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Your Guide to Surviving (and Enjoying) Record Store Day in Cleveland

Although Record Store Day won't celebrate its seventh birthday until Saturday, it's already entering its awkward teenage phase. Some shop owners have become disillusioned with the glut of limited edition releases, especially those from major labels (I'm looking at you translucent Ghostbusters 12.") Record store patrons complain about eBay flipping. It's not uncommon to hear both groups compare the day to Black Friday. Yet, for all...READ MORE
The Men by Mara Robinson

Live Rock Action: The Men @ The Happy Dog Cleveland

  To judge by appearance, the Brooklyn five-piece band, The Men, aren't very distinctive men. If pressed, the man standing in the middle of the stage could have been an extra in the '90s movie Singles. He had the slight frame and stringy hair to fit in. But put them in a corner bar and put jerseys on them and they could be sports fans. Put them in button down shirts, and they could be your co-workers. It's only when they ...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for April

Saturday, April 5th: Shannon and the Clams, Wooly Bullies @ Mahall's. Welshly Arms, Teddy Boys, Dan Miraldi & The Albino Winos @ Beachland Ballroom. Monday, April 7th: The Julie Ruin, Screaming Females, ShiSho @ Beachland Ballroom (That's Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, you guys) Thursday, April 10th: The Men, Public, Chin Soda @ Happy Dog. St. Vincent, Noveller @ House of Blues. Friday, April 11th: Mates of State, Bethes...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for February 2014

Friday, January 31st: Nobunny, Hussy, Wolly Bullies, Shitbox Jimmy @ Now That's Class Saturday, February 1st: The Hold Steady, Tim Barry @ Beachland Ballroom. I Rock Cleveland DJ-ing in the Tavern. SOLD OUT. Tuesday, February 4th: Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires (new Sub Pop signing), Turf War, Top Hat Black @ Beachland Tavern. Screaming Females, Chomp, Cheap Clone @ Grog Shop. Bill Fox, Ben Gmetro (Dreadful Yawns), Daniel Fr...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for October

Thursday, October 3rd: Welshly Arms, The Steepwater Band @ Beachland Tavern. Friday, October 4th: Meat Puppets, Enemy Planes, The New Lou Reeds @ Grog Shop. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Smith Street Band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Beachland Ballroom SOLD OUT. Craig Ramsey, The Universe Doesnt Stand A Chance Against Joshua Jesty, Michael Ivy @ Mahall's 20 Lanes. The Spits, Useless Eaters, Smooth Brain, Short Rabbits @ Now T...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for September

Thursday, September 5th: Pinback, Deathfix @ Grog Shop. J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Taddy Porter @ Beachland Tavern. Saturday, September 7th: Studio-A-Rama on the campus of CWRU with Mikal Cronin, Mirrors, Obnox, Goldmines, Home and Garden, Blaka Watra, Smooth Brain, Shitbox Jimmy, Tuk Peenersen and His Weinermen, Ma Holos, and Wingtones. The Dictators NYC feat. Handsome Dick Manitoba @ Beachland Ballroom with Fuck You Pay ...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar For August

Thursday, August 8th: Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie, House of Willis @ Beachland Tavern. Silversun Pickups @ Cleveland Agora. Friday, August 9th: Sam Is Important a Fundraiser for Samuel Mooney wiith All Dinosaurs, Saint Ohio, Nope, Eddie Doldrum, and Locktender @ Grog Shop. Kool Keith, LMNTL, Muamin Collective, DJ Besto @ Now That's Class. Pleasure Leftists @ Mahall's 20 Lanes. The Cult @ HOB Cleveland. Saturday, August 10th: Oh...READ MORE
Phosphorescent by Mara Robinson

Hot Fun in the Summer Time: Phosphorescent Live at the Rock Hall

These free summer gigs put on by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are always a good time. There's street eats parked outside the hall, where you can get yourself a curry, and cold, albeit pricey beer on the other side of the temporary fencing set up along the plaza. The crowds are surprisingly attentive and appreciative for a free event. Plus, the planners of these events do a fine job of pulling in quality talent. Even if you've n...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for July

Tuesday, July 2nd: Jimmy Eat World @ House of Blues. Nude Beach, Cheap Clone, Filmstrip @ Now That's Class. Kid Rock @ Blossom Wednesday, July 3rd: Yeasayer, Reptar @ Beachland Ballroom. The Evens (That's Ian McKaye's band) @ Negative Space Gallery. Friday, July 5th: Deafheaven, Marriages, DeathCrawl, The Decoy @ Grog Shop. So Long Albatross, Free Medicine, Nomads, Chin Soda @ Mahall's 20 Lanes. Saturday, Jul 6th: Hollis Bro...READ MORE

Your Cleveland Concert Calendar for May

Thursday, May 2nd: Palma Violets, Guards, Herzog @ Grog Shop. Friday, May 3rd: Ra Ra Riot, Lighthouse and the Whaler @ Beachland Ballroom. Ra Ra Riot in-store at Music Saves. Saturday, May 4th: The Barry Bash with Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites, Dave Pearce & The Sonic Tonsil, Brent Kirby, Jack Charleston, Kristine Jackson, Walkin' Cane. $99 and proceeds go to ALS research. Nights, Relaxer, Pleasure Leftists @ Happy Dog. ...READ MORE