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The War On Drugs by Mara Robinson

Live Rock Action: The War on Drugs @ Grog Shop Cleveland Hts.

  How, exactly, did Philadelphia band, The War on Drugs manage to sell out the Grog Shop on Saturday night? Many were curious, especially those who either had to scramble down their contact list to get in or were turned away at the door before show time. Sure, the abstract Americana of Adam Granduciel and hs mates has been highly rated by the influential website, Pitchfork, for a couple years now, and that helps. But a...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
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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
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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
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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
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The Burger Records Caravan of Stars Came to Cleveland and All I Got Was 30 Minutes of Gap Dream and a Hangover and That’s Alright

Hours before taking the stage, Cleveland ex-pat Gabe Fulvimar of Gap Dream was bouncing off the walls of the Happy Dog. There were high fives and hugs, and he was always the first one to hop up and down to the four opening bands during Burger Records' Burgerama Caravan of Stars stop in Cleveland. For Fulvimar, a veteran musician who had spent over a decade in the Cleveland and Akron music scenes, whose biggest claim to fame before...READ MORE
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 by Mara Robinson

Riot Fest Sunday Night: The Replacements

The abridged history of The Replacements goes something like this: Beloved underground rockers from Minneapolis have a real shot at greatness, but whether it was the booze, discomfort with high expectations, or just bad luck, they never fully delivered on their potential. One night they could be brilliant. Paul Westerberg's tales of longing and disillusionment set to rowdy, blues-based bar rock and ragged punk stuck to the hea...READ MORE
Bob Mould and Jon Wurster at Riot Fest 2013 Chicago by Mara Robinson

Riot Fest Sunday: Not the Replacements

I'm sorry, Bob. I'm sorry, Laura Jane Grace. I'm sorry, Rocket From the Crypt. I don't know your names, but your matching mariachi outfits were sweet. I'm sorry Frank, and I'm sorry, replacement Kim Deal. Sunday night at Riot Fest was always going to be about the Replacements. Don't get me wrong. Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace have a captivating back story. Since announcing to the world that she was no longer Tom Gabel in ...READ MORE
Blondie @ Riot Fest Chicago 2013

Riot Fest Saturday Night: Blondie, Rancid, and Violent Femmes

First off, I haven't a clue what Debbie Harry was wearing when she took the Roots Stage on Saturday night. It looked like a graduation gown. She also had on a large, conical hat. Was this some sort of secret Catholic sect? At Riot Fest? Now, putting aside Harry's sartorial choices, Blondie's performance exceeded all expectations. The fear of going to a festival like Riot Fest, one so heavy on legacy acts, is that some o...READ MORE
GBV @ Riot Fest Chicago 2013

Riot Fest Saturday: Dinosaur, Jr, Guided by Voices, and FLAG

Coming into Riot Fest Chicago, I had planted all of these clever alternate festival names in my mind, like Who Let the Olds Out, Moms-And-Dads-in-Bands-a-Palooza, and The Bands That Time Forgot. But my favorite was, Our Band Could Have Been Your Life, LIKE 20 YEARS AGO, a play on Michael Azzerad's quintessential retelling of the early days of indie rock in the 1980s, Our Band Could Be Your Life.  My itinerary for my two days in ...READ MORE