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Disengage Rises Above 

The Cleveland rockers score a label and a big-time video shoot.

Jon Spencer at the Blues Explosion's January 17 Beachland show. - WALTER  NOVAK
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  • Jon Spencer at the Blues Explosion's January 17 Beachland show.
Disengage's luck has been as hard as its music over the years. This is a band whose former label, Man's Ruin, collapsed mere weeks after the group's superb Obsessions Become Phobias hit shelves in mid-2000, derailing what should have been the group's breakthrough album.

At long last, though, it appears things are starting to go Disengage's way: The band has signed with England's Rise Above Records, a powerhouse indie run by Cathedral frontman/former Napalm Death screecher Lee Dorrian. As the overseas home to favorites such as Orange Goblin, Sheavy, Bottom, and Goat Snake, Rise Above wields considerable clout in the underground and should be able to provide the push that Disengage deserves.

In other Disengage news, the group has put together an early candidate for Local Show of the Year with a Saturday gig at Peabody's. The band is hosting the show to film a new video and is bringing in renowned director Darren Doane to do the honors. Doane, who's lensed videos for Blink-182, Pennywise, MXPX, and countless others, will also be filming Keelhaul at the gig. Rounding out the lineup are the always entertaining Vacancies, riff rockers Red Giant, mod upstarts Coffinberry, and Youngstown cut-ups Gil Mantera's Party Dream.

• Tune in to WRUW-FM 91.1's Live From Cleveland show this Saturday to hear an hour of live music from two of Cleveland's finest young bands: the power-pop wunderkinds of Kiddo as well as Coffinberry, which just released a stellar debut 7-inch, available at www.coffinberry.com.

Dulcet Recording, a new audio production facility in Lexington, Ohio (just south of Mansfield), recently opened its doors. The studio specializes in complete album production for all styles of music, as well as radio-commercial production. Dulcet is offering special introductory rates and package deals through early February. E-mail Dulcetrecording@aol.com for details.

• The inaugural Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles Six Pack Weekend, slated for the Odeon in June, has added two more headliners: Seattle speed-metal titans Nevermore and Colorado power-metal favorites Jag Panzer, which will be performing a special "Tyrants of Ample Command" set, featuring material exclusively from the band's first three albums. Just the thought of it makes our neck sore.

Boulder is seeking concert footage shot by fans for inclusion on a DVD package that's in the works. According to a posting on the Boulder website, "'We've got lots of footage ourselves, but we'd love to include the fans' perspective as well, after all, it's all about them.' Please get in touch if you have some footage they can use. This means you dickwad." Dickwads and others can reach the band at ragers@bouldersragers.com.

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