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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This Just In: Cleveland Concert Announcements

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Drive-By Truckers will be stopping in Akron in October
  • Drive-By Truckers will be stopping in Akron in October

Accept/King's X: Fri., Oct. 8, $25. Agora.

The Almost/House of Heroes/Chasen: Tue., Sept. 21. 7 p.m., $10 ADV. Musica.

The Bridge: Thu., Nov. 4, 9 p.m., Tavern, $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland.

Cabinet/Funk You: Sat., Sept. 18, 9 p.m., Ballroom, $10. Beachland.

Cro-Mags (featuring John Joseph and Mackie)/Ringworm/Homewrecker: Thu., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Now That's Class.

Dead Confederate/Mt. Helens Vietnam Band/the Big Sweet: Thu., Sept. 23. 7:30 p.m., $10 ADV. Musica.

Disturbed/Hail the Villain: Sat., Oct. 16, Theater. $37.50 (Ticketmaster). Agora.

Drive by Truckers/Henry Clay People: Tue., Oct. 5. $20 ADV. Musica.

Gaslamp Killer/Daedelus/12th Planet: Sun., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Grog Shop.

Growlers: Sun., Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m., Tavern, $8. Beachland.

Hey Monday/Cartel/the Ready Set/This Century/We Are in the Crowd: Fri., Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$17 DOS. Grog Shop.

The Horse Flies: Fri., Dec. 17, 9 p.m., Tavern, $13 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland.

Hydrogyn (former members of Megadeth, Black Label Society)/Avery Watts/Desdemon: Sat., Oct. 2. Agora.

Margot & the Nuclear So & Sos/the Lonely Forest/Bethesda: Fri., Sept. 24. 8 p.m., $12 ADV. Musica.

Miss May I/Confide/the Word Alive/Bury Tomorrow/Abandon All Ships: Wed., Sept. 1. 5 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop.

MC Frontalot: Thu., Oct. 7, 9 p.m., Tavern, $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland.

No Age/Lucky Dragons: Sat., Nov. 20, 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop.

Ohio Express/Monica Robins & the Whiskey Kings: Sat., Nov. 6. Agora.

Parachute/Hot Chelle Rae: Sat., Oct. 23, 8:30 p.m., Tavern, $12. Beachland.

Pierced Aarrows: Sun., Oct. 3, 9 p.m., Tavern, $10. Beachland.

The Summer Set/Stereo Skyline/Mod Sun/the Downtown Fiction/Austin Gibbs: $10 ADV/$12 DOS, Wed., Nov. 17. Grog Shop.

Chris Trapper (of Pushstars): Tue., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Tavern, $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Beachland.

Watain/Goatwhore/Black Anvil: Wed., Dec. 1. 7 p.m., $14 ADV/$17 DOS. Peabody's.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: New location, Fri., Nov. 12, 9 p.m., $18 (Ticketweb). House of Blues.

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Plugging Our Pals

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:30 AM


In his spare time, frequent Cleveland Scene contributor Phil Freeman edits a quarterly magazine called Burning Ambulance. The second issue is just out.

The mag, which calls itself a "journal of music and the arts," is available in both digital and old-school print versions.

The second issue includes a profile of saxophonist Darius Jones, a piece on New Orleans metal band Eyehategod, poems by Eyehategod singer Mike Williams, a beginner's guide to Japanese pop, plus much more.

It's available for $10 here.

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Concert Review: Built to Spill at Musica

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Hello, Akron!
  • Hello, Akron!

Indie rockers Chikita Violenta opened a night of great music at Akron's Musica last night, even if singer Luis Arce didn’t get much of a response when he asked the audience, “Who here speaks Spanish?”

The response to their music was enthusiastic and strong, and that's all that mattered. (Their debut album, Trees, comes out early next year.)

By contrast, headliners Built to Spill are celebrating their 18th year this summer.

Fans certainly liked the material the band played from their most recent album, There Is No Enemy, but most of them were there to hear vintage Built to Spill songs.

“You Were Right” (from the band's best album, 1999's Keep It Like a Secret) and “Three Years Ago Today” got the most response, as frontman Doug Martsch leaned into his microphone during delivery.

Built to Spill's energy was evident, particularly in the small venue. The crowd was already on their side, but after the band acknowledged playing in Devo's hometown, they won over even the most skeptical fans. —Crystal Pirri; photo by Mark Pirri

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What to Do Tonight: Jonas Brothers

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:30 AM

“Justin Bieber said we should wait here. He’d pick us up later”
  • “Justin Bieber said we should wait here. He’d pick us up later”

Has the Jonas Brothers’ hold on teenage girls’ hearts, wallets, and bedroom walls run its course? It would appear so, now that so many of the Jonases’ fans are inflicted with temporarily incurable cases of Bieber Fever. But the Jonas Brothers’ reign never really seemed as strong or as widespread as corporate bosses Disney made it appear. Their albums — the latest is last year’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times — sold well, but they weren’t monster huge. And the most talented one’s solo project from earlier this year — Nick Jonas and the Administration’s Who I Am — was a bust. The Jonases have a pair of ventures on Disney Channel’s schedule: the weekly Jonas L.A. series and the upcoming Camp Rock 2: Final Jam movie. Their respective soundtracks bombed. So how will this week’s concert at the Q go over? No doubt there are still fans out there who’ll shriek, squeal, and probably not hear a note of music once Nick, Joe, and Kevin walk onstage. And until Bieber plays Cleveland in November, this will have to do. Jonas Brothers, with Demi Lovato, play Quicken Loans Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets: $32-$92. —Michael Gallucci

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Out Today: Film School

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM


Film School
(Hi-Speed Soul)

Like all Film School records, Fission’s 12 blasts of energy wash over listeners with dense, multi-layers of warm and intense shoegazer rock. The five-piece led by singer-guitarist Greg Bertens has been splitting arty and atmospheric modern-rock since its San Francisco days, recording excellent albums like 2001’s Brilliant Career. Mixing Swervedriver’s penchant for noise with Lush’s style of dreamy pop, Film School have always produced enjoyable sonic grooves reminiscent of great ‘90s bands, even if the results were fairly indistinguishable from record to record. Their fourth album is filled with similar salvos, backed by the same bursts of static-charged guitars, fuzzed-out keyboards, and Bertens’ unintelligible vocals. Fortunately, things evolve on the new album too, specifically the emergence of bassist Lorelei Plotczyk, whose vocals are now adding prowess to the band’s decades-old drone. Her earthy moans give flesh to the band’s dream world, taking “Time to Listen,” “Direct” and “Sunny Day” and turning them into tangible tunes that stand out from the band’s repetitious buzz. With the band’s expanding repertoire (dance-floor beats like “When I’m Yours”) and growing songwriting skills (“Meet Around 10”), Film School find new ways to further blur the lines of arty indie rock. —Keith Gribbins

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Monday, August 30, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Built to Spill

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Built to Spill: drawn from life
  • Built to Spill: drawn from life

Smart choices often outpace ability. That could be Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch’s personal motto. The small decisions made a huge difference on his band’s seventh album, There Is No Enemy.

For example, Danny Levin added a conquering trumpet solo to “Things Fall Apart,” an epic six-minute head trip through reggae space-rock. “I was close to bagging what a lot of people think is the best part of the record,” laughs Martsch, who after much brooding replaced a guitar solo with the horn section you hear on the record. “Art, in general, is about making the right choice. It’s not really about being talented.”

After 18 years in the music business — 15 of those on a major record label — Built to Spill are still vanquishing tiny clubs and enormous outdoor venues with their indie-rock sonics (they just got off the road opening Kings of Leon’s summer shed tour). Since their 1993 debut album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers, the Idaho natives have redefined the sound of post-grunge Northwest rock, building a reputation as solid underground musicians. The group is celebrated for its aggressive attack on various guitar styles, but after all this time Martsch thinks he and his bandmates are just screwing around.

“If you send me into Guitar Center, I’d get laughed out of there,” he says. “I’m technically not a good guitar player at all. I never took lessons, I never practiced. All I did was grab onto a few ideas and played them with a lot of confidence. [Dinosaur Jr. and Neil Young] know their way around the neck, which I don’t. I just took their aggressiveness.”

Built to Spill build their onstage sound with three versatile guitarists. Longtime sideman Brett Netson can play Ben Harper-style slide on his lap before switching to noisy Joey Santiago-inspired experimentalism on the neck. Backed by bassist Brett Nelson, drummer Scott Plouf, and third guitarist Jim Roth, Built to Spill spearhead a number of styles: explosive punk, otherworldly dream-pop, epic multi-minute hippie guitar jams. Last year’s There Is No Enemy features all of them.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Ozomatli

Posted By on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM

There are actually 17 other people in the band, but they couldnt fit on the dock
  • There are actually 17 other people in the band, but they couldn't fit on the dock

After 15 years of urban collision music, wildly inventive culture-mashers Ozomatli should be a household name. The global grooves emanating from this Los Angeles collective speaks to the melting pot and harmonic cacophony found in the group’s hometown. Ozo’s career started with community activism (they formed to play a labor protest), but their mash-up of hip-hop, dancehall, salsa, meringue, and funk has snagged many disparate fans over the years. A favorite of Carlos Santana — who toured alongside the band and has also engaged musical invention throughout his career to break down social and cultural barriers — Ozo show no signs of cooling. At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, the group served as official cultural ambassadors for a series of government-sponsored international tours of Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. That says a lot about their fire-branded live shows. The Grammy award-winning band is supporting Fire Away, its latest slate of Mexifunk genre-splicing. Like all of Ozo’s music, it’s grandiose, chock full of positivity, and downright joyful. Detractors may say it’s all been done, but Ozomatli dispel any convention with spirit. Ozomatli play the Beachland Ballroom at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. —Peter Chakerian

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