This Moment in Black History headlines a benefit for Zombie Proof Recording Studio Tuesday, December 23, at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd.). The studio has recorded A-list indie bands, including Roué, Homostupids (also on the night's bill) and Boatzz. "It's a pretty rad place," says TMIBH frontman Chris Kulcsar. "Zombie Proof is an amazing, and rare, example of the DIY ethic at work." Doors 9 p.m., $7.
¥ Madison East returns to action Tuesday, December 23. The band plays Peabody's (2083 E. 21st St.). The emo-indie band's new lineup features frontman Nick Wise, who previously sang in folk duo Authors. "We sound like a band who figured out how to write their own songs [now]," says guitarist Terry Geer. "We've also been tinkering with other instruments like keyboards, accordion, extra percussion and harmonica among a few other things." Doors at 6 p.m. ; admission $6 or e-mail info@MadisonEastRock.com for free tickets.
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¥ Metal crushers Bloodwolf have added drummer Adam and expanded to a quartet with the addition of lead guitarist Chris Dunne, formerly of punk band the Four Vices. The band is working on a new EP's worth of material, planning to release it as part of an expanded reissue of 2007's out-of-print 21666 EP. Expect furious leads and guitar harmonies. Singer-guitarist Dave Maynard says the new songs are "outrageously better than the old stuff. It's way, way more aggressive." The band opens for At No End at 9 p.m. Friday, December 19, at the Jigsaw (5324 State Rd., Parma). Tickets: $7 advance, $10 day of show.
¥ Shake off the cold with some rawked-out surf guitar: KB & the Riptides play their eighth annual Christmas Extravaganza on Sunday, December 21, at Peabody's (2083 E. 21st St.). Guitarist Kirk Bradley Sporck has only eight fingers but plays like he has 15. A portion of proceeds will be a surprise holiday gift for a local family with an unemployed father who has a brain tumor and no health insurance. Doors open at 4 p.m.; tickets are $6.
¥ Colin Dussault's Blues Project plays a benefit for needy children on Thursday, December 18, at the Lakewood Masonic Temple (15300 Detroit Ave.). After 20 years as a bandleader, Dussault is now formally sharing his hard-won knowledge of the music business in his new management company, Buddah Belly Productions. His first two clients are guitarist-singer Jeff Sherman and blues singer Mary Bridget Davies (Mary Bridget Davies Group, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Love, Janis). Dussault's Blues Project also plays Stamper's Grill Pub (21750 Lorain Rd.) Friday, December 19.
¥ Country/Americana band Hillbilly Idol wraps up 2008, its 17th year together, with a show at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd.) on Saturday, December 20. The gig will feature some special appearances and a one-night-only reunion of the band's classic lineup: Paul Kovac, Dave Huddleston, Bill Watson, Al Moss and Roy King. Kent-based bluegrass/country band One Way Rider, featuring the Mayfield family - parents David Lee and Valerie, with siblings David and Jessica Lea - opens the show. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $7.