Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Sounds like: "Five.Bolt.Main writes songs with vibrant melodies, yet maintains an in-your-face delivery that has identified it as a new generation in hard rock. It has a wide range of influences that extend from the old-school rock of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to the post-punk grunge flavor of Alice in Chains and Faith No More, and even '80s pop icons Journey."
Fun fact: "Five.Bolt.Main features former Flaw members Chris Volz and Ivan Arnold."
Playing: Thursday, October 27, at the Hi-Fi Concert Club
Why you should see them: "Music = life."
Band: Devil Doll
Hometown: Cleveland (current home base, Los Angeles)
Sounds like: "Jessica Rabbit meets Joan Jett."
Fun fact: "I have been proposed to after our shows probably about 300 times -- and that's just the male fans."
Playing: Saturday, October 29, at the Beachland Ballroom
Why you should see them: "It will improve your sex life and your eyesight, bring you closer to God, and give you something to talk about on Sunday."
-- Colleen Duffy (aka Devil Doll), vocals -- Chris Volz, vocals
Band: Petting Zeus (www.pettingzeus.net)
Hometown: Akron and Kent
Sounds like: "Illogical, awkward, and at times creepy music caused by a past-its-prime 12-string guitar and a guy hitting the drums as hard as he can."
Fun fact: "At least half our songs have no preset vocal lines or lyrics. Each show is the first and last time you will get to hear a particular version of a song. Expect genius or disaster."
Playing: Thursday, October 27, at the Grog Shop
Why you should see them: "Get an early start to Halloween weekend, and get a free PZ CD."
-- Splat, guitars and vocals
Band: Social Zero (www.socialzero.com)
Sounds like: Dredg, Tool, and the Stone Temple Pilots
Fun fact: "All of Social Zero's working titles for songs are movie titles. (Current song in progress: 'Exorcism of Emily Rose')."
Playing: Thursday, October 27, at Club Khameleon, Kent
Why you should see them: "What is there better to do on a Thursday night than hang out with friends at an ass-kickin' rock show?"
-- Ian Sky, vocals