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Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh & Gerald Casale to screen and discuss Devo videos at Akron Art Museum

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 11, 2016

This should be fun. DEVOtional 2016 is up at the Beachland Ballroom the weekend of August 19th so that proximity should add a thick layer of hardcore Spuds to the proceedings


What: Mark Mothersbaugh & Gerald Casale Film Screening, Q&A

When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 13

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Seal coming to Hard Rock Live in September

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 8, 2016

Fresh off of getting mauled by a pack of wolves in the Lonely Island silly summer comedy "Pop Star: Never Stop Stopping," singer/songwriter Seal is on tour singing the hits and songs from his 2015 album "7" and hanging out with buskers in some of the cities in which he's performing.

What: Seal
When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 30
Where: Hard Rock Live at The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, 10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield,
Tickets: $75-$125 (Youch!)


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Chrissie Hynde and rock photog Jill Furmanovsky will speak at Akron Art Museum

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 30, 2016

Akron's own Chrissie Hynde is bringing THE BBC to Akron.

Hynde, currently finishing up an new album recorded in Nashville with fellow Akron native Dan Auerbach, is being filmed by The BBC as they follow her around for a full summer.  
Hynde's already been filmed milking a cow and visiting some of her favorite London haunts. Now she's the BBC is following her back home to Akron where she'll spend a few days touring the city with the film crew in tow.

To give her visit someadded gravitas, Hynde has enlisted her longtime friend and professional rock photographer Jill Furmanovsky to bring her traveling exhibit CHUNK of PUNK to the 22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked Wine Bar in downtown Akron.
There will be several events spread across Thursday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 13

Here’s the tentative schedule:

Thursday July 7th-

Jill Furmanovsky Artist Lecture at the Akron Art Museum from 6p.m.-7:30 p.m. free to the public. Coinciding with the opening of Chunk of Punk, her exhibition of photographs, Furmanovsky will lecture in the museum's auditorium. She will be joined by Chrissie Hynde. The exhibit opens at nearby 22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked Wine Bar
Later that evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be the soft opening of the exhibit featuring Matthew Fenney host "Punk Night" at Annabell's Bar & Lounge & 20 year Akron veteran punk rock musician Larry Gargus,.

Friday July 8th-
Grand opening of Chunk of Punk, veteran rock photog Jill Furmanovsky’s exhibition of photographs from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Furmanovsky’s Exhibition will run from July 7th through July 30th at 22 High Street Gallery at Uncorked Wine Bar. Featuring live music from local rock duo Time Cat from 7:30 p.m. -10 p.m..Uncorked is located at 30 N. High St.
Sunday July 10th-
Akron art/concert venue Hive Mind will host the band SPACE CAMP!, a queer-punk band from Connecticut. Also performing will be local bands playing Ride or Die and Lu along with experimental California musician SaladSalad. Hive Mind (375 West Exchange St.) is a DIY space and asks for a $5 donation for the bands. This is an all-ages show.
Monday July 11th-
Who Is Poly Styrene? - 7 p.m., free at the Nightlight Theater Limited seating..
Poly Styrene was one of the fierce, unique front persons of 80s English punk. Young, female, mixed race with braces she fronted the shortlived but popular punk band X-Ray Spex which gave the world hits such as “Oh Bondage! Up Yours” from their lone full length punk classic "Germfree Adolescents." Styrene died of breast cancer in 2011. The Nightlight Cinema is located at 30 N. High
Tuesday July 12th-
Akron Punk Night at Annabell’s Lounge,9 p.m.-2 a.m. Annabell’s Akron Punk Night has been going strong on Tuesday nights since 2007. DJs spin classic, local and contemporary punk at the deluxe dive bar. Annabell’s Bar & Lounge is located at 784 W. Market St.

Wednesday July 13th-
 -PUNK NIGHT at Musica featuring live music by local punk groups FEDS and Feral Children. Doors at 8:00, show at 9:00. $5.00 cover charge. Musica is located at 51 E. Market St.

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Rob Zombie & Korn coming to Blossom in August

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 22, 2016

Hey kids!

Remember the 90s?

Well, two of that decade's rock stars Rob Zombie and nu-metal mavens KORN sure hope you do. An,d they hope you remember it fondly enough to spend your discretionary income on coming to see both bands at Blossom on August 24.

The Tour is called "RETURN OF THE DREADS" because no one in either camp apparently felt comfortable or empowered enough to inform the bands that "RETURN OF THE DREADS" is corny as hell.

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Singer-Songwriter Ryan Humbert releases special track exclusively on

By Malcolm X Abram Published: June 20, 2016

Local singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert has no illusions that he is Beyonce or even the “mysterious” Chris Gaines (you remember Garth Brooks 09’s pop-rock alter-ego, don’t ya?) But the popular Americana-dipped pop-rocker won’t let those simple facts stop him from taking cues from their playbooks. Today, Humbert is dropping a “surprise” “classic-sounding country” album under the name of his alter-ego band Shooter Sharp and the Shootouts.

Humbert fans are already aware that the band has been gigging around Northeast Ohio for a few months. But after having so much fun playing the band decided to record and spent a busy 24 hours recording 10 tracks, four original songs and classic covers of songs by Mickey Newbury and Hank Cochran at Crush Tone Studios in Cleveland.

As of today the band’s eponymously titled debut album is being released and the Akron Beacon Journal is debuting track 7, the mandolin and pedal-steel (courtesy of great local player Al Moss) laced ballad “Radio Jesus.”

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Kanye West coming to Quicken Loans Arena in October

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 17, 2016

Yeezy's bringing the Life of Pablo to the Q.

What: Kanye West

When: Saturday, October 1

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, One Center Ct., Cleveland

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Two Guys Talkin': Stephen A. Smith and mansplaning Ayesha Curry's tweet

By staff Published: June 17, 2016

In this edition of Two Guys Talkin', Rich Heldenfels Malcolm X Abram take on comments made by the ever controversial Stephen A. Smith.

The setup: Smith called out Ayesha Curry, Steph's wife, for her "rigged" tweet during Game 6. During his rant, he goes to compare Ayesha to LeBron James' wife, Savannah. 

The response: Rich and Malcolm break down the sexist comments with a rant of their own.  

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See Mark Mothersbaugh! Hear a song on the six-sided keyboard!

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 2, 2016

So, in case you missed both the Cleveland and Akron performnces of Mark Mothersbaugh and six folks playing a six-sided keyboard, here's a taste of what you missed.



Goto WastedTalentVideo's YouTube Page for more Mothersbaugh

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Akron's Red Sun Rising is ALL IN on The Cavaliers in video snippet

By Malcolm Abram Published: May 26, 2016

...they'd also like you to buy their latest album, Polyester Zeal.
The album is already a sucess with the band celebrating the rare feat of having two back-to-back #1 singles, Emotionless and The Otherside on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. Now, here's a bit of sports/rock homerism.




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