Nicholas Megalis at the Beachland Friday


Nicholas Megalis, one of Cleveland’s brightest rising stars, is hosting a different kind of CD-release show Friday, April 11 at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124). Major outlets like NPR and Spin magazine are already taking note of the unsigned Cleveland teenager, who makes every show an event. ... Scene compared an earlier version of his cabaret-like act to a PG-13-rated take on the Dresden Dolls, with a kids-picture-book aesthetic in place of the whole Wiemar sex-club vibe. His more recent material is bouncy, fully-formed singer-songwriter material – sometimes unplugged with a piano, sometimes electric, with a Wurlitzer. And it’s always pretty fun. Check out two new tracks from the forthcoming Praise Be, Hype Machine album at “I am interested in all types of music and ideas,” Megalis told C-Notes. “So this record is arranged as an assortment of styles. No two songs are similar. But from the first note to the last gasp of exhausted breath, you'll still know it's Nicholas Megalis.” With most other artists, we’d have called bullshit on the previous quote, but we tend to believe the kid. He goes the full nine, from his tunes to dressing up the stage with a real backdrop before he plays. And he’s also making the new disc a real production. A mass-production version will be coming later. But if you show up early enough Friday, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind collectors’ item. “We are releasing a limited run of 300 copies, handsigned and personalized with artwork by me,” explains Megalis. “No two are alike. Each fan gets something unique.” Ghost Town Trio and American War open Friday’s show, which starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Megalis is also appearing at Akron’s Square Records (824 W. Market St., Highland Square, right next to Annabell’s and the Akron Matinee, 330-375-9244) at 8 p.m., Saturday April 12. – D.X. Ferris



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