Band: The Hellfire Klub
Sounds like: "ICP, White Zombie, a side of strippers, and a sprinkle of Jay-Z, with some Digital Underground and just a dash of Mushroomhead."
Fun fact: "The Hellfire Klub, originally know as the Mobstarz, consisted of J Swagger and Machine Gun Kelley. Rumor has it that one day at a press conference, they were gunned down and went to hell, where they made a deal with the devil to come back to earth. Machine Gun Kelley would go by the identity of Mr. Bane and J Swagger would return as J Swag."
Playing: Wednesday, January 11, at Peabody's
Why you should see them: "Because we spit hardcore music that basically will make you feel like we cut your head open and smacked your brain around a little bit. And if we lyrically don't please you, then our super-hot dancers will make your night." -- Mr. Bane, vocals
Sounds like: "A blend of power chords and '90s angst, mixed with equal parts country and a little bit of modern-day rock and roll. Like if AC/DC jammed with Kurt Cobain and Donny & Marie Osmond, backed by Queens of the Stone Age."
Fun fact: "Our drummer Dan [Dimick] is the love child of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. His nickname is 'the Double D Gambler.'"
Playing: Saturday, January 7, at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see them: "We have a hot chick bassist . . . who wears short skirts. And the Lime Spider is so awesome!" -- Scott Sanders, guitar and vocals
Band: Loco Gatos!
Sounds like: "The drummer has had too much to drink . . . again! Or Keith Moon meets whatever we play."
Fun fact: 1. Deanna R. Adams loves us. 2. Jell-O will wrestle large women for cash or whiskey."
Playing: Saturday, January 7, at Twisted Spoke, Eastlake
Why you should see them: "The drummer may take his clothes off!" -- Mike Miheli, drums
Sounds like: "Modern alt-rock with Brit rock, with influences such as Muse, Radiohead, and Coldplay."
Fun fact: "Everett often plays nude."
Playing: Friday, January 6, at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see them: "Get a chance to see the raw power and catchy melodies that will make you bounce your head and tap your toes." -- Bryan Fouse, vocals, guitar, and piano