Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Road Trip Through the Smoky Mountains Inspired the Songs on Tori Amos’s New Album

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 5:25 PM

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Singer-songwriter Tori Amos’s 15th album, Native Invader, an “intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain,” as it’s put in a press release describing it, stems from a road trip she took through the Smoky Mountains. She wanted to reconnect with her mother’s family, who were from the area.

Just a year ago, Amos and longtime friend and manager John Witherspoon took that road trip as Amos, a North Carolina native whose maternal grandparents had Eastern Cherokee grandparents, sought to discover her roots. The venture became a formative experience and informs many of the tunes on Amos’s latest album, Native Invader.

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The Tragically Hip Singer Gord Downie Dies at Age 53

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Gord Downie performing at House of Blues. - JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
  • Gord Downie performing at House of Blues.
Last year, the Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie announced that he had an aggressive form of brain cancer. In the wake of that announcement, the band played a series of farewell shows and Downie hurried to record one more album.

Sadly, various news outlets have reported that the singer has died. He was 53.

Over the years, the Hip regularly included Cleveland as a tour stop. The band played here before it got big in Canada and continued to perform here even after it got big, turning the intimate club shows it played in town into real treats for Canadian fans who would usually just get to see the group when it played at Canada's big sports arenas.

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8 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 12:18 PM

  • Pamela Littky

Fall Out Boy/Blackbear/Jaden Smith

Bassist Pete Wentz has said that some of the songs that appear on the band’s forthcoming album, Mania, have been in the works for some time now. One good example: singer-guitarist Patrick Stump played him a working version of “Young and Menace” a couple of summers ago. But the band retooled it and finally released it this year. With its soulful vocals and pulsating synthesizers, it features a flurry of dub step beats that sound like they could have come from a Skrillex song. The jittery “The Last of the Real Ones,” another single from Mania, features upper-register vocals and a catchy piano riff. Expect to hear those tracks and more at tonight’s show, the first date of a fall tour that promises to be an elaborate affair. (Jeff Niesel) 7:30 p.m., $30.50-$70.50. Quicken Loans Arena.

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Old School Punk Rock Inspired the Grecian Rock Act Barb Wire Dolls

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 9:43 AM

  • Adrenaline PR
Like so many cutting edge bands that came before them, Barb Wire Dolls got by with a little help from a certain Rodney Bingenheimer. Before most Americans knew anything about the Grecian punk rock act, the influential DJ began playing the band's music on his radio program, subsequently building a stateside buzz for the indie act that had only self-released its albums at that point.

“Somehow, Rodney Bingenheimer discovered our music and starting playing us,” says singer Isis Queen in a recent phone interview. Barb Wire Dolls perform on Friday, Oct. 27, at Musica in Akron. “He discovered bands like David Bowie and the Sex Pistols and Guns N Roses. He got our music and started playing our demo on his radio show. That was the best thing that ever happened to us. He invited us to play a show in L.A. We accepted and sold everything we had right then and there [to get to the States]. We sold out the [L.A. club] Roxy and got signed by [Motorhead’s late singer-bassist] Lemmy Kilmister.”

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Bad Boys of Blues Will Bring Wednesday Jam Night to Smedley's

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 2:51 PM

After a brief summertime stint at Happy Dog, the Bad Boys of Blues will take their venerable Wednesday jam night to Smedley's in West Park next month. The music starts on Nov. 1.

If you've never been, you should amend that immediately. The Bad Boys of Blues play a set for the first hour, and they feature a special host each week as singer/guitarist/harmonica player/etc. After that set, the jam opens up to a series of ad-hoc bands who keep the music going into the wee hours.

Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments. Non-musicians are encouraged to come out and listen to the show.

If you want to play, you've got to see Michael Bay. If you don't, you've got to stick around all night. Those are the rules.

The move to Smedley's seems more in sync with the atmosphere of jam night, which was held on Wednesdays at Parkview Nite Club for 23 years before ending in March 2017.

The Bad Boys host Thursday jam nights at Brothers Lounge. In a 2013 feature about Bay, we wrote about some of the history behind the Bad Boys' jam night.

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Black Keys Singer-Guitarist Dan Auerbach to Issue New 7-Inch Compilation

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 2:25 PM

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Shortly after he moved from Akron to Nashville a few years back, Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach started recording the Black Keys and other acts at his Easy Eye Sound studio. With the release of his latest solo album, Waiting on a Song, he also launched his own imprint, also dubbed Easy Eye.

Now, Auerbach has announced that he’ll release a 7-inch sampler, Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1, on Record Store Day, which takes place on Friday, Nov. 24. The release will provide a preview of upcoming releases on Auerbach’s label and features “Cellophane Angel,” an exclusive and unreleased track that Auerbach recorded with the Preservation Hall Band. It also features Robert Finley's "Medicine Woman,” the first single from the blues singer-guitarist's forthcoming album, Goin’ Platinum!, and Sonny Smith's "Pictures of You."

Smith plans to release a full-length album on Auerbach’s label as well.

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Weird Al to Bring His Ill-Advised Vanity Tour to the Ohio Theatre in March

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 8:46 AM

A Weird Al Yankovic concert is more than just a concert. It’s an experience as Yankovic does a bit of everything. He changes into a countless number of different outfits and shows funny, home-made videos in which he takes clips of celebrity interviews and inserts his own colorful commentary, drawing from stand-up comedy and theater in the process.

But for his upcoming tour, dubbed the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, Yankovic will present a “stripped-down, no-frills production.” The set list will change every night, and the show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material.

Yankovic brings the tour to the Ohio Theatre on March 25. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday.

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