9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Friday, Sept. 12

Gov’t Mule

Originally birthed as a side project of the Allman Brothers Band by guitarist and singer Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule maintains that long-standing Southern rock tradition and filters it through improv-friendly jam band sensibilities. Over 10 studio albums and hundred of shows, band members have proven their chops. Shout!, a double album from 2013, features each song twice (once with Haynes on vocals, once with a guest like Elvis Costello or Dr. John) and picks up the mantle of Mule’s high-intensity jam-based songwriting. Going back in the discography a bit, Dose stands out as another terrific entry point to the band. Much of that album is dirty groove-based rock ’n’ roll (“Game Face,” “Thelonius Beck”). There’s also a great cover of “She Said, She Said” on that one. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Connor Palace. $30. (Eric Sandy)

Mineral/Into It. Over It.
Texas was something of a hotbed for hardcore and emo music in the 1990s, both of which fused soft-and-loud dynamics with reflective lyrics. Mineral, which disbanded in 1997 and reunited mere months ago, recorded music at the forefront of this scene. The band’s two albums, The Power of Failing and EndSerenading, showcased musicians intent on crafting fine yarns. The dual guitars of Gabriel Wiley and Chris Simpson wound ’round each other in spidery melodies against steady drums and bass lines. Both albums play exceptionally well, even with more than a decade of time wearing away at them. There’s plenty of beauty in angst and darkness, and Mineral certainly takes a most nostalgic approach to that. The band plays at 8 and 11:30 p.m. at the Grog Shop. $18. (Sandy)

The Quickening CD Release
Prior to this
year, local indie rockers the Quickening hadn’t booked a gig in six years. But the band — singer-guitarist James Isom, drummer Patrick Ginley and bassist Darren Irwin — recently reunited and played a show at Mahall’s earlier this year. Recorded with Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead) at his Mars Recording, the band's new EP picks up where the emo-ish alt-rockers left off. Opening track, “I Used To,” features quivering vocals and a brittle guitar riff, and sounds a bit like Kings of Leon as Isom ponders, “What the hell are you working for?” With its deep, rumbling vocals and dramatic guitar flourishes, the somber, moody title track recalls Live. Dynamic guitar work distinguishes the album’s two other songs, “3.21” and “Bullets.” All in all, this marks a welcomed return to the local scene. So Long, Albatross and the Universe Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Joshua Jesty open at 10 p.m. at the Happy Dog. $5. (Jeff Niesel)

X Performing ‘More Fun in the New World’ 
Punk veterans X finish a three-night stand at the Music Box Supper Club by performing 1983’s More Fun in the New World in its entirety. The band sounded great on the opening night of this stand during which it’s playing its first four albums in their entirety. Singer-bassist John Doe and singer Exene Cervenka’s vocal harmonies have never sounded sharper and original members Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake, on guitar and drums respectively, are in good form too. 8:30 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. (Niesel)

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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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