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Play Me: “Empty Faction” by Cult of Youth

The line between being provocative and a tasteless asshole can be a thin one. Like Danish punks, Iceage, many have used the word fascist to describe the Brooklyn band, Cult Of Youth, and its leader Sean Ragon. As far as I know, Ragon hasn't dressed up like a klansman for a music video, like the tasteless assholes in Iceage. Cult of Youth get a pass.
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A Jam Packed Tuesday with Deaf Wish, Negative Scanner, Terry Malts, and Purling Hiss

20 some years ago, Seattle was the city kicking out essential jams on what seemed like a weekly basis. Today, the city on everyone's lips should be Melbourne, Australia, it's not, but the rate at which this locale long off the Rock 'N' Roll map continues to produce the goods, it's becoming harder and harder to ignore. What began with Eddy Current Suppression Ring, has grown to include recent Merge Records signees, The Twerps, ECSR offshoots Total Control and Boomgates, Dick Diver, Lower Plenty, UV Race, and likely a host of others.
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Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for September

Wednesday, September 3rd: Scott Weiland, I dare you, as in I dare you to spend money on this and not be disappointed @ Hard Rock Rocksino. Thursday, September 4th: Wilco @ Akron Civic Theatre. The English Beat, DJ Dubmatix, Backstage Politics @ Beachland Ballroom.
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The Julian Casablancas and the Voidz 11-Minute Song Challenge

The Ice Bucket challenge is so yesterday. I mean, like pouring cold water over your head is such a challenge. I would have killed for cold water over the head as I was sweating buckets biking up the Rocky River reservation yesterday. On the other hand, listening to an 11-minute song by The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, and his new band The Voidz, is a serious challenge.
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The Rockometer: Manipulator by Ty Segall

With such an impressive discography assembled at such a short time, Ty Segall was the last rocker I would expect to make the rookie mistake of confusing studio budget and studio time with permission to go ahead and record a 17 track, almost 60 minute album.
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The Rockometer: Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers

By definition, a supergroup, like Canada's New Pornographers, should be fun. A supergroup is an opportunity for friends to get together and make music free from the same kind of expectations placed on their main projects. Yet, despite the pedigrees of Carl "AC" Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, and the others who've contributed to the band's last two albums (2007's Challenger and 2010's Together) this supergroup had begun to sound like a super drag. Ornateness had been mistaken for quality. Tempos lurched into mid-tempo hell. The band's most recent effort, Brill Bruisers, is a lot of things: Fun, engaging, a return to form, a new direction, and most definitely not a drag.
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A Jam Packed Thursday with Thurston Moore, Perfect Pussy, Godflesh, Dark Blue, The Twerps, and King Tuff

The news of a new Thurston Moore album has been out and about on the internet for a little while now. What's gotten fans most excited, is that this new band would include both Debbie George from My Bloody Valentine and ex-Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, as well as English guitarist, James Sedwards.
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A Jam Packed Friday with Ty Segall, Nude Beach, Sloan, Lower Plenty, and The Afghan Whigs

Ty the Ripper is back. After a quiet end to 2013 with the downcast, and appropriately named solo album, Sleeper, garage-rock guitar hero, Ty Segall has returned to doing what he does best -- Ripping, shredding, going apeshit on guitar, giving zero fucks about being able to hear past the age of 40, sounding like Kurt Cobain stuck in San Francisco circa 1973, etc, exclamation point.
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