Panic at the Disco heads up this week’s list of big shows, small shows, and show everybody’s going to be talking about at work Thursday morning. Read on for a crib sheet: who’s playing, when, and why you oughtta check ‘em out. -- D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, MAY 12
Scary Kids Scaring Kids/the Classic Crime/Schoolyard Heroes/Ivoryline:
Ballroom, 6:30 p.m., $13. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Scary Kids: Signed to Victory Records, this Arizona Ensemble rock hard enough to make good for all the emo kids that have crapped up the label’s reputation as of late.
TUESDAY, MAY 13
The Bad Plus:
7 p.m. both nights, $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. The Bad Plus are a traditional jazz trio, but the rock it out in covers of songs like Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and Bowie’s “Life on Mars” that’ll give you goosebumps. Night one of a two-night stand.
Dying Fetus/Origin/Sworn Enemy/Thy Will Be Done * NEW LINEUP:
Obituary is no longer on this bill. Maryland death metal/grindcore ensemble plays songs like “Fornications Terrorist” that sound like the cookie monster puking while someone plays a tape of a metal guitar virtuoso at a faster speed than it was recorded. 7 p.m., 13ADV/$15DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Tony Scherr, with Anton Fier (ex-Goldern Palominos, Pere Ubu)/the Kidney Brothers:
Tavern, 8 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Says the Beachland of Scherr: “Tony Scherr has a new record on Smells Like Records, which is Steve Shelly’s (Sonic Youth) label. Since coming to New York in the 80s,Tony Scherr has become one of the city's most prolific and in-demand sidemen, playing itegral roles in the music of such notable artists as Bill Frisell, John Lurie (Lounge Lizards), Steve Bernstein (Sex Mob), and Norah Jones.” Drummer-producer Fier is a Cleveland native who made it big in NYC, leading supergroup the Golden Palominos, which featured famous rockers including REM’s Michael Stipe.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
The Bad Plus:
7 p.m. both nights, $20. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. The Bad Plus are a traditional jazz trio, but the rock it out in covers of songs like Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and Bowie’s “Life on Mars” that’ll give you goosebumps. Also playing Nighttown Tuesday.
Allan Holdsworth/the Tony Pulizzi Trio:
9 p.m., $20. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Says Holdsworth’s bio, “Allan Holdsworth is widely regarded by fans and contemporary musicians as one of the 20th century's most prominent guitarists. He is one of a handful of musicians who has consistently proven himself as an innovator in between and within the worlds of rock and jazz music… Particularly during the 90s, Holdsworth has enjoyed the recognition so many musicians strongly feel he deserves, given that he has developed his career outside the big label mainstream and has consistently produced his own recordings with complete creative control since the mid-80s.” That means he’s gonna play some solos, dude.
An Evening With the Mars Volta:
8 p.m., $35. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Mars Volta features members of the slavishly overrated post-hardcore sensation At the Drive In, who now play slavishly overrated, conceptual psychedelic freak-out jams. Just ‘cuz it’s weird doesn’t mean it’s good, folks. Seriously.
Cambridge Room, 6:30 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. No, Ricky Martin’s not getting the band back together. And you won’t see any of the other guys from that era, either. Menudo’s always-rotating door has let a new generation of musical youth in for high-energy Latin pop.
Matthew Ryan vs. the Silver State/Jon Dee Graham:
Tavern, 9 p.m., $12. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Ryan plays literate alt-rock. Here’s the hype-y version from the Club: “MRVSS is the sound of a brilliant writer and a careening band fusing the passion, indignation, hopes and struggles of its characters with intimacy and an explosive, anthemic cinema. Utterly human and wide-awake, it's music that feels like a Scorcese film for the ears.” Each ticket includes a copy of the new Matthew Ryan Vs. the Silver State CD.
3 Inches of Blood:
7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison produced 3 Inches of Blood’s Fire Up the Blades, one of the strongest metal releases of 2007, a real fistful of retro metal that’ll kick you in the chest. Imagine Judas Priest on steroids. And crank.
Yo Majesty/Does It Offend You, Yeah?/misterbradleyp/Sammy Slims:
9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The real discovery here is Does It Offend You, Yeah?, a British disco-punk band that make beats the size of England itself. Nine Inch Nails have tapped the group to open their summer tour, so catch ‘em here first.
THURSDAY, MAY 15
Akron-Family/Nick Schillace/Goodmorning Valentine:
9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The arty ensemble Akron/Family have nothing to do with Akron, Ohio; they’re from NYC, where they concocted their melange of jazz, psychedelia, rock guitar, and trad-folk.
Augustana/David Ford/Wild Sweet Orange:
7 p.m., $15. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Augustana is this week’s band representing the wave of groups that are equal parts modern rock and emo, with a heapin’ helpin’ of piano-esque keyboards in the mix. We’re not kidding: There’s a farm or factory somewhere in Indiana where they produce three of these bands an hour.
7:30 p.m., $25-$35 (Ticketmaster). E.J. Thomas Hall at University of Akron, 198 Hill St., Akron, 330-972-7570, www.ejthomashall.com.
8:30 p.m. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. Easygoing New Orleans funk and blues that goes down smooth.
Adrienne Young Band/Pete McDonald:
Tavern, 8 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Says Young’s bio, “Adrienne Young is a singer and guitarist who makes old-fashioned music sound new. Her songs, played on banjo or with a full band, are winning fans across generations for walking the line between traditional folk and bluegrass. Her group's commitment to evoking the past can be heard in its instrumentation, which ranges from mandolin and fiddle to spoons and a washboard.”
FRIDAY, MAY 16
Alegbra/Maya Azucena/AB & the Souljounrers:
Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $18 (21+ only). House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Atlanta singer Algebra Blessett sings sultry neo-soul.
American Speedway/Black Knots/Nick Wolff Band/Marks of Sin:
9 p.m. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Speedway drummer Chris Callahan says the band will “give you a much-needed does of real rock and roll” that’s reccommended for fans of “beer, loud, heavy and fast rock, fist pumping, beer spitting, sing-along chants and hot chicks who like to party.”
Beefdealer, the Drexels, and Brown Notes:
Tavern. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Unsigned band festival. Two-day passes $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Friday, May 16: Doors at 4 p.m., show at 5. Rock, punk, indie, and acoustic: The Vinyltones, Silence Of A Silhouette, and The Madison Crawl headline, with Rewired, Space Goblin, When The Day Ends, A Liars Promise, Stone Relied, Johnny Red & The Skamunists, Lil Johnny & The Phatcats, Polos and Panties, She Tasted Like Cigarettes, Man Down, Natural Blend, Kappstars, The Taller We Grow, Zero Times Tardy, LBDG, DC Star 10, Mindlab, Split Peace, The Renegade, The Scum, Parse, YBA, Cassette Tape Hero, Entropys End, Rotten Reason, Bronson & Herb, The Morning After, Death To Goody Proctor, Fat Kids On Cupcakes, P.R.S., Resonant Soul, Ninebit, The Thrifters, Down OP, A Phoenix Down, You'll Get Yours, iTimebomb, Puppies For Sale, Azimuth Dream, and Ashes Of Atrocity. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Friday night features Boombox. Saturday features the Pnuma Trio. Lineup includes Lovewhip, the Macpodz, Papadosio, Jeff Bujak, the Bob Niederriter Quartet, Aleph-1, EP3, Ultaviolet Hippopotamus, Grown Folks, Hampster Pants, and lights by Solar Fire Lightshow. $45, Friday through Sunday. $35, Saturday through Sunday. Admission includes camping. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, 12001 SR 282, Garrettsville, 440-548-2716.
Murray Saul's 80th Birthday Party, featuring Great Balls of Fire:
8 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Legendary WMMS on-air personality Murray Saul was more than just a a DJ. He whipped the city into a frenzy every weekend, and this special birthday bash is his first official public appearance in decades. Garage/rockabilly veterans Great Balls of Fire will play vintage tunes and old-time rock and roll.
Panic at the Disco/Motion City Soundtrack/Phantom Planet/the Hush Sound:
7 p.m., $30 (Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com). Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Really big show from some of emo’s biggest rockers. Now that Panic have traded their chorus-line kicks for Beatlesque ambition, let’s see how the new sound goes over live.
Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute):
7 p.m., $10.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Top-shelf Zeppelin tribute gets the Led out. ‘Cuz you just don’t hear enough on WONE every single hour of every single day.