Tim Easton at Rockwood Music Hall tonight

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Tim Easton may live in Nashville now, but he’s still an Ohio boy at heart. The Akron-raised singer-songwriter first made a name for himself as the frontman for Columbus’ Haynes Boys, who recently reissued their lone full-length, but has been going it alone since that band broke-up around the turn of the century. He’s just released a new record, American Fork, and as he’s long been wont to do, has hit the road in support of it. He will be in New York tonight, playing an early show at the Rockwood Music Hall. Check out the first video from the album, “Right Before Your Own Eyes,” below.

Mark Mothersbaugh at The Strand tonight

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Though most people are probably familiar with Mark Mothersbaugh for being a member of  musical provocateurs Devo or perhaps for his soundtrack work, which has ranged from The Royal Tenenbaums to The LEGO Movie, this Renaissance man and Akron native has also worked in various visual mediums throughout his career in those other fields. A selection of that work has recently been collected under the title “Myopia” and is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Concurrently, Princeton Architectural Press has published a book of the same title that also places the art in the context of Mothersbaugh’s work with Devo.

Tonight at The Strand, Mothersbaugh will be discussing the book with its editor and MCA Denver’s director, Adam Lerner, as well as signing copies for those in attendance afterwards. One must purchase a copy of the book to attend, and other memorabilia will not be signed, so leave those energy domes at home spud boys!

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.

Joseph Arthur kicks off tour tonight

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Singer, songwriter and guitarist (not to mention visual artist) Joseph Arthur is kicking off a tour in support of his latest album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ, tonight at the Bowery Ballroom. The record is the tenth album the Akron native (and now Brooklyn resident) has made since getting his start in the mid-90s when Peter Gabriel signed him to his Real World label. Arthur, who has been releasing his music on his Lonely Astronaut label since 2006, raised money for the album’s release via crowdfunding site Pledge Music, where fans can still purchase a download of the album and other items.

Arthur told Paste that Boogie Christ is “a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it.” You can hear the whole record, which was released on Tuesday, over at the Paste website, including a track called “King of Cleveland.” In the meantime, check out a video for another track off the album, “Saint of Impossible Causes,” below.

Interview: Carlo Caponi

While most people tend to think of New York or Chicago when it comes to pizza, Ohio is not without its share of great pizza. Having grown up with a member of the Iacono family, I can attest to the fact that there are a great many mom-and-pop shops making pies of a superb quality. Hell, even some of the regional chains ain’t bad at all!

Carlo Caponi grew up in Akron in a pizza-making family. When he came to New York to attend law school, he naturally sought out the city’s great pizza parlors. His culinary explorations eventually led to a desire to share his knowledge, so with a childhood friend, he created an iOS app, Pie Nearby. Available for download for $1.99, the app helps users find quality pizza wherever they are in the five boroughs. Caponi, who sampled all the pizza rated in the app, answered some questions via email.

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Interview: Wrion Bowling

Creating a comedic film called Oh No, Sharks! when he was still a teenager, Wrion Bowling knew from a young age that he wanted to make movies. As such, after attending Ohio University, where he won the school’s Director’s Award in 2008 for the original webseries Housemates, he moved to the New York area to pursue his vocation. Still, it was his Ohio ties that led to the creation of his first movie, Shelter. Beginning in February 2010, Wrion and former OU classmate Adam Caudill, a Cincinnati native living in Columbus, began collaborating on the script for the film via video chat and filesharing services. After completing the screenplay, they filmed Shelter in Akron, recruiting several other OU alumni as members of their crew.

Shelter was released earlier this year, but was already named “Best Narrative Feature” by the Columbus International Film Festival and was an official selection of both the Ohio Independent Film Festival and the Great Lakes International Film Festival. Tomorrow, it is being shown at 10pm at IndieScreen as part of the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. Check out a trailer for the film below and then continue on to read our interview with Bowling.

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Tim Easton playing in town tonight and tomorrow

Tim Easton grew up in Akron, hung his hat in Columbus for many years, and now lives in Nashville, but his second home has always been the road. In his younger years, he busked around Europe, while the last couple decades, he has continued to tour prodigiously, playing places as far flung as Alaska on a regular basis. The singer-songwriter, who many in Columbus still remember fondly as the frontman for the Haynes Boys, has been on the road this past month with fiddler Megan Palmer, another former Columbusite who now lives in Brooklyn. Tonight, Easton will reconnect with a former band member when he plays Dirty Bird To-Go’s new Tribeca location. The fried chicken restaurant is owned by Joseph Ciriello, yet another former Columbus denizen who played with Tim in his first band, the Kosher Spears. Meanwhile, tomorrow, Easton and Palmer will be at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn. Check out a video below for “Four Queens,” a song from Easton’s sixth and latest solo album, Since 1966.