6 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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FRIDAY, JUNE 26

Over the Rhine


Cincinnati-based indie folk band Over the Rhine has regularly played Cleveland throughout the course of its extensive career. Tonight, the group returns to town to headline a special concert to benefit Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Reforest Our City initiative. Cleveland singer-songwriter Pete McDonald, who also serves as the Land Conservancy’s director of stewardship, will open the show. VIP admission, which includes pre-show appetizers, first choice for seating, a post-show meet-and-greet with the band and a limited edition poster. General admission tickets are $40 for general admission seating and $20 for general admission standing. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Reforest Our City, a Land Conservancy initiative designed to “restore Cleveland’s tree canopy.” (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $20-$100. Beachland Ballroom.

Joshua Jesty

Though the configuration of players surrounding local singer-songwriter Jesty has changed, one thing that has remained consistent is his output of quality songs that lyrically, often mix humor with unfiltered honesty. A prolific songwriter, he pushed out a regular series of albums, EPs and singles that would occasionally, just show up on his Bandcamp page with little warning. About a year and half ago, he launched into a more structured plan and announced intentions to progressively release a series of four EPs. It’s Your Fault Everything’s Alright is the fourth release that completes that cycle and the cover artwork features a pair of bunnies (an ongoing visual presence in Jesty’s world) sharing a smooch and raising a toast as a planet explodes in the distance. The music on the new EP, which will be officially released at this album release show Mahall’s, captures the mixture of feelings and emotions that come along with the beginnings of a really good relationship. (Matt Wardlaw) 8:30 p.m. Mahall's 20 Lanes.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

Tanlines


Tanlines, the indie pop meets electronica duo from Brooklyn, has a sound that's almost like a mix between Matt and Kim and the XX. Released earlier this year, their newest album Highlights features songs like “Slipping Away” and “Pieces.” “Slipping Away” is a beachy indie rock song that sounds like something straight out of an independent film about teenagers. “Pieces” is reminiscent of Gotye with the sounds of electronica thrown in. (Hannah Wintucky), 9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

Wanyama

In Wanyama's music, the funk of the '70s meets roots rock reggae with a dollop of hip-hop. Think if your average '90s ska band had a rapper as its singer. The band's most recent album Cleveland Zoo features songs like “Funk Sandwich,” a tune that features traditional funk guitar and west coast reggae. Brandon Lowry, the band's emcee, spits rhymes like a rapper, and the group puts on a show with a unique twist on traditional reggae funk. (Wintucky), 9:30 p.m., $8 ADV, $11 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Against Me!


While plenty of punk bands have succeeded purely because they bring the noise, other acts like the Ramones and the Clash have left their mark because of the great songs they write. Against Me! rests firmly between the two camps. Last year, when they played House of Blues to kick off the Alternative Press Music Awards, their performance was just raucous enough to get a good mosh pit going. But it wasn’t just about raising a ruckus. The guys also relied on good guitar hooks and harmony vocals. They're currently touring in support to promote a forthcoming live album, due out in the fall. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues.

The Weepies

After five years of quiet from one of indie rock’s already-very-quiet bands, The Weepies released their new album, Sirens, this past spring. Here, singer-songwriter spouses Steve Tannen and Deb Talan are still deftly capable of spinning emotional yarns around catchy pop hooks and melodies. The sound is a bit bigger here, with percussion layers becoming a more prominent feature — on top of the band’s always-enticing guitar work. Looking back a bit, another delicious dose in the band’s canon arises in 2006’s Say I Am You, a distillation of the warm highs and lows in love and life and an album whose tracks picked up play on some really great picaresque TV shows over the years (Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, etc.). (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $28. Beachland Ballroom.


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