Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Local CD Reviews 

Dan Miraldi and J Buckner

Dan Miraldi

Thirsty

(self-released)

danmiraldi.com

"I'm just a pretty face you drag all over the place," sneers Akron-based singer-guitarist Dan Miraldi on "Sex Symbol," the opening track on his new album. It's a start to an appealing record, as Miraldi alternately channels the Stooges on the ghoulish "Premonition" and Buddy Holly on the retro-sounding "More and More." Other highlights include the racing "Laura McHugh," which features some flashy guitar work, and the snappy "That Guy/Summer Romance," a tune about kicking a girl's bad boyfriend to the curb. The songs are sometimes too straightforward ("I could be yours and you could be mine," Miraldi sings on "Out of Eden"), but the guy is a sharp enough singer and frontman to make even the simple stuff work well. — Jeff Niesel

J Buckner

(self-released)

myspace.com/jbucknermusic

Recorded on an eight-track in what he calls a "hot-ass room" in his apartment, J Buckner's full-length debut is an odd assortment of sampled grooves and found sounds. It starts off with "Night of the Fleshapoids," a heady mix of electronic beats, jazzy guitars and sampled vocals. That gives way to "Grime," a tribute to the actual "grime" Buckner finds under his bed. He sings about trying to get rid of the stuff and soon loses his cool, shouting "Grime! Grime! Grime!" It's the kind of trippy approach for which Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is known. The album is all over the musical map: Buckner ventures into boogie metal ("The Pessimist") and minimalist electro ("The Groove Drove Me Crazy"), while retaining a strong sense of identity. — Niesel

J Buckner performs with the Red Buttons, Quick and Dirty and Kite Flying Society at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Bela Dubby (13321 Madison Ave., 216.221.4479, beladubby.com).

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation