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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

News Jam Clevo: Happy Dog Kickstarts a Classical Album and Stream the New Expecting Rain Album

* Cleveland hot dog joint and local music hot spot, The Happy Dog, has launched a new Kickstarter to record and release a live album by the classical music group, Ensemble HD, a collection of Cleveland Orchestra musicians and their friends. The goal of $15,000 may be on the ambitious side, but so is the mission of Ensemble HD. How many other classical troupes have regular gigs at rock clubs? That's a rhetorical question. * In the ...READ MORE

Cloud Nothings and Death of Samantha to Headline WRUW’s 31st Annual Studio-A-Rama

The 2012 edition of WRUW's long-running, free music festival, Studio-A-Rama, will have an even more distinct Cleveland flavor this year as at the top of the bill will see local buzz-band done good, Cloud Nothings, paired with the classic Clevo, post-punk band, Death of Samantha. If you haven't noticed, Cloud Nothings have been pretty much everywhere in 2012. They've done the late night circuit, the festival circuit, and played ...READ MORE

Torche and Cloud Nothings Set to Appear at the Rock Hall’s Free Summer Concert Series

Well, color me rocked.  Local buzzband Cloud Nothings (July 11th) and Southern heavies, Torche (July 25th) are just two of the headliners announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's free Summer in the City concert series.  The experimental indie-rock band, Bear in Heaven and Cleveland alt-rockers Mr. Gnome will share headline spot on the third night, August 1st, and folk artist, Sharon Van Etten will round out schedule on August...READ MORE

Rock Local: Album Release Shows by Bears and Bill Fox Highlight a Busy Weekend

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Wednesday Night

Hey Cleveland! Instead of going out the night before Thanksgiving and getting blitzed at some bar with your buds, why don't you go out, get blitzed at a bar with your buds and take in some Cleveland Rock 'N' Roll. You do have three quality events to choose from. There's This Way Out's Anniversary Party at the Beachland Tavern with Filmstrip, Village Bicycle, and 45 Spider. While on the West Side there's a free show at Now That's ...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Cartoon Violence by Herzog

Herzog Cartoon Violence Exit Stencil Too often when talent is used to describe an indie rock band there's a catch.  As in, they're a talented band, but they're too cute and too obtuse for their own good.  Or, they're a talented band with a disdain of conformity and a similar disdain of melody.  Or, they're a talented band, why the fuck can't they write one damn song I can hang my hat on. Cleveland's Herzog are a talented b...READ MORE

“Fuck This Year” by Herzog

Seeking to prove they're more than another band of '90s revivalists raised on slacker rock, Cleveland's Herzog have prepped a sophomore album that's bigger, brawnier, and brainier than their well-received 2009 debut, Search.  Part of the genesis can be traced to the fact that more than ever, Herzog are a band and not just a vehicle for songwriter Tony Vorrell and lead singer/guitarist Nick Tolar.  The rhythm section of Brian Hi...READ MORE

John Soeder of The Plain Dealer Lists 25 Cleveland Bands to Watch

Have you seen the Plain Dealer today?  Music critic, John Soeder, has penned a massive feature on 25 Cleveland bands to watch.  Cleveland Rocks, Pops, and Raps features bands covered extensively on I Rock Cleveland like Herzog, Megachurch, and Prisoners, names nationally known in the underground, like Mark McGuire , and some familiar names from the past in Sons of Elvis man Pat Casa and his new band, Mild Mannered.  The feature on...READ MORE

From the Rocker’s Notebook: Record Store Day in Cleveland 2011

* Talk to people at the record stores on Record Store Day and you quickly find out no one likes the exclusivity of the event.  The record buyers don't like having to get to the record store early only to get shut out of limited edition releases.  The sellers don't like the unpredictability of the releases.  Some times they get their full order.  Some times they get shorted, and when they do get shorted the you get even more bumme...READ MORE
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