Let’s start the week’s concert calendar with They Might Be Giants, who play thew Agora Ballroom Wednesday, February 27. Other hot shows include an emo-leaning rock bill headlined by Angels & Airwaves (which is sold out), accessible shred-metal from Darkest Hour, Cleveland’s own urban songstress Cheri Dennis, and Nazareth of “Love Hurts” renown. Read on for the full run-down -- D.X. Ferris
TUESDAY, FEB. 26
Angels & Airwaves/Meg & Dia/the Color Fred/Ace Enders & a Million Different People: SOLD OUT 6 p.m. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge leads the concept-rockin’ Angels and Airwaves, with a bevy of singer-songwriter types to support the sold-out show.
Darkest Hour/Cephalic Carnage/Emmure/WhiteChapel: 7 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Darkest Hour: Metal that headbangers and people who hate headbanging can agree on.
Fistula/Unearthly Trance: 10 p.m., no cover. Annabell's, 784 W. Market St., Akron, 330-535-1112.
Akron grimy sludge giant is now a trio again. What a better way to celebrate Tuesday than catching a live performance of stoner anthem “For A Better Tomorrow”?
Limbeck/John Ralston: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
Indie rock meets Americana in poppy tunes like “Teenage Freakshow.”
Need to Breathe/I-9: 7 p.m., $10, 21 and over/$12, under 21. Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114.
If you didn’t get tickets to the Angels and Airwaves show, check out Need to Breathe, the adventurous South Carolina alt-rock outfit with similarly huge choruses.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
Coathangers/the Dead Enders (members of the Subtones)/Luxury Units: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576.
Totally fun keyboard-fueled garage-punk band from Atlanta is a crunchier alternative to the They Might Be Giants show. Get ready to pogo.
Cheri Dennis: Sunset Lounge, 1382 W. 9th St., 216-535-0001, www.sunsetlounge.com.
Cleveland urban soul-pop singer’s debut record for the Bad Boy label still hasn’t arrived, but that says more about the record industry than her sweet voice.
Noche Flamenca: 8 p.m., $42 (Tickets.com or PlayHouseSquare.org). Ohio Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000.
World-music dance troupe is a feast for your eyes and ears.
Tim Reynolds & T3: 9 p.m., $14 ADV/$15 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
Guitar whiz and singer has a bag of new tunes, old favorites, and an unpredictable mix of covers from James Brown to Prince. He’s opened for Liz Phair, collaborated with Jimmy Cliff, and now he’s leading a band.
Smoke or Fire/Fake Problems & Mo': 9 p.m. The Davenport, 6287 Pearl Rd., Parma Hts., 440-545-2225.
Drawn from different corners of the country, the Fat Wreck Chords band come together in a land where they’re free to worship Fugazi. And that’s not a bad thing.
They Might Be Giants/Oppenheimer: Ballroom. Ages 14+ only, 8 p.m., $23 ADV/$25 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
The kings of whimsical pop return to the Beachland with a show that’s always abig draw, so show up early.
Chuchito Valdes: 7 p.m., $25. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/.
Cuban pianist plays it all, from Latin jazz to be-bop.
Winger/1988/Yellow Delicious/American Therapy: Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave.
Years later, “Miles Away” still makes the headbangers a little weepy, and “Seventeen” is creepier than ever if you listen closely.
THURSDAY, FEB. 28
Dub Trio/Russian Circles/Dalek/Young Widows: With after-party hosted by Beans, 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
Brooklyn combo Dub Trio deals in “riffs, riddims and raw power.”
Ace Frehley/the Trews: 7 p.m., $26. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com.
Former Kiss guitarist is a rock soldier for life.
Here and Now: The Legacy of Luther Vandross, featuring Terry Steele: (PlayhouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com.
The John Henrys: 8:30 p.m., $8. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com.
Canadian storytellers have one foot in country, the other in R&B.
Chuchito Valdes: 8 p.m., $25. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/.
Cuban pianist plays it all, from Latin jazz to be-bop.
Wednesday 13/Creature Feature/the AKA's: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$13 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Former Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 plays poppy horrorcore.
FRIDAY, FEB. 29
Baby Dee/Unsparing Sea/DJ Michael Pultz/Talons: 9 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Transgendered Cleveland artist puts on a show you’ll remember.
Gluttons/Kill the Fall/the Bomb Selleck/Maxi Pads: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/.
Ringworm frontman the Human Furnace plays guitar in the Gluttons, a grimy punk side project. Kill the Fall straddles rawk and punk, somewhere between Danzig and Disengage.
Horrorpops/Pink Spiders/the Cute Lepers/Lords of the Highway: 8 p.m., $12. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave.
Horrorpops and Cleveland’s Lords of the Highway head up a punkabilly riot. Horrorpops’ gothed-out frontman Patricia alone is worth the price of admission.
Men (JD and JO of Le Tigre)/Hey Willpower: 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
Dance-pop duo’s gonna make you move. Features members of Le Tigre.
Nazareth: Saddle Ridge, 5100 Pearl Rd., Parma, 216-351-7900.
Love Hurts. Still.
One Under (members of Ekoostik Hookah, the Shantee, and the Ark): 9 p.m., $10. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681.
Jam-rock all-stars get their groove on, man.
Paulie Rhyme (of Finless Brown)/Loki Da Triksta/Atherton/Zeakhan/Garbs Infinite: $8 ADV/$10 DOS (Ticketmaster, +$3 at door, 18-20). The Symposium, 11794 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-9696.
Finless Brown frontman returns to town to headline a big hip-hop bill; once a Kardiac Kid, you’re in for life.
An Evening with Todd Snider, with Tim Easton: In Ballroom. Autism Benefit, hosted by WRUW's DJ Charlie Saber, 8 p.m., $30 ADV/$35 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Alt-country troubador jangles and rambles with the best of ‘em.
Tub Ring/Foxy Shazam/Karate Highschool/Peachcake: 7 p.m. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Chicago punks play noisy, electro-damaged rock… that’s surprisingly catchy. Cincinati soul squad Foxy Shazam play piano punk that’ll make you get up and move; we know it sounds like a weird combination, but trust us.
William Bell: 8 p.m., $10 (Ticketmaster). Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-1930. Memphis songwriter is one of the pillars of the Stax Records sound. Part of the Rock Hall’s monthlong celebration of the classic Southern soul label.