This week: 50-odd shows, including Cobie Caillat (the "Bubbly" singer) in Akron. If grandiose rock like TSO and Meatloaf is your thing, give Bowfire a chance. And Relive the '90s with the Proclaimers in small-room show at House of Blues. Click the video for a taste, and read on for a full rundown of the week's shows. -- D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, APRIL 28
Apocalyptica/DJ Booya: 7 p.m., $15. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com. Electrified and rockin', cello-driven group Aocalyptica cut their teeth covering thrash songs by bands like Metallica, later recorded with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, and have since moved on to original compositions. And this ain't no "A String Quartet Tribute to ..." crapola. Apocalyptica totally kills it.
Cave Singers/Unsparing Sea/70 Lewis: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. From the Grog: "Here is the mystery of Seattle's Cave Singers: They never listened to much folk music, they never intended to play folk music, and more importantly, their guitarist never picked up the instrument until recently. Yet, this strange trio is writing and performing some of the most hypnotizing folk music we have today."
Filthy Rotten Sex Machine and Johnny Mohawk & the Assassins: 9 p.m., $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Punk-rock band writes real songs and promises, "You wanted sleaze... you got sleaze."
Phenomenauts: Tavern. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Rockabilly-punks the Phenomenauts look and sound like Devo dressed them.
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band/Bex Marshall/Jason Webley: 8:30 p.m. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Peyton's crew play hard-hitting, warped country-bluegrass with a kick comparable to moonshine. Strong moonshine. Open Bex Marshal, according to her bio, "is an explosion of acoustic/rock/blues with a hot poker twist of Country, possesing guitar skill that have been likened to Stevie Ray Vaughn."
Skab Driver/Dyksick: 8:30 p.m., $6, 21+/$8, 18-20. Phantasy Nite Club, 11802 Detroit Ave., 216-228-6300. Skab Driver features members of Voodoo Nekro, headlining an electro-industrial show with Philly's Dyksick.
Still Remains/Catherine/Emarosa/Secret/Whisper: Ballroom, $10. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Representing Roadrunner Records, Michigan's Still Remains accordingly play strategically weakened metal, with way too much melody and studio polish for its own good.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29
Audrey Ryan: 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com. Boston singer-songwriter plays a tight early-week supper show in Nighttown, a club with arguably the cooooolest atmosphere in town.
The B-52's/Eagle Seagull: 7 p.m., $36. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com. Looooooooove shack, baby. Rock loooooobster! Down! Down!
Bowfire: 7:30 p.m., $31/$41/$51 (LiveNation.com and Tickets.com). Palace Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000. What Lord of the Dance is to Celtic dancing, what TSO is to heavy metal, Bowfire is to theatrically presented string music - with vocals. Tinged with Celtic and world music, Bowfire's arena-sized power ballads are oddly moving.
Colbie Caillat/Jason Reeves: 7:30 p.m., $25 (Ticketmaster). E.J. Thomas Hall at University of Akron, 198 Hill St., Akron, 330-972-7570, www.ejthomashall.com. Caillat sings that "Bubbly" song about it going to her toes first. And opener Jason Reeves co-wrote it.
Mindless Self Indulgence/the Birthday Massacre/Hollowboy: Theater. MSI CD release party, featuring anthemic keyboard rock that packs a punch. 7:30 p.m., $22. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave.
Paganfest, with Ensiferum, Turisas, TYO, and Eluveitie and others: 7 p.m., $17 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Genteel, easy-listening Christian metal.
The Proclaimers/Jeremy Fisher: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $15. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Times are tough, and this one-hit wonder band is not only playing the little room at House of Blues, but actually will be walking 500 miles to get there.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
Dead Meadow/Mannequin Men/Hell's Information: Ballroom, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. This DC band has progressed from Black Sabbath worship to improbably poignant classic-rock revivalism.
Eisley/the Myriad/Vedera/the Envy Corps: 6 p.m., $12. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Says the band bio, "Indifferent to industry boundaries / conventions, Eisley continues their expansion (invasion :-) centered around adherence to the their own creative style, devotion to song-crafting, commitment to on-line (relational, tangible) marketing, and an unquenchable passion for touring."
Emmure/On Broken Wings/After the Burial: Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Victory Records' Emmure play seizure-inducing metal that sounds like a shotgun blasting a blender that was grinding up a glass bottle.
The High Kings: 7:30 p.m., $22.50-$57.50 (PlayHouseSquare.org). Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, www.playhousesquare.com. Celtic music all-stars Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey, Brian Dunphy, and Darren Holden, together on one stage.
Inner City Surfers/Lost October: No cover. Roc Bar, 1220 Old River Rd., Downtown/Flats/Warehouse District, 771-6655, MySpace.com/RocBarCleveland. Inner City Surfers are a twanger surf/rockabilly band. From Canada. Stranger things have happened. And, being Canadian, they're quite pleasant.
THURSDAY, MAY 1
Dave Barnes/Andy Davis: 9 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Easygoing Nashville singer-songwriter Barnes sounds more Minnesota than Tennessee; catch him in the House of Blues' Cambridge Room.
The Guts: 8 p.m., $10 ADV/$20 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. This is the take-a-chance-on-a-new-band-even-if-you've-never-heard-of-them show of the week: The New Hampshire power-pop band has just the barest whiff of emo, but balances it out with classic 60s-pop-style harmonies. Sounds like it'll be great live.
Mensrea/Mobile Death Camp: 7 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Mensrea's a progressive/death metal band from Virginia, where they don't frakk around.
Uncle Monk: Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Bluegrass band Uncle Monk featurres original Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan.
FRIDAY, MAY 2
All Time Low/the Rocket Summer/the Matches/Sonny/Forever the Sickest Kids: The Alternative Press Tour is SOLD OUT, 6 p.m., $13.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Bad Boy Bill: $15-$20 (Wantickets.com, 18+), 9 p.m. Traffic, 1296 W. 6th St. (Warehouse District), 216-566-9621. Chicago electro-house DJ puts on a massive show that would fill an arena, a strobing extravaganza of lights, video screens, and bass that'll leave a bruise. And for a DJ, he rocks. This ain't no sissy techno show.
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra plays Zappa's Grand Wazoo: The Cleveland Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Ave., 216-771-6551.
Don Dixon/Doug Gillard/Carlos Jones/Tommy Wiggins: CD release, 7:30 p.m., $10. Tri-C Metro Campus Main Stage Theatre, 2900 Community College Ave.
REM/Smithereens producer Don Dixon, ex-GBV multi-talkent Doug Gillard, Cleveland reggae/jam icon Carlos Jones, and Tommy Wiggins play this benefit fundraiser, followed by a meet & greet.
DJ Assault/DJ Mike Filly: 10 p.m., $10 cover, 21+/$13 under 21. B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-932-1966. Baltimore's DJ Assault raps like a horny thug (which ain't a bad thing) over hard club dance music. A lot of rhymers claim to be a pimp, but when he says it, he sounds pretty convincing. Sample lyrics from either "AssNTitties" or "Asses Jigglin'" - they're so hard to keep straight -- edited for family reading: "I see [things] wiggling, and [things] jiggling."
Ladyhawk/Nevo Dinova: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Canada's Ladyhawk brings the rock. It's indie rock that sounds classic.
Lost Chapter/Stonefall/Stapled Mouth Shut: 9 p.m., $10. Hi-Fi Concert Club, 11729 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8878. Mulek
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The Nightmare (Alice Cooper tribute)/Pasion Play (Jethro Tull tribute): 8:30 p.m., $7. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Look past all the theatrics, and Alice Cooper has a helluva musical legacy, too.
Testament (most of classic lineup)/Death Angel/God Forbid/Arsis: 7 p.m., $24. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Frisco thrash legends Testament return with most of the classic lineup, minus drummer Louie Clemente, whose arthritis forced him to bow out of the tour. Back in the lineup is TSO guitarist Alex Skolnick, and still with the band is singer Chuck Billy - read this week's Scene for a story about how Native American healing helped him beat cancer.