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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

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
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