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Friday, May 1, 2015

8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM

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FRI    05/01

Mushroomhead


When the local metal act Mushroomhead first formed in 1993, few critics imagined the group would still be going at it in 2015. And yet the masked band is now more popular than ever. Last year was particularly productive as the band toured Australia, where it played as part of the massive Soundwave festival. It also hit the road with Insane Clown Posse for a Halloween-themed jaunt. Its latest album, The Righteous and the Butterfly, embraces a wide range of musical styles, including hip-hop, electronica and hard rock. Recorded at the band’s studio in North Royalton and mixed by long-time collaborator Bill Korecky, the disc is arguably the band’s most polished effort to date. Tonight’s concert will mark the first show at the newly reopened Odeon, a concert venue that Clevelanders cherished for many years until until it became a hip-hop club about a decade ago. 6 p.m., $27.50. Odeon. (Jeff Niesel)


Sinatra Night with Michael Sonata

Canton native Michael Sonata has always been involved in plays and choirs and was a member of the University of Notre Dame Glee Club. In 2004, he auditioned for a role in a Sopranos spoof that required a character based on Frank Sinatra. Sonata got the part and has been imitating Ol’ Blue Eyes ever since. He includes some 90 songs in his repertoire and covers all eras, including the Columbia years and the Capitol years. He even takes requests from the audience. 8 p.m., $7. Music Box Supper Club. (Niesel)

By Light We Loom

With their previous band Bethesda, which called it quits last year, Shana Delaney and Eric Ling had a good run in the '00s. The indie-folk group toured throughout the Midwest and even played big festivals such as Bonnaroo, CMJ, Bunbury and MidPoint. It opened for indie acts such as Mates of State, Sharon Van Etten and First Aid Kit. "It was a huge part of our life," says Delaney when asked about that time period. "We got to play so many awesome shows, and we loved touring. We released two singles at the end of that run. Everyone was in different places and Eric and I went through so many different members to fill in when people couldn't make it to shows. We just couldn't hold it together anymore." In the wake of Bethesda's dissolution, Delaney and Ling reconvened as a duo, christening the band By Light We Loom. Last fall, it started writing songs. The group's new release, The Ignition EP, is a really solid effort. 9 p.m., $8. The Euclid Tavern. (Niesel)

SAT 05/02

Alkaline Trio


After putting a nice dent in the American punk rock scene by the mid-2000s, Alkaline Trio has a pretty hefty cache of material to work with these days. They remain something of a powerhouse on the punk circuit. The band is currently touring around the U.S. in four-show stands. During these gigs, they’re working through their entire discography, all eight albums: Goddamnit, Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, From Here to Infirmary, Good Mourning, Crimson, Agony & Irony, This Addiction, and My Shame Is True. “The albums will not be played chronologically and the pairings will not be announced beforehand,” the band reports. 8:30 p.m., $29.50. Grog Shop. (Eric Sandy)

The Werks

Last fall, the band released Mr. Smalls Sessions, which includes a handful of songs that have shown up in set lists over the past few years. There’s the road-trippin’ “Better Than Before,” the energetic “Moetry in Potion” and more, all satisfying the band’s long-standing intention to constantly shift and grow their sound. Recent soundboards released on the band’s Bandcamp page show off a terrific spring tour under way. The band held down a two-day stint at the Beachland last year. After the first show we wrote: “Guitarist Chris Houser reminded all in the audience that, good lord, he can shred when he’s feelin’ it. And he felt the call of the mighty, major-key solo many times last night.” Truth. 9 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy)

Midnight Passenger

Recorded over the past year by local hero Jim Stewart at Lava Room, Whiteout Audio and Jim Stewart Studios, Midnight Passenger’s new album Calypso, the long-awaited follow-up to its 2011 debut EP, sounds like a throwback to ’90s bands such as Semisonic, Live and Guster. The tunes here tend toward the mellow side of things, but the music becomes more engaging when the group turns up the distortion in songs such as “Radiating,” “Wading” and “NGTMR,” the latter of which features bellowing vocals and an escalating tempo that turns it into a veritable anthem. The same goes for “Wolfs Den,” which sounds like a cross between U2 and My Morning Jacket. Album opener “Bones” is an earnest, mid-tempo rocker and would make a great single. These guys have been playing the indie circuit in town, but the music here has crossover potential, assuming AAA radio stations are adventurous to play something that just doesn't sound like Mumford & Sons. 8:30 p.m. Mahall’s 20 Lanes. (Niesel)

The Used

It's been a long road for post-hardcore band the Used. Alongside bands like My Chemical Romance, the Used was a staple in the early 2000s emo scene. However, the Used has evolved since its earlier days. No longer being forced into the “emo” genre, the Used has been pumping out more alternative rock oriented albums. With the release of their latest album, Imaginary Enemy, last year, they show their ability to evolve in sound, yet still keep their fan base happy. Don't worry though, the band still embraces its past and you can still expect to hear old songs like “The Taste of Ink” and “All That I've Got.” 7 p.m., $27.50 ADV, $30 DOS. House of Blues. (Martin Harp)

Dar Williams

A veteran singer-songwriter who actually teaches a course at Wesleyan College on the subject, Dar Williams recently released a live recording celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Honesty Room, an album of contemplative folk songs that feature her fluttering, upper register voice (think Joni Mitchell). Her forthcoming album, Emerald, features contributions from friends such as Jill Sobule, Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, the Hooters, Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mother Suzzy Roche. 8 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Music Box Supper Club. (Niesel)

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