Not a lot of big shows this week, but plenty of good ones. Tri-C JazzFest temporarily takes over the city. Peabody’s has your recommended weekly doses of metal (California’s As Blood Runs Black and Germany’s Heaven Shall Burn). Islands opens the show for rapper Saul Williams, Trent Reznor’s unlikely new collaborator. But the two under-the-radar discoveries of the week are California’s Vendetta Valentine (click the video above for a blast of electro-rock) and the Death Set. Read on for the week’s full concert cheat sheet, complete with notes. – D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, APRIL 14
Driver Side Impact/Tub Ring/Crash Romeo/School Boy Humor: 6:30 p.m., $10. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Representing Victory Records, Cleveland’s own Driver Side Impact – DSI for short – play emo that’s not so candy-assed. Which is a rare thing indeed.
TUESDAY, APRIL 15
As Blood Runs Black/Stick to Your Guns/Winds of Plague/Veil of Maya/Belay My Last: 7 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. California’s As Blood Runs Black play neo-thrash that’ll give you whiplash even if you’re not banging your head.
David Dondero/Haunted Heartland/Sparrows & Arrows: $7. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Dondero’s bio says Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst is way into the singer-songwriter: “Dondero is best known for his narrative tales of America. Having spent most of his life on the road, Dave uses his staggering lyrical talent to paint tales of life in the US of A through clever word play and sarcastic humor (as represented in the album title) about some of life’s most sensitive subjects. His songs are woven with sentimentality, contempt, humor, and lust. His past several records have been released by Team Love, a label ran by Conor Oberst. Oberst also sites Dondero as one of his own musical influences.”
Hot Buttered Rum: Cambridge Room, 9:30 p.m., $12. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Like the Grateful Dead’s repressed rootsy soul, Frisco’s Hot Buttered Rum play a groovy acoustic-bluegrass fusion.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16
Koffin Kats: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Ludo: 9 p.m., $8ADV/$10 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The ambitious rockers of Ludo gracefully made the leap from indie to big leagues on the major-label debut, You’re Awful, I Love You, which recently dropped on Island Records. They did it on the strength of ambition, chops, and a little ace assistance from producer Matt Wallace, who’s worked with Maroon 5, Train, and Faith No More.
Dizzy Reed/Hookers N Blow/Jizz Pearl's Love-Hate: 8 p.m. BarFly, 153 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. Guns & Roses’ Dizzy Reed heads up a hair-rock holiday.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17
Cherish the Ladies: two shows: 8 and 10 p.m., $30. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. Phenomenally popular Irish traditional music and dance group led by whistle player and flutist Joanie Madden.
The Death Set: 9 p.m., $5. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. This poorly named electro-punk band will make you jump and shake yourself silly. Seriously.
Feelers/the Plates/Howlies/Dots/Burger Boys/Cheap Time: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576.
Secret Lives of the Freemasons/Across Five Aprils/REd I Flight/Fallen From the Sky: Victory Records Tour, 7 p.m., $10. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Secret Lives: This Victory band plays high-velocity rock, careening off both punk and emo with reckless abandon.
-16-/Rue/Village of Dead Roads/Fistula: 9 p.m. BarFly, 153 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. 16’s rock-you-bloody lineup reunites, with a host of Akron crushers opening the show.
Tri-C JazzFest: Jazz Meets Hip-Hop, featuring Q-Nice, RJ Rob Swift, and Bill Ransom: Home Savings Plaza, Main and Water sts., Kent, 330-673-4970.
Tri-C JazzFest: Parade and kick-off party: 5 p.m. Tower City and Public Square, Tower City and Public Square, Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District.
Tri-C JazzFest: Jazz Meets Hip-Hop, featuring Q-Nice, DJ Rob Swift, and Bill Ransom: 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
The Unseen/A Wilhelm Scream/Heads Held High/SSCP: Ballroom, 7 p.m., $10. Agora, 5000
Vendetta Valentine/the Western Civilization/Two Hand Fools/Lime Green Submarine/Sooner Than Later/Joe Landes: 8 p.m., $5, 21+. Quiet Bob's Bar & Grill, 4629 W. 130th St., Cleveland Hts., 216-251-9604. California co-ed combo Vendetta Valentine play guitar-synth rock with a real emotional charge. Check ‘em out before they’re playing $18 shows at House of Blues.
Saul Williams (full band)/Islands/Dragons of Zynth: 9 p.m., $15. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Heady rapper is touring with a full band, who will re-create Trent Reznor’s beats from his latest LP, The Rise of Niggy Tardust.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
Delta Highway: 9 p.m., $10. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Memphis bluesmen are on tour in support of their latest LP, Devil Had a Woman.
The Epochs/Lines Across Lines/Red Beard: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Promises the Beachland, “The case for paying attention to—and enjoying—The Epochs is in the accomplished and compelling songs and arrangements. This collection of 11 cool and propulsive indie-pop songs has a cohesive sense of identity.”
Heaven Shall Burn/Embrace the End/Enthrall the Weak: 7 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Heaven Shall Burn: rip-roaring vocals and killing-machine drums. If Germany had more metal like this in the 80s, the Wall would have come down at least three years early.
Junior Revolution/As If/Petting Zeus/Quiet on the Ride/the Hanks: 9 p.m., $6. Musica, 17-19 Maiden Lane, Akron, 330-374-1114. “We just put together a light show that rivals Pink Floyd -- but back in the early days before they got the lasers!” says Jayson, vocalist, guitarist, and pianist for the band. “We have epilepsy warning signs and everything!”
Molkie Cole: 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. These 1970s Cleveland rock legends reunite every year about this time, and the shows always sell out. Come early.
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys: Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com. The Rev plays traditional blues, but loud and hard. Says the Rev’s bio: “Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.”
Tri-C JazzFest: John Pizzarelli & the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Salute Frank Sinatra: 8 p.m., $25-$45 (PlayHouseSqaure.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com.