Fischer's Fab 5

While it might seem out of place to consider ’80s rocker Bryan Adams in an acoustic singer-songwriter setting, Adams contends that not only is he right at home playing his hits all by himself, but that it makes perfect sense.

“(All of my songs) work acoustically, because they were all written on an acoustic guitar,“ Adams told The Beat a couple of years back.

If you want to hear what tunes such as Run to You, Summer of ’69, Cuts Like a Knife and more sounded like in their original forms, check out Adams’ solo acoustic show Friday, Nov. 22, in the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets start at $32.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.

 

The Beat confesses there are a handful of “little” things about our job that make us smile. One of those is when we get an email with an accidentally comic subject line – for example, “Every Time I Die at The Basement.”

That said, we anticipate The Basement will be totally safe, despite the brutal aural assault that the Buffalo, N.Y.-based hardcore/metal quintet is likely to unleash there Friday, Nov. 22. Witness the heaviness of the band’s latest, Ex Lives.

Openers include letlive and Code Orange Kids. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

The members of the stable of Disney TV/movie/music stars over the past 10 to 15 years each have embraced a unique take on their appeal to young audiences.

Selena Gomez has always been the fun-but-mischievous girl next door, a smart party girl who makes music for partying smart.

Touring in support of her latest CD, Stars Dance, Gomez plays Nationwide Arena Saturday, Nov. 23. EMBLEM3 and Christina Grimmie open.

Tickets start at $38.50. Visit nationwidearena.com.

 

The Beat’s affection for unique, clever or otherwise interesting (to us) band names is the stuff of legend (ridiculous overstatement).

We have to admit, the groovy rockers in the Michigan funk-jam-prog quintet Ultraviolet Hippopotamus might have tried a little too hard, but for some reason, we find the abbreviation UV Hippo fun.

Classic jam-band trappings abound, but are augmented by calculated risk-taking and a less-trippy approach to the long-form rock song.

Check out UV Hippo in a free show Saturday, Nov. 23, at Skully’s Music Diner. Visit skullys.org.

 

Scottish folk-metal outfit Alestorm (not to be confused with Pennsylvania hard rock outfit Halestorm, which hits town in early December) has carved a pretty good niche for itself, what with having the metal sea-shanty market pretty much cornered.

Yep. Electric guitar and keyboard riffs and lines pounding out head-banging and jig-dancing tunes such as Shipwrecked, Keelhauled, Rum, Captain Morgan’s Revenge and Death Throes of the Terrorsquid, just to name a few. Drink up, me hearties.

Alestorm plays the Alrosa Villa Monday, Nov. 25. Trollfest, Gypsyhawk and Winterhymn open. Tickets are $13/$16. Visit alrosavilla.com.

 

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