Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Perfect Circle Revisits Its Prog Rock Past for Wolstein Center Concert

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Even though A Perfect Circle singer James Maynard Keenan performed under dim lights that made it impossible to see his face last night at Wolstein Center, he still managed to have remarkable stage presence.

His ability to give a commanding performance from atop a small circular riser positioned at the middle of the stage was a testament to the sheer power of the Northeast Ohio native’s voice.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

Keenan, who alternately crooned and snarled, possesses a distinctive voice that has turned both APC and Tool, the hard rock band he also fronts, into commercial successes despite their experimental approaches.

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Bill O'Neill Writes Apologies for Sexually Charged Post That Drew Widespread Criticism

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Ohio Supreme Court Justice and gubernatorial candidate Bill O'Neill has spent the weekend apologizing for a Facebook post on Friday in which he boasted about sleeping with 50 "very attractive" women and "speaking on behalf of heterosexual males" in the wake of allegations against celebrities and politicians. The post drew widespread criticism, especially for conflating consensual sex among adults and sexual assault and harassment.

He has since spent the weekend apologizing (sort of) and attempting to clarify his comments. In a Saturday post to his Facebook page, O'Neill wrote: 

He followed that up with another apology this morning, apparently written before he headed to church.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Indie Rockers Parquet Courts Showcase Their Uptempo Style at Grog Shop Show

Posted By on Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 5:39 PM

Indie rockers Parquet Courts took the Grog Shop stage last night looking like members had just left an Urban Outfitters photo shoot, opened with a song about sweeping up dust (literally) and left the stage without playing one of their most popular hits.

This is the sort of odd show fans can expect of Parquet Courts, a post-punk quartet from Brooklyn, N.Y., which has risen through the indie rock ranks since breaking into the scene with 2012’s Light Up Gold.

Since Light Up Gold, the band has released four other full-length albums, including a joint project with Italian composer Daniele Lupi and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that dropped this year.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Update: Lorain Native Jaclyn Bradley Palmer Advances Past Her Blind Audition on 'The Voice of Holland'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 4:03 PM

  • Courtesy of Jaclyn Bradley Palmer
Lorain native Jaclyn Bradley Palmer has advanced past her blind audition on the Dutch version of The Voice.

Palmer sang  Natasha Bedingfield’s “These Words,” ending the song with a high note she says was supported by her opera training.

Coach Sanne (in Holland known as Miss Montreal) claimed Palmer for her team. Palmer will now advance to face an opponent in a singing battle on a future episode.

"When I stepped out on that beautiful stage and the lights and music hit me, all I had to do was sing my heart out… and that was something no language barrier could change,” says Palmer in a press release about her successful blind audition.

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Insiders, Pet Peeves and Glory Days — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:12 PM


Andre and Zac talk shop, play a little Glory Days and wonder if anybody is watching early college basketball.

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The 5th Annual Coventry Village Holiday Festival to Take Place on December 9

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 3:01 PM

  • Courtesy of Coventry Village Special Improvement District
An annual tradition that’s taken place for the past five years, the Coventry Village Holiday Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event will include complimentary photos with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch, ice carving demonstrations, a Coventry merchant holiday window contest, a Lolly the Trolley Holiday Light Tour, winter storytimes, holiday crafts, and live music and karaoke.

Coventry Claus will be on hand to lead an ugly sweater bar crawl.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Gubernatorial Candidate Bill O'Neill Writes About Sleeping With 50 Women, Wants to be Voice of 'Heterosexual Males'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:31 PM


That's Bill O'Neill, the only Democrat on the Ohio Supreme Court and a recently announced candidate for Governor. The dude's very big on weed.

In the wake of reports about sexual misconduct by Senator Al Franken and other meticulously reported accounts of abuse by prominent figures in the worlds of politics and entertainment — what O'Neill calls a "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago" — O'Neill saw fit to speak on behalf of "heterosexual males" everywhere.

But O'Neill makes a critical mistake in his stupid (and presumably satirical) post. (Update: It is not satirical at all. In an interview with, he confirmed the post was serious, defended Roy Moore, and said he wasn't sure the tally of 50 women was accurate because "he doesn't keep count.")
Indeed, a steamy hayloft tryst with a "gorgeous personal secretary," though pretty obviously fabricated (at least to some degree, I assume), is not at all what the "national feeding frenzy" is about. As reporter Jackie Borchadt notes in the tweet above, it's about assault. It's about a culture where sexual abuse has been accepted and sanctioned among society's most powerful men for decades.

Reporter David Dayen argues that the "feeding frenzy" has readily identifiable origins. (Read this thread):

We can for sure still talk about legalizing marijuana and battling the opioid crisis. But the conversation around sexual misconduct, and the culture that permits it, is necessary. Another Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful, Betty Sutton, announced yesterday that if elected, she would create a Sexual Harassment and Assault Office within the executive branch.

Bill's going to regret this post.

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