Clutch has been the quintessential hard-touring American rock band for the better part of two decades. Counterparts such as Queens of the Stone Age may have more hits, but Clutch's discography is just as solid and all-encompassing. From the group's early days channeling Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath (yet somehow earning comparisons to the Deftones and Korn) to its recent obsession with Southern rock and shuffling blues riffs, singer Neil Fallon and his pummeling rhythm section have artfully commanded stages across the world. Dozens of fan sites speak to the devotion that Clutch inspires, as does the long list of bands it has joined on the road. Setting the stage tonight at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560) is the equally engaging Murder by Death, a hard-rocking Vagrant Records band that drinks from the same spooky well as Cursive and the Black Heart Procession. Tickets cost $20 for the 8 p.m. show.
Thu., Feb. 28, 2008