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I’m Sorry Kurt, We Tried to Be Good Servants of Rock ‘N’ Roll

You're Kurt Cobain and the year is 1993. You're all snug in your bed dreaming of a Christmas morning with Courtney when you're suddenly awakened by a loud thump. It's the Ghost of Rock 'N' Roll Future. He shows you something called the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. He assures you it's real and it's in Cleveland. He shows you a day in 2014 when you're joined on stage by Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and Linda Rondstadt. Killing yo...READ MORE

Exit Stencil Confounds Collectors, Excites Fans with Reissue of the Debut Album by 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)

Reading a history of 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), even one from Wikipedia, is like being dropped right into the middle of the bursting rock scene that was early '70s in Cleveland and Akron. Terry Hynde, the brother of The Pretender's Chrissy Hynde, was a founding member and still plays in the band. Early versions of the band also included Devo's Gerald Casale and Chris Butler of Tin Huey and The Waitressses. Additionally, a 1982 sing...READ MORE

The War of the Black Flags Is So On

From the press release announcing Black Flag's new single, "Down in the Dirt," emphasis mine, misspelling of theremin is theirs: SST Records is proud to announce a free download of the first new BLACK FLAG song in many years. On the upcoming 22 song LP to be released this summer, "Down in the Dirt" features Ron Reyes on vocals, Greg Ginn on guitar/theramin, My War bassist Dale Nixon on bass, and Gregory A Moore on drums. The band wi...READ MORE

Nelsonville Music Festival Adds Cat Power as Friday Night Headliner

While operating outside of the mainstream festival machine, The Nelsonville Music Festival has quietly put together a solid, four day line-up for their 2013 edition taking place May 30th - June 2nd at the Robbins Crossing historic village on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH. Today's announcement of Cat Power as the Friday night headliner only reinforces the point. She joins previously, national announced acts such ...READ MORE

2013 Pitchfork Music Festival Rounds Out Lineup with Wire, M.I.A., Yo La Tengo, Pissed Jeans, and More

The organizers of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival weren't content with an already stacked lineup featuring Bjork, Belle and Sebastian, R Kelly, Swans, The Breeders, and  ..Trail of Dead. No, they had to go and add hip-hop provocateur, M.I.A, original post-punks, Wire, indie rock vets, Yo La Tengo, and Sub Pop throwbacks, Pissed Jeans. Now, I'm stoked. With these, and other recent additions, the lineup now stacks up like this: ...READ MORE

60 Minutes with Pussy Riot

Excuse Lesley Stahl's cartoonish intro. It's clear 60 minutes isn't used to profiling punk rock bands, imprisoned, feminist punks from Russia, or otherwise. In setting the stage for her story on Pussy Riot, Stahl clearly had our delicate American sensibilities in mind: The young women have become the poster girls of Russian dissent, unlikely considering they're a punk band on YouTube that makes lewd gestures in cartoonish get-up...READ MORE
Record Store Day 2013

News Jam: The Full Slate of Record Store Day Releases Has Been Revealed

Of all the made-up holidays on the modern calendar, Record Store Day is one of the finest. When else do you get to queue up in the cold of the Cleveland spring for the chance to buy the limited edition 7" which defines you as a person? It's special like that. And I have little doubt that this year's edition, on April 20th, will be any different. Isn't our Cleveland spring wonderful? Of course, Record Store Day is also an opportuni...READ MORE

News Jam: Pitchfork Music Festival Adds The Breeders, …Trail of Dead, Swans; Forecastle Festival Snags the Black Keys and The Flaming Lips

Earlier today, Pitchfork announced that The Breeders (playing their album Last Splash in its entirety), And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and Swans have all been added to their 2013 festival. This year's edition, taking place at Chicago's Union Park from July 19th - 21st, already boasted an intriguing mix of headliners with R. Kelly, Bjork and Belle and Sebastian. Many lesser known names were also added to the lineup, inc...READ MORE

James Ubaghs Asks Iceage Some Tough Questions for Vice; Gets Non-Answers

Finally, a journalist asked young, Danish punks, Iceage some tough questions about their continued use of fascist and racist imagery in their music and marketing. James Ubaghs, you have my respect. In Ubaghs' interview for Vice, he hit Iceage hard about the decision to sell Iceage branded knives on tour as well as their "New Brigade" video, where the band have a KKK day at the park, complete with hoods and torches. Those are but t...READ MORE

News Jam: New Replacements Song Hits the Internets, New Stooges Album on the Way, Orion Festival Sets Lineup and More

* Forget everything you think you know about reunion rock. The recent Replacements reunion is different. Spurned to get the band back together by the medical troubles of one time guitarist, Slim Dunlap, who suffered a debilitating stroke, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars put their old differences aside for the benefit EP, Songs for Slim. Its initial auction raised over $100K for Slim's care. Now, those of us who did...READ MORE