2nd Half Advance to Finals in ESPN Home Court Contest

2nd Half - coming to a TV set near you! (Photo: Courtesy of 2nd Half)

Speaking of bands working to raise the profile of Cleveland music, how about those 2nd Half guys? The group has been involved in a contest sponsored by OurStage.com and ESPN to determine “Who’s Next” among independent rock bands across the nation. Recently they advanced to the finals in an online poll, and if they win, they’ll have their music played during Championship week for the NCAA Men’s College Basketball coverage on ESPN. Continue reading

[Preview] Ohio Sky – This House is Old and Filled with Ghosts (EP)

The Ohio Sky continue to create. (Photo illustration: Ohio Sky)

Ohio Sky has a new EP coming to an iTunes store near you – “This House is Old and Filled with Ghosts” represents the latest from the band, and judging from the teaser trailer, the amazing sounds that the group recorded on their previous full-length, “Curses” continue on this recording. Continue reading

Black Sabbath Reunion Downsized – Iommi Pulls Out, Reunion Still On

Tony Iommi reportedly will not be joining Black Sabbath for the majority of the 2012 reunion tour due to health reasons. (Photo: Getty Images)

It seems the metal gods (Dio?) are continuing to conspire and sabotage Black Sabbath‘s planned reunion for 2012.  On Friday, the band announced on their website that guitarist Tony Iommi will be unable to join the band for the full tour, reducing the reunion to a single date – Jun 10th at the Download Festival. Continue reading

[Concert Review + Setlists] WJCU Metal Benefit Concert #1 at the Beachland Tavern, 2.11.12

Red Giant helped make the 2012 Metal Benefit a success, not to mention a rockfest! (Photo: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)

On Saturday the 11th of February at the Beachland Tavern in Collinwood, The Suede Brothers, Red Giant, Venomin James, Lotus Pedal and The Del Rio Bandits rocked the stage in support of college radio! Those who braved the cold and snow to make it to the show certainly got more than their money’s worth – with all proceeds from the show going to support 88.7 WJCU – a non-profit, non-commercial radio station that has served the Heights community for over 40 years. Continue reading

[Photos] The Suede Brothers at the Beachland Tavern, 2.11.12

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The Suede Brothers The Suede Brothers, live in concert at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, OH for the 2012 WJCU Radiothon Metal Benefit Concert #1 on 2.11.12. (Photo Credit: Gene Natale, Jr. / 88.7 WJCU)