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Concert Review: Band Of Horses @ Cleveland’s Grog Shop

Band Of Horses, a group from Seattle recently signed to Sub Pop, opened up for Iron & Wine at Cleveland’s Grog Shop on Saturday, April 16th. The show was sold out and the audience was patient (Band Of Horses didn’t go on until nearly 10:30), but it was worth the wait as the band provided a unique spin on alternative ... Read More »

CD Review: Z-Trip’s Shifting Gears

Z-Trip’s debut album plays like a love letter to hip hop, complete with all the old school party jams and experimental mash-ups you’ve come to expect from any DJ worth the hype associated with them. Shifting Gears (release date April 19th) tends to stay on the playful side of the tracks, consistently reminding the listener that hip hop is supposed ... Read More »

DMX Arrested For Causing Accident

Earl Simmons, better known as rapper DMX, was arrested Friday, April 15 by the Bronx police after being involved in a three car accident on the Major Deegan Expressway. His vehicle struck another car which in turn struck a police cruiser. One woman and two police officers have been treated for minor injuries. This is not the first time DMX ... Read More »

Free iPod a scam?

Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve been debating whether or not to try one of those free iPod offers. The offers seem scandalous at first, but then, after a little bit of research, particular sites like www.freeipods.com seem to be pretty legit. There’s even a site, www.freeipodguide.com that attempts to legitimize the other sites. It started with ... Read More »

Concert Review: Eisley at Cleveland’s House of Blues

Eisley already had three strikes against them when they stepped on the stage to open for Reggie & The Full Effect and A New Found Glory at Cleveland’s House Of Blues on April 7. 1. They were the only non-punk band on the bill. 2. Even with two EPs and a full length album behind them, their oldest member is ... Read More »

Concert Announcement: Summer Meat Loaf Tour

He’s larger than life, a rock & roll icon, and his concerts are legendary. The one and only Meat Loaf, a performer who’s been to hell and back and lived to sing about it –twice, in fact– is about to come to a town near you. On April 2nd the box office opened up to sell tickets to Meat Loaf’s ... Read More »

Movie Review: Sin City

Sin City, Robert Rodriguez’s latest feature (co-directed with Frank Miller of Batman comics fame) lives up to the hype, naked and violent. Read More »

CD Review: Trail Of The Dead’s Worlds Apart

When trying to peg, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead’s latest release, Worlds Apart, it’s easiest to think of it more as a disjointed apocalyptic treat than a collection of songs. One track will be bookended with the sounds of human screams and tinges of nature, birds chirping, an owl cooing. It’s difficult to know ... Read More »

DVD Review: The Ring: Collector’s Edition

Kôji Suzuki’s novels have seen quite a bit of treatment to date. Starting in Japan in 1995, his work has been the source material for over 10 movies, Japanese and American. His most popular novel, Ringu, has been adapted into two feature films and used as the basis for multiple others. On March 8th, Dreamworks finally gave director Gore Verbinski’s (Pirates ... Read More »

The Ring Collector’s Edition DVD

Have you ever found a mysterious videotape on your doorstep? I have. Read More »