12/27: State Fair at the Grog Shop

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The four members of State Fair — Britton Roberts, Jim Fenske, TJ Breslin and Seth Robinson — will unveil their debut album, Best Regards to Earth, at CD-release show tonight. The record includes some new tunes along with some reworked versions of songs from the band’s two EPs. At times, the music nearly bursts at the seams with tension and angst. But there’s release in the smooth melodies and Fenske’s rippling Explosions in the Sky-style guitars. The album title is pulled from the song “Regards,” which sets the album’s spiritual tone — it has something to do with souls breaking away from bodies and freedom from death — or something like that. Heavy stuff, but the band promises to keep it light tonight. Authors and Clemens open at 7:30 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10. — Danielle Sills

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