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Saturday, July 31, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Gringo Star

Posted By on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Opening for Mall McCartney
  • Opening for Mall McCartney

With a smartass name like Gringo Star, you’d probably think this Atlanta quartet churns out archly ironic post-punk. But Gringo Star explode with a sound similar to the stripped-down bluesabilly rave-ups that horrified adults and adrenalized teens within earshot of the Animals and Kinks’ stomping grounds in the ’60s. They were originally known as A Fir-Ju Well — a phonetic reading of frontman multi-instrumentalist Nick Furgiuele and his guitarist brother Peter’s surname. They thankfully changed their moniker in 2006, a year before their debut EP came out. Their first album, 2008’s All Y’All, was packed with lightly polished gems of raucous Americana and psych-garage-rock goodness, referencing their love of Sun Records, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, and British blues translators of the ’60s, but without the kitsch most bands bring to these retro sounds. So far, 2010 has been a big year for Gringo Star: A pair of Dallas filmmakers followed them on their European tour with ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead for the documentary Hurry Up & Wait, which premiered at South by Southwest, and All Y’All is prepping for its European release. Gringo Star, with Imitating Sounds, play the Beachland Tavern at 9 p.m. Tickets: $7. —Brian Baker

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Outcasts Reunion Show Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:06 PM

We couldnt find a picture of the Outcasts, so enjoy this funny monkey
  • We couldn't find a picture of the Outcasts, so enjoy this funny monkey

Long before “Americana” become a music watchword and Cleveland produced bands like the Jack Fords, the Outcasts were playing rocking roots music.

The quartet of lead vocalist/guitarist Don Owens, lead guitarist John Incardona, drummers Paul Zorich and bassist Tony Cvijanovic were active from 1989 to 1993, releasing an album, Nationwide, in 1990.

The band also appeared on several compilations, showcased at the New Music Seminar, the CMJ Music Mararthon, and Cleveland’s Undercurrents. They also did a fair amount of regional touring.

They’ve just become the latest Cleveland band of the ’90s to do a reunion show. They’ll be playing tomorrow night at Stir (16700 Lorain Ave.).

Beyond Blue, another reuniting band from same era, open at 9 p.m. There’s no cover. —Anastasia Pantsios

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Concert Review: Blitzen Trapper at the Beachland Ballroom

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Awesome music, awesome facial hair
  • Awesome music, awesome facial hair

Blitzen Trapper have the ability to take fans on a wave of nostalgia — back to simpler times, when yelling “Free Bird” at a concert actually meant something. The Beachland Ballroom rode that wave to ’60s and ‘70s folk-rock last night, when the band tore through an hour-and-45-minute set that often played like a classic-rock compilation.

Nearly every song sounded like an audience favorite. Blitzen Trapper played ten of the dozen songs off their recently released Destroyer of the Void and more than half from 2008's Furr.

The band opened with “Fire & Fast Bullets,” and the crowd gave hearty, drunken shouts back as the first chords of familiar songs were struck. Onstage banter between drummer Brian Koch and guitarist Marty Marquis kept things personal, as they chatted about Drew Carey and the Great Lakes Brewing Company, among other Cleveland faves.

Halfway through the set, frontman Eric Earley was onstage by himself for four songs. He even played a brand-new song called “Taking It Easy Too Long.”

Not long after the solo set, the crowd heard what they came for: a full-band version of “Furr.” The extra instrumentation wasn’t complex, but it still made it all the more electrifying.

Blitzen Trapper ended their regular set with Furr's “Sleepytime in the Western World.” The song’s buildup was even more rocking, with a perfectly harmonized a cappella intro.

For the encore, the band took requests, playing the Neil Young-inspired “Not Your Lover” and the jam “Gold for Bread,” before ending with the popular “Wild Mountain Nation.” —Leanne Butkovic

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What to Do Tonight: The Maine

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Dressed for success
  • Dressed for success

Who says youth is wasted on the young? The Maine began in 2007, when most of the band’s members were freshly graduated from their Tempe high school. Naming themselves after a song by their favorite band Ivory, the Maine set up a MySpace page and built an audience the new-fashioned way (they’ve since racked up 77 million plays), with some additional old-school word-of-mouth. Within months, the Maine were drawing sizable crowds and released a pair of EPs with their pop-punk translation of ’90s rock influences. They released their debut album, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, in 2008, followed by a band journal packed with pics, This Is Real Life, last year. Their second album, Black and White (titled in tribute to guitarist Kennedy Brock’s total color blindness), has just been released, and they’re hitting the road for their first headlining tour. It’s only a matter of time before these kids figure out how to fix that oil leak. The Maine, with the Century, play Peabody’s at 7 p.m. Tickets: $17, $15 in advance. —Brian Baker

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Midnight Syndicate Hang Out at Hot Topic Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 2:30 PM

  • Goodies

Members of the Midnight Syndicate and other horror celebrities will appear at the Great Lakes Mall's Hot Topic at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The appearance will celebrate the DVD release of The Dead Matter, the band’s new film, which features some big names in the genre.

People on hand will include the band, Edward Douglas, producer Gary Jones (whose producer-director credits include Xena and Hercules), actress Donna Williams, and other cast and crew members.

Representing Cleveland will be Big Chuck and David "Gouse" Greathouse of Mushroomhead. Click here for more details. —D.X. Ferris

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Top Pop Stars Sing About Their Favorite Fabric

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Next up for Caillat: a song about her favorite side item at Arbys
  • Next up for Caillat: a song about her favorite side item at Arby's

Did you know Colbie Caillat and Leona Lewis — both of whom scored Top 10 albums in the past year — are singing about cotton these days?

And did you know you can download their songs for free, so you can listen to them sing about cotton wherever and whenever you want?

I didn't.

Just thought I'd share. —Michael Gallucci

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A Bunch of Old Guys Replace Buckcherry at Classic Park Concert

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Now that Buckcherry has dropped out, Rock of Ages will be relatively douchebag-free
  • Now that Buckcherry has dropped out, Rock of Ages will be relatively douchebag-free

Buckcherry have dropped off the September 3 Rock of Ages concert at Classic Park because they're opening for Nickelback on their current tour. (Christ, that sounds fun, doesn't it? Leave us a comment below about what you'd rather do than attend the Nickelback-Buckcherry show. We vote for having our balls punctured by that really long spear-like thing Neptune carries around.)

Alice Cooper is still headlining the show, but replacing Buckcherry is — and we're quoting the press release here — "the lead singers of Rare Earth, Sugarloaf, Blues Image, and Iron Butterfly." Yay.

At least they're knocking back the ticket price on the concert. You can pick up tix for $24.50 and $39.50.

If you're actually upset that Buckcherry is no longer on the bill, you can get a full refund by sending your original ticket to the Classic Park Box Office no later than July 15, or you can bring it in person. If you already bought a ticket, go to the box office for a $10 refund.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 7. Head-scratching over "the lead singers of Rare Earth, Sugarloaf, Blues Image, and Iron Butterfly" begins at 7:05. —Michael Gallucci

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