Rock & Pop

High Class Criminals/Theta Waves/Attaboy/The Ballroom Charades

When: Fri., Jan. 6, 7 p.m. 2017

For North Ridgeville’s High Class Criminals, winning a battle of the bands like the local High School Rock Off could never compare to what they’ve accomplished of their own accord since their two years in the competition. Formed in 2013, High Class Criminals thought their time might be up when the eldest two members went to college. Today, they’re playing alongside acts like the Ready Set and Hippo Campus at venues like the Grog Shop and Columbus’s Spacebar. On their second EP, Fever Dream, the six-piece successfully polishes the glimmers of pop song prowess displayed on their 2014 effort Bones. Singer Shaun Dillon’s silk-smooth voice spreads over a mix of alt rock, dance rock, and pop that fans of Cold War Kids and Portugal. The Man will enjoy. He and the rest of the band — keyboardist Dane Truelson, guitarist Brandon Coffey, drummer Michael Sapienza, Matt Lauren and guitarist Sean Beckwith — prove their not kids anymore, and tonight they headline with local friends Theta Waves, Attaboy! and the Ballroom Charades. (Bethany Kaufman)

Price: $10

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