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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 Day Saints @ Beachland Tavern. Saturday, July 5th: Sammy Slims, Freeze-Tag, The Sleeps @ Beachland Tavern. Sunday, July 6th: Nightmares On Wax N.O.W. Is The Time Tour With special guest Muamin Collective and Twizz of Keyel @ Grog Shop. Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sails, Archie and the... Read More
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The Rockometer: Typical System by Total Control

      Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records   Considering Mikey Young's prominence in the Australian underground, it should come as no surprise that it took him and his band, Total Control, two years to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Total Control. One can think of Young as Melbourne's answer to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, but without the glossy profiles, gold on the c... Read More
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The Rockometer: Noise by Boris

      Boris Noise Sargent House   Depending on who you ask, the last essential album by Japanese noisemakers, Boris, was either 2005's Pink or 2008's Smile. Honestly, one could pick any one of Boris' multitude of releases between '05 and '08 and come away a fan for life. Few bands have been able to effectively mix such varying strains of rock music like the blues, metal, drone, doom, dream p... Read More
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The Rockometer: S/T by Zig Zags

      Zig Zags S/T In the Red Records   You know that old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover?" It doesn't really apply to rock records. For their In the Red Records debut, LA thrashers, Zig Zags have chosen a plain gray cover with the band name rendered in a font we'll call 90's burn out spiral notebook. If you're a member of Gen X, or even Gen Y, you recognize this font from hig... Read More
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The Rockometer: Deep Fantasy by White Lung

      White Lung Deep Fantasy Domino Records   In the year 2014, women who rock should not be an oddity. Yet, 20 years past the Riot Girl movement, and even longer since Joan Jett and the Runaways paved the way for bands like L7, Hole, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch, and Sleater-Kinney, we're back to the point where the price of admission to rock is a pair of balls. Now, technically speaking, th... Read More
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A Jam Packed Tuesday with White Fence, Earth, Shabazz Palaces and Zola Jesus

  Ten years ago, Tim Pressley fronted the LA psychedelic rock band, Darker My Love, a rock band first, who favored shoegaze volume over tight craft. Then, and we're purposefully simplifying a decade, Pressley found Ty Segall and found a more serene and more simple sound; he rediscovered the four-track and seemingly sent his soul back to the early '70s with White Fence. The simple version of Pressley's history works here b... Read More
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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. Read More
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Top Jam: “Grease” by Obnox

  What Lamont "Bim" Thomas does as Obnox is not unique. Rather, Obnox shouldn't be unique. Instead of approaching popular music's history in a linear way -- First there were the bluesmen, then the white men who stole from the black bluesmen. Then the white men got fat on Rock 'N' Roll and became prog rockers. Thankfully, the punks came and reminded us rock was about the old bluesmen all along -- he sees rock's past and fu... Read More
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World Cup Music Doesn’t Have to Suck, Just Stay Away From Official World Cup Songs

Here are two indisputable facts. Fact number one: The World Cup is the greatest sporting event of the modern era, in any era, on this planet, on any planet. The World Cup is the greatest sporting event, period. Got it? Fact number two: World Cup music sucks. Don't be fooled by the clickbait on the internet. There isn't a single state-sponsored World Cup song that doesn't suck. Anyone and any website that tells you otherwise is mer... Read More
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An All-Star Jam Packed Tuesday with New Pornographers, Spoon, J Mascis, Mastodon, and Death Grips

  By now, you should be able to tell when an artist is talking out of his arse in a gamely attempt to get music journos to type any old shit. AC Newman of the New Pornographers, tell us about your new album:"This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that. We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated... Read More