8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


Friday, Sept. 5

Aqueous/Vibe & Direct/Nevele

Earlier this year, Aqueous found success via Kickstarter in funding their new album (due out in late October). That’s just one crest in a vivacious 2014, a year that began with Aqueous holing up in Buffalo for a month-long hometown residency amid thunderous snowstorms and performing, among many other things, a heady brew of Beatles classics. As evidenced by recordings flowing from their festival outings this summer, Aqueous is ascending each and every time they hit the stage. The new tunes that began rolling out in earnest over the winter (“Complex Pt. 2,” “20/20,” “Staring into the Sun”) have all matured into full-bodied jam vehicle beasts. These are excellent days to hit the road and follow Aqueous on tour or, at the very least, catch them when they play the Grog Shop. Oh, and the latest news is that longtime drummer Nick Sonricker left the band (on fine terms) a few weeks ago. Friend and sound guy Ryan Nogle is the new guy on the drums, so do make sure you come out tonight and take in the bold new Aqueous lineup. The band plays at 9 at the Grog Shop. $8. (Eric Sandy)

Saturday, Sept. 6

5J Barrow

Singer Eryn Murman and keyboardist Eric Namaky were both born and raised in Cleveland before moving to New York to start up the folk-rock band 5j Barrow. Tonight’s show at Nighttown actually marks their first hometown performance and it comes on the heels of the band’s recent performance at the Apollo Theater where it won the Battle of the Boroughs, an event sponsored by a local radio station. Sounding a bit like Ani DiFranco, Murman brings real energy to the table and her lilting vocals carry the band’s folk-y melodies that are apt to remind listeners of the Avett Brothers and the Head and the Heart. Music starts at 8:30 p.m., $15. (Jeff Niesel)

Air Supply

Soft rock balladeers Air Supply celebrate their 40th anniversary as a performing unit this year. Although you might think they would have had a few disagreements along the way, it’s actually been smooth sailing. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and singer Russell Hitchcock describe themselves as “best friends,” which is probably a good thing, since they still perform between 150 and 200 shows together each year. Earlier this year, they played at the Akron Civic Theatre where they delivered hits such as “Lost in Love” and “All Out of Love.” Expect to hear those classic cuts along with new tunes such as “Desert Sea Sky” at tonight’s show at the Hard Rock Rocksino. It begins at 8 p.m., $32.50-$59.50. (Matt Wardlaw)

Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers/Enormodome

Gathering the best elements of Southern rock, alternative rock, pop rock, et al., Roger Clyne and his crew have always managed to turn out some damn fine music. Blending strains of mariachi, blues and reggae, Clyne and the Peacemakers’ catalog has steered clear of generic territory. “All Over the Radio,” the potentially worrisome track title that opens 2011’s Unida Cantina, offers the listener a worldly little tune about love and music and the love of music. What makes everything even better here is that the band’s live show is notoriously kickass. Order a round of Cuervo at the bar (eh, maybe another while you’re at it), and head into the party. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom. $20. (Sandy)

Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons

Singer-guitarist Angela Perley, who grew up in Hilliard, started writing songs when she was still in high school and initially put together an all-girl pop-punk band. Then, while attending college at Ohio University in Athens, she began to develop an alt-country bent. The Columbus-based alt-country act Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons came together in 2009. The band’s hard-rocking new single, “Hurricane,” the lead track from Hey Kid, sounds like a cross between Joan Jett and Patsy Cline. Good stuff. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Music Box Supper Club. $8. (Niesel)

Skeletonwitch/Ghoul/Black Anvil/Youth Forgotten

Hailing from Athens, Ohio, and formed in 2003, Skeletonwitch has grown tighter and angrier than ever. Their latest album, Serpents Unleashed was released last October just in time for Halloween. And the name is fitting indeed: Each song lunges out with a stinging bite. The tracks generally cut to the chase — the band doesn’t like to mess around with long intros like a lot of other metal bands. Songs “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” and “Burned from Bone” feature throaty growling chants over furious guitar and frantic drumming drawn tightly into something resembling melody. “This Evil Embrace” is a strange, necroromantic love song of sorts, filled with fury and that same throaty growl whipping around like Medusa’s snakes. Expect to get angry and dirty tonight as they bring on the thrash. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Agora Ballroom. $15 ADV, $18 DOS. (Liz Trenholme)

The Black Keys/Cage the Elephant

The Black Keys would’ve been just another indie rock band from Northeast Ohio if a few things hadn’t gone in their favor. First, their debut, 2002’s The Big Come Up, an album that they recorded in drummer Patrick Carney’s basement, has some great songs on it (including the hard-driving “Ill Be Your Man,” a song that would later become the theme song to the HBO series Hung) and shows early potential. Second, the guys have great chemistry. Despite their differences (when they met in high school, Auerbach was more popular than the gangly, awkward Carney), the two have great energy on stage together, something that was evident at the first-ever show they played at the Beachland Tavern in 2002. They've been going strong ever since. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. $35-$75. (Niesel)


Sunday, Sept. 7

Paul Weller/The Gramotones

Cclecticism and unexpected detours are the defining characteristics of Paul Weller's career. As the de facto leader of the Jam, he guided the band well beyond its rabble-rousing beginnings. Over the course of five years and six albums, the influential trio dabbled in strident mod-punk, stuttering funk, Beatles-esque pop and horn-peppered soul and Motown. After the Jam dissolved, he started the Style Council, which also incorporated a variety of influences, from synthpop to blue-eyed soul and even jazz. As a solo artist, Weller has likewise released a steady stream of records that are sonically difficult to pin down. He plays at 8 p.m. at House of Blues. $33. (Annie Zaleski)

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