Friday, November 16, 2018

Halestorm Singer Says She's Thrilled to Tour with Female-Fronted Bands In This Moment and New Years Day

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 2:39 PM

  • Jimmy Fontaine
Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale says she and her current tour mates, In This Moment and New Years Day, have talked about touring together for years. But the three hard rock acts, each of which features a female front person, finally got their schedules synced earlier this year to hit the road together.

They bring their tour to the Masonic Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26.

“We’ve known each other for years, and it was always something we talked about," she says in a phone interview. "We were always like, ‘What about next year?’ Finally, we did it kind of selfishly. I’ve never been surrounded by more estrogen on a tour. I can easily borrow eyeliner, and it’s been great. I don’t have to ask the one guy in the other band that wears make-up. I don’t think we realized how important it has been until we got out there and did it. We watch the audience and see these girls just owning their moments. It’s their show.”

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Canton Band Releases a Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:52 AM

  • Agape Photography
The Blue Winter, a new local band out of Canton that’s essentially a solo project for singer-songwriter Aaron Troyer, has released a few singles to date. The latest, a cover of the Fleetwood Mac tune “Landslide,” came out today.

“I take great joy in writing songs, and I shoot for honesty in each one,” says Troyer. “The songs often come from the ups and downs of my life, so hopefully, they feel sincere and accessible. [‘Landslide’] is one of my favorite songs of all time. I think the lyrics are relatable in a million different ways, and I decided to make it my first-ever recorded cover.”

The Blue Winter’s debut show takes place on Friday, Dec. 14, at Musica in Akron.

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9 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 9:29 AM

  • Courtesy of the Kent Stage

The Accidentals

We last saw The Accidentals in Cleveland on their tour with Keller Williams in early 2016. The show was great, and, honestly, they’ve pretty much been touring ever since — with no plans to slow down. The trio returns to Cleveland this week to showcase their chops and show off the material from their latest album, aptly titled Odyssey. It’s worth noting, if only because it’s such an interesting and obvious fact about the band, that musicians Sav Buist, Katie Larson and Michael Dause are only in their very early 20s. And they’ve been relentlessly touring for several years at this point. As a result, Odyssey is a culmination of the past seven years of being a band. (Eric Sandy) 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS.  The Kent Stage.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Coheed and Cambria to Play the Agora in February

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 5:04 PM

The progressive metal act Coheed and Cambria has just announced the dates of a new U.S. headline tour dates that kicks off in February. The tour supports the group’s latest album, The Unheavenly Creatures.

It will include a Feb. 26 date at the Agora Theatre. The indie rock act Maps & Atlases will open.

A fan club presale is currently underway. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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INKcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival to Return in 2019

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 2:18 PM

  • Chad Cochran
More than 30 bands performed earlier this year at the inaugural INKcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival that took place at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. The bill included acts such as Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Black Label Society, Clutch, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Living Colour and Alien Ant Farm, and the festival included over 70 booths featuring local and regional tattoo artists.

Organizers have just announced that the festival will return next year; it’ll take place on July 12, 13 and 14 and feature more than 30 bands. Additionally, the festival will once again feature over 70 tattoo artists from across the country, a large variety of food trucks and a “terrifying” haunted house attraction. The lineup of musical acts will be announced in January.

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Amy Ray Embraces Country and Draws From Her Punk-ish Past for Her New Solo Album

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 1:32 PM

  • Carrie Schrader
For more than 30 years, the Indigo Girls have been examining differences. “What separates me from you,” asks singer-guitarist Amy Ray in “Tried to Be True,” a track from the group’s 1989 self-titled major label debut. The pair have been longtime advocates, using their songwriting as a platform to explore a variety of topics and shine a light on different perspectives and important commentary.

Holler, the recently released solo album from Ray, finds the veteran artist continuing to dissect the world around her. “Sure Feels Good Anyway,” which leads off the record, grapples with the divide that sometimes exists right outside of the front door for Ray in her hometown of Dahlonega, GA.

“I have a certain sympathy with the people who are good people, but they still have a Confederate flag on their house. …My neighbors may have been racist and homophobic at one time, but I believe that people can change,” Ray says via phone. She performs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. “I also appreciate the fact that when I’m stuck in my driveway and don’t have enough horsepower to clear all the trees that have come down in an ice storm, those people come and help me.”

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Stella's Music Club to Launch Its Own Record Label

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 8:55 AM

  • Dan Cornelius
Stella’s Music Club, the new music venue located in downtown Cleveland, has just announced it'll launch a record label, simply dubbed Stella's Records, next month. Birds in the Boneyard [pictured], a pop-jazz-rock band from Queens that includes brothers Mikey and Petey Condoleon and drummer Teo Vanovski, came into town yesterday to discuss a possible record deal and perform at the club.

While in Cleveland, the band also met with locally based producer Jim Wirt (Incubus) and played a late afternoon set at Stella’s for members of the media and friends of the club's owner.

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