The weekend's concerts begin with the Neptunes eclectic group NERD (see above) Wednesday at the Agora, and features stops by Kingdom of Sorrow, Black Mountain, Sherwood. Read on for the full run-down. -- DX Ferris
TUESDAY, MARCH 4
Griffin House/the Championship/Sons of William: 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$10, under 21 (all ages). Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. Nashville troubador Griffin House picks a mean guitar - delicately, though.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
Kingdom of Sorrow (featuring Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, Down's Kirk Windstein, and Unearth's Derek Kerswill)/Dead to Fall/They Will Be Done: 7 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta fronts Kingdom of Sorrow, with Down/Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein, and it sounds like Hatebreed with the guy from Down/Crowbar on guitar - which kicks much ass.
NERD: 8 p.m., $22.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Rock-soul-dance side project from the Neptunes, who have made crazy beats from “Rump Shaker” to “Hollaback Girl.” Grooviest show of the week, guaranteed.
Shtreiml/Amazing Rondini Brothers: 8 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Says the band’s bio, “Founded by harmonica innovator, Jason Rosenblatt, and named for the traditional fur hat worn by Chassidic Jews, Shtreiml blends elements of klezmer, gypsy music and jazz to create a vibrant sound that is at once Eastern European Folk Music and Down-Home Blues.”
Frank Vignola Quintet: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Yeah, he’s a jazz guitarist. But his latest album is called Kong Man, and he plays a wicked, ambient rendition of “Black Sabbath.” We’ll take this over Alex Skolnick any day.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
Black Mountain/Bon Iver/Nordic Nomadic: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Black Mountain plays some pretty sweet, trippy blues rock, with nice songs beneath the wash.
Lo Cash Cowboys/Tony Rio & Relentless: Dirty Cowboys, 2742 Medina Rd., Medina, 330-723-8844. Nashville’s Cowboys play both kind of music: country and western.
Bill Mallonee/Denny Carleton: Tavern, 7:30 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Singer-songwriter Mallonee came of age in Athens, GA in the late 80s, under the spell of REM, Let’s Active, and Neil Young. Says his website of his solo material, “it’s the clang and bang of 12 strings.”
Nellie McKay: 8 p.m., $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. The classic-model British-born chanteuse has been on NPR’s Fresh Air and Prairie Home Companion.
Sherwood/Houston Calls/the Higher/We Shot the Moon (formerly Waking Ashland): 6 p.m., $10/$+2 underage fee (all ages). Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. This So. Cal band dances back and forth on the gray area between indie rock and emo, like a young Ben Folds Five that you can dance to.
Sick of Sarah: Sly Fox, 4755 Great Northern Blvd., N. Olmsted, 440-777-0961. This co-ed Minneapolis alt-rock buzz band is just really, really fun. Discover ‘em before the bandwagon gets crowded.
Daphne Willis & Co.: Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. This Chicago-based acoustic blues singer-guitarist has been cutting up the Midwest, and she’s spinning her groove beyond; look for her on NBC’s Good Company Thursday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
Adrian Belew Trio/Saul Zonana: 8:30 p.m., $20. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Guitar great Belew has played with everyone from Bowie to Zappa.
JiMiller Band/Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band: 9 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. One of the most jammin’ nights of this young year from two of the city’s most Grateful players.
Chris Knight/Brian Lisik: Tavern, 8 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. A son of the Rust Belt, Knight plays sophisticated Americana.
M.O.D.: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Stormtroopers of Death frontman Billy Milano leads his other band through 20 years of politically incorrect anthems, including crunchy crossover from the new Red, White, and Screwed LP.
Saw Doctors/Bearfoot: 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Some of Ireland’s finest kick of the St. Pat’s season with fine Celtic rock.
The Scintas: One show Friday, March 7: 8 p.m. Two shows Saturday, March 8: 7 and 9:30 p.m. One show Sunday, March 9: 7 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER, www.thetangier.com. It’s a family-friend revue, Vegas-style, in the famous Tangier Cabaret.
Sponge/Festur: 7 p.m., $12 (21+ only). Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. You know Sponge - they sing that “World of human wreckage song,” which has a real title, but if we don’t know it after hearing it every day since 1994, we never will.
Taste of Chaos: Avenged Sevenfold/Atreyu/Bullet for My Valentine/Blessthefall/Mucc/D'espairray/the Underneath: time and price TBA (Ticketmaster). Hara Arena, 1001 Shiloh Springs Road, Dayton, 800-766-6048. It’s a drive, but if you’re down for some melodic, rockin’ pop-metal, Taste of Chaos has all you can handle.