The Whiskey Daredevils have just released their seventh album, Legends of Country Punk. The mostly acoustic disc includes originals, cover songs, and even a long-forgotten track by the Cowslingers, which Daredevils frontman Greg Miller used to lead back in the day. Former Cowslinger guitarist Bobby Latina plays on a few tracks. "These sessions were meant to be like a loose one-take hootenanny," says Miller. Limited to a run of 1,000 copies, the album is available at Daredevils gigs and at whiskeydaredevils.com.
The Sibs' singer-bassist Ruby Beil and drummer James Beil — both teachers at Lorain County Community College — spent their summer recording a demo, and they've posted a few of the new Patti Smith-inspired songs at myspace.com/rubybeil. "We've had a great string of shows this summer," says Ruby. The Sibs won't be as active once the new school year starts. "When we're back to teaching, we generally play out less, but we're on a roll with Eric [Toth], our new guitar player, and we want to keep the momentum going."
Jeff DiLorenzo of the Promise Hero and Reprieve has released Daydream Radio as a free download at daydreamradio.blogspot.com. While his bands adhered to emo conventions, Daydream Radio features more of a retro pop vibe, evoking the Beatles ("Something New") and Squeeze ("A Place to Stay Within My Mind"), all the while delivering sharp hooks and harmony vocals.
Canton indie rockers Come Wind (myspace.com/comewind) have released their debut EP, Wanderer O' Wanderer. Songs like the ricocheting "Midas" and groove-oriented "All the Same" recall the headier side of Incubus and show off Come Wind's prog influences.
Gomez Addams has recruited the Promise Hero's Daniel Weiss to play on the two low-fi albums he's posted as free downloads at web.me.com/gomezaddams. Songs (Walking Distance) and Not a Light are evocative recordings informed by indie bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Built to Spill.
Akron rockers Color in December's (myspace.com/colorindecember) new EP, Here's to the Knight, features a hard rock sound that recalls '90s alt-rockers like Bush, Nirvana, and Weezer.
Peabody's hosts a benefit on Thursday for the Dear Jack Foundation, a charity founded by Jack's Mannequin's Andrew McMahon, an acute lymphatic leukemia survivor. The nonprofit foundation aids young-adult cancer victims. Included on the bill are pop-punks the Humaniacs, Tuesday Waits, One Hand Clap, Dying for a Second Chance, Everyone in Fragments, Sky's the Limit, Wayamma, This Is a Lifetime, and Victory of Vision are on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 in advance. Go to peabodys.com for further details.
Hard-working harmonica player Colin Dussault (colindussault.com) plays Cuyahoga Falls' Rockin' on the River from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, before heading to the Screaming Rooster in Lakewood at 9 p.m. to celebrate the release of the debut album by Colin Dussault's Acoustic Side Project. Featuring guitarist Jim Tigue and bassist Eroc Sosinski, Dussault's new band plays a mix of acoustic versions of Dussault originals and cover songs. Guests on the album include fiddle player Ed Caner, mandolin ace Billy Lestock, flautist Norm Tischler, banjo man Paul Kovac, and steel guitarist Al Moss. Admission to both shows is free.
Cleveland School of Rock students will present a jam-band tribute at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Phantasy. They'll cover the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Tickets are $10. Find more info at schoolofrock.com.
The Real Deal Blues Band, Memphis Cradle, Frankie Starr, Wallace Coleman, and Walkin' Cane headline the third annual Ohio City Blues Fest, which runs from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at Whiskey Island's Wendy Park. Tickets are $20, $15 advance. Ohiocity.com has a complete schedule.
Get out the tie-dyes for the eighth annual Lazy Daisy Fest, an all-day Grateful Dead gathering at Nelson Ledges on Saturday. The music fest features performances by Cleveland's JiMiller band, Dayton's Terrapin Moon, Cincinnati's Rumpke Mountain Boys, and Sandusky's Into the Blue. Tickets are $25, which includes a night of camping. You can find more info at nlqp.com.
Former Clevelander Rick Stone (rickstone.com) returns to town to play two shows at Nighttown on Sunday. He's enlisted local trumpeter Jack Schantz and bassist Dave Morgan to back him. A teacher at New York's Hofstra University, Stone worked for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra for 15 years and also served as the University of Akron's coordinator of jazz studies. The shows start at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Send feedback to email@example.com.