Band: Mystery of Two
Sounds like: "Mission of Burma and the Talking Heads arguing about jazz while getting signed to SST."
Fun fact: "Lonn [Schubert] thinks in bass, and it's his b-day on December 17. Nick Riley is an all-star, and he's played drums with Lonn for years upon years. I play one of Michael Stanley's old amps (at least that's what the back says)."
Playing: Friday, December 16, at the Beachland Tavern and Saturday, December 17, at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see them: "'Cause it's a Mystery, duh." -- Ryan Weitzel, guitars and vocals
(www.subtones.net or myspace.com/subtones)
Sounds like: "Alcohol-fueled punk rock."
Fun fact: "Kid Rock opened for us 1996 at the old Peabody's."
Playing: Saturday, December 17, at the Beachland Tavern
Why you should see them: "Good, honest, loud music that makes you wanna drink." -- C.J. Gunn, vocals and guitar
Band: Will Cheshier
Hometown: Cleveland Heights
Sounds like: "An acoustic, old-soul funk-pop rave on Playboy After Dark."
Fun fact: "Will has a framed, autographed photo of Pia Zadora."
Playing: Thursday, December 15, at the Barking Spider
Why you should see him: "He'll be rockin' like Dokken, only without the pesky Marshall amps and hair products." -- Will Cheshier, guitars and vocals
Band: Injektion XL
Sounds like: "An elite blend of hardcore rap, laced with dangerous heavy guitar and topped off with lyrics that will leave anyone's mind tangled and wanting more."
Fun fact: "In the past few years Injektion XL has performed with the likes of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tech N9ne, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze, WWE'S John Cena, Marz, Kottonmouth Kings, Vanilla Ice, O.D.B., Ghostface Killah, Esham, and many, many more artists."
Playing: Friday, December 16, at the Phantasy Theater and Sunday, December 18, at Peabody's
Why you should see them: "If you've been looking for a serious local rap group that has it all and can really throw down live, then come out and support Cleveland's own Injektion XL!" -- Tkilla, vocals