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"Speak or Spill Down" by Tin Cup Prophette

After the bender that was my weekend trip to Canada, I'm finding a bit difficult to step right back into the rock. My mind's a bit slow and sunlight still stings my eyes. Babysteps and we'll be back with my beloved guitars. In the meantime, let's enjoy this downtempo number from Athens, Georgia's Amanda Kapousouz, who records under the name Tin Cup Prophette. "Speak or Spill Down" is a slow, loopy, mesmerizing number punctuat... Read More

Where To Rock It

I Rock Cleveland's live picks for Friday, April 27th to Thursday, May 3rdSunday, I plan to be hungover from a weekend bachelor party for a good bud of mine, you should plan on being at The Beachland Ballroom for Richard Buckner and The Six Parts Seven where 6X7 will serve as both the opener and the backing band for Buckner.Wednesday night, the afro-beat, latin, jazz, funk awesome sounds of Antibalas take over The Beachland Ballroom.T... Read More

God Dam Dogs by Coffinberry

Coffinberry God Dam Dogs Morphius 2007 God Dam Dogs, Coffinberry's latest long player, still has a good deal of that New York city cool that oozed from 2005's From Now On Now and earned them comparisons to The Strokes and The Walkmen. This time around, however, that vibe from their earlier work is mixed with Seattle sonic sludge to create a fuller, heavier sound. Its dirty, gritty, fuzz fueled melodies are nearly (dare I say)... Read More

Ins, Outs, What Have Yous

The Tim Armstrong scavenger hunt is on. As reported in Harp earlier this week, tracks from the forthcoming solo album by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, A Poet's Life, are going to start popping up on the internet one at a time until the album's release on May 22nd. The first two have been available at Epitaph for a few months now, and a new one, "Inner City Violence," just showed up on Rancid's Myspace. Keep your eyes on Hellcat, Rats In... Read More

“In The City” and “Sliding Doors” by Peel

At first I couldn't tell if this re-emergence of lo-fi and slacker rock was real, or if it was only a re-emergence in terms of my own listening experience. In the fractured scenes of the 21st Century, it only takes a few like minded souls and a broadband connection to feel part of a movement. Yet, as more and more slacker bands make their way into my soundsystem, it's becoming harder to ignore. Peel came my way through a very mi... Read More

“Night At The Knight School” by Thee More Shallows

It's weeks like this that being a music blogger is a both a blessing and a curse. There's so much cool that came out this week that it's nearly impossible to keep up with it all. Let's see, Arctic Monkeys, Pterodactyl, Midnight Movies, Detroit Cobras, Alex Delivery, Two Cow Garage, and Thee More Shallows all have new discs out. I could really use a couple 28 hour days to keep up with my listening. About Thee More Shallows, I fir... Read More

Ted Leo Cleveland Date Announced

Just got word from my friends at Music Saves that Ted Leo will be playing at The Beachland Ballroom on August 1st. Needless to say, I am so stoked. Read More

Upon First Listen: Your Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys

Love 'em, hate 'em, pretend that they're dead, Arctic Monkeys are back with their follow up to 06's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. I didn't have an advance of Favorite Worst Nightmare, I didn't find my own copy in the back alleys of the internet. This is my first spin of the new disc accompanied by my initial thoughts of it on a track by track basis. 1. Brianstorm: It's not a Brainstorm. I was shocked when I read ... Read More

Four For The Rockometer: Pterodactyl, Mando Diao, Midnight Movies, and Alex Delivery

PterodactylS/T (Blue Jay)Brah/Cardboard2007When trying to tell the difference between noise rock and a lousy racket, I turn to Potter Stewart, the Supreme Court justice, who stated in his opinion on the obscenity case, Jacobellis vs Ohio, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I k... Read More

Huzzah! Huzzah! Hooray! Hooray!

I was just thinking the other day, "Hmm...there's not enough songs about brave heroes, fair maidens, and fierce dragons." C'mon, who amongst us doesn't want to slay the dragon and rescue the princess? That's the stuff that dreams are made of. Well, perhaps those are the dreams of dungeon masters, sci-fi B-movie fans, and World of Warcraft addicts. I may be kidding when I say that there's not enough songs about dragon slaying ... Read More