Most of the Lovekill will reunite for three shows as I Am Champagne. Drummer Craig Ramsey, singer-bassist Carla Cherry and guitarist Jonah Bayer will play new material as well as songs from the 2006 Lovekill album These Moments Are Momentum (released on Astro Magnetics, whose partners include Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley).
Ramsey says the players reformed at the request of Brooklyn post-punk rockers Nakatomi Plaza to open shows in Cleveland and New York. There's no word on whether the new material or band has a future.
Ramsey has one of the busier dance cards in the city. His band Afternoon Naps played the 10th annual HHBTM (Happy Happy Birthday to Me) Fest in Georgia in late August. He's leading a new lineup of his lightly poppy band and is close to putting finishing touches on his next CD. And he fronts the similarly pop-minded Bears, who also have an album in the works. "A tough thing for me is deciding which songs should be mine, and which should go to Bears," he says.
I Am Champagne performs with Swarm of Bats, Nakatomi Plaza and Attica! Attica! at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts.). Tickets: $7.
Robbing Mary will release their new EP Groveland on Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Barking Spider (11310 Juniper Rd.). Copies are free while they last. Take a listen to the all-original alt-roots-rock band at robbingmary.com. The set starts at 9:30 p.m.; there's no cover.
Way of Life will make their live debut at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd.) on Thursday, Sept. 3. Three members played in the Veil in the '90s. Guitarist Jacob English says the new group sounds like "G N' R, Social D and the Stones. Straight-up, no-frills rock, with a touch of the '90s." Doors 8 p.m.; tickets $5.
Inhale/Exhale will release their third CD on Tuesday, October 6.
Bury Me Alive will drop on Christian-metal foundry Solid State Records, which is also home to genre leaders Underoath and Demon Hunter. The Akron-Canton band plays Musica (51 E. Market St., Akron) on Sunday, Sept. 6. Screwtape Letters, Gloriosa Lova and Darkest Before the Dawn open. Door 7 p.m.; tickets $9.