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By Frank Myers (Opinion Nation)

Another month in the books and a few of the shows that rocked my May to tell you about. So, I caught a few shows this past month, not quite as many as I’d of like to have made it out to, but the ones I did see I am very glad I caught. The music scene is pushing right along and taking no prisoners on it’s path . I am glad to see so many of the local bands putting in so much effort and time to keep the scene moving forward. A huge shoutout as well to all the touring bands that grace our stages throughout the year, greatly appreciated.

So, I kicked my month of music off one hell of a rock and roll party people!!! May started for me with The Spastic Hearts, The Idle Shades, and Voice of Addiction from Chicago. This show was a masterpiece of rock at its finest. The bands all pulled in a great turn out and Cedars provided the perfect venue for the show. The sound was on the money, the beers were cold and so was the bottle of Champagne I drank. The Turbo Lovers were billed to play but due to last minute circumstances were forced to back out, and they were missed on stage, but the Idle Shades stepped up and did their thing.

Big thank you to those guys, always willing to step up and lend a helping bass riff, drum beat, and kick ass song when needed. Voice of Addiction had an amazing set as well and had the crowd enjoying themselves. Also, a great group of guys off stage as well, would love to see them back in Youngstown in the future.

Then the Spastic Hearts owned the crowd and the stage as always, drawing everyone in with eyes I tell you!! But, seriously the music definitely speaks for itself with that band.

Cedars strikes yet again in May with another great show for everybody. This time it was Baroque Monody, Harnessing the Sun, and Pilot the Mind. Another great crowd, and just an all around good time. Harnessing the Sun started things off and rocked the stage with their own brand of rock and roll. Always looking so intent on mastering their set, while at the same time just having a great time up their performing for the fans. They were great as always.

Then Pilot the Mind played and drew a nice size crowd. The gave their version of a rock show and killed it. Keeping the momentum that Harnessing The Sun started going throughout their set.

Last that night was Baroque Monody, who just keeps getting better with every set. They played their hearts out and showed no problem taking the crowd for a journey with lyrics that give the feeling of personal situations and struggles in life. It is dark but at the same time just helps take your mind on a great rock and roll rollercoaster. The set was great, the whole night was amazing.

Chippers jumped into the ring with a great show of their own, featuring Deaf Eyes, New Diaries, Amnesty for Astronauts, Baroque Monody, and Token. I caught Deaf Eyes from about the middle to end of their set and thought they were pretty good. Didn’t get enough of it to give it a fair review unfortunately. Hopefully catch them in the near future though. Next up was New Diaries, whom did not exactly appeal to my taste in music. They did have a nice crowd of fans who were very much into what they were doing. They put on a strong set and stayed pretty steady in their style and performance. Kudos to them on that!! Keep up the hard work. Then Baroque Monody took stage. They did not let minor sound issues prevent them from giving 100% and doing what they needed to do to keep the crowd into the music.

Next was Amnesty for Astronauts, who bring an energy all their own to the stage and have a very care free, lets have a good time attitude. They too experienced some technical difficulties with the sound, but they kept the momentum, belting out the lyrics and keeping the energy thriving in that bar!! Unfortunately do to a prior engagement I did not get to catch any of Token’s set, I hope to also catch them very soon at another show.

All in all, despite the police presence on the roads due to it being a holiday weekend and the heat in the bar the crowd showed up and the bands rocked! The end of May I caught a bit of the Guilty Pleasures set at the boxcar lounge. My first time in the Boxcar Lounge located at the B&O station, nice little place I must say. The Guilty Pleasures were very entertaining as always and the crowd was into it. Never a bad night with these guys and gal playing. Definitely have to check them out some time. Well, just like May this is the end of this months recap. Hope you all enjoy and I hope to see you all out at future shows supporting the local scene !! Bands and venues included.

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By Frank Meyers (Opinion Nation)

So, April has come and gone already. Let’s take a look back and see what Youngstown had going on. I can tell you that good times rolled and the beers flowed. It was a bit of a slower month in the way of shows for this guy here. With that being said, the shows I did make it out to where all awesome.

One of the highlights of April for me was getting to see the Guilty Pleasures at Cedars on Good Friday. This is a group that I completely enjoy watching and listening to. It is made up of some older yet still very entertaining musicians from Youngstown and surrounding areas. Although there set is made up of cover songs, they still have a passion and love for what they are doing up on the stage, and you can feel a sense of gratitude between the band and all the fans that come out to their shows. You may not be getting the thundering, fast paced, take no prisoner style that many of the younger local bands are bringing to stage nowadays, but there is nothing wrong with a fun, laid back, live in the moment type of show from time to time, and the Guilty Pleasures are definitely the ones who will give you that.

Also in April, we had the return of White Cadillac to the stage for their first show of 2014.They made their return at the Royal Oaks with guest The Whiskey Daredevils. There was definitely a great turnout for this one as White Cadillac made sure the fans remembered why they have been waiting so eagerly to see them live again. These guys own not only the stage, but the entire venue when they show up and start to play. Just watching the crowd interaction and feedback you would think you were at a stadium show to see one of the great metal bands from the 80’s or something. Hard not to have a good time.

A very appreciated change of pace came later in April when Cedars hosted Penguins in Bondage: The YSU Frank Zappa Ensemble. The second time seeing this and it was just as good if not better than the first. Would have never thought that I would enjoy anyone doing covers of Frank Zappa songs, especially a college ensemble. Well, lets just say that those thoughts were silenced very quickly. This was a great night with a very diverse crowd of people attending. There was the young crowd in their band t-shirts and jeans, drinking their cheap beers while listening to some great music. Then the other part of the crowd was the older more mature part with their dress clothes and glasses of wine. Sitting idly at the bar enjoying the show from a distance. Not that there is anything wrong with either, it is actually quite refreshing and in some ways a testament to the diversity in the Youngstown music scene.

These are just the highlights of the shows I was able to attend in April. There were other things that took place in April such Chapless Larry at Chippers Sports Bar which I heard was a great show. I know Amnesty for Astronauts played in Fernengels in Salem with Days Before Empires, and I can only imagine how great that must have been. Also, I know Steven and the Damned had a show or two I was unable to make. Along with others that I am sure were great shows. Unfortunately you can’t make them all.

May is now here and some stuff to keep your eye out for: May 10 at Cedars The Spastic Hearts, Turbo Lovers, and special guest from Chicage Voice of Addiction. May 10 at Crawlspace Amnesty for Astronauts and Pilot the Mind May 16 at Cedars Baroque Monody, Pilot the Mind, and Harnessing the Sun Just a few, be sure to pay attention for other dates in the near future.