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Hell On Heels Tour At The Grog Shop Leads This Week's Concert Picks
Friday, February 6


The Hell on Heels tour featuring Von Iva and Semi Precious Weapons (pictured) is a rare indie-rock club bill that features tons of sass and booty-shaking grooves. San Francisco trio Von Iva is known for its sultry lesbian disco-punk flavor. With only drums, synthesizers and vocals, its sound is danceable and doesn't suffer from lack of guitar or bass. Having toured with the Go-Go's, Lady Sovereign and the Gossip, they're not strangers to pushing the boundaries of hedonism and redefining the meaning of lesbian rock 'n' roll. Their stage show is notoriously unscripted. Semi Precious Weapons are equally notorious. Voted NYC's Best Band by Village Voice readers, this glam-garage phenomenon is quickly becoming known nationwide. Singer Justin Tranter was on the MTV show Made, showing high-school girls how to form a band. Their unique brand of glam-rock harkens back to the glitter and makeup of the Bowie days set to a heavy garage sound sprinkled with liberal amounts of attitude. When Tranter steps onstage with his platinum hair, tights and high-heeled boots, and delivers his signature line, "I can't pay my rent but I'm fucking gorgeous!," you know you're in for a bombastic show. After a few high kicks and splits in those heels, you'll also know why Semi Precious Weapons are revered for their live performances. Expect to go home covered in sweat and glitter. Dead Letter Room starts the whole thing off at 10 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. - Lois Elswick