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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
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Merchandise, Dark Blue, Rat Fist and Priests

Never thought much of Merchandise. Sure, the Tampa band had been all over your hipper music outlets for the past couple years, but for the life of me, I couldn't tell you why. Someone heard something, to be sure. There was a bidding war for their services and 4AD came out on top. Now, along with that new label, comes a new sound. It's less indebted to the gnarlier strains of post-punk than some of their previous work. The link bet... Read More
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Not the Least Bit Horrible: Six of the Best to Catch at Horrible Fest 2014

  The 9th annual Horrible Fest takes place this weekend in and around Now That's Class on Cleveland's West Side. And, despite its name, there's a band for every rocker. Well, ok maybe not the dude in a Winger tee. If you like punk, noise, and/or noise punk, however, you are in for a treat. Here are six of the best acts to catch:   Mordecai (Friday @ Now That's Class) Mordecai would prefer it if you didn't me... Read More
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A Jam Packed Wednesday with Southern Comfort, Fucked Up, Godflesh, White Lung, and Parquet Courts

As one half of Ruined Fortune, Angie Garrick has already released one of the year's best punky, sludgy noise rock albums. Here, with Southern Comfort, things are significantly sunnier, albeit in a fuzzed-out, blown-out speaker kind of way. The "Suzanne" 7" is out now on Hozac Records. Time will tell if Fucked Up's Glass Boys, the hardcore Toronto destroyers' third release for Matador (on 6.3), will also be their best. What... Read More
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The Rockometer: Boys by Herzog

      Herzog Boys Exit Stencil Recordings When I listen to Boys, the third album by Cleveland Rock 'N' Roll underdogs, Herzog, I can't help but think back to their first show nearly four years ago. They were the first on the three-band bill at the Grog Shop. Critically acclaimed folk artist, Matthew Houck, and Phosphorescent were the headliners. There was another Cleveland band, Lowly, the Tree Ghost,... Read More
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Watch Me: “Vanilla” by Boris

Japanese rock monsters, Boris, are done fucking around, okay. I could go through their discography from the past five years piece by piece and point out every moment they failed to live up to their own lofty expectations set by classic thrashers Amplifier Worship (1998), Akuma No Uta (2003), Pink (2005) and Smile (2008), but what's the point? It's not like you need another listen to that misconceived album they did with Ian A... Read More
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Stream Boys: An Instant Classic by Cleveland Rockers Herzog

Ahead of the May 20th release date, Exit Stencil Records has released a full-album stream of Boys, the new album by Cleveland rock heroes, Herzog. And, after your first listen, you'll quickly understand why those like myself are calling this one an instant Cleveland classic: The hooks, the guitars, the no attitude attitude, it all comes together perfectly on Boys. Read More
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Holy Hell Riot Fest Chicago: This is a Festival Lineup

Just read who's playing at Riot Fest Chicago September 12th - 14th: The Cure * Jane's Addiction * The National * Rise Against * Weezer *The Flaming Lips * Social Distortion * Slayer * The Offspring * Wu-Tang Clan *Descendents * Tegan and Sara * Metric * Samhain * Cheap Trick * ???? * P*ssy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina) * Patti Smith * Taking Back Sunday Die Antwoord * City and Colour * Paul Weller * The Used * Br... Read More
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The Rockometer: Luminous by The Horrors

    The Horrors Luminous XL Recordings   With Luminous, the student is now the master. Five years on from their breakthrough album, Primary Colours, a work where Portishead's Geoff Barrow famously helped steer The Horrors from horror-punk buzz band with a shelf life measured in negative time to post-punk evangelists, the band have learned to thrive on their own. Sure, 2011's Skying was both recorded ... Read More
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A Jam Packed Wednesday with Herzog, Bob Mould, Zig Zags, and Shabazz Palaces

The buzzsaw pop of Herzog has long been a favorite of locals in the Cleveland rock scene, and now, it seems as if others are beginning to notice. This Brooklyn Vegan piece is but the latest shout out: Indie rock, in the trad '90s sense, has probably been fully explored by this point but something about it never puts it completely out of style. Sometimes a band comes along that does it so well, with great songs and enthusiasm, it... Read More