This is why I love Rocktober — There’s a full week of Rock ‘N’ Roll shows in town, with something for everyone, and some nights presenting difficult decisions for the Cleveland rocker. Spend your Rocktober dollars wisely…

Monday, October 5th
: Yo La Tengo, Cheap Time @ Beachland Ballroom. Living Colour, Sekond Skyn, Downforce @ Grog Shop. Monotonix, Turbo Fruits (Ex- Be Your Own Pet), Album, This Moment In Black History @ Now That’s Class.

While most musicians their age are out on the county fair circuit, Yo La Tengo are busy producing some of their finest work to date. And I’m not the only one who feels this way. Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs has also been received well The Onion’s AV Club, Drowned in Sound, All Music Guide, and Pitchfork, to name but a few.

Now about that Monotonix show, all you need to know about this three piece, garage rock outfit from Israel can be found right here. These dues absolutely bring it live, and in a small setting like Now That’s Class, you’re all but guaranteed an in your face shred fest worthy of the Rocktober name.

Tuesday, October 6th: Shooter Jennings with JJ Grey and Mofro, Earl Greyhound @ Beachland Ballroom. The Most Serene Republic, Grand Archives @ Beachland Tavern.

Grand Archives, also known as that other Band of Horses, is lead by former Band of Horses and Carissa’s Weird guitarist Mat Brooke. They recently released their second Sub Pop album, Keep in Mind Frankenstein, on September 15h. For a preview, check out all the goodies over at the Sub Pop website.

Wednesday, October 7th: Indian Jewelry, Chief Bromide, Own Weather, Pimlo-Falling Rock, Mahogany Mantle @ Now That’s Class.

Thursday, October 8th: Japandroids, The Coathangers, Megachurch, Church of the Snake @ Now That’s Class. Revolting Cocks, Jim Rose Circus, Blownlaod, Left Spine Down @ Peabody’s.

On the festival stage during the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival, the Vancouver duo, Japandroids ripped through a quick set of big riff Rock ‘N’ Roll, impressed many in the crowd, then left with a promise — See us on our club tour this fall and if you think we shredded on a big stage wait ’til you see what we do in a more appropriate venue. I intend to take them up on that challenge.

Friday, October 9th: Elizabeth and the Catapult, Christina Courtin, Red Buttons @ Beachland Tavern. B.B. King @ House of Blues.

Saturday, October 10th: Pink Eye Magazine Issue 6 Release Party with Self Destruct Button, Chief Bromide, Buried Wires, Arte Povera @ Beachland Tavern.

Sunday, October 11th: Black Angels, Disappears, Pierced Arrows @ Beachland Ballroom. Asobi Seksu, Loney, Dear, Anna Ternheim @ Grog Shop.

The Austin-based, heavy psych-rock band, The Black Angels, are no strangers to Cleveland. They’ve played both rooms at the Beachland, shared a stage with The Black Keys at the Agora, and have rocked them all. Now touring in anticipation of their third full length album, tentatively due out early 2010, you can expect to hear a healthy dose of new material, as well as a classic cut, or two, when the band headline the Ballroom stage on Sunday night.

YOUTUBE: Black Angels – You in Color
YOUTUBE: Black Angels – Black Grease
YOUTUBE: Black Angels – Better of Alone
YOUTUBE: Black Angels – Young Men Dead