Audio/Visual/Baptism 7 will showcase an earful of power-noise, shining a spotlight on Cleveland's Fellacoustic Records at 7 p.m. Sunday at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Ave.). The show will feature 11 grinding acts, including power-electronics cult figures Quell, noise terrorists Fellahean and the fire-spewing slMakita, a solo project by Steve Makita, the underground-experimental veteran whose career spans from Apartment 213 to grindcore gods Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
Audio/Visual/Baptism is a monthly showcase at Now That's Class run by Makita, who's also involved with Fellacoustic with Jim Fellahean. Last month, he put on a show in Baltimore.
"I want to get [AVB] on the road to give the Cleveland scene a bit of a kick in the ass," says Makita. "We all make noise, and if you're down with that, come and hang out — get your inner ear damaged in the process. AVB has an old Speak in Tongues feel to it."
Fellacoustic has released CDs by Japan's Merzbow, Canada-Cleveland combo Windscale, Fellahean and SL Makita. Take a listen at Fellacoustic.com.
Young Jeezy stopped at Lava Room Recording to do some recording before the Lil Wayne concert at Blossom Music Center August 6. His management company picked the studio for its technical qualifications. Head engineer Mike Brown reports that they worked all night. "They were the most professional hip-hop guys I've ever worked with," says Brown. "It was work, work, work."
The Lava Room recently moved from Cleveland's west side to the Agora complex (5000 Euclid Ave.). The studio is hosting an open house/media/networking party from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, followed by a concert at 9 p.m. at the Agora Ballroom featuring Jackie, Gypsy Relic and 70 Lewis. The open house and concert are free and open to the public.
Longtime Cleveland music journalist Peanuts is one of the casualties from the Sun newspapers' contraction. After 18 years with the company, his August column will be his last.
Akron/Canton/Cleveland metal band Fisticuff is recording their second CD, aiming to release it by year's end. Tentatively titled Battlefield Playground, it will include songs from the band's live set, including "The Grave" and "I Hate You." Fisticuff play the Carnival of Chaos on Friday at the Carriage House in Louisville, Ohio, with Stemm, Bobaflex and others.