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Friday, November 14, 2014

10 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM




New Orleans sludge metal masters Eyehategod made a name for themselves in the early ’90s when they released a trio of albums — 1992’s In the Name of Suffering, 1993’s Take As Needed for Pain, and 1996’s Dopesick — which ushered in comparisons to everyone from Black Flag to Black Sabbath. Singer Mike Williams’ menacing growl would scare even brutes like Pantera’s Phil Anselmo. On Eyehategod, its first studio release in 14 years, the band shows it hasn’t lost a step. Album opener “Agitation! Propaganda!” careens out of control before the tuned-down guitars take over. It’s going to be one of several songs to get the mosh pit going at tonight’s show. (Jeff Niesel), 7 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. The Foundry.

Joshua Jesty

Singer-songwriter Joshua Jesty originally intended last year's EP Wasn’t the World Supposed to End to be a double record. Instead, he split the tunes into four EPs. Jesty, who sometimes recalls ’90s alt rockers Live, has just wrapped Now Is the Time, the second of those aforementioned EPs. It's another infectious effort as it kicks off with the herky jerky "Let's Go Dancing," a mid-tempo rocker that even includes a mid-song dub reggae breakdown. And it wouldn't be a Jesty record without the requisite break-up ballads. Songs such as "If You Could Get Over Him" and "So Nice" keep that tradition alive. (Niesel), 9 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Kung Fu 

Spawned from the Breakfast, Deep Banana and RAQ, Kung Fu wraps up several jam band subgenres into one band. With a basis in funk, these guys often claim “to make fusion cool again.” They make a strong case. Think Headhunters with an Umphrey’s McGee-like twist. Guitarist Tim Palmieri guides the band nimbly through original numbers and awesome covers. Robert Somerville accents everything with fresh tenor sax. This year’s release, Tsar Bomba, moves extremely quickly and pretty much demands that you start dancing immediately. One of the coolest songs on the album, “Snaggle,” lurks from swampy melody to lounge lizard, sax-driven jam. They’ve got a ton of stuff on YouTube and, so check them out. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Del McCoury & David Grisman

Legendary bluegrass pair Del and Dawg come to Cleveland tonight for a classic trip through decades of music. These guys share a 50-year friendship that began in New York City in the 1960s. At 75 and 69, respectively, they can still shred like no other, with Del rocking the guitar and David playing the mandolin. They’ve been performing quite a bit together in recent years, cutting an album in 2012 and touring around the country. You can expect a lot of the classics and plenty of friendly banter between tunes. David has called Del “the greatest living exponent of this music,” extolling the virtues of bluegrass greats and shining a light on his friend. They play well together, and tonight will definitely bear that out. (Sandy), 8 p.m., $48 ADV, $55 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Reagan Youth

Punk rock came to Reagan Youth guitarist Paul Cripple's Queens neighborhood when he was in high school and he immediately gravitated toward it. "Rock was really big," he says. "It was monstrous back then. Lady Gaga pales by comparison." Cripple took up guitar and formed Reagan Youth in 1980 with good friend, the late Dave Insurgent, and started playing clubs like CBGB. Though the lineup has changed dramatically since then, Cripple has kept the band going and the group now sounds better than ever. 8 p.m., $10. Now That's Class.

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