Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area + Party of Helicopters

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, Oct 30| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Los Straitjackets
    Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys
    (costumes encouraged)
    $18 adv / $20 dos
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Mon, Nov 1| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Wet Hair
    Cloud Nothings
    Three Legged Race
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Wed, Nov 3| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    The Union Line
    Hollis Brown
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Thu, Nov 4| 7:30 PM (6:30 PM door)
    Los Lobos
    Jorma Kaukonen
    At the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
    In association with Visible Voice Books
    | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Fri, Oct 29| 10 PM
    Mayer Hawthorne & The County
    Gordon Voidwell
    DJ MisterbradleyP
  • Tue Nov 2| 9 PM
    Middle Class Rut

Now That’s Class

  • Sun Oct 31| 9 PM
    The Dreadnoughts
    Bomb Back Hellcat
    $5 donation
  • Thu Nov 4| 9 PM
    Masaki Batoh
    Orange Luna Temple
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Tony Joe White: You Just Got To Do Your Own Thing

When I stumbled on the music of Tony Joe White while compiling my weekly Notable Shows post, I thought I was unearthing an obscure treasure. Launching the player on his official website, I started listening and didn’t stop for the rest of the day. With a voice so deep that you feel it in your pelvis before it even hits your ears, a penchant for playing his guitar in the lower registers and rhythms that feel fresh even on songs written thirty-some years ago, it’s easy to fall for White’s music. And it’s easy to see why he can count Dan Auerbach and the White Stripes among his fans and why he’s been covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to Brook Benton, Ray Charles and, ahem, Great White.


The name may be as unfamiliar to you as it was to me, but it’s likely that you’ve heard his music as White, a.k.a. The Swamp Fox, penned the classic “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia”. And White is still going. He released the album Shine this year and … Continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Photog: Black Cards

Jennifer re-employs her uncanny ability to get killer shots of Pete Wentz as he broadens the current trend of bands with “Black” in their names. While my taste frequently diverges from Jennifer’s, and NTSIB would not have any Wentz-related content without her, I’m truly proud to be able to feature her great shots here.

Black Cards


Pete Wentz amid a forest of hands and cameras

Apparently I have some mysterious talent for taking reasonably good but yet oddly blown-out pictures of Pete Wentz. I took this a week and a half ago in a teeny-tiny club in Poughkeepsie. The occasion was the last night of a three-show mini-tour by Black Cards, which is his new band. Blown out or not I’m fond of it, though, because, well, look at his little grinny face. He was having fun, y’all, and I was glad I could be there to see it. (Also, that forest of hands and cameras? They were there ALL NIGHT. I was three rows back from the stage and that was essentially my view!)

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Love, Blood and Rhetoric

In lieu of a constructive contribution to the blogosphere today, and in tribute to my fraught relationship with my lady parts, I’m sharing a list of menstrual music. Songs to bleed to. With a little help from our friends.

“Happy and Bleeding” – PJ Harvey
suggested by takethisbread

“Positive Bleeding” – Urge Overkill
suggested by April

suggested by amanjo

“Grown So Ugly” – The Black Keys
suggested by Bluerooster

“Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd
suggested by Jennifer

And, really, no menstrual music list would be complete without the Cramps…

Honorable (for a given value of “honor”) mentions: “Let it Bleed” by the Rolling Stones (suggested by takethisbread), “Blood” by My Chemical Romance (suggested by Jennifer)

Feel free to share other suggestions in comments. Misery loves company.

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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Fri, Oct 22| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Broccoli Samurai
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Wed, Oct 27| 9 PM (9 PM door)
    JC’s Night of Star Making

    Moth Cock with Nate Scheible
    Poly Sumkin (Justin & Julia)
    RA Washington
    Christopher Cannon
    JC DJing minimal techno & eurobass in between sets

    FREE SHOW!!!
    Tavern | All Ages

  • Thu, Oct 28| 8 PM (7:30 PM door)
    The Corduroy Mason Band
    Dave Padrutt
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Fri, Oct 22| 8:30 PM
    Humble Home (CD Release)
    Andy Cook & The Waterloons
    Tom Evanchuck
    Rebekah Jean
    $7 (includes CD)
  • Sun, Oct 24| 8 PM
    Legendary Pink Dots 30th Anniversary Tour
    DJ Neal Darewaves
    DJ Textbeak
    $16 adv / $18 dos
  • Wed, Oct 27| 9 PM
    Me & My Arrow
    Craig Ramsey
    Adam Barry
  • Thu, Oct 28| 9 PM
    Blood Red Shoes
    Sky Larkin
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Lee Fields and the Expressions: Stay Tuned or It Will Pass You By

Talk about being late to the party. Lee Fields made his first album in 1969 when he was 17 years old, but I didn’t hear about him until this summer when he opened for the Black Keys at their Terminal 5 show in New York. And not having been in attendance for that show, I didn’t actually listen to Fields until even more recently.

Now I can’t stop listening.

Aided by Leon Michels (whom you may know as co-owner of Truth & Soul Records or from his work as one of Sharon Jones’ Dap-Kings or as part of El Michels Affair or as one of those dudes backing up the Black Keys on their current tour or from any number of other projects Michels has his creative hand in), Fields has created a marvelous, sensuous, emotionally-charged album, My World, of contemporary soul with a decidedly classic edge. This is the first album in ages that has made me feel like turning the lights down low and spending time with a special someone – and since music is my boyfriend, this … Continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Photog: Mark Ronson and the Business INTL

This week, Jennifer reveals the quirky interests of her childhood and sees Q-Tip! (Oh, and this Mark Ronson kid.)


Mark Ronson and the Business INTL

I have spent a certain amount of time in the last couple of weeks listening to Record Collection and pondering the question of how to descibe the sound of Mark Ronson and the Business INTL. A potpourri made of hip-hop and synth-rock electronica? The soundtrack to someone else’s glamorous life? The kind of thing that would be playing the background of a Wes Anderson movie? All of the above? I finally settled on: a delicate, complicated game of vocal pick-up sticks with hot dance beats, though The Business’ Twitter bio says they’re “Nature’s The Traveling Wilburys”, which might also be a wholly accurate description.


Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) and Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet)
Ronson has certainly managed to pull in an eclectic collection of musicians, representing multiple generations of multiple genres. I was at the Webster Hall show, where in addition to the Business – Rose Dougall, … Continue reading

Bits: Cadillac Sky, Stephen Calt, The Magnetic Fields, mr. Gnome, Twain, The Low Anthem

  • Bryan Simpson has announced his departure from Cadillac Sky. An announcement about his replacement is forthcoming. We are grateful to Bryan for the great music he’s given us and wish him much happiness.
  • Dust-to-Digital reports the passing of blues biographer Stephen Calt, author of King of the Delta Blues: The Life an Music of Charlie Patton and I’d Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues among other tomes.
  • Now on to better news: the Magnetic Fields would like to bring their film Strange Powers to your town. Learn how you can help make it happen.
  • mr. Gnome has almost completed it’s third album and has announced tour dates starting in November.
  • Mat Davidson of the Low Anthem has released his second album with his project Twain. Interesting stuff. Check it out.

Speaking of the Low Anthem, we’ve been slowly falling in love with them since seeing them open for the Avett Brothers last winter. Here’s a nice little docu-video on them.


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