Monday, April 24, 2017

Local Folk Singer Charlie Mosbrook to Play CD Release Show at Nighttown

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 10:15 AM

  • Darrell Branch
Charlie Mosbrook, a veteran on the local folk-rock scene, celebrates the release of his new CD, Hear Me Callin': A Collection of American Folk Songs, with a performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Record Store Day in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:55 PM

It’s no secret that Record Store Day has helped revitalize the sagging sales of independent brick and mortar record stores everywhere. Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the big event hits Saturday touting limited-edition titles from artists like David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Prince, the Cure, Aqua and, of course, the Cars.

Below is a list of Cleveland area record stores (officially and unofficially) participating in the day’s music-filled festivities.

You may have to stand in a few lines tomorrow, and elbow through a bunch of hipsters to get what you want, but it should all be worth it in the end.

A Separate Reality Records
2678 W.14th St., 216-644-7934
While the shop is not officially affiliated with Record Store Day this year, they plan to offer 10 percent off on all records tomorrow. The store opens at 11 a.m.

Loop in Tremont: Coffee, Art and Records
2180 W 11th St, 216-298-5096
Plan to get your coffee and records here tomorrow when Loop in Tremont opens at 8 a.m. And if the caffeine doesn't keep you going, their in-house DJ should. To see a full listing of the titles they’ll have in check here.

Music Saves
15801 S. Waterloo Rd., 216-481-1875
Music Saves is closed today in preparation for the big event tomorrow. They’ll open the doors at 8 a.m. and only let a designated amount of people in to keep the hordes at bay. See what titles they’ll have on hand right here. Feel free to also check out Beachland Ballroom's Record Store Day Celebration just down the block, which will feature music from Bummed Out, Forager and the DJ Spoon Bros starting at 3 p.m.

Young Kings Record Store
1418 W. 29th St., 216-804-3453
Only open since November, Young Kings provides listeners with a more selective taste of rap, R&B and jazz records. Do expect an in-house DJ set here along with exclusive vinyl and apparel. The shop opens at 10 a.m. for Record Store Day. Find out more right here.

The Exchange
1836 1/2 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-1887
Opening at 10 a.m., the Cleveland Heights Exchange plans to have a limited amount of Record Store Day albums on release. But that's just one of the their local stores. Each location, including Lakewood, North Olmstead and Parma Heights, will each have its own offerings. Check those locations out right here

My Mind’s Eye
16010 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, 216-521-6660
Opening at 8 a.m., My Mind's Eye plans to have many of the days exclusive releases, along with additional used vinyl and guest DJs spinning all day long.

Blue Arrow Records
16001 Waterloo Rd., 216-486-2415
This record shop plans to host customer appreciation day in lieu of Record Store Day. The itinerary includes a guest DJs and live music from Part-Time Lover at 2 p.m.

Read about all 500-plus releases right here. And find more participating Northeast Ohio stores here.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend in Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 5:14 PM


Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors/Big Ship/Scott Stiert

Released last year, the self-titled debut from Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors features the same kind of accessible alternative rock that Donovan used to play with Rusted Root, the band he helped found way back when. Songs such as “I’m Doing Fine” and “Oolalala” feature meaty guitar riffs and choruses that lend themselves to sing-a-longs. They possess a summertime feel that should translate well when the band plays the Beachland tonight. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.

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Earth, Wind & Fire and CHIC to Play the Q in July

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 3:37 PM

The '70s funk act CHIC inspired the hip-hop revolution with their infectious hit “Good Times.”

This year, the band finally got its proper due as guitarist Nile Rodgers (but not his bandmates for some odd reason) was inducted into the Rock Halll.

Admittedly, Rodgers went on to great fame after Chic dissolved and produced albums for David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross and Sister Sledge. He also helped the electronica group Daft Punk deliver its biggest hit by playing on their tune "Get Lucky."

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The Divisive Presidential Election Helped Indie Singer-Songwriter Juliana Hatfield Overcome Writer's Block

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:57 PM

  • Johnathan Stark
Singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield admits that bands had it good back in the '90s. Major labels took notice of the thriving indie rock scene and signed acts that probably wouldn’t be signed in today’s cash-strapped climate.

“I was not a happy person, so for me, it was kind of miserable,” she says in a recent phone interview. She performs at 8 p.m. on April 29 at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood. “But it was great in that everyone was getting signed. Everyone had this chance to get their music to a large number of people. I feel very grateful that I had that opportunity. It came and went pretty fast for a lot of people. There were a lot of great bands here in Boston when I was starting out. Dinosaur before they were Dinosaur Jr. was here. I got to see them in small clubs up close. There were the Lemonheads, Throwing Muses, Galaxy 500 and the Pixies.”

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Revisiting Punk's Glory Days with the Damned Singer Dave Vanian

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 1:37 PM

  • Dod Morrison
Two of the UK’s best punk bands — the Sex Pistols and the Clash — have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And yet, the guys in the Damned, the group that arguably preceded both of those acts, have not yet gotten the call.

Damned singer Dave Vanian says he thinks the band deserves a nod.

“I guess because the Clash [are in because they] had a couple of big hits, and Pistols had their notoriety worldwide, but the Damned were just plugging away all these years,” he says in a recent TransAtlantic phone call. The band brings its 40th anniversary tour to House of Blues on April 28. “I think there’s definitely something wrong there. It’s a terrible oversight. We must have somehow been on the list and then got coffee spilled on it. If the check is in the post, we’ll be there.”

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Rhino Records to Release Limited Edition of the Cars' 'Live at the Agora, 1978' for Record Store Day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 11:26 AM

  • Janet Macoska
It’s been nearly 40 years since the Cars played their first area show at the Cleveland Agora. The show was broadcast live by WMMS-FM and has circulated in bootleg form for decades since then. Fans will now have the chance to buy it officially when it’s released this coming Saturday as a limited edition vinyl pressing for Record Store Day.

Rhino Records executive John Hughes, an Elyria native who now lives in the California area, says that Live At The Agora, 1978 is the latest wave in a reissue campaign that began last year.

“I remember the show and I remember the WMMS live concert broadcasts. I thought that there was a Cars show out there and sure enough, I went to the vault with our team and found this tape. There it was. We took a listen to it and were amazed,” he says. “I think that people will be really pleasantly surprised when they hear the energy of this show. It’s very early on in their career. I think it’s probably one of the higher profile shows they’d ever done outside of the Boston area since getting signed. I’m not kidding when I say that it’s kind of a fierce live set.”

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