You never know what to expect from piano maestro Ben Folds. After a sound-alike recently appeared on the website Chatroulette, making up songs about the people who showed up on the other end of the line, Folds paid tribute to the guy by staging his own rounds of Chatroulette in concert. It’s that strange spontaneity and unpredictability that makes Folds’ live shows so exciting. One minute he’ll have the audience contributing multiple harmonies; the next he’ll rework “Rock This Bitch,” a song that changes lyrically and musically from show to show. The common denominator of “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” “Bitch Went Nuts” and dozens of other great songs in Folds’ repertoire is his ability to bang out beautiful and soaring piano rock without missing a note. He plays House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583), with Matt Pond PA opening at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 advance, $37 day of show. — Danielle Sills
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