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26Aug/110

Suburban Metal Dad no. 82, “Booger”

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Metal Dad says, "At least she can feed herself."

Suburban Metal Dad, an original webcomic by D.X. Ferris, served fresh every Monday and Friday.

Now featuring Sort-Of Soundtrack — an optional, random, name-brand metal jam you can open in a new window!

Check out today's strip after the jump...

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25Aug/111

New from Ben Folds Five, ‘House’

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It feels so good to type the words "new Ben Folds Five." For those of you living under that proverbial rock, Folds has an awesome rarities collection coming out that for some reason, we have to wait patiently until October to hear.

We're not so good with the whole waiting thing.

Three newly completed Ben Folds Five tracks are part of the collection and one of them, a tune called 'House' makes its premiere via the NBC website for 'The Sing-Off.'

You can stream the new song here.

Allegedly, Ben Folds Five will come together in December to record a new album. How great would that be?

Pre-order 'The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective.'

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24Aug/110

Great deal on Tedeschi-Trucks Band tickets for Cleveland

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The marital pairing of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks produced one of my favorite albums of this year and they're currently out on the road promoting that 'Revelator' album on a tour that will bring them to the Nautica Pavilion here in Cleveland on September 3rd.

If you've held off on making plans to go to the show so far, that's great news for you, because Groupon has a sale on tickets, which are priced at $12 and $19 for the next two days.

I can't think of a better way to spend an evening! Here's one of my favorites from the album.

By the way, you can get a free download of 'Bound For Glory' by visiting their website, where you'll also find a complete listing of their current tour dates.

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24Aug/110

Alice in Chains take a ‘Right Turn’

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Could it be that my recent discussion of the great 'Sap' EP by Alice in Chains inspired them to pull out a super-rarity for their return to the concert stage?

According to The Pulse Of Radio, ALICE IN CHAINS ended a nearly 10-month break from the stage on August 13 with a sold-out, semi-acoustic show at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The show — one of just two that ALICE IN CHAINS performed this month — featured a rendition of "Right Turn", a track from the 1992 EP "Sap" that has not only never been played live by this version of the group, but may not have been performed in concert before ever. The original studio version featured guest vocals from SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell.

The show's finale featured guitarist Jerry Cantrell's father and a number of fans pulled onstage to sit on two couches and watch the band play "Rooster", a song written about the elder Cantrell's experiences in the Vietnam war.

Probably not.

But if you don't own 'Sap,' you seriously need to remedy that situation.

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22Aug/1123

Journey to Steve Perry: Let’s hang out, bro.

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I had to laugh when I saw this:

Steve Perry is welcome back on stage with Journey any time, guitarist Neal Schon said in a recent interview. In fact, current lead singer and Perry soundalike Arnel Pineda would be “overjoyed” if Perry were to show up for one of the band’s tour stops.

I was discussing the recently announced 'Greatest Hits Volume 2' release with good ol Mike Duquette of The Second Disc recently, admitting that it's very likely that I'll need to own it (it's coming out on vinyl, btw) despite the fact that I own all of the songs featured on the compilation. What's up with that?

One of my coolest acquisitions of the past year?  Getting a DVD copy of the 'Frontiers & Beyond' home video, thanks to a cool ATV reader who saw my plea for a copy. Even though I have it, I'd still welcome an official DVD version of it, perhaps with bonus footage?

We can dream, right?

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22Aug/110

Free MP3 from David Lowery + Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Full Album Performances

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Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven have announced the 7th annual Campout Music Festival happening September 15th-17th in Pioneertown, California.

As if you needed any added incentive to make the trip, they'll both be highlighting key moments from their catalog, with CVB performing 'Key Lime Pie' in its entirety while Cracker will revisit the whole 'Kerosene Hat' album. It's not exactly a new event for either band, but when you add camping into the whole experience, it does add a new dimension to things...because who doesn't love to camp?

The fest is located at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in the High Desert of Southern California. The location ties in perfectly with Cracker’s own history as their signature album 'Kerosene Hat' was recorded here back in 1993 in the now-closed movie soundstage next to the Palace.

If camping isn't your bag, there are additional opportunities to get in on the full album performance fun at upcoming Cracker/CVB dates in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Arizona.

To celebrate all of the above goodness, Cracker's David Lowery shared an outtake from his recent solo disc 'The Palace Guards.' The tune is called 'Cages' and you can download it for free here.

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22Aug/11107

Suburban Metal Dad no. 81, “At the Pool, Part 3″

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someone thinks, "boobs."

Suburban Metal Dad, an original webcomic by D.X. Ferris, served fresh every Monday and Friday.

Now featuring Sort-Of Soundtrack — an optional, random, name-brand metal jam you can open in a new window!

Check out today's strip after the jump...

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17Aug/110

All Hail The Beachland Ballroom

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When I was growing up here in Cleveland, I couldn't imagine a day when I wouldn't be spending many of my concert nights attending shows at the Cleveland Agora, but shifting times, financial issues and politics eventually drove the Agora into its current state of relative inactivity.

Among the clubs that have filled the void, I've really enjoyed watching what the folks over at the Beachland Ballroom have been able to build up over their 11 year history of booking shows. Offering an eclectic mix from the very beginning, they've impressively grown through the years, booking quite a few shows that at an earlier time, you might have said "that would be a great show to see at the Beachland, but it's probably too big for the room."

But as their foot traffic grew, so did the word of mouth spreading from band to band regarding the hospitality given to those groups/artists who were playing gigs there and the Beachland's star began to rise.  It remains true that if you're good to others, they'll be good to you.

I hate reading about their current issues with the city and I'm sending lots of good vibes in their direction that things will work out in their favor, because as this week's Cleveland Scene cover story points out, they've done a lot of good for the area...besides just bringing a great mix of live music to the city.

If it's been a while since your last Beachland visit, now would be a great time to plan for your next one. And of course, the Scene article can also help you spend some time getting to know your favorite club a little bit better.

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15Aug/110

Suburban Metal Dad no. 80, “At the Pool, Part 2″

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thumbnail: a beachball hits a man in a swimming pool, with a loud BONK!Suburban Metal Dad, an original webcomic by D.X. Ferris, served fresh every Monday and Friday.

Now featuring Sort-Of Soundtrack — an optional, random, name-brand metal jam you can open in a new window!

Check out today's strip after the jump...

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12Aug/110

Suburban Metal Dad no. 79, “How Criticism Works (Example No. 1)”

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Teaser: How Criticism Works, Example Number 1.

Suburban Metal Dad, an original webcomic by D.X. Ferris, served fresh every Monday and Friday.

Now featuring Sort-Of Soundtrack — an optional, random, name-brand metal jam you can open in a new window!

Check out today's strip after the jump...

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