Band: One Under (www.oneunder.net)
Sounds like: "Driving percussion, tight melodic keys, and incredible rhythm and lead guitars, topped with deep lyrical content."
Fun fact: "We all have the same middle name."
Playing: Friday, January 13, at Wilbert's
Why you should see them: "Because we're good, funky, and will make your hips move. Additionally, One Under contains a stew of musicians who formerly performed with Ekoostik Hookah, the Shantee, and the Ark Band." -- Johnny Polansky, percussion
Band: Nicholas Megalis
Sounds like: "The blues get struck by lightning, crack open, and spit fire, via a guitar and a Roland keyboard."
Fun fact: "I'm 16 years old. My first claim to fame was having a poem published in Mad magazine when I was 12."
Playing: Friday, January 13, at the Beachland Tavern
Why you should see them: "My drummer Chelsea and I will rock every square inch of your bodies with spitfire slide-guitar blues and intense piano-driven punk rock. Get ready, Cleveland." -- Nicholas Megalis, guitar and vocals
Sounds like: "Thursday's raw power (minus the screaming), Radiohead's lyrical genius, and Damien Rice's heart and voice, locked in your local public library for one week with the best drummer this side of the Mississippi."
Fun fact: "Our guitar player was in Kosovo last year, fighting for this country and watching his buddies die face down in the muck so that you and I could enjoy this family restaurant."
Playing: Thursday, January 12, at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see them: "The mesmerizing voice of Bo Bishop will take your ears prisoner. And we'll be your best friends too." -- Dave Oeschger, bass
Sounds like: "Metallica meets Black Label Society."
Fun fact: "Domonic Rini, guitarist, has run for public office (Ohio House of Representatives)."
Playing: Sunday, January 15, at the Hi-Fi
Why you should see them: "To get some really hard, pounding rock thrown in your face. Plus, a lot of hot women come to Cardona shows. What else can you ask for?" -- Domonic Rini, guitars