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Play Me: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Beloved, Washington rock trio, Sleater-Kinney are back, and, hot damn, are they back in a big way. First there's the matter of the career-spanning box set out tomorrow. Then, we found that career-spanning box set contained a mystery 45. The mystery 45 was confirmed to be from a new album, No Cities to Love (out 1.20 on Sub Pop). And, finally, that new album is leading to a world-wide reunion tour. Not a bad weekend for Sleater-Kinney fans, huh?
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Nothing, Cult of Youth, Mr Gnome, Twerps, and Parkay Quartz

When the book is closed on 2014, or a month from now when music pubs start pushing their end of the year round-ups, a surprising release will likely top my list -- Nothing's Guilty of Everything. Upon it's release, I found it more diverse and more engaging than most modern shoegazer albums (your best comparison may be '90s alt-rockers Hum, a band who weren't afraid to go full metal during their atmospheric rock jams), yet, I also felt emptiness upon my initial listens. Here was a band fronted by an ex-punk, ex-con and I wanted more of the story to come through in the lyrics. Turns out, Nothing wasn't lacking. My patience was lacking. The title track kills me to this day.
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The Rockometer: Life/Thrills by Lower Plenty

That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?"
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Play Me: “Hollywood High” By Mike Hudson and the Pagans

Any Cleveland rocker worth their salt knows about the town's importance in the birth of American punk rock. Names like Pere Ubu, Rocket From the Tombs, and The Dead Boys are passed down from generation to generation with the type of reverence conservative politicians pay to our nation's founding fathers. Dig deeper, and you'll quickly find there's more to Cleveland's punk legacy than the big three. electric eels, Mirrors, and The Pagans should all be required listening, too.
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I Rock Cleveland vs. The Beachland Brunch 10.5.14: The Playlist

As always, thanks to the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern for having me over to jam during Sunday brunch, and thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi. This is the text version of every record I laid down, at the bottom of this post, you'll find a Spotify playlist of most everything.
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Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for October

Thursday, October 2nd: Coheed and Cambria @ House of Blues. Friday, October 3rd: Pete Yorn @ Beachland Ballroom. People's Temple, Obnox, Black ...
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The Rockometer: Black Moon Spell by King Tuff

Would Batman still be Batman without Bruce Wayne? Would Superman be the same without Clark Kent? Sure, they'd still be super heroes, of course, they're super and heroic, but without their alter egos their characters would be far less compelling. For two albums, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas pulled off a similar stunt. By day he was a do-nothing layabout who surfed couches and snacked cheese doodles. In his dreams, and on stage, he was a different person. The minute he strapped on that guitar he would become King Tuff, the pin-up idol of teenage girls and the envy of every man who'd ever played to mostly empty, wholly disinterested barrooms.
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A Jam Packed Friday with Mark Lanegan, Godflesh, Yes I’m Leaving, and Jeff the Brotherhood

Those pining for the days of Mark Lanegan, shoulda-been grunge icon, should check out the latest LP by Seattle doom and drone pioneers, Earth, where the onetime Screaming Trees frontman lends vocals to two tracks. For if there's one thing that's become clear over Lanegan's long and varied solo output, it's that he's not always keen on repeating those days
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