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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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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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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
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The Rockometer: Make My Head Sing by Jessica Lea Mayfield

      Jessica Lea Mayfield Make My Head Sing ATO Records   Well, isn't this ironic. On Make My Head Sing, Kent folkie Jessica Lea Mayfield goes rock and she does so without the aid of the man who produced her first two albums: The Black Keys' Dau Auerbach. In case you didn't know, Auerbach knows rock. As ironic as it may be to shun a name rock producer on your rock album, it's hard to argue...READ MORE
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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