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Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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King Khan & the Shrines

Ruler, mystic, or priest? King Khan is part political activist, part spiritual guru, and all rock ‘n’ roll royalty. Known for his many garage rock reincarnations, including his collaboration with Mark Sultan called the King Khan and BBQ Show, Khan’s Shrines resurrect the sounds of the ’60s through a combination of soul, R&B, and psychedelia. The group includes Ron Streeter, former percussionist for Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield, as well as tenor saxophonist Torben Wesche, who’s regarded as the “John Coltrane of Germany.” Regrettably, Kahn’s guitar prowess does not have a place in this group, but this only frees him up to more fully execute his captivating sorcery as a live performer: the man shuffles and jiggles with the energy of Little Richard. (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $16 ADV, $18 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball has represented “college rock” in a more literal sense throughout most of its career — its open, honest lyrical content providing a window into the collective soul of university-going millennials everywhere. Their first two full-length efforts, Sports and You’re Gonna Miss It All, launched the band from the world of DIY house shows and free Bandcamp downloads to indie punk stalwart Run For Cover Records where it received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and even The New York Times. Not bad for a bunch of kids just getting used to post-grad life. Perhaps it’s because of all this success that their third LP, Holy Ghost, which came out last month, sounds more carefully constructed than the rest of their catalog. (Eli Shively) 7 p.m., $20 ADV, $24 DOS. Agora Ballroom.


Bonnie Prince Billy

Music fans may have heard Will Oldham's music more than they realize, given the nicknames he's worked under throughout his 23-year career writing and performing Americana and — including as Palace Brothers, Palace Music, and, since 1998, Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Oldham's fragile voice is often backed by subtle guitar and piano; the songwriter's real artistry shines through on the deep-cutting lyrics to his songs, such as on "I See a Darkness." (Jacob DeSmit), 8:30 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


When two already prolific artists collaborate, good things usually come of it. In a way, Chicago post-rock outfit RLYR (pronounced “relayer”) represents a best case scenario: Guitarist Trevor de Brauw of Pelican and drummer Steven Hess of Locrian were only supposed to play together as a one-off festival performance — but ended up getting along so well that they decided to form a band. The pair got together for an improvised performance at an experimental music fest in Milwaukee, started meeting regularly to see if they could write some more material, and eventually brought in bassist Colin DeKuiper and let the project take on a life of its own. That first performance eventually became “Descent of the Night Bison,” the epic 23-minute closer to the band’s debut LP, Delayer. Expect to hear songs from it at tonight's show. (Shively), 8 p.m., $8. Now That's Class.

Savoy Motel

Whoever said bands that use drum machines have no soul didn't hear the first single, "Hot One," from this quartet from Nashville. Featuring a Maestro-brand drum machine, the track builds on a duo of plucking guitar solos and a plodding bass that holds its funky groove together. Hot off a short tour with Black Lips and having signed with label What's Your Rupture, fans can expect all new material from Savoy Motel as it stops in Cleveland on a short tour to promote its yet-to-be titled debut. (DeSmit), 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

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