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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

Exit Stencil Confounds Collectors, Excites Fans with Reissue of the Debut Album by 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)

Reading a history of 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), even one from Wikipedia, is like being dropped right into the middle of the bursting rock scene that was early '70s in Cleveland and Akron. Terry Hynde, the brother of The Pretender's Chrissy Hynde, was a founding member and still plays in the band. Early versions of the band also included Devo's Gerald Casale and Chris Butler of Tin Huey and The Waitressses. Additionally, a 1982 sing...READ MORE

The War of the Black Flags Is So On

From the press release announcing Black Flag's new single, "Down in the Dirt," emphasis mine, misspelling of theremin is theirs: SST Records is proud to announce a free download of the first new BLACK FLAG song in many years. On the upcoming 22 song LP to be released this summer, "Down in the Dirt" features Ron Reyes on vocals, Greg Ginn on guitar/theramin, My War bassist Dale Nixon on bass, and Gregory A Moore on drums. The band wi...READ MORE

News Jam Clevo: Rock Gallery Salutes the Golden Age of Cleveland Rock, Horrible Fest Sets Lineup, And Ken Janssen Benefit Continues to Impress

* Rock Gallery, a new space created by the Beachland Ballroom's Cindy Barber, and located right next to the Beachland Ballroom, is opening a new exhibit today, April 5th (6-9PM), showcasing some of the greatest Cleveland had to offer during the classic rock era. On display will be posters, photos, and other artifacts from the likes of James Gang, the Raspberries, Damnation of Adam Blessing, Rastus, Wild Butter, Tiny Alice, Eli Radish...READ MORE

60 Minutes with Pussy Riot

Excuse Lesley Stahl's cartoonish intro. It's clear 60 minutes isn't used to profiling punk rock bands, imprisoned, feminist punks from Russia, or otherwise. In setting the stage for her story on Pussy Riot, Stahl clearly had our delicate American sensibilities in mind: The young women have become the poster girls of Russian dissent, unlikely considering they're a punk band on YouTube that makes lewd gestures in cartoonish get-up...READ MORE

News Jam Clevo: Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings Speaks to Spin, Bone Thugs Member Gets in the Medical Weed Biz, a Black Keys Contest to Benefit Ken Janssen, and More

Here are a few items of local flavor to get you through your Friday: * While in Austin for SXSW the Cloud Nothings' lead man, Dylan Baldi sat down for an interview with Spin to talk the band's future plans. You can watch it here. * Flesh 'N Bone, from the Cleveland hip-hop group, Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, has announced his own strain of medical marijuana. * During your next stop at Music Saves or This Way Out, be sure to enter ...READ MORE
Record Store Day 2013

News Jam: The Full Slate of Record Store Day Releases Has Been Revealed

Of all the made-up holidays on the modern calendar, Record Store Day is one of the finest. When else do you get to queue up in the cold of the Cleveland spring for the chance to buy the limited edition 7" which defines you as a person? It's special like that. And I have little doubt that this year's edition, on April 20th, will be any different. Isn't our Cleveland spring wonderful? Of course, Record Store Day is also an opportuni...READ MORE

James Ubaghs Asks Iceage Some Tough Questions for Vice; Gets Non-Answers

Finally, a journalist asked young, Danish punks, Iceage some tough questions about their continued use of fascist and racist imagery in their music and marketing. James Ubaghs, you have my respect. In Ubaghs' interview for Vice, he hit Iceage hard about the decision to sell Iceage branded knives on tour as well as their "New Brigade" video, where the band have a KKK day at the park, complete with hoods and torches. Those are but t...READ MORE

News Jam: New Replacements Song Hits the Internets, New Stooges Album on the Way, Orion Festival Sets Lineup and More

* Forget everything you think you know about reunion rock. The recent Replacements reunion is different. Spurned to get the band back together by the medical troubles of one time guitarist, Slim Dunlap, who suffered a debilitating stroke, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars put their old differences aside for the benefit EP, Songs for Slim. Its initial auction raised over $100K for Slim's care. Now, those of us who did...READ MORE

Steven Hyden’s Must-Read Series for Grantland, A Winner’s History of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Concludes with a Profile of The Black Keys

If you're not a regular reader of the sports and pop culture web zine, Grantland, then perhaps you've missed Steven Hyden's must-read series, A Winner's History of Rock 'N' Roll. By avoiding the obvious reexaminations of influential bands like Nirvana, Fugazi, The Replacements, Black Flag and Husker Du, and instead focusing on less sexy picks like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Linkin Park, Hyden hoped to find greater insight into rock musi...READ MORE