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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Todd Rundgren Discusses His Career in Advance of the Concert/Book Tour That Brings Him to the Ohio Theatre on May 5 and 6

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 3:48 PM

  • Scott Sandberg
Earlier this year, singer-guitarist Todd Rundgren embarked on a 2019 concert/book tour that will bring him to the Ohio Theatre on Sunday, May 5, and Monday, May 6.

The tour supports Rundgren’s autobiography, The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations, and the show's setlist will feature songs from the inception of his musical career through 1996. The performances will also include segments during which Rundgren will tell the stories behind the songs.

In this recent phone interview, he talks about his storied career.

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Local Rapper YFL Kelvin to Release His Latest Def Jam Album Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 1:35 PM

  • Courtesy of Def Jam
An up-and-coming 21-year-old rapper from Cleveland, YFL Kelvin caught the attention of Def Jam and inked a deal with the iconic record label last summer. Some of his most popular singles have been "NASDAQ," "Wanna Flex," "Blessing" and "Bands on Bands on Bands."

Tomorrow, Kelvin will release Neva Lookin' Back, his first full-length album for the label, and he's celebrating with several events.

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5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 9:31 AM

  • Courtesy of RCA Records

Elle King/Barns Courtney

The daughter of Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider and model London King, singer-songwriter Elle King spent her early years in Los Angeles before her parents’ divorce sent her and her mother to southern Ohio. The small Southern town of Wellston figures prominently in her story; after years of searching for her own sound, King found herself back in the backcountry with her blues rock and bluegrass-infused debut album, Love Stuff. She comes to town tonight in support of last year's Shake the Spirit, which she's described as "a journey of finding self-love." (Bethany Kaufman), 9 p.m., $30-$35. Masonic Auditorium.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Gordon Square Arts District’s Musician-in-Residence Doc 'Dee Jay Doc' Harrill To Conduct a Hip-Hop Songwriting Project

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 2:51 PM

  • Courtesy of the Gordon Square Arts District
Founder of the locally based Refresh Collective, Doc “Dee Jay Doc” Harrill [pictured] will be the Gordon Square Arts District’s musician-in-residence for the second quarter of 2019.

During his residency, Harrill will work with community members of all ages to create Stories of Struggle and Success, a multi-generational, multi-skill level hip-hop project that'll open a community dialogue on issues such as addiction, abuse and bullying.

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Live Nation is Bringing Back Its $20 Summer Concert Ticket Deal

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:56 PM

  • Photo by Michael Pfeiffer
Live Nation is back for the fifth year in a row with its All-In Ticket, a deal sure to make even the most grizzled of concertgoer tear up just a bit.

In celebration of National Concert Week, the company is offering $20 tickets for more than 2,800 shows across the country, including Cleveland stops.

Some of the major local concerts include:
July 26 - Hootie & The Blowfish at Blossom
Aug. 4 - Heart at Blossom
Aug. 4 - KIDZBOP at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Aug. 6 - Breaking Benjamin at Blossom
Aug. 15 - Nelly, TLC, Flo Rida at Blossom
Aug. 19 - The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher at Blossom
Sept. 10 - The Head and the Heart at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sept. 30 - The Black Keys at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

This beautiful discount kicks off Wednesday, May 1 at 8 a.m. and runs through Tuesday May 7. Tickets are limited and, naturally, you may have to watch out for some added fees.

Find the whole list of concerts that apply to the deal right here. 

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Hitting the Grog Shop Soon, Evan Dando and Tommy Stinson Talk Touring Together for the First Time

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:18 PM

  • Courtesy of Dina Morales
  • Tommy Stinson
The Lemonheads and the Replacements both came out of the 1980s alternative rock scenes and left lasting impressions for the way they mixed punk with pop and rock.

The Replacements, who hailed from Minneapolis, and the Lemonheads, who hailed from Boston, would sign major label record contracts, and both would receive wider exposure via MTV.

While the Replacements have disbanded, bassist Tommy Stinson continues to tour and record. He comes to the Grog Shop on May 6 to open for the Lemonheads. And even though the Lemonheads lineup has shifted over the years, singer-guitarist Evan Dando still fronts the band as he did in the early days. The group just issued Varshons 2, an eclectic album of cover tunes, earlier this year.

In separate phone interviews, the two talk about their respective careers.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hippo Campus Brings Its Trippy Dream-Pop to House of Blues on May 6

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 8:28 AM

  • Pooneh Ghana
Hippo Campus wasn’t supposed to be called Hippo Campus. The name was a temporary place holder, lead guitarist Nathan Stocker says in a recent phone interview.

“It came to me in a dream,” says Stocker. “I think it was from God, or maybe Satan. I’m not sure.”

The concept was introduced to Stocker in psychology class, and he held onto it because brainstorming band names was far more interesting than learning about the brain.

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