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yet another grab bag of tunes [single reviews]

Sir Sly - "High": I once said that Sir Sly was my favorite live band since Paper Route. Their indie pop sound stands out, with distinct vocals, dark synths, and big choruses. The distinct synths and drums are back, but here we have a bit more guitar than I'm used to, fading in and out. The aethestic of ...

A grab bag of tunes [single reviews]

The Picturebooks - "I Need That Oooh": I kid you not, barely ten seconds into this song I thought to myself "I need to see this band live." The song is homage to the sensual rock and roll tunes of the late 70s and 80s. The lyrics might sound sexual, but according to the band that "oooh" they speak of ...

Resident… But Where? Residente Explores His Roots on Solo Debut

René Pérez Joglar. Most folks know the 39-year-old Puerto Rican “Residente” as the former emcee of iconic Latin hip-hop collective Calle 13. Yet, in spite of winning more Latin Grammy’s than any other artist, a few years ago Residente decided it was time to start a new chapter, so he disbanded ...

Ghost Key’s “If I Don’t Make It” is brutal in more ways than one

Ghost Key is an intense band, no bones about it. Vocalist Austin O'Brien has a lot to get off his chest. I've noticed that each time I've experienced the band live. The difference between experiencing the band in a live setting and sitting down and really digesting the record, for me, is the ...

DC Rap Rockers Leave Cleveland Blackout Attendees Seeing Red, Gold & Green

The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights is a part dive bar, part music venue where a wide range of artists have performed over the course of the venue’s quarter-century of existence. This past Saturday, the Coventry Rd. neighborhood spot once again took on that role, this time with a reggae-heavy bill, as ...

double features and more [single reviews]

Graceful Closure - "Never Let Me Go": Live this has been a staple of the indie pop outfit's set for awhile. Though, given that I saw this song be performed with the original lineup, it probably comes as a shock to many that this song is effectively the debut of Graceful Closure as a duo. The song is an ...

Hello Luna’s “Ghost of You” makes good angst for a rainy day

As I was sitting here getting ready to begin this review, the phrase "rock and roll for a rainy day" came to mind. My surroundings definitely had something to do with it. My clothes are damp, its grey and steadily raining outside, and a protest march just passed Mission Coffee (where I write this) on ...