songwriter over these years. From Weird Era Cont, especially, onward, his knack for writing involved tunes that envelope the listener has only become sharper and more nuanced. The result — for now — is an album that maybe skips a lot of the brash and experimental turns that marks earlier albums, all while getting to the point in style. Check out “Living My Life,” which is quite stripped down and which communicates a simple and indelible message. Nice stuff. (Sandy), 7 p.m., $20. Musica.

Dean Ween Group

Ween got back together, and, thanks to a well received reunion tour (and a headline-grabbing stop at Lockn this summer), they’re having something of a moment in the sun lately. With that in mind, it’s as good a time as ever to check out Dean Ween’s solo project. If you dig Ween’s style, as multifaceted as it is (it’s not like there’s a genre to cling to), then you’re probably going to enjoy Deaner on his own. This week, he returns to Cleveland — where Ween has yet to appear in full this go around — right in time for the weird Halloween spirit to flood the streets of our fair city. (Sandy), 8:30 p.m., $27. Beachland Ballroom.


Vince Gill

Country singer-guitarist Vince Gill has a pretty cool highlight reel when you look back at what he’s accomplished during his four decades in the business. He has a couple of albums in the pipeline — one of which finds him continuing his collaboration with the Nashville-based all-star band the Time Jumpers, the seasoned collective of musicians who, with Gill, hold down a standing weekly hometown club gig on Monday nights at 3rd and Lindsley when they’re home — and it’s popular to the point that they’ve also recently started taking the show on the road. (Matt Wardlaw) 8 p.m. Packard Music Hall.

Esperanza Spalding Presents: EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION

Way back in 2006, jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding released her debut, Junjo, and the album quickly established her as a rising star. A favorite of President Obama, who asked her to play at his Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2009, she surprised everyone when she won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011. The award-winning album, 2010's Chamber Music Society, featured gorgeous ballads and gentle jazz tunes. Earlier this year, Spalding kicked off a tour that brings her to the Kent Stage tonight. The tour follows sold out performances across South Korea, Japan, Australia, Europe and North America. It supports her latest album, Emily’s D+Evolution, an ambitious concept album about her alter ego.8 p.m., $35-$50. The Kent Stage.

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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