Wed - October 15, 2008

Melissa Etheridge @ CPT for Kucinich

Interesting... Wish I had the $50 to check this out. Well, maybe.

Thanks to Spangle for the heads-up!

Posted at 07:11 AM     |

Tue - July 15, 2008

Dar Williams coming to the Beachland!!

She's scheduled at the Beachland on Tuesday, September 16th.

AND is coming out with a new album. I don't think I could have received much better news this Tuesday morning.

Here is more info from her website:

Coming In September: "Promised Land"!

Dar Williams will release her first album of original material in over three years, PROMISED LAND, in September. With clean, driving production by Brad Wood (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins), the album features 12 songs that showcase Dar's signature wide range of stories and social themes on songs including "It's Alright," "The Easy Way," and "Buzzer." Dar also does a cover of "Midnight Radio" from the acclaimed rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as a cover of the Fountains of Wayne song "Troubled Times." Lending support on the album are such renowned artists as Suzanne Vega, Marshall Crenshaw, and Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks). Stay tuned for more details on this exciting new release!

UPDATE: Dar Williams tours into the 'Promised Land' (via LiveDaily)


Posted at 07:39 AM     |

Tue - July 8, 2008

OMFG! - $2 Tickets for Over the Rhine

I was already planning on going... but now I'm telling everyone and their brother!

I double checked and Ticketmaster already has them listed at $2, but screw that... just let me know and I'll ride my bike up to the box office and pick them up for you. If you're nice, I might not even ask you to pay me back.

From Cain Park:

5 Concerts at $2 each at Cain Park!

CLEVELAND, HTS - High price of gas keeping you on a tight budget? Looking for something inexpensive and exciting to do this summer? Cain Park’s answer to the tough economic times is a hip series of five concerts, each of which costs less than a gallon of gas!

Cain Park’s $2 Tuesdays series starts Tuesday July 15 at 8pm with Blue Lunch. This Cleveland-based eight-piece band plays 50s-era swing, classic R&B, doo-wop and jump blues and is backed by a powerhouse saxophone, trumpet and trombone section! the fun of a great outdoor concert for only a fraction of the price!

Upcoming concerts in the $2 Tuesday Series are:
Over the Rhine, July 22. Post-nuclear, pseudo-alternative, folk-tinged art pop.
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, July 29. Punk-classical-hillbilly-Floyd
JP and the Chatfield Boys, August 5. Bluegrass fused with jam, reggae and modern folk.
The Teeny Tucker Band, August 12. Spicy R&B an hot melting Soul

Tickets for all Cain Park events are available at the Cain Park Ticket Office, in person, by mail, by phone at 216-371-3000 or by fax at 216-371-6995 (please include full name, address, phone number, credit card number, and signature). All major credit cards accepted. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticketmaster Charge-By Phone at 216-241-5555 or 330-945-9400 (Akron), and online at

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Tue - July 1, 2008

Pitchfork Line-up Announced (UPDATED)

If you haven't seen it already... Click Here (updated link). El Guincho cancelled.

Posted at 04:27 PM     |

Mon - April 21, 2008

Neko's Out / Fiery Furnaces are In

If you have tickets, you're probably already aware - but Neko hurt her foot and won't be present at Cleveland's New Pornographers concert tomorrow night. :-( More info.

Also, the Fiery Furnaces perform this Wednesday (23rd) at the Spot here on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. I'm not seeing this listed on the Fiery Furnaces website, but I did get an email from JamBase confirming the date. Unfortunately (not really), I'll be seeing Feist at Playhouse Square (2nd row!) the same night, so I won't be able to make it.

Posted at 07:41 AM     |

Thu - April 3, 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss are coming!

Finally, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss have announced a Cleveland concert date.

Tuesday, July 15th 2008
Time Warner Cable Amphitheater @ Tower City

Plant And Krauss Announce Third Leg Of U.S. Tour
Wednesday, Apr 2, 2008 12:04PM

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have announced additional dates for their North American tour, which kicks off with a pair of shows April 19-20 at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, K.Y.

The new dates begin July 7 at the Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie near Dallas and wrap July 19 at Sommet Center in Nashville.

Other added stops include Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta (July 10), Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia (July 12), Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto (July 14), and Rupp Arena in Lexington, K.Y. (July 18).

Ticket for North American shows are available at

At each stop on the tour, which features a band led by T-Bone Burnett, fans can expect to hear songs from the critically-acclaimed album, Raising Sand, as well as selections from both Plant's and Krauss' catalogs

Posted at 07:47 AM     |

Thu - January 17, 2008

Cleveland Concert Update / Band of Horses, Wilco, British Sea Power, etc.

Hope this new year has been treating you well... Here's some exciting shows coming to the Cleveland area:

But FIRST! Let me say how excited I am to hear the Euclid Tavern is opening it's doors again!! I loved Light of Day back in the day, and I was bummed when I moved here and found out the bar was closed. Find out more here.

On to the Concert Updates:

Three Girls & Their Buddy (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Buddy Miller) @ the Allen Theater on Thursday, Jan. 24th. If you haven't seen these guys in the round before, it's a MUST!

Band of Horses, Cass McCombs @ Beachland Ballroom on Friday, Jan. 25th. SOLD OUT!!! (and for good reason)

Alanis Morissette @ Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday, Feb. 7th. This would be a free tickets only show for me, but I still pay attention to what she's doing.

Stacey Earle @ Beachland Tavern, Thursday, Feb. 7th. I haven't caught up with Stacey in a while, but you can't go wrong being Steve Earle's sister.

The Bravery @ Agora on Saturday, Feb. 16th. A little unsure about this show and their big-label ways...

Wilco @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 22nd. Need I say more?

Lucy Kaplansky @ Beachland Ballroom, Sunday, Feb. 24th. If she's touring on a new album, I'll definitely be there.

Limbeck @ Grog Shop on Tuesday, Feb. 26th.

Bob Mould @ Grog Shop on Saturday, March 8th.

British Sea Power @ Grog Shop on Wednesday, March 26th.

Explosions in the Sky @ Beachland Ballroom on Thursday, April 3rd.

Shows Elswhere:

Ani DiFranco @ Carnegie Library Music Hall on Sunday, March 2nd

Dolly Parton @ Benedum Center on Monday, March 3rd. VERY tempting.

Ani DiFranco @ Lifestyles Community Pavilion on Wed. March 5th.

New Pornographers & Okkervil River @ Carnegie Music Hall on Saturday, April 24th.

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Fri - December 21, 2007

Ani's on tour again!

Unfortunately no Cleveland stop this time, but definitely worth the drive to Pittsburgh or Columbus!

Posted at 07:13 PM     |

Sun - December 2, 2007

Free Tix to Jose Gonzalez & Cass McCombs!

Doing a little give away... Interested in see Jose Gonzalez & Cass McCombs at the Grog Shop on Tuesday night? Send me an email and I'll pick the winner on Monday (tomorrow) night and will let you know by 8:00pm. Send email to

I've heard lots of great things about Jose, but I have to say I'm equally excited to see Cass!

Check their music on MySpace:

José González /
Cass McCombs /

Posted at 01:51 PM     |

Tue - October 23, 2007

Sea Wolf Madness

It's been a long time since i've been this excited about a show (well, this and The Thermals show this Friday at the Beachland)! Sea Wolf is coming to the Grog Shop on Saturday, November 10th and you should definitely check them out. I've been listening to the new album and it's what I was hoping for. Thought I would post some news and free songs to get those concert-going gears greased...

Free songs over on MKOB (check out Middle Distance Runner):

Live Daily Article:

Sea Wolf rides 'River' on fall tour
October 2, 2007 06:10 PM
By Tjames Madison

Singer/songwriter Alex Brown Church and his indie-pop outfit, Sea Wolf [ tickets ], will mount a fall tour behind their debut album, "Leaves in the River."

The group--primarily a vehicle for Church's songwriting featuring a revolving-door cast of backup musicians--will kick off nearly two months of roadwork Oct. 3 in San Francisco. The Los Angeles-based band will hit around 40 cities on the trek, which includes 13 co-headlining dates with alt-rockers Nada Surf.

Singer/guitarist Church will be accompanied on the outing by the same group that appears on the album: guitarist Aaron Robinson, keyboardist Lisa Fendelander, bassist Theodore Liscinski, drummer Byron Reynolds and cellist Aniela Perry. All dates are shown below.

"Leaves in the River," which hit stores in late September, was produced by Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins), with assistance from engineer Jacquire King (Tom Waits).

Church initially came to Ek's attention in 2005, when some of the singer's early home recordings fell into the Seattle-based producer's hands, according to Sea Wolf's online bio. The amateur recordings were passed around to friends and acquaintances, leading to Church being invited to perform a month-long residence at Los Angeles club Spaceland late last year.

"The shows were so well received that things escalated pretty quickly," Church said in a press release. "By the second week, there was a line down the block. It was weird how, after years of struggling, it seemed to come together so quickly."

Sea Wolf's MySpace Page:
Check out the last time I saw them...

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Sun - October 21, 2007

Sondre Lerche's Coming Back

HOB strikes again... Sondre Lerche is coming back to Cleveland touring on his new soundtrack for the movie Dan in Real Life, but is coming back to the House of Blues as opposed to his previous shows being at the Grog Shop (bummer).

Details from LiveDaily:

Sondre Lerche backs soundtrack release with fall dates
October 2, 2007 06:10 PM
By Tjames Madison
LiveDaily Contributor
Singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche [ tickets ] celebrates his second album release this year with a November headlining run behind his "Dan in Real Life" soundtrack album.

The Norwegian performer, who recently completed a string of support dates for French electronic duo Air on their September slate in California, will kick off his headlining run Nov. 7 in Vancouver, with shows scheduled in 18 US and Canadian cities. All dates for the trek are included below.

The "Dan in Real Life" album hits stores today (10/2), with the Steve Carell-led movie of the same name coming to theaters Oct. 26. The disc features 11 new Lerche compositions, a duet with singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, a cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door," along with several tracks from the singer's previous albums. All original music on the set was self-produced by Lerche himself, as was A Fine Frenzy's cover of the lounge classic "Fever," which also appears on the album.

"Dan" director and co-writer Peter Hedges said in a press release that he listened to "500 different artists" while the movie was in pre-production, but kept returning to Lerche, who attended rehearsals with the actors before the start of filming.

Earlier this year, Lerche offered "Phantom Punch," his fourth studio album, which featured production from studio ace Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle & Sebastian) and a more prominent role for his backing trio, Faces Down.

"They've been with me for over six years now so we’re a fairly dynamic group," Lerche said of the group--guitarist Kato Adland, drummer Ole Ludvig Kruger and bass man Morten Skage--in a press statement. "Hoffer helped us get that intensity on tape. We tried to do a song a day, with me singing live on every take, just like in concert, searching for that one special take."
[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]
tour dates and tickets

November 2007
7 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Red Room
8 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
12. 13 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
16 - Austin, TX - The Parish
18 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
19 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
20 - Chicago, IL - Park West
21 - Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room
22 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
24 - Montreal, Quebec - Le Gymnase
25 - Boston, MA - Paradise
26 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
27 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
28 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe LIve
29 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's

Posted at 03:21 PM     |

Thu - September 6, 2007

Cleveland Concert Updates / The Thermals, Jens Lenkman, Peter Bjorn & John, Guster, Sea Wolf, Rosanne Cash, etc...

UPDATE! I realized I forgot to check my iConcertCal (a kick-ass iTunes visualizer), and have a couple more dates to add...

This is going to be a crazy-busy Fall for shows. It's depressing knowing that I won't get to make it to all of them, but hopefully you will! Here are the newest additions to my Concert Calendar. Check it out to see the full list of good shows coming.

Guster @ Kent State University's Student Center on Monday, October 1st. Too bad it's at another University. Still bad memories of seeing them at John Carroll.

The same night, Regina Spektor will be at the Cleveland Agora. Kind of a strange venue for her, but I'm diggin' the new album!

Josh Ritter @ Beachland on Thursday, Oct. 11th. I'm really enjoying his new album, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Pop over to his website to hear some tracks.

Erin McKeown @ The Winchester on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Here's my biggie... The Thermals are coming to the Beachland!! Friday, October 26th! In the Ballroom for $12. I am SOOO there.

Jens Lenkman @ Beachland on Thursday, November 1st - Same night as Tori Amos. I can't say I have much personal experience with Jens, but I do know he's a blogger's fav.

Bruce Springsteen @ Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, November 4th. Call me old school, but I'd be excited to go see a Bruce Sprinsteen concert. Unfortunately it's at the Q, and I'm sure the tickets will be outrageous. If you go, let me know how it is.

Rosanne Cash will be performing on Saturday, November 10th as part of the Kent State Folk Festival. The line-up hasn't been officially announced yet, but I've got connections. Actually, it's already on iConcertCal as well...

Again, on that same night I'm showing Sea Wolf is coming back to Cleveland at the Grog Shop. While I was all pumped & primed to see Rosanne that night, getting to see a full Sea Wolf set (if that's what this is) at the Grog Shop may trump that. We'll see. Maybe another Battle of the Bands.

Peter Bjorn & John at Beachland Tavern on Thursday, November 29th.

Posted at 07:52 AM     |

Wed - August 15, 2007

Thursday Night Battle: Modest Mouse vs. Au Revoir Simone

When I have a hard time making a decision, I make lists. (Hell, I make lists in my spare-time).

Modest Mouse / Band of Horses / Love as Laughter @ 7:00pm


Au Revoir Simone / Oh No Oh My / Tightrope Kaleidoscope @ 9:00pm

Pro Modest Mouse:
  • Modest Mouse is great.
  • Band of Horses!! I haven't seen them but I'd love to.
  • Would be an earlier night. For me it's more about Band of Horses, but would stay for as much of MM as I wanted.
  • Last two acts are great. Love as Laughter hasn't done much for me.
Pro Au Revoir Simone:
  • I like the new Au Revoir Simone album (though not as much as Band of Horses)
  • Would much prefer a night at the Tavern over Time Warner Pavilion (cheaper, closer)
  • A cheaper show. $8 vs. $27.50
  • Oh No! Oh My! seems like they would be good. A little disappointed with what I heard of Tightrope Kaleidoscope.
Ugh... any suggestions? Which would you pick? For those of you considering Modest Mouse... Check out my previous excitement over the concert announcement, as well as links to a great NPR review of the album.
For those of you considering Au Revoir Simone... You can check out their live show at Webster Hall via

Posted at 07:49 AM     |

Thu - August 2, 2007

Cleveland Concert Updates / Brett Dennen, Bishop Allen, Rosanne Cash, Ryan Adams, Loudon Wainwright III, Over the Rhine

Brett Dennen is coming back to NEOhio once again. This time he'll be at the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues on Sunday, September 16th. You can read about the last time I saw him in Akron.

Bishop Allen will be at the Grog Shop on Wednesday, October 3rd. I first heard of him releasing 1 EP per month. A couple tracks I heard I *really* liked and have been following him since. I think he's one of the best indie-pop artists out there now. I'm excited to see him coming to concert and finally releasing a full album. Unfortunately, this is the same night as Sea and Cake at the Beachland. Bishop's got my vote.

Here's a biggie. Even though they haven't released the full line-up for the Kent Folk Festival, thanks to Pollstar making me even more excited about it. Rosanne Cash will be peforming on Saturday, November 10th!

Another biggie!! Ryan Adams performing at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium!! He'll be there on Saturday, October 27th. A very appropriate venue.

Loudon Wainwright III will be coming back to the Kent Stage on Thursday, November 29th. He was great the first time I'd seen him, but not sure I'd drive back down again for a show mid-week.

Over the Rhine will also be coming to the Kent Stage the following night, the 30th. This might be one to go to. I saw them once at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, but it was late and I was lit. :)

Posted at 09:51 PM     |

Tue - July 31, 2007

Cleveland Concert Updates / The Killers, Of Montreal, Glen Phillips, SONiA & Disappear Fear, Tori Amos

As usual, these are updates to my calendar on the right... For a list of all shows, check there.

The Killers are coming! Friday, September 7th at the Wolstein Center. A bit unfortunate because that's the Friday night that we go back to the Black Swamp Arts Festival at my Alma Mater in Bowling Green, OH. While I would say that Killers trumps that Festival, they've gotten so big that I have a feeling the show (read: crowd) would be disappointing. Although, Hamell on Trial will be performing at BSAF, so I won't be without a good night of music.

Of Montreal will be at Hale's Gym (?) in Oberlin on Monday, October 8th! Sucks that I missed them at Pitchfork, but hopefully I can make this show.

Glen Philips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is coming to the Beachland (Ballroom) on Sunday, Oct. 7th. I've seen him come to the Beachland before, but never thought much of it. My friend Tim is highly recommending it, so I'll be going. His new album can be found on, so I'll be downloading it and checking him out.

SONiA & Disappear Fear will be there a week later, Sunday, October 14th in the Tavern. I was a big fan of SONiA back when she released Almost Chocolate and I was on my all Lesbian-folk kick. Though I think I'll have to catch up on what she's been doing and make sure is worth seeing again. But for as radical and crunchy as she is (and for $10 and being in the Tavern) it's more likely.

Tori Amos on November 1st. Venue TBD.

Posted at 07:00 AM     |