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Premiere: Jackson Browne joins Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for 50th
A half-century ago, a loose-knit community of young musicians working in Southern California were tinkering with new musical hybrids, experiments that led to the folk-rock sound of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, the country rock of Linda Ronstadt and the Flying Burrito Brothers and an even...
1674 points by Los Angeles Times | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Emmylou Harris Linda Ronstadt Rock music Country rock Chris Hillman The Band Jackson Browne
On its third album, 'Sunlit Youth,' Local Natives moves toward the center without compromising
Seated around a Mt. Washington kitchen table, three members of the Los Angeles rock quintet Local Natives were having a conversation recently about songwriting, band dynamics and the group’s 13-year ascent, which began when its founders were teenagers living in Orange County. The band’s ambitious...
3246 points by Los Angeles Times | The Band TBD Records
View photos submitted for Best High School Marching Band contest; send yours from tonight's game
Check out some of the photos that have been submitted by readers as part of a nomination for's Best High School Marching Band contest. CLEVELAND, Ohio - As nominations for's Best High School Marching Band contest continue to come in, so do the photos and videos. More than 100 parents, students, faculty, alumni and community members have shared a glimpse of their favorite marching band in Greater Cleveland. Dozens of area schools have been nominated for inclusion in the contest. Click through the gallery above to see some of the many photos we've received as part of nominations. And while you're out at a football game this week or next week, send your nomination along with a picture and/or video to [email protected] or use the comments section below. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Be sure to include a short description on what makes the band so great, memorable moments and why it should be chosen to be included in the contest. We welcome pictures and/or videos of the band in action to help us decide if the band should advance to the first round of online voting. Or send a link to the band's Twitter page or links to Tweets or other social media posts we should check out. The only limitation is the high school must be located within our seven-county coverage area, which consists of Cuyahoga, Summit, Medina, Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Portage counties. Best Band contest dates: Here is a rundown on how the Best High School Marching Band contest will work. Now-Sept. 19: Nominations accepted from schools, bands, students, parents, fans -- you name it. Sept. 22-28: The bands that have been selected for the first round of the contest will be announced and the opening round of online voting will be held to determine the eight finalists. Voting totals in this round will also determine the eight seeds for the remainder of the contest. Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Voting in the quarterfinals round. Oct. 6-12: Voting in the semifinals round. Oct. 13-20: Voting in the final round to determine the winner of Greater Cleveland's Best High School Marching Band contest.
20 points by The Plain Dealer | High school Cuyahoga County Ohio The Band Remainder Candidate Greater Cleveland Nomination Education
Hear from Bro Dylan at Brite Winter 2017 (video)
Bro Dylan performed at McCarthy's stage at Brite Winter 2017; hear some of their performance and a short interview in this video. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bro Dylan was the first band to take the indoor McCarthy's stage at Brite Winter 2017. Inside the cramped bar, the band hopped up onto the small wooden stage in a corner at 5:50 p.m. Their set consisted of indie-rock songs from their new album, Crisis. Around them, Brite Winter visitors ordered drinks from the bar and danced in an open area in front of the stage. See what the band had to say in the video above, along with a snippet of their performance.
12 points by The Plain Dealer | Bob Dylan The Band The Last Waltz Rock music
Hear from The Modern Electric at Brite Winter 2017 (video)
See some of The Modern Electric's encore performance at Brite Winter 2017, along with a short interview with the band. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Modern Electric had just hopped off their stage at Brite Winter when the audience began chanting for an encore. They went back up, started a tape recorder, and played one bonus song: "When All Else Fails." The band members were particularly happy about the warm temperatures during the day; the last time they played the winter festival a few years ago, it had been freezing cold. See what the band has to say in a short interview, along with a snippet of their encore performance, in the video above.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Performance Audience The Band
Hear from The Whiskey Hollow at Brite Winter 2017 (video)
The Whiskey Hollow performed at Brite Winter for the first time this year; hear what they had to say, and see some of their performance. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- This year was The Whiskey Hollow's first year performing at Brite Winter music festival. They took the stage with Fluri, a blue furry mascot of the festival, who danced to the soul-rock band's first song. They took the stage at 5:25 p.m., while the sun was still shining, for a performance underneath the Main Avenue Bridge. The blue bridge stretches from the West Bank of the Flats into downtown Cleveland, and hovered above most Brite Winter activities of the day. See the band's Brite Winter performance, along with a short interview, in the video above.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Music Performance Native Americans in the United States Dance Light The Band Performing arts Midwestern United States
First to Eleven sets stage for run at third Tri-C High School Rock Off title
First to Eleven, the two-time defending champion of the Tri-C High School Rock Off, earned a spot in the Final Exam in competition at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night. CLEVELAND, Ohio - First to Eleven took the next step in becoming the first to threepeat as champion of the Tri-C High School Rock Off on Saturday night. The band from Erie, Pennsylvania - back-to-back winners of the event that's now in its 21st year - became one of three bands to move to the Saturday, Feb. 25, Final Exam at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Also making the Final Exam Saturday night were Last Minute, from Marion Steele High School and Man Cried Wolf, from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Those three bands join Funeral Proposals, from Copley, Elleet and Mogodore; No Good Solutions, from Lake Catholic, Orange and Riverside; the Frats, from Avon Lake; the Waves, from Archbishop Hoban and Woodridge; Montage, from Cleveand School of the Arts; and Lonely Pirate Committee, from Lake Catholic, Shaker Heights and University School. The fourth and last semifinal round of the Rock Off will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Rock Hall. Tickets for that are $10, available from any participating band member as well as at the Rock Hall box office and online at Tickets to the Final Exam, $12, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Rock Hall, are available from band members, at the Rock Hall box office and online at
49 points by The Plain Dealer | The Band High school Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland Heights Ohio Music Ohio Junior Classical League University School Shaker Heights Ohio
Obituary: Dave Vucenich / Bass player for The Cynics and Mount McKinleys
Flipping through the Facebook page of Dave Vucenich, you discover pretty quickly how much he loved his mom, loved his pets and loved rock ’n’ roll.
254 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Cumberland County Pennsylvania Get Hip Records Garage rock Pennsylvania Rock and roll Punk rock The Band Rock music
Demand for 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony reaches peak levels
Good seats for the 2017 ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y. are going for more than $1,000 on secondary market sites. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Anyone who had doubts about this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class received a bit of affirmation on Friday. Tickets for the 2017 Ceremony set for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They were gone by 11 a.m. This year's class includes Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Chic's Nile Rodgers. This marks the third ceremony at the Barclays Center and it's not the first to sell out. The 2014 ceremony, featuring KISS, Nirvana the E Street Band, Hall & Oates and others, sold out in a matter of minutes. But the 2017 ceremony is certainly matching, if not beating its predecessors in terms of demand. Fans can purchase resale tickets in the nosebleed section of the Barclays Center starting at $238 over at StubHub. Someone is even selling tickets in the higher-up sections for as much as $5,0000. Good seats (in the lower sections of Barclays) will cost you more than $1,000 each. Ticket prices on StubHub are often bloated. But for the 2017 Rock Hall Ceremony, they are comparable to other secondary market sites like SeatGeek and Vivid Seats. The 2017 ceremony's appeal has a lot to do with clear headliner Pearl Jam. But also word has been mum on whether or not Journey will reunite with former lead singer Steve Perry. Just the possibility of a reunion has followers excited, as Journey fan pages on social media have been working in overdrive since the announcement of the band's induction. Perry hasn't performed a full show with Journey in 30 years. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has also announced its first set of presenters, which is an impressive list. Neil Young will induct Pearl Jam, while members of Rush will do the same for Yes. Jackson Browne is set to give a speech for longtime friend Baez.
719 points by The Plain Dealer | Rock music Joan Baez The Band Journey Neil Young Jackson Browne Live Aid Bob Dylan
Free again: Healed red-tailed hawk released at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (photos)
An injured red-tailed hawk, found near the highway in Westlake, had an injured wing. The bird was rehabilitated at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and released back to the wild on Sunday. BAY VILLAGE, Ohio -- Tim Jasinski puts on a pair of thick leather gloves and reaches into the dark interior of a red plastic animal crate. He pulls out a fierce looking bird with a big hooked beak, big yellow feet and razor-sharp talons. The bird doesn't squawk, and Jasinski holds it snugly against his chest, keeping the bird as still as possible so it won't be harmed. Jasinski, a wildlife rehabilitation specialist at Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, has been nursing the red-tailed hawk back to health for the past two months. On December 6, a Westlake animal control officer brought the bird to the center after someone reported finding it on the ground near the highway. Luckily, there were no broken bones, but Jasinski and fellow wildlife specialist Taryn Leach wrapped the injured right wing and shoulder to keep it immobile enough to heal. The bird, thought to be a three year-old male, recovered enough to be placed in a flight cage to have the room to stretch its wings and take short flights to strengthen them. Read more: How to identify Ohio's birds of prey On Sunday, one day short of two months at the rehabilitation center, Jasinski knows the hawk is ready to fly back into the wild. He carries the bird to a stainless steel table.  Banders Jill and Gary Fowler of Parma Heights stand at the ready to put identification bands on the hawk. As the bird is lowered, it spreads its wings, a redish-brown and white span of about four feet. It tucks the wings back in, and Jasinski wraps the bird in a soft blue towel, which will keep him snug and in the dark to lessen the stress. Jill Fowler pulls out a gauge, quickly measuring the bird's legs to determine the appropriate band size. "I'm thinking 7D," she says to her husband, Gary. "What do you think?"  Gary leans in, and agrees. It's the biggest of the three red-tailed hawk band sizes. The bird is large, and stocky, close to two feet long. The identification bands carry information that allows them to not only to track the bird, but to learn about the success rate of their rehabilitation techniques. Jill slips a sliver band, made of aluminum and supplied by the U.S. government, onto the bird's left leg. She uses pliers to clamp it shut, and checks to make sure the band moves freely and will be comfortable for the bird. Next, she grabs a red band that is especially for raptors in the Northeast Ohio area. The color is easy to spot from a distance, and people can know, even if they can't see the letters and numbers, that it was banded by the Fowlers. "Eagles get green bands," Jill says. Bands on, Jasinski removes the towel from the bird and places it back in the crate. He grabs a large net on a long pole and says sheepishly, "Just in case things go wrong." But they don't. Jasinski carries the bird to a wide open field across from the nature center. The early afternoon sun is melting what snow is left and, dressed in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt on this 40 degree day, he places the crate on the ground. Leach opens the door and steps back. The hawk doesn't venture out. He sits, warily looking out the door. After about five minutes, they decide to open the large top of the crate, giving the bird a better idea that he is free to go. He comes out, uncertainly, and sits next to the crate for a minute before quickly turning tail and flying to a tree. After resting there for about three minutes, another flash of rusty red tail and he was gone, headed back toward Westlake. The group walks back to the parking lot, the Fowlers headed home to watch the Super Bowl. "Go Pats!" she yells. "Really, no Falcons?" the others joke. February 11-12 is Birds of Prey Weekend at Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be opportunities to see hawks and eagles and other birds up close and to learn about their habits and habitats. There will be crafts, hikes, ice-carving and lots of other things to do. For more information, go to Cleveland Metroparks Birds of Prey Weekend, or call 440-734-6660.
224 points by The Plain Dealer | Red-tailed Hawk The Band Eagle Cuyahoga County Ohio Bird Birds of prey Wing Bird of prey
Nickelback announces 44-date, summer concert tour
Karen ButlerFeb. 4 (UPI) -- The Canadian rock band Nickelback has announced plans for a "Feed the Machine" summer concert tour.
55 points by UPI | Nickelback United Press International United States Canadian rock Concert Chicago The Band
After claiming national title, Calvert Hall marching band tops off season with Sugar Bowl appearance
As the names of the 11 high school competitive marching bands battling for a USBands Group II Open national championship were read in reverse order of how they fared in the competition last November, Brian Ecton was afraid that he would not have to wait very long to hear Calvert Hall College High...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Marching band Lasallian educational institutions The Band Towson Maryland The Star-Spangled Banner High school Baltimore County Maryland Tears of Rage
The Avett Brothers to perform at Akron Civic Theatre tonight (photos)
Tonight, The Avett Brothers will be performing their second show at Akron's Civic Theatre, which follows their performance yesterday. Read about the show here. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tonight, folk rock band The Avett Brothers will take on their second performance at the Akron Civic Theater. And if it's anything like yesterday's show (and most of their past performances), it will be pretty lengthy. Before they even took the stage at the Akron Civic Theatre on Nov. 15, a security guard noted that their performance was slated to go for two and a half hours. At least, that's how long they performed every other time they played here, he said. With no bands opening up for them (unless you count an energetic accordion player who stood outside on the street), The Avett Brothers stepped onstage at 7:45 p.m. and didn't leave it until 10:15 p.m. Within the first song, the audience was standing and dancing to the music, which included songs from the Avett Brother's entire discography, from 2002's "Country Was" to this year's "True Sadness." In the front row, a pair of women danced with one another, shouting out the lyrics to the song. Over them, Seth Avett leaned out over the lip of the stage and vigorously strummed his guitar. Cellist Joe Kwon pulled a similar stunt with his instrument, holding it just above the heads of eager audience members below. But it wasn't constantly so bubbly. A particularly somber part of the night was when the band broke into a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujiah," as a tribute to the late singer who died on Nov. 7. See a full set list from the show below: "Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise" "Down With The Shine" "Nothing Short Of Thankful" "Die Die Die" "True Sadness" "Murder In The City" "The Perfect Space" "Satan Pulls The Strings" "Life" "Old Joe Clark" (traditional cover) "Pretty Girl From Chile" "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen Cover) "Ain't No Man" "Salina" "Crazy For You" (Benji Hughes cover) "Through My Prayers" "Victims Of Life" "The Fall" "The New Love Song" "Smithsonian" "You Are Mine" "November Blue" "Kick Drum Heart" "Geraldine" "Incomplete and Insecure" Encore: "Distraction #74" "Little Sadie" (traditional cover) "Morning Song" Tonight, The Avett Brothers will take the stage again at Akron Civic Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the show.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Performance The Avett Brothers Leonard Cohen Scott Avett Theatre Audience The Band Seth Avett
Bob Dylan to skip Nobel ceremony
Bob Dylan will not travel to Sweden to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature in person, the Swedish Academy announced in a statement Wednesday.
1261 points by CNN | Bob Dylan Nobel Prize Nobel Prize in Literature Neil Young United States Rock music The Band English-language films
Revived Magic Stick relaunches with UK’s Buzzcocks
The Detroit club’s major upgrades include a colorful paint scheme, vintage Magic Stick concert posters and bigger stage.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Pete Shelley Steve Diggle Buzzcocks Audience Detroit Free Press The Detroit News The Band
No apologies necessary as Fredward delivers polished, propulsive record
“You’re Only Here Because You Have To Be,” the new full-length debut from local punk act Fredward, is the best record to come out of Vegas this year.
463 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Punk rock Punk subculture The Band Gramophone record Rock music Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
Toronto Film Review: ‘The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America’
Paul Dugdale’s Rolling Stones tour documentary, “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America,” arrives just a few short years after Martin Scorsese’s concert doc “Shine a Light,” Brett Morgan’s “Crossfire Hurricane,” and Morgan Neville’s “Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” among others. It also arrives alongside yet another Rolling Stones concert documentary also directed... Read more »
-1 points by Variety | The Rolling Stones Keith Richards Mick Jagger Ronnie Wood The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972 Martin Scorsese The Band The Last Waltz