Monday, September 29, 2014

Chvrches Emphasizes the EDM Side of Its Sound at Sold Out Show

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

“We played a DJ set last night so everything is working except for my brain,” said diminutive Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry at the start of last night’s 65-minute show at House of Blues. Her apology wasn’t really necessary; the Scottish band sounded sharp as it emphasized the EDM side of its sound (not that it ventured into dubstep territory or anything that extreme) right from start of the sold out show, turning up the bass to a deafening volume as it took the stage. Still touring in support of last year’s The Bones of What You Believe, the band, which also includes keyboardists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, plays synth-pop/electronic music that looks back to the ’80s for inspiration. Because it has such great songs, the album has seeped into the mainstream, and the band has slowly achieved stateside popularity to match the acclaim it’s received overseas.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

8 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Friday, Sept. 26


Nelson Ledges Quarry Park started the warm-weather season with two nights of Badfish and they’ll put the summer to bed with the very same this weekend. “Keep Sublime Alive,” the guys in Badfish are known to say. And they’ve been doing just that for years now, performing full sets of Sublime classics in cities around the world. This weekend, they’ll play two nights of the good stuff at Nelson, which means those of you who dig the music festival scene and the sensational sounds of Sublime are getting one last shot at glory. Badfish tours constantly — and their shows are always incredibly fun — but dropping them in forested quarry environs and letting them do their thing over the course of a weekend just amplifies the excitement. Shrub, Tropidelic, Color Wheel and Drunken Sunday round out the weekend bill. (Eric Sandy)

Dierks Bentley/Chris Young/Chase Rice/Jon Pardi

The outdoor concert comes to a close tonight as country singer Dierks Bentley swings through town on his tour in support of his latest album, Riser. An album of righteous anthems, Riser suggests Bentley's maturity. The album begins with the break-up ballad ("Bourbon in Kentucky") and includes a good quotient of love songs ("Five"). Songs such as "Pretty Girls" and "Here on Earth" are a bit dreary so here's to hoping that Bentley turns things up a notch for the live show. Expect his current hit, "Drunk on a Plane," to go over well with the hard-drinking audience that will be on hand for tonight's concert that begins at 7 at Blossom. (Jeff Niesel) $25-$44.75

The Dandy Warhols/Bonfire Beach

Last year marked the 13th anniversary of the Dandy Warhols' classic neo-psychedelic album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. To celebrate, the band played the album, which also will be reissued as a box set with a slew of bonus material, in its entirety on a tour that included a stop at the Grog Shop. For the current jaunt, the neo-psychedelic band is again touring in support of 13 Tales, but this time the group has released a live version of the album that was recorded in its Portland, Oregon hometown. It shows just how capably the band can play the songs from the disc. The show starts at 7 at House of Blues. (Niesel) $20 ADV, $23 DOS

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Unique Releases Planned for Cassette Store Day

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Saturday marks the second International Cassette Store Day and both Blue Arrow Records and Music Saves will participate by breaking out some pretty neat tapes. With the high cost of releasing an album on vinyl and the declining appeal of CDs, cassettes have risen in popularity throughout the DIY music scene. 

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Lorde Concert at Jacobs Pavilion is a True Triumph

Concert Review

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

  • David Kemp

When 17-year-old singer Lorde performed at Lollapalooza over the summer, she wasn’t a headlining act and yet she still drew a huge crowd that numbered in the thousands. The set was one of the festival’s highlights; one thing that worked in the young New Zealand native’s favor was the fact that she performed in the afternoon while it was still light out, and this enabled fans to really connect with her. Last night at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in front of an enthusiastic audience that filled about half the venue, her vocals sounded great and her performance was really solid, but the stage was engulfed in smoke for so much of the set, it made it hard to see her and get that same connection.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Regional Blues Acts to Play Fundraising Gig

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Regional blues acts Bongo Joe & Little Steve and the Whiskey Shambles won this year’s Northeast Ohio Blues Association’s Blues Challenge and will head to Memphis in January to represent Northeast Ohio at the International Blues Challenge (IBC). The two acts are rather different from each other.

Bongo Joe & Little Steve are an Akron-based acoustic blues duo that regularly plays the Northeast Ohio circuit, performing at both small bars and clubs and on street corners. The Whiskey Shambles are a ragtag garage blues band out of Cincinnati who’ve been compared to acts such as the Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and the White Stripes. Since the bands don’t have the proper funds to make the trip, they’ll play a special concert to raise money to cover their costs. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at North Canton Eagles (6979 Sunset Strip, North Canton). JT’s barbeque Food Truck will be on hand. While the event is free, a $10 donation is suggested. 

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Journalist Who Covered the Beatles in 1964 to Speak at Tri-C's Black Box Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

The Beatles Revisited

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles concert that took place in Cleveland in 1964 with a special event featuring journalist and author Art Schreiber, who’ll lead a discussion about the British group at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, in the Black Box Theatre of the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Audio: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Agora in 1978

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Considered by many to rank among the greatest Bruce Springsteen shows of all time, 8/9/78 at the Agora is a real titan. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of WMMS, the concert features Bruce and the band in their prime. 

From WMMS program director John Gorman:
Though there were many WMMS Tenth Anniversary concerts and events, the one that will always be first and foremost is Bruce Springsteen’s live concert broadcast at the Agora on Wednesday, August 9, 1978. For many Springsteen aficionados that show stands as Bruce and the Band’s all-time best live performance. I concur.
Listen to the show below. Zipped downloads of the bootleg are available here



Danny Sanders and Kid Leo Intros
Summertime Blues
Spirit In The Night
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Promised Land
Prove It All Night
Racing In The Streets
Thunder Road

Deeny Sanders Intro
Paradise By The C
Sherry Darling
Not Fade Away/Gloria/She's The One
Growin' Up
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Born To Run
Because The Night
Raise Your Hand

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