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Indie Rock Is Too White; Meanwhile Two Black Dudes Are Behind the Baddest Punk Rock Records of 2015

We, as Americans, have a long, proud history of segregating music. Rock and country are white. Rap, hip-hop, soul, and R'N'B are black. Go further back, and jazz music was off limits to those of fair skin with and over-protective parents. Removing one word, "indie rock," from the history of music segregation will do little to change the musical landscape. No "indie rock" simply means people will need another phrase to describe music outside of the top 40, ideally, something less wordy than, "Underground rock music, and some electronic music, and a metal band or two, and every once in a while something popular like Kanye." Yet, what grates me the most about the whiteness of indie rock think piece in 2015 is that these writers are missing the big picture. On this very day, in the year 2015 of our lord, the two most exciting bands in indie rock/underground rock/punk rock/not top 40 rock, are lead by black men: MC Ride of Death Grips and Lamont "Bim" Thomas of Obnox.
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Top Jam 2014: A Selection of the Year’s Best Albums and Tracks

Top jams need no rationale. Top jams are self evident, like our inalienable freedoms. Every once in a while, we need a reminder how precious these things can be. That's it. Hell, I shouldn't even need links and embeds. You should take one look at this list and exclaim, "Hot Damn! Those are some top jams!" And, for one moment, you and I will bond in all that was righteous in rock in 2014. Obnox, had the most righteous 2014, indeed.
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Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for November

Saturday, November 1st: Beachland Halloween with "Duran Duran," "Belly," "Tom Waits," "Kings of Leon," "James Gang," and "Credence Clearwater ...
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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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Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for September

Wednesday, September 3rd: Scott Weiland, I dare you, as in I dare you to spend money on this and not be disappointed @ Hard Rock Rocksino. Thursday, September 4th: Wilco @ Akron Civic Theatre. The English Beat, DJ Dubmatix, Backstage Politics @ Beachland Ballroom.
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Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for August

Wednesday, August 6th: Hospitality, Porches, Frankie Cosmos @ Grog Shop. Thursday, August 7th: Supersuckers @ House of Blues. Tori Amos @ Cain ...
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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 ...
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We’ll Be Back Soon With More Rock ‘N’ Roll Music

Hey you guys! I'm taking some time off from Rock 'N' Roll and writing to enjoy the World Cup. Regular posting will resume next week.
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