8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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FRIDAY, OCT. 24

SBTRKT

In the past few years, as EDM and dubstep flooded the market, the trick became one of trying to distinguish artist from artist. It wasn’t always easy. SBTRKT, however, showed up on London’s electronic scene and started making waves quickly. This was in the late 2000s, when nights at clubs spent remixing Radiohead and the like soon blended into larger stages and a debut album in 2011. “Wildfire,” featuring Little Dragon on vox, became the album’s hit of sorts, putting the masses in touch with SBTRKT’s unique DJ style. Rather than dwell on breaks and builds, SBTRKT focuses on songs’ compositional integrity. His stuff borders on jazz — in mechanics — at times. It’s a heady approach, and one that’s garnered him a nice niche in the electronic world. As for the name? "[I'd] rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process,” he has said. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. House of Blues.

Busdriver




After dropping his 10th studio album earlier this year, Busdriver has once again proven his chops as one of hip-hops great eccentric writers. Problem is, his work falls too often on ignorant ears. "Honestly, I don't think that people are really paying attention," he told Scene in a 2007 interview. Years later, Busdriver’s stature in the hip-hop community hasn’t changed much, despite him churning out eye-opening albums this whole time. And that’s not a misnomer; Busdriver’s music is visual. He’s an imaginative lyricist, dwelling in metaphor and onomatopoeia more often than not. The new album is good, but the best entry point is 2005’s Fear of a Black Tangent. That one sees him at his most inventive and his most political. Cue up “Unemployed Black Astronaut” ASAP. You’ll never hear another rap song like that one. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $13. Beachland Tavern.

Carbon Leaf

If you went to college in the eary '90s, chances are you attended at least one keg party. Campus regulations were looser back then, and students took advantage. Studying at Randolph-Macon College at the time, the guys in Carbon Leaf benefited from those conditions. They put together a cover band regularly gigged at backyard parties and frat events. These days, the band is known for playing an eclectic mix of original music that draws from blues, folk and rock, and its latest album, Indian Summer Revisited, a re-recording of their 2004 album, is another terrific collection. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $16 ADV, $20 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Stick Men

The Stick Men, a prog rock act headed up by bassist extraordinaire Tony Levin (King Crimson), made an impressive debut in 2010 with Soup, an album that opens with the groovy title track, a King Crimson-like number about supercolliders. The guys are currently touring behind Supercollider: An Anthology 2010-2014, a collection of recordings from the past four years that includes live music recorded during last year's DEEP Tour USA 2013. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $20 ADV, $25 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


SATURDAY, OCT. 25

Chris Allen & the Guilty Hearts CD Release 

When it came time to record his latest solo effort, Everything Changes but the Rodeo, local singer-songwriter Chris Allen took his backing band to a cabin to record. Allen worked again with producer Don Dixon (R.E.M., the Smithereens), a singer-songwriter in his own right who's collaborated with him on Rosavelt albums as well. Divided into a "side a" and a "side b," Rodeo starts with somber ballads such as "Summer Never Came" and "Waiting on the Night to Come." Allen sheds the tenderness on the first side with that side's final track, "You Gotta Run," a track he wrote for his baby daughter. The second side features more up-tempo tunes including a garage rock track written by Happy Dog co-owner Sean Kilbane who passed away earlier this year after a tragic accident. It's good stuff. Expect a lively show tonight to celebrate its release. (Niesel) 9 p.m., $8. Happy Dog.

The Boogers 

Billing themselves as “the Anti-Barney” and “the Wiggles’ Worst Nightmare,” the Boogers write songs about pancakes and pandas. In one tune, singer Paul Crowe, who goes by the moniker Crusty Booger, extols the virtues of eating vegetables. Nice! A veteran punk rocker who holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Crowe can really connect with the kids. The band’s official bio includes a quote from Ramones tour manager Monte Melnick. He says, “If the Ramones had ever decided to make a children’s album, this is what it would have sounded like.” You couldn’t ask for a finer endorsement. (Niesel), 1 p.m., $7.50-$10. Agora Ballroom.

Honeybucket's Third Birthday Party 

Local newgrass trio Honeybucket is turning three years old — the band officially formed on Halloween night 2011 in a Cleveland Heights attic. To celebrate the anniversary, the band is playing a special show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Music Box Supper Club. “[It will be a] night of early Halloween costumes, delicious food and boot-stompin' tunes that you wont forget,” says the band’s Adam Reifsnyder in a press release. “We're putting our heart and soul into this show and we want you to share it with us.” Local acts Meridian and Dolfish open the concert. The Honeybucket guys promise they’ll debut two new songs in their set. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Los Straitjackets featuring Deke Dickerson

Since forming in 1994, this instrumental guitar quartet has toured the world decked out in some of the coolest Mexican wrestling masks you'll ever see. Taking musical inspiration from Duane Eddy and Link Wray as well as spy/surf/monster music, the guys are a singular entity. And they regularly include Cleveland as a tour stop on their annual Halloween jaunt. These shows are always a blast. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $20. Beachland

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