8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend
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Archie and the Bunkers Record Release/Lords of the Highway/DJs Miriam Linna & Nick Knox

Archie and the Bunkers, a local group featuring teenage brothers Emmett and Cullen O'Connor, formed five years and has gradually picked up steam ever since. It's legitimately now become a national act and has released a number of albums through the UK imprint Dirty Water Records. The group has even toured Europe on a couple of occasions. Tonight's show celebrates the release of their new single, the woozy ballad "The Traveler." 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Three years ago at a sold-out House of Blues show with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, singer-guitarist Noel Gallagher showed the passage of time hasn't diminished his vocals, songwriting or rabid fanbase. Gallagher and his band tore through a good portion of their self-titled 2011 debut and 2015's stellar Chasing Yesterday. Occasional appearances by a three-piece horn section added brassy, staccato backbone on multiple songs (especially on electrifying versions of "Do The Damage" and "The Mexican") and circus-like loopiness on "The Death Of You and Me." For tonight's show, Gallagher & Co. will also draw from their new album, Who Built the Moon? (Annie Zaleski), 8 p.m., $46-$329. Goodyear Theater.

Glass Traps Record Release Show/Ma Halos/Harlequins/Iron Oxide/Mr. California

This terrific local band formed about three years ago when guitarist Chuck Cieslik put together a band to play a few demos he had lying around. He recruited Sarah Paul, an associate professor and chair of sculpture and expanded media at the Cleveland Institute of Art, to front the band. Tonight's show celebrates the release of the band's debut album, which it recorded in Cleveland with Paul Maccarone of Zombieproof Studios. A few highlights include the following: the album opener "Cold Cut," a track that features hiccupping vocals and heavy drums and sounds like a heavier Siouxsie and the Banshees; the undulating "Line," a song drive by heavily distorted guitars; and "Kowloon Wallet," a tune that benefits from an explosion of post-punk guitars. 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Valerie June/The War and Treaty

Last year was full of performances and promotion for Tennessee artist Valerie June. Her schedule even included a stop at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson. Starting with the release of The Order of Time, the follow-up to her 2013 record co-produced by Dan Auerbach, the singer-songwriter has been on the move. Given her nasally, profoundly affected and haunted voice, it makes sense she's a star on the rise. Her music stems from that old-timey sound and possesses a sort of calming blues effect. With its lyrical prose and musicality, the latest record is especially moving. June is sure to bring all of that sensibility to the Beachland Ballroom stage tonight. (Laura Morrison), 8 p.m., $25. Beachland Ballroom.

PVRIS/Flint Eastwood/Cherry Pools

After touring Europe last year in support of its new album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, the indie rock act PVRIS arrives at House of Blues tonight in the midst of a North American tour. Singles such as “What’s Wrong” (which has 6.8 million Spotify streams and 2.4 million YouTube views) and “Heaven” (which has 6.8 million Spotify streams and 2.1 million YouTube views) have been huge hits, and the band has clocked more than 122 million Spotify streams and close to 33 million YouTube views to date. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $27 DOS. House of Blues.


Brite Winter

This year's Brite Winter Festival promises to be bigger and better than past fests as more than 40 bands will perform on six indoor and outdoor stages, and assorted vendors will be on hand as well. There will also be ice carving demonstrations and "fire & light" dancing. The free event takes place from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the West Bank of the Flats. Headliners Atlas Genius, who play at 10 p.m. on the Covermymeds Stage, used to play cover tunes in the clubs in its Adelaide, Australia hometown. After building a home studio in 2009, the band recorded "Trojans" and then independently released it as a single. Buzz began to build immediately for the song that starts with soft vocals and then escalates into a catchy, mid-tempo pop tune that sounds a bit like a more refined version of the Strokes. The band's success is all the more remarkable when you consider it didn't have much support in Adelaide, a city of just more than a million people that supports drinking and gambling more than live music. (Niesel) britewinter.com.

Kid Rock

Rapper and singer Kid Rock became a mainstream success in the '90s when he delivered hits such as “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy.” To date, he’s sold some 26 million albums and currently holds the Michigan record for most tickets sold with 150,000 for a run of ten consecutive sold-out shows in his home state. Tonight's show at the Q comes in the wake of the release of his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, a hard rocking set of tunes that ranges from Motley Crue-like rockers ("Greatest Show on Earth") to rap-rock rants ("Po-Dunk"). (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$129.50. Quicken Loans Arena.


Trevor Hall

In 2015, singer-guitarist Trevor Hall followed 2014's Chapter of the Forest up with KALA. The album opens with the somber, semi-acoustic tunes such as "To Zion" and "All in Due Time." The piano ballad "Forgive" and the shuffling "Uncle Jo" both show off Hall's husky voice and manage to have a quiet intensity to them. For the current tour, dubbed A Night in the Village, Hall will perform solo and then take questions from the audience. Even though he doesn't have a new album to promote, Hall's had no trouble selling tickets to the shows and most of the gigs have sold out, suggesting the degree to which Hall's music has had staying power. 7:30 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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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