Chief among this week's concerts, surfer-dude-turned-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson brings the feel-good vibes to Blossom. And if that's not mellow enough for you, check out the smooth-jazz sounds of Chris Botti at Playhouse Sqaure. Read on for more concerts and details. Pay attention. There will be a quiz. -- D.X. Ferris
MONDAY, JUNE 16
Becoming the Archetype/Beneath the Sky: 7 p.m., $10. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. This Christian band plays metal so intense, you get the impression they think Jesus loves thrash.
Fish: 7 p.m., $28. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Marillion’s singer goes solo, not to be confused with the dirty hippie jam band.
The New Frontiers/Liza Bundy: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Texas Americana band’s songs include the wispy “Look at Miss Ohio.”
Sleepercar/Saints/Sparrows & Arrows: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588. Sleepercar features Jim Ward of At the Drive In and Sparta, playing boppy indie rock. Dude’s popular; of course, some people think everything he touches sucks.
TUESDAY, JUNE 17
Chris Botti/Nyee Moses: 7:30 p.m., $10-$40 (Ticket.com or PlayHouseSquare.org). Palace Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave., Playhouse Square, 216-241-6000. If you like your jazz smooth, Botti - rhymes with “roadie” is your man.
Ryan Cabrera/Ferras: 8 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
El Ten Eleven: Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124.
Elysia/See You Next Tuesday/Knights of the Abyss/the Banner/A Girl a Gun a Ghost: Ferret Music Young Guns Tour features five up-and-coming screamers and bruisers. 6:30 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com.
Jack Johnson/Mason Jennings/Money Mark: 7 p.m., $24-$39 (LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster). Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls. The only better place for a mellow, feel-good Jack Johnson show is the singer-guitarist’s native Hawaii.
Demi Lovato: Cambridge Room, $16.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd presents 10 Days Out, with Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and more: 7 p.m., $28.50. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Tiesto/Evan Evolution: 18+, 9 p.m.-3 a.m, $35 (Wantickets.com). Metropolis, 2325 Elm St., 216-241-4007. Electronic-dance big dogs proves techno ain’t dead.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
The Cure/65 Days of Static: 7 p.m., $39.50-$59.50 (LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster). Wolstein Center at CSU, 2000 Prospect Ave., 216-241-5555. Traditionally, the Cure has been one of the worst live bands in the history of the universe. This tour, however, apparently finds the Brits moving their butts a little toward the end of their marathon three-hour sets. Read a review of the Kansas City show HERE . http://blogs.pitch.com/wayward/2008/05/concert_review_the_cure_at_sta.php
Salt the Wound/Across Five Aprils: 6 p.m. Pirate's Cove, 2083 1/2 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999. Cleveland’s Salt the Wound play death-kissed technical metalcore.
An Evening With the Sultans of Bing: 9 p.m., $3. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19
Hanzel Und Gretyl/Living Dead/Colombine: $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Industrial-dance-goth combo Hanzel Und Gretyl got lost in the woods and were raised by the kind proprietor of a vinyl/leather fetish shop.
Langhorne Slim/Expecting Rain/the Plastic Hearts: 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
Maia Sharp: 8 p.m., $15. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-795-0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com/. This singer-songwriter-guitarist-pianist-saxophonist has composed for and toured with Bonnie Raitt.
Rob Metz CD release, with Faded Reflection: 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues Cambridge Room, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/. Local prog guitarist unleashes his new disc.
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
Ahleuchatistas/Planets/Novelist/Tenet-Octet/Daniel Francis Doyle: Pat's in the Flats, W. 3rd St. and Literary Rd., 216-621-8044.
Critical Bill/Primer 55: 7 p.m., $8. Peabody's, 2083 E. 21st St., 216-776-9999, www.peabodys.com. Michigan’s Critical Bill sound a lot like the Jay-Z/Linkin Park mashup.
Demon Hunter/Living Sacrifice/Oh Sleeper/the Famine/Advent: 6 p.m., $16. House of Blues, 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, www.hob.com/.
Draw the Line (Aerosmith tribute)/U2 Incident (U2 tribute): Rockin' on the River, Broad Boulevard and Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-526-7664.
Emarosa/Take the Crown/Lower Definition/Jamie's Elsewhere/Dead & Divine: Ballroom, 7:30 p.m., $10. Agora, 5000 Euclid Ave.
Grupo Fantasma: Ballroom, 9 p.m. Beachland, 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124. Grupo Fantasma play smokin’ Latin jazz and funk. Maceo Parker joined in with the horn section on the new Sonidos Gold, and the regular brass backed Prince the last time the Purple One jammed on the Leno show. This is the get-dressed-up-and-get-ready-to-get-down show of the month. Start hydrating yourself now.
Linda McRae and Maura Rogers: 9 p.m., $6. Wilbert's, 812 Huron Rd. E., 216-902-GOOD, www.wilbertsmusic.com.
Mr. Gnome/Friends of Dennis Wilson/Kill the Fall CD release: 9 p.m., $7 ADV/$10 DOS. Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, 5324 State Rd., Parma, 216-351-3869, www.myspace.com/jigsawsaloon/. Helluva a show here. Visit this week’s Scene to read about Kill the Fall’s new disc and Mr. Gnome, Cleveland’s sexy-heavy-frantic-and-fun co-ed duo.
Rockin' in the Streets: In parking lot, gates 6 p.m., featuring 8 Inch Betsy, 11 After, Jane Deads, Telling Point, and Hot Cha Cha, $5 ADV/$10 DOS, benefits Girlz Rhythm N' Rock Camp. Union Station Video Cafe, 2814 Detroit Ave., 216-357-2997, www.clevelandcocktails.com.
Silver Apples/Loto Ball Show: 9 p.m., $10. Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., 216-321-5588.
Stroke 9: 9:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$20 DOS. The Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2767. Radio-rock veterans (“Kick Some Ass”) take the stage at this new West End blues club.
Total Abuse: 9 p.m. Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576.