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Friday, July 10, 2020

Mahall’s 20 Lanes To Launch Virtual Artist Talk Series

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM

  • Courtesy of Mahall's 20 Lanes
  • Dr. Mary Weems
Over the past several years, Andy Schumann worked locally as what he describes as “a rogue operative,” booking indie rock concerts at various venues in town.

Earlier this year, he gave up that gig to work at Mahall’s 20 Lanes, the indie venue/bowling alley located in Lakewood. Mahall’s has hired him as an assistant talent buyer.

“I got involved in playing in playing in bands when I was in college,” says Schumann via phone. “I used to play at all these weird spots. My first show was at Super Electric’s pinball parlor in the 78th Street Studios. I hit them up at playing a show there and have had this habit of doing things like that. I had gotten into playing shows in unconventional spaces. When that wore off because it was so complicated, I started doing events that were compelling in different ways.”

After hosting a battle of the bands at Mahall’s last year, he befriended the owners and got hired as an assistant talent buy earlier this year.

Later this month, Schumann will launch a new Artist Talks series at the venue. He and Kelly Flamos, one of the venue’s owners, came up with the concept.

Teamonade’s Osi Okoro and the Katy’s Cathalyn will collaborate during an event on July 24, Malaz Elgemiabby, the Sudanese-born designer who interviewed more than 220 people to help design Ohio City's Riverview Welcome Center, is slated for July 29, Quartez Harris, writer-in-residence at Twelve Literary Arts, poet, and schoolteacher in the East Cleveland Public School system who writes on “the plight of black and brown students in urban public schools coupled with personal accounts of teaching in an urban public school district,” will team up with Raja Freeman on Aug. 8, and the indie acts Uno Lady and LaToya Kent are on the bill for Sept. 10.

Dr. Mary E. Weems, the playwright who penned Karamu Houses’s Freedom on Juneteenth, and Phil Metris, another PhD., will speak about “the language arts as a political act” on Sept. 25.

“Mahall's is entering the dawning of a new age, transitioning from hosting jam-packed concerts and dances to highly limited capacity workshops, discussions and performances,” says Schumann. “We wanted to find a way to have shows in the time of COVID. In the past, we wanted to pack people in like sardines. We want to turn things on their head but still be intimate without people being close to each other. We also want to take advantage of a time when national acts aren’t touring to show off local bands.”

The shows will be virtual, and audience members can purchase tickets online and tune into an intimate Zoom call featuring conversation, performance and collaboration between two artists that admire each other. Ticket proceeds will benefit the artist until they hit a specific number. The club aims to use any profit to ensure it can stay open and keep on hosting events.

“These events have the power to break down barriers of class, race, gender,” says Schumann. “It’s important to increase accessibility to world-changing stuff happening in Cleveland, and it’s important to have people of all races, mobilities, classes, sexualities and genders from the Cleveland area participating.”

Once it’s safe to do so, the club hopes to invite a live audience to the events.

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Update: Goo Goo Dolls Reschedule Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Concert for August 2021

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 11:26 AM

  • Ed Gregory & Dan Cooper
Update: Goo Goo Dolls have just released the deluxe edition of their 12th studio album, Miracle Pill, and, in the wake of a canceled 2020 tour, the band also announced new dates for its 2021 North American tour, including a stop at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica that'll take place on Aug. 11, 2021 (a makeup date for the Aug. 12 show that has been postponed).

The special edition of Miracle Pill features three never-before-heard tracks including “Just A Man,” “The Right Track” and “Tonight, Together” as well as the newest single “Fearless.”

Original Post 2/4/2020: Earlier today, Goo Goo Dolls announced a summer 2020 headlining tour in support of their new album Miracle Pill. Lifehouse and Forest Blakk will provide support for all of the shows on the run.

The tour comes to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Aug. 12.

Exclusive fan presale and VIP on-sale ticket options will be available beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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

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Local Indie Rockers Cereal Banter Rely on 'Intuitive Chaos' For Their New Album

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 9:14 AM

  • Brad Williams
Inspired by the Flaming Lips’ album Embryonic, multi-instrumentalist Joseph Joseph formed the psychedelic rock band Cereal Banter in 2010. With the group’s debut single, “Edible Confetti,” a song that features squiggly guitar riffs and echoing vocals, the band set out to show just how off-kilter it could be.

A decade on and several lineup changes later, the group continues to push boundaries, and the band has just released its latest long player, Dethtrep, which it recorded in two stages.

The even numbered tracks were recorded at Tri-C last spring. 

“We were offered a chance to record a few tracks for free,” says Joseph in an email exchange. “We had a bunch of riff ideas and hummable melodies, but no real song structures. After a few days, we chopped and mashed the best takes together, structured how they should segue together, and we came out with three sturdy rock songs. 'Death Trip '94' has a total '90s rock feel straight out of Lollapalooza, which ostensibly sets the tone for the conceptual approach, and the visual aesthetic for this era."

The odd number tracks were recorded during quarantine at Joseph’s home studio, Busted Utility Studio. One of the best of these songs, album opener "Tour de Farce" starts with rattling percussion and slowly builds with Sonic Youth-like intensity.

“This is Cereal Banter at its quintessential core: uninhibited and fierce performances without form or fear,” says Joseph. “There's many of these types of recordings all over the CB catalogue, and they always seem to represent a side of us that resonates with real music fans, jazzheads, and people that appreciate 'guys that can play' among all the crashing cymbals and sounds of the cosmos. This is the 10th year CB has been making music — it's good to finally realize why we're doing it, mostly for ourselves, and how we're doing it in such a way that makes us an anomaly in the rock scene; with the least amount of planning possible.”

Cereal Banter remains an acquired taste, and that’s not likely to change with this email. But Joseph remains committed to the group.

“The thing that keeps me and [singer-bassist] Nick [Gunzburg] doing Cereal Banter is the unspoken language we have while playing together,” he says. “Once we kick on the power, we just go for it — very few details are discussed about when moments shift, shape, or when sections go from destructive vs. delicate. So what you hear in 'Tour de Farce' and 'Bubblegum Grunge' are improvisational, one-take, zero-overdub rippers. After hearing those two tracks especially, and 'Apocalympics (prism 2),' I knew they were strong enough to anchor the album into place. This is mostly how all our records are balanced: some planning with mostly intuitive chaos."

Joseph says the next album, which he hopes to release in early 2021, will likely have a "'live' freeform feel across the board and into the void.”

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Red Rose Panic to Livestream Concert From Jilly's Music Room on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 10:31 AM

  • Courtesy of Red Rose Panic
The Akron-based hip-hop group Red Rose Panic first launched a couple of years ago as a duo. Best friends for years, Luminari and Styxx began performing together and even recorded an EP together before they recruited the group's other members.

They were supposed to have a busy spring and summer, but like many local acts, they've had to cancel some of its biggest shows of the year due to coronavirus concerns.

As a way of keeping active, the Akron group will perform its first-ever livestream at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday from Jilly’s Music Room in Akron. It’ll mark the band’s first show after performing at BriteWinter Festival in February before things went south.

“The show will feature multiple camera angles and premium sound,” says Luminari. “You can access the show via Jilly's YouTube or Facebook — it'll be streamed simultaneously via restream. Expect a mix of jazz, hip-hop and a bit of funk!”

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Rock Hall Cancels Live Event for This Year's Inductions

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 11:16 AM

  • Courtesy of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock Hall has just announced that its inductions that were bumped from May to November due to coronavirus concerns will no longer be a live event. Instead, the 2020 Inductees will be honored with a special program that will air on HBO and stream on HBO MAX at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.

The program will celebrate the "impact" and "influence" of this year's inductees, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex as well as Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.

“To protect the health and safety of our Inductees, their families, crews and our attendees, we’ve made the decision that the scheduled live event is not possible,” says John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, in a press release. “Together with HBO and executive producer Joel Gallen, we will still create an exciting program honoring our 2020 inductees, by telling the stories of their incredible contributions to music and impact on a generation of artists that followed them.”

The Rock Hall's 2020 Inductee exhibit will still debut at the Rock Hall on Aug. 14, and the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place in the fall of 2021 in Cleveland.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

New Night Demon B-Side Features Previously Unreleased Song Recorded Live at the Beachland in 2017

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 10:18 AM

The metal band Night Demon has just released a new single, “Vysteria,” and the B-side, a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years,” represents the lone previously unreleased track from a 2017 set that the band played at the Beachland Ballroom as part of the annual Cleveland Metal Holiday fundraiser.

Iron Ingo Stührenberg, a music critic from Wiesmoor, Germany, hosted the event that year and was onstage to bring the band back for an encore. A portion of his intro is included on the single.

The 7-inch vinyl version of “Vysteria” features an exclusive mix by producer Randy Burns (Megadeth, Possessed, Nuclear Assault, Dark Angel, Kreator and Death). His mix is completely different than the mix featured on the digital/video version of "Vysteria," which was handled by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.

Although "Wasted Years" has sporadically been featured as an encore to Night Demon's live performances, this version was Night Demon's final encore from the Beachland gig, and it’s the only track from the show that wasn’t released on the 2018 live album, Live Darkness.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Update: David Gray's White Ladder 20th Anniversary Tour Now Coming to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in July 2021

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 4:35 PM

  • Courtesy of Live Nation
Update: Due to coronavirus concerns, singer-songwriter David Gray has rescheduled the dates of his 2020 North American tour.

He'll now perform on July 17 of 2021 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

Original Post 11/1/2019: Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter David Gray has just announced plans for a 2020 North American tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his best-known album, White Ladder.

He’ll perform on July 14 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

“What happened with White Ladder involved more than music,” says Gray in a press release announcing the tour. “It was a sort of heart and soul moment of total surrender for everybody involved, for me and the audience. That was it. It doesn't get any better than that.”

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