This summer, multi-platinum-selling alternative rock bands Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows will team up for a co-headlining tour.
Dubbed A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017, the jaunt includes a Sept. 20 date at Blossom.
“No matter what I will ever do, nothing feels like home as much as playing these songs with these guys and it never will, “says Matchbox Twenty lead singer-songwriter Rob Thomas in a press release. “And I can’t wait to spend another summer out there on the road with the Crows.”
Founded in 2003, the Chicago-based Numero Group aims to research and preserve obscure releases by artists who had little commercial success.
The mission statement: “to dig deep into the recesses of our record collections with the goal of finding the dustiest gems begging to be released from their exile on geek street. No longer would $500 singles sit in a temperature-controlled room dying for a chance to be played. No more would the artists, writers, and entrepreneurs who made these records happen go unknown and unappreciated.”
Over the years, the label has reissued several albums by artists with ties to Ohio. In fact, the label's first release, Eccentric Soul, featured rare soul and R&B music that came out in the '70s on the Columbus-based Capsoul label.
Many moments of singer Bryan Ferry’s performance last night at the State Theatre veered toward New Age. With the cooing backing vocals and sprinkles of saxophone and oboe, Ferry and his nine-piece band ventured dangerously close to embracing the somnambulistic jazz-rock fusion that became popular in the '80s.
And yet, the 71-year-old Ferry, who looked dashing in his dapper black suit, performed with such refined restraint that his distinctive aura kept the two-hour show from becoming a snooze.
“It’s good to be back in Cleveland,” Ferry said at the show’s start. “Cleveland and I go back a long way,” he said later in the show. The near-capacity crowd responded with a roar of approval every time he mentioned the city and clearly acknowledged the significance of the band’s first show here in five years.
Previously a member of Philadelphia alt-punk band Swearin’, singer-songwriter Allison Crutchfield had a long-term relationship with the band's singer-guitarist Kyle Gilbride. In 2015, Swearin’ broke up, subsequently ending Crutchfield’s long-term relationship with Gilbride.
Suddenly, the Philly music scene that fostered and supported Crutchfield’s musical career now became a volatile situation. Crutchfield channels those feelings into her solo debut, Tourist in This Town, an album dominated by synths and pop-driven indie rock songs.
“A lot of this record is how I wanted to move away from Philly, and I really did for a long time,” Crutchfield explains via phone from her Philadelphia home. She and her band the Fizz perform at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Beachland Tavern. I was so turned off by Philly because it represented a time and place that I was trying to move past and get over.”
A number of press outlets have compared Tony DeSare, an up-and-coming piano whiz, singer and composer, to Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.
The New York-based musician performs classic American standards but also writes his own music and plays with a swinging piano style. In addition to being a talented player and singer, DeSare has looks and charisma.
Boss Hog, the scuzzy punk blues band fronted by singer-guitarist Jon Spencer and singer Cristina Martinez, first took the stage in 1989 at CBGB’s and made one helluva debut.
The band bio proclaims that its “sexy-dirty brand of bluesy punk” left a “sweaty, immutable mark” on the New York underground.
“I don’t remember a lot of specifics about that first show,” says Martinez, who keeps a day job as the editorial production direction for Bon Appétit, via phone. “It was nerve wracking and only lasted about 15 minutes. It was very fast and furious and full of a lot of adrenaline.”