Smiley Baldazar CD-release party

Saturday, August 27, at the Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5281.

Tori Amos

With Imogen Heap and the Ditty Bops. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Tower City Amphitheater, 351 Canal Road, the Flats, $22.50/$42.50/$45, 216-241-5555.

If you're into guitar solos and guys who talk a lot of smack very quickly, Smiley Baldazar is your new favorite band. The group's brand-new debut, In Tents, sounds like Primus filtered through the Allman Brothers, added to two parts Zappa, then vigorously shaken. "I can play you something crazy nobody else knows," singer-guitarist Steve Smith brags. And he delivers, spinning gonzo tales of promiscuous midgets under the influence of anything they can get their hands on. As Smith proclaims, "Smiley Baldazar is on the scene." Welcome. And, by the way, the disc has plenty of cowbell.
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