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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Lighthouse and the Whaler Releases Anthemic New Single

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 8:53 AM

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  • The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
The local indie rock act the Lighthouse and the Whaler just released its careening new single, the anthemic “When We Meet.”

The band wrote and produced the tune while in quarantine.

"'When We Meet' is a song about changing perspectives,” says singer Michael LoPresti in press materials. “It’s about focusing on a simpler mindset, making every moment count and caring more for the people I’m with than the things I can achieve alone. It’s been easy for me to get distracted in life, but the last year has taught me — and I’m sure many of us — that the people we can’t live without far outweigh anything else we could ever have."

Last year, the band issued new singles “Brothers” and “California Sun” as well as a new EP, Brothers (B-Sides). A full-length will arrive later this year.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Psychedelic Rockers All Them Witches Coming to the Beachland in December

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 3:06 PM

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  • All Them Witches.
Last year, the Nashville-based psych-rock quartet All Them Witches released its latest effort, Nothing As the Ideal, but couldn’t tour behind the album because of COVID restrictions.

Given the amount of touring the band usually does, it's hard to imagine how the act coped.

Assuming the pandemic continues to wane, the group — drummer Robby Staebler, singer-multi-instrumentalist Charles Michael Parks Jr., guitarist Ben McLeod and keyboardist Allan Van Cleave (who recently returned to the band) — will hit the road this fall.

The set of dates includes a Dec. 12 stop at the Beachland Ballroom.

Tickets to the All Them Witches show go on sale on Friday.

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Record Store Day Returns to Cleveland in 2021 with Two Drops of Exclusive Releases in June and July

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 2:21 PM

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Somehow even a pandemic couldn't stop Record Store Day in 2020, and the schedule for Record Store Day 2021 has been revealed, along with which shops in Cleveland will be taking part.

Caution still seems to be key for Record Store Day 2021, the annual spendapalooza for vinyl junkies. What used to be one day has — like last year — been subdivided into multiple drops, where quantities of select exclusives will be released in phases to participating record shops.

The main RSD drops this year are happening on June 12 and July 17. The list of exclusive releases that will be available on the two dates just dropped and it's a doozie, with exclusives from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, the Grateful Dead, Prince, Lady Gaga, Renaldo & the Loaf (!?) … and a Motley Crue cassette boxset, it has to be said.

Participating stores in Cleveland this year — tentatively, according to the official RSD website — include Loop, The Exchange(s), My Mind's Eye, The Current Year, The Vinyl Groove Records and others a bit further out.

Any sort of accompanying events — live music, etc. — are tentatively on hold until 2022, although nothing is ever set in stone these days.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Local R&B Artist Dre Walton Spreads Good Vibes with New Single

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM

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  • The cover art for Dre Walton's new single.

A U.S. Army veteran who’s aiming to become an R&B superstar, local singer-songwriter Dre Walton has just released the spirited new single “When We Dance.”

Produced by Cleveland native MattLightDaFlame (@MattLightDaFlame), the mid-tempo song begins with echoing vocals and percolating beats as Walton embraces positivity and the optimism that comes as winter turns to spring and spring turns to summer.

“'When We Dance' was created for the world," says Walton in an email exchange about the tune. "I feel with so much 'bad news' going on, I wanted to create a song that would make people all around the world feel good, make them dance, make them smile. This song is for people from all walks of life — short, small, all around the world!! I just want people to enjoy good music again — no violence or anything just genuine great music! I’d love for people around the world to smile and speak highly about 'When We Dance.'"

Walton, who’s been featured on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, has picked up some momentum ever since he teamed up with Tank and Sammie for their Out Savage Tour in 2017.

Just recently, he placed a tune on the NBA 2K21 Next-Gen soundtrack, and he also hopes to launch his own record label, Dream On Entertainment.

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Update: Murder by Death's 20th Anniversary Tour Coming to the Grog Shop in November

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM

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  • Mara Battiste
  • Indie rockers Murder by Death.
Update: Indie rockers Murder by Death had planned to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a 2019/2020 tour that included a stop at the Grog Shop.

That tour got cancelled, but the band has just announced a new set of dates and will now bring its 20th anniversary tour to the Cleveland Heights club on Nov. 14.

Original Post 10/4/2019: Louisville-based indie rockers Murder By Death will hit the road this year and next year to celebrate 20 years since they’ve played their first show. The band regularly performs at the Grog Shop and has included the Cleveland Heights venue on the itinerary. It’ll perform there on March 29.

Fans will curate the set list for the show, and the band will play songs from all eight albums in its catalog. Every ticket comes with a free zine that looks back at the band’s 20-year history. 

Last year’s The Other Shore, a "space-western about a ravaged Earth," sought to capture the mood of two lovers choosing separate paths, one who stays on Earth and one who leaves it.

“Don't miss this chance to sing along, stomp your boots, and sip your favorite libations in celebration,” reads the press release that the Grog Shop issued announcing the date.

Tickets are on sale now.

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Local Metalcore Act Addresses Closed-Minded Attitudes in New Single and Music Video

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 12:28 PM

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  • Cleveland-based Worth the Wait.
Originally founded in 2009 by two teenage friends, the local metalcore act Worth the Wait took its inspiration from its post-hardcore and metalcore predecessors. The band officially went into the studio to record its very first demo with Landon Tewers (the Plot in You) in 2010.

Several months later, they headed back to the studio to work with Nick Ingram at Capital House Studios. After gaining some success on Myspace and Facebook, the group contacted Saud Ahmed of the Crimson Armada/the Holy Guile and finished what would become their first independently released EP, Remembrance, which helped get them a gig on Vans Warped Tour.

After a six-year hiatus, the band has returned and recently released the new single "Obey/Decay" along with an accompanying music video. The song is entirely self-produced and recorded by the duo.

"This song reflects from the events of the past year, with almost a blind leading the blind message,” says singer Dakota Rose in a press release. “Some people have been so close-minded, and it’s somehow gotten much worse as of recently. When you follow so blindly, it will ultimately lead you to your own demise. I hope it's something that they can listen to and not feel alone in the situation. We hope they can better understand us within it as well."

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Update: Barenaked Ladies Postpone Their Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Show to 2022

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 10:22 AM

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Update: Barenaked Ladies originally intended to bring their annual Last Summer on Earth Tour with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in July of last year. After the pandemic hit, they bumped the entire tour to 2021.

They've now pushed the dates to 2022.

The 2022 jaunt still includes a Cleveland stop; however, and BNL will perform on July 2 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Tickets purchased for 2020 shows will reportedly remain valid for 2022.

Original Post 1/17/2020: Barenaked Ladies will once again bring their annual Last Summer on Earth tour to town this summer. The group performs on July 3 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket will join BNL for the gig.

"We're looking forward to getting back out on the Last Summer on Earth tour," singer-guitarist Ed Robertson says in a press release announcing the dates. "Having Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket out with us is going to be a blast. That's a LOT of hits per night!"

The group will also release new music in May.

This will be the sixth edition of the tour that the group founded in 2012, the year that the Mayan calendar predicted would be the last.

"We know the Mayan Calendar was wrong about the end of the world," adds Ed Robertson, "but could they have been THAT wrong?! C'mon out and rock with us like it's your Last Summer On Earth!"

The band also just launched Barenaked Bytes, the official Barenaked Ladies app. The app will have news, information, and merch, and fans who download the app will have first access to tickets and VIP packages starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Each ticket purchased will include a digital download of the forthcoming album. VIP packages and album digital downloads may not be available in all venues.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

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