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Saint Andrew (ex-Knifedance, Stepsister) has a new duo, the Snake Handlers. They makes their live debut Thursday, June 18, at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave.)

"Right now, it's just a two-piece," says Andrew. "Think Black Keys meets the Stooges, with some Velvet Underground kinda stuff. This is the format I really wanted — [previous one-man-band] Saint Andrew was just figuring out how to sing so I could sing rock 'n' roll."

Drummer Saint Mathew relocated from New York because Cleveland is cheaper. Previously, he briefly played with the Fugitive Kind. The show is headlined by the Strange Boys, a lo-fi garage-pop combo from Austin. It kicks off at 9.

This Moment in Black History is nearly ready to unleash their third full-length, Public Square, which they recorded last summer at Cleveland's Zombie Proof studio. The album will be an independent, old-school effort.

Says frontman Christopher Kulcsar, "Due to the economic downturn, we will soon be self-releasing Public Square on our own label, Snax Records and Tapes. This will be a limited cassette-only release, and these will also come with Buck Rogers-style download coupons free in every box. This will be available on our upcoming East Coast Week/Weak tour in July."

Drummer headlines Musica (51 E. Market St.) on Friday, June 19. The Akron indie all-star band includes members of the Black Keys and Party of Helicopters. The melodic shoegazer-rock quintet is recording its full-length debut in the Rubber City with producer Ben Vehorn (Other Girls, Love As Laughter). Bassist Patrick Carney says it should be done by July.

Kent's the Phoebe Cates and the Party of Helicopters played one-off reunion shows on Friday, June 12, at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd.). It was the Phoebe Cates' first show in a decade. Helicopters, who broke up in 2004, hadn't played since a 2007 reunion gig. Helicopters guitarist Jamie Stillman (who now plays with Drummer) performed old favorites and songs from a half-finished lost album, which they may finish "one of these days. We'll record it by the time we're 40," says Stillman. The bands reunited to celebrate the belated bachelor party of Hot Rails frontman Ken Janssen.

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