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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Win Tix to NYC Concert That Should Be in Cleveland

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation may be dicking over Cleveland, but Rolling Stone is looking out for us.

The magazine is giving away tickets to the HOF's 25th Anniversary Concerts at Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30.

You can enter here.

Be sure to enter both drawings, since winning tickets doesn't mean you'll be going both nights. You don't want to get stuck coming back to Cleveland talking about how you missed U2 and Metallica and how awful Crosby, Stills and Nash were. —Michael Gallucci

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Megalis Does Voodoo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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Cleveland singer-songwriter Nicholas Megalis recently made his first appearance in Rolling Stone — sort of.

In the latest issue — the one with Megan Fox cover — on page 89, Megalis' name can be found as the last act listed in an ad for next month's New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience festival, which runs October 30 through November 1.

Megalis is playing a set on October 31. That day is headlined by Kiss and Jane's Addiction. The guy is clearly on the way up: They didn't stick him on Sunday, which is headlined by Lenny Kravitz.

Visit the fest's website for more info. —D.X. Ferris

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Hey Man, Nice Cover Song

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM

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Bay Village native Richard Patrick is still piloting Filter.

The band just covered the Turtles' classic "Happy Together" for The Stepfather soundtrack.

The tune starts as a murky trip-hop piece, then explodes into a percussive blast that sounds more like Filter's breakout single, "Hey Man, Nice Shot."

"Happy Together" is streaming here. —D.X. Ferris

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What to Do Tonight: Amazing Baby

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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You have every reason to hate Brooklyn-based hipsters Amazing Baby. They’ve got the tousled style of a thousand indie bands before them. Their music meshes dance-floor euphoria with garage-rock psychedelia. Plus, they’re Brooklyn-based hipsters. But on its debut album, Rewild, the quintet manages to pull a few hooks out of all the detached sounds buzzing around it. Like many of their contemporaries, Amazing Baby pack more method than meaning into their songs, grooving along complacently till something breaks up their stupor. But some cuts — like the sunny “Headdress” and the stomping “Pump Yr Breaks” — come close to living up to all the hype the band has generated over the past eight months. Three years from now, you’ll probably listen to Rewild as much as you listen to Cold War Kids these days. But for a little part of 2009, they mattered. So catch them while you can at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124, beachlandballroom.com) at 9 p.m. with the Entrance Band and Safari opening. Tickets: $10. —Michael Gallucci

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Out Today: AFI

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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AFI
Crash Love
(DGC/Interscope)

A lot has happened in the world in the three years since glammy punks AFI last released an album: ongoing war, economic meltdown, new leaders. But you’d never know it by listening to the Bay Area drama queens’ eighth album, Crash Love, where it’s all AFI, all the time. Frontman Davey Havok takes the breakups he sings about here (the album’s dozen songs are all about relationship hell) and blows them up into life-threatening circumstances. The music buzzes and swirls around Havok, swathing him like a comforting blanket. But there’s no consoling the tumultuous couple at the center of Crash Love. “When I blinked, you turned away to kiss the hand of filth,” Havok sings on the charging “Cold Hands.” On “Okay, I Feel Better Now,” he gravely intones, “Show your wounds/I’m bored with mine.” “Darling, I Want to Destroy You” speaks for itself. Still, there are plenty of musical sparks flashing from all this misery. Good thing — you need them to see through the darkness. —Michael Gallucci

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Out Today: Alice in Chains

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:24 PM

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ALICE IN CHAINS
Black Gives Way to Blue
(Virgin/EMI)

It’s funny that one of the first lines on Alice in Chains’ first album in 14 years claims, “There’s no going back to the place we started from.” Because for the next 54 minutes, that’s precisely what these ’90s Seattle rockers attempt to do on Black Gives Way to Blue. The point is clear: After singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002, the band was inactive until recruiting Staley sound-alike William DuVall to help pick up the pieces. And with guitarist, singer and songwriter Jerry Cantrell stepping up, Black Gives Way to Blue sounds like vintage Alice in Chains, right down to the druggy murk that coats the album. In other words, they’re going back exactly to the place they started from. Which is a cool thing for fans of the band’s thick sludge of grunge-metal guitar riffage and droning lyrics about death, drugs and hell. Everyone else will have to sift through a set of tuneless songs to get to the good stuff: Cantrell’s awesomely warped guitar on “Check My Brain” and the title tune, a tribute to Staley featuring Elton John on piano. —Michael Gallucci

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