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CLEVELAND, Ohio — This yr, Northeast Ohio’s music scene was exploding with new releases of each kind. We have tracked a lot of the brand new music, and we’re right here to share a slice of the 2019 scene in a single massive playlist.
Prior to now yr, we have printed not less than one characteristic on a neighborhood band or musician practically each week on cleveland.com. Usually, every characteristic premieres a chunk of recent music — whether or not it is a track, an EP or a full album.
Although we did not catch the entire new music popping out of Northeast Ohio in the collection this yr — an not possible activity in such a busy scene — we did seize a snapshot of recent Cleveland releases in most genres. That features indie-rock, metallic, rap, nation, R&B and even line-dancing music.
We have compiled our favourite options about native music from 2019 right here. The tales are listed in chronological order based mostly on the music’s launch dates.
Here is your final 2019 Cleveland music playlist:
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“Go Loopy” by Will The Genaral
Launch date: Jan. 1, 2019
Cleveland rapper Will The Genaral kicked off 2019 with new music. His album, “Don’t Depend Me Out,” was launched on Jan. 1, and it shortly gained consideration, within the type of tons of of 1000’s of streams on Spotify. The 14-song recording consists of the slower, heartfelt ballads “In God’s Arms” and “I Don’t Go Out” paired with upbeat bangers “Go Loopy” (which options chart-topping rapper DaBaby) and “Again On My Savage.”
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“Stars” by Niights
Launch date: Jan. 3, 2019
The method to get to Niights’ newest album “Hellebores” was filled with challenges. That’s why it’s named after the hellebores – a tricky winter flower that’s proof against frost and shade.
The flower was an inspiring picture after the challenges Niights confronted in getting the album created, singer-guitarist Jenna Fournier mentioned. That included a tricky breakup, and two authentic band members transferring out of state.
“I needed to call the album after a flower that grew in tough situations, as a result of there was plenty of battle in making this,” Fournier mentioned.
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“Voices In My Head” by Visq
Launch date: Jan. 16, 2019
De’Andre Bush, a Cleveland rapper who releases music underneath the title Visq, mentioned his 2019 album “Voices In My Head” was an outlet for inventive experimentation. “It’s portray footage with phrases. I needed to mix that poetic model with the brand new fashionable music they’ve out now, but it surely has an precise story to it,” he mentioned. “You possibly can shut your eyes and movie the scene. I’m attempting to make it such as you’re listening to a movie.”
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“By Drive” by Moshuro and 2ssaint
Launch date: Jan. 18, 2019
Moshuro has dabbled in Cleveland’s music scene throughout the previous couple of years with sporadic performances. The band loosely fashioned in 2017, and began its personal report label in 2018. It was a pure move for musician Eli Hanley, who mentioned the label and the band have each been methods to encourage inventive expression within the metropolis.
“We had been trying on the Cleveland scene and we thought there wasn’t actually an outlet for individuals making the form of music we’re making,” mentioned Hanley. “We needed to begin a label as a approach of beginning an outlet for our kinds and likewise plenty of our buddies making music that doesn’t match into conventional molds, so we might assist them put it up for sale.”
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“Headrest” by Window Canine
Launch date: Jan. 24, 2019
“Headrest,” launched in January, is one in every of Window Canine’ heavier songs. It mixes right into a sound outlined on earlier releases like 2015 EP “Afterlife,” which options each lighthearted people and darkish rock songs. With Window Canine, it’s common to listen to banjo plucks and tambourine slaps, subsequent to slamming guitar riffs and scratchy choruses.
That sound comes from a sandwiching of two former native bands, Eclectic Mayhem and Room 149.
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“Second Life” by Hiya Headrush
Launch date: Jan. 28, 2019
Cleveland singer-songwriter Michael McFarland’s new digital rock undertaking, Hiya Headrush, desires up a brand new universe the place people and androids battle with their identities. In his storyline, the android characters turn into conscious of their robotic states, beforehand considering they had been people.
“The world of Hiya Headrush grew from serious about how individuals deal with these they contemplate ‘the opposite,’ and the way that form of xenophobia cannot exist with out identification and labelling of those that are completely different,” McFarland mentioned. “The concept of half the inhabitants of earth being unaware that they themselves weren’t human was foundational.”
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“Theatre Of Snow” by Seeress
Launch date: Feb. 7, 2019
Cleveland band Seeress made an album that breaks away from style boundaries with “The Dream Passes.” The album, launched on Feb. 9, was one thing that bassist Douglas Corridor needed to create in a pure approach together with his bandmates. The result’s a generally ambient, generally doomy assortment of 4 songs, with a full run-time of 38 minutes, 40 seconds.
Like all of the songs on “The Dream Passes,” “Theatre Of Snow” is prolonged, at six minutes and 18 seconds. Over these minutes, the band’s track swells and recedes, constructing right into a fast-paced guitar half that options Seeress’ three guitarists.
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“C’mon Over” by Gentle Animals
Launch date: Feb. 19, 2019
The high-energy track “C’Mon Over” is one in every of Gentle Animal’s earliest compositions, but it surely had initially been shelved for half a yr. Then, singer-bassist Bob Conner returned to the track all of a sudden.
“I used to be simply beginning a brand new relationship. I used to be feeling slightly impressed or one thing, and randomly I’m within the bathe and the little hook from the verses, ‘Come on over, come on over,’ simply pops into my head,” he mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘Oh, that’s good,’ and I ran out of the bathe to report it actual fast earlier than I forgot.”
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“Me vs. You” by Herzog
Launch date: Feb. 22, 2019
Herzog has earned native fame in Cleveland, turning into an indie favourite since singer-guitarist Nick Tolar fashioned the group initially as a solo undertaking 10 years in the past. “Me vs You” is the group’s tightest, most achieved sound but.
“That’s the one vibrant facet of not releasing a report in 5 years,” Tolar mentioned. “It took a very long time, but it surely wouldn’t have been pretty much as good if we had launched it in a yr or two. We wanted slightly little bit of time.”
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“Phases” by Freshproduce
Launch date: March 5, 2019
Cleveland hip-hop duo Freshproduce, consisting of Samantha Flowers (Playne Jayne) and Brittany Benton (DJ Purple-I), got down to contain the Northeast Ohio rap neighborhood within the 11 songs on its new album “Phases.” It’s the most recent authentic album by FreshProduce, and the primary it’s put out since 2016 album “4080.” And “Phases” consists of extra collaborations for the hip-hop group than ever.
You possibly can hear their distinct influences shine by way of on every track.
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“The Gentle” by Glowing Moses
Launch date: March 6, 2019
Glowing Moses singer-guitarist Cole Harmon’s religiousness is an element of the band; the band’s title refers back to the biblical story of Moses having a transformative expertise on a mountain and shining in mild. The title can also be a reference to Moses Cleaveland, the founding father of the town of Cleveland. However Harmon wouldn’t essentially name Glowing Moses a Christian band.
“I imagine in Jesus – however a lot of the bags behind that phrase ‘Christian,’ it’s not one thing I wish to affiliate with [this] music,” he mentioned.
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“Linedance Motion 2” by Huge Mucci
Launch date: March 2019
In the event you’re from Cleveland, you may acknowledge “The Cleveland Shuffle” by 71 North. The long-lasting line-dance track, first launched in 1998, then re-released in 2002 with dance call-outs, is a sensation that’s been embraced at Northeast Ohio weddings and birthday celebrations ever since. This yr, the chief of 71 North — Huge Mucci — launched a brand new album filled with shuffle remixes known as “The Linedance Motion 2.”
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“On Repeat” by Alisha Lambert
Launch date: March 11, 2019
Punch Drunk Tagalongs has been rocking round Northeast Ohio for the previous 4 years, however this yr we heard a softer sound from singer Alisha Stahnke. Stahnke has solid forward in creating solo music underneath the title Alisha Lambert, releasing her track “On Repeat” on cleveland.com. However Stahnke’s new undertaking isn’t actually all that new — the Akron-based singer-songwriter mentioned that she has been writing solo music since she was a baby.
“It’s extra in order that Punch Drunk Tagalongs broke off from my solo stuff, and now I’m simply renewing deal with it,” she mentioned. “I like my band, however we positively have a selected sound, and never the entire sounds I write are proper for that undertaking.”
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“Fairweather” by Coldswell
Launch date: March 20, 2019
Coldswell bassist Ian Hudson mentioned the bassline of the band’s track “Fairweather” was impressed by a Pleasure Division track. The band is a giant affect on him and the remainder of Coldswell.
You’ll hear that form of affect all through “Void Calls,” the band’s upcoming album.
“So far as what to anticipate, I’d say a wholesome mixture of ‘90s various blended with ‘80s submit punk and new wave teams,” mentioned singer-guitarist Evan Krise.
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“Adeline” by AJ & The Woods
Launch date: March 22, 2019
Cleveland rock band AJ & The Woods seize all of Ohio’s seasons in its music video for his or her new track “Adeline.” The video took 9 months to movie. It reveals a wet autumn, inexperienced spring, winter blizzard and picturesque summer season day all in its three and a half minutes. Within the video, singer-banjoist Alison Tomin and guitarist Joshua Alan Collins are seen performing in a farmer’s discipline in Chagrin Falls, situated about 30 minutes exterior of Cleveland.
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“The Viewers” by Dying Desolation
Launch date: March 22, 2019
Dying Desolation could also be a younger band, but it surely’s already made an impression in Cleveland’s metallic and rock scene.
The band fashioned in 2017, when the members had been nonetheless in highschool. This yr, the band put out its debut, self-titled album. “It’s one thing we’re actually excited to share, and though none of us count on it to actually blow up, we do hope it units the stage for individuals to see who we’re,” guitarist Gabe Gazic mentioned. “Although we’re younger, we’re taking this very severely.”
The band previewed its album with the premiere of “The Viewers,” a single from the undertaking.
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“Psychic Chief” by Oregon House Path of Doom
Launch date: March 28, 2019
When requested to explain Oregon House Path of Doom’s new album, singer-guitarist Ryan Fletterick mentioned: “It’d nearly be like a Jackson Pollock portray with an precise picture on it. We’re simply managed chaos, I suppose. That’s what the listeners ought to count on.”
You possibly can hear that form of sound on the band’s track “Psychic Chief,” which debuted a few days earlier than the band’s album “Into The Wooden” arrived.
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“Misplaced In Confusion” by Tanisha Wage
Launch date: April 2, 2019
Cleveland R&B singer Tanisha Wage has been working as much as her new EP, “The Exodus,” for just a few years, trickling out singles right here and there. The EP will embody spoken-word tracks and rap verses from visitor musicians, together with Wage’s soulful vocals.
“‘The Exodus’ is symbolism to transitioning from place to a different, and with these transitions you’ll find unhappiness and happiness however most significantly progress,” she mentioned. “My intentions had been to point out you several types of transitions at completely different levels of my life.”
You will get a style of what to anticipate on “The Exodus” with Wage’s new track “Misplaced In Confusion.”
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“Songbird” by Gretchen Pleuss
Launch date: April 12, 2019
Gretchen Pleuss launched her most polished and cohesive work but along with her new album, “Daughter of the Broader Skies.”
“I simply lastly discovered my voice as a songwriter,” she mentioned. “This album feels slightly bit extra like one songwriter as an alternative of 20.”
The album is Pleuss’ third full-length launch, following 2013’s “Out Of Desires” and 2016’s “From Start To Breath To Bone.” She’s spent a lot of the final three years engaged on the 12 songs.
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“92 Days” by Maura Rogers and the Bellows
Launch date: April 2019
Cleveland musician Maura Rogers penned her newest track, “92 Days,” whereas she was recovering from a kidney transplant in 2012. Written over the course of her three-month restoration, Rogers mentioned the track explored the sensation of being remoted.
“I used to be grateful for the second probability I used to be given, but in addition combating feeling trapped in plenty of methods,” Rogers mentioned. “That house grew to become the inspiration for ‘92 Days’ and lent itself to contemplating the alternative ways many individuals have felt trapped, be it of their our bodies, minds, relationships, conditions.”
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“Antithesis” by Huge Nomad
Launch date: April 18, 2019
Alex Sanchez battled opioid habit a decade in the past. At present, his foremost aim is to make use of his music, launched underneath the stage title “Huge Nomad,” to assist individuals dealing with the same problem.
His most up-to-date launch, “Antithesis,” is a few good friend, Jojo, who was paralyzed after a drunk driver struck him.
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“Faux Blood” by Coronary heart Assault Man
Launch date: April 19, 2019
“Faux Blood,” the brand new album from Cleveland emo-punk band Coronary heart Assault Man, is all about rising into a brand new stage of life — a darker, angrier stage.
The album, launched April 19 on Triple Crown Data, was obtained effectively, with glowing opinions on Substream and Chicago Reader. The title monitor offers a rundown of the brand new album’s laidback emo vibe.
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“Transcend” by Case Bargé
Launch date: April 22, 2019
“Transcend” tells Case Bargé’s life story by way of every of the 12 songs’ various themes. “Transitions” explores Bargé’s progress through the years, each musically and personally. His track “You & I” digs right into a interval of melancholy, and “Manifest” criticizes media and political points from Bargé’s standpoint. In the midst of the album, the rapper shifts his tone and will get joyous on the upbeat, catchy songs, “Gratitude” and “Nirvana.”
“I felt like I’d grown rather a lot and I really feel like whenever you hearken to music you need to get pleasure from it and really feel good afterward,” Bargé mentioned. “That was one of many massive objectives I had once I sat down to complete this undertaking…. A chunk of artwork everybody might dwell with, develop with, and simply get pleasure from.”
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“Roses and a Romeo Masks” by Holden Laurence
Launch date: April 26, 2019
“Realizing that the primary two albums I bought as a child had been Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Want You Had been Right here’ in all probability goes a good distance in understanding who I’m as a musician,” says Cleveland musician Holden Laurence, who can also be the guitarist of The Fashionable Electrical.
You possibly can hear these influences at play in Laurence’s newest album, “Rewire” — his most cohesive work but — and particularly on his slow-dance unhappy track “Roses and a Romeo Masks.”
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“Monsters” by Mannequin Rockets
Launch date: April 30, 2019
Mannequin Rockets took in darkish inspirations for its new EP, however saved the tone upbeat. You’ll hear that on “Monsters.” The track is about how Fletcher Dunham, the band’s singer, and his sister would play exterior as youngsters, pretending to combat monsters. When Dunham was in school, his sister moved to Australia.
“After she left I noticed simply how vital she was to me,” he mentioned. “I don’t essentially love tremendous apparent metaphors like evaluating monsters to melancholy, however I assumed it match the theme.”
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“Fast Draw” by The Shootouts
Launch date: Could 10, 2019
The Shootouts stand out from a lot of Northeast Ohio’s music scene — and never simply because the bandmates put on matching cowboy boots and hats onstage. The band, fronted by singer-guitarist Ryan Humbert, injects a basic nation sound and vibe into its performances.
The band debuted its full-length album “Fast Draw” at a Cleveland Classes live performance again in Could.
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“Previous, Loud and Puffy” by The Tufted Puffins
Launch date: Could 10, 2019
A number of veteran Cleveland rock musicians have discovered a brand new collaboration in The Tufted Puffins. The band consists of Mike Baker (Sleazy Jesus, The Splatter Pigs, Hucklebuck), Tom Huff (Burning Lesbians, Roscoe Disposal Co.), Ken Brown (Sleazy Jesus, 10 Tons of Hell) and markymoon (Zen-Luv Assassins, The (Skilled) Againsters, Roscoe Disposal Co.). All 4 are identified for creating in-your-face, political music. Now, they pay homage to these instances because the Tufted Puffins.
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“Predation In Shadow Place” by Harvey Pekar
Launch date: Could 15, 2019
Harvey Pekar’s new album follows the identical science-fiction storytelling format as its earlier launch, advised from the angle of an alien who has been watching humanity and fears mankind’s actions. “‘Paris Inexperienced’ is the seek for some shred of goodness amongst all of the uniquely vile traits that outline human beings — from our particular person selfishness to the oppressive nature of our governments and social constructs,” vocalist Nick Kratsas mentioned.
The band (which is called after the late, nice Northeast Ohio graphic novelist accountable for the “American Splendor” guide collection) has been rocking in Cleveland’s hardcore and rock scenes for greater than seven years. “Predation In Shadow Place,” the primary track from “Paris Inexperienced,” reveals the identical heavy rock power and eclectic influences that you could count on from the total seven-song album.
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“Dad Music (A Music For Dads)” by King Buu
Launch date: Could 18, 2019
King Buu’s unusual sound is influenced by ’50s and ’60s rock music, self-described as “Invoice Haley and his Comets on their weirdest day.” The band fashioned in 2016 by drummer Wesley Who, bassist Erik Marsh, guitarist Cameron Milani and singer Michael Madgar. In Could, the group debuted a two-song single, together with “Dad Music (A Music for Dads)” — a follow-up to the beforehand launched track, “Mother Music (A Music for Mothers).”
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“Dive” by Orange Animal
Launch date: Could 23, 2019
Cleveland rock band Orange Animal has one assertion it desires to be heard loud and clear on its latest album: “Sing loud the love you can’t say.”
“There are emotions, loves, etcetera, which can be exhausting or not possible to speak about,” mentioned singer-guitarist John Ramsey. “However with music they are often sung, skilled and shared.”
You possibly can hear that sentiment on the band’s track “Dive,” launched forward of the band’s album “No Music Sick Hearts.”
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“Right here Now Ready” by Spy Conference
Launch date: Could 31, 2019
By day, physicians Zafar Sheik and Asif Khan deal with sufferers. By night time, they rock out in Canfield-based band Spy Conference, together with bassist Scott Burns and guitarist Mike Miller. The band has logged 10 performances prior to now 18 months, performed in between Khan and Sheik’s busy work schedules. (“Most of my sufferers, 99%, don’t know I’m in a band,” Khan, an allergy and immunology specialist, mentioned.)
The band put out a brand new single, “Right here Now Ready,” which reveals a brand new course, transferring away from synth sounds and in the direction of extra rock-focused music on an upcoming album.
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“The Warmth Of The Solar” by Stalemate
Launch date: June 5, 2019
Cleveland rock band Stalemate waited till the top of spring to place out an album that is excellent for summer season. And it’s appropriately titled “The Warmth Of The Solar.”
“A lot of the musical affect of the album was coming from Brian Wilson and The Seashore Boys so the idea of seashore, solar and waves started to take maintain in a pure approach, although perhaps barely unconscious type of approach,” mentioned singer-guitarist Jason Kaminski.
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“Tempo” by Leaf Borbie & The Household Tree
Launch date: June 6, 2019
Here is how Leaf Borbie & The Household Tree singer and harmonica participant Robbie Fale describes the band’s new album: “You possibly can count on blues, you may count on psychedelic, you may count on crooning, you may count on a nostalgic really feel and one thing not fairly proper… I’d say we have now about the identical influences as half of America. Every part from blues to outdated nation western. Something that makes you suppose, something that makes you unhappy, something that brings pleasure, conjures up us.”
You’ll hear plenty of that on the band’s single, “Tempo,” which arrived a day earlier than the album was launched on June 7.
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“Data Age” by Who Hit Me
Launch date: June 20, 2019
Who Hit Me, a Cleveland-based rock band, took its time with its new single “Data Age.” The band took a break from releasing music for a few years, after placing out a single in 2017 and an album in 2016. This yr, Who Hit Me is again at it, after some massive adjustments. “The 2-year hole we took was a tricky one for us,” mentioned bassist Jon Gonzalez. “We had been down two band members and located ourselves at a crossroads the place we had been uncertain of the band’s future.”
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“Funkshway” EP by Funkshway
Launch date: July 4
The golden period of hip-hop got here again with two Cleveland musicians’ new undertaking known as “Funkshway.” Rapper MellowXZACKT and DJ Mike Mike Dusty Loops put their expertise collectively to craft six songs on the “Funkshway” EP.
“We prefer to take it again to the pure essence of the tradition,” mentioned MellowXZACKT, aka Zachary Collins. “With my heavy lyrical model that branches from boastful braggadocio to introspective and private matters, floating over Mike Mike’s heavy, dusty boom-bap drum breaks and manufacturing, this EP brings again a loving and memorable hip-hop really feel whereas nonetheless sounding recent and up to date.”
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Cowl albums by Alan Madej and Michael Harold Doty
Launch date: July 5
Cleveland singer-songwriter Alan Madej and South Bend, Indiana singer-songwriter Michael Harold Doty honored one another with two new EPs filled with covers. The “Madej Sings Doty” and “Doty Sings Madej” EPs include the 2 singers performing distinctive cowl variations of every others’ songs. Madej and Doty are longtime buddies, and after a trip in February, they determined to collaborate.
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“Lonesome Leaving Sound” by The Morning Chicken
Launch date: July 10
The Morning Chicken’s singer-guitarist Jeremy Taylor mentioned his style in music modified over time, shifting away from his pop-punk roots and towards blues rock and people. He was largely impressed by Johnny Money’s later recordings when he began the brand new folky band and likewise the brand new EP “Lonesome Leaving Sound.”
The band’s sound is a departure for Taylor, who beforehand was in native emo-rock band Madison East. “I ended up getting married and having a child, and took a break from the music scene slightly bit,” Taylor mentioned. “Fifteen years later, right here we’re.”
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“Self Care” by Raven Platts
Launch date: July 11
Raven Platts holds nothing again on her first EP, “Borderline.” The Cleveland native opens up about her psychological well being journey on the eight-song undertaking. “I simply spilled my entire mind — something I’ve been going by way of, something that troubled me — I simply spilled it out,” she mentioned.
“Self Care,” a single from the EP, is a track Platts wrote about placing in time to handle herself when she was feeling low.
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“Lovesick” by Nnena
Launch date: July 17
Nnena has made a splash within the neo-soul rap scene, turning into the primary musician signed to J.J. Abrams’ music label offshoot, Loud Robotic. The 24-year-old musician and actress, whose full title is Nnena Chinwe Adigwe, grew up in Cleveland in a Nigerian-American household.
Her music profession began with poetry — and lots of of these early poems now spark inspiration for Nnena’s lyrics. She’s launched a handful of singles: “Not The Thumb,” “Me And You,” “Again To Cali” and most not too long ago, “Lovesick.”
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“Zip-Zapp” by Zip-Zapp
Launch date: Aug. 9
Zip-Zapp is a Cleveland-area psychedelic rock group that fashioned from different bluesier bands. Now, the musicians are making precisely the kind of music they wish to hear, mentioned singer-guitarist Sam Daly. “One in all my issues with that band was that the vocals weren’t being performed the best way I needed to do them,” he mentioned. “I began Zip-Zapp to have the ability to hear the music the best way I needed to listen to it.”
The band put out its debut, self-titled album this summer season.
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“Dethrone” by Heyohwell
Launch date: Aug. 9
Hallie Hertrick and Matthew Heckman wrote and self-recorded new music that included digital components and upbeat rhythms as Heyohwell.
“We needed to do something we’d hearken to,” she mentioned. “We’ve bought indie anthems on there, digital pop on some stuff. We’ve bought some blues components. It’s actually in every single place, but it surely’s all cohesive.”
Heyohwell debuted the monitor “Dethrone” this August.
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“Miles To Go” by Astronymer and Jul Huge Inexperienced
Launch date: Aug. 13
Two very completely different musicians have come collectively to create a brand new sound collectively. Singer-songwriter Adam Reifsnyder (aka Astronymer) and hip-hop musician Jul Huge Inexperienced mixed their expertise on the brand new monitor, “Miles To Go.” The track consists of beats and rap verses by Jul Huge Inexperienced (whose actual title is Julien Huntley) and light-weight guitar chords and vocals by Reifsnyder.
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“Insecure” by Aaron Malik
Launch date: Aug. 14
Presently, Cleveland rapper Aaron Malik is engaged on his debut album, “Too Empty.” He gave a sneak peek of the album together with his latest single, “Insecure,” on cleveland.com. The musician, now 23 years outdated, has been writing music since he grew to become an adolescent a decade in the past.
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“Dancing In The Moonlight” by Jul Huge Inexperienced
Launch date: Aug. 23
One of many songs from Jul Huge Inexperienced’s first upcoming album has been within the works since 2015 or 2016, when he went to South By Southwest music competition in Austin, Texas with some buddies. The group began jamming, and he discovered a beat loop that he loved.
That beat, together with the repeating chorus, “Dancing within the moonlight, holding your hand tight,” caught with the musician and later become the track “Dancing In The Moonlight.” The funky dance track options Nathan-Paul & The Admirables, one other Northeast Ohio band.
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“Voluptuous Girl” by Eriq Troi
Launch date: August 2019
Eriq Troi, an Akron-based R&B musician, began releasing one track per week since June, and can proceed it till he turns 50 subsequent yr. Lots of the songs he’s releasing embody collaborations with different musicians and producers — however all of them deal with Troi’s work in music manufacturing and recording work. Troi mentioned he was impressed to place out the music, a lot of which he has been sitting on for years, due to a midlife disaster.
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“GLTS” by Younger Teazer
Launch date: Aug. 30
Two seasoned Cleveland musicians have mixed their skills — and a wholesome dose of free-spirited creativity — to type Younger Teazer. Singer Chayla Hope and digital musician Patrick Stoops have been at work crafting pop music that includes any inspiration they vibe with. They launched their debut single, “GLTS,” in August.
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“Flat Pack” by Dangerous Hooks
Launch date: Sept. 6
Dangerous Hooks describes itself as “swampy rock & roll.” That description is extra of a vibe than an actual style, although — the brand new Cleveland band is making no matter form of music it desires.
“We’re all guys that didn’t actually imply to make this type of music within the first place,” singer-guitarist Matt Hertweck mentioned. “This was our time-off stuff, and it’s the form of stuff that caught with us. We determined to cease avoiding it, and ignoring it, and begin embracing it.”
The band launched the track “Flat Pack” as an ode to Cleveland’s Flats neighborhood.
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“Sangria” by Mollo Rilla
Launch date: Sept. 7
Cleveland rock band Mollo Rilla held on to the ultimate days of summer season with its new single, “Sangria.” The track, produced by former Cage The Elephant lead guitarist Lincoln Parish, was launched in early September. It adopted the discharge of Mollo Rilla’s debut album, which arrived earlier this yr. Mollo Rilla got here collectively as a band simply two years in the past.
“It was time to do one thing completely different,” Marco Ciofani, the singer-guitarist of Mollo Rilla, mentioned. “None of us knew what the hell we had been going to do, however we knew we simply needed to put in writing actually enjoyable rock songs, and that’s what we did.”
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“Lie Higher” by Rule of Younger
Launch date: Sept. 13
Rule of Younger exists in a brand new, fashionable music business world — and that’s mirrored in each its streaming construction, and its band title. Band member Nico Conti mentioned the thought for the title stemmed from the phrase “Rule of Legislation,” tailored to replicate generational adjustments in American tradition.
“The foundations of being a younger grownup in America and the expectations have modified dramatically from prior generations,” Conti mentioned. “The title is a mirrored image of our altering tradition and the turmoil that it might probably bestow.”
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“Change” by Logan Bruce
Launch date: Sept. 20
Amherst-based singer-songwriter Logan Bruce launched the track “Change” this September. The track’s lyrics are about struggling to keep up relationships whereas pursuing a music profession, Bruce mentioned.
“The track says, ‘Simply promise me you’ll keep,’” he mentioned. “The stability of wanting to do that music factor, however I additionally don’t need private relationships to fall by the wayside.”
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“Medication, Disco, Melancholy” by Summer season College
Launch date: Sept. 27
Summer season College, a pop undertaking by Cleveland-based musician Josh Wilson, takes darkish, introspective lyrics and weaves them with funky, danceable pop. His debut album, “Medication, Disco, Melancholy” arrived in September, discovering musical inspiration from ‘80s pop stars like Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Prince and Madonna.
“The sound I presently have as Summer season College began about 5 – 6 years in the past once I grew to become obsessive about the thought of pop music being unhappy,” Wilson mentioned. “I beloved the juxtaposition and the truth that individuals might dance to one thing that’s really fairly darkish or unhappy beneath. I felt in a approach, that’s form of who I’ve been most of my life and I deeply linked with it.”
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“My Fairly Rainboots” by Lilieae
Launch date: Oct. 4
Two musicians have moved from their cowl band roots to authentic rock music with their new undertaking Lilieae. The band, named after the scientific phrase for “lily,” consists of vocalist Lydia Puccini and bassist Kayleigh Hyland. It fashioned a yr and a half in the past, when the 2 needed to aim writing and performing their very own music. The 2 musicians knew one another since highschool, initially assembly in a ceramics class. A decade later, mutual buddies instructed they need to type a band collectively.
“We all the time joke that even 10 years earlier than Lilieae, it was a factor as a result of we had been buddies in artwork class,” Puccini mentioned.
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“Sleep Properly” by Featherweight
Launch date: October 2019
Featherweight, a metalcore band from Akron, has plenty of which means in its title. The band (previously often called Sorry Mother) modified its method to music early this yr, aiming to encourage its listeners. It’s why the band known as “Featherweight” — a phrase the five-piece band got here up with to juxtapose each lightness and heaviness.
“It’s mild, however there’s power in that lightness,” singer Richie Dolbow mentioned. “We use it as a metaphor to specific that, regardless that you might need a psychological sickness, there’s nonetheless a power behind that… It nonetheless means you’re a tricky dude.”
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“Pocket Filled with Posies” by Clickb8 and Foxx Bodii
Launch date: Oct. 25
When James Firak (aka, Clickb8) and Nick Salata (aka, Foxx Bodii) determined to make a Halloween-themed album collectively, they seemed again to their childhoods for inspiration. The 2 25-year-olds remembered the issues that used to scare them within the ‘90s and 2000s, and what it took to beat these fears. However, although the fears revolve round their early years, each Firak and Salata mentioned the themes of the album, titled “Pocket Filled with Posies: A Journey Via a Nightmare” can relate to their maturity too.
“You get form of a cool dichotomy on the album — issues that scare you as an grownup in some locations, in addition to issues that scare you as a child,” Salata mentioned. “We attempt to carry that full circle as you undergo the monitor listing.”
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“Silver Rings” by Lydia Briggs
Launch date: Oct. 25
Briggs is kicking off a profession as a musician in her teenage years. The musician has put out 4 singles this yr that she labored on with Jim Wirt (identified for his collaborations with Incubus, Fiona Apple, One thing Company and Hoobastank). She’s additionally launched colourful music movies and carried out at venues and bars in Cleveland — all on prime of being a full-time pupil at Hawken College in Cleveland.
This autumn, Briggs put out her latest single, “Silver Rings.”
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“Ghost” by Lea Marra
Launch date: Oct. 31
Lea Marra’s band, The Dream Catchers, got here collectively throughout the recording technique of her debut album “Bleeding Coronary heart.”
“Once we first began recording I didn’t actually have my band all collectively but, so I had some nice musicians to assist out with it together with most of my present band The Dream Catchers,” Marra mentioned. “It was loopy as a result of none of them had met one another [before] the recording course of, however vibed by way of the music so effectively.”
Marra launched a single, “Ghost,” forward of the album’s supply this fall.
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“Sadder Than U” by Teamonade
Launch date: Nov. 5
Teamonade — named after the tasty beverage mixture of candy tea and lemonade — has set itself aside in Ohio’s music scene with its catchy punk vibes and considerate lyrics about existentialism, melancholy and relationships. This yr, it launched a brand new single, “Sadder Than U,” to comply with its EP “This Is Your Solely Warning,” additionally launched this yr.
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“Welcome To My City” by Canterbury Arts Membership
Launch date: November
Cleveland musician James Douglas has discovered new life in his outdated songs together with his band Canterbury Arts Membership. The band has reimagined Douglas’ beforehand written songs, a few of them many years outdated, for its debut EP.
“One of many 4 songs on our EP, I wrote once I was 18,” Douglas mentioned. “I’ll flip 36 three days earlier than our launch celebration. I doubled my lifespan earlier than that one got here out.”
The band launched “Welcome To My City” as a primary style of the undertaking.
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“Spicy Water” by Moon Cactus
Launch date: Nov. 15
A lot of what you hear on a Moon Cactus track has been carried out by multi-instrumentalist Connor Mancini. Even at dwell reveals, with the assistance of a looping pedal, Mancini weaves collectively completely different sounds right into a textured, laid-back indie sound.
“I considered attempting to get a band along with Moon Cactus, however I had hassle sharing my imaginative and prescient with different individuals,” he mentioned. “So, I simply made all of the elements myself, and performed all of the elements myself.”
You’ll hear that on his newest track, “Spicy Water,” launched in November.
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“Fell For You” by Uptight Sugar
Launch date: Dec. 6
“Fell For You,” Uptight Sugar’s newest single, continues to develop the band’s groovy, psychedelic sound.
“I’ve all the time described our model as a contemporary tackle psychedelia — however with a extremely good groove,” guitarist-keyboardist Mike Murray mentioned. “Like, if Pink Floyd and Deee-Lite had a lovechild, it could be Uptight Sugar… I prefer to suppose our music displays the electro-pop vibes of Tame Impala as a lot because it does The Beatles or Roxy Music.”
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“Pursuit” by Soundevr
Launch date: Dec. 12
A brand new Northeast Ohio band and collective known as Soundevr has created its personal sound by combining components of home music, bounce, funk and jazz. “It’s presupposed to be a mixture of various black vernacular dances,” composer and trumpet participant Daniel Spearman mentioned. “We’re drawing from all of these influences and mixing them to create what we’re hoping is a brand new sound that will get individuals up and dancing and transferring.”
The band put out its first track, “Pursuit,” in December.
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“Lullaby/Dúermete” by Kombilesa Asé
Launch date: Dec. 13
A trio of Cleveland musicians with influences and backgrounds from all over the world have come collectively to create a novel, new voice with Kombilesa Asé. The band consists of cellist and singer Carolina Borja, multi-instrumentalist Obediya Jones-Darrell and percussionist and vocalist Linda “Mama Fasi” Thomas-Jones. The three initially met at Thomas-Jones’ Larchmere store, Fasi’s Cultural Expertise, in 2017.
The band launched its debut album, “Kadara,” in December, together with the peaceable single “Lullaby/Dúermete.”
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“Come On In” by Collin Miller & The Brother Nature
Launch date: Dec. 20
Collin Miller & The Brother Nature threw issues again in additional methods than one on “Come On In.” The band debuted its funky new single in December, upfront of its new album “A Lesson In Love.” The undertaking was recorded straight to tape, with no laptop enhancing, over the course of three and a half weeks. It was influenced by gritty funk bands like Parliament Funkadelic, and it was impressed by the ups and downs of romantic relationships, bandleader Collin Miller mentioned.
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