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Not the Least Bit Horrible: Six of the Best to Catch at Horrible Fest 2014

  The 9th annual Horrible Fest takes place this weekend in and around Now That's Class on Cleveland's West Side. And, despite its name, there's a band for every rocker. Well, ok maybe not the dude in a Winger tee. If you like punk, noise, and/or noise punk, however, you are in for a treat. Here are six of the best acts to catch:   Mordecai (Friday @ Now That's Class) Mordecai would prefer it if you didn't me...READ MORE
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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
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I Rock Cleveland’s Guide to the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival

The Pitchfork Music Festival has always prided itself on attracting a diverse line-up, stacked with both up-and-comers and vets from the worlds of indie rock, electronic music, hip-hop and pop. The lineup for the 2013 edition, this upcoming weekend at Union Park in Chicago, may be the most diverse yet, with nightly headliners Bjork, Belle and Sebastian and R Kelly, a Saturday schedule stacked with rock bands and a Sunday schedule hea...READ MORE

Hey You! Want to see Thurston Moore for Free on Monday Night? Read On

As the guitarist for the way beyond influential band, Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore is a man who needs no introduction. He's fuckin' Thurston Moore, man. But what can you expect from Thurston Moore Monday night when he plays the Beachland Ballroom with John Moloney? Could we see something from his new, post-Sonic Youth band, Chelsea Light Moving? John Moloney is the drummer for Moore's new outfit, but if we were in for a Chel...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival Preview: 10 Bands Not to Miss and 1 Band That Will Be Hard to Miss

You like lists. I like lists. The internet is built upon lists. It's true. No one would make money on internet advertising if it wasn't for the 10 hottest beach bodies, 10 best foods for depression, 10 worst cities for pizza, 50 worst sports uniforms of all time, and the 25 top albums of the 1990s that are different than the last time we posted our 25 favorite albums from the '90s. So, in the spirit of lists and making money on the i...READ MORE

Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival Unveils Its Musical Offerings for 2011

Now in its seventh year, and now comfortable at its new location on the lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, Cleveland's celebration of arts and technology known as The Ingenuity Festival is set to take place from September 16th to the 18th.  This free event attracted over 40,000 people to its unique space last year and organizers are expecting similar crowds this year.  Having a solid music lineup certainly won't hurt m...READ MORE

Daytrotter Brings Their Barnstormer Tour to The Cuyahoga Valley National Park on August 31st

On August 31st, the folks behind the new music website, Daytrotter, will be bringing a different type of concert experience to Northeast, Ohio. The Barnstomer tour will feature White Rabbits, Doug Paisley, Wildlife, Princeton, Hacienda all performing in an honest to goodness barn, The Conrad Botzum Farmstead Barn, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Of special note to the locals is the band Hacienda, who as you may remember, ...READ MORE

2011 Pitchfork Music Festival Preview

The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival is going down this weekend in Chicago and as in past years (2008, 2009, 2010) I Rock Cleveland will be there with photographer Mara Robinson to document this yearly gathering of music fans, hipsters, aging indie rockers, and other assorted cool people with questionable sartorial sense. One of the festival's greatest strengths, and one of the reasons I keep going back is its freshness and diversi...READ MORE

Saturday: Collinwood Cat Benefit with Prisoners, Rainy Day Saints and The Kyle Sowashes

The flyer says it all: This Saturday night there will be a benefit for the North Collinwood Feral Cat Project, a non-profit formed by Debbie Gulyas of Blue Arrow Records, to humanely control the wild cat population in the Waterloo Arts District.  Your $5 donation will get you into the Tavern the see Prisoners, Rainy Day Saints, and Columbus, Ohio's The Kyle Sowashes, but more importantly will go towards providing all sorts of novelt...READ MORE

Saturday: Celebrate Record Store Day With Your Friends on Waterloo

We've already talked about some of the prime limited-edition vinyl being released to coincide with Record Store Day 2010, but there's more to the holiday than buying music.  It's also a celebration of music culture.  Both Blue Arrow Records and Music Saves will be hosting free in-store performances throughout the day.  The action starts with members of White Hinterland dj-ing at Music Saves at 4:30 and Will Rigby of the dB's d...READ MORE