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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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The Rockometer: II by Metz

Now, listening to a Metz LP isn't the same as being at a Metz concert. The record doesn't come packaged with a vial of sweat from guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins. You don't get to see him transform from everyman to raging man. And, there's no threat of taking a boot to the head from the crowd surfer elevated center stage. For real, in the year 2015, people crowd surf at a Metz show. Maybe not at your fancy pants clubs in New York and LA, but here in Cleveland kids can still get a lift to the top of the throbbing masses. But, after the first three tracks by these Toronto punks on the simply titled, II, you can get pretty damn close to the experience of being there.
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The Rockometer: Neither Virtue Nor Anger by Sonic Jesus

      Sonic Jesus Neither Virtue Nor Anger Fuzz Club The musical lineage of Italian psych rockers, Sonic Jesus, ...
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Indie Rock Is Too White; Meanwhile Two Black Dudes Are Behind the Baddest Punk Rock Records of 2015

We, as Americans, have a long, proud history of segregating music. Rock and country are white. Rap, hip-hop, soul, and R'N'B are black. Go further back, and jazz music was off limits to those of fair skin with and over-protective parents. Removing one word, "indie rock," from the history of music segregation will do little to change the musical landscape. No "indie rock" simply means people will need another phrase to describe music outside of the top 40, ideally, something less wordy than, "Underground rock music, and some electronic music, and a metal band or two, and every once in a while something popular like Kanye." Yet, what grates me the most about the whiteness of indie rock think piece in 2015 is that these writers are missing the big picture. On this very day, in the year 2015 of our lord, the two most exciting bands in indie rock/underground rock/punk rock/not top 40 rock, are lead by black men: MC Ride of Death Grips and Lamont "Bim" Thomas of Obnox.
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Watch Me: “Blessed” by KEN Mode

In the spirit of full disclosure, the album cover you see above for KEN Mode's forthcoming Success (6.15 on Seasons of Mist), looks an awful lot like my couch. Shit, I look an awful lot alike the man on the couch. My couch is covered with blankets and pillows and there's a work laptop sitting on my couch this very morning, and there are loose papers scattered on the couch, too. At one point this morning, I was bent over in the fuck my life pose. Better living through technology, yo! I can have a shit day at work from the comfort of my own home and it's only 9:30 in the morning.
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The Rockometer: The Powers That B by Death Grips

Death Grips' double album, The Powers That B, features both the best and worst of these Sacramento noise-rap agitators. On the first album, subtitled, Niggas on the Moon, we get principals MC Ride and Zach Hill indulging their worst impulses. I'll be damned if there's a song here, but there's a lot of busted up beats and slobbering spit takes from MC Ride. Believe it or not, Icelandic national treasure, Bjork is on here, too. Unfortunately, her vocals and pitched, cut up and wrecked to the point where she's no more than another source of irritation, perhaps the primary irritation.
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Bill vs The Beachland Ballroom: DJ Playlist 3.29.15

Last night was an interesting nigh at the Beachland. Pop act, Bleachers, had sold out the main room, so the Beachland asked me to throw down some vinyl in the Tavern. It's something I've done many times. I do the jams. The extra bar space gets the venue more money and everyone's happy. Except this show turned out to be a milk & cookies show, if you know what I mean. The first hundred through the door weren't old enough to drive a car, let alone imbibe. Still, any time I get to play jams in the Tavern is a good time. The lack of boozehounds at the bar had some positives, too. Like, no one came up and requested Red Hot Chili Peppers, and multiple Jawbreaker tracks, and ending the night on Pissed Jeans. Every dj set should end with Pissed Jeans, not just my sets, all of them, by every dj, even the ones that play that thing called EDM. "False Jesii Pt 2" is such a banger, the banger to end all bangers.
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The Rockometer: Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett

Much like the beloved American sitcom, Seinfeld, a show about nothing, Courtney Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, managers to be highly entertaining while working with the most banal source material. Man plays hooky from work. Couple goes house hunting. Courtney swims. Courtney buys groceries. These are but a sampling of the seemingly ordinary scenes recreated over the course of eleven songs. There's even a track, "Small Poppies," where Barnett thinks about moving the lawn. She doesn't actually cut the grass, mind you, she just thinks about it.
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