[Album Review] Social 66 – Self-Titled

Social 66, Sons of Mischief. (Photo courtesy of Social 66)

Social 66, Sons of Mischief. (Photo courtesy of Social 66)

Akron’s own Social 66 are revving up their engines with their eponymous debut record for Pavement Records. The collection of twelve hard-rockin’ gritty jams infused with melody serves as a fierce statement that this band has arrived, and intends to be a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock. Continue reading

[Album Review + Stream] Social 66 – The Party is On

Social 66 - Party is On (Album Art)

Like a hillbilly Frank Sinatra doing things his own way, Jason O’Daniel of Social 66 is forging ahead with a debut album of in-your-face rock tunes bound to make anyone yearning for a 21st century resurgence a little bit of hope for the future… Continue reading

[Audio] Via the Sun Acoustic Session on The Rock on 88.7 WJCU, 7.7.12

Via the Sun (Photo Courtesy of Via the Sun)

On July 7, the award-winning Cleveland rockers Via the Sun stopped by the studio of The Rock on 88.7 WJCU again, this time with guitars in hand to rock out an acoustic set on the radio! If you missed the show that night, you’ve come to the right place – follow the links to listen to both the interview with the band and live performances of the songs “Grateful” and “Bad Roots”. Continue reading

[Album Review] All Dinosaurs – Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

All Dinosaurs: Loud Love with their new album “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior”. (Artwork courtesy of All Dinosaurs)

All Dinosaurs are here, and they’re ready for you to love them with their latest recorded effort, Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior. Much like the group’s last album Paranoid Indigenous, this offering is a full-bore audio assault from start to finish, custom-made for anyone who likes their music loud and frenetic! Continue reading

[Photos] 20 Awesome Rock Groups that Deserve Induction to the Rock Hall NOW

Geddy Lee and Rush leads a group of deserving candidates for induction to the Rock Hall. (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Last month, in announcing his intent to join his former Guns ‘N Roses bandmates in Cleveland this Saturday for the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Slash stated he did so with reservation. While he appreciated the honor, he stated that “it’s sort of a bittersweet thing too because there’s so many artists that aren’t inducted, that came way before Guns did, that actually deserve more to be in there and they’re not in there.” Continue reading

[Album Review] Deadiron – Out of the Rust and Ruin

Cleveland’s Deadiron has a new level of brutality for you to explore.. (Photo courtesy of Deadiron)

In Out of the Rust and Ruin, Cleveland thrashers Deadiron saddle up their (metaphorical) steeds and present a well-rounded metallic sound; a sound synthesis of its members’ diverse musical influences.The debut full-length album from the group is indeed as powerful as the brutal album art (shown above). Continue reading

2nd Half Advance to Finals in ESPN Home Court Contest

2nd Half - coming to a TV set near you! (Photo: Courtesy of 2nd Half)

Speaking of bands working to raise the profile of Cleveland music, how about those 2nd Half guys? The group has been involved in a contest sponsored by OurStage.com and ESPN to determine “Who’s Next” among independent rock bands across the nation. Recently they advanced to the finals in an online poll, and if they win, they’ll have their music played during Championship week for the NCAA Men’s College Basketball coverage on ESPN. Continue reading