James Taylor and His Band of Legends lead this week’s list of big shows. Read on for a full rundown of the week's concerts, and what you can expect to get for your entertainment buck. -- D.X. Ferris
TUESDAY, JUNE 3
The Breeders/the Montana Boys: 7 p.m., $18.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com. Alt-rock queens the Breeders have a new album; if you’re lucky, they’ll play old hits like “Cannonball” first.
The Field/DJ Plasticfx: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. The Field: chilly techno with an edge.
Hoots & Hellmouth/Church of the Lazy Bastard: 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Philly indie-Americana band Hoots & the Hellmouth sound a lot like the Band to these ears.
Murphy's Law/the Jonbenet: 7 p.m., $10 ADV/$12DOS. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Murphy’s Law: authentic old-school NYHC.
James Taylor & His Band of Legends: 8 p.m., $20-$69.50 (LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster). Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls. Taylor’s an artist, so we’ll grant him the adventurous use of the term “Legends” to describe the 12-piece backing band he’s using this tour. Think we’re wrong? Here they are: Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Michael Landau, Lou Marini, Jimmy Johnson, Walt Fowler, Larry Goldings, Andrea Zonn, Arnold McCuller, David Lasley, and Kate Markowitz. And, no, Jimmy Johnon’s not the football coach. All baggin’ aside, we bet they play “Fire & Rain,” and that’s all you need to know.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
The Jealous Girlfriends/Black Girls: Tavern, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Says the New York Times, “"The Jealous Girlfriends, one of the best new bands in New York, float through soft and erotic clouds of guitar and keyboards that can turn grungy and turbulent; the soft and erotic stuff is what’s gotten their music on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Not So Good Ol' Boys/Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival: Outside, free, 7 p.m. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-515-8444. Tonight, the Rock Hall’s Summer Concert Series features true alt-country - Uncle Scratch is so alt-country, they could be from a different planet.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra/Tra-La-La Band: 9 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Orchestra features Godspeed You Black Emperor! members, who play similarly swirly post-rock.
The Trews: Cambridge Room, 9 p.m., $10. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Intimate show from groundswelling, gritty power-pop band.
Ugly Radio Rebellion: The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Zappa tribute featuring Ike Willis addresses eternal burning questions, like “Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?”
THURSDAY, JUNE 5
Raheem DeVaughn & Chrisette Michelle/Solange Knowles: 7 p.m., $28. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. DeVaughn on DeVaughn: “Hustle + Music = Raheem DeVaughn. The R&B Hippie Neo-Soul Rockstar!"
Esham/Royce Da 5'9": Ballroom, 7 p.m., $13. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave.
Grand Archives: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Singer/guitarist Mat Brooke’s previous bands include Band of Horses and Carissa’s Weird; now he’s playing timeless, harmony-driven, classic-style pop.
Mic Harrison & the High Score/Mark David & the Nightly Nights: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Says the Beachland, Americana troubadors Harrison and his crew are music for “anyone who's ever held down a job and relied on music for spiritual release can relate to. Harrison's new album is about the kind of characters who know that any day that you can look forward to a soft bed rather than a dirt nap is a blessing. When Harrison sings about having nothing but "a pocket full of sawdust" the former sawmill employee knows exactly what he's singing about.”
FRIDAY, JUNE 6
The Blowtops/Horror of '59/Scarlet Fever/DJs Scary Ellen, Sade, and Michigan Mom: Tavern, 9 p.m., $6. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Again, we’ve gotta go with the bio quote on this one: “The Blowtops are monster punk--all kinds of loud, very rude, and scary in an engaging way. Taking the best elements of Lux Interior, George Romero, and Ron Asheton, the Blowtops are the perfect candidate to kick your ass! Their new record, "Voodoo Alley" (Big Neck Records), takes lo-fi to new extremes, filling every possible groove with heavily effected vocals and overdriven raunch. Stinky as hell.”
Blueprint/Illogic/Edotkom/Snub Zero/Tut: 9 p.m. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Hip-hop hooray at the Grog, with a rare live show from Edotkom, the Clevelandland dynamic rap duo.
Broken Road (Rascal Flatts tribute)/Captain Fantastic (Elton John tribute)/52nd St. (Billy Joel tribute): Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664.
Chiata CD release, with the Texture/Mush/3SO/Worldly Descent/Torne: 7 p.m., $6. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999.
Travis "Moonchild" Haddix: 9 p.m., $5. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect Ave., 216-875-6000, www.fatfishblue.com.
Jones for Revival/Papadosio: 9 p.m., $6. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com. JFR headlines a night of experimental jam-rock fusion at Wilbert’s.
Raul Malo & Band: Ballroom, 8:30 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Country, Latin, jazz, rock - Malo does it all.
Kelly Richey Band: 9 p.m., $12. The Winchester, 12112 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-5681. Cincinnati’s Kelly Richey leads a three-piece rockin’ blues band; her guitar style has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn.
She Wants Revenge/Be Your Own Pet/the Virgins/the Switches: 7 p.m., $16. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Whatever you do, don’t tell She Wants Revenge they sound like Interpol. Even if you think they do (because they do).
Ska Prom, featuring Mustard Plug and others: Ballroom, 6 p.m. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave. Plenty of skank here, on the dance floor and off. This joke refers to someone else’s date, not yours.