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Lottery League’s Big Show 2013

Lottery League“On the evening of February 1st, 2013 at the Beachland Ballroom, 169 musicians were drawn from all reaches of Cleveland’s vibrant music scene and drafted into 42 bands. And the third season of the Cleveland Lottery League was born.” So begins the description of the events which led up to the magic night of April 13th, 2013 when those 42 bands came together, all for the first time, to perform their initial live performances as groups.

It was back in 2008 that the original idea of the Lottery League was thought up by a group who called themselves the Council of Chiefs. In 2008, a hypothetical situation was proposed by the original Council of Chiefs and that situation was this:
“What if all these rock band recidivists around [Cleveland] had to quit playing the same old shit with their same old friends and got forced into new bands at random?”

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Straight Outta Cleveland CD Review: This Moment In Black History “Public Square”

Living in a city as large as Cleveland, Ohio, there are many bands that I have yet to discover for myself. While other people may already have known everything that the band has released, I may be discovering the magic of their music for the first time. It is that first hint at a band that is as good as being the first person to hear the band’s music. One band that I just found for myself is Cleveland’s own This Moment In Black History.

This Moment In Black History is a quartet that is integrated, made up of musicians that are of several different races. It is this mix of backgrounds that help to create a style of rock music that is not stuck in one frame of mind. The quartet of musicians came together as a band after other projects went their separate ways. Combining forces to create this band, the members consist of: vocalist Chris Kulcsar, guitarist Buddy Akita, bassist Lawrence Caswell, and Bim Thomas.

Together, the band creates a sound that draws as much from early rock and punk bands like The Kinks and The Ramones, and bands like Devo, who created their own feel to the music, as it draws from jazz and other music genres. This Moment In Black History blends these elements together to create a style that is mostly punk, sure, but it is so much more than that.

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Straight Outta Cleveland – CD Review: 2nd Half “Neverville”

For over a decade, there has been the phenomenon of two musicians getting together to form a band. There has been a lot of music produced with only a drummer and some other musician as partners in a group over the years. The best known of these groups are The White Stripes and The Black Keys. However, other duos exist today that are currently trying to make a name for themselves. One such band is a group from Cleveland, Ohio that is known by the name of 2nd Half.

It has been almost fifteen years that Ed Gandolf and Drew Scalero have been entertaining music lovers in the Greater Cleveland area. And while some duos that create music may sound a little sparse as far as their sound is concerned, that has never been a problem for 2nd Half. Even though it was only Gandolf on guitars and Scalero on drums when the band would take to the stage, thanks to some creative production and programming, the band sounded like a full band when in concert.

For the majority of the band’s existence, 2nd Half existed as the duo. While Drew Scalero would handle the drum parts for the group, Ed Gandolf would write and perform every other musical part to their songs to fill in the guitars, bass and keyboards in their songs. Together, Scalero and Gandolf have written many songs that place the band’s style in the rock/modern rock category. Together as a duo, they have produced two albums: 2003’s Now It’s Real and 2006’s Left Behind.

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Rock and Roll Report Focus on APG

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photo courtesy of Amanda Willman

When a popular band decides to call it a day, usually the followers of that band are left with an empty feeling of never being able to see that band again. And if it happens that two bands decide to call it a day at the same time, twice as many people have the same empty feeling.

This is what happened when Cleveland-based band hard rock band Another Path and heavy metal band Gatlin decided that it was time to move on. However, when members of both bands heard of the other’s demise, a new partnership began between the lead singer of Another Path and the remaining members of Gatlin.

The new project became known as A Passion Greater, now known simply as APG. The lead singer, Dave Hudec, picked up where he left off in Another Path by writing songs for his new band, and his new band mates helped turn the new songs into something real, something different than what either band was playing before they broke apart. Along with Dave Hudec on vocals, the rest of the band consists of Jon Drake on bass/vocals, Don DeBiase on guitar, John Marshall on guitar, and Tony Castillo on drums.

The members of APG merged their two styles together into a melodic hard rock band. Taking the best of both worlds and combining them into one makes APG a band with a sound that would fit on any modern day rock station.

Once the band was together, they went into the studio to record their debut album, This Brutal Addiction. Engineered by the band’s lead guitarist, Don DeBiase, the 2007 album gives the listener their money’s worth, as the album clocks in at just under an hour.

One of the best hard rock albums of 2007, This Brutal Addiction definitely is one of those albums that you should check out if you like rock music. And the public agrees as the band has been nominated for the 2008 Free Times Music Awards in Cleveland for Best Hard Rock Band. This is the perfect time to check out this Cleveland group and their music.

For more information, go to www.myspace.apg. Also check them out at www.purevolume.com/apg.

Matheson Kamin

APG: This Brutal Addiction
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