Forty hot picks to choose from this week. Out of many St. Pat’s Day shows, the Prodigals’ free show at House of Blues is the one to not miss. Other highlights include Everytime I Die, the post-hardcore band that’ll rock your sox off. David Allan Coe turns the Saddle Ridge into outlaw country. Superstar DJ HeavyGrinder. And many others. Click more for a full, annotated rundown. -- D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, MARCH 17
Carbon Leaf: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m., $12. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Jovial rock band from Virginia doesn’t rock too hard.
The Choke: With the Episodes, 9 p.m., no cover, the Spitfire Saloon, 1539 W. 117 St., Lakewood, 216-226-7748. Imagine a cross between Iggy Pop and Tina Turner, and you’ve got something like frontwoman Cameron Eve - and her band’s music, too.
The Prodigals/the Boys from County Hell (Pogues tribute)/Spazmatics/DJ Sparky B/the Endorsements: St. Patrick<0x2019>s Day celebration, with food, buffet, entertainment, and more. County Hell plays the Cambridge Room from 9 a.m. to noon. The Spazmatics play the Cambridge room at 1. The Endorsements play the Music Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. The Prodigals play the Music Hall at 2:30. Festivities begin at 5 a.m., with Mix 106.5<0x2019>s Brian and Joe Show. All shows are free. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Soil/Bobaflex/Autumn Offering: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. New metal, new metal, metalcore - it’s all good.
Whiskey Daredevils/Soulless/Cheap Tragedies/Bonfire (AC/DC tribute)/bagpipers/Irish Car Bomb Ceremony, and more: 7 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Another St. Patty’s day massacre, featuring some of the city’s best: the country-fried Whiskey Daredevils, hardcore big dawgs of Cheap Tragedies, metal maniacs Soulless, and AC/DC tribute Bonfire. If you plan to go, plan on calling off work Tuesday.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18
Every Time I Die/From First to Last/the Bled/August Burns Red/the Human Abstract: Take Action Tour, 6 p.m., $18.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Buffalo’s Every Time I Die headline the Take Action Tour, a rockin’ metalcore/post-hardcore mini-fest. Check out ETID’s “We’rewolf” video. The band simply refuse to suck live.
Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing)/the Panderers: Ballroom, 9 p.m., $20 ADV/$22 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Soul Coughing frontman goes it alone with some even livelier, bouncier, well-written, clever rock that’s somewhere between They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds, with an extra shake-your-ass factor.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19
Beatitude (Denmark)/Box Elders: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Blazin’ hardcore from Denmark.
Ray Bonneville: Tavern, 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Arty indie rock that’s popular with the Flaming Lips crowd.
Boys Noize: Dionysus, Oberlin College (135 W. Lorain St.), Oberlin, 440-775-8169. German electro-dance phenom and remix crew that’s worth a drive.
The Choke/CD Truth: Matinee, 812 W. Market St. Imagine a cross between Iggy Pop and Tina Turner, and you’ve got something like frontwoman Cameron Eve - and her band’s music, too.
The Chevelles: 8 p.m. Hi-Fi Concert Club, 11729 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8878. No relation to Chevelle. Australian power-pop crew stops by the Hi-Fi to throw another shrimp on the barbie.
David Allan Coe: $20 ADV/$25 DOS. Saddle Ridge, 5100 Pearl Rd., Parma, 216-351-7900. Outlaw legend and all his rowdy friends are comin’ over tonight.
Digitalism/Guns N Bombs/misterbradleyP: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. German electro duo deal in “distorted baselines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.”
Matt Nathanson: 7 p.m., $14. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Frisco singer-songwriter has an electric edge, but he’s still has those radio-friendly soaring choruses that are the size of the Indiana sky.
This Is Hell/Ruiner/Elysia/Soliders in the Pirate's Grove: 7 p.m., $10. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. This is Hell is a Long Island modern hardcore band - which means they sound pretty much like a metal band, but they have short hair. Know this, though: They’re the rare kind of modern hardcore band that remembers the music is supposed to be fast.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20
Afroman/Lovesick Radio/Blackwell: 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. It’s the “Because I Got High” dude.
Gil Mantera's Party Dream/the Shakedown: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Fresh from a triumphant showing at SXSW, the Dream return with their you-really-gotta-see-it electro-rawk live show. Plenty of dayglo, guitar, keyboards, 80s-style synths, and dance beats.
Matthew Good/Fiona Faulk: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $12. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. With a warbling, high pitched voice, the Canadian singer-songwriter gets personal on his latest disc, Hospital Music.
Allan Harris: 8 p.m., $10. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/.
Eric Sardinas (full band): 9 p.m., $15. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. According to the Winchester, “Eric Sardinas is a dark mysterious and very ferocious blues slide guitarist. Both his 1999 debut (Treat Me Right) and 2001 follow-up (Devil's Train) were chock-full of electrified Dobro thunder, but neither surrendered Eric's deeply rooted respect for traditional blues.”
Trampled by Turtles/JP & the Chatfield Boys: 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Trampled by Turtles: rockin’ alt-bluehgrass band that’s been to town 17 times this year already. Can they pick it? Yes they can.
FRIDAY, MARCH 21
Anne E. DeChant: 8:30 p.m. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Cleveland’s leading female singer-songwriter’s final full-band show before leaving for Nashville.
Boom Box /ModQuad/Broke By Monday: $12 ADV/$15 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. The producer/DJ-guitarist/singer combo Boombox is like an all-out big-room DJ show that’s actually fun. The duo’s an all-encompassing-groove is in demand, and live shows sell out all over the country. It’s a trance-like experience that’s finding a crossover crowd of techo heads and jam-band fans, and for good reason: Zion Rock Godchaux, the live musician half of the group, is the son of the Grateful Dead’s Keith Godchaux - but don’t hold that against him.
Cabinet/the Amazing Rondini Brothers: Ballroom. New time, 8 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Caution: May contain folk rock, blue grass, and jam rock. This trad combo will make you stomp your boots - assuming you’re wearing boots.
Crystal Castles/Health: Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Keyboard-bashing electro-punk.
Kenneth Thomas/Jeff Tritt: 9 p.m.-3 a.m., no fover before 11. Traffic, 1296 W. 6th St. (Warehouse District), 216-566-9621. EDM big dogs get their groove on at Traffic’s new monthly Grind party.
Keoki/HeavyGrinder/GoGo 13: Also with Seraph, Rob Riddum, MC Infinity, Stout CTC, and others, $15 GA/$30 VIP, tickets available at Grand Poo-Ba's, 216-521-9177). Metropolis, 2325 Elm St., 216-241-4007. LA’s HeavyGrinder co-headline’s a house-electronica show that’s worth going to, if only to get a look at her. And her thumping 4/4 music would be just as sexy if she spun from behind a brick wall.
Shoot It Up/Darvorcets (CD release)/Homo Stupids: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Punk rawk, served dirty-side-up.
Alex Sklonick (Testament, TSO) Trio (jazz guitar): 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. One of thrash’s great guitarists is a prodigy turned, pro; solo, he tours with an electric jazz guitar bands, spreading the word of more gentle musical styles with easy instrumental renditions of rock tunes like the Scorpions’ “Still Loving You.”
Wish You Were Here: 8 p.m., $16.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Cleveland Pink Floyd tribute sells out every time; get your tickets early.