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Friday, June 20, 2008

Welcome to a One-Alt-Weekly Town

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Here lie two baked-fresh press releases -- one from Village Voice Media, Scene's soon-to-be-former owners, and one from Times-Shamrock, its soon-to-be-new owners. Long story short: Cleveland will soon be a one alt-weekly town. Some number of fine newspaper folks will be out of work sometime soon. And, finally, does anyone know when Little Bar opens? ... (Press releases after the jump. PD's story is here).

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Restaurant of the Weekend: Wieners are winners at Buckeye Beer Engine

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 8:58 AM

What’s a summer weekend without a couple cold ones and some juicy hotdogs? But no need to fire up the grill. Lakewood’s Buckeye Beer Engine is standing by, with brews aplenty and some kick-ass dogs, to boot. True, food hasn’t always been a priority at this casual Madison Avenue watering hole. In fact, when brewmaster Garin Wright first popped the top on the tavern last spring, his focus was strictly on the suds, a remarkable roundup of 27 beers on tap and 120 in bottles that he likes to describe as "breakouts, hot stuff, and things you've never seen before in your life." ...

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Hello, Cleveland: Petty tops the weekend's shows

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Tom Petty leads the list of the weekend's shows, but read on, 'cuz plenty of the best local bands are unleashing new CDs this week. Read on for a full list of everyone playing everywhere, and why you should see them. -- D.X. Ferris

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Last Night in Cleveland: The Cure

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 2:09 PM

In alt-rock, one thing is certain: you can’t count out that bloke in the Ruby Woo MAC lipstick and frightwig ‘do. Robert Smith has led The Cure – arguably one of the greatest alt-rock acts of all time – over the course of 30 years and a dozen studio albums. His band’s induction into the Rock Hall is inevitable, even if the supporting cast playing behind the long bum-rapped Gloomy Gus hasn’t been. No matter. Smith and his current Cure lineup – Porl Thompson (guitars), Simon Gallup (bass) and Jason Cooper (drums) – proved themselves serviceable last night at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center. They managed to cater to the tastes of hardcore Cure fans and the Come-Latelys, and without the alienating, “backward-looking” greatest-hits show that artists seem to lean on once they hit 40. ...

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O'Brien Factor: Terrorists should either get color-coordinated or get tortured

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 8:03 AM

We read Kevin O'Brien so you don't have to ... Column: The terrorists get their day in court. Topic: Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that terror suspects will get their day in court. Kevin-- steel yourself -- doesn’t like the idea. Kevin's Sanity Level Today: 38 percent What Your Head Would Feel Like if You Read it Yourself: A mayfly buzzes around your ear. You try to smack it, but in a freak occurrence, the sudden hand movement creates an air pocket that pushes the insect through your ear canal. It flutters around in your cranium, tickling your cerebral cortex and causing your eyes to cross. Also, you’re wearing a baseball hat that’s 3/8 of a size too small. A Yankees hat, to be precise. Charting Kevin's Logic: 1. In case you forgot, Kevin’s totally into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A bit more surprisingly, Kevin also loves the Constitution. Honest. In his diary, he ranks it third behind only Lee Iacocca’s biography and the Forum section of the Plain Dealer in his list of America’s most vital documents. He’s also a fan of the Geneva Convention—specifically its use of the word “uniformed.” By the way, isn’t foreshadowing nifty? 2. Terrorists don’t wear uniforms. And no, dressing like the bad guy from The Mummy doesn’t count. You need to have, like, patches, to fall under Geneva’s protection. That’s why boy scouts shouldn’t be detained indefinitely, or tortured. Also Burger King employees. 3. Plus, terrorists don’t believe in the Geneva convention. And they use copies of the Constitution for AK-47 target practice. So when we capture them, it would be silly to follow the Geneva convention, or the Constitution. See how that works? If you don’t, you’re basically Al Gore in a kufi. 4. Thanks to those liberal loosies over at the Supreme Court, all those jihadists currently bronzing in Guantanamo now get to enter the cool confines of U.S. court. But how does he know they’re jihadists, you ask, if they haven’t yet been to court? Shut up, jihadist! 5. You see how unfair this is? The terrorists get to cut our heads off after just a few ooga-boogas in front of a video camera. But we don’t even get to lock them in a cage forever without first going through the hassle of proving that they’re terrorists. And does this mean we can’t even electrocute their nipples? Just a little? Bogus!

Before Dethlok rocks Cleveland, Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small yaps with C-Notes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 7:33 AM

Dethlok plays House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave.) tonight, with Soilent Green and hometown metal heroes Chimaira. The group started as a joke and became the biggest death metal band in the history of the Billboard album chart. With a simple but esoteric premise, Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse seemed guaranteed to create a cult hit with a rabid fanbase of hundreds: What if the world’s biggest band -- Dethlok -- was an extreme metal group, who live a reality of guts and gore that the genre’s musicians (usually) only sing about. And what if they had fanatical legions who lived -- and died -- for the group? ...

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‘Dunk Giuseppe’ at Brothers Lounge benefit concert

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 7:13 AM

Go behind the scenes with Giuseppe O'Connell at Brothers Lounge at
We get lots of press releases touting events in support of good causes. But we don’t get many as clever as the one sent recently by Giuseppe O’Connell, cantankerous GM at Brothers Lounge, and subject of our recent feature. How’s this for a fundraiser? Buy a chance to dunk O’Connell – the self-proclaimed “most inhospitable guy in the hospitality biz” – and get the double satisfaction of supporting breast-cancer research at the same time. ...

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