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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
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Top Jam: “Hey Mr. Grey” by Bob Mould

Those who managed to catch Bob Mould during his 2013 tour where his set list spanned his career from early Husker Du songs, on to his '90s band, Sugar, and on through his most recent solo album, 2012's Silver Age, should have a good idea what to expect from this new single, "Hey Mr. Grey," before pressing play. Mould was visibly energized by revisiting his classic recordings. At Riot Fest Chicago, he whirred about the stage like ... Read More
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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
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The Rockometer: Louder Space by Obnox

    Obnox Louder Space 12XU A great man once said, "To be the man, you have to beat the man." The saying not only holds true in professional wrestling, the arena in which Ric Flair first spoke those immortal words, but also in Rock 'N' Roll music. Lamont "Bim" Thomas can get away with trash talking his peers because he's been around long enough in bands like The Bassholes, Puffy Areolas, and This Moment in... Read More
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The Rockometer: Guilty of Everything by Nothing

    Nothing Guilty of Everything Relapse Nothing are not your average, new shoegaze band. For one, the label of home of this Philadelphia outfit, Relapse records, is a metal label. In other words, Relapse bands don't do cute. Secondly, there's the case of Nothing's lead singer, Dominic Palermo. Around the turn of the century, he fronted the hardcore punk band Horror Show. It was during that time he was picked... Read More
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Top Jam: “Not Time for the Blues” by the OBN IIIs

Are you still smarting from the limp effort at a single The Black Keys released yesterday? This track by the OBN IIIs, "No Time for the Blues," is for you. If the Black Keys are the sound of a garage rock band with their rock motor on cruise control, content to roll out new takes on their back catalog for the sakeaof having a new song or two on their next arena stop, then "No Time for the Blues" is the sound of a scrappy, gara... Read More
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Play Me: “Fever” by The Black Keys

At the risk of sounding like that guy who liked the popular band before they were popular, but doesn't care much for them now, I liked my Black Keys before they hit their arena rock phase on 2011's El Camino. That record lasted in my collection for a month, maybe two, at tops. The cheeky, '80s keyboard melody featured so prominently here, on their new single, "Fever," does nothing for me, either. Nor, I can I say I'm a fan of... Read More
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Play Me: “The Lottery” by The Afghan Whigs

Believe it or not, it is possible to be in a rock band and be funky and do so without playing slap bass. Really, it is. "The Lottery," the second preview track from the Afghan Whigs upcoming release, Do the Beast (4.15 on Sub Pop), does just that. The opening is the funky part, the staccato, disco guitar notes are practically a riff on "The Theme from Shaft." Then, the rest of the band comes in bigger and burlier to fill out this... Read More
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Jam Packed Wednesday with Fucked Up, The Horrors, The Black Angels, and Archie Bronson Outfit

  Fucked Up's "Paper the House" is not your uncle's pop-punk anthem. For one thing, Fucked Up have always had better things to do than watch tv and rub one off, you know, like writing exceedingly long songs about the sex trade. And while, lead howler, Damian Abraham may question his life in a rock band through the lyrics, and rue the fact that it's driving him insane,  his yelp is as harsh as ever. Then, there's the matt... Read More
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The Rockometer: S/T by Ruined Fortune

    Ruined Fortune Ruined Fortune Hozac Records For the past five-plus years, Australian rock music has been on an incredible upswing. It began with Melbourne's Eddy Current Suppression Ring, who released three well-received albums of post-punk, garage rock and trash on Goner Records. From the Eddy Current Suppression Ring sprang side-projects, like the more rustic rock band, Boomgates and the synth punk of T... Read More