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Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival are opening Puscifer's East Coast tour, including the show Sunday, March 21, at the Lorain Palace Theatre (617 Broadway Ave.).

Puscifer mastermind Maynard James Keenan — a Ravenna native who also fronts Tool and A Perfect Circle — is a fan of the group. He invited them to open three high-profile, sold-out shows in Las Vegas last year.

Prior to the Ohio date, the tour stops at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater. Keenan is personally showing the band around.

"Brother Maynard is really taking care of us and making us feel really welcome," reports Ed. "Hell, he introduced us to [Judas Priest frontman] Rob Halford. We are truly having the time of our lives."

Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival usually play with a megaphone and a drum set made of found objects. For this tour, the duo is putting on its most elaborate stage show yet. Frontman Brother Ed is wearing a motorcycle helmet with two megaphones attached. The group made poster-sized pictures of Tom Cruise and an anti-Wal-Mart logo. Says Ed, "Better money equals bigger pictures and more rubber snakes and duct tape."

Kent State University and the Outpost Concert Club will host the FTF Music Conference and Showcase April 22-25. The event will include industry panels, workshops and live sets. Ante Up Audio producer Michael Seifert will join reps from local and national record labels and management companies. Visit ftfmc.com for details.

Jonah Koslen and friends will perform the Michael Stanley Band's entire 1977 Stage Pass album on Friday, March 19, at the Winchester (12112 Madison Ave.). Koslen, one of Stanley's longtime musical partners (he played on Stage Pass), will lead guitarist Donny Thompson, bassist Bill March, drummer Van Eidom and keyboardist Rik Williger through other Stanley songs and material from his own post-MSB band Breathless. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.

North Olmsted/Elyria glitch-pop duo Guards Can't Be Centers has posted its debut single, "Based on the Escape," as a free download at MySpace.com/GuardsCantBeCenters. The site also features a 10-minute documentary about the group.

dferris@clevescene.com

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