7 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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FRIDAY, JAN. 26

Yoke Lore/Vita and the Wolf




Yoke Lore singer-guitarist Adrian Galvin grew up in upstate New York. Because his parents were artists who were very dedicated to teaching their kids about art, he took dance and painting classes. Music became an outcropping of that. Galvin originally began playing drums and then hooked up with the guys in the indie rock outfit Walk the Moon. He collaborated with them on their debut album before starting his own indie band, Yellerkin. When Yellerkin dissolved, he turned his attention to Yoke Lore. Galvin says he didn’t necessary try to do anything differently with his latest EP, last year’s Goodpain. The album commences with the title track, a delicate song that features upper register vocals and shimmering synthesizers. For the live show, Galvin says he plays with a drummer and uses a variety of samples to make the show "a full experience.”
(Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.

Zach Deputy/After Funk/Bypass Circuit



Known for his tangles of guitar melodies looping across themselves, Zach Deputy is that unique musician who comes off sounding like he’s actually several musicians in one body. His beachy guitar work blends into a melange of hip-hop beats, dancehall and neo-soul. Check out his Bandcamp page for live sets from the past few years; you’ll gather a sense that Deputy’s a fun-loving cat who laces his dedication to his instruments with wit and personal savvy. He has described his sound as “island-infused drum 'n' bass gospel ninja soul.” We like to think of it as the soundtrack to a backyard party where the steaks are rubbed with chief, and the sun shines oh so warmly. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, 15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus, a heady jazz trio with a young, open-minded fanbase, regularly shows off the breadth of its musical ability. Its latest effort, Never Stop II, is its 13th studio recording and the first featuring pianist Orrin Evans alongside founding members, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King. The music on the release ranges from the somber piano-driven opening number "Hurricane Birds" to the eerie "Salvages," another piano-driven tune. Tonight, the group opens a two-night stand at the Bop Stop. (Niesel) 7 p.m., $30. 9:30 p.m., $25. Bop Stop.

Chikere Nuru/Free Peace Ohio/Callmechrisg

Cleveland rapper Chikere Nuru, which means 'created by God through light,' is a man who knows how to wield his words. In a current radio culture inundated with trap rappers barely opening their mouths, Nuru offers up lyrics at a mile a minute. Take for example his refresh new single, "Little Better." Here, the artist explores life and love through a variety of flow speeds and a sweet, grooving hook. Part of the music collective Kindred Klub, Chikere Nuru is certain to play the new track at tonight's Grog Shop show. (Laura Morrison), 10:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

The Music of Jonah Koslen: The Heroes, Breathless, Solo Works and MSB Favorites/Alan Greene & Tom Odegard

Up until the today's two shows at the Music Box, former Michael Stanley Band member Jonah Koslen has been playing the MSB album Stagepass in its entirety. Now, however, he will draw from more of his back catalog and play songs from Breathless and the Heroes, the bands he used to lead, as well as solo material. A couple of Breathless guys will even join him on stage today too. Koslen’s new solo album, Partially Light, shows off his singer-songwriter side. He’s also issuing Jonah Koslen and the Heroes Agora Live, a recording of a WMMS Coffebreak concert from 1983 that contains live versions of classic MSB, Breathless and Heroes tunes. (Niesel) 3 p.m., 8:30 p.m., $25 ADV, $30 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

Aimee Mann/Jonathon Coulton


Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann's long legacy as a singer and songwriter includes a stint with the alternative group 'Til Tuesday, a respectable solo career, and an album and tour with the Both, a band that features fellow singer-songwriter Ted Leo. The brainy Mann comes to town tonight in support of last year's Mental Illness, a melancholy set of songs that opens with the plaintive "Goose Snow Cone" and stays within the same minor-key register as Mann brings strings and piano into the mix to flesh out the ornate tunes. (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $48 ADV, $55 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

X_X/Jim Davis/Real Regular/Mateo Manic

A “no wave” band formed in Cleveland by John D Morton (electric eels, Johnny and the Dicks) back in 1978, X__X picked up a bit of traction when the band was featured in a New York Times article that chronicled the events leading up to the group’s recent rebirth after a 35-year hiatus. Expect to hear the band's seminal singles as well as tracks from its most recent album, 2015's noisy Albert Ayler’s Ghosts: Live at the Yellow Ghetto, at tonight's show. (Niesel) 8 p.m., $10. Now That's Class.

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