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Where To Rock It

Contrary to popular belief, not every band is down in Texas this weekend for SXSW. Sure, there's a whole helluva lot of music going on down there, but there are still ample opportunities to rock it in Cleveland this coming week.This Friday night The Black Diamonds, Mr Gnome, and Record Low rock the Beachland Ballroom while on the west side, another IRC favorite, The Dr Teeeth headline a free show at the Hi-Fi in Lakewood. You know ... Read More

Housekeeping

I've got one quick announcement for today. I've recently started contributing to the local music coverage in the Cool Cleveland e-blast newsletter under my real name, "Bill Lipold" and not the nom de plume you've become accustomed to, "Bill Rocks Cleveland." The current issue features a fresh new review of The Black Diamonds debut disc in anticipation of their show Friday night....And one quick plug. If you live in the Cleveland a... Read More

"Polaroids" by Slaraffenland

Slaraffenland can be quite an intimidating band name to pronounce. My advice is to take it slowly, and break it down into syllables: Slar-af-fen-land. After a few tries, it'll roll off your tongue as easily as Parma. Slaraffenland (remember my tip) hail from Denmark and tread in the same sonic territory as Kid A era Radiohead, or Sigur Ros (if they sang in English or in any other intelligible language for that matter). Today'... Read More

Handsome Jack

A few things you should now about Handsome Jack: They're from Lockport, NY. Their influences are rock and roll. They sound like rock and roll. Do I have to say more? Well, do you remember how the Supersuckers used to thrash and trash their way through rock and the blues? Does your soundsystem shout out the rock revivalist sounds of Wolfmother, Priestess, The Buffalo Killers, or Vietnam? Answering no to the above questions,... Read More

Ins, Outs, What Have Yous

Jim from Vinyl Mine, tipped me on this great interview Times New Viking did with Stylus.And speaking of interviews, Pat Carney from the Black Keys, did a rather extensive one with Pitchfork. Perhaps the most interesting piece of news to come from this is that the Keys will be working with Ike Tuner and Dangermouse on a new project ?!?!?! I'm not one to use '?!' but, damn, Keys, Ike, and Dangermouse? That pretty much necessitates t... Read More

Celebrate My Least Favorite Day Of The Year With The Horrors

The Monday after Daylight Savings Day is my least favorite day of the year. I'm a total Grumpy Gus and I'm not apologizing for it. Any time the man takes away an hour of my precious sleep, I'm gonna be pissed. My alarm clock may have had the "right" time, but my bod knew the truth. I woke up an hour early for no reason. I look and I feel half dead -- just like these cats, The Horrors. The Horrors - Count In Fives [download mp4 ... Read More

The View and The Fratellis Battle For The Next Big Thing

Depending on who you ask, British guitar rock in the 2000's either began and ended with The Libertines, or The Libertines were the starting point, and upon their dissolution, The Arctic Monkeys rose to the throne as the new kings of British rock. I'm not getting into that debate. Today, The Libertines and The Arctic Monkeys are one the same side as two young upstarts, The View and The Fratellis, are set to release their stateside ... Read More

It’s Another Wilco Party

If you missed the Wilco internet listening party last weekend, you're in luck. Wilco will be streaming their new album, Sky Blue Sky, in its entirety again this Sunday from 9 AM to 9 PM EST.Wilco Read More

Ted Leo on AOL’s Interface

Awesomeness follows wherever Ted Leo and his guitar travel. Head over to AOL's Interface where troubadour Ted Leo, and his electric guitar do it Billy Bragg style on six songs: "Bleeding Powers," "Who Do You Love," "Bottle of Buckie," "Timorous Me," "Pigsville," and "Keep Pushing." Ted Leo Read More

Where To Rock It

I don't know how I neglected to mention this show last week: Times New Viking tonight at The Tower with Clockcleaners, Homo Stupids, and Sungod. Present The Paisley Reich, TNV's latest, is only the most righteous slab of lo-fi noise rock that I've heard in years.Now, let's say righteous noise rock isn't your thing. I'm not going to judge your taste (or lack thereof), but there's another fine show tonight going on at The Beachland: ... Read More