Friday, February 29, 2008

Mic Check: The Hives at the Agora on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

The first time we saw the Hives was probably similar to most U.S. fans’ initial experience with the rockin’ Swedes: It was during the Veni Vidi Vicious tour in 2002, and they were playing to a packed club. A very hot and sweaty packed club. For more than hour, singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and the rest of the garage-rock revivalists tore through more than 20 of their two-minute, two-chord guitar rave-ups. By the end of the show, everyone – audience members, band members, club staff – were dripping with sweat, beer, and other assorted goo. Don’t let the fact that they worked with hip-hop producer Pharrell on last year’s Black and White Album mislead you: The Hives still know how to rock the house. You can bend, shape, twist, and do whatever the hell you want to the Hives – they’re still gonna sound like the Hives. (For a complete rundown of the new CD, read my interview with guitarist Vigilante Carlstroem in this week’s Scene.) We have no doubt you’ll leave their show at the Agora on Sunday thoroughly soaked. -- Michael Gallucci The Hives perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Agora Theatre, 5000 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $18, available by calling 216-241-5555.
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Chuck Klosterman: a bio in six words

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Writer Chuck Klosterman made a name for himself by breaking out of the Akron Beacon Journal with the heavy metal memoir Fargo Rock City. The hilarious, insightful book established the Minneapolis native as a sort-of Hunter S. Thompson with pretentious glasses, a guy who can write about himself while (usually) addressing something larger. (Click the video above for Klosterman interview Stephen King.) He’s since penned three books and authored articles for Esquire, the New York Times, and ESPN: The Magazine. His latest credit is a very short biography for the new collection Not Quite What I Was Planning, a collection of six-word memoirs by figures including Stephen Colbert, actor-humorist Amy Sedaris, and singer Aimee Mann. In his entry, Klosterman’s introspective streak is still fully functional. Writes Klosterman: Nobody cared, then they did. Why?” So go buy the book! Or just print out this blog. Either way. – D.X. Ferris
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Mouth off on Mike Symon’s blog: Cleveland’s top chef wants to hear from you

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 6:12 AM

Hot on the trail of a book deal and a new Food Network gig, Cleveland’s Iron Chef Michael Symon (Lola, Lolita) is seeking your input. At least, that’s what he claims on his blog, Symon Says, where a recent posting includes the skinny on such topics as his pending move to Shaker Heights, his upcoming cook book (tentatively titled Symon Says, ‘Live to Cook’), and his pitch to the Food Network for an “edgy but educational” cooking show. “What do you love and hate about cooking shows and books?” Symon asks at the end of the rundown, as if our humble opinions on such topics might really amount to a hill of beans. But while we doubt the creative culinarian is short on ideas of his own, it’s certainly fun to be invited to the party. -- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at
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Republicans appoint Arshinkoff puppet to Summit County Board of Elections

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 5:35 AM

With Alex Arshinkoff’s last day on the Summit County Board of Elections fast approaching, the local GOP is busy trying to find the gay godfather’s successor. Last week, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner refused to reappoint Arshinkoff to his seat, citing numerous complaints from board workers who claimed that Arshinkoff is a divisive and manipulative leader. Considering that Brunner’s move was an attempt to free the board from Arshinkoff’s stranglehold, you’d think that Republicans would get the hint and appoint someone regarded as righteous. But that’s not the case…

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Reader: Joe Cimperman hastens America’s downfall; Scene belongs in shit tubes

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:13 PM

An anonymous caller left a voicemail about our recent story on Joe Cimperman’s Congressional campaign, "Dumping Dennis.” His take on the whole thing is pretty self-explanatory, unless you don’t understand sarcasm, in which case, parts of the following will be very confusing. Yes, I’m calling about the article about Dennis Kucinich, “Dumping Dennis.” I believe that you guys have it all wrong, and that Cimperman, he’s the one that abandoned the homeless downtown, and he’s in the pocket of Sam Miller. And it would probably be good if he gets in, because that would mean the hastening of the downfall of America. Because everybody’s on the take, everybody’s looking out for their career. And I think the Scene did a disservice to Dennis and the people of this community. And Dennis will win, because he has the love of the community. I was born in this town, I was here, when all that stuff went down. You know, it was nothing but blackmail. So, keep on being ignorant, you know with your little raggy—little magazine. It’s just a rag, it ain’t the Times or nothing. And keep on playing politics, and I hope your little magazine goes down the shit tubes with the Free Times. Have a good day.
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After Browns tender Derek Anderson, Phil Savage sounds ready to settle on Brady Quinn

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

There are a lot more awkward Poison-concert moments in Brady Quinn's Cleveland future.
Between now and next week, the face of the Cleveland Browns could be a lot prettier and way less into fishing. Today, the Browns and Derek Anderson failed to reach an agreement on a long-term deal that would keep the Moose in town past next season. Instead, GM Phil Savage has tendered DA a one-year contract worth about $2.75 million. As free agency starts tomorrow, Cleveland fans are going to see for the first time just how much interest there is around the NFL in the Pro Bowl quarterback. The tendered offer means that if another team offers DA a higher contract, the Browns have right of first refusal, and receive a first and third round draft pick as compensation should DA leave. ...

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Drew Carey gets engaged; women mourn nationwide

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Drew Carey: Prime Cleveland beefcake
If you see throngs of sobbing women draped in long black veils today, rest assured they are not mourning the death of William F. Buckley — as sad as that may be. No, they’ve just heard much worse news: Drew Carey, Cleveland’s most eligible bachelor, is no longer on the market. The loveable Price is Right star just confirmed on Regis and Kelly this morning that he is, in fact, engaged. On the positive side, thousands of potential suitors no longer have to pretend he’s funny…

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