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The Rockometer: High by Royal Headache

If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney.
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Play Me: “High” by Royal Headache

It's been far too long since we last heard from Sydney garage rockers, Royal Headache. Their debut album came out in 2011 in Australia, a year later hear in the States, and between then and now their recorded output consisted of a 7" for Matador Records' singles club. It was a sweet single, sure, but a voice like Shogun's, one of sandpaper and blue-eyed soul legends and lofty range, shouldn't be a secret held by Aussie rock aficionados. It needs to be heard.
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The Rockometer: Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes

Is it still dad rock if the band is young and the lead singer, Brittany Howard is an African-American woman? I'm serious about this. For as much as I listen to Sound & Color, the second album by Alabama Shakes, I can't shake the feeling that the classic Wilco burn is appropriate here.
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Top Jam: “Grease” by Obnox

  What Lamont "Bim" Thomas does as Obnox is not unique. Rather, Obnox shouldn't be unique. Instead of approaching popular music's ...
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Moving Pictures: “You Don’t Care About Me” by Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites

True story. I had the pleasure of opening for Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites first shows in Cleveland during the 2012 Waterloo Arts Fest. I ...
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News Jam Clevo: The Cleveland Connection to Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and His Solo Project Tim Timebomb and Friends

Over the past two months, Tim Armstrong of the long-running Bay Area punk band, Rancid, has been releasing a collection of covers of some of his ...
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The Rockometer: Coexist by The XX

The XX Coexist Beggars/XL The XX's first album, a 2009 self-titled affair, became the indie make-out album of the decade in large part due to ...
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The Rockometer: S/T by Royal Headache

Royal Headache Royal Headache What's Your Rupture Seven words you will never hear on television: "And your next American Idol is Shogun."  ...
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