- Wanda Santos-Bray
- The next generation of Los Straitjackets fans made their own masks for the band's all ages show at the Beachland.
Medina singer-songwriter Pete Nischt has signed a deal with New Jersey's Regular Music. The label is owned by Ace Enders, formerly of Drive-Thru Records' the Early November and currently performing as I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business.
"My wife and I had been thinking about starting a label for a while, and when we heard Pete, we knew it was time to get it going," says Enders, who also manages Nischt. "He writes good songs. We want to work with people who we like, as people as well as musicians."
The label has two other groups: California indie power-rockers Nothing Ever Stays and New Jersey piano-rock band OneTwoThreeFour.
Neither Nischt nor Enders would reveal how many releases the deal covers. Nischt's full-length debut is due this summer. He has a free EP, Sandbox, available at www.regularmusic.net. It features poppy acoustic versions of tracks he's re-recorded as rockier, full-band versions for the album.
Nischt, 20, used to play guitar in the acoustic trio Northcoast. He's touring with country singer-songwriter Roark. A set at the Lime Spider (207 South Main Street, Akron) Wednesday, May 9, will be his homecoming show. He'll also play the Grog (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard) Saturday, May 19.
"I really feel like [Regular Music's] number-one priority with me is to provide a stepping stone to help me on to the next stage of my career," says Nischt. "They are big on fairness, creative freedom, and artist development."
· Ripper Watch: Tim "Ripper" Owens has not one, but three releases on the horizon with Iced Earth. The band has re-recorded the "Something Wicked" trilogy from 1998's Something Wicked This Way Comes album, and it will serve as the conceptual basis for the band's next two albums. An introduction EP, Overture of the Wicked, is due in later summer, to be followed by albums this fall and early 2008. Owens is starting to write the second album for Beyond Fear, which he hopes to record following the two IE albums' tour cycles. Iced Earth will open for the Dio-era Black Sabbath reunion Heaven and Hell in the fall.
· The Sanders Brothers will play ActiveMuse.org's Peace, Music & Arts Fest Friday, May 4, at the Kent Stage (175 East Main Street). Steve and Larry Sanders will perform as Ohio, their Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tribute. In 1968, the Sanderses were signed to Chess Records as part of the Lime, which had an international dance hit called "Love a-Go-Go."
· Cleveland thrashers Skeletonwitch have signed to two hard-and-heavy underground tours: In May, they'll hit the road with Weedeater, followed by a July tour with Withered. Metal magazine Decibel will sponsor the Weedeater tour.
· The Black Keys' "Your Touch" has made a second appearance on HBO, in the red-hot comedy Entourage. The song is background music in episode 37, "Manic Monday."
· Further evidence that Cleveland owns Sounds of the Underground: Mushroomhead will play four dates of the touring metalfest. They'll close the Cleveland show July 21 and perform in Columbus, Chicago, and Minneapolis over the following three days. Hometown heroes Chimaira are co-headlining with Gwar, Shadows Fall, and Every Time I Die.
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