9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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10,000 Maniacs

The independent route is nothing new for 10,000 Maniacs — as their promotional biography notes, they were “the original indie band,” having released an EP and an album independently on their own prior to signing with Elektra to release their second album The Wishing Chair in 1985., But when they starting laying the groundwork nearly three decades later to work on the album that would become their 2013 release Music From the Motion Picture, they were cautiously optimistic about how things might play out. They used PledgeMusic to fund the record and when the Pledge team told them they could raise $25,000 to make the album, they didn’t believe it. But, in fact, they made that goal and then some, discovering in the process that there was still a sizable fan base out there that wanted to hear new music from the band. The group is currently touring behind Twice Told Tales, a collection of traditional British Isles folk songs. (Matt Wardlaw), 8 p.m., $42 ADV, $48 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Benefit for Jim Konya aka Jim Sadist

A veteran of the metal scene who’s played with local acts such as Nunslaughter and Schnauzer, Jim Konya recently suffered a stroke. A campaign is currently underway to help raise funds to help him pay for his medical expenses. Earlier this month, heavy metal yoga instructor Shannon Nietzsche hosts a donation based class at Lakewood Park. Tonight, the goodwill continues as local acts Wetbrain, Punching Moses and Genital Giants play a benefit concert in his honor. (Jeff Niesel), 9 p.m., $10. Now That's Class.


An Irish singer and songwriter from Bray, County Wicklow, Hozier shot to fame after "Take Me to Church," the single from his debut EP became a huge hit (the song is also on last year's self-titled full-length debut). A gospel-inspired tune, it's a surprisingly soulful and passionate ballad that showcases Hozier's husky voice. The other songs on the album aren't as dramatic but moody tracks such as "Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene" rock hard and should enliven tonight's concert. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$45. Jacobs Pavilion.


The modern surge of interest in the late-’80s/early-’90s U.K. shoegaze movement has been a particular boon for Ride. During their heyday, the Oxford, England, quartet was a sterling example of how musicians could twist and contort the genre around modern and retro influences. Ride’s music nodded to garage rock, Byrdsian jangle, the Beach Boys and the British Invasion; these inspirations in turn then collided with vortexes of distortion, tornadic guitars and hints of psychedelic electro droning. As a result, the band’s first two Creation Records albums, 1990’s Nowhere and 1992’s Going Blank Again, are stone-cold classics featuring indelible songs — the burnt-out jangle-pop of “Taste” and “Twisterella”; the skyscraping, sticky haze of “Dreams Burn Down”; the grinding noise rocker “Leave Them All Behind”; and the wistful, string-aided “Vapour Trail.” (Annie Zaleski) 8 p.m., $27.50 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues.


15/60/75 The Numbers Band - 45th Anniversary Concert!

15/60/75 The Numbers Band has a 45-year history of playing in Cleveland and recorded 1976’s Jimmy Bell’s Still in Town at the Agora. Two years ago, the band celebrated the long-time-in-coming release of Coal Tattoo, which was originally recorded in 1998 when the band was in Europe to perform at a festival curated by Pere Ubu's David Thomas. It’s currently at work on a new song “Blue Collar," which it plans to play at the Kent Stage tonight when plays a special show to commemorate its 45th anniversary. For tonight's show, they'll play a tremendous amount of music, including songs that are often requested but were no longer included in the repertoire. There will be nine visiting musicians from Cleveland which will include tenor master, Ernie Krivda,Tony Mamoine of Pere Ubu fame, Chris Butler the creator of the Waitresses, drummer Rod Reisman from First Light and other former members who have been with the band as far back as 1971. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Kent Stage.

Arlo Guthrie's 50th Anniversary of Alice's Restaurant Tour

Over the years, the appeal of “Alice's Restaurant Massacree," Arlo Guthrie’s rambling folk ditty about how dumping some garbage on Thanksgiving Day got him in a heap of trouble and inadvertently helped him avoid the draft for the Vietnam War thanks to his criminal record, hasn’t diminished. On Thanksgiving Day, classic rock stations throughout the country will spin the 18-plus minute song in its entirety. And Guthrie is on a lengthy tour to mark the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired the song. On the current tour, he’ll perform the song in its entirety each night with some help from his backing band, which includes Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (bass), and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Guthrie's daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, a singer-songwriter who has a career of her own, will open select shows as well. The concerts will also feature an “awe-inspiring” light show created specifically for the tour by 44 Designs, Inc., along with previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives. More than 75,000 photos have recently been digitized, and selections will be projected during the evening. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $46.50-$80.50. Lorain Palace Theater.

The Internet

Back in 2008, Syd the Kid and Matt Martians met each on MySpace. They struck up a friendship that carried over into Odd Future, an influential L.A.-based hip-hop group that included rappers such as Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean. “He turned me on to good music, bands likes Of Montreal,” says Syd the Kid. “He was from Atlanta and his taste was more Atlanta-based. He grew up on Outkast while I grew up on neo-soul.” The two split from the group to form the Internet, a group that draws equally from jazz, soul and hip-hop. Ego Death, the band’s new album, features guest appearances from the likes of Janelle Monae, Tyler, the Creator, and Vic Mensa.As it’s put in a press release, the album connects the dots between Digable Planets and Erykah Badu’s Baduizm. “We wanted the album to be more punk rock and have more of an edge to it,” she says. “I picked up instrumentals that have more edge to it.” (Niesel), 9 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Grog Shop.


Five Finger Death Punch

A heavy rock band out of Las Vegas, Five Finger Death Punch has been going strong for a decade now. Singer Ivan Moody can scream with the best of them and growls and grumbles his way through the songs on the band's hard-hitting new album Got Your Six. The group's European-style metal has made it one of the most popular bands on the hard rock circuit. Tonight's show should bring a capacity crowd to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica and bring the venue's outdoor concert season to a climactic close. (Niesel), 6:15 p.m., $39.75-$45. Jacobs Pavilion.


With two nice EPs under their belt and a budding reputation growing out of Nashville, Veridia has had a couple of great years at this point. The band blends the general school of alternative rock with more EDM-oriented hooks and production. Their latest release, Pretty Lies, boasts some explosive riffs and choruses (e.g. when singer Deena Jakoub belts “Crazy in a good way!” in the opening cut). Based on their studio tracks, it’s a sure bet that these guys will bring some intense energy to the stage here in Cleveland. (Sandy), 7:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. House of Blues Cambridge Room.
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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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