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A Jam Packed Thursday with Sloan, The New Pornographers, Elephant Stone and Shabazz Palaces

  During Sloan's 20+ years in the business, the band have always taken a democratic approach to their guitar pop. Each album contains a mix of songs written by Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott. Sloan's newest album, Commonwealth, takes things one step further. Each album side of this double LP is penned by one, individual Sloan with Jay songs on the a-side, Chris on the b-side, Patrick on C, ... Read More
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11 Out of 10

The Rockometer: Champagne Holocaust by The Fat White Family

      The Fat White Family Champagne Holocaust Fat Possum Records   With a band like The Fat White Family, where does one even begin? There's this listicle from GQ's UK edition in which we learn the band have a habit of losing their pants and letting their wangs hang during live sets, they have been banned from a venue where they were scheduled to support Franz Ferdinand, they hung a banner... Read More
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Watch Me: “Sad Lover” by Mark Lanegan Band

  Just the other day I was listening to some Mark Lanegan, ok, just about every day I listen to some Mark Lanegan, but on this day I was listening to his 2004 LP Bubblegum and thinking to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if Lanegan released another rocker." While, "Sad Lover," from the forthcoming EP No Bells on Sunday, may not be a nasty, blues-banger in the vein of the Bubblegum highlight, "Methamphetamine Blues," it doe... Read More
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A Jam Packed Thursday with DFA 1979, Interpol, Goat, and History of Apple Pie

Typically, July is a down month for those of us interested in new jams. With few new releases on the calendar, music websites will post just about anything to meet their daily output. Thank the maker for Death From Above 1979. There's no need to feign interest with their comeback rocker, "Trainwreck 1979." It's slick and it's brutal. If someone were to ask me what alt-rock in 2014 should sound lik. I'd blather about the meeting o... Read More
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Top Jam: “Do You” by Spoon

  At their best, indie rock lifers, Spoon, make both the simple and the exquisite sound equally intuitive. And make no mistake about it, their new track, "Do You," is Spoon at its best. After a brief bossa nova intro, the rhythm section gets active, and vocalist Britt Daniel gets all sly. In the Spoon way, both the vocal melody and the instruments keep things simple. Yet, here, familiarity isn't a fault. Instead, it's a s... Read More
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Play Me: “Eyes of the Muse” by King Tuff

  Anyone familiar with King Tuff's past work can tell you the man isn't intimidated by the classic rock canon. Depending on where you drop the needle, a King Tuff record can sound like snotty Big Star, slummy T-Rex, or an arena rock daydream. The constant in all of Kyle Thomas' work as King Tuff, however, is and has always been quality. The man has a knack for melody. So even as his latest rocker, "Eyes of the Muse," kick... Read More
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Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for July

Thursday, July 3rd: Filmstrip, Company @ Edgewater Beach FREE. King Buzzo of the Melvins @ Grog Shop. The Split Squad (Fleshtones/Plimsouls), Rainy Day Saints @ Beachland Tavern. Saturday, July 5th: Sammy Slims, Freeze-Tag, The Sleeps @ Beachland Tavern. Sunday, July 6th: Nightmares On Wax N.O.W. Is The Time Tour With special guest Muamin Collective and Twizz of Keyel @ Grog Shop. Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sails, Archie and the... Read More
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9 Out of 10

The Rockometer: Typical System by Total Control

      Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records   Considering Mikey Young's prominence in the Australian underground, it should come as no surprise that it took him and his band, Total Control, two years to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Total Control. One can think of Young as Melbourne's answer to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, but without the glossy profiles, gold on the c... Read More
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5 Out of 10

The Rockometer: Noise by Boris

      Boris Noise Sargent House   Depending on who you ask, the last essential album by Japanese noisemakers, Boris, was either 2005's Pink or 2008's Smile. Honestly, one could pick any one of Boris' multitude of releases between '05 and '08 and come away a fan for life. Few bands have been able to effectively mix such varying strains of rock music like the blues, metal, drone, doom, dream p... Read More
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6 Out of 10

The Rockometer: S/T by Zig Zags

      Zig Zags S/T In the Red Records   You know that old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover?" It doesn't really apply to rock records. For their In the Red Records debut, LA thrashers, Zig Zags have chosen a plain gray cover with the band name rendered in a font we'll call 90's burn out spiral notebook. If you're a member of Gen X, or even Gen Y, you recognize this font from hig... Read More