Band: The Lovekill (www.thelovekill.com; myspace.com/thelovekill)
Sounds like: "Rites of Spring meets Sonic Youth."
Fun fact: "We collectively ate an entire tube of spicy peanut butter on our last tour -- and sort of enjoyed it."
Playing: Saturday, April 8 (late show), at the Grog Shop.
Why you should see them: "Because, face it, the new season of The Sopranos isn't doing it for you either." -- Jonah Bayer, guitar
Band: Superband www.myspace.com/superbandinfo)
Hometown: "Krypton, Gotham, and wherever Captain America comes from."
Sounds like: "We cover the Killers, Run-DMC, Journey, White Stripes, Pearl Jam, Sublime, Michael Jackson, Phish, Neil Diamond, Gorillaz, Blur, and a whole bunch more."
Fun fact: "We have to play in our super suits in case we have to break off in mid-set to save some lives or bust a super villain. We favor the lives of those who come to see us, and will save them first if there is ever full Armageddon."
Playing: Wednesday, April 12, at the House of Blues, with the Dan Band.
Why you should see them: "Drink, dance, sing along, and be entertained by three guys in superhero outfits busting out your favorite songs all night." -- Superman, drums
Band: Prism Theory
Hometown: Northeast Ohio
Sounds like: "Dark, heavy music with melodic vocals that conveys a positive message channeled from constant negativity (Sevendust, Taproot, Disturbed)."
Fun fact: "The new album Unity for Insanity is out now! Also, the band was featured in the March issue of Metal Edge magazine, describing how Metallica's Master of Puppets influenced us."
Playing: Saturday, April 8, at the Phantasy.
Why you should see them: "Because they are a band from the surrounding area, and this music scene needs a kick in the ass." -- Barry Davis, guitar
Band: Infinite Number of Sounds (www.infinitenumber.com)
Sounds like: "If David Lynch had directed Michael Bay's Armageddon, INS would be the soundtrack for the entire movie. Whirling guitar, pounding bass, break-beats, and an electronic spine."
Fun fact: "INS bass player David Mansbach's childhood friend, Marvel Comics writer Marc Sumerak, based a character on him, but Marc's editor refused to publish it due to the character's 'harsh mannerisms.'"
Playing: Friday, April 7, at the Daily Double
Why you should see them: "Where else can you see your childhood nightmares and pop-culture dreams sliced up and displayed on a giant screen while you are pulverized by ass-shaking music?" -- Brent Gummow, live-video editor