Cleveland music this weekend

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This weekend sees two generations of Cleveland musicians plying their trade in Gotham. Cheetah Chrome, who now lives in Nashville, is in town for several appearances. Tonight, the legendary guitarist for punk legends the Dead Boys and their predecessor, Rocket from the Tombs, plays a free solo acoustic set at Niagara, where he’ll perhaps focus on his recent EP, titled Solo despite the fact he was assisted by Sylvain Sylvain and others. Tomorrow, Cheetah plays an early show at Bowery Electric, where he’ll be joined by fellow Cleveland native Miriam Linna, a one-time member of The Cramps and longtime drummer in the A-Bones. If you want to hear “Sonic Reducer,” though, Saturday’s show is probably your best bet. Cheetah will be taking part in the annual Joey Ramone birthday bash, also happening at Bowery Electric.

Also in town this weekend are the Pleasure Leftists, a four-piece of youngsters probably not alive yet when Chrome was making a name for himself at CBGB’s. Still, as witnessed on their recently released self-titled EP, the band’s sound has more in common with the post-punk of the ’70s and ’80s than whatever you’d call the now sounds of today. The band will be at The Acheron tomorrow night.

Buckeye football in the Big Apple

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Of course, Ohio football isn’t just merely Browns or Bengals. To many, it is all about the Buckeyes. If you are an Ohio State alum or merely a fan of the team, you can find the Scarlet and Gray this season at Iron Bar and Lounge, the official location for The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Greater New York. The bar will be providing several television screens, including one which is purportedly the biggest in Midtown, as well as drink and food specials. Reservations can be made in advance to guarantee a spot. The Buckeyes won their first game last week versus Navy and will square off against Virginia Tech tonight at 8pm.

Where to watch Ohio football in NYC

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As summer turns to autumn, many an Ohioan’s mind turns to the sport of football. (There’s a reason the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton.) This weekend marks the start of the NFL season, and like many other Ohio ex-pat football fans, you may be wondering where you can support Browns and Bengals instead of Jets and Giants. While there is probably no way to truly escape New York fans cheering on the hometown teams, there are several enclaves around the city for orange contingencies, be it orange and brown or orange and black. Continue Reading →

Reds take on Yankees this weekend

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Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds will be in the Bronx for the first of a three game series against the New York Yankees. For the two teams who have met three times in the World Series, this will be the first time they have met since 2012 , when the Reds took 2 of 3 games in a regular season series. This time around, both teams are contending with injuries, the Reds in their batting line-up (sluggers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips are out) and the Yankees in their starting rotation (they’ve got four starters unavailable).

Thus far this year, it’s the Reds who have been playing better baseball. They’re only 1½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central division and have a record of 51–44. Meanwhile, the Yankees are 47–47 and in third place in the AL East. Tonight, both teams will start right handers, with Cincy’s Mike Leake going up against the Yanks’ David Phelps. The game starts at 7:05 and can be watched on the YES TV Network and heard on WCBS 880 AM if you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium.

For Saturday’s game, the Reds’ Alfredo Simon will be on the mound against Brandon McCarthy. Sunday, Cincy fireballer Johnny Cueto will face Hiroki Kuroda. Both of those games are at 1:05pm.

Unholy Two at Union Pool tonight

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As one listen to any of the band’s music will tell you, Columbus’ Unholy Two are not easy listening by any stretch of the imagination. The trio’s handful of records is festooned with noisy barbs of guitar and electronic distortion, which in turn is meshed with ringleader Chris Lutzko’s lyrics on an array of taboo subject matter. As such, they eschew any sort of artfulness or intellectualizing, instead going straight for the throat. It is this rabid nature that makes the band standout amongst the current sea of incipient breastfed babies making music as a hobby. Listening to the band’s recently released second album, Talk About Hardcore, it is obvious that the band’s agenda extends beyond simply having fun. Regardless, it should be a pleasure to take in the band’s live set—which usually only lasts for 20 minutes or so before self-destruction sets in—at Union Pool tonight.

Devo at Best Buy Theater tonight

devo-announces-hardcore-tour-dates-2014-L-iovarcIt’s been a rough year for Devo. Last summer, Alan Myers, who drummed with the band in its heyday from 1976 to 1985 died of stomach cancer. Then, in February this year, founding member and guitarist Bob Casale, whose brother Gerald is another of its founding principals, passed away as a result of heart failure.

Nevertheless, the spud boys have pressed on, scheduling 10 dates this summer for their Hardcore Tour. Named after the recent pair of releases on Superior Viaduct Records, the label which, as any NE Ohioan should know, gets its moniker from a massive bridge that once spanned the Cuyahoga River on Cleveland’s northside, the tour will feature songs predating the Akron-born band’s first album. One gets the sense that this tour was already in the works before Bob2’s death so there will no doubt be a bittersweet quality to seeing the band this time around. Some may be disappointed not to hear “Whip It” for the umpteenth time, but this is a rare opportunity to hear material that hasn’t been performed live in decades. Tonight that opportunity presents itself at the Best Buy Theater.

Ohio at Northside Festival

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Since its inception six years ago, the Northside Festival has blossomed into an immensely enjoyable event that encompasses music, film, and the digital realm. Music has been the focus since day one, with the fest taking over the majority of Williamsburg’s clubs and McCarren Park for the weekend.

This year, Ohio is well-represented with a handful of acts either making the journey east or already transplanted to Brooklyn. Unfortunately, it seems most of them are playing Friday night so unless you possess cloning abilities, it won’t be possible to see them all. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be too disappointed as all are worth your while. Continue Reading →