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Janet Jackson returns to Cleveland for 2015 "Unbreakable" World Tour

By Malcolm Abram Published: July 13, 2015

Hopefully, this announcement for show happening next year will provide enough lead time for dedicated J.J. fans to save up their pennies to purchast the tickets which start at $55.




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Ralph Carney offers a "Lament for Charleston"

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 30, 2015

Native Akronite and versatile horn man Ralph Carney (of Tin Huey, uncle of Patrick Carney, former Tom Waits sideman) wrote a song for the nine people murdered in Charleston.


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The Arcs (Dan Auerbach & friends) release second single "Outta My Mind"

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 29, 2015

So The Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach and his (side)band of music makers The Arcs have released Outta My Mind, the second single from their debut album Yours, Dreamily due in early September

It's gotta 60s garage-rock feel and I think it's a stronger single than Stay In My Corner and sounds like this:


Here's some official spiel!:

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Saturday night's Larry Graham concert moved inside to The Akron Civic Theatre

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 25, 2015

Just so ya know.

The Larry Graham concert scheduled for Lock 3 Live Park on Saturday has been moved next door to the Akron Civic Theatre becaused Ohio weather is a mean, uncooperative sunnuvagun

Here's the official word from the Lock 3 Live Park folks


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Neil Young tells Donald Trump and all political candidates to cease and desist using his music

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 18, 2015

Here's a message from Mr. Neil Young..



Yesterday my song "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.


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The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach announces side band the Arcs and album, 'Yours, Dreamily'

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 9, 2015

The Black Keys Dan Auerbach has announced a new album, Yours, Dreamily and the band name...The Arcs. The lead single, "Stay in My Corner" b/w "Tomato Can" was released to coincide with  the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight. Now the official tracklisting and cover have been released.

The album is scheduled to be released on Sept. 4.

The Arcs:  Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon and Kenny Vaughan with the help of Brooklyn-based mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

Yours, Dreamily tracklisting:

01 Once We Begin (Intro)
02 Outta My Mind
03 Put A Flower In Your Pocket
04 Pistol Made Of Bones
05 Everything You Do (You Do For You)
06 Stay In My Corner
07 Cold Companion
08 The Arc
09 Nature's Child
10 Velvet Ditch
11 Chains Of Love
12 Come & Go
13 Rosie (Ooh La La)
14 Searching The Blue

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Chris Brown coming to Blossom in August

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 9, 2015

Hey everybody, here's a new non-country Blossom Show

On Tuesday, August 12 R&B star Chris Brown will bring his "One Hell Of A Nite Tour to Blossom.
Brown's touring his near-chart topping album "X" and collabo album "Fan of A Fan" with emcee Tyga.
Joining Brown on this shed trek will be rappers Kid Ink and Fetty Wap along with singers Teyana Taylor and Omarion (hey, remember Omarion? self-proclaimed "King of Dance?" now opening for Chris Brown & couldn't sell a record if he was giving them away)
Tickets for the Blossom Show go on sale Friday morning.

What: Chris Brown: A Hell of a Nite Tour
When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 12
Where: Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Rd. Cuyahoga Falls
Tickets: $32-$96.75

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Video: Two Guys Talkin' about musicians who have made three good albums in a row

By Published: June 4, 2015

Rich Heldenfels and Malcolm X Abram are back to talk about music artists who have put out three great albums in a row. There aren't as many as you may think. They also examine what it takes for a musician to have a great run of music.

What is your favorite three-album run by a musician or group? Check out a few from readers . Email and and let them know your picks.

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Todd Rundgren returns to The Akron Civic to perform with the ASO in September

By Malcolm Abram Published: June 4, 2015

So, you missed all three of Rundgren's N.E. OHio shows with Dam Funk and are now wondering how to get your annual live Runt fix?

Just wait....Todd will come back around in September to perform once again with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

The promoters  promise that the 2015 show will feature plenty of songs not performed at his previous ASO/Rundgren performance and a different set each night

Plus, more colorful outfits.

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The Black Keys reveal their early days in Akron basement for Rolling Stone mini-doc

By Malcolm Abram Published: May 13, 2015


The Black Keys take Rolling Stone back in time to their humble and accidental West Akron beginnings


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