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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Warped Tour Week, Part III: Throwin’ Down With Throwdown

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 6:47 PM

On a Warped Tour bill full of pale, fragile emo kids, Throwdown stick out like a sore thumb attached to a swollen, bloody fist. The Orange County bruisers are about to unleash a new disc, Venom & Tears, that sounds like Gatling guns firing during a Pantera concert. Frontman Dave Peters says he’s glad to be the most metal band on the tour. In Peters’ view, the punk fest’s 2007 crowds consist of “these casual music fan. And I think the heavier bands on this tour are potentially turning them on to metal and hardcore. Like when I was a kid and listening to whatever was on the radio. And then you come across something heavier, and it leads you to potentially listening to a Metallica record. It’s cool playing to those kids, because they sort of stare at you, but you feel like you’re doing something right.” So if your girlfriend’s dragging you to the tour and making you watch Alkaline Trio, Throwdown’s your best chance to blow off some steam. Keep visiting C-Notes all week for more Warped extras. -- D.X. Ferris

Ohio smoking ban kills bars, says guy who loves bars

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 3:58 PM

It’s been nine months since the statewide smoking ban passed, but some bar owners have yet to get over it. Count Johnny Tedeschi, owner of Johnny Rotten’s in Middleburg Heights, as leader of the resistance movement. In the window in front of his bar, Tedeschi keeps a running tally of all the clubs closed since the bans passed. He doesn’t say from where he’s gathered his data, so it’s probably from the Association for Statistics Made Up By Guys Named Johnny, a very reliable organization operated out of Johnny Rotten’s handicapped stall. Here, according to the sign in Tedeschi’s window, is the latest bar death toll, here and elsewhere:
26 Ohio bars gone now due to smoking ban. Ireland: 5 New York: 41 Minnesota: 17 Canada: 56
-- Rebecca Meiser

Great Lakes Chef Battling Cancer

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Alinea Chef Grant Achatz
In May, groundbreaking Chicago chef Grant Achatz (Alinea) beat out our own Michael Symon for the James Beard Foundation’s title of Best Chef in the Great Lakes. Now, sadly, the nationally acclaimed culinarian is fighting a real-life battle. Achatz, 33, announced last week on foodie forum eGullet that he has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the mouth. Achatz and his doctors are optimistic he can beat the disease, and, for now, Alinea remains open for business -- which is good news for local foodies. Alinea, with its groundbreaking menu of “molecular gastronomy,” has become one of the top destinations for Cleveland-area food fans headed to the Windy City -- including this food fan. For more on Achatz’ condition, read Phil Vettel’s story in the Chicago Tribune. -- Elaine T. Cicora

A Sad, Sad Day for Akron’s Music Scene

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Where will acts like Guided By Voices -- not to mention drunks like C-Notes -- take refuge when the Spider shuts its doors?
The Lime Spider announced last week that it would close its doors in September . It's difficult to measure the degree to which this news sucks. For six years, the club has been a mainstay for Akron’s independent music scene. Its stage has played home to scores of local and national acts, including Guided By Voices, Houseguest, Machine Go Boom, the National, Calvin Johnson, the Black Angels, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, Deerhoof, Jerry Casale of Devo, the Difficult, Tin Huey, the Black Keys, Beaten Awake, Party of Helicopters, Teeth of the Hydra, Pat Sweeney, Jonathan Richman, Mary Timony, and the Strange Division. The list goes on, and doesn’t even include the many more unmentionable drunks to whom the bar has kindly played host. Danny Basone, the bar’s owner, told Akron Beacon Journal’s Malcolm X Abram that the club had fallen on hard times. Basone says he’d been dealing with declining audiences, break-ins, and low bank funds for a while, and that it was finally time to move on:
‘‘Our whole thing is in the last year, the music scene has taking a (decline) in my opinion, and the small national bands we were getting are now just going directly to Cleveland," Basone said Thursday afternoon at the club, shortly after discovering the bar had been broken into again. ‘‘The last straw has basically been getting turned down for holds on shows or seeing that the Beachland got a show we were holding."
Before the Lime Spider opened, Akron had few venues fit for cutting-edge indie acts from around the globe. Thanks to Basone and his crew, the Akron music scene also had a proper place to foster its burgeoning bands. Which leaves everyone wondering where the scene will call home come September. The Matinee, located in Akron’s Highland Square, has been putting on shows every Wednesday in recent months, but they don’t have the sound system nor the capacity that the Spider boasts. Others are pointing to Anabelle’s, another Highland Square haunt, whose new owners are busy cleaning up its basement in hopes of becoming the new refuge for Akron acts. Meanwhile, the Lime Spider’s planning its last official show, scheduled for September 8, with a that bill includes Radar Secret Service. Until then, sweet Spider, we’re preparing for a long, emotional, SoCo-aided farewell. Needless to say, we will sorely miss your $1.75 Pabst Tall Boys, DJ Forrest on the patio, and members of Beaten Awake passed out in your stairwell. – Denise Grollmus

Cavs, Ticketmaster Battle Over Scalping Rights

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 12:48 PM

In a battle for first place in the Who Can Gouge Their Customers More Division, the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday sued Ticketmaster -- traded on the New York Stock Exchange as ANTI-CHRIST -- alleging "anti-competitive and monopolistic practices." At issue is the Cavs' Flash Seat program -- aka "scalping operation" -- which allows ticketholders to resell unused ducats through the team. Content no longer to gouge you for $30 nosebleed seats and $6 beers, the franchise is hoping to horn in on the scalping business, formerly operated by Guys on the Sidewalk. But the team faces a formidable foe in Ticketmaster, a company with a storied history of ripping off its customers. For example, four tickets to the Indians sold through Ticketmaster will run you $22.85 in "convenience charges," "order processing charges," and "international will call" charges. Though scientists have spent years attempting to decipher what these fees actually mean, they're believed to stem from the Latin phrase, "Hand over the money or we shoot the kid." According to the suit, Ticketmaster's contract precludes individual teams from entering the scalping market, since it's trying to monopolize that market itself. The Cavs believe this is way unfair. Ticketmaster responded by saying, "What did they expect when they got into business with people like us?" Reached in Heaven, a spokesman for God declined comment, other that to say both parties deserved each other. -- Pete Kotz

This Just In: Concert Announcements

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals rock the Lakewood Civic on Oct. 27.
The hits keep comin': 40 new shows this week. Former Mushroomhead frontman J. Mann and dancer Roxxy reunited with the masked assault-metal squad for an old-school show. Alt-country troubador Ryan Adams (not the “Summer of ’69” guy). Hank Williams III with a heavy metal set. Black metal from King Diamond. Girl metal from Kittie. And the Dropkick Murphys, the band that played the hard-hitting song that rolled over the opening credits of The Departed. And so much more. Read on to get the full line-up ...

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Warped Tour Week, Part II: Online Exclusive -- No Almost.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 10:45 AM

The Almost -- Underoath singer Aaron Gillespie’s solo project-turned-full-on band -- was scheduled to play the Warped Tour Thursday, August 2. Underoath is still on the bill, but the Almost won’t be playing. If you’re keeping track, that’s the second time the group has bailed on Cleveland: They canceled an Agora show this spring at the last minute; promotion for the Southern Weather album kicked into overdrive, and the group was caught up in NYC. But fear not. If you missed this week’s This Just In concert announcements, you can relax knowing the band is scheduled to play the House of Blues Friday, August 31. Until now, you can enjoy the video for “Say This Sooner,” one of the great singles to emerge from the emo generation. Keep visiting C-Notes all week for more Warped extras. -- D.X. Ferris


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