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Play Me: “Mad Men” by Herzog

Upon reading this morning's Best New Music Review on Pitchfork for the Cloud Nothings' new LP, Here And Nowhere Else, I couldn't help but quip on social media sites, "Cleveland is the new Brooklyn. You see, last week, Cleveland's one-man punk rock destroyer, Lamont "Bim" Thomas, got a similarly glowing review for his new Obnox album, Louder Space. Then, on Friday, a new track by one of Cleveland's best kept secrets, Herzog,...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Cartoon Violence by Herzog

Herzog Cartoon Violence Exit Stencil Too often when talent is used to describe an indie rock band there's a catch.  As in, they're a talented band, but they're too cute and too obtuse for their own good.  Or, they're a talented band with a disdain of conformity and a similar disdain of melody.  Or, they're a talented band, why the fuck can't they write one damn song I can hang my hat on. Cleveland's Herzog are a talented b...READ MORE

“Fuck This Year” by Herzog

Seeking to prove they're more than another band of '90s revivalists raised on slacker rock, Cleveland's Herzog have prepped a sophomore album that's bigger, brawnier, and brainier than their well-received 2009 debut, Search.  Part of the genesis can be traced to the fact that more than ever, Herzog are a band and not just a vehicle for songwriter Tony Vorrell and lead singer/guitarist Nick Tolar.  The rhythm section of Brian Hi...READ MORE

No Age, Lucky Dragons, Herzog @ Grog Shop. 11.20.10

When you visit the bio of LA noise punk band, No Age, you'll find they're still just the duo of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt.  Listen to one of their records (2007's Weirdo Rippers, 2008's N0uns, or 2010's Everything in Between) and you'll soon realize their sound, a mix of swirling sound collages, '80s NYC art rock, and skate punk, is much bigger then any two men can handle on stage -- All the gear in the...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Search by Herzog

Herzog Search Transparent In an interview with John Benson for, Herzog's Nick Tolar plainly described the new album by his band, Herzog, as "Just rock."  Others, seem to like the label slacker rock.  And, Tolar's cool with that, too.  To hear him recount the band's genesis, Herzog came about because he wanted to write and record the type of guitar rock album he had wanted to make for the better part of a decade....READ MORE

“Living Alone” by Herzog

Without giving away too much of what I have to say about Herzog's debut LP, Search (There is a record review on the way), I can tell you that this one is going to be big in Cleveland.  Hell, it may even be big in New York, Chicago, and LA.  This isn't a stretch.  Herzog already has influential fans in the UK, and the nature of modern music press, where no one wants to be left behind when there's a next big thing to find, means mor...READ MORE

“Paul Blart and the Death of Art” by Herzog

For those familiar with the output of Cleveland musician, Nick Tolar, in Expecting Rain, the work of his new band Herzog,  may arrive as a bit of a surprise.  Gone are the easy-rocking sounds of West Coast psychedelic pop and those carefully constructed arrangements.  Gone are the wistful memories and the never ending daydreams.  In their place are guitars, lots and lots of guitars, loud fuzzy, buzzing guitars screeching like...READ MORE

Live: Phosphorescent, Lowly, the Tree Ghost, and Herzog @ The Grog Shop, Ceveland Heights. 08.07.2010

One look at Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent and his four-man backing band, and in the '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and on through today they would instantly be identifiable as a Rock 'N' Roll band.  Each had a healthy road beard and well-worn shoes.  Their hair was long and unwashed and their shirts had that not-exactly-fresh from the laundry look.  Bottled domestic beers dotted the stage.  And as they gathered for their first number -...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for April

Saturday, April 5th: Shannon and the Clams, Wooly Bullies @ Mahall's. Welshly Arms, Teddy Boys, Dan Miraldi & The Albino Winos @ Beachland Ballroom. Monday, April 7th: The Julie Ruin, Screaming Females, ShiSho @ Beachland Ballroom (That's Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, you guys) Thursday, April 10th: The Men, Public, Chin Soda @ Happy Dog. St. Vincent, Noveller @ House of Blues. Friday, April 11th: Mates of State, Bethes...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for March

Saturday, March 1st: All Dinosaurs, Night Sweats, Black Puddle Noise @ Beachland Tavern. Revolution Brass Band, Muamin Collective @ Mahall's 20 Lanes. Sunday, March 2nd: Parquet Courts, Connections, Pleasure Leftists @ Beachland Ballroom. Lou Reed Birthday Celebration with Mirrors, Kevin Junior & Friends, Rainy Day Saints @ Beachland Tavern. The Sword, Big Business, O'Brother @ Grog Shop. Monday, March 3rd: We Were Promised...READ MORE