Reports of Capsule's demise were premature. On short notice, the Lakewood indie-rock hang held what was touted as its final night on Tuesday, May 3. Owner Cathryn Sunday had planned to sell the bar the following day.
"The closing did not go through. I don't know when or if it will," says Sunday, who added that the bar will remain open, with basically the same schedule of DJ nights. Anticipating an imminent closing, booker Ben Vendetta has stopped scheduling national bands.
Sunday bought the Capsule (13376 Madison Avenue) a year and a half ago, and the restaurant-bar became a bistro, happy-hour hang, and night spot. The restaurant aspect of the business fell by the wayside, and the kitchen closed entirely in January.
The club draws a small but loyal crowd to regular music nights featuring electronica, off-beat open mics, indie rock, and Britpop. In addition to importing rock groups such as Toronto's Leviride, Detroit's Troy Gregory & the Stepsisters, and Pittsburgh's Shade, Capsule has been the West Side's designated stage for local underground favorites like the Twlight, New Planet Trampoline, and Robert Cherry. The bar is also a haunt of choice for off-duty rockers. Regulars hope that the collapsed deal will be a reprieve.
"Capsule is a great indie-rock bar with a space-age look," says Vendetta, who is also a resident Capsule DJ and owner of Elephant Stone Records (and a Scene contributor). "It's a really great low-key venue that a lot of people [are] only just finding out about."
· The hometown metal heroes of Chimaira have tapped Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Fear Factory) to mix their upcoming self-titled album. The disc is now slated for release on August 2, through Roadrunner.
· Spittin Image, Scene readers' favorite hip-hop group of 2004, hopes to have its sophomore album finished for the fall, but the group plans to release a stopgap disc this summer. Tentatively titled Reintroduction, the mixtape will feature 15 original tracks, including new songs and solo tracks from MCs Verbal and Krossword. "It'll give you a pretty good idea what we're doing with the second album," says Krossword.
· Strangelove Recording engineer-producer Adam Probert will host Strange Night II Saturday, May 14, at the University Circle Arabica Coffeehouse (11300 Juniper Road), recording short sets by several local bands. Interested acts can contact Probert at 216-287-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Grateful Dead tribute band Sugar Magnolia will reunite for a Tuesday, July 12 show at the House of Blues (308 Euclid Avenue). The band features Michael Stanley bassist Eroc Sosinski, also of the Pink Floyd tribute Wish You Were Here.
· DJ Deviant's Spring 2005 underground dance-music mix is available for free download or streaming at www.headrushmusic.com/mixes. With over an hour of deep progressive house, it includes tracks by Chris Micali, Christian Cambas, Salvatore, and others.
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