9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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The Thermals

On their newest album, We Disappear, The Thermals offer up much of the same style of straightforward punk that has propelled the Portland trio for over a decade. Fans who were originally hooked by the band’s first hit, the biblical romper “Here’s Your Future,” won’t be disappointed; razor-sharp guitar fuzz and the raw singing of front man Hutch Harris remain their driving force, particularly on songs like “Hey You” and “In Every Way.” Proving they can still strike the delicate balance between sweet harmony and discord, the Thermals sound so sharp on their latest release, it suggests it’s still full-steam ahead for a band entering its fourteenth year. (Jacob DeSmit), 9 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern.

Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies

On his first solo album, 2012’s Boy on Bridge, Great Big Sea singer-guitarist Alan Doyle set out to make a “travelogue.” For his latest album, So Let’s Go, he shifted gears and brought Celtic music into the mix. For some songs, he worked with Ontario-based Tawgs Salter, a veteran producer who’s worked with LIGHTS and Cheyenne Jackson. The album’s title track, an up-tempo tune that features a bit of mandolin and accordion, has such a catchy pop hook, you can imagine it finding a place on commercial radio alongside the likes of American Authors and Ewert and the Two Dragons. Doyle has said he thinks of the disc as “an album for celebrating the good times.” (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


After releasing 2013’s The Sun Comes Out Tonight, Filter toured relentlessly and even played Cleveland twice in the course of promoting the album. Before long, band leader Richard Patrick got the itch to go back to the studio to record Crazy Eyes, which just came out this month. The album suggests a sound that Patrick has described as “new industrial.” It commences with “Mother E,” a song characterized by distorted vocals and pummeling drums. “The City of Blinding Riots” features howling vocals and industrial-strength synthesizers as it recalls Downward Spiral-era Nine Inch Nails. On the song “Under the Tongue,” he tried to record the bass and a click track. He got the chorus right but screwed up the song and played two chug-a-lug bars in frustration. He liked the imperfections so much that he decided to keep them. Expect to hear these songs alongside '90s hits such as "Hey Man Nice Shot" at tonight's show. (Niesel) 6 p.m., $20 ADV, $24 DOS. Agora Ballroom.


Beach Slang

The salt to Beach Slang’s ocean water is introspection. What at first seems like a tall glass of clean-cut pop punk (crisp, sustained guitars and gruff chant-like vocals) shocks the unsuspecting palate with emotional zingers like “All the words I carve out of my throat, they keep me alive, but keep me alone” (“Dirty Lights”). The band offers psychological sustenance in the aural vein of the Replacements, Japandroids, and Cloud Nothings. It just began work on its first full-length for Polyvinyl Records, so maybe the band will play a few of the tracks from it at tonight's show. (Bethany Kaufman), 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $14DOS. Grog Shop.

Tech N9ne's Independent Powerhouse Tour

For the Independent Powerhouse Tour 2016, acts such as Ces Cru, Stevie Stone, ¡Mayday!, Rittz, Krizz Kaliko will accompany rapper Tech N9ne. Last year, he had the biggest radio hit of his career with "Hood Go Crazy," a song that features 2 Chainz and B.O.B. “I was trying to prove to the industry that I can do anything as an independent,” he says when asked about last year’s Special Effects. “If I set out to do a song with Eminem, I did it. If I set out to do a song with Corey Taylor from Slipknot, I did it. If I set out to a song with 2Chainz and Lil’ Wayne and B.O.B. and all these people, I did it. I was trying to show the industry that talent still exists. I wanted to show that I could lock these songs down and get them cleared. I showed them that I could do and they didn’t charge me out of respect for the art. That made me feel so special.” Yates pushed the boundaries of conventional hip-hop too. A choir performs on the song “Lacrimosa,” making it sound like something by the classic rock group Queen. At a time when critics say hip-hop is dead, Tech N9ne continues to be prolific. He has another studio release slated to come out this year. (Niesel), 6 p.m. Odeon.


The Church

For the current 17-city tour, which includes a stop at the Music Box Supper Club, Aussie rockers the Church plan to play two full sets. The first will feature the band’s second album, The Blurred Crusade, in its entirety. Only released in the States as an import, it features the psychedelic rock undertones for which the band would be known. The second set will consist of selections from the band’s most recent album, Further/Deeper, along with other classic tracks. The current incarnation of the band sounds sharper than ever. 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

The Darkness

The Darkness's debut album, 2003’s Permission to Land, became a smash hit, yielding over-the-top glam anthems such as “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman.” After the release of Permission to Land, the band faltered and would break up in 2006. Reunion shows in 2011 signaled its return, and the band is back in the States for an extensive tour in support of last  year's Last of Our Kind. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m. House of Blues. (Niesel)

The Temptations

The 1960s were flush with R&B/soul groups, many of whom have been forgotten. Not the Temptations. While hundreds of aspiring stars sold singles out of the trunks of cars, a few rose to shine as representatives of an entire culture. The Temptations boasted album sales in the millions and delivered hits such as “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Original member Otis Williams leads new recruits in keeping the legacy alive on tour. (Kaufman), 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$65. Hard Rock Rocksino.

The White Buffalo

Jake Smith, who records and tours under the moniker the White Buffalo, didn’t intend to become a singer-songwriter. Hall, who’s benefited from having numerous songs featured on the TV drama Sons of Anarchy, including the chilling "Come Join The Murder," a track co-written with Sons of Anarchy creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter and music producer/composer Bob Thiele Jr, grew up in Huntington Beach, Calif. and didn’t learn to play guitar until age 19. tonight, he plays in the club's intimate Cambridge Room. (Niesel) 7 p.m. House of Blues.

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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