Akron’s own Black Keys returning to The Q, with Modest Mouse in tow

It’s still amazing to me that two guys from Akron, whose band, The Black Keys, offers what is, for the most part, straight-ahead, if highly addictive rock, can headline arenas. I mean, I saw singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney absolutely pack Agora Cleveland years ago for a blistering show, but while the Agora isn’t some tiny club, it isn’t Quicken Loans Arena, either. … Continue reading Akron’s own Black Keys returning to The Q, with Modest Mouse in tow

Slow-but-funny Steven Wright back at Playhouse Square for more stand-up in March

I interviewed Steven Wright a little more than two years ago, not long before the longtime stand-up comic was slated to perform at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. In case you are unfamiliar with Wright, he talks and (I’m pretty sure, at least) moves pretty slowly. So when I saw recently that he was slated again to perform at Playhouse Square — on March 22, at the … Continue reading Slow-but-funny Steven Wright back at Playhouse Square for more stand-up in March

Plan an artsy musical evening with Bon Iver at Playhouse Square March 29

Count yours truly among those who plan to be in attendance for Bon Iver’s show March 29 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre in Cleveland. To my ears, the Justin Vernon-led art-rock act is something special. That opinion was solidified for me when I saw Bon Iver perform in September 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in support of its fantastic eponymous … Continue reading Plan an artsy musical evening with Bon Iver at Playhouse Square March 29

Spend a night with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Shovels & Rope at Agora

Agora Cleveland just announced a solid double bill for May 9. UK rocker Frank Turner — whose music can be thoughtful and raucous, falling in the wide space between folk and rock — with his band The Sleeping Souls shares the evening with Americana duo Shovels & Rope, with Trapper Schoepp listed as the opener. Turner is touring in support of 2018 album “Be More … Continue reading Spend a night with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Shovels & Rope at Agora

Hozier, Sheryl Crow announced as headliner for June’s LaureLive music fest

It’s hard to imagine it as I write this, as bitter cold and show take over the day, but months from now we will be in the mood for a two-day outdoor music festival. Likely to be the biggest in Northeast Ohio this summer, LaureLive — set for June 8 and 9 at the 150-acre Butler Campus of the Laurel School that spans both Russell … Continue reading Hozier, Sheryl Crow announced as headliner for June’s LaureLive music fest