Your Complete Guide to Cleveland Concerts (March 6 -12)

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Gaelic Storm/The Danny Burns Band: 9 p.m., $22.50 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues.

Herzog/Gazers: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Kentucky Thunder: 9:30 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy.

Amos Lee/Chris Kasper: 7:30 p.m., $33.50-$48.50. Lakewood Civic Auditorium.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra: "The swinging-est band in all the land!" is what radio-listeners in the 1930s heard when the Count Basie Orchestra played. And you'll hear why tonight at Nighttown. Founded in Kansas City, Mo., in 1935 by William "Count" Basie, the group still plays even though Basie passed away years ago. You've seen Basie and his band playing the desert in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, and over the years the CBO has won 17 Grammy awards. Their early hit "One O'Clock Jump" builds up from smooth and subtle solos to that classic wall of wail. From their Second Testament era, "April in Paris" nails that singular blending melodic line for which they're known. The band is led by Dennis Mackrel, and includes players hired by Basie himself. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $40. Nighttown. (Gonzalez)

Midlife Chryslers: 9:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Missing Rival Knives/ZuP/Houses/Cicada Sunrise/Third World Leader: 7 p.m., $8. Grog Shop.

Motionless in White/LIke Moths to Flames: 6:30 p.m., $16. The Rock Factory.

The MuckleBuck: 9 p.m., free. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

NTC 7th Anniversary Bash with Mr. California Quintet/Punching Moses/Burger Boys/Eel: For seven years now, Now That's Class has carved out its own niche as one of the city's best underground punk clubs. You can't pigeonhole the place either. You're just as likely to see an avant garde band from the Czech Republic as you are a street punk band from Chicago. But in addition to hosting noisy bands, it's also just a cool place to hang out. On certain nights, it offers a vegan menu. And it's hosted everything from dodge ball tournaments to film screenings. Tonight, it celebrates its seventh anniversary with a performance from the self-described local punk novelty act Mr. California. There also will be a screening of the new film from the skate zine Condensed Flesh. 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class. (Niesel)

Schwartz Brothers: 8:30 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern.

Travelin' Johnsons (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Wonder Years/Fireworks/Real Friends/Citizen/Modern Baseball: 6 p.m., $16 ADV, $19 DOS. Agora Ballroom.

SUN 03/09

Immortal Bird/Peace in Chaos: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Kari Jobe/Rend Collective Experiment: 7 p.m., $31. Lakewood Civic Auditorium.

Metal Church: 6:30 p.m., $13.52. Agora.

Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

The Oxymoron Tour featuring Schoolboy Q/Isaiah Rashad/Vince Staples: 8 p.m., $24 ADV, $26 DOS. House of Blues.

Snow Tha Product/Caskey/Brian Baker/Jus Mic: On her first headlining tour, Snow Tha Product brings her rap game to the Grog. Throughout the history of rap and hip-hop, there haven't been a lot of female MCs. Snow's increasing popularity and strong presence aims to change that while providing an interesting take on modern feminism. Her rapping is hard and lyrically strong and, instead of relying on her sexuality to sell records, she leans on her skill. Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover, her latest mixtape, shows her placing more emphasis on her aggression as opposed to her melodic, catchy pop hooks from earlier releases. On the track "Cookie Cutter Bitches," she dismisses the homogenous feminine fashions with a series of baking metaphors. 9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop. (Patrick Stoops)

Sommerfugl: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

MON 03/10

Ernie Krivda Jazz Workshop/Sweta: 7:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

The Naked and Famous/Gemini Club: The music of the Naked and Famous fits right in with the happy-go-lucky, reverb-washed, catchy-chorus, synth-pop anthems we so often find saturating the landscape of current popular alternative music. Singles off their first full-length release Passive Me, Aggressive You definitely fall prey to that vanilla alt-pop sheen. The sing-along anthem "Young Blood" has that shouting-over-a-happy-beat sound we find ourselves singing along to time and time again. The happy, whiny love song "Girls Like You" breaks out some harder distorted synths, finally showing some edge. On their latest album In Rolling Waves, the gloves come off a little and the band offers up harsher synths and a little more stylistic variance. While the first single "Hearts Like Ours" sounds like a B-side from their first album, "Grow Old" is a pleasantly dark crooning song that sounds like Sparkle Horse meets M83. 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. House of Blues. (Gonzalez)

Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

TUES 03/11

Dead Buckeye Six/Transceiver/Kiss Me Deadly: 7:30 p.m., $5. Beachland Tavern.

Dale Galgozy/Bob Sammon: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

Jack Name/Christmas Pets/Edwin Jr.: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Lyrical Rhythms: Poetry & Soul Open Mic: 9 p.m., free. Grog Shop.

Two Set Tuesday (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

WED 03/12

10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.

Bloodshot Bill/Texas Plant/Church of the Lazy Bastards: 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.

Carnifex/Bless the Child: 6 p.m., $13.52. Agora Ballroom.

Randy Napoleon Quartet featuring Dmitry Baevsky: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown.

Natural Facts Duo/Jeff German & Brad Williams: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.

The Vonneguts/The Bag Boys/Black Puddle Noise: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.

Young the Giant/Vance Joy: You've undoubtedly heard Young the Giant's first big hit "Cough Syrup," an anthem about having a nervous breakdown and then medicating with cough syrup. That song was written before the release of the band's eponymous self-titled album, when the guys were a band called the Jakes. It's tame compared to the bombastic heavy-hitting guitar riffs of their next single "My Body." Young the Giant has this clean, exciting lackadaisical style highlighted by their jumpy guitar lines and powerful grooves. They intersperse the hard stuff with some sincere vocal solos and wormy synth leads. The song "Crystalized" is closer to their established asthetic, encapsulating their "Orange County sound." This band has definitely evolved its sound on Mind Over Matter, so expect to hear some new stuff at House of Blues. Australian folk-pop artist Vance Joy opens the show. 8:30 p.m., $23 ADV, $25 DOS. House of Blues. (Gonzalez)

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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