Friday, September 28th to Thursday, October 4th

I just opened up my calendar for Rocktober and realized that I could conceivably check out a show nearly every night. I say conceivably, since I would need a big cash infusion in my discretionary funds, a month off from work, and a lifetime supply of sparks. Still, should all those things fall into place, it’s entirely possible.

The big show this weekend comes on day before the first of Rocktober, when the Camel sponsored Flaming Lips tour makes a stop at the Cleveland Agora. I have to warn you, the early reports on this tour are that the cigarette marketing at these shows is massive. If you didn’t smoke before this show, you may find yourself hooked by night’s end…So, let’s say you have a problem with a tobacco company shelling out $$$ to steal your soul, or, you couldn’t get tickets, or you couldn’t find a Camel rep for free tickets, then there’s another show going on Sunday night that won’t be quite so smokey: Two Gallants and Blitzen Trapper at the Grog Shop.

I like new. You like new. We all like new. However, there’s a few veteran rockers coming through town this week, that are worth checking out. First, on Saturday night at Pat’s in the Flats, the Mekons stop by on their 30th anniversary tour with Danbert Nobacon (of Chumbawamba) and Coffinberry, and at Peabody’s The Melvins and Big Business are playing. Tuesday at the Grog Shop, the infamous David Yow of the The Jesus Lizard, will be in town fronting Qui. Then, on Wednesday at the Beachland Tavern, USSA, featuring Paul Barker of Ministry and Duane Denison, also of Jesus Lizard. It’s almost like a two day Jesus Lizard reunion, except there’s no Jesus Lizard, and I would much rather see Denison and Yow on the same stage at the same time, then on different stages on different days.

Big Business – Another Fourth of July Ruined [download]Qui – Freeze [download]USSA – Dead Voices [youtube]

The Jesus Lizard – Then Comes Dudley/Gladiator (live at CBGB) [youtube]The Jesus Lizard – Seasick (live at CBGB) [youtube]

Now, this is where the discretionary funds and the fridge full of Sparks will come in handy: Monday night is Regina Spektor at the Agora, Tuesday also has Magik Markers headlining a big night of psych, freak, and drone at the Beachland Tavern, Wednesday is John Vanderslice and Bishop Allen, and on Thursday, Earlimart, Office, and The Pianos are at the Grog.

Sorry, Jeff. Our plans with the hot tub and The Pipettes aren’t going to work out. Their show scheduled for the Tavern on Thursday has been canceled postponed.