9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Friday, Oct. 3

Affiance CD Release

One of the best local bands on the circuit, Affiance made quite an impression with 2010’s No Secrets Revealed, an album that serves as a real call to arms. The band’s latest offering, Blackout, commences with the blistering title track. The guitar solos in songs such as “Limitless” and “Darkest” show just how much the band has evolved. The over-the-top vocal performance on “In Justice” is simply stunning. These guys could hold their own against Slayer, Anthrax or any other veteran speed metal band. In singer Dennis Tvrdik, the group has a screecher who can hit the high notes. This guy could probably sing opera if he wanted to. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Agora Ballroom. $10. Agora. (Jeff Niesel)

An Evening with Pete Yorn — You & Me Acoustic

Thirteen years ago, Jersey native and budding indie musician Pete Yorn, who established himself on the Los Angeles indie folk scene and signed his first record deal in 1999, was asked to record the soundtrack for the Farrelly brothers’ film Me, Myself and Irene. Yorn contributed gems such as “Strange Condition” and “Just Another” to the soundtrack, and those two songs eventually found their way onto Yorn’s official debut, the 2001 indie pop gem musicforthemorningafter. The album also yielded the hit single “Life on a Chain,” a song distinguished by Yorn’s nasally vocals and its brisk melody. In the nearly decade and a half since that album landed Yorn on Rolling Stone’s “10 [artists] to watch” list, the guy has recorded an album with starlet Scarlett Johansson, released a handful of rocking solo albums and taken up playing entirely acoustic sets. Yorn brings his acoustic act to the Beachland Ballroom, promising fans a taste of just about everything that his discography has to offer. The show starts at 9 p.m., $25. (Emily Votaw)

The Janoskians

The days when Backstreet Boys and N’Sync played stadiums are long over, but that hasn’t stopped boy bands from continuing to come out of the woodwork. The Janoskians are the latest act to give it a go. To their credit, this group of sexy guys (just check out the music video for “That’s What She Said,” which finds them prancing around on the beach in their swim trunks) doesn’t take itself too seriously. They appear to be more interested in having fun than in delivering heartfelt ballads and the songs draw equally from ska and rock. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at House of Blues. $25 ADV, $28 DOS. (Niesel)

The Speedbumps

The Kent-based Americana/folk band the Speedbumps have been getting some national attention. The group’s song “Montreal” recently won an American Songwriting Award for best song in the adult alternative category. The awards ceremony takes place Nov. 8 in Las Vegas and also will include a musical showcase by a select group of winners. A grand prize winner will be announced that evening, so the guys might take home more than one trophy. The band kicks off its fall tour with an 8 p.m. concert tonight at Music Box Supper Club. The Gage Brothers open. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (Niesel)

Tropidelic

Merging hip-hop and reggae, Tropidelic is tapping a long-worn tree with a freshness that hasn’t been found in the scene for a long while (think mid-era 311 or Chroncitis-style Slightly Stoopid). Tropidelic 2012’s All Heads Unite shows the band bridging countless genre gaps. Honestly, even the brief album opener, “Introlood,” is an enticing listen. “Only Rider” and “Ain’t No Game” offer a solid one-two punch that displays the sonic contrast throughout the album — the band’s catalog at large. Around the time this album came out, Tropidelic were really coming into their own. In the interim, they’ve grown into one of Northeast Ohio’s best live acts. They perform at 9 p.m. at the Grog Shop. $10. (Eric Sandy)


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Saturday, Oct. 4


Simeon Soul Charger

One of the more intellectually-minded bands to come out of Northeast Ohio, Simeon Soul Charger looks back with fondness to the proggy days of Jethro Tull, Yes, and the Moody Blues. Released in 2012, Harmony Square is a concept album that the band has said is about “an alien race that descends upon a city ruled by a tyrannical leader.” After an overture, the disc commences with “Babylon Grove,” a waltz-like number that features piano and strings as it offers up obtuse lyrics about the world’s end. The rest of the songs veer between jarring psychedelia (“Spinning Across the Grass”) and jammy rock (“See Sharp”). While the album works best as a whole, a song such as “All Fair’s in Harmony Square” features a pop hook that makes it stand well on its own. The band is now based overseas, where it regularly tours, and doesn’t play Northeast Ohio too often; be sure to check ’em out while they’re here. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Kent Stage. $10-$15. (Niesel)

Sunday, Oct. 5

Carbon Tigers

Chicago natives Carbon Tigers have softened up their sound these days. Their latest, The Wars at Home EP, has traded much of its rock elements for a pared down, more harmonic feel. Tracks like “Everybody Else” and “Queen” feature Chris Wienke’s boyish crooning over subdued guitar and an ethereal noise-pedal background, structured by simple percussion. “Ishmael” and “The Harvest” harken back to days of heavier guitar and rougher vocals, but these Windy City boys still wear their hearts on their sleeves with lyrics exploring intimacy, saying goodbye and unrequited love. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Mahall's. $8 ADV, $10 DOS. (Liz Trenholme)

In Celebration of: A Tribute to Michael Stanley

Over the course of a career that stretches back decades, Michael Stanley has released 27 albums, both with a band and as a solo act. He’s been particularly prolific in the past few years, recording at his home studio and self-releasing his work. Not that it’s suffered — his latest offering, The Job, is one of his best albums to date. He’ll be honored tonight at an event that features fellow local rockers Alex Bevan, Nate Jones, Jim Ballard, Jonah Koslen, the Other Brothers, Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters, the Resonators, Jennifer Lee, Bill Szycmzyk, the Tree Stumps, Mark Avsec and Wally Bryson. Other special guests might show up as well. Proceeds go to Purple Heart Homes, which builds homes for returning veterans, and Cleveland Rocks — Past, Present and Future. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Auditorium. $15-$45. (Niesel)

Kinsman Dazz Band CD Release

The Cleveland-based R&B group Kinsman Dazz Band has a long history of churning out hits. The group worked with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey on its first album, 1978’s Kinsman Dazz. The group even inked a deal with Motown for a minute. After thirtysomething years, it continues to soldier on. Its new album, Keepin’ It Live, features a number of collaborations as the band works with Jah Messengers, the Krypton Monkeys and Beeloyd Taylor. The band celebrates its release tonight at 5 with a special show at Vosh Club in Lakewood. (Niesel)


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