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A Jam Packed Wednesday With The Black Keys, Obnox, and OBN IIIs

  Now, this is a little better from Akron's favorite sons. While "Fever," the first track released from The Black Keys forthcoming album, Turn Blue (5.13 on Nonesuch), sounded like every track on El Camino, the duo's commercial breakthrough and artistic hole of an album from 2011, the title track finds the boys stretching out a bit. The evenly pulsed bass and deliberately struck keys have a modern R&B sound about them...READ MORE
6 Score

The Rockometer: Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings

    Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else Carpark/Mom + Pop Is the Cloud Nothings' Here and Nowhere Else catch? Lead vocalist/guitarist Dylan Baldi writes hooks like that's what he was born to do. Is Here and Nowhere Else accomplished? Other reviewers are beginning to catch on to what I've been saying for years, namely, Jayson Gerycz should be included in any discussion of today's top Rock 'N' Roll drummers. I...READ MORE

Play Me: “Mad Men” by Herzog

Upon reading this morning's Best New Music Review on Pitchfork for the Cloud Nothings' new LP, Here And Nowhere Else, I couldn't help but quip on social media sites, "Cleveland is the new Brooklyn. You see, last week, Cleveland's one-man punk rock destroyer, Lamont "Bim" Thomas, got a similarly glowing review for his new Obnox album, Louder Space. Then, on Friday, a new track by one of Cleveland's best kept secrets, Herzog,...READ MORE
11 Score

The Rockometer: Louder Space by Obnox

    Obnox Louder Space 12XU A great man once said, "To be the man, you have to beat the man." The saying not only holds true in professional wrestling, the arena in which Ric Flair first spoke those immortal words, but also in Rock 'N' Roll music. Lamont "Bim" Thomas can get away with trash talking his peers because he's been around long enough in bands like The Bassholes, Puffy Areolas, and This Moment in...READ MORE

Play Me: “Fever” by The Black Keys

At the risk of sounding like that guy who liked the popular band before they were popular, but doesn't care much for them now, I liked my Black Keys before they hit their arena rock phase on 2011's El Camino. That record lasted in my collection for a month, maybe two, at tops. The cheeky, '80s keyboard melody featured so prominently here, on their new single, "Fever," does nothing for me, either. Nor, I can I say I'm a fan of...READ MORE

A Jam Packed Tuesday with Cloud Nothings, The Horrors, EMA, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Kevin Drew

The leaner, meaner Cloud Nothings continue to get both leaner and meaner on "Psychic Trauma," the second preview track from their forthcoming release, Here and Nowhere Else (4.1 on Carpark/Mom+Pop). Hell, once they get going on this one, they're practically rocking at hardcore speed. The Horrors may not be a name band in the states, like they are in the UK, but that isn't about to stop them from sticking to their strengths...READ MORE

Play Me: “Bitch! Get Money!” by Obnox

Lamont "Bim" Thomas may have left the home studio behind for his newest record, Louder Space, but that doesn't mean his punk-rock wrecking crew, Obnox, have changed their ways. "Bitch! Get Money!" is just the latest example of why Obnox is among the best Cleveland Rock has got to offer. Once content to shred, Obnox songs have grown to encompass elements of blues, soul, R&B and hip-hop, and more impressively, they've retained all ...READ MORE
10 Score

The Rockometer: Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself!; There Is No Such Thing as Society by Various Artists

    Various Artists Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! Soul Jazz Records Various Artists Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing as Society Soul Jazz Records Why? Why, as we near the 40th anniversary of punk rock's birth do we need one 2XLP of underground punk from the USA recorded between the mid-'70s and 1980 and another 2XLP from the UK, dating from '77 to '81? The practical answer would be that So...READ MORE

Top Jam: “Oblivious” by Jessica Lea Mayfield

Whoa! Our local folk singer, Jessica Lea Mayfield, is all grown up, and HEAVY! Listen to that lead riff on "Oblivious", it's all kinds of sick, like the screech of Jack White slinging his six string next to the rumble of Sunn O))). Really, it's that heavy. I had no idea she had such rockingness in her. She could do quaint and folksy, that's a given, and when the rubble settles, her light, fluttering voice settles comfortably alon...READ MORE

Play Me: “I’m Not Part of Me” by Cloud Nothings

In a sense, "I'm Not Part of Me," feels out of order. With 2012's Attack on Memory, Cleveland's Cloud Nothings made a huge leap forward from their humble beginnings as a bedroom pop project of singer/guitarist Dylan Baldi. Here, they were a fully-formed rock band, with a heavy guitar-based sound, one which payed homage to classic '90s indie rock bands on labels like Chicago's Touch and Go Records and Seattle's Sub Pop. They had s...READ MORE