Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Indie Rockers Pinegrove Drop Off Snowed In Bill After Sexual Coercion Allegations

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 4:41 PM

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After Pinegrove singer Evan Stephens Hall, who says he committed an act of "sexual coercion," issued a lengthy apology for his actions on the indie rock band’s Facebook site earlier today, the band has canceled its fall tour.

It will no longer perform as part of the Snowed In festival that takes place on Saturday at the Agora Theatre, and Hall has said the group intends to take a lengthy break.

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In Advance of Janet Jackson’s Concert at the Q, Producer Jimmy Jam Talks About the R&B Singer’s Legacy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM

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James Samuel “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Steven Lewis, the American R&B production team that worked behind-the-scenes to turn Janet Jackson albums such as Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 into monster hits and reunited with Jackson for 2015’s Unbreakable, first met in the early ‘70s at a summer program at the University of Minnesota called Upward Bound.

“We were studying to be peer teachers,” says Harris during a phone interview to promote Jackson’s tour that comes to Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. “The concept was that if you learned math you would teach the grade below you math, and it would be easier for the kids to understand. I was always a good student, but I was horrible at math, and I had no clue why they chose me for the program. I was happy that they did. It gave me a better understanding of math. Even better, I met Terry."

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Jay-Z Motivates and Inspires During Engaging Concert at the Q

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

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There is an old adage suggesting that hip-hop is a young person's game and that the pioneers and forefathers who paved the way for the new generation of upstarts should quietly make their way to the land of retirement — Jay- Z never got that memo.

The soon-to-be 48 year-old rapper and businessman recently released his 13th solo album, 4:44, to nearly universal praise from critics and fans alike for the album's abundant peek into the personal life of Jay-Z. The 31-date North American tour pulled into the Q last night with support from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.

The crowd was still filing into Quicken Loans Arena as Mensa went through a suite of about six or seven songs including "Didn't I (Say I Didn't)." Toward the end of his set, Mensa brought out renowned Chicago poet Malik Yusef and implored fans in the audience to put their lights up for the victims of mass incarceration.

See more photos from the concert right here.

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Downtown PizzaFire Giving Away Pizza to Those in Need This Thanksgiving

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:15 PM

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Giving back to the community, the downtown Cleveland PizzaFire restaurant is once again offering free pizza for anyone in need on Thanksgiving. The offer only runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with employees fully volunteering their time for a couple hours on the holiday.

Last year, more than 500 customers were served fresh, free pizza, QSR Magazine reports. And as in the past, PizzaFire has alerted nearby shelters and non-profits to spread the word.

PizzaFire, which pumps out pies in three minutes thanks to an 800-degree Italian oven, is located at 236 Euclid Ave. next to the new Otani Noodle.
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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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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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