8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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Cherry Glazerr/Palehound

With song titles like "Juicy Socks" and "Wasted Nun" and an album called Apocalipstick to boot, L.A.-based Cherry Glazerr certainly knows how to make a statement with words. But it's the band's instrumentation, which fluctuates between grunge rock and laidback lo-fi, that really sticks with you. This is frontwoman Clementine Creevy's ship. She started off as a solo act called Clembutt but has since brought in a revolving door of bandmates to help bring to life her sad, thought-provoking and creative tunes. Expect the act's Grog Shop performance tonight to include the recent tune "Ohio." (Laura Morrison), 9 p.m., $15 ADV, $20 DOS. Grog Shop.

Badfish/Bumpin' Uglies/Roots of Creation

The thing about the Sublime tribute band Badfish is that they perfectly encapsulate the vision set forth by Sublime's singer, the late Bradley Nowell, back in the day. While putting their own twist on certain songs, the band members keep the energetic spirit of Sublime alive, all while proferring the music to younger generations and new fans alike. They formed in 2001 at the University of Rhode Island, and it's been a wild ride ever since. Each time they come around to the region, they seem to be bolder and more invigorated. Seven or eight years ago, they were a slimmed-down version of themselves playing smaller bars around Ohio, including a long-gone Blue Gator in Athens. A frontman change in 2007 opened up their sound and ensured that there was no slowing down for these guys. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.

Herzog Record Release/Cheap Clone/Royal Beasts

Critics have described Herzog's music as indie rock, powerpop, noise pop, subtlety-free rock and slacker rock, but no matter how you classify them, they're a not-to-be-missed Cleveland favorite. They celebrate the release of their fourth full-length album, Me Vs You, with tonight's show. Me Vs You is everything we've come to expect from Herzog and more. It features the same lineup as 2014's acclaimed Boys, save for new bassist Charlie Trenta. It's still Dan Price on drums along with lead guitarist Dave McHenry, and the songwriting team of guitarist/vocalist Nick Tolar and lyricist Tony Vorell, who've been working together since forming their first band, Expecting Rain, in 2001. Well-crafted, guitar-driven rock songs dominate Me Vs You, and Tolar's vocals sit perfectly atop the mix. (Mara Robinson) 8:30 p.m., $6. Happy Dog.

Iron Bison/Blackwater/Two Hands/Edorra

"An Ocean Ahead," the hard-driving single from Searching for the Sun, the new album from local rockers Iron Bison, features parched vocals and speed metal guitar solos.  For tonight's show at Mahall's 20 Lanes, the band will play the terrific album in its entirety and deliver a set that includes songs the band has yet to perform live. Edorra, a "punishing group" from Youngstown, will open the show along with the local punk act Two Hands and the Sabbath- and Kyuss-inspired band Blackwater. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $8. Mahall's 20 Lanes.


Brite Winter 2019

This year marks the 10th installment of Brite Winter, the popular winter music festival that takes place on the West Bank of the Flats. The L.A.-based indie rock act Smallpools will headline the event, and some of the city's best local bands, including Ezri, Mourning [A] BLKstar, the Vindys, Uptowne Buddha, Ray Flanagan & the Authorities, and Muamin Collective are scheduled to perform. There will be ice carving demonstrations and other art installations as well. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and admission is free. (Niesel) britewinter.com.

Wiz Khalifa/Curren$y

A few years ago, rapper Wiz Khalifa shared headlining duties with Fall Out Boy for a tour that came through town for a stop at Blossom. Khalifa delivered a high-energy 70-minute set that even appealed to the fans that had simply come to see Fall Out Boy. The wiry, dreadlocked singer didn’t have much stage presence, but he had energy to spare and even ran to the lawn to sing “Taylor Gang.” Having a live band really helped bring out the nuances of his music and his set ended on a high note with a one-song encore that featured the poppy crossover hit “See You Again.” And yes, he appeared to light up a joint during the weed-soaked performance. Expect something similar this time around as he comes to town tonight for a club gig with Curren$y. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $55 ADV, $60 DOS. House of Blues.


A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour

Last year, keyboardist Mike Garson and other musicians who played with the late, great David Bowie toured behind a show dubbed a Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour. In addition to Garson, the band includes Earl Slick, Charlie Sexton, Carmine Rojas, Mark Plati, Bernard Fowler and Corey Glover. Garson performed with David at his first and last concerts in the United States as well as 1,000 concerts together around the globe in between. Special guest singers routinely make appearances as well. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $29.99-$57.50. Agora Theatre.

Togishi Album Release

A local trio consisting of guitarist Mike Sopko, drummer Joe Tomino and saxophonist Dan Wenninger, Togishi plays entirely improvised music influenced by avant-garde jazz, experimental rock, contemporary classical and electronic noise. In 2016 Sopko and Tomino started playing improv gigs around Cleveland and formed the stoner/doom band, Yellowstone Apocalypse. It was around this time that Wenninger approached the duo about playing an improvised gig at the 1Way (a longstanding experimental and new music showcase in Cleveland). Togishi formed in the wake of that gig. Songs such as "The Rise and Fall of Higbee's" recall John Zorn with their squealing saxophones and spastic drumming. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $10. Bop Stop.

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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