10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now
By Sean Edgar
Lest we forget, the capital of Rock ‘n’ Roll doesn’t lie in the seaside metropolises of the East or the glitzy coasts of the Pacific West. Not at all. In addition to exporting such fine industrial goods as electrical machinery, glass, jelly and lady’s underwear, Ohio is one of the country’s finest producers of tasty licks and infectious melodies. And it has the pedigree to prove it. Dean Martin, The Black Keys, Devo, Guided by Voices, The Breeders, The Isley Brothers, Traffic, Times New Viking, Over the Rhine, RJD2, New Bomb Turks, Jessica Lea Mayfield and (obviously) The Ohio Players all call the heart-shaped state home. And this list doesn’t even include extended layovers from Trent Reznor, Chrissie Hynde, Richard Patrick, Maynard James Keenan and Dave Grohl. If this name dropping index isn’t enough, Cleveland’s Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame does a fine job of chronicling pop music’s winding history/pissing off Axl Rose and The Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy sports guitar instruction from genuine rock legends.