FRIDAY, NOV. 28
Members of the Portland, Ore.-based band are rather irreverent about their approach. "Mean Jeans are the band Wayne and Garth would have started if they had dropped out of Nuke 'Em High to take on the Ramones," says singer-guitarist Billy Jean. "Since that never happened, we've brewed up our own brand of pogo-pop, a flavor that's dipped in slime and wasted all the time. Live, we thrash through a whirlwind of dumb fun songs about partying with cartoons and tubing the Milky Way." Self-described "party punks," Mean Jeans have teamed up with Kepi Ghoulie for their Maul of America tour. Mean Jeans will play a set of "goofy, raucous punk/pop" and then serve as the backing band for singer Kepi Ghoulie he plays the songs of the Groovie Ghoulies and some of his solo material. Should be a blast. (Jeff Niesel) 10 p.m., $5. The Euclid Tavern.
When the local metal act Mushroomhead first formed in 1993, few critics imagined the group would still be going at it in 2014. And yet the masked band is now more popular than ever. It's had a productive year so far and toured Australia, where it played as part of the massive Soundwave festival. It also hit the road with Insane Clown Posse for a Halloween-themed jaunt. Its new album, The Righteous and the Butterfly
, embraces a wide range of musical styles, including hip-hop, electronica and hard rock. Recorded at the band's studio in North Royalton and mixed by long-time collaborator Bill Korecky, the disc is arguably the band's most polished effort to date. (Niesel), 6 p.m., $17. The Outpost
Ohio natives Papadosio have carved out a reputable niche in the jamtronica scene, and their arrival in Northeast Ohio is always welcome. T.E.T.I.O.S.
still stands tall as the band’s masterwork, and it’s a real doozy. The two-disc collection spans a wide variety of textures. What might be known as the Bionic Man Suite on the album encompasses a galaxy of emotions and moods. Rounding out a healthy portion of the album’s first disc, this seven-song constellation reels in road-tested classics like “Method of Control” and places them within a tidal pool of new tunes like “Puddles for Oceans.” Drummer Mike Healy told us last year that the album was a huge step int he band’s development: “It’s just such a culmination of our lives as musicians and as a band together. It ranges from every different kind of music - you can find an influence everywhere.” If you’re feeling it, you should go back in time and check out the band’s debut, Margreenery
. The sound is a little different, but it’s yet another excellent offering. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. House of Blues
SATURDAY, NOV. 29
The Alarm Clocks
Norton Records' 2000 reissue of Yeah!
was the first official pressing of the Alarm Clocks release since the band put out its one and only single, "Yeah!"/"No Reason to Complain," in 1966. About a month after cutting "Yeah!," the Alarm Clocks, a garage-rock band from Parma, went to Sound Ideas recording studios to cut a demo tape that it could give to local promoters. In one take, the group recorded several tracks, among them raucous covers of "Louie Louie," "It's All Over Now," and "It's Alright." At the time, the group thought the tape would help take it beyond the high school party circuit, but in retrospect, the band's unhinged performance has had a more lasting effect. Both "Yeah!" and "No Reason to Complain" were recorded live in the studio, and only 300 copies were made (the original pressings have since become collectors' items that sell for up to $1,000). The band reformed in 2006 but doesn't play Cleveland often, so be sure to catch the group before it slips into hibernation once more. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern
Animals as Leaders
Earlier this year, Animals as Leaders released The Joy of Motion
, a solid notch in the band’s discography and a welcomed addition in the realm of progressive math rock and all that. In fact, it could be argued that this latest album might be a good entry point for the uninitiated when it comes to polyrhythmic metal instrumentals. It’s an exciting album. “Lippincott,” for example,” demonstrates the power of contrasting time signatures between guitars and percussion. Guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes trade lead jabs and pulse-thumping low-end grooves (they mash their signature sounds into an approximation of an awesome bass line on these tunes). As a more personal recommendation, take songs like “Physical Education” and its creeping back-alley melodies or the interstellar “Tooth and Claw” (2:32 - 3:13) for a spin during your morning commute. You’ll be headbanging at the office all day. (Sandy), 8 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. House of Blues
Pepper/the Movement/New Beat Fund
This SoCal-via-Hawaii trio will undoubtedly bring some good vibrations to the Grog Shop when it performs tonight. The group's music has the same kind of breezy, beachside feel that infused the tunes of Slightly Stoopid and the late, great Sublime. On its latest album, last year's self-titled effort, the group sounds newly invigorated. High energy songs such as "Higher Ground" and "Mess Around (All Night)" will fit nicely into the set alongside older tunes. You can also expect to hear the just-released new track "Every Little Thing," a hip-hop inflected tune that features some light rapping. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $23. Grog Shop
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 act Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons came together in 2009. Songs such as "Ghost," a tune from the band's latest album, Hey Kid
, sounds like a cross between Lucinda Williams and Patsy Cline. Perley and co. have been playing Cleveland regularly so it's good to see they're getting some hometown support. (Niesel), 10 p.m., $7. Music Box Supper Club
A few years ago, in bucolic North Adams, Mass., Purling Hiss walked onstage at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival and ripped up a heady set of distorted, lo-fi, angular music. That’s what the Philly indie rock band is known for: weirdness, in a word. And so it’s kind of apropos that, just this past September, they release an album titled Weirdon
, which advances the band’s canon and — in a weird turn of events — sees them playing the alt-rock straight man for once. The new LP is straight-up fuzz rock on the surface, with plenty of shared DNA strewn among worn copies of old CDs from, like, the Replacements and Swervedriver and Pavement. “Learning Slowly” is a nice amalgam of the same. Purling Hiss is some good rock ‘n’ roll in 2014, and those considering the show tonight should totally check out Weirdon
. These guys care about music. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog