The Cat Empire This Australian sextet incorporates elements of jazz, Latin, reggae, and ska into its boisterous sound. Neumos. 8 p.m. $20 adv.
Ohio's Heartless Bastards hit the Croc tonight.
Shelby Earl This free in-store performance coincides with the release of the songwriter’s sophomore record, Swift Arrows. Sonic Boom Records. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.
Heartless Bastards Like fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, Heartless Bastards are a workmanlike blues-rock band whose sound has mellowed considerably over the years. Last year’s The Arrow is far removed from the blown-out invective of the band’s early days, but the band’s songwriting remains on-point. With Writer. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $16 adv. All ages.