New singer, same Rar: My Name Is Rar-Rar play Pat’s with Sean & Ian, Plus Ultra
Rar-Rar returns with a new singer (Greg from Xerobot) plus Sean & Ian and Plus Ultra at our first post-Speak In Tongues production…
Beckett & Finky Binks’ hot collab, Whales, open for The Moldy Peaches & The Cassettes at Beachland Ballroom
2002 begins and Speak In Tongues is no more. Eeek! The great (and ongoing) diaspora begins. Unfortunately Williamsburg won, and Cleveland lost…
The second to last Speak In Tongues show was the best Christmas of all time
One week before Cleveland’s beloved DIY collective ceased to exist we had the ultimate party with a wild cast of characters old and new…
Speak In Tongues photos: Flying Luttenbachers, Allergic to Whores, Ex-Models
It’s a Speak In Tongues free jazz jamboree with Weasel Walter and a venue packed with friends. This is what DIY music is all about…
Speak In Tongues photos: My Name Is Rar-Rar, Lozenge, Begit N Frenz, Mind No Mind, Scam Carnage vs. Spilt Milk
Classic Cleveland geniuses and errant Luttenbachers co-mingle in one of the greatest DIY shows of the 21st century at ol’ Speak In Tongues…
Watch: Razak Solar System’s final show at the old Grog Shop
We’d been through a lot in eighteen months. We were like King Crimson for latchkey kids. Yes for thrash addicts. Now it was time to bow out.
“Speak In Tongues on the Eastside”: Oblongata, Razak Solar System & Beckett take the Grog Shop
Could we create a Speak In Tongues package show and tour it around our hometown? I’m happy to tell you it worked!
Razak Solar System goes green for the Green Party at Speak In Tongues in 2000
The Green Party Of Ohio asked Razak Solar System, Viva Caramel, Brian Straw & a band aptly named “Bullshit” to play a Ralph Nader benefit…
Don’t remove your underpants for GSMF at the Legion Of Doom
I’m not an Erba or a Rose. A Roder or a Lean Steve—certainly not a Human Frybox. So why did I de-pants my own damn self at this punk venue?
Men’s Recovery Project with Razak Solar System, Mind No Mind & more at Speak In Tongues
Our idol Sam McPheeters played & we went all-out with a new venue in the basement (‘The Ashtray’) & a 12-page program—see it here!
Rare video! Lightning Bolt, Numbskull, Razak Solar System at Speak In Tongues
Lightning Bolt & Numbskull were bands that we understood and got us as well. And the crowd—so generous & excellent!
Speak In Tongues supergroup Walls Of Malm—plus Thrones, Lit-Ex & Warlocks in May 2000
This was one-night-only, no rehearsals Speak In Tongues supergroup Walls Of Malm playing an ambitious three-part composition by Brian Straw.
Speak In Tongues mystery solved: GSMF, Puncture Wound, Begit N Frenz & some huge stars!
Help! I went through great effort and expense ($hooting with Polaroid) to document this excellent concert, but then wrote down no details…
Banging our heads on the keyboard of life: Razak Solar System at the Beachland Ballroom, circa Y2K
Razak Solar System were Speak In Tongues refugees on the wrong side of town, playing to an empty room in the year 2000…
Y2K—okay!? Dr. Zombie MD at Speak In Tongues with Zeek Sheck, Begit N Frenz, more
“Medical renegade Klaus von Zombie has reanimated the dead and enslaved them to be his backup band!” Re-live the horror!
Go behind the curtain of Razak Solar System’s ultimate Speak In Tongues performance
Post-Grunge audiences hungered for shock, you see. But only lard-butted, hard rock laggards trashed their instruments in the year 2000…
White knuckle shroomin’, The Basketball & Speak In Tongues, 1999
It was nearing the close of 1999 and I had yet to party. You know, really party. Magic mushroom therapy had to be the solution!
NOT the “Jim Clevo Stage”! The Divine Invasion at Speak In Tongues
I’m so proud to have played with this group: Bob from blue…MAX, Mike from Primitive / Sheilbound, Chris Young and myself…
First time online! Bauhaus 1998 reunion photos by Karen Novak
See Goth / Post-Punk icons Bauhaus at one of their initial gigs after a 15-year breakup, at beloved Nautica Stage in Cleveland, Ohio…
New Bomb Turks, The Conservatives & more destroy WRUW-FM’s Studio-A-Rama 1998
Never-published photos by Karen Novak of Keelhaul, Speaker / Cranker, Nucleon, Step Sister, Red Giant, Quazi Modo plus an HD New Bomb Turks recording.
Crypto-Christian freak folk: Danielson Famile & Soul Junk spread the word at Speak In Tongues
July 15, 1998 was an uplifting night of music at Speak In Tongues, captured by ace photographer Scott Badovick, for U.S. Rocker magazine.
Speak In Tongues legends Sarge & Franklin photographed by Scott Badovick, 1998
Sarge continued the tradition of Champaign, IL noisy pop. Philadelphia’s Franklin was produced by dub reggae icon Scientist. Far out!
Classic scene photos! U.S. Rocker’s Rock Explosion ’96 at Peabody’s DownUnder
See classic Karen Novak snaps of Buzz Boron & Duvalby Bros., Craw, Primitive, Red Giant, Biblical Proof of UFOs, Downside special & more…
‘Hypno drugnoise’ with Experimental Audio Research (aka Sonic Boom of Spaceman 3) & Bowery Electric at Speak In Tongues, 1996
I remember there were a LOT of photographers clicking away at this one. I printed one shot (see below). Afterward I lost the negatives. Ugh.
’96 party pix: Duvalby Bros. Sleepytime Medicine Band release with Philo Beddow, Downside Special & Biblical Proof Of UFOs
Aaron “Buzz” Boron & Duvalby Bros. were on fire at the Euclid Tavern—see Karen Novak photos from 1996…