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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

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

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

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

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

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

Nelsonville Music Festival 2014 In Pictures, In Words

2014 Nelsonville Music Festival - Images by Mara Robinson   Editor's Note: While I wasn't able to make this year's Nelsonville Music Festival, my good friend and damn fine photographer, Mara Robinson was there with her husband Jason Robinson. This is the report they filed, in pictures and words.     This year marked the tenth year anniversary of the Nelsonville Music Festival, and our return to the... Read More

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for June

Wednesday, June 4th: Blitzen Trapper, Parkington Sisters, The Commonwealth @ Beachland Ballroom. The Menzingers , Lemuria, Pup , Cayetana @ Grog Shop. Thursday, June 5th: Cross Brothers, Bill Fox, Michael Hurley @ Happy Dog. Old 97's, Lydia Loveless @ Beachland Ballroom. Polica, Lolawolf @ Grog Shop. Saturday, June 7th: The Monkees @ Hard Rock Rocksino. Monday, June 9th: Tweak Bird, We Are Hex, Ultrasphinx @ Grog Shop. Tu... Read More
7 Out of 10

The Rockometer: Glass Boys by Fucked Up

      Fucked Up Glass Boys Matador Records Every generation needs a Fucked Up, a band who of punks who flout convention and twist expectations until the word punk, itself, becomes even more devoid of meaning. From album-side long singles inspired by the Chinese Zodiac to a rock opera, a fucking 21st Century rock opera, the band are reliably restless. Their sense of daring is not only apparent in th... Read More
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The Rockometer: Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

      Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal What's Your Rupture/Mom+Pop Mocking is easy, even natural, when a band rises from the Brooklyn underground and quickly gets labeled Rock's next great hope. It doesn't matter than Parquet Courts never asked to be the new Strokes. It's out there and now the band and music fans both have to deal with those high expectations. Neither is the case of Parquet Courts ... Read More