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Your Guide to Surviving (and Enjoying) Record Store Day in Cleveland

Although Record Store Day won't celebrate its seventh birthday until Saturday, it's already entering its awkward teenage phase. Some shop owners have become disillusioned with the glut of limited edition releases, especially those from major labels (I'm looking at you translucent Ghostbusters 12.") Record store patrons complain about eBay flipping. It's not uncommon to hear both groups compare the day to Black Friday. Yet, for all...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

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for February 2014

Friday, January 31st: Nobunny, Hussy, Wolly Bullies, Shitbox Jimmy @ Now That's Class Saturday, February 1st: The Hold Steady, Tim Barry @ Beachland Ballroom. I Rock Cleveland DJ-ing in the Tavern. SOLD OUT. Tuesday, February 4th: Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires (new Sub Pop signing), Turf War, Top Hat Black @ Beachland Tavern. Screaming Females, Chomp, Cheap Clone @ Grog Shop. Bill Fox, Ben Gmetro (Dreadful Yawns), Daniel Fr...READ MORE

Back Soon with More Rock ‘N’ Roll Action

I Rock Cleveland will resume publishing on Monday, January 6th. Hang tight, rockers.READ MORE

I’m Sorry Kurt, We Tried to Be Good Servants of Rock ‘N’ Roll

You're Kurt Cobain and the year is 1993. You're all snug in your bed dreaming of a Christmas morning with Courtney when you're suddenly awakened by a loud thump. It's the Ghost of Rock 'N' Roll Future. He shows you something called the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. He assures you it's real and it's in Cleveland. He shows you a day in 2014 when you're joined on stage by Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and Linda Rondstadt. Killing yo...READ MORE

In Praise of Lou Reed’s Artistry (And His Dickishness)

The brilliance of Lou Reed was one was never quite sure whether he was being sincere or being a troll. He was both an urban poet without peer, a man who brought uncensored realism to records, and an unreliable narrator, in the literary sense, one whose words and music were always open to a world of possibilities. Reed was sincere with the Velvet Underground, and no one "got" them when they were active. All of the praise came a...READ MORE

Nirvana, The Replacements, and N.W.A Lead the List of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its list of nominees for the class of 2014 and there's an artist for everyone in this year's group. You have '90s Rock 'N' Roll saviors, Nirvana and '80s college rock underdogs, The Replacements. Gangsta Rap pioneers, N.W.A. made the initial cut, as did the early garage rock band, The Zombies. And for those with questionable taste in music, soft rock, prog rock and fromage rock are represen...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for October

Thursday, October 3rd: Welshly Arms, The Steepwater Band @ Beachland Tavern. Friday, October 4th: Meat Puppets, Enemy Planes, The New Lou Reeds @ Grog Shop. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Smith Street Band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Beachland Ballroom SOLD OUT. Craig Ramsey, The Universe Doesnt Stand A Chance Against Joshua Jesty, Michael Ivy @ Mahall's 20 Lanes. The Spits, Useless Eaters, Smooth Brain, Short Rabbits @ Now T...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for September

Thursday, September 5th: Pinback, Deathfix @ Grog Shop. J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Taddy Porter @ Beachland Tavern. Saturday, September 7th: Studio-A-Rama on the campus of CWRU with Mikal Cronin, Mirrors, Obnox, Goldmines, Home and Garden, Blaka Watra, Smooth Brain, Shitbox Jimmy, Tuk Peenersen and His Weinermen, Ma Holos, and Wingtones. The Dictators NYC feat. Handsome Dick Manitoba @ Beachland Ballroom with Fuck You Pay ...READ MORE