Cavs vs Nets tonight

netscavsWhen the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets for the first time this season tonight at the Barclays Center, there is no telling what might happen. The Nets are coming off a 23-point loss to the Hawks after previously defeating the defending champions, the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are on a tear, having won their last six games, including, most recently, a 14-point win over the fearsome Toronto Raptors. The question isn’t whether or not the Cavs will win (they will), but whether or not the Nets will make a game of it. If you’re looking to get tickets, as of press time, they start at about $55 on Ticketmaster and $64 on StubHub. You can watch the game at home on the YES network or listen to it on WFAN 101.9 FM/66 AM. Tipoff is at 7:30pm.

Cavs vs. Knicks rematch tonight

Starting with a season opener loss to the New York Knicks at home, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2014 season got off to a rocky start. With expectations high for this team to finally bring a championship to Cleveland, the LeBron James–led  squad went 5–7 in their first 12 games. However, the team has seemingly begun to gel, looking particularly impressive during their recent four-game winning streak. The Knicks, on the other hand, seem like they’ll never get it together. At 4–15, they have one of the worst records in the league and have quickly made it apparent that it’s going to take more than Phil Jackson in the front office to make this team a winner. More than likely, they just got lucky in their first meeting with the Cavs and tonight LeBron will have his revenge.

Of course, the one disadvantage to having James back on the Cavs is that tickets are harder to come by. If you aren’t lucky enough to be going to Madison Square Garden, you can join the NYC Cavs group, watch the game at home on TNT or the MSG Network, listen to it on ESPN FM 98.7, or view the game at any number of bars who will no doubt have it on.

X__X returns to New York City

Given their Big Apple-centric view of the world, New Yorkers like to believe that punk rock began on the Bowery with the Ramones, et. al. History is never so clearly defined, however, and one could easily make the argument that such noise was being made in Cleveland years earlier, even if few heard such rumblings. One of those of primordial punks was John Morton, whose electric eels (all lower case after e e cummings) were in operation as early as 1972. He subsequently formed the short-lived X__X with guitarist Andew Klimeyk and drummer Anton Fier, better known for his work with The Feelies and The Golden Palominos. Though the band existed for barely six months before Morton moved to New York, their live performances and two singles were remarkable enough to be remembered all these years later. Finnish label Ektro Records recently released a compilation, and to mark the occasion, Morton has assembled an altered line-up of Klimeyk, bassist Craig Bell (of Rocket from the Tombs), and drummer Matthew Harris to play a handful of shows, including one tonight at Cake Shop and another on Sunday at WFMU’s Monty Hall. I got in touch with Morton, who is also a visual artist, via email to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer them.

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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.

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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.