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Aggravated Assault

Doug Stanhope's abrasive approach has made him an underground comedy favorite

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
"If I accidentally find myself in a good mood before a show, it's scary, and it's detrimental," Doug Stanhope says. "I go, 'Everything sucks, remember that! Stop smiling; you'll ruin the show!'" But Stanhope has a lot to smile about. He's a huge draw not only in America but the U.K.; apparently anger and annoyance are universal.  

Comedy: Doug Stanhope

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 2, 2010
"If I accidentally find myself in a good mood before a show, it's scary, and it's detrimental," comedian Doug Stanhope says. "I go, 'Everything sucks, remember that! Stop smiling; you'll ruin the show!'" But Stanhope has a lot to smile about. He's a huge draw not only in America but the U.K. as well. Apparently anger and annoyance are universal. Stanhope performs at the Southgate House Thursday with local stand-ups Mike Cody and Brad Thacker.  

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: History of Modern

[Bright Antenna Records]

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
In 1996, Andy McLuskey, who at that point was the sole member of OMD, had an unfortunate epiphany. He was in a record shop in Liverpool and came across an Erasure CD. "Do I really need another Erasure CD?" he thought. Then it hit him. "I wonder if people are saying that about OMD?"   

Comedy: Ryan Stout

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ryan Stout is an Ohio native but doesn't remember much about living in suburban Cleveland. When he was 4, his father was given a choice by his bosses at General Motors: Relocate to Buffalo, N.Y., or El Paso, Texas. He chose the latter, and the family headed for the Southwest. "It is a very interesting place to grow up," Stout says. "People don't realize that El Paso is the size of Seattle, population-wise. But there’s nothing there." Stout performs Thursday-Sunday at Go Bananas.  

Sky Sailing: An Airplane Carried Me to Bed

[Republic Records]

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 25, 2010
You could take the cynical view and surmise that Adam Young's label is trying to squeeze every last dime out of the cash-cow that's become Owl City (of which he is the sole member). Sky Sailing pre-dates Owl City, and 'An Airplane Carried Me to Bed' is a worthy effort and a must for those who seek to complete their Adam Young catalog.  

Rooney with Hanson

August 23 • Moonlite Gardens

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Named for a character in an ’80s movie (the inept principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), you might assume that the band’s music has an old-school New Wave twinge to it. While that's correct, their influences run much deeper. Listen closely and you can also hear the Power Pop of the ’60s.  

Comedy: Dan Cummins

0 Comments · Monday, August 16, 2010
Though he was an admitted class clown, Dan Cummins never had a burning desire to become a stand-up comedian. "I was more like back-of-the-room smart-ass," he says. "I have one memory in the fourth grade of some classmate saying, 'You're like Bill Cosby.' I didn’t even listen to (Cosby), which was funny." Ironically, this past year, that same classmate attended the taping of Cummins’s special in Spokane, Wash., the adopted hometown of both.  

Music: Rooney with Hanson

0 Comments · Monday, August 16, 2010
Named for a character in an '80s movie (the inept principal in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'), you might assume that Rooney's music has an old-school New Wave twinge to it. While that's correct, the band's influences run much deeper. Listen closely and you can also hear the Power Pop of the '60s. "Yeah, I think in the beginning that ('80s style) was definitely the main thing," says Rooney drummer Ned Brower. They open for Hanson Monday at Moonlite Gardens.  

Comedy: Jimmy Pardo

0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
While you can make a good living doing stand-up, it's not always rock steady work; just ask Jimmy Pardo. While he's never had trouble filling clubs across America, it was that very success that helped get him a permanent gig warming up the crowd for Conan O'Brien's 'Tonight Show.' The fact that he hosts a popular podcast, 'Never Not Funny,' helped as well. When Conan was shown the door, another one opened for Pardo.  

Comedy: Vince Morris

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
What’s new with Vince Morris? “I just got out of prison and my life has changed,” he says, laughing. Quite the opposite, actually — the Columbus native is now a father, living outside of Dayton. Almost every week, though, the Comedy Bat Signal calls and he returns to his role as one of America’s sharpest stand-up comics. Balancing career and family has been a challenge. “I’ve got a place in L.A., but it’s a catch-22,” he explains. “I don’t like L.A. I never liked it, but you have to be there for the career. But you don’t want to raise a family in Los Angele