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Friday, October 10, 2014

8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM



Gothic country, you ask? Sure, O’Death’s sound is unusual, but it actually kind of works. Their latest, Out of Hands We Go, takes elements of folk and bluegrass and adds in twists of dark Americana. Banjos and ukuleles punctuate the landscape of Greg Jamie’s country singing and rich guitar strumming. The track “Roam” pairs a catchy refrain of shadowy, foreboding lyrics with a vintage country beat and feverish violin. Meanwhile, “Warm Wooden Firewood” has odd influences of Simon and Garfunkel in the singing, with lyrics of doomed love and sober guitar strums. Expect stuff that’s never been heard before as they play songs off this brand new album. 9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop. (Liz Trenholme) 

Eric Church

Country singer Eric Church struck platinum with 2011’s Chief (the Grammy-nominated 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM) and his latest album The Outsiders debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart. But unlike Chief, which benefited a tribute to the Boss (“Springsteen”) and a few party hearty tunes (“Drink in My Hand,” “Hungover & Hard Up”), The Outsiders has a different tone. The opening title track establishes that as Church sneers “we’re the riders, we’re the ones burning rubber off our tires./Yeah, we’re the fighters, the all-nighters.” 7 p.m., $25-$59.50. Quicken Loans Arena. (Jeff Niesel)

Eddie Money

Gravelly voiced singer Eddie Money was a bit of a late bloomer. He started performing in the late ’60s but didn’t sign a record deal until 1977. His self-titled debut became a huge hit and yielded singles like “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” Money continued to deliver hits throughout the ’80s until struggles with addiction nearly derailed his career. More than 10 years ago, he joined a 12-step program, embraced sobriety and commenced regularly touring and recording again. In 2012, he released a single, “One More Soldier Coming Home,” that benefited the Fallen Heroes Fund. Expect to hear it alongside hits such as “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Shakin’” at tonight’s show. Money loves Northeast Ohio so expect the guy to give it his all. 7:30 p.m., $35-$75. The Tangier. (Niesel)


Big K.R.I.T.

Following the release of Live from the Underground, rapper Big K.R.I.T. returned to the mixtape circuit in 2013 with the eponymous King Remembered In Time. The project proved that his flashes of greatness were not a fluke. One of the tracks, "R.E.M." even goes so far as to apologize for the quality of Live from the Underground. Moving ahead to 2014, K.R.I.T. is gearing up for his second Def Jam album entitled Cadillactica. The concept behind the album is that Cadillactica is a planet that K.R.I.T. has created for himself. The album's first single (and name of his current tour) is "Pay Attention." Produced by Jim Jonsin and featuring Rico Love, the track is a departure from K.R.I.T.'s usual do-it-all approach to creating music. 9 p.m., $22-$55. Grog Shop. (Emanuel Wallace)

These guys have been touring like crazy lately. This is, what, their third time in Cleveland this year? The numbers bear out the truth: The music here is well worth your attention and energy. Cabinet distinguishes itself from others in the arena by treating its music not strictly as bluegrass, but as a medley of many musical traditions. Head directly to This is Cabinet, Set I and Set II, which are both fantastic live albums that show off the band’s best stuff. “Mr. Spaceman,” from the second set, starts as a jaunty two-four alt-country tune, but soon descends into a bit of polyrhythmic madness. Drummer Jami Novak sends the band into outer space after the strings team (JP Biondo on mandolin, Mickey Coviello on guitar, Pappy Biondo on banjo, Dylan Skursky on bass and Todd Kopec on fiddle) just destroys whatever foundation they had built up in the first two minutes of the song. It’s awesome stuff. 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Eric Sandy)

Esperanza Spalding

Originally, Esperanza Spalding taught herself to play violin. She then switched to guitar, clarinet and obo. Finally, while in high school, she settled on bass, which she studied formally while at Portland State University and Berklee College of Music. She released her debut, Junjo, in 2006, and the album quickly established her as a rising star. A favorite of President Obama, who asked her to play at his Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2009, she surprised everyone when she won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011. The award-winning album, 2010's Chamber Music Society, featured gorgeous ballads and gentle jazz tunes, some of which you'll undoubtedly hear tonight. 7:30 p.m., $10-$45. Connor Palace. (Niesel)


Recorded and produced by Nate Vail (bassist for A Band Named Ashes) at Just a Dream Entertainment, Telamon's new album Lawrence & Diane features a range of instrumentation. Sam Kristoff, of the Kent-based alt-country group the Speedbumps, plays cello, and Nate Vaill and pianist Seth Vaill contribute as well. "These Passing Days" even includes a brisk horn arrangement that nicely balances the gruff, punk-inspired vocals. "I guess I was going for an alternative sound," says frontman Daniel Kearsey. "That's the easiest way to classify it. We play both acoustic and electric when we play live. It's not your typical acoustic guitar: I play it a lot harder and louder." 9 p.m., $10. Musica. (Niesel)

You Me at Six

This hard rock act out of the U.K. is on the rise. It took home the prize for Best British Band at the recent Kerrang! Awards and it recently shared a bill in Glasgow that found it playing alongside big-name acts such as Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pharrell, Kings of Leon, Bastille and Lorde. It even sold out Wembley Arena. Its new album, Cavalier Youth, features righteous anthems that sound like the Killers if the Killers rocked a little harder. The band might even play a few new tracks from its next studio album. Produced by Steve Osborne (U2, Peter Gabriel) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Arcade Fire, Bjork), it’s due out in 2015 and is reportedly in the final stages of recording. 7 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Agora. (Niesel)

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