Cleveland Music Scene

My Top Ten Albums of 2009 by ClevelandBloggers
December 28, 2009, 9:15 pm
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These are some of the albums released during the year 2009 that I find noteworthy for Cleveland students to hear about. If you like any of these descriptions, go check out the albums and see you if like it too!

1. This Is War- Thirty Seconds to Mars

-After a painfully long break, 30 Seconds to Mars proved with their new album that the spotlight would still be theirs. “This is War” has no weak points, and its earth shaking choruses highlight the album’s most intense moments. For anyone who enjoys music that makes them feel ready to conquer a planet, “This Is War” is for you.

2. 21st Century Breakdown- Green Day

-After American Idiot, Green Day’s fame soared through the roof. Soon enough, their great fame also lead to condemnation by listeners around the world. Yet with the release of “21st Century Breakdown”, Green Day has taken such popularity and put it to good use. Their catchy, fast-paced album breaks down the 21st Century, and different songs describe the different problems of contemporary life, such as society’s increasing dependence on electronic goods. “21st Century Breakdown” can provoke thought and make for a good rock album all at the same time.

3. Adelphia- A Skylit Drive

-A Skylit Drive is just beginning to climb the ladder up to fame, and “Adelphia” helped push them towards that climb. It’s a fast-paced album, with high-pitched vocals and pounding synths. Although at first you might be surprised by the incredible unique sound of the band, within a couple plays you will not be able to take it out of your stereo.

4. Crash Love- AFI

-After a year long tour, AFI spent two straight years writing their album “Crash Love”. They explained to their eager fans that the long wait was a result of their non-stop hard work to perfect a legendary album in the making. And they were right. The release of “Crash Love” showed that AFI could achieve whatever unique sound they worked for, and the band’s evolution through the years would not be complete without a listen to “Crash Love”.

5. Sounds of the Universe- Depeche Mode

-Everyone knows Depeche Mode: the band that has defined the dark electronic sounds and deep vocals found in music today. With “Sounds of the Universe” those satisfying sounds are back, and are perfect to close your eyes to or dance wildly to.

6. No Line On The Horizon- U2

-Just as the band above, U2 has had their hand in defining a musical generation. Their new album “No Line on the Horizon” is yet another work of art made by the band, with fast-paced beats and a unique sound in each of the songs.

7. All Time Low- Nothing Personal

-All Time Low is reaching their peak of fame, and there is no place you can go without seeing a poster of them or their CDs hanging on a wall. The band’s release of “Nothing Personal” was more than enough to satisfy music fans. All the songs are catchy, and there’s a favorite waiting for everyone who listens to the album. Although some of the lyrics are a bit ill-written, such as in the song “Too Much”, the band has truly created a catchy, fun album that anyone can have a good time with.

8. Ocean Eyes- Owl City

-Owl City, with only one album released, has already gained world recognition. The one man act has achieved in delivering everything an audience could ask for: fast beats, kind lyrics… In a world of skimpy dress and mundane, vulgar songs with no meaning, “Ocean Eyes” is a refreshing album. I guarantee, it will have you relaxed on the couch with a smile on your face in no time.

9. Hot Mess- Cobra Starship

-Just the mention of this album makes me want to start dancing. “Hot Mess” is one of the catchiest albums I’ve yet to hear, and is absolutely perfect for a good workout or dance party. This record is definitely a must buy.

10. Say Anything- Say Anything

-You have to listen to Say Anything to really understand how great and original the band is. “Say Anything” is a perfect album to really hear the unique sound of this band. There is no other musical act much like Say Anything, and his lyrics never fail to make me grin. The album incorporate electronic into its indie sound, and the vocals are sure to make you want to sing along.


Merry Not Lame Christmas! by ClevelandBloggers
December 23, 2009, 4:04 am
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Guess what? Three days until Christmas! Now, I love the holidays…but the one thing I can’t stand is the CHRISTMAS CAROLS. I don’t mean to be a Scrooge, but after hearing jingle bells about fifty times…you need something refreshing. Something that actually kind of sounds like the music you would listen to on a regular basis.

There are actually A LOT of traditional and original Christmas songs that you can find on iTunes (or wherever you get music). Some of the artists that perform these songs are Weezer, No Doubt, Flyleaf, U2, Run-DMC, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Jack Johnson, The Ramones, Katy Perry, Smashing Pumpkins, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Barenaked Ladies, A Fine Frenzy, The Killers, Blink – 182, Fiona Apple, Jimmy Eat World, and Taking Back Sunday. That’s only naming a few!

The song that I recommend listening to the most would have to be “12 Days of Christmas”, by Taking Back Sunday. It’s their own take on the song “12 Days of Christmas”…and it’s HILARIOUS. It features Adam Lazzara and Fred Mascherino from the band playing a guitar and singing. They make random comments about the different odd gifts received on the twelve days of Christmas. It’s a really fun song, that can be found on iTunes and viewed here:

I know Hanukkah is already over, so this is late (sorry!)…but “The Hanukkah Song”, by Adam Sandler is a lot of fun to listen to during this time of year. It’s a little hard to find on iTunes though, because there are like three different versions of the song.

Another awesome holiday album (and possible gift for that person you don’t know what to get) is “Jack 2 Pack (The Nightmare Before Christmas)”. Not only does this have every song from The Nightmare Before Christmas…but it also has sixteen covers of these songs by popular artists including Marilyn Manson, The All-American Rejects, Korn, Rise Against, Plain White T’s, Shiny Toy Guns and a whole bunch of other amazing junk.

Hopefully this was helpful to any of you who want to do violent things when you hear “Frosty the Snowman”, and “Silent Night” over and over again. Happy holidays!


(P.S.) Don’t shoot your eye out!

Black Veil Brides at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, 12/20/09 by ClevelandBloggers
December 22, 2009, 7:55 pm
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Many voices are filling the radio waves, internet, and social spots today, complaining that the contemporary music scene is not as fulfilling as 60s and 70s scenes were. Unfortunately, many of these voices are correct, for many music acts have turned to perfecting their music to the critic’s critiquing, and trying to blend into the most popular, money-making music style. Yet, there are some bands that rest behind the scenes who do not fit such a description. One of these bands is Black Veil Brides. Black Veil Brides, although signed to an Indie Label, has gained heavy recognition among the Internet population. Their eclectic sound is the principal reason behind this popularity, because it incorporates a wide range of styles: synthesizers, heavy metal, acoustic guitars, etc. There are slow songs and there are fast songs; both are equally satisfying.

The band was playing a small show at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, a club located on Sunset Strip. I decided to go, and was blown away. The show began with the lights dimming, and a black curtain surrounding the stage. The only movement seen was in the form of ominous shadows. With the first note of the guitar, the curtain fell away to reveal the band that had come so far as to play filled venues with kids who know all the words. Black Veil Brides had amazing stage presence and execution; the guitar solos were in constant sync, and the vocals never fell off key. They not only performed to the fullest of their ability (there was constant movement everywhere on the stage), but they gave the audience added theatrical bonuses. Props such as skeletons floated near both wings of the stage, and a fog machine created a cloud over the band and the audience. Overall, the musicians gave their all to ensure the crowd got what they paid for, and even more.

As individuals, Black Veil Brides has not allowed their escalating status in the music scene to influence them in any negative aspect. Every member is kind to their fans, and stay for sometimes as long as two hours after each show to ensure that each and every kid gets to talk to them. They are far from self-absorbed, and put on a kind smile for everyone who passes by. Not only does this band excel at what they do, but they also do not take those abilities for granted. With strong guitar riffs, pounding drums lines, a beating heart of a bass, and deep, ominous vocals, this band will one day be recognized by the rest of the world. Let it be known, Black Veil Brides is here to stay.

If you’d like to check out some of their music, just click here.

-By Natalie Knipe

Help Me God…I HAVE TO STUDY!!! by ClevelandBloggers
December 16, 2009, 4:20 am
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Doesn’t studying just suck? It’s so hard to sit still for hours and cram facts into your head! And then you have trouble listening to music while studying…because it distracts you. OH NO!!! So, I thought it would come in handy to have a study playlist. Just a bunch of mellow songs you can listen to so you can concentrate on your work. This doesn’t only have to be for studying though. Many of these songs are nice to just get your creative juices flowing. It’s also fun to put some really upbeat songs at the end to do a “WOO-HOO!!!” dance when you’re done.

Here’s my study playlist…hope it comes in handy, and don’t be afraid to add your own music!

1. “Leslie Anne Levine” – The Decemberists
2. “High and Dry” – Radiohead
3. “Flake” – Jack Johnson
4. “No Time” – Jay Reatard
5. “Speed of Sound” – Chris Bell
6. “Monkey Gone to Heaven” – Pixies
7. “New Slang” – The Shins
8. “Naive” – The Kooks
9. “Where Do My Bluebird Fly” – The Tallest Man On Earth
10. “Hear a Song” – Ian Love
11. “Hideaway” – Karen O and the Kids
12. “Last Words” – The Real Tuesday Weld
13. “Ambivalence Avenue” – Bibio
14. “Gravity Rides Everything” – Modest Mouse
15. “Pets” – Porno for Pyros
16. “Anna Begins” – Counting Crows
17. “Superman” – Lazlo Bane
18. “Grapevine Fires” – Death Cab for Cutie
19. “Missed the Boat” – Modest Mouse
20. “Crash Into Me” – Dave Matthews Band
21. “Old Old Fashioned (Live)” – Frightened Rabbit
22. “Redemption Song” – Bob Marley
23. “Drown” – Smashing Pumpkins
24. “For What It’s Worth” – The Candy Skins
25. “Doppleganger” – The Color Turning
26. “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” – Cat Stevens
27. “Old Man” – Neil Young
28. “Fables” – The Dodos
29. “1901” – Phoenix
30. “Substitution” – Silversun Pickups
31. “Someday” – The Strokes
(P.S.) Less than one week until winter break! YES!!!

Yo Gabba Gabba! by ClevelandBloggers
December 12, 2009, 1:36 am
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Now, I know what you’re all thinking: “Our music blogger needs a psychiatrist.” I DON’T. Honestly, this show is amazing. Yo Gabba Gabba! is a show for little kids to help them appreciate music more. I don’t know if it works on my two-year old sister…but it sure works for me. The music on this show is surprisingly GREAT! Everything is  composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. He did the music for Rugrats and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He was also the co-founder of Devo.

Several popular and indie artists have been featured on The Super Music Friends Show segment. Some of these people include The Aggrolites, Biz Markie, Shiny Toy Guns, Supernova, The Postmarks, Trembling Blue Stars, Sugarland, The Roots, Low, The Salteens, Sean Kingston, Jack Black, The Aquabats, Enon, The Clientele, Joy Zipper, Of Montreal, Mates of State, The Ting Tings, and MGMT.

Yo Gabba Gabba! usually has really cool animations to go with songs that they have artists write for the show. Some of these songs make me unsure that it’s a children’s show though! Their host, DJ Lance is really energetic and entertaining. He often accompanies a music artist in dancing or singing…and sometimes bursts into songs that he made up himself.

Whether you’re young, old, or a dorky teenager (cough, cough) this show is bound to make you dance, sing, or AT LEAST tap your feet. I recommend watching this show if you’re into discovering new bands.

Here are a few links to some of the best songs that have been featured on You Gabba Gabba! Enjoy!


(P.S) Happy Hanukkah!

Sick Days With Bright Eyes by ClevelandBloggers
December 10, 2009, 4:43 am
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You know you’re in for an interesting album when in the first song the singer screams “So, I mean, it’s cool if you keep quiet…but I LIKE SINGING!!!!!!!”. LIFTED or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground is my favorite Bright Eyes album. I’ve been listening to it non-stop this week (I’ve been home sick). The band is mostly just Conor Oberst with a few other people who aren’t permanently in the band. LIFTED or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground is a very theatrical album. Some of the songs have really long titles like “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.”.

Conor Oberst mostly speaks his lyrics…kind of like Johnny Cash, but his voice is nowhere near as deep. Each song tells a story. This album should be appreciated more for the lyrics than the actual music. Mainly because many of the songs lack a beat. But the lyrics are BEAUTIFUL. And if I may go off topic for a second…Conor Oberst is BEAUTIFUL too!

I would have to say that my favorite songs on this album are tied between “Lover I Don’t Have to Love” and “Waste of Paint”. These songs are both really different from eachother…but great nonetheless. “Lover I Don’t Have to Love” is really dark and composed mostly of keyboard. “Waste of Paint” is all guitar with Conor singing…and it’s not as depressing!

Check out “Lover I Don’t Have to Love”!


Thanks, Urban Outfitters! by ClevelandBloggers
December 4, 2009, 4:02 am
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Due to the suckish economy, I along with many other people can NOT afford to buy music. And since illegal downloading is…well…illegal I’ve done some research on places to get free music legally. Go to this website to get some free music from Urban Outfitters:

The majority of the music on Urban Outfitters is indie rock, alternative, and pop. But if those just aren’t your genre of choice…you can go to this website:

On IndieFeed, there’s a wide variety of music to listen to. There’s alternative rock, indie pop, hip hop, electronica, dance, and blues. These are all super easy to download…and completely legal! Hooray for obeying the laws! You can also subscribe to IndieFeed on iTunes, which is a little more convenient. Some awesome bands I found on IndieFeed are: Jay Reatard, Frightened Rabbit, The Decemberists, Dog Day, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Gentleman Auction House, Oxford Collapse, Modey Lemon, The Presidents of the United States of America, Los Campesinos!, and The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band.

If you’re not too into the Indie scene, no worries! Just go to this website:

Fuse is a cable channel that is similar to MTV…only better. They play almost every type of music out there! On this website, you can get songs from artists that have had their videos played on Fuse recently. The music given away on this site is much more mainstream than IndieFeed and Urban Outfitters.

I hope this was helpful to those of you who are cursing iTunes right now! Keep checking these sites for new opportunities to get music. Enjoy!


(P.S) I didn’t write the very first article…the one about The Big Pink, but you can get a really good song called “Dominos” by them on the Urban Outfitters LSTN #7