Around Hear: Sofa King Killers and the Rock Hall week ahead

Kent's Sofa King Killer celebrate their ninth anniversary with a CD-release party marking the reissue of most of their catalogue, including two out-of-print releases. The sludge-metal veterans have unearthed leftover copies of 2004's full-length debut, Midnight Magic, which was released on London's Retribute, an Ohio-friendly label that issued albums by Apartment 213 and Accept Death. The label folded last year, but underground foundry Relapse Records purchased the catalogue and may reissue the disc. The band's 2001 Crusty Mother F*ckn Rock and Roll split with Leechmilk was released on Teepee, the cult stoner-metal label that's home to Sleep and Witch.

Drawing on the Eyehategod template, the quartet — drummer Bradley Thorla, bassist Paul Bartholet, guitarist Chris Cheira and singer Ryan Burgy — deals in downtempo doom and the agonies of addiction. They are currently working on a new album. They tracked drums at Akron's Tangerine Studios with producer Ben Vehorn (Love as Laughter, Black Girls) and are now slowly piecing together the rest in the living room studio of Black Keys soundman Jason Tarulli. The release show is 10 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Annabell's (784 W. Market St., Akron), with Cleveland's Own Weather and Michigan's Beast in the Field. It's 21 and over; there's no cover.

Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels will warm up for his Rock Hall induction with a performance at the Hard Rock Café (230 W. Huron Rd.) Saturday, April 4. The show is a brunch benefit for his Felix Organization/Adoptees for Children, which sends children without parents to summer camp. Tickets are $15. Visit for details.

Brothers Lounge (11609 Detroit Ave.) is hosting a Battle of the Unsigned Bands Concert Series Thursdays from April 2 to May 28. Visit for info.

The Unsparing Sea will celebrate the release of their In the Crystal Canyon EP (produced by Six Parts Seven guitarist Tim Gerak) when they open for Blind Pilot at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd.) Thursday, April 2. "I think the new songs are a lot more sonically diverse." says singer-guitarist J.R. Bennett. "Tim really let us stretch out musically and experiment while retaining our identity. Some of the new stuff is a little more upbeat and positive too." Show starts at 8 p.m.; admission is $5.

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Below Jupiter has wrapped work on its second album, Step Into Home (Act II), slated for April release. "Musically, it continues the eclectic approach of the first album," says singer-keyboardist Josh Emmet. "Two songs are uptempo piano-rock. Four songs have an Americana folk feel. And four songs have a strong classical music influence. Some may view three as politically controversial." Five unmastered new tunes are posted at

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