Cavs’ season starts tonight!

cavsFor fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers (like myself), today feels a little bit like Christmas Eve. Tonight, the Cavs will kick off their 2014–15 season against the New York Knicks and for once the odds seem to be stacked in their favor—not just for the game, but the whole season. Of course, the return of Lebron James gives the team a huge advantage, but he also has great support on the team from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Dion Waters, to name just a few key players. Without trying to jinx anything, this could be the year. A great side effect of having James back on the team is national interest and the subsequent television coverage. So instead of just the handful of games against the Knicks and the Nets, New York Cavs fans with regular cable will be able to watch 28 games, which are listed below.

However, if that’s not enough Cleveland basketball for you, you could purchase the NBA League Pass, which is cheaper than a ticket to any of the Cavs’ games in New York, or you could join the NYC Cavs Meetup group at American Whiskey, where they’ll be showing all the games this season and will have drink specials.

Tonight’s game starts at 8pm and can be viewed on TNT or the MSG Network. Continue Reading →

OhioNYC CMJ Showcase on Friday

anywayrecords_CMJ_facebookAs anyone who’s read this blog should be able to tell, I have a thing for Ohio-born music. So it seems only natural that we are co-sponsoring a showcase at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. We’ve partnered with Anyway Records to present a bill of six artists who either have ties to the label or Ohio or both. It will all go down this Friday, October 24 (a.k.a. tomorrow), at Passenger Bar. And did I mention it’s free? Yes, no cover and no badge necessary! Music starts at 8pm, but get there early so you can get at least one happy hour drink. You can also get a taste of what to expect with this audio sampler. Hope to see you there!

The Line-Up (in order of appearance)

Jon Chinn: Before moving to Brooklyn a few years ago, Jon was a fixture in Columbus’ music community. He played with Pretty Mighty Mighty before subsequently going solo, ran Workbook Studios, and worked as a touring soundman for such notable acts as the New Bomb Turks.

The Receiver: The project of brothers Jesse and Casey Cooper, The Receiver has been making music in Columbus for nearly a decade. They’ve got two full-length albums under their collective belt and a third one on the way and have logged countless miles plying their trade.

St. Lenox: While this project has taken several forms, it is primarily the musical endeavor of Andrew Choi. Choi’s got a voice that is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder while musically he at times can recall everyone from Magnetic Fields to Dean Martin. He has an album due on Anyway in January.

The Human Hearts: This band is the latest project of Franklin Bruno, the thinking man’s singer-songwriter who previously has worked as a solo artist and as a member of Nothing Painted Blue.

Doug Gillard: Gillard has a CV that reads like a who’s who of Ohio indie rock. He’s been a member of Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, and Death of Samantha. And in addition to his own solo work, which includes an excellent album that came out this year, he’s now a member of Nada Surf and Bambi Kino.

WV White: These kids from Columbus are sure to end the night on a raucous note. They released their self-titled album on Anyway this past year and it’s a gem of rough-edged melody and rambunctious energy.



Afghan Whigs in town this weekend

afghanwhigsTonight, the Afghan Whigs play the first of two shows in New York this weekend. The Cincinnati-born band will be at Manhattan’s majestic Beacon Theatre this evening, while tomorrow night they’ll play a slightly more intimate show in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band, which reformed with three of its four original members a couple years ago, now includes only frontman Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley from their original line-up. Included in the new group is drummer Patrick Keeler, also of The Greenhornes, another Cincy-based band. The Whigs have been touring most of this past year in support of Do to the Beast, which they released in April. But they’ll no doubt play plenty of cuts off of their breakthrough Gentlemen album, which is being reissued in a deluxe edition later this month by Rhino Records. Tickets for tonight’s show are still available via Ticketmaster (and dirt cheap via Stubhub), but tomorrow’s night show is sold out. Below is the band’s recent performance of “Matamoros” from their latest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Lydia Loveless at The Studio at Webster Hall tomorrow night

lydialovelessIn the two years since I last wrote about Lydia Loveless, the Coshocton native, Columbus resident has been making people take notice. She’s won accolades for her third album, Somewhere Else, from everyone from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal—and with good reason. The record transcends her alt-country leanings for songs that lace rock raucous with simmering emotion. Tomorrow, she’ll display such chops at The Studio at Webster Hall. For a taste, watch the video below of Loveless performing “Hurts So Bad” from Somewhere Else at The Mug & Brush, a.k.a. the best barbershop in Columbus.

Cleveland music this weekend

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

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


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 →