Akron's Strange Familiar play a release party for their new album, This Is Gravity, at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at Musica (51 E. Market St., Akron) with the Early Hours opening. The band is releasing the album independently. Singer Kira Leyden says its title is "a statement ... [about] letting go and doing what's meant to be, letting forces of nature take over. And starting over, with something new."
The album came together with the help of some big-name talent. Walt Disney Records VP Brian Malouf (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi) produced the first batch of songs and mixed the disc. Photographer Joey L., whose portfolio includes the Twilight movie promotional material and 50 Cent, took the CD booklet photos.
A second video from the leadoff single "Courage Is" features cast members of the ABC Family drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which used the song and the band's "I Just Want to Love You" and "Secret Life (You and Me)" in promos. Shot in Hollywood, the clip also features fan-created content like letters and photos.
Leyden says the band will play the new album in its entirety, plus songs like "Invisible" by Jaded Era, the long-running local band that included Leyden and guitarist Jeff Andrea. The quartet will play with an expanded lineup, including a violinist. Tickets are $10.
Jacknife Powerbombs will play a one-off reunion show on Saturday, July 25, at the Pirates Cove (2045 E. 21st St., Cleveland). "Very cliché, but sure to be fun," says singer Matt. Print a free ticket at myspace.com/jacknifepowerbombs. Heads Held High and Flanked by Red Flags open; doors open at 7 p.m.
Flowers in Flames are listed in Mick Mercer's new book Music to Die For: The Last Great Guide to the Underground Scene, a goth-noir encyclopedia with entries about 3,581 different bands from 70 countries. On Friday, July 24, the band opens for the Pop Culture Suicides (featuring ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist Zim Zum) at the Hi-Fi (11729 Detroit Ave.). Mabus Christ rounds out the bill.