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Friday, March 4, 2016

8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4

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Sunflower Bean

The seductive singing of bassist Julia Cumming carries many of the songs on Sunflower Bean’s debut album, Human Ceremony, but the New York trio really shines when her voice contrasts the shimmering riffs of guitarist Nick Kivlen, who founded the band with drummer Jacob Faber around 2013. The overarching mood of their album is hard to pin down, as the band bounces from the dreamy jangle of its opening title track to the spunky throbbing of “Wall Watcher” to the soft cuteness of “I Want You to Give Me Enough Time.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the 20-year-olds of Sunflower Bean name-dropped Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and T. Rex in a debate about which band had the best debut album. It’s hard to say if Sunflower Bean’s debut might be similarly adored by teens 40 years after its release date, but the album’s lush soundscape firmly establishes the band as an exciting new name in indie pop. (Jacob DeSmit), 8 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Jukebox the Ghost

Back in 2014, Jukebox the Ghost signed with Cherrytree Records and hit the road in early 2015 for a North American tour that became the subject of the new short documentary film “Long Way Home.” The current tour supports Jukebox the Ghost (Cherrytree Deluxe Edition), a re-release of their self-titled LP that comes with a bonus disc of Thornewill’s “reimagining” of the songs as improvised piano arrangements. The guys cut the album over the course of several months, working with producer Andrew Dawson (fun., Kanye West) and producer Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, the Woes). A song characterized by its perky piano/synthesizer riff and choir-like vocals, “The Great Unknown” poses the question about the afterlife. It’s one of the album’s standout tracks. Expect to hear it alongside many of the album's other terrific tunes at tonight's show. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $16 ADV, $18 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Lowly, the Tree Ghost

The band's second full-length, From the Ground, features exuberant folk-pop that suggest how much this band has evolved since singer-guitarist Andrew Arbogast started it in 2009. The album opens with "Whale Calls," a song distinguished by its mix of piano and strings that accompany harmonized vocals. "Jeremy Fisher Part 2" comes off as a pure folk number, complete with some vigorous fiddle and drums just right for swing dancing. An a cappella outro makes you realize just how well band members can harmonize too. "Twin Peaks, Wa" sounds like something 10,000 Maniacs might've recorded back when Natalie Merchant was in the group. "It's our second album but feels like the first thing we ever put out," says Aborgast. For tonight's CD release show, the band will play the entire album. $5. Happy Dog. (Niesel)

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

Motherfucker


The title of Motherfucker’s first full-length might be Confetti, but the music is better suited for a Grand Theft Auto soundtrack than a sweet 16 party. The hard rock/stoner metal trio formed to play one wild show at Athens SlopFest before disappearing into obscurity. But when that single solitary show garnered more attention than their previous band did in six years, the group knew it wasn’t “game over.” Confetti sounds like indie rock riot band Perfect Pussy informed by Black Sabbath and Motorhead. You’ll be headbanging like your brain is in a bumper car ring. (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

Shivering Timbers

Akron’s Shivering Timbers is husband-wife duo Jayson and Sarah Benn with former street drummer Daniel Kshywonis. Then-local rockstar and friend Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys liked the innocent lullabies that the Benns composed for their young daughter so much that he came on board to produce their first album, 2010’s We All Started in the Same Place. Vacillating between thoughtfully-embellished folk ballads and infectiously groovy blues rock, songs such as “The Mopping Floor,” “Crooked Old Man” and “Nose Nose Nose” emulate Jack White’s whimsical revival of roots music. (Kaufman), 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

Coco Montoya


Upon hearing the sweet, opening guitar licks of Coco Montoya’s “Am I Losing You,” you might immediately imagine the song in the soundtrack of porn you'd find on VHS or playing during the montage sequence in a Rocky knockoff. But that's not a knock against the blues virtuoso. The reality is that Montoya can shred, but what else would you expect of a guy who toured with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for throughout the ’80s? These days, Montoya remains a road warrior, with 27 shows booked through the first three months of 2016. With a deep catalogue of studio albums to choose from when preparing those live set lists, Montoya exudes emotional intensity in his singing and brings a technical expertise to his plucking, particularly on tracks “I Got a Mind to Travel” and “The One Who Really Love You.” (DeSmit), 7:30 p.m., $16 ADV, $19 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Laurin Talese Presents: Gorgeous Chaos

A Cleveland native, jazz singer Laurin Talese recruited some major talent to accompany her on her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos. Produced by Adam Blackstone (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna) and Ulysses Owens, Jr. (Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis), the album includes appearances by Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Christian Sands, renowned soul/R&B singer Vivian Green, and longtime collaborator Eric Wortham (Adele, Jill Scott). Other notable artists featured on the recording include: Yesseh Furaah-Ali, Erskine Hawkins, Jamar Jones, Josh Lawrence, Anwar Marshall, Ben O’Neill, Steve Tirpak, Joe Truglio, The Millennial Symphony Strings and Dontae Winslow. On the track “Winter,” Talese sings in a hushed voice over busy bits of piano and horns and in “Forgive and Forget” she shows off her vocal chops. Expect plenty of friends and family to be on hand for tonight’s CD release show that takes place  in the Music Box's supper club. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $10. Music Box Supper Club.

We Banjo 3

An award-winning quartet out of Galway, Ireland, We Banjo 3 has become a festival favorite since forming some five years ago. The band plays “Celtgrass,” a distinct style of music that draws from Irish folk, Americana and bluegrass. The band, which includes two sets of brothers (Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley) has won some serious accolades too. Howley is a 7-time All Ireland Banjo champion while Enda Scahill holds 4 titles. Multi-instrumentalist Fergal Scahill is one of the most acclaimed fiddlers in Irish music and an “All Ireland” champion on fiddle and bodhran. The current U.S. tour is a part of Culture Ireland’s Centenary Programme, a commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. (Niesel), 4 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

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