Band: Plasma for Guns
Sounds like: "Contentious fun"
Fun fact: "We switch instruments during our set. Whatever instrument I use when writing a song is the instrument I'll play when we play the song live, so I move from guitar to bass to drums. It catches people off guard. After we played the Beachland Ballroom, I talked to Michael DiLiberto [lead singer of Cleveland band Boatzz], who was in the crowd, and he told me that by the time he lit his cigarette, we were all playing different instruments. He thought it was really cool."
Playing: Saturday, November 11, at the Cleveland Institute of Art
Why you should see them: "People always seem surprised when they hear we're from Cleveland. We're different and exciting -- most people don't anticipate that from a local band." -- Rachel Hart, guitars, bass, and drums
Band: Sofa King Killer
Sounds like: "Led Zeppelin, but way louder"
Fun fact: "SKK likes the booze."
Playing: Saturday, November 12, at the Outpost, Kent
Why you should see them: "SKK will rewrite the history of rock and roll. When the apocalypse comes, tell God (or Satan) that you saw SKK, and your soul will be fine." -- Chris Chiera, guitars
Band: The House Popes
Sounds like: "In an alternate universe, Jeff Tweedy joined the Clash in 1981, and they kept him from becoming so pretentious. But he still tried to play lead guitar like Neil Young."
Fun fact: "We're the most overeducated band in Northeast Ohio, with three Ph.D.s, one M.D., and one L.S.W. No degrees in music, although several band members have mastered the circle of fifths."
Playing: Friday, November 11, at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see them: "People who come to see us usually come for the party, and we always love seeing new faces. Plus, since our sax player is an actual doctor, we can offer immediate medical assistance if people injure themselves from shaking it too much." -- Michael Graham, guitars, mandolins, and vocals
Band: Karma Has Kelly
Sounds like: "Indie rock with a tint of beauty"
Fun fact: "Eddie (Grant, vocals) was once told he was a cutie by a male at one of our shows."
Playing: Saturday, November 12, at the Phantasy Theater
Why you should see them: "You can see Ricky do a turtle head-butt." -- Andrew Constantino, lead guitars