Yellowcard heads up this weekend’s list of shows, with a special acoustic performance. Other hot picks include all-girl rock quintet Antigone Rising, Celtic firebrands Black 47, the 70s Soul Jam (featuring the Stylistics, the Manhattans, the Delfonics, the Emotions, and Enchantment), and stoner-rawk heavyweights Fu Manchu. Read on for the full schedule. -- D.X. Ferris
FRIDAY, MARCH 14
Aiden/Madina Lake/My American Heart/Farewell to Freeway: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$15 DOS. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. My American Heart and company puts the E in emo.
Antigone Rising: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $13. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. This New York all-female quintet plays roots-tinged, big-band alt-rock that sounds like it’s made with Cheryl Crow fans in mind.
Black 47/the Mickeys: Pre-St. Patrick's Day party and CD release, 9 p.m., $15 ADV/$17 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Incendiary Celtic band kicks of St. Pat’s weekend with a CD release party for the politically themed Iraq LP. They’re also pretty funny when they feel like it.
Sean Carney: $10, 9 p.m. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. Blues-jazz crossover comin’ North from Columbus, with some smooth tunes for the night owls on the prowl. Night one of a two-night stand.
Dave Cousins: 9 p.m., $15. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Rare solo show from the frontman of psychedelic legends the Strawbs.
Fu Manchu/Burning Bridges/ASG: 7 p.m. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Fu Manchu play gnarly stoner rawk that would have sounded right at home blasting out of a van in the parking lot of Kiss concert in 1977. And “Knew It All Along” was the smoking-est riff of 2007.
Sugar Blue: Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. This Grammy Award winner has been called the Jimi Hendrix and Charlie Parker of the harmonica. Note the new show date.
Yellowcard (acoustic)/the Spill Canvas/PlayRadioPlay/Treaty of Paris: 6 p.m., $17.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. The phenomenally popular pop-punk band plays unplugged, violin and all.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
15 60 75 the Numbers Band: Tavern, 9 p.m., $6. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. According to Pere Ubu frontman David Thomas, “The Numbers Band is the most important blues band from the last 30 years, because they don’t play the blues as a museum piece.”
David Cousins (of the Strawbs): 8 p.m. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Rare solo show from the frontman of psychedelic legends the Strawbs.
Diamond Dogs: 9 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Bowie tribute banb plays an evening of the Ziggy Stardust years.
Forever in Terror/Aesthetic: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Local metal crush-crew plays songs from its Metal Blade records deubt.
Jump in the Sac with the Pussyfoot Girls: This month: The St. Patrick's Day Massacre, with Graverobber, Horror of '59, Rockabye Ransome, burlesque troupe the Pussyfoot Girls, and Hot Trash's DJ Erin. Including between-bands dance party, Time Warp dance contest, and specials for attendees dressed as a monster or zombie, 9 p.m., $7. Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., 216-651-0888.
O'2L: 9:30 p.m. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Members of TSO play similarly overblow rock right in your grill, featuring former Megadeth guitarist Al Pitrelli and like nine other guys you’ll pay $60 a ticket to see at the Q this December. Without the lazer show, choir, and tuxedos, the cover charge is a mere $10.
70s Soul Jam: The Stylistics/the Manhattans/the Delfonics/the Emotions/Enchantment: 8 p.m., $37.50-$48.50 (Ticketmaster). Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. The songs remain the same. Ain’t no stoppin’ them now (or then).
Stone Pony Band/Festivus: 7 p.m., $10.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Relive the Kid Leo days all over again with Stone Pony, Northeast Ohio’s reigning Springsteen-Southside Johnny tribute.
SUNDAY, MARCH 16
John Abercrombie/Mark Soskin Quartet: 7 p.m., $25. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. One of today’s premier jazz guitarists, Abercrombie plays material that’s both accessible and challenging.
The Spyderz (featuring Evan Seinfeld): 7 p.m. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Biohazard frontman/porn entrepreneur Evan Seinfeld’s new bi-coastal band is less metal, more rock - imagine music cribbed from Danzig, Social Distortion, and punk-rock bar bands, designed for use in nudie bars.
Union Local 00 show, with local artwork, the Nick Wolff Band, the GT40s, and the Cheats: 9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Cleveland rawk collective announces its presence with this show, intended to draw attention to bands that avoiding the pay-to-play network.