Mourning [A] BLKstar

RA Washington writer, composer, drum machines, electronicsJames Longs vocalistKyle Kidd vocalist, songwriterLatoya Kent vocalist, songwriterPete Saudek guitar, keysDante Foley drumsTheresa May trumpetWilliam Washington trombone Years Active 5 years Latest LP Release The Cycle (May 15, 2020) Favorite Local Artists? Muamin Collective - JL Crazy eight - WW The Katy - DF The Katy, Fresh Produce, Oregon … Continue reading Mourning [A] BLKstar

Nathan-Paul & The Admirables

Nathan-Paul Sax/Flute/ComposerTommy Lehman TrumpetZaire Darden DrumsMatthew Derubertis BassLucas Kadish Guitar (Current guitar player, but the chordal chair rotates throughout the year) Ghost Members: Chris Coles (sax), Russ G (Guitar), Mike Ode (Drums) Years Active 7 Latest / Upcoming Release New Single ‘Funk Me’ To Promote Our upcoming album ‘Funk Me’ Favorite Local Artists I’m More … Continue reading Nathan-Paul & The Admirables

The Building

Members Anthony LaMarca Years Active 2017 Latest Release Indianola Pizza Dough, released 4/23 Favorite Local Artists Sam Goodwill, Angela White, Del Sinchak Current Album on Repeat Various mixtapes friends have been making/sharing during the pandemic.  Also, lots of Glass Harp. Currently Reading  “Our Band Could Be Your Life” by Michael Azerrad Favorite Venue to Perform Westside … Continue reading The Building

Machine Listener

Members / Instruments Matthew Gallagher: Samplers, Sequencers, Synthesizers, Field Recording Years Active 2014 - present Latest Release Headfooter released on Unifactor Tapes Favorite Local Artists In my opinion you can’t really discuss Cleveland without talking about Akron, Kent, Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Athens, and Oberlin. Ohio is one of the richest states for experimental and underground … Continue reading Machine Listener

John’s Little Sister

Jessica Lauren Sikon Songwriter, Vocals, Rhythm GuitarJon Chips Bass Guitar, Vocals, Lead GuitarClyde Maruna Keyboard, VocalsMatt Childers Drums Years Active 5 Latest / Upcoming Release Latest Release: The Night Is Still Young (2020) / Upcoming Release: EP in July 2021, Full Length Fall/Winter 2021 Favorite Local Artists I’m not just biased, but my favorite local … Continue reading John’s Little Sister

Our Unseen Guest

Years Active 4 Latest Release Lost Flowers, released June 3, 2021 & In Spite of Everything, released April 3, 2021 Current Album on Repeat Discolicht by Tilly Electronics Currently Reading I’m reading a book of Greek myths and America by Baudrillard (at the recommendation of a friend). Favorite Venue to Perform Now That’s Class - … Continue reading Our Unseen Guest

Røsha

Members / Instruments All featured instruments Years Active 6 Latest Release Terra Firma, released April 1, 2021 Current Album on Repeat In Rainbows by Radiohead Currently Reading Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Favorite Quote Less is More Favorite Albums of Lately In Summer by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin, … Continue reading Røsha

Jaite

Michael Marefka Vocals, Synth, GuitarStephen Ovak Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth Years Active 2018 - Present Latest Release Pennsylvania (single), June 4, 2021 & Lowlands, April 2021 Current Album on Repeat Modern English - After the Snow (Michael) Deerhunter - Weird Era Cont. (Stephen) Currently Reading 2666 - Roberto Bolano (Stephen) Oxford History of Medieval Europe … Continue reading Jaite

Peachcurls

Years Active 6 as a solo artist Latest Release Right Now (single) & King Vitamin (single) Favorite Local Artists Kipp Stone, Smith Taylor, Tae Miles, Nuke Franklin, Blokhead Johnny, Will Cherry, Weswill Current Album on Repeat Even In Darkness by Dungeon Family Currently Reading Disney Animation: The Illusion Of Life Words of Wisdom Don’t wait on people or … Continue reading Peachcurls

Suitor

Chris Corsi instrumentation and productionEmma Shepard vocals and lyrics Years Active 1 year Latest / Upcoming Release "How Do I Know You're There" (single) released January 8, 2021 & Communion (Expanded Release) - Release Date TBD Favorite Local Artists Pleasure Leftists, Red Devil Ryders, Edwin Augustin, Jaite, Nature, Cruelster  Current Album on Repeat   Chris - The … Continue reading Suitor

Red Devil Ryders

Marty Brass Drums / PercussionCarter Luckfield Guitar / VoxAdam Spektor Bass /Vox Years Active Almost 3 Latest Release Pour Me Another One on Just Because Records Current Album on Repeat Clube Da Esquina - Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges Favorite Venue to Perform We’re a bit biased since we all work at The Happy Dog, but … Continue reading Red Devil Ryders

Spirit Of The Bear

James Harker vocals, guitar, productionDanny Svenson synths/keys, productionEthan Schwendeman synthsJamie Vitullo drumsMike Perorazio bass Years Active 5 with our current lineup Latest Release Just released a self-titled LP in January! Favorite Local Artists our fave Ohio bands are Harbour and Sylmar (both from Cincinnati), who we were planning a big tour with before COVID cancelled … Continue reading Spirit Of The Bear

The Katy

Cathalyn Singer/ Songwriter/ BassistAshanti Allison DrumsEli Hanley Keys, Synths   Years Active  5 Upcoming Release We have a new Self Titled Album on the way! Current Album on Repeat The Adverts “ Anthology” and City Girls “City on Lock” Currently Reading Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson Favorite Venue to Perform I really loved Euclid … Continue reading The Katy

Elephant Ornament

Members / Instruments Graham Rosen / producer and composer Years Active started these sounds eight years ago! Latest Release Juicebox, released April 26th 2021 Favorite Local Artists Mourning [A] BLKstar, Nathan-Paul & The Admirables, Stephan Haluska, Les Delices Current Album on Repeat Genuinely: Yasuke by Flying Lotus and EP2! by JPEGMaifa The Best Kept Secret … Continue reading Elephant Ornament

Honeymoon

Austyn Benyak Guitar, VocalsZac Breitbach Guitar, VocalsCaleb Lacy BassLiam Fernandez Drums Years Active almost 4 Latest / Upcoming Release “No Smiles + Only in Name” 7” Favorite Local Artists Brain Cave, Two Hands, I Hate It Too, Pearly, Biitchseat and Stalemate! Currently Reading Mirror Sound. It’s a bunch of artists talking about recording their own music. Pretty … Continue reading Honeymoon

Floco Torres

Members / Instruments Producer, Bassist Years Active 2007 - present Latest Release 'Everest' single by FT, ‘Fairy Light’ by Free Black Currently Reading Kurt Vonnegut Bluebeard Favorite Quote Not #1 but it came to mind: “Don’t get emotional about the stock, it clouds your judgement.” - Gordon Gekko Favorite Album of 2020 Black Thought Streams … Continue reading Floco Torres

Talons’

Members / Instruments Mike Tolan (Guitar, singing, production) Recently featuring- Sommer Tolan- Vocals; Jacob Trombetta- Lapsteel, Telecaster; Keith Freund- Piano, Sax, Cello, Clarinet, Synth; John Kolodij- Guitar, Organ, Synth, Loops, Piano Years Active  2003-present Latest Release  new nightmares released February 21, 2021 Favorite Local Artist  Akron- The Last Resort bands: GS Schray, Aqueduct Ensemble, Lemon … Continue reading Talons’

Sam Goodwill

Sam - Vocals, Keys, GuitarsBob - DrumsSeth - GuitarRyan - Bass Years Active 16 Recent Release Phthalo (Album) release date: 9/27/19, Land of The Grand (Single) release date: 3/5/21 Favorite Local Bands or Artists The Building, Third Class, Spirit of The Bear, The Got it Got it Need it Current Album on repeat Cate Le Bon … Continue reading Sam Goodwill

Jason Kaminski

Live band Jason Kaminski Vocals, GuitarAnthony Bilancini Guitar, VocalsEddy Marflak BassBen Wolgamuth/Eric Sandt Drums Years Active 9 with this project Latest Release Until Tomorrow LP released 11/20 via Head2Wall Records Favorite Local Artists  Sure, Machine - Method - Biitchseat - Honeymoon - Joseph Maxwell Current Album on Repeat Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers Local Artists we … Continue reading Jason Kaminski

Teamonade

Osi Okoro guitar, vocalsRyan Gongaware drumsTJ Parker bass Years Active 3 Latest Release goin thru it (single) Current Album on Repeat Worm by Haunter Currently Reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Favorite Venue to Perform Mahall’s has such a cool vibe and every show we’ve played there has been special. Local Artists We Should Know More … Continue reading Teamonade

G.S. Schray

Members / Instruments G.S. Schray and the occasional friend Years Active 199X-present Latest Release The Changing Account on Last Resort The best kept secret in the city John Brown memorial Favorite albums of 2020 Snoopy by CS + Kreme, Dream Tech compilation on Mana Records, Comet Meta by David Grubbs & Taku Unami Words of … Continue reading G.S. Schray

Uno Lady

Members / Instruments Christa Ebert, vocals and whatever I bang together for percussion  Years Active 2006 - present Latest GROUNDED - released January 12, 2021 Favorite Local Artists Mourning [A] BLKstar  Current Album on Repeat Monster Rally - Castaways, Vol. 1 Currently Reading Real Love, The Art of a Mindful Connection, by Sharon Salzberg  Favorite Venue to Perform … Continue reading Uno Lady

Owney The Postal Dog

Jake Tisdale drumsJD Cupple bass & vocalsJohn Armour guitar Years Active 2018 - present Latest Release Owney - released July, 10 2020 Favorite Local Artists Jason Kaminski, Sweater Curse, Teamonade, Nature, Leaking, Sure Machine, and pretty much everything that comes off of Flower Pot Records. Favorite Venue to Perform Happy Dog is always fun, and … Continue reading Owney The Postal Dog

March Music Discoveries

Koko Neetz - I.T.T.I.P (mestep remix), released March 19, 2021 Mike Polizze -"Dizzy Demos: 2 Tickets to Cheeseburger in Paradise", released March 5, 2021 Somni - Somni Presents "Up Too Early Volume 2", released March 12, 2021 The Hamiltones - "Dracula Invitational, 1791", released March 12, 2021 Oats Holy Roller - "Problematic Racehorse: Vol. 1", … Continue reading March Music Discoveries

The birth of Onokio

Zach Williams is an experimental storyteller who has spent the last six years recording and performing under the moniker Zooanzoo. His new album 'Entity Upload Entry' marks a new chapter for the artist with his first record as Onokio. ‘Entity Upload Entry’ will be your first release as Onokio. Before we get into the new … Continue reading The birth of Onokio

Ex-Pat

Years Active  6 Members  Patrick Weil  Latest Release My last release was a two song EP called "Sweet Baby Wifi"  that came out in February of 2019 but I kinda just did that so people would stop asking if my song Wifi was streaming. In my eyes the only release I've really had was my 2017 album "Does Life".  … Continue reading Ex-Pat

NIVA

The National Independent Venue Association launched in April in efforts to secure financial support to preserve the national ecosystem of independent venues and promoters. What is NIVA? We are a group of nearly 2,000 independent venues in 50 states that are banding together to ask Washington for targeted legislation to help us survive. We were … Continue reading NIVA

Scumfire

Chris Lombardi (formerly of Sex Positions) John Crook (Ugly Sun, Arctic Death) Matt Zych (The Slums, Scales) Ryan Schlia (sings in his car sometimes) Years Active 2019 until we all die. Upcoming Release "Emotionally Exhausted // Morally Bankrupt" EP Currently Reading Currently living in a mashup of "1984" by George Orwell and "Eight O’Clock in the Morning" … Continue reading Scumfire

dreambeaches

Corey Bzibziak Vocals / Guitar Jacob Galenski Bass / Vocals Andrew Kothen Guitar / Vocals Gabriel Wells Drums Years Active 5 Latest Release "Disappearing Act" EP Current Album on Repeat Been listening to Nina’s - "Nina Simone and Piano!" quite a bit. The spirit she conjures throughout is beautiful and inspiring. João Gilberto’s - "Chega de Saudade" has been in pretty heavy … Continue reading dreambeaches

Sonny Baker

Years Active 16 Latest / Upcoming Release "Steady Hands, Dead Tired" (2017). A collection of demos “Outlive vol. 1” (2018). New album in the works. Hopefully this year. Current Album on Repeat Nathanial Rateliff “And It’s Still Alright”, Fiona Apple “When the Pawn...”, Jeff Parker “Suite for Max Brown”, Pearl Jam “Gigaton” Favorite Venue to Perform … Continue reading Sonny Baker

Christina Stock

Members Christina Stock - As a one-woman act, I play guitar and sometimes keys. Yet, my upcoming album has 10 people featured, so you never know what you’ll get for a bigger live show! Years Active Songwriting, 10 years. Performing, 3 years. Upcoming Release “In Due Time” (my first album!) Current Album on Repeat Fiona … Continue reading Christina Stock

The Reign of Kindo

Joseph Secchiaroli Vox/GuitarJeff Jarvis BassRocco Dellaneve Keys/VoxKendall Lantz DrumsAmit Peled GuitarRodney Flood Percussion/VoxYears Active 2007 - Present Latest Release "Happy However After" - (2018) Favorite Local Band or Artist RNSM Current Album on Repeat BJ The Chicago Kid - "In My Mind" Taco Bell or Mighty Taco Taco Bell Are you working on anything new / … Continue reading The Reign of Kindo

ALPHA HOPPER

Irene Rekhviashvili Vocals Ryan McMullen Guitar Doug Scheider Drums John Toohill Guitar Years Active 6 Latest / Upcoming Release “Aloha Hopper” LP on Swimming Faith + Radical Empathy Summer 2019 / “Alpha Hex Index” LP on Hex Records due out late 2020 Current Album on Repeat IRENE:  I’ve been blasting Sayonara Wild Hearts, the soundtrack to the video game with the same … Continue reading ALPHA HOPPER