Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Longform/Music/Sports Journalist

Former Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporter for Cleveland Scene, write news/policy cover stories & music features at magazines and alt-weeklies nationwide.

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All Time Low Dominate the Alternative Press Music Awards

“If you hate All Time Low, you’re having a really bad night,” cracked the band’s lead singer Alex Gaskarth, who co-hosted last night’s second annual Alternative Press Music Awards with lead guitarist Jack Barakat.

The Baltimore pop-punk act was the evening’s big winners. They kicked off the show with a medley of punk classics by Nirvana, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, and Fall Out Boy before closing with their own “Something’s Gotta Give.” From there they went on to take home three awards

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Exclusive: Machine Gun Kelly Talks Surprise New Mixtape 'F-- It,' Frustration With Label

It's been almost three years since MGK's debut album, Lace Up, and two years since his last mixtape, Black Flag. Even with two singles out, Bad Boy/Interscope hasn't set a firm date for General Admission's release. The previously prolific MGK has been frustrated with the delays and his label's desire for a bigger radio single.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett at Star-Studded Ceremony

The key to rock’s longevity is it never defines itself into irrelevance. So while there were some loud dirty guitars at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (presented by Klipsch Audio) in Cleveland on Saturday night (April 18), there was as much recognition for rock’s antecedents in soul and blues, speaking less to a particular taxonomy than a spirit that’s beyond words.

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Sting and Peter Gabriel Trade Hits, Covers During Three-Hour Tour Opener

What do you get when you unite two socially-conscious British frontmen-turned-solo-artists known for bridging pop and world music? On Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, you got Peter Gabriel and Sting sharing a stage and top billing in the three-hour greatest hits tag team kick-off of The Rock Paper Scissors tour at Nationwide Arena, which was long on moody resiliency and arty grandeur.

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Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at Voinovich Park in the shadow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Rock Hall Evicts Alan Freed's Ashes to Make Room for Beyonce

Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed, must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé.

The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on Friday after a 12-year stay in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The move coincides with the opening two weeks ago of fashion items from across Beyoncé's career, symbolically crystallizing long moldering questions about the Hall's mission drift.

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Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock ...

Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserv...

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Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame | Billboard

Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Roc...

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Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album ...

Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the R...

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'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy

'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album...