7 Concerts to Catch This Weekend


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Asking Alexandria — 10 Years in the Black Tour

Ash Avildsen founded the hardcore/metal label Sumerian back in 2006 to foster a burgeoning underground scene of heavy hitting bands. To celebrate the label's 10-year anniversary, the UK metalcore band Asking Alexandria has embarked on a headlining tour in support of its new album, The Black. The disc shows new singer Denis Stoff's incrediable range as he alternately screams and croons on tunes such as the title track and "The Lost Souls." Tonight's six-band bill celebrates Sumerian's decade of delivering bands that Alternative Press can put on its cover. (Jeff Niesel), 5:30 p.m., $25-$75. The Agora Theatre.


Growing in stature and talent since 2014’s Never Odd or Even, Dopapod have reached that point where they’ve developed their own language as a band, their own cultural framework. The band forged a tight-knit sense of musical improvisation, and their songs have taken on lives of their own as “jam vehicles” and fan favorites. The band has become a community. Furthermore, just this past September, Neal “Fro” Evans, the band’s original drummer, return to his post. The chemistry thickens! Since his earlier departure, the band has moved away somewhat from the prog sound and toward composition that includes rhythmic hooks, refrains and windows to open-ended improvisation: perfect ingredients for more of a party atmosphere during the band’s live shows. Check out the full listing of 2016 shows on their Bandcamp page. We’re spinning the excellent New Haven show in advance of tonight’s Cleveland outing. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Lecrae — The Destination Tour

This spiritually minded rapper had a secular hit with 2014’s Anomaly, which debuted at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and was recently certified gold. In the wake of that album’s success, he signed a record deal with Columbia, which will release his forthcoming album that he says is “about 90 percent done.” In the meantime, Lecrae has announced a fall tour he’s dubbed “The Destination Tour, You’re Accepted.” Given that he admits the production-heavy approach of acts like Kanye West and Coldplay, expect him to make the most of the rather small House of Blues stage at tonight's show. 7:30 p.m., $40. House of Blues.

Skinny Lister

Since issuing its full-length debut, Forge & Flagon, in 2013 the UK punk band Skinny Lister has been plenty busy. After Forge & Flagon’s release, it toured with Flogging Molly and played big festivals such as Coachella. Last year, it issued its second full-length, Down on Deptford Broadway, and has been on the road in support of it ever since its release. With Down on Deptford Broadway, which the band recorded at historic Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer Ted Hutt (Dropkick Murphys), the band honed its songwriting skills. Album opener “Raise a Wreck,” features fervent call-and-response vocals and the tender "Bonny Away" allows Thomas to show off her supple voice. “Trouble on Oxford Street,” a song about a real brawl that involved Heptinstall and a gang of punks, sounds like vintage Clash. Expect a rowdy performance tonight at the Grog, a venue at which the band play often. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $15. Grog Shop.


Danny Brown

Six years ago, Danny Brown dropped a supremely warped track called “Greatest Rapper Ever,” and, well, okay. It’s a fine tune, and, at the very least, put Brown on the map as a rapper to be reckoned with. Greatest ever, though? Whatever he’s doing these days, it’s a far cry from his 2010 mixtape days. Atrocity Exhibition, released this fall to much acclaim, traverses bizarre soundscapes while pushing Brown’s penchant for experimentation to the borders of enjoyment. It’s a difficult trip, which isn’t inherently a bad thing, but the album certainly sees Brown indulging his whims more than angling toward the solid hip-hop foundation he’s already built. (Sandy), 9 p.m., $28-$99. Grog Shop.

50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants — The Cease and Desist Tour

Now that Ahmet Zappa, one of the late musician Frank Zappa’s children, has taken control of the Zappa Family Trust with sister Diva following widow Gail Zappa’s death, the Zappa Family Trust reportedly owns the trademark to “Zappa Plays Zappa,” the name under which singer-guitarist Dweezil Zappa would often perform his father’s music. As a result of what we assume to be a family squabble, he can no longer use that name. Undeterred by that setback, Zappa has soldiered on. He brings his current tour, cheekily dubbed “50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants — The Cease and Desist Tour,” to town tonight. Should be a good one. (Niesel), 8 p.m., $33-$65. The Kent Stage.


The Fray

The raspy, bluesy "Love Don't Die," the single from the Fray’s 2014 album Helios, rocks a bit harder than the tunes in the moody alt-rock group's back catalog and represents an evolution of sorts. Although the band's known for its contemplative songs about spirituality (but doesn't identify itself as a Christian rock group), it shows signs of loosening up on the disc. And its live concerts tend to have more energy too. Two years ago at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, the band put on a spirited show that had patrons on their feet. Expect the guys to play with plenty of gusto tonight too. 7 p.m., $59. House of Blues.


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