If Tuesday’s Grand Buffet concert at the Beachland isn’t the week’s biggest show, it will definitely be the funniest. Other big nights out include jazz-guitar great Bill Frisell, the Canadian indie rock of Stars, and grimy metal from Devil Driver. Click MORE for a full rundown of the week’s concerts, complete with a cheat sheet. – D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, MARCH 31
Authority Zero/Whole Wheat Bread/Beat Union/Civet: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Authority take the whole metalcore-pop-punk-alt-rock mishmash thing to a whole new, blurry level. But you can’t go wrong with four-level whoa-oohh-ohhhh-ohhhh choruses. Seriously, check out “No Regrets,” and we’ll see you at the show.
Stars/Martin Royle: 9 p.m., $15. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The Canucks of Stars play indie pop with theatrical verve.
TUESDAY, APRIL 1
Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet: 8 p.m., $20 ADV/$25 DOS. The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. This great jazz guitarist was over the Finding Forrester soundtrack.
Grand Buffet/Sammy Slim: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. The last time rap duo Grand Buffet dropped a full-length album, ICP had a major-label deal. The long-delayed, brand-spankin’-new King Vision makes good on the promise of the four EPs they’ve dropped since.
If you’re one of the many fans who’s helped make “Benjamin Franklin Music” a staple of their hilariously shticky live sets, then the G.B.’s third album won’t disappoint: It’s a yin-yang of light music and dark ideas, mash-up of electro-textured ‘80s analog synth textures (“The Coolest Dog” sounds like the borrowed a track from their pals in Zombi) and bubbly pop hooks that paint a gritty, Fight Club vision of an underclass that’s at constant war with the illuminati who pour gunk into the waterways and airwaves.
The two guerilla rapper-producers even take new territory in “Casting Shadows,” a two minutes of pop sprint that’ll run ragged your peace of mind. But their set at the Beachland will bring your smile back.
The Promise Hero/Barely Blind/Shake it!/Baby Bear: 7 p.m., $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Cleveland’s Promise Hero play genial emo.
A Skylit Drive/Oh Sleeper/Four Letter Lie/Before Their Eyes/Memphis May Fire: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. California screamo band A Skylit Drive has a pop edge that’s sure to please fans of Underoath.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
Erin Bode: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550.
Bukina Electric: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. This experimental group fuses traditional African music and electronica.
Darasombra/Fistula/Dissolute/Zyklus II: Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576. Psychedelic rock project Darasombra features members of Baltimore’s Meatjack, rocking their way into outer spacer.
Devil Driver/Napalm Death/Walls of Jericho/36 Crazyfists/In Vitro: 7 p.m., $18 ADV/$22 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Featuring Dez from Coal Chamber, Devil Driver holds the world’s record for the world’s biggest circle pit. Detroit’s Walls of Jericho have one of metal’s best frontwomen in Candace Kucsulain.
The Punch Brothers (featuring Nickel Creek's Chris Thile): The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. The Punch Brothers features Nickel Creek's Chris Thile)
THURSDAY, APRIL 3
Born Ruffians/Cadence Weapon/Throw Me the Statue: $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. From Born Ruffians’ bio: “Formed in 2002, the indie rock trio creates a jaunty mix of shifty guitar riffs and hyper-chic vocals for a Pixies-esque shredded kind of sweetness.:
Converge/the Red Chord/Baroness/Genghis Tron: 6:30 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. With eruptive songs like “Plagues” and dark meditations like “First Light,” Converge destroy hardcore’s boundaries. And Baroness’ Red Album is a must-listen for fans of Mastodon and High on Fire; not saying it’s as good or heavy, but quite decent it is.
Explosions in the Sky/Lichens: 9 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. SOLD OUT. From Explosions’ bio: “Explosions in the Sky is a quartet from Austin, TX making what they call "cathartic mini-symphonies." Known for wildly intense live performances, their songs are sprawling, epic pieces that build and evolve, often over a span of ten or more minutes a track.”
Brad Mehldau Trio: two shows: 8 and 10 p.m., $30. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550. Mehldu is a dynamic bandleader and pianist, known for peforming Radiohead covers, and signed to Nonesuch Records, home to Randy Newman and the Black Keys.
Tower of Power/ModQuad: 7 p.m., $24.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583. In one form or another, the California institution Tower of Power has been bringing the funk for decades.
Troubadors of Divine Bliss/Susan Weber: 8 p.m., $6. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD. This eclectic folk duo are local favorites, and singer-songwriter Susan Weber fits perfectly on a bill with them.
Trouble/Icarus Witch/Destructor/Venomin James: 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$15 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869. Chicago doom-metal legends Trouble rock the Jigsaw, with some of Cleveland’s finest headbangers warming the stage.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4
Laurie Anderson: 8 p.m., $15-20 (Ticketmaster). E.J. Thomas Hall at University of Akron, 198 Hill St., Akron, 330-972-7570. Performance artist brings her eye-popping musical show to Akron.
Blitzen Trapper/Fleet Foxes: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. This Portlant post-rock clan claims dusty bones, sunrise, Philip K Dick, Guernica, barley wine, sycamore or doug fir, snowflake, Sally Mack’s School of Dance, Scooby-Doo, and bigfoot as influences.
Cordero/the Amazing Rondini Brothers: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Promises Cordero’s bio: “En Este Momento, Cordero’s fourth album and Bloodshot debut, is an intoxicating amalgam of shake-your-hips rock and punk-ish abandon, tangled up in sensual Latin rhythms and verses. Rave-ups that effortlessly conjure the angular rawk of Gang of Four, En Este Momento is spiced with moody, South of the border ballads. With smoky, sultry vocals, group leader and namesake, Ani Cordero, will have you weeping in your drink just as easily as she will snake-charm you out of mourning and straight past the velvet ropes onto the dance floor.”
Melissa Ferrick/Angie Mattson: Ballroom, 8 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. This lesbian singer-songwriter survived a bout with the bottle and a stint with a major-label, and her raw songs sound the better for it.
Fistula/Darsombra/Black Mayonnaise/Deathcrawl/CxDx: 10 p.m., no cover. Annabell's, 784 W. Market St., Akron, 330-535-1112. Akron sludge crew Fistula are playing as a duo temporarily, just bass, vocals, and drums; soon, they’ll be calling it “rhythm and doom.”
The Infamous Stringdusters: The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, 330-677-5005. Nashville’s Infamous Stringdusters represent the next generation of bluegrass.
Johnny A/Pete Cavano: 9 p.m., $12. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Guitar ace Johnny A has played with J. Giles’ Peter Wolf and Steve Frampton.
KROCK of the 90s: Ten (Pearl Jam tribute)/Hungerstrike (Temple of the Dog tribute)/Nevermind (Nirvana tribute)/Truage (Tool): 7 p.m. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583. This tribute-palooza is sold out and rescheduled; tickets for the previous date will be honored.
Monthly roots-rock-rockabilly riot, hosted by alt-burlesque troupe the Pussyfoot Girls: This month, rock and roll dance party, with Memphis Morticians, El Muchaho, Hot Trash's DJ Erin, and a performance by the Pussyfoot Girls, 9 p.m., $5. Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave., 216-651-0888.
Mushroomhead: 7 p.m., $20. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Break out the camo and face paint for the ‘Heads first hometown gig in a while.
Michael Stanley: All weekend long, local rock icon Michael Stanley proves that Akron is his town, too. All shows 9 p.m. Tangier Cabaret, 532 W. Market St., Akron, 800-TANGIER.
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers/the Real Deal Blues Band: 9 p.m., $12. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD. Says Thackery’s website, “Whether Jimmy Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he'll always unleash an intense volley of rockin' blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent.”
Trailer Choir: Hall of Famers, 6600 Biddulph Rd., Brooklyn, 216-741-4911. This Nashville country band have been touring with Toby Keith as of late.
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