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Smashing Pumpkins Live tweeting from The Goodyear Theater

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 29, 2016

Hey remember the 90s?!

It's Liz Phair!

It's Smashing Pujmpkins!

It's the Goodyear Theater!

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Devo's Gerald Casale reminds us "It's all Devo)...minus the rest of Devo

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 27, 2016

All the Spuds know that if Gerald Casale had his devolving druthers, DEVO would be recording and touring much more often.

But even without his sometime Devo cohorts, Casale can still bring the message that DeEvolution is real and has done so with a catchy tune called "It's All Devo" and a disturbing video as one would expect.

The song and video were Record Store Day Exclusive (coincidentally Mark Mothersbaugh also released an RSD exclusive 12 inch)

It's pretty catch and had more guitar on it than Devo's entire most recent album "Something For Everybody"

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Joe Walsh declines to play Cleveland for RNC Event

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 22, 2016

Nice, simple. direct. Thanks Joe

Walsh, along with Bad Co. will still appear at Blossom on Sunday June 26.

A Statement From Joe Walsh Regarding His Withdrawl From a Concert Event on Sunday, July 17th in Cleveland, OH

April 20, 2016 - "It was my understanding that I was playing a concert which was a non partisan event to benefit the families of American veterans on Sunday, July 17 in Cleveland. The admat I approved said this specifically. Today it was announced that this event is, in fact, a launch for the Republican National Convention. In addition, my name is to be used to raise sponsorship dollars for convention-related purposes. Therefore, I must humbly withdraw my participation in this event with apologies to any fans or veterans and their families that I might disappoint.

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John Cougar Mellencamp coming to the Akron Civic Theatre in October

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 22, 2016

Jack & Diane in a Little Pink House in Akron!

Tickets Go onsale Friday, April 29.

Here's the official blather:

John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour has been called “a triumphant, career-spanning show” (Hollywood Reporter) and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” (Boston Globe). The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched the tour in early 2015 to support his critically-acclaimed 22nd studio album ‘Plain Spoken’ and extended with dates through Spring 2016 due to overwhelming fan demand. Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp announced today the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken tour, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.

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The Black Keys "disappointed" by Steve Miller's anti-Rock Hall Rant

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 13, 2016

I and many other folks out on social media and in the corporeal world thought Miller's rant was pretty funny and contained a few salient points, particularly the bit about the lack of women. But we weren't in the same room with Miller. I've been on conference call with him and he's a pretty grumpy old dude (he's 72) with a bunch of great stories about his days in Chicago working for actual "F***ing gangsters and crooks!"

I'm surprised Miller doesn't know who the Black Keys are. But it would've been polite to have someone in his party google "black keys" on the way to the ceremony, Pat and Dan aren't the guys that have kept you out of the rock hall for so long.

Gee, Steve and after the guys made this endearingly uncomfortable speech for you...clad in black leather no less. Rock n' roll, baby.

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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert in protest of HB2 law

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 8, 2016

Steph Curry may not have much to say about North Carlolina's new anti-LGBT law (and let's not pretend it's anything other than that) but Bruce Springsteen does...


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2018- Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will alternate between Cleveland and New York

By Malcolm Abram Published: April 8, 2016

So this is cool.

According to Rock Hall CEO Joel Peresman, starting in 2018 the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will alternate between Cleveland and New York.

Peresman told Den of Geek

"We’re just about to begin a major redesign of the museum to upgrade the visitor experience over the next two or three years. We’re funding that to the tune of millions of dollars that we’ve raised.

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See a reggae show and help Uncle Mo at the Kent Stage tonight

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 31, 2016

Tonight, The Kent Stage is the place where a bunch of people will help a local man pursue his dream.

Cleveland Reggae man Carlos Jones & The PLUS Band along solo troubadour Scott Walker will entertain folks at:

What: Uncle Mo's Pea Pie Café Food Truck Benefit

When: 6 p.m., tonight

Where: The Kent Stage

Tickets: $5-$15


"Uncle Mo" is Kent resident Maurice Drake who dreams of owning and operating a vegetarian food truck featuring his (ideally soon-to-be) world famous "all-natural, homemade pea pies, prepared with black-eyed peas, brown rice, fresh vegetables and a proprietary blend of spices wrapped in a grilled chapatti and served with a choice of hot sauce, BBQ sauce or Italian dressing."

Drake has a website at

and you can help further fund his funky Food Truck dream out at his indiegogo site.
Or you can just go to the show, rock, skank and do the funky reggay for a couple of hours

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R. Kelly comingf to Wolstein Center in April

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 21, 2016

R. Kelly is coming to the Wolstein Center. I saw him and Jay-Z on their ill-fated tour, litigious co-tour at CSU. At one point Kels was rocking a loosek-fitting purple leather suit with a giant "diamond" encrusted tongue/lips (a'la the Rolling Stones iconic logo)...A woman held up her toddler to him, seemingly as an was about 11 p.m. on a Sunday (maybe Monday) night.

That's about all I have to say about Kels.


What: R Kelly

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Keifer Sutherland coming to Cleveland, releasing debut album in the Summer

By Malcolm Abram Published: March 10, 2016

Jack Bauer will be rocking the Grog Shop on April 19 previewing his "rich, soulful vocals and guitar licks" and songs from his debut album Down In A Hole to be released in summer.

Sutherland joins a long line of middle aged actors who decide to live their rock n' roll dreams to various degress. Among those the in 50 & Up Rockin' Actor Club are Jeff Daniels, Kevin Bacon (The Bacon Brothers), Jeff Bridges (The Abiders), Kevin Costner & Modern West and Johnny Depp (Hollywood Vampires).

No onsale date has been set but Sutherland's keeping it tight playing cozy clubs such as The Grog. So if you've ever wanted to see his guitar licks up close don't dawdle whenever tickets go on sale. We'll let ya know.

Here's a taste.


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