9 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22

Against Me/Murder by Death/The Sidekicks




Plenty of punk bands have succeeded purely because they bring the noise. Against Me! does that and then some. Much like the Ramones and the Clash, the band has left its mark because of the great songs it writes. Four years ago at House of Blues, the group kicked off the Alternative Press Music Awards with an invigorating show that really got the mosh pit going. We still consider the band's driving tune “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” to be one of the great punk anthems of all time. Tonight's show supports its latest studio album, 2106's highly personal Shape Shift With Me. Singer Laura Jane Grace wrote the songs on the album, a loose concept album about traveling the world, from what she calls a “trans perspective.” Tonight's concert should be an inspiring affair. (Jeff Niesel), 7 p.m., $29.50 ADV/$35 DOS. Agora Theatre.

Davina and the Vagabonds/Get Hep Swing (in the Supper Club)



The horn players in singer Davina Lozier’s band are very rooted in New Orleans music. With 2011's Black Cloud, that side of the band's sound came into its own. Lozier used vintage equipment to record her next album, 2014's Sunshine. That album kicks off with the woozy title track, a piano-based tune that benefits from a spirited horn section. Lozier sounds a bit like the late Amy Winehouse on the song as she capably croons, "I ain't got the time." Drawing from New Orleans jazz, Memphis soul and musical theater, the group defies categorization on its latest album, Nicollet and Tenth. With its woozy horns, "Knock Me a Kiss" sounds like it came from another era, and the raucous "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" shows how hard the band can rock. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $18 ADV, $22 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

Petal/Camp Cope

Petal is the kind of artist you stumble upon on Spotify and immediately add to all your latest playlists. The Pennsylvania native possesses the old-school elegance of Lily Allen or Lana Del Rey’s vocals but also the too-cool-for-you rock star charm of Speedy Ortiz’s lead singer, Sadie Dupuis. Petal’s new album, “Magic Gone,” has many highlights. “Stardust,” is a lyrical masterpiece that boasts her classically trained vocals. While her perfectly controlled voice has a real power to it, her words show she’s just as unsure as the rest of us. “Now we’re living in shitty apartments with mismatched dishes, unlike our parents/Maybe we’d make good parents?/Maybe not, I can’t say/I can’t say I didn’t love you,” she sings. “Tightrope” is a light-weight tune with more focus on the catchy instrumentals. Petal rounds out the trifecta with “Better Than You” and ditches her indie roots for a straight up rock ’n’ roll vibe. (Halle Weber), 7 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS.  Now That's Class.

Matthew Sweet/Rumbling Spires

When singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet played the Beachland a few years ago, he effortlessly plunged through his discography — readily recognizable cuts and more obscure picks all the same — with a sort of intensity that refreshingly reframed each tune. Sweet’s appearance was a fascinating juxtaposition to his power pop sound as he wore a black Under Armour brand baseball cap and was dressed from head to foot in black workout gear. Expect a similar performance this time around as he comes to town in support of his new album, Tomorrow’s Daughter. (Emily Votaw) 8:30 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS.  Beachland Ballroom.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

Solstice


An annual event that draws thousands to the Cleveland Museum of Art to hear exotic bands that normally don't come through town, Solstice has become the museum's signature summer event. Tonight's installment takes place at 8 p.m. The lineup includes the Moroccan-born Hatim Belyamani (aka HAT), a guy who makes music based on filming and remixing the sounds and images of his native country's Arabic, Amazigh and sub-Saharan African origins; and Hello Psychaleppo, the brainchild of young Syrian music producer Samer Saem Eldahr, who draws from dubstep, drum and bass, electro and trip-hop to create "a journey away from boundaries of style." The lineup also includes LADAMA, a group of four women from across the Americas who produce pop and soul-infused songs that they sing in Spanish, English and Portuguese; and Ravid Kahalani's Yemen Blues, a band that brings a "polyglot mix of music from Yemen and West Africa." As always, CMA tickets sold out months ago; secondary markets could help. (Niesel) 8 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art.

Steely Dan/The Doobie Brothers


This North American tour pairing classic rock acts Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers is notable because it marks Steely Dan's first major tour since the recent death of co-founder and guitarist-bassist Walter Becker. Keyboardist-singer Donald Fagen, Becker's longtime musical partner and the band’s co-founder, sued the late musician's estate to be able to tour as Steely Dan. It remains to be seen if the guy can pull things off without his longtime musical partner. (Niesel) 7:30 p.m. Blossom.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

Funk a Deli


Earlier this year, Yiddishe Cup, a Cleveland Heights-based klezmer band that's been around for as long as we can remember, changed its name to Funk a Deli and decided to broaden its musical palate. The newly christened group, which plays a mix of Klezmer and Motown, will play its first Workman’s Circle gig as Funk a Deli when it performs tonight at Cain Park. The show’s emcee will be Canadian humorist Michael Wex, author of Born to Kvetch and a popular guest on Terry Gross' Fresh Air. Marimba-player Greg Selker, founder of the late great Cleveland Klezmorim, will perform as well as will violinist Steven Greenman and cantor Kathy Wolfe Sebo from the Temple-Tifereth Israel. Shawn Fink, the singing Jewish radio DJ famous for his oy-robics (jumping jacks), will be on hand too. 7 p.m., free. Cain Park.

The Iron Maidens/Olathia

Back when the Iron Maidens, a band that bills itself as the world's only all female Iron Maiden tribute act, launched, the group only knew about nine Maiden songs. Now, it’s mastered tracks from all eras. Some of the Maiden songs it's learned even feature different singers as Maiden has gone through numerous lineup changes over the years. Mastering the band's extensive catalog is no easy task, and these women even include Maiden’s zombie-like mascot Eddie in the live show. The band’s fanbase has continued to grow. It now boasts more than a million Facebook followers. Expect some of them to be on hand for tonight's show. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $17 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

Maps & Atlases/Prism Tats/So Long Albatross

On Lightlessness, this veteran indie rock band's first record as a trio, frontman Dave Davison writes almost exclusively about the loss of his father. As a result, a song such as "Violet Threaded," a song that features a rich tapestry of acoustic guitars and drum machine beats, comes off as particularly somber. The album's lead single, "Fall Apart," features falsetto vocals and percolating keyboards as Davison sings, "now I fall apart/down to my core." Expect to hear this track along with other older tunes at tonight's show. (Niesel) 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

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