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Thursday, May 16, 2019

7 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 11:25 AM

  • Jeff Niesel

Jamey Johnson/Natalie Stovall

Given that many of today’s biggest country’s stars are more concerned with wardrobe and make-up than music, it’s refreshing to see a guy like singer-guitarist Jamey Johnson. He tends to look more like a roadie than a rock star. His beard and long hair make him look a bit like Grizzly Adams and his deep, gravelly voice confirms the comparison. Influenced by George Jones, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson), he takes an old school, no frills approach and regularly puts on great shows at House of Blues, the venue he usually plays when he comes to town. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. House of Blues.

Holden Laurence Album Release Show/Niights/Punchdrunk Tagalongs

Local indie singer-songwriter Holden Laurence received rave reviews for his debut, 2017’s Wild Empty Promises. “It’s a fantastic debut that blends Mope-rock, Post-punk and New Wave deftly with its bittersweet tone and cinematic delivery,” Scene's Eric Sandy wrote at the time of its release. On his new album, Rewire, Holden expands his musical range with “walls of synths” and “glassy guitars, driving grooves and songwriting that is equal parts eloquent and visceral,” at it's put in a press release. With its rich vocals and synthesizer swirls, album opener “Shadows of Old Love” has a Smiths-like vibe to it, and thick bass riffs and plaintive vocals give “Speaking in Tongues” an ’80s feel (think New Order). Holden recruited long-time collaborator and drummer Michael O’Brien of the Modern Electric to play alongside him on the album, which was recorded in Cleveland at Fe True Productions and in Milwaukee at Bobby Peru Recording Studios. All vocals and instruments, with the exception of drums and percussion, were performed by the talented Laurence. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $8 ADV, $10 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

The Tufted Puffins Record Release/Craig Bell Band/Bar Trash

The guys in the local punk rock band Tufted Puffins possess some serious musical pedigrees. Prior to forming the Puffins, singer-guitarist Mike Baker played in local bands such as Sleazy Jesus and the Splatter Pigs and Hucklebuck. Bassist Ken Brown also played in Sleazy Jesus and spent time in the hard rocking Ten Tons of Hell too. In addition, Brown runs his own recording studio and plays for various theatre orchestras and other musical projects. He is, as it says in the band’s bio, “all business on the bass.” Guitarist Tom Huff played in Burning Lesbians with highly respected local musicians Dave Cintron, Sam Ludwig and Scott Pickering. He’s also recorded with locals Roscoe Disposal Co., Goburn, Motorboat and 2lb. Spread, and drummer Markymoon battered away at his kit for acts such as Zen-Luv Assassins, Professional Againsters, Roscoe Disposal Co., 2lb. Spread, Cathedral 45 and Final Solution. Tonight, the Puffins play a release party at the Beachland Tavern to celebrate the release of their cantankerous debut album, Old, Loud and Puffy. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.


Heart Attack Man Release Show/Perverts Again/Crime of Passing/joyframe

Compared to Heart Attack Man's first album, 2017's The Manson Family, the local rock group's new album, Fake Blood, is much more focused. The band took two-a-half weeks to record it at the Barber Shop, a studio in northern New Jersey, and the group shows off its musical range on Fake Blood. "Blood Blister" and "Out for Blood" have Weezer-like elements as they feature lurching guitars and parched vocals that give it an emo vibe. The ballad "Moths in a Lampshade" demonstrates the band's soft side, and "Cut My Losses" registers as a breakup ballad for the ages. Tonight's show at Mahall's serves as an album release party. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Mahall's 20 Lanes.


An Evening with John Waite

Whether it’s a song like “Missing You,” or “When I See You Smile,” a later hit from his time with the late '80s supergroup Bad English, or tracks like “Every Time I Think Of You” and “Back On My Feet Again,” from his earlier days in the Babys, singer John Waite has recorded a number of songs that his fans remain similarly connected with. His songs often function as musical mile markers for those fans, providing a nostalgic reminder when they come on the radio of where they were at that moment in time. (Matt Wardlaw) 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. The Kent Stage.

EYEHATEGOD/Negative Approach/Sheer Terror/Phobia/Fuck You Pay Me

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 2014’s 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. (Niesel)
8 p.m., $20 ADV, $23 DOS. Grog Shop.

Marianas Trench/Scott Helman/DJ George Thomas

The guys in the pop-rock act Marianas Trench were just teenagers when the band first formed in Vancouver in 2001. That didn’t stop singer-guitarist Josh Ramsay from developing his songwriting chops. He received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough hit “Call Me Maybe.” He’s in good form on the band's new album, Phantoms, which features exuberant pop gems such as “Wish You Were Here” and “Your Ghost,” a song distinguished by its hiccupping vocals and percolating synths. Expect a high-energy show tonight from the guys. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $26.50 ADV, $29.50 DOS. House of Blues.

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