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Ringo Deathstarr – Just You

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Ringo Deathstarr’s (band name still rules) track “Just You” strolls into it’s own fuzzed out universe of pop music. Introduce yourself below. RD’s new The Shadow is out 7th Nov.

Ringo Deathstarr – Just You

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Rating: 8.5

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PEACE – BBLOOD

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UK band Peace bring to us an enormous sound on “Bblood”. Think Foals or even Fool’s Gold and then ratchet up the noise, volume, total general chaos and you’re getting close to Peace. Tropical-esque guitars and anthemic vocals (and backing vocals!), layer up layer of epic, engaging sound, let “Bblood” introduce you to this little heralded but powerful young band. (ABEANO)

PEACE – BBLOOD

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Rating 8.4

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Longer and Stronger

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“Longer and Stronger” is track three on a new b-sides compilation of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings material being put out by Daptone Records next month. “Longer and Stronger” is a solid example of the powerhouse soul Ms. Jones has built her career on.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Longer and Stronger

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Rating 8.1

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I’d Pick You Every Time

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“I’d Pick You Every Time”, the b-side to NG’s “If I Had a Gun” single, continues Noel’s record with great b-sides that stretches back to the earliest days of Oasis. It’s often that Noel saves these more folkier divergences for the b-side. And the half-time, almost countrified (is that a banjo, Noel?) “I’d Pick You Every Time” is very much in that “Folky” Noel lane. Spin it below.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I’d Pick You Every Time

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Rating 8.2

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Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Alternate Version)

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We put b3sci to bed for Thursday with this new chilled version of “Raise Your Weapon” Deadmau5 has been at work on. Gone are the dubstep, and electro refs, and most of what’s left is Greta’s excellent vocal and a spare electric piano. Listen.

Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Alternate Version)

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Rating 8.4

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09-29-11

Jason Burns – Back To You

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We LOVE this. CLEVELAND artist Jason Burns’ “Back to You” has been around for a minute but we’re just getting back into now via our pal Anthony Valadez, who spun the tune this week on his late night KCRW show. “Back to You” is major (that beat is beautiful, crazy, sick, all that, love the A. Keys sample!) but it should also be said, Mr. Burns reps our hometown. We had NO IDEA music like THIS was being made back home (UK Garage-influenced 2 step in the CLE!)! Cleveland, we love you and we miss you!

Jason Burns – Back To You

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Rating 8.8

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Young Jeezy – F.A.M.E. (Feat. T.I.) (Prod. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

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The two Atlanta giants trade bars on top a tough new J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League beat. Jeezy’s seemingly forever delayed TM 103 is set to get yet another release date on Monday. Who’s taking bets that this won’t be when the album actually drops either. The Passion of the Jeezy. Tip, sounds re-focused, on this his first high profile post-prison feature. His rhymes are sharp and interesting and his more laid back delivery on the track complements Jeezy’s more manic verses.

Young Jeezy – F.A.M.E. (Feat. T.I.) (Prod. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

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Rating 7.9

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Gilbere Forte – Black Soul (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

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“Cause we gon’ work work, we gon’ work work.” G. Forte links up with K.R.I.T. for the uplifting “Black Soul”. “Some Dreams Never Sleep” is due October 4.

Gilbere Forte – Black Soul (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

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Rating 8.1

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Kutcorners – Diamond (Feat. Curtis Santiago)

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Oh yes. Kutcorners brings the funk and the “hits from the 80’s” on new track “Diamond”. From the second you press play, this shit will transport you instantly to a dope ass circa 1983 Soul Train dance line. It’ll be you, Don Cornelius, and a bevy of fine females doing “The Steamroller” as everyone in the vicinity loses their minds.

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Rating 8.2

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LIVE SHOW REVIEWS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. / Gossip Culture / Trade School @ Grog Shop, Cleveland 09/26/11

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It was a Midwestern affair on Monday Night at the Grog Shop, with Trade School (Minnesota) and Gossip Culture (Cleveland) opening for super-fresh Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Detroit). To be from the Midwest is to embody a certain mindset or philosophy that it’s OK to be the underdog, i.e. we don’t care about our forgotten industry because we’re really the backbone of this hackneyed American Dream.

The Grog is small and intimate with no strange corners for the sound to get trapped in; the beer selection is impressive and the prices reasonable; with a max capacity likely less than 300, it’ll rock with 75-80 people inside; really an ideal place to see a show. After a bout on the infamous Ms. Pac-Man machine, Minnesota’s Trade School took the stage — a guy and a girl playing synths with warmth and emotion, strong beats and stronger melodies. According to their singer, the other band mates are in rehab and prison, a tidbit he related with brilliant deadpan if he was indeed joking. Information’s scant beyond this – to give you a sense of their talents. With a full lineup they could be a force to be reckoned with.

Gossip Culture (Ryan Sheridan) is from CLE, and us Northeast Ohioans love to promote a homegrown product. I’d say there were 15-20 devotees who had seen him a few times before. Surely they would like Gossip Culture regardless of their place of origin. The music is fun and danceable, at times obscure but never pretentious. The bassist was an old pro and the drummer was proof that a wide variety of sound can erupt from an 8-piece kit. Their cover of “Maneater” by Hall and Oates was a highlight of the set. I loved the Pere Ubu / Devo influence, (two of the area’s most notable exports.) Fans of The Avalanches and Caribou must keep an ear to the ground for news of Mr. Sheridan’s whereabouts. In addition to an occasional Youngstown show (a.k.a. Steeltown, U.S.A.), Gossip Culture has an EP release show set for October 22nd at The Beachland Tavern.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. made their presence known between sets by carrying out a J & an R bedazzled with 100 watt light bulbs, easily an A+ shop class midterm. It helped brighten the dimly lit stage for a few moments at the beginning of the set. The letters embody D.I.Y. mentality, which is the ethic of the entire rust belt. The name of their acclaimed LP says it all: It’s A Corporate World. In a world where corporate greed has destroyed the American Dream, only a D.I.Y. ethic will allow the stomped-upon individual to cut his/her little slice of destiny. Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein took the stage wearing Detroit Tigers warm-up jackets with synths blaring and their fists pumped to the sky before opening with “Morning Thought”, and in that moment the drastic population flight from Cleveland and Detroit became moot. The 75-80 people in attendance rocked out with the fury of 200. As they played through their LP and made it to their cover of “God Only Knows”, those once-heralded titans of rock radio, CKLW and WMMS, still held sway in Michigan and Ohio. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s saccharine melodies are instantly relatable (think Wayne Coyne circa ’95), but a pervading world-weary wistfulness is only detectable by us fellow natives of the Midwest. There was witty banter full of site-specific references and irreverent swinging from the Grog’s creaky ceiling plumbing, which capped a night replete with an authenticity rarely found on the NYC / LA culture farms.

Contributed by Chris Gedos

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Gossip Culture – Horses Run Wild ohio (Facebook)

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Rating: 8.5

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RAVE’S FAVES: Sleeper Agent – Shuga Cane

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Sleeper Agent is doing something not too common nowadays: straight-forward, fun rock that has an indie flavor. They’re from Bowling Green, KY and have been touring with the likes of Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra. Their “Get It Daddy” track has gained national airplay. “Shuga Cane” is an awesome deeper track, and see if it doesn’t remind you of the old Brit band Slade. Contributed by Bruce Rave

Sleeper Agent – Shuga Cane

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Asobi Seksu – Little House of Savages (The Walkmen)

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Asobi Seksu come up aces on this new cover of The Walkmen’s “Little House of Savages”. Asobi bend The Walkmen’s big distorted guitar sound and space it out a bit. This is near space though. Mars, Venus, that sort of shit. This cover isn’t that far of a sonic departure. That aside, it’s still an excellent rendition. We especially love how the guitars lift out into the choruses. Win to Asobi Seksu.

Asobi Seksu – Little House of Savages (The Walkmen)

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Rating 8.5

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