Friday, September 20, 2013

Angel Olsen's Unique Voice Sets Her Apart

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM


Angel Olsen, who plays Ingenuity tomorrow night at 8:30, has a really unique voice. She sounds a bit like a cross between Roy Orbison and Lauryn Hill. While growing up in St. Louis, Olsen started singing and making her own DIY recordings at any early age. “I was always interested in singing,” she says. “I was adopted so having a creative outlet that like was great. I remember I used to have this karaoke tape machine. I would play a mix tape of my favorite pop music and sing over it.”

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Band of Heathens Singer Talks About the Band's New, Highly Personal Album

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM


Before the guys in Austin’s Band of Heathens began recording their new album, Sunday Morning Record, they went some changes that made them wonder if the band might break-up.

“There was some uncertainty about what we were going to do when some of the guys left the band,” says singer-guitarist Gordy Quist via cell phone as he drives the band’s van to a Nashville tour stop. “But we knew we had more to say.”

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Drake Cancels Oct. 13 Cleveland Show

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Is this his Fuck you, Cleveland face?
  • Is this his "Fuck you, Cleveland" face?
Drake's fall tour dates are being switched around, but the Oct. 13 Cleveland outing at the Q has been completely dropped from the list.

Fans are pissed.

The rapper's management team cites "an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements," which seem like fairly standard things that get taken into consideration for any professional tour, but...

His new album, Nothing Was the Same, drops next week, giving jilted fans at least some consolation in the meantime. And in more positive Drake-in-Ohio news, he's still teaming up with The Game to fund the funerals of six people who died tragically this week after a house fire ripped through a Tiffin mobile home.

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More Than Seven Pounds of Heroin Intercepted at Cleveland Airport, According to DEA Affidavit

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, via flicker user skabat169
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, via flicker user skabat169

On Wednesday — the same day authorities announced the single largest heroin takedown in Northeast Ohio history, with 92 people indicted on 203 counts — two Drug Enforcement Agents were at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport where they found more than seven pounds of heroin in the suitcase of a man flying from Los Angeles, according to an affidavit just filed in Cleveland's federal court.

DEA agent Joseph Harper says he received "intelligence from a source of information" about a man named Eddy Martinez who had paid cash for a one-way ticket, and an overweight fee for his one checked bag, from Los Angeles to Cleveland. Harper searched for the identity of Martinez but couldn't verify any of the information. He and another DEA agent went to Hopkins and spotted who they thought was their target was getting off US Airways flight 4584 and followed him to baggage claim.

Harper "conducted a consensual encounter" with the man, who allowed the agents to check his flight records and consented to having his suitcase check, according to the affidavit.

The bag was "unusually heavy" with "thick padding sewn into the liner an located in the bottom of the suitcase; padding and location being indicative of the methods person involved in drug dealing utilize to conceal drugs and/or drug proceeds during transport."

The two agents found "a flat package wrapped in black electrical tape containing air fresheners and two separate sealed vacuum saver bags, each bag containing a brown substance that resembled in texture and oder the controlled substance known as heroin." Martinez was detained.

Agents weighed the two vacuum bags with heroin: one weighed 1,624 grams, the other weighed 1,655 grams. That's 7.2 pounds or 3.3 kilograms: serious weight.

According to the affidavit, when one agent said they were going to ship the heroin to a lab in Chicago, Martinez said "that's funny, I was transporting it and now you guys are."

Officers processed Martinez and found his full name to be Eddy Jose Martinez Delgado, who later stated he got the suitcase from suppliers around Fontana, California and would be paid when it was delivered in Ohio. The people involved in the massive heroin bust announced on Wednesday got their heroin from Atlanta and Chicago.

Read the affidavit here:

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Cedar Point Has Two of Country's Top Ten Roller Coasters (Duh)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM


In a comprehensive study from the folks over at Time's Tech department, Cedar Point's Millennium Force was named the country's best roller coaster. Top Thrill Dragster, the country's second-tallest coaster at 420 feet, nabbed the four-spot.

Here's the full top ten.

1. Millennium Force, Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
2. Bizarro, Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts)
3. Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey)
4. Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
5. The Voyage, Holiday World (Santa Claus, Indiana)
6. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey)
7. Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia)
8. Apollo’s Chariot, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)
9. New Texas Giant, Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, Texas)
10. Intimidator, Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina)

According to some in-depth analysis which would probably only appeal to thrill ride enthusiasts, track length was the factor most directly correlated with rider enjoyment and elite rankings. Who knew?

Extreme specs — height, speed, inversions — don't necessarily guarantee a superior coaster, the Time report suggested. Nonetheless, Cedar Point's coasters were the two tallest among the top ten. But Kingda Ka, the country's tallest coaster, at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, barely cracked the top thirty.

The list shouldn't be give too much credence though, because Raging Wolf Bobs was nowhere to be found.

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Hey Monea! plays Scene Session

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

In 2012, the Canton-based indie pop band Hey Monea! won the international Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands Competition. Now, the band has just released its new album, Cheap Souvenirs, a collection of catchy tunes that it recorded with big-time producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Ra Ra Riot). The guys came by the office yesterday to play a few songs from the album. They host a CD release party tonight at Musica in Akron.

Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn and Unsaid Fate.

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Guitarist Joe Satriani shares spotlight with his band at Lakewood Civic Auditorium concert

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 8:38 AM

It’s not just the title of his latest instrumental opus — Unstoppable Momentum — also works well when describing the set that Joe Satriani laid down on Thursday night at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Over the course of nearly two hours and 19 songs, Satriani and his predictably high-caliber band would visit a lot of different areas in his vast catalog which now pulls from more than three decades of work. The musical makeup of the set was heavily slanted in favor of the latest album, with eight of the 11 tracks making an appearance, but there would also be surprises for longtime fans.

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