Maybe you’ve already noticed, but if you haven’t caught on, let me state the obvious: things have slowed down on I Rock Cleveland the past couple weeks. December is traditionally a slow release month, and a sluggish concert month, so as opposed to posting just any old thing, or posting Christmas songs (and if you know anything about me, then you know I really, really don’t like Christmas music), I’ve been posting nothing. I still have a couple more year end posts I want to publish, including the top albums from NE Ohio in 07, and my annual awards, but with Christmas, a birthday two days after Christmas, and my new year’s travel plans, things will continue to be slow until after the new year.

If you’re looking to see some live music during the holidays, there are a few shows coming up that are worth mentioning. Tonight, The Suede Brothers are hosting their record release party before the Gore Gore Girls and Mr Gnome show. Saturday night, Gil Mantera’s Party dream are headlining the Beachland Ballroom for a holiday night filled with synth rock and drunken shenanigans. Next week, The Grog Shop is throwing their annual party on Christmas night with Roue, Machine Go Boom, and Short Rabbits. Looking ahead to New Year’s Eve, The Detroit Cobras and Cobra Verde play the Beachland Ballroom, and at Now That’s Class, $30 will get you music from Born Bad, No Peace, Sun God, Mr. California, and Burger Boys as well as an open bar.