"You hear 'battle of the bands' all the time," says Rover, host of Rover's Morning Glory. "And then you get 10 bands onstage, and four people show up to watch. This way, you narrow it down to musicians that everybody likes and let them go at it."
Around 30 groups entered Morning Glory's second annual competition, submitting one original song and one cover. The show posted streaming audio on its website, www.923xtreme.com/rover, and let listeners choose four bands to square off. More than 240,000 votes selected the singers of modern-rock bands Dirt, Liquid, Seventh Edge, and Reason. The fights were composed of three one-minute rounds, judged by a panel featuring Universal Records rep Bob Dickey, 19 Action News weatherman Jeff Tanchak, and Team Subway boxing trainer Antonio Gonzalez.
In the preliminary fights, Liquid's DePasquale won a unanimous decision over Reason's Mike "K.O." Calo, and Burzanko survived a knockdown to take a split decision over Seventh Edge's Dave Graznik.
"It was rough gettin' out there," says Burzanko. "I don't want to be here next year. I want my band to get signed."
Dirt's new album, Welcome to the Pressure Cooker, is slated for June 15 release. The disc will feature a cover of DMX's "Who We Be." Dirt's version of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" is available on 92.3's website.
· The collapse of Cuyahoga Falls' Boot Scoot'n Saloon left Summit County without a reliable venue for underage clubgoing. Voodoo (153 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls) is picking up the slack, adding a teen night that starts Sunday, June 6.
· Clevo punkers the Subtones have just added bassist Todd Mey, who also plays with Amps II Eleven guitarist Attila Csapo in the crusty D.T. Sweats. The bassist will make his live debut Friday, June 28, at Lakewood's Hi-Fi Club. Guitarist CJ Gunn will perform the next night at Peabody's, backing Marky Ramone's band in a set of all-Ramones material.
· 12 Monkeys + Beatmakers Local 913 = one fat track. Patternbased.com, the online home of Akron's Beatmakers hip-hop collective, has posted a new track featuring 15 of the area's premier MCs and producers, including Heiku, Siege, Krossword, and Furious of Cleveland's 12 Monkeys crew, in addition to Akron's Phonologic and former Poet of Another Breed Joe Minadeo.
· Veteran blues singer Becky Boyd suffered a collapsed lung and bruised rib in a nasty fall at home, but is playing through the pain. She performed at the United Auto Workers' Robert Lockwood Jr. Blues Festival on May 15 and hasn't scheduled a break. "I have to buy groceries, you know," she says. Becky Boyd & Real Life play the Parkview (1261 West 58th Street) this Saturday, May 29.