Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Live Nation Club & Theatre to Begin Booking Concerts at the Masonic Auditorium

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 6:08 PM

The same week that its rival promoter AEG Presents revealed millions of dollars of improvements to the Agora Theatre, Live Nation Club & Theatre, a division of Live Nation, has announced that it will start booking shows at the Masonic Auditorium.

Located in Midtown, the Masonic is literally walking distance from the Agora Theatre and will ratchet up the competition for bands that could fill either venue (both places feature rooms with capacities of approximately 2000).

The Masonic will become part of Live Nation “portfolio” of venues that includes House of Blues, Jacobs Pavilion and Blossom Music Center.

The press release announcing the partnership between Live Nation and the Masonic’s current owners, TempleLive, says that a new fall schedule with dates starting as soon as November (when renovations are scheduled to be completed) will be released shortly.

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Brooklyn-Based Charming Disaster to Join Local Vaudeville Duo Pinch & Squeal for Special Show at Good Goat Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:53 PM

  • Courtesy of Charming Disaster
Earlier this year, the Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster [pictured] came to Cleveland for the first time and performed at the Euclid Tavern with local author Brandy Schillace.

The band’s songs address themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology and the occult, and the group cites the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir fiction of Raymond Chandler, American murder ballads and the “dramatic flair” of the cabaret as inspirations.

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Minus the Bear’s Farewell Tour Coming to the Agora in October

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 1:10 PM

  • Courtesy of the Agora Theatre
Earlier today, indie rockers Minus the Bear announced they’ll call it quits at the end of 2018. The Seattle-based group, which released its most recent full-length, VOIDS, last year, will embark on one last tour before splitting up.

The jaunt comes to the Agora Theatre on Friday, Oct. 19.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.
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Indie Rockers Wilder Maker Seek Help in Recovering Stolen Gear

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 12:22 PM

  • Photo via Twitter
While backed into a spot in a Cleveland parking structure this weekend, the Brooklyn-based indie rock band Wilder Maker, who played CODA during Taste of Tremont on Saturday and then played Stone Tavern in Kent on Sunday, was robbed.

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Akron Recording Company to Host an Open House on Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 10:01 AM

  • Courtesy of Benjamin Patrick
An analog recording facility that prides itself on “combining the beauty of analog recording with the industry standard digital recording mediums to create a timeless sound,” Akron Recording Company will host an open house event at 6 p.m. on Friday. The event will feature performances by White Buffalo Women, Floco Torres, the Beyonders and Time Cat.

The studio recently moved to the Whitespace Creative building (243 Furnace St., Akron), a space that features a recording studio and live venue. Bands performing at the event are those featured on ARC’s newly released compilation album, Where the Hell is Akron, OH?

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Indie Rockers Snail Mail Transition from Opening Act to Headliner

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 9:31 AM

  • Michael Lavine
Lindsey Jordan isn’t your typical 19-year-old. Sure, she grew up in the suburbs, played sports, went to parties, graduated from high school and plays in a band, but she couldn’t be further from your average American teen.

Her full-length debut, Lush, is one of the strongest indie rock debuts in quite a while, and she was profiled by every publication from Rolling Stone to The New York Times. The album recently debuted at No. 46 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

During our phone interview, I have the pleasure of informing Jordan of the latter accolade for the first time, while she and her band were driving through Iowa in their tour van. “That is so cool! Jesus! Wow…OK cool! Wow! That’s really exciting," she says. "I can’t wait to text my dad and mom about that!”

Her response was one of the rare cases in which she actually sounds like a normal teenager, and much like her songwriting style, her pure, emotional reaction is anything but vain.

Jordan will bring Snail Mail’s raw, astute indie rock musings, melodic guitar know-how and bewildering level of emotional intelligence to Cleveland on Sunday, July 29 at Beachland Ballroom with support from Long Beard.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Alice Cooper Appears at the Rock Hall to Officially Open the New Pinball Machine Exhibit

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 4:41 PM

From left: Dennis Dunaway, Greg Harris and Alice Cooper. - HALLE WEBER
  • Halle Weber
  • From left: Dennis Dunaway, Greg Harris and Alice Cooper.
Earlier today, shock rocker Alice Cooper and bassist Dennis Dunaway, who played in Cooper’s band, both of whom were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2011, stopped at the Rock Hall where they held a press conference to announce the official opening of the new exhibit, Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball.

The interactive exhibit showcases rock-themed, playable pinball machines as well as merchandise and artifacts that explore the "artistic portrayal of artists and bands."

“Rock ’n’ roll and pinball have an intertwined history and share a great commonality,” said Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris, who later shared a personal story about having seen Alice Cooper perform in the early 1980s. “They were both going to lead us down a path of destruction and damnation. And they were both a helluva lot of fun. Pinball machines bring rock 'n’ roll alive. [Like rock ’n’ roll], they’re loud and noisy and electric.”

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