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I Can't Remember If I've Used This Title Already: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 51

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Bulsch - Tartington - Blow Blood Records - 4 songs - 7", download

If you're not familiar with Bulsch, they're a band featuring members of Cruelster, The Roobydocks, Real Regular, etc. That's the most mild way of describing them. Bulsch's deal is that all their songs are in their own special language. This particular record of theirs was originally released on cassette by Saucepan, here released on vinyl by your favorite local Australian/Canadian label. "Tartington" is probably the band's best song (tied only with "Cundaloovian"– when's that coming out on vinyl?), so it makes total sense that it's the main track. After somewhere between fifteen seconds and a minute and a half of super catchy punk that makes you wanna sing along (And you can! It's got lyrics!), a zero-effort guitar solo brings the track to an abrupt conclusion. My favorite part of "Bobby Poppa" is when the suspense really builds up and then everything drops out but the bass, only for the singers (plural– there are three of them, they sing in unison) to yell something (I think it's "the," but it might be "gulch") and everything comes right back in. "Pon Toeleen" is mostly worthy of note for the guitar solo, during which the band throws around their trademark "ee oo" quite a bit– Joe (or Ton, rather, as the insert finally reveals which band member is which) throws in a particularly disgusted sounding one. If for whatever reason it hasn't struck you yet, the slow "dun dun dun-dun dun dun" part in "Inee Inee Outbawl" for some reason really drives home how sublime the whole thing is. And sure, maybe this whole thing is completely incomprehensible, but there you are pogoing and yelling "Tom-Sharpman-Samminrah!" along with the rest of them by the end of the record. That said, what the world really needs is the Bulsch concert film ("Enjoy Cleveland" doesn't count). You're kinda missing out. 4/5

(blowbloodrecords.bigcartel.com for the record, bulsch.bandcamp.com to download)

 

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Beck Center Brings The "City Of Angels" To Lakewood

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present "City of Angels," winner of 6 Tony Awards³ including Best Musical and Best Original Score. This acclaimed film noir musical runs July 7 through August 13, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Yikes: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 50

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Magic City - Magic City - Blow Blood Records - 4 songs - 7", download

Magic City, along with The Roobydocks and Heavenly Queen, was one of my favorite new bands of 2016. This is their debut vinyl offering. "Free" is a great late-'70s style punk rocker with wah-wah'd out guitar and great energy. I know that's reviewer-type garbage to say it has "great energy," but it really does. I'm just stupid and can't think of a better way to say that. "Oogha Boogha" is a somewhat slower hard rock tune– indie rock fans may listen to the drumming and go "hey, that sounds familiar." Just kidding, indie rock fans probably won't listen to this. "Kay" on the flip is another solid hard rock/punk song, followed by "Monster," which features some great saxophone squawking as a bonus to the already solid song. Though all four songs on this are pretty good, I think "Monster" and "Free" are really the essential tracks. Lyrically, it might not be quite what you expect from the members of the band– there's no aliens or babbling like you might expect when hearing that there's a Darvocet and a Bad Noid in this band– but that's because the vocalist (I assume she writes the lyrics, too, but I'm probably wrong) wasn't in either of those bands, and in fact has never been in any band before. Nevertheless, Julia does a great job at doing her own thing. I really wish they'd re-press their cassette, or put it on LP or something, but this 7" is quite a fine substitute. 4.3/5

(blowbloodrecords.bigcartel.com for the tape, blowbloodrecords.bandcamp.com to download)

Perverts Again - My Accident - Total Punk Records - 2 songs - 7"

I think the wait for the new Perverts Again record has been entirely too long. So was it worth it? I'd say so. The two songs here, "My Accident" and "My Embarrassment," are sort of thematically linked, as the titles imply, in that they're both about situations you really wouldn't wanna find yourself in. "My Accident" is about a visit to the

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Exquisite Corpse Project

Exquisite corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

Wonderful Horrible Fest

Were you at Horrible Fest this year? No? Well, you probably should’ve been, since supposedly it was the last one. While I don’t believe that for a second, there’s always the possibility. Lots of Lakewood bands and personalities were featured, hence why it’s appearing here in your community newspaper. Once again, I was there, and here’s what I saw. 

Thursday night (which they supposedly weren’t gonna do this year), which wasn’t technically a part of Horrible Fest but a “pre-party.” I had thought the triumphant reunion of Brainwashed Youth (original lineup!) would probably be the main event, but they played first. Dumb punk. They were too good at playing. I wanted sloppier. Mourning A BLKstar, a band that I had heard was revelatory, played next. I did not feel that they were revelatory. After them was the band I was really there to see, Perverts Again. Maybe the best P.A. set I’ve seen yet? They played Billy Joel’s “My Life,” which was as good as seeing Shitbox Jimmy play “Fox On The Run” earlier in the month. Real Regular closed out the evening with their signature dumb punk (man, a lot of dumb punk bands at this show except for that second group). They did that terrible ‘90s song “I want to get away, I want to flyyyyyy away.” It sucked, which probably means it was what they wanted.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

Celebrate Summer At Beck Center

There’s something for everyone at Beck Center…especially during the summer. From June through August, Beck Center offers exceptional theater on two stages, exciting summer camps and classes, community events, and more. Discover what’s best for you below!

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

Victoria Price's Learning To See: Postcards From The Road

Since childhood, Victoria Price has always loved capturing images of her travels. However, she never thought of herself as a photographer. Instead, she calls herself an amateur, in the true sense of the word -- a devotee and admirer of photography and photographers. In 2011, Victoria began what has become a seven year journey of mostly living on the road for her work. The images she captures inspire her to keep looking at the world with fresh eyes and continually to try to see anew. Through the eyes of love.

She frequently revisits photos she has taken, in order to "listen" to what they are telling her. She then incorporates what she has heard into the images themselves. In that intersection of the verbal and the visual, she finds new inspiration -- new ways of being present to what is.

Victoria Price is an inspirational speaker, writer, art historian, art consultant, designer and interspiritual/interfaith minister.

Victotia tries to live her life by credo of one of her favorite poets, Mary Oliver:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

After years of showing the work of other artists in her own gallery, creating a show of her own work at the good goat gallery is a dream come true.

Victoria's new book, This One Brave Life, will be published in February 2018. To find out more, please visit victoriaprice.com.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

One More Time! OK, Again!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 49

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Goldmines / Shitbox Jimmy - Goldmines / Shitbox Jimmy - Quality Time Records / Wax Mage Records - 7 songs (3 Goldmines, 4 Shitbox Jimmy) - 12", download

Let me start off this review by saying I have no idea what band is supposed to come first here. While the album cover lists Goldmines first, the runout etchings say that Shitbox Jimmy's side is A. For my more casual readers (i.e. the ones that have never spoken to me in person), this annoys me more than you could possibly fathom. I guess I'm going with Goldmines for now, but that could change. As someone who wasn't head over heels for Goldmines' previous 12" like it seemed like a lot of people were, Goldmines do one heck of a job here. "We Real Cool," with choruses based on the poem of the same name, has lots of guitar from Mandy Look and Jeanna Lax, which is always appreciated. Meanwhile, Roseanna Safos (you may remember her from every other band she's also in) really kills it on the drums with an especially bombastic performance while Heather Gmucs holds it all down with a darn good bassline. It's mega catchy and I would go so far as to say it's Goldmines' best song. Though the two songs that follow it don't quite live up to all that, they're both still good. "Shadow" is another catchy indie rocker, with an instrumental bit that kinda reminds me of "Psychotic Reaction" for some reason. Something about the rhythm, maybe? "Not The Lion" has got a cool ominous melody that's both sung and played by the lead guitar. I think Goldmines go three for three here. Like 'em or not, I think it's undeniable that they have some darn catchy tunes. Then ya flip the record over and Shitbox Jimmy start their side of things with an utter killer as well. "Later" is just about everything you'd want in a power pop song. It's just a crusher. On "Try Save," they get a little more garage-rockin' but it's still mega pop, and Joey Nix reminds you that just because he's playing power pop these days doesn't mean he's a wimp, he can still belt it. I like the lead guitar on the chorus– actually, I like almost everything about this song. They're really taking things in a power pop direction these days as opposed to their earlier straight garage rock sound. I suspect (actually, I don't need to suspect, I confirmed this) that Drew (that's Ritchey, the one who plays guitar and sings sometimes, not Siegel, the one who plays drums) is at least a little responsible for this. Their third tune here, "Do You Wanna" is probably the weakest song on the whole record, but for a weakest link it's still a pretty good song. I do like the little quiet part, though this tune and the last one, "Teenage Daughter" prove that even the clean, bright production that John Delzoppo did here can't render what Joey's saying comprehensible. Oh well, that's just part of his charm.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

Beck Center Dance Education Presents Bi-Annual Dance Concerts

Beck Center's popular bi-annual dance concerts return this spring to the Mackey Theater. All students from the Dance Education Program at Beck Center participate in two uniquely different dance concerts the first two weekends in June. Tickets are on sale now.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

I Got Your Choice Quote Right Here: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 48

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Fascinating - Picture This - Quality Time Records / Jurassic Pop - 8 songs - 12", download

It seems like it's been not very long at all since "Dice Game," Fascinating's previous record, was released, but hey, what can be said other than that Ricky Hamilton is a super prolific dude. The first thing I notice about the first track "Catholic Sun" is that the production of the vocals has improved since "Dice Game." That's a step in the right direction. You gotta find the balance between too noisy and too polished. "Catholic Sun" is a good catchy pop rock tune. The "do do do" backing vocals are a nice touch. Longtime Quality Time fans will remember "It's Gone" from Ricky's solo cassette that came out at the end of 2016, but I think this version trumps that one. The guitar leads are especially cool on this one. I'm gonna miss lead guitarist Alfred Hood on the next Fascinating record, though I'm sure his replacement Adam Spektor (who is somewhat inexplicably pictured on the insert, despite not playing on this record) will do an admirable job filling his shoes.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:05 PM, 05.16.2017

This Year's Horrible Fest: A Delightful Preview

The annual (Not) Horrible Fest is upon us once again. Several days and nights of rock 'n' roll, mostly at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave.). For those who feel like you may be interested, here’s what’s gonna be going on. 

Thurs., May 25

Before the real fest even starts, there’s a pre-fest party at Now That’s Class, featuring the original lineup of local legends Brainwashed Youth making a rare appearance. Opening will be two other cool local bands, Saucepan Records’ own Real Regular and Perverts Again, for whom this show will double as a release party for their new single, “My Accident,” on Total Punk Records. 

9 PM - $5 / free with weekend pass

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.16.2017

"Really Really" Makes Regional Premiere At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents the regional premiere of "Really Really" June 2 through July 2, 2017 in the Studio Theater. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A post–performance Talk–Back focusing on the various themes within the play will take place in partnership with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Saturday, June 17. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: REALLY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by June 1. This production contains adult language and content.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.16.2017

Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy Enrolling Students For Summer Camp

Looking for something new and exciting for your kids to do this summer? Tired of the same old summer camp activities? Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy wants to unleash your child's inner Spielberg. The new film school for kids, opening in Lakewood later this year, is hosting its annual Summer Filmmaking Boot Camp where kids ages 12-17 will spend two weeks learning to write, direct and edit their very own movie that will be screened at the Capitol Theatre on July 6.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

[Your Title Here!]: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 47

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Air Sicily - Sexy Eurobeat Vol. 1 - Objectively Good Records & Tapes - 5 songs - Cassette, download

Astute readers may remember that I've already reviewed this cassette. However, this is a brand new reissue of it, dubbed at a higher quality and, on my end, listened to through better speakers. I thought about just publishing the old review again, but where's the fun in that? I might as well go on about this new one for a while. I know for sure that local radio personality Jack and occasional door guy Noah are on this tape, but I'm told that Quality Time Records' own Ricky Hamilton was also involved, so there you go. You may be surprised to learn that this tape is exactly what I said it was before: 4 "music" tracks (I'm counting the rambling intro as a separate thing entirely; you may decide not to) of noisy punk no wave. At its root, it's solid punk. There's just a bunch of noise on top of it and Jack muttering incoherently. There's my biggest complaint: I can't understand a word he says during the songs, due to the effect on his vocals. I know that was completely intentional, but based on the intro, I'd think he'd have something interesting or at least entertainingly inane to say. Oh well. Next time around. My pick is the first track (the one after the intro, I mean). Or maybe the intro itself was my favorite. I don't know, you're just gonna have to listen yourselves and find out what I'm talking about, because even I don't know anymore. What did I give this last time? 4, I think. 4.1/5

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

Beck Center Announces 2017- 2018 Theater Season

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 professional theater season filled with their signature eclectic titles that include classics, a regional premiere, and the seventh collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theater program as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of HAIR.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

WordStage Literary Concerts Presents - The Literary Legacy Of The Beat Generation

Like the French Impressionist artists of Paris, the Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later. The term “Beat Generation” gradually came to represent an entire period in time, but the entire original Beat Generation in literature was small enough to have fit into a couple of cars.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

"Cincinnati Meets Cleveland" Features Players From Two Great Orchestras

Both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1895, and The Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, have long musical traditions deeply rooted in their respective city’s histories. It was a young conductor named Nikolai Sokoloff who led a series of summer concerts in Cincinnati during the summer of 1918 and from there was engaged to come to Cleveland, eventually becoming the first music director of The Cleveland Orchestra in the fall of 1918. 

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

North Coast Needlers Quilt Show

North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild presents its 15th biennial quilt show, "My Favorite Chix are Quilters!" Over 250 quilts will be featured, ranging from traditional and contemporary to modern and art quilts, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Many of our members are award-winning quilters!
 
Quilts will be exhibited in the airy rotunda of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Boulevard, Westlake, on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. Show hours are 10-5 both days. A beautiful red and white guild-made quilt will be raffled off on Sunday afternoon. 
 
Expanding on the show's theme will be a series of challenge quilts, "Chix Run Wild" and a block contest display. The contest blocks will be crafted into a "Chix For Kids" quilt for this year's donation recipient, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. A special show event is "Adopt a Chix," with proceeds from the "adoption" of stuffed "Chix" also donated to Northeast Ohio Adoption Services to further their work placing children with loving families. 
 
Rounding out the show will be a boutique offering handcrafted items for sale, a quilt-side cafe, and a vendor mall featuring local and regional dealers. Admission donation is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, ages 10 and under free. More information can be found on the North Coast Needlers website www.ncnquilt.com.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

What Did You Say To Me?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 46

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Archie & The Bunkers - Live At Third Man Records - Third Man Records - 2 songs - 7"

The right way to take in Archie & The Bunkers is live, so I appreciate that there is now a live Archie record. This record is recorded pretty darn well (as are most of these Third Man live records, I take it), so that's cool. "She's A Rockin' Machine" is a decent garage rock tune. It's previously unreleased as well, so there's a bonus for all you Archie collectors out there. Although I know that it is an unpopular opinion, I think it would be improved with the addition of a guitarist. That isn't a dig at Cullen's organ playing skills, which improve even more with every passing record, I'm just saying. Still an alright song. "Mystery Lover," on the flip side, is my pick here. A more menacing sounding organ riff really makes it. It might be one of their best songs, and this is a quite good performance of it (topping the one on the "Mystery Lover" 12", I'd say). Though I like this record, it really just makes me want a full Archie & The Bunkers live LP. When's that coming out? 3.9/5

(thirdmanrecords.com or if you want the exclusive limited edition blue vinyl version, it's available exclusively at My Mind's Eye or from the band)

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

GV Art + Design: A Lakewood Institution

It’s no surprise that GV Art + Design quickly became the destination location for its "Cleve LAND that I LOVE" apparel and sports art. Founded and owned by the Vlosich family, GV’s roots run deep in the City of Lakewood. Mom and Dad, Gloria and George, raised their two sons right up the street (on Larchmont Ave.) from their retail store on Detroit.  Gloria, a teacher in Lakewood for over 40 years, and George, an advertising executive, made sure art and sports were a big part of George and Greg’s lives growing up attending the Lakewood schools.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Beck Center Teen Theater Presents High School Horror With CARRIE

Beck Center Teen Theater continues their 2016–2017 season with "CARRIE the musical," March 24–26 and March 31–April 2, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A student matinee will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 30. Tickets are on sale now at 216.521.2540 x10 or beckcenter.org. "CARRIE the musical" contains strong language and adult content.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

100% Cassette Tape Rock: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 45

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Cereal Banter - Oatmeal Outburst - self-released - 2 songs - Cassette, download

I don't really know much about this group, but apparently they've been around for a while, so there ya go. Both tracks on this tape are long instrumental freeform experimental jams. Free jazz, maybe? I don't know these things. "Oatmeal Outburst" is my pick of the two. I like that there are different "movements," so to speak. Keeps it from getting too repetitive. It's actually sorta hypnotic in a couple places. "Porridge Parley" is decent as well. Something about certain parts of it reminds me of some of the more "freakout" Obnox moments. Good stuff if that's what you're into. Though both tunes are pretty long (over twelve minutes each, I believe), they do a good enough job of keeping your attention. I mean, I'd prefer slightly shorter, but hey. Experimental freakout avant-garde whatever. Not bad. 3.5/5

(cerealbanter.com)

Heavenly Creatures - Your Record Collection / This Summer Will Kill Us All - Peanut Butter Records - 8 songs - Cassette, download

This tape compiles two Heavenly Creatures EPs: the "Your Record Collection" 7" and the "This Summer Will Kill Us All" CD. Both are here on this cassette in their entirety for your listening convenience. If I were to get right to the point, I would tell you that a general description of this would be jangly indie pop, but I'm not gonna do that. I caught two lyrical references to R.E.M. in "Your Record Collection" alone (the song, not the EP), though I'm sure I missed a few. "Snow" has the most hesitant lead guitar playing I've heard in recent memory, but still is a catchy indie pop tune. "Water Is Rushing In" has a more ominous indie vibe that I kinda like. I definitely can hear the R.E.M. influence on that one. At this point, we move on to the second EP, "This Summer Will Kill Us All," where the band changes from a two-piece to a three-piece and the tunes are recorded at Bad Racket. Anyone who's been reading my column for a while probably already knows what I think about that. Overall, the quality of this EP is not quite as high as the previous one, though there's still some decent songs, "Blah Blah Blah Amen" and "Comforting Pain" (even though the latter goes on longer than I think it had to). I could say something about where it was recorded maybe having something to do with this drop, but I feel I've said enough. You jangly indie pop fans out there will definitely be into this one, but you probably already knew that. 3.5/5

(pbrecs.bandcamp.com)

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Cleveland International Film Festival: The Gem In Your Backyard

After 16 years living in the Cleveland area, mostly in Lakewood, I left last summer to return to the east coast. I had come to love Cleveland, and for what it’s worth I am now a champion, defender and an ambassador. One of the things I talk up, whenever I talk about Cleveland, is the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), returning for its 41st year between March 29 and April 9, at Tower City Cinemas and five neighborhood theaters. I’ll be back for just a weekend, but I know a few people who plan their vacations around the festival, and plot out the movies they want to see the way other people fill out March Madness brackets.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Memories Of Home And The Wisdom Of Women

March is Women’s History Month. If you want to celebrate women in an interesting, fun and thought-provoking way, visit the Beck Center to view an exhibit by three artists who have spent years working to portray their personal and political views through collage, painting and quilt-making. “Memories Evoked: Circling Back Home” is showcasing the works of Jill Milenski, Gayle Pritchard and Gail Crum in the lobby of Lakewood’s Beck Center through March 12.

The women met in 1996 at Artstown studio in Avon Lake when Pritchard taught a workshop on creating art from ordinary objects. The class and connection among the women was so intense, they mounted an exhibition the following year and commenced their regular meetings to collaborate in the process of assemblage, taking ordinary objects and creating both two-dimensional and sculptural pieces. Decades later, they’ve arrived at middle age with political opinions and life experience reflected in the collage, paintings and fiber works on display at the Beck.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Didn't Make Termbo's Best Of 2016: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 44

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Haunted Head - Screaming - Public Square Records - 2 songs - 7"

I'm not quite sure what the deal is with this one. I think this was produced in 1998 (it was definitely recorded then, but I mean manufactured in '98 as well), but never released? Or only some were released? Or they just found copies they thought were lost? Or they finally got the covers? Or they broke up before releasing it? Or I was just straight up lied to and this isn't a new release at all? The member of the band I received this from said it was "new old," which doesn't really clear that up at all. Anyway. "Screaming" is a pretty darn decent punk tune in a '70s sorta Pagans style. Legitimately catchy, and I like that it sounds like the guitarist messes up the riff in the first five seconds of the song, but maybe that was intentional. Who can say? Side B, "98 Shutdown," isn't quite as good a song, but hey, it's a b-side, and it still isn't bad. You don't really hear much of this style of punk anymore, though based on that "Back To Cleveland" compilation (where I first heard Haunted Head), the market was once pretty over-saturated with it. Even so, I do remember Haunted Head as one of the standout bands of that style (I say that style to include the stuff that wasn't like that, like 9 Shocks or Wayne Kramer) on the Back To Cleveland record, along with The Spasms and Teenage Knockouts/TKO's, if I recall correctly. Fans of this kind of punk will dig it, people who don't like this style won't. I did. 4/5

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Non-Traditional String Quartet Performs In Rocky River

Carpe Diem is not your ordinary string quartet! This boundary-breaking ensemble will present the fifth concert in the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 58th season on Monday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically glorious sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. Members of the Quartet are Charles Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola; and Carol Ou, cello.   

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Burning River Baroque Presents "On The Brink Of Insanity: Portrayals Of Women As Mad, Crazy, And Unhinged"

Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a group that "left an indelible imprint on my psyche," Burning River Baroque will return to Lakewood Presbyterian Church for their newest cutting-edge program "On the Brink of Insanity: Portrayals of Women as Mad, Crazy, and Unhinged." Dramatic musical works often contain scenes of overwhelming emotion in which male characters are frequently portrayed as being consumed by power. When women are overcome with emotion, however, male composers often attribute madness or craziness to them.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

"A Great Wilderness" Touches On Timely Themes At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents the regional premiere of "A Great Wilderness" March 3 through April 9, 2017 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: NATURE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by March 2.

Written by 2014 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Samuel D. Hunter, "A Great Wilderness" begins with Walt as he prepares for a reluctant retirement. After decades as the gentle–natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to "cure" gay teens, Walt is packing up his life when Daniel arrives. Soon after, Daniel disappears into the Idaho wilderness, leading to a truly explosive turn of events. With profound humanity, this play navigates complex moral terrain, and explores the inconstant strength of our personal convictions.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Student Dance Festival At Kent State

Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Works in “il· lu· mi· nate, 1. to light up.”
Showcases original choreography by Kent State dance majors and minors

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2016-2017 production season with “il· lu· mi· nate 1. to light up.,” a weekend of dance comprising two student dance concerts: the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. and the Student Dance Festival on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will take place in the Erdmann-Zucchero Black Box Theatre located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Ready? Okay! Beck Center Presents "Bring It On" Regional Premiere

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the regional premiere of "Bring It On the Musical," the sixth annual collaboration with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program. This limited engagement runs February 10 through 26, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Two Thursday performances will take place at 8 p.m. on February 16 and 23. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: CHEER to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by February 9.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:35 PM, 02.07.2017

Mincing Words Like Garlic: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 42

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Cloud Nothings - Learn My Life - Carpark Records - 2 songs - 7"

Cloud Nothings' 7"s have always been kinda spotty for me. I was very pleased upon listening to this one, however, that both songs on it are quite good! "Learn My Life" is a great acoustic indie rock/pop tune, with just Dylan Baldi on acoustic guitar. If you've missed it with Cloud Nothings more extravagantly produced full-lengths, Dylan is quite a good songwriter, singer, and guitarist, which is on full display here with everything else stripped away. I like the part where he sings falsetto also. Nice touch. The flip side, "Sacrifice (For Love)," is another lo-fi acoustic one, though this time with bass and two guitars. I'm not sure whether fellow CN members TJ Duke and Chris Brown play on it or it's just Dylan (I'm inclined to believe the latter, but feel free to write in and tell me how stupid I am if you think otherwise), either way it's another great melancholy pop tune. I'd love to hear more Cloud Nothings/Dylan Baldi recordings like this, with just Dylan, acoustic and simple. Highly recommended, and you get to take a nice trip out of state if you want one (see below)! 4.8/5

(This is a tour exclusive, so I hear. Fortunately for you, it's not too late to catch Cloud Nothings while they're still in America. Check their Facebook page for tour dates and maybe you can travel to Chicago or something and buy a copy of this there. Or maybe they'll have copies when they're back from Europe, but you never know.)

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 4:30 PM, 02.07.2017

I've Dreamt Too Superly: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 41

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Comrade Question - Pepe Polo - Superdreamer Records - 10 songs - LP, download

Based on the name of the artist (decent enough), the name of the record (not great), and the cover (frankly, just bad), I really had no idea what to expect. Maybe some kind of indie psych thing? But no, this is not that. For the most part, the songs on here are very poppy indie rock. The first three songs on Side A--those being the actually very catchy pseudo-psurf of "Bastard," the garage pop of "Song About A Woman," and the garage-but-recorded-like-any-indie-band of "Old"-- I enjoyed, but the record kinda lost it for me after that. As for what's on Side B, I like "The Way That You Are," which is an uptempo number, "Wine" sounds like it could be in a commercial for some restaurant (I don't know what restaurant I'm thinking of, I don't watch much TV anymore and so I see less commercials, but I know it's reminding me of something), "Ah Ah Ah" was probably only disappointing to me because it isn't as good as Heavenly Queen's "Uh Uh Uh," but to be fair, few songs are, and the closing track "Stop Dying So Much," which had a garage stomp beat but was again just too indie for me. I think maybe this record's biggest issue is the production, because I liked it more the second listen through when I was focusing more on the songs. Maybe if I kept listening to it again and again, it would grow on me more, but to be honest, I didn't particularly feel like listening to it again. It is what it is, or is it. Is it? It is? 3.2/5

(superdreamerrecords.com for the record, comradequestion.bandcamp.com to download)

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 2:16 PM, 01.24.2017

Rocky River Chamber Music Society Presents "Factory Seconds Brass Trio" in Two Concerts

After presenting the Brazilian Guitar Quartet in October and Les Délices in November, Rocky River Chamber Music Society returns in February with not one, but two concerts! Both will feature The Cleveland Orchestra’s second chair brass players—an ensemble with the playful title, “Factory Seconds Brass Trio.”  Both concerts will take place in the outstanding acoustical environment of the sanctuary at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River.  

The Society's first concert in 2017 will be its biennial children's concert to be held on Saturday morning, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. This interactive children’s concert with Factory Seconds Brass Trio will highlight French composer Francis Poulenc's "Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone," and will also include storytelling, audience participation, and artwork--perhaps by members of the audience! This concert is appropriate for both the young (3+) and the young at heart. The concert will last approximately 45 minutes.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017

Have You Been Robbed?: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 40

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Air Sicily - Sexy Eurobeat Vol. 1 - Tall Tee Tapes - 4 songs - Cassette, download

Here's the debut release from Cleveland's hottest new act. I put four songs as there's four actual musical songs and what I'm calling the "intro," which I don't think counted as its own song, but I'm sure I will get angry letters telling me I'm wrong. It starts off with Jack (the lead singer) rambling about…something. I can't really tell 'cause of the mega-hip echoes going on, but I know I caught mention of my favorite nonexistent bowling alley, "Mahall's 25 Lanes" in there. Definitely love it. The songs themselves are all pretty good noisy punk stuff. It's no wave though, because there's lots of feedback and woodwind instrument pieces involved. I think that's what no wave is about. The fourth (last) track is okay, but grabs me the least, so you should probably just listen to the first three. I can't tell what any of the lyrics are, but knowing the members of the band, I'm sure they are very deep and meaningful indeed. I've gotten very disparate reactions from people who have heard this tape. Some said "it would be fun to dance to," others said "it sucks, but I think it's supposed to suck." Personally, it gave me a headache. 4/5

(airsicilycoolband.bandcamp.com to download, I guess find a member of the band if you want a tape)

 

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Music And Visual Arts Collide At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts and Oberlin College are pleased to present "Playing the Changes: The Life and Legacy of Milt Hinton" exhibition in the Jean Bulicek Galleria, January 13 – February 18, 2017. The exhibition is timely, as February is Black History Month, and is free and open to the public.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Pick Your Nose, Everyone Else Is Doing It!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 39

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Ricky Hamilton - Life By The Thorns - Quality Time Records / Nervous Room Tapes - 8(+1) songs - Cassette, download

If you're a regular reader of this column, you're probably thinking the same thing I thought when I heard about this tape: Isn't Ricky in, like, 7 bands already? Well, yes, but I guess the songs here just wouldn't fit any of those 8 bands, so he had to do his own thing. Plus, each of those 9 bands already has its own thing going. The songs on this tape do cover an interesting range: there's some very '80s sounding indie rock, there's a couple quick punkers, and there's some T. Rex-esque glam rock. I'm actually not sure why songs like "Is It Enough?" or "Manic Pixie Dream" didn't make the cut as Fascinating tracks, or "Getaway" and "Die For Nothing" weren't recorded by The Nico Missile. I suppose Ricky just wanted to do his own thing, which I can respect. Though, if he really wants to impress me, he should do the full My Dad Is Dead thing and start doing solo shows with a drum machine. On the punk rocker "Getaway" and the especially Bolan-y "The Connection," he sings about cars, which is another thing that reminds me of T. Rex (fun fact: Marc Bolan never learned to drive, yet sang about cars quite a lot. I believe Ricky does know how to drive.). Ricky does this thing where he sings in a real low voice all the time, and I think that the pop appeal of some of these songs might be increased if he would occasionally sing higher (I know he can!), but as was pointed out to me the other day, Ricky is a big Leonard Cohen fan, so maybe it's his tribute. Also, I've pointed out almost every time I've reviewed one of Ricky's bands (and in person!) how repetitive some of his lyrics can be within songs, and yet he just keeps doing it. I respect that. And when they're lyrics like, "It's not what you wanted, is it?" which build with each utterance, who can complain? The lead guitar on almost every song here is just feedback which is entertaining. I liked this more than I thought I would, as I usually prefer Ricky's full-band recordings. I was weighing my thoughts after hearing the 8 songs here on what I thought of this as a whole, and then I heard the hidden track at the end and that made up my mind that it's pretty good. Quality Time has put out quite a lot of stuff this year that I had varying degrees of positivity towards, and this was a good one. 4/5

(qualitytimerecords.bandcamp.com)

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Try Something New In 2017 At Beck Center

The complete course catalog for Beck Center’s Winter/Spring Semester has arrived just in time for the holidays and the New Year. As you finish up your holiday shopping and prepare your New Year’s Resolution, why not consider giving the gift of the arts or discovering your inner artist? With over 200 classes, lessons, and award-winning programs…there is truly something for everyone!

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

They Keep Makin' Me Change My Title!: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 38

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Bad Noids - WBNS: Bad Noids Radio With Your Host Dion Dab - self-released - ?? songs - Cassette

Here's a fun game for you: tell me how many songs you think are on this. Depending on who counts, it could be anywhere from 2 to 22, or maybe even more. So, this tape is a fake radio program that plays only Bad Noids and related music, hosted by Dion Dab, who's played marvelously by Mr. California. There's plenty of Bad Noids, as you would guess, several tunes from a band called Good Grief, who sure do sound a lot like Bad Noids but I guess must have a different drummer or something, because that's how these things work, and one-off appearances from bands like Le Paint Chips and this one real good track called "I'm A Cult Leader" by Bill E. Goat and the something something– I couldn't quite hear what Mr. Calif- or, excuse me, Dion- said here, but it was good. I kinda wanna hear more from this group if there is more. Maybe it was a one-time-only recording or something. Anyway, there's a pleasant mix of stuff here, but it's kinda more of one for the Bad Noids fans. First-time listeners should probably get their new 7" first, or their old 7", or their other old 7", or their LP. But if you're already hip to the Bad Noids thing, you'll enjoy this. 3.9/5

(the only place I know for sure has this is feelitrecordshop.com as a distro cassette, or go see the band on Christmas at Now That's Class and beg for one)

Deutschland Jerky Rave - Deutschland Jerky Rave - The Loki Label - 9 (?) songs - Cassette

This came out a while ago, but I'm just getting around to it now. Sorry. Supposedly there's 9 tracks on this, though I counted fewer (maybe it just flowed so well that I didn't notice the changing of the tracks), and then there's also allegedly a repress with a bonus track, but it's listed online as an EP. I'm not sure how much of any of this is a joke, but considering that Steve Peffer and Mr. California are both involved with this project, there's a good chance that something's screwy. Basically, this tape sounds quite a lot like Factorymen (Mr. Peffer’s previous project), as you'd probably expect. You might want to listen to Factorymen before this to have some context, but I guess it's avant-garde or experimental music, and I don't know how to describe it besides like that. Electronic (?) and/or punk (?) music with a completely bizarre sense of humor (?). Skull Music, as they say. Something about some of these tracks just sounds threatening and I don't know why. Recommended for fans of Factorymen or anyone who wants to hear Mr. California sing "Money For Nothing." I'm looking forward to hopefully hear more from this project in the future. Maybe you just gotta listen to it. Maybe you just gotta be there, man. 4/5

(thelokilabel.storenvy.com)

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Volume 12, Issue 25, Posted 7:29 PM, 12.06.2016

'Tis the Season At Beck Center For The Arts

Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this season. With plenty of opportunities to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, Beck Center is here to help. Ranging from handmade artwork, gift cards, theater tickets, and more…there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups!

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Volume 12, Issue 25, Posted 7:29 PM, 12.06.2016

Oingo Boingo Ain't Oi: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 37

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much.

Bad Noids - It's A Doggie Bag World - Feel It Records - 3 songs - 7", download

I wasn't expecting a new Bad Noids record this year, but I'm happy there was one. Side A is taken by one song only (a Bad Noids first) with the great punk tune "Into The Future." It doesn't really sound like the Bad Noids of the past, as in it's not some goofy hardcore thing, but it's really good. A nice optimistic song for our future, I guess. Also, it's got an excellent music video. Side B immediately lets us know that if we were worried that the Noid boys had left their "Everything From Soup To Dessert" stylings behind, we have nothing to fear. "Twelve Years Old" is a real nice hardcore ripper, though I'd like to point out that they already used the "I hate my job, I hate my boss" lyric on "Generic Song" from their previous 7" (except there, they followed it with "I hate my girl" and a line I won't repeat here instead of "I hate water, it gets me wet" like they do here). "My Friend Greg" brings out the cheerful inanity that you know and either love or hate from the group. This might be the most consistent Bad Noids record I've heard yet, but I should probably go back and listen to "Everything…" again just to be sure. Also, I think Feel It did a really nice job with the packaging for this one. 4.5/5

(feelitrecordshop.com to purchase, feelitrecords.bandcamp.com if you prefer your delights digitally)

 

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Give The Gift Of The Arts At Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this season. With plenty of opportunities to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year, Beck Center is here to help. Ranging from handmade artwork, gift cards, theater tickets, and more…there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups!

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Do Green Day Fans Find Me Attractive? A Panel Discussion In Three Parts: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 36

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Acoustic Tuma - Lights Down Low - Acoustic Tuma Music - 11 songs - CD

Let's see, what do we have here besides an absolutely unappealing band name--sounds like acoustic tumor. The credits list reveals only one familiar name (Mike Kearns of DePrator/Kearns), though it does clue us in that the heart of this project is named Chris Tuma, so I guess that explains the name. For the most part, this is acceptable poppy acoustic rock. The thing is, it kinda seems like a collection of unfinished demos and goofs. I think this was probably a well-intentioned move to make it sound "live and loose," but it makes it seem messy. It's perfectly competent, but not all that compelling, ya know? If it just had a bit more…something. Some people probably will like this, but probably not the same kind of people who like most of the other stuff I review here. 2.5/5

(contact them through Facebook at Acoustic Tuma Music or you can stream it at reverbnation.com/acoustictuma)

Diva Cup - Overflow - Saucepan Records / Minimal Care - 8 songs - 7", download

I guess I would describe this as hardcore of a very grind nature. There's no guitarist (it's a power trio), but 4NR (you may remember him as the squawky guy from Rubber Mate) holds down the groove on the bass aptly. I'm not the hugest fan of the vocal style, but I'm also not the hugest fan of the music style either, so what do I know? The vocals do go well with the general abrasive qualities of the record in general, though. Side 1 has its moments, but the three songs that make up Side B form a more coherent statement for me. I like the slow parts on the record (which, while slow here, are still faster than most of what I review here) when they come up. And the nice, poster-sized, double-sided insert is an especially nice touch. I can't imagine that that's a Saucepan idea, so it must be Minimal Care (who I've not taken notice of before, but apparently this is their third release– or maybe they're just ripping off My Mind's Eye's numbering scheme). Full lyrics, goofy drawings of the band members, and a map of East Cleveland? Sounds alright. 3.35/5

(saucepanrecords.bigcartel.com for the 7", divacupclevo.bandcamp.com to download)

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

WordStage Literary Concerts Presents - Paris 1860 - Wagner's Visit To Rossini

In 1860, Richard Wagner went to Paris to negotiate with the Opéra to mount a production of his new opera, Tannhäuser. While there, he made the obligatory visits to the great composers living in and around the city. His visit to Gioachino Rossini, arranged by the Parisian musician, critic and journalist Edmond Michotte, (who was present the historic meeting), was memorable, as the older Bel Canto school composer had reportedly made some very discouraging remarks about Wagner’s music, so Wagner went with more than a bit of trepidation. These rumors proved to be false and what ensued was an afternoon of an exchange of musical ideas and reminiscences about their careers and accomplishments, in which they shared opinions and stories of some of the great composers of their era, as well as the future of music in the years to come. This historic meeting was extensively noted in Michotte's eyewitness account, which he subsequently self-published in a pamphlet some 46 years later. 

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Decimals Determined By Dartboard: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 35

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Big Charley & The Domans - Can't Even Enjoy My Home - Hilltop Records / My Mind's Eye - 2 songs - 7"

Lee Dresser & The Krazy Kats - Wiggly Little Mama - Hilltop Records / My Mind's Eye - 2 songs - 7"

Golden Teardrops - Closer And Closer - Hilltop Records / My Mind's Eye - 2 songs - 7"

Here are the three latest releases in the archival series My Mind's Eye currently has going. For the interest of saving time and space, I'm reviewing all three in one. These are in order of Hilltop catalog numbers– 901, 902, and 903 (or, if you prefer, My Mind's Eye catalog numbers– MME-003, MME-003, and MME-003). Big Charley & The Domans bring us two slices of R&B– the A-side "Can't Even Enjoy My Home" and its flip, "You're Gonna Need Me." My preferred track was "Can't Even…," but people more into this style of music than me will dig both. Lee Dresser & The Krazy Kats, who are from Missouri, do two jumpin' Jerry Lee Lewis-style rock 'n' rollers, "Wiggly Little Mama" and "Hey Mr. Weasel." And just like all good rockabilly, there's some good innuendos in there. For those of you who care, The Cramps covered Mr. Dresser's "Beat Out My Love," so there ya go. "Closer And Closer," the first one here by Golden Teardrops, is a really good doo-wop ballad. The flip, "Caroline," is a more cha-cha style one that reminds me of something that would play in the background at an ice cream shop. The company sleeves and retro-styled inserts are nice touches. And all this is the real deal– 100% analog and all that stuff. Good historical documents. I don't rate singles, but since I'm technically reviewing six songs here… 3.9741/5

(mymindseye.bigcartel.com)

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

WordStage Literary Concerts Celebrate Halloween With Two Ghoulishly Good Productions!

Wordstage Literary Concerts presents two different performances in two different venues to celebrate the Halloween season.

Our first perfromance continues our Wright Chapel Series at the Lakewood Presbyterian Church 14502 Detroit Ave. at Marlowe in Downtown Lakewood on Friday, October 28th at 7:30 PM

GOREY STORIES is a wonderfully weird collection of works culled from the meanderings of the fevered imagination of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey; author of over a hundred books, award winning designer for theater and dance productions from Cape Cod to Broadway, Illustrator of the New York Times and New Yorker magazines, and universally known for his animations that opens the PBS Mystery! Series. We present this as an opportunity to indulge in a deliciously decadent pre-Halloween revel, submerging yourself in the madcap, macabre world of an American original.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

Homeless Men In Transition To Perform Original Play In Lakewood, November 11 At Lakewood Congregational

Cleveland Public Theatre and Y-Haven present Reaching Back, the 2016 CPT/Y-Haven Theatre Project, an original theater piece created and performed by the residents of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA. The group will perform the piece at a free show in Lakewood on Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. at Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 W. Clifton Blvd.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

Fall Into The Arts At Beck Center

There is truly something for everyone at Beck Center for the Arts, and this fall is no exception. Ranging from performances and classes to exhibitions and more…we invite you to create art experiences with us!

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

Journey Down The Rabbit Hole With Beck Center Youth Theater

Beck Center Youth Theater presents the first production of their 2016–2017 season, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, November 3–6, 2016, in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 4 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 5. A special student matinee will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 3. Tickets are now on sale by calling 216.521.2540 x10 or visiting beckcenter.org

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

The Big O's Fault: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 34

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Bulsch - Tiw - Tall Tee Tapes - 6 songs - Cassette, download

I'm glad to see Bulsch are more than a one-off band, as they came out of nowhere as one of my favorites from "Enjoy Cleveland." The members come from bands such as Cruelster, The Roobydocks, Vanilla Poppers, and countless thousands more, just in case you ever doubted the ability of musicians in Cleveland to multitask. I think the songs on this tape that best establish what Bulsch is all about are "Tiw" and "Roontackle Shop," which serve as the opening and closing tracks, respectively– they're jumper punk singalong tunes, except you can't sing along with the very enthusiastic gang vocals because the lyrics are in a made up language. It's always nice to hear a group of people having a good time, and although the best way to experience Bulsch is live, the liveliness comes across well on these recordings. If you thought Perverts Again was too slow and comprehensible, or you thought Cruelster was too fast and incomprehensible, or maybe that Vanilla Poppers were about the right tempo but just too intense, Bulsch might be exactly what you're looking for. 4.375/5

(bulsch.bandcamp.com to download, I believe you can probably email tallteetapes@gmail.com if you'd like to buy a tape)

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

There's Still Time! Session 2 Beginning at Beck Center

The first 8-week period of the Fall Semester at Beck Center is wrapping up, but Session 2 is just getting started. A variety of dance, visual arts, and creative arts therapies classes are offered through Beck Center Education including ballet, jazz, drawing, painting, mixed media, pottery, and adapted dance, music, and theater. Many professionally-recognized teachers and art therapists are on staff to share their artistic knowledge and talents with students. Classes are designed to allow students to acquire the skills they need to fully realize their potential and create beautiful art.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

More Ballroom Dance Champions

In late September, students of Rhythm & Grace Ballroom Dance Studio danced in one of Ohio’s biggest competitions, Cleveland Dancesport Challenge! Dancers, representing 50 plus studios from all over the United States and Canada, gathered together to show what they are made of. It was a strong competition with some great competitors but Rhythm & Grace showed them how it's done, bringing home 227 placements with 113 of those placements being firsts! But, that’s not all they achieved!

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

Food Songs About Buildings And More: Reviews Of Recent Releases By Local Bands, Pt. 33

Obligatory Disclaimer: Record reviews are a tricky business. It's one thing to enjoy music, but to, like, pick out what you like about it? That being said, if I review your thing and I didn't like something, don't feel too bad. My opinion doesn't matter all that much. 

Matteo Mannequin - Matteo Mannequin - Nervous Room Records - 6 songs - Cassette

Matteo Mannequin is the side-project (or main project? I don't know how these things work) of Tonawandas frontman Matt Hallaran. It's very different from The Tons O' Wandas, however. "Up All Night" is a Devo-esque tune, though I don't know any Devo song where the guitar is that distorted. "Space Geek" is a weird electropunk new waver, with a guitar lead alternating between menacing and maniacal. Most of the songs here fall somewhere in the realm of those two. The tape really got good for me on the last two tracks, "Inside The Nervous Room" and "Paranoid Coupling," the latter of which seems to end too soon, but then repeats slowed down twice. I think that's what I was hearing, anyway. It's pretty retro-sounding, but in a good way. I believe it was recorded in 4-track analog, so maybe that's part of it. Sorta Devo, sorta Gary Numan, very new wave, sometimes punk, usually sorta strange. 4/5

(from what I hear, Nervous Room is working on getting a site up and running– for now, you can just message them through their Facebook page)

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

WordStage Literary Concerts Opens its 2016-17 Season With A One Act Comedy By George Bernard Shaw

Shaw stated that, “Nothing in the theatre is staler than the situation of husband, wife and lover, or the fun of knockabout farce. I have taken both, and got an original play out of them, as anybody else can if only he will look about him for his material instead of plagiarizing Othello and the thousand plays that have proceeded on Othello’s romantic assumptions and false point of honor.”

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Beck Center Presents Regional Premiere By Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

Beck Center for the Arts continues its eclectic 2016-2017 theater season with "Body Awareness" by Annie Baker, October 7 through November 6, 2016 in the Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code BAKER to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by October 6. This production contains strong language and content.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016