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20 Watts Video: The Grog Shop — A Rockumentary by 20watts

The Grog Shop


The Grog Shop is a legendary Ohio venue that’s served Cleveland Heights for over a decade. One month ago 20 Watts decided to commission a short documentary on it.

Venues like the Grog Shop always have great history attached to them — a history of intrinsic connection with the music we hear in them. Think back to the best concerts you’ve been to and think about why they were great. Sure the band was awesome, but apart from the live performance and its smoke and mirrors, what will make the experience memorable? Venues owe a debt to the musicians who play in them just as bloggers and journalists do. Their job is to enhance the experience of the fans beyond what the band can pull off.

20 Watts staffers have had countless breathtaking experiences at Funk N Waffles, the Westcott Theater, Lost Horizon and other Syracuse venues. Animal Collective named their mainstream breakout record after Merriweather Post Pavilion. And of course, who doesn’t recall New York’s famed CBGB with some measure of fond nostalgia?

So when trusted 20 Watts associate Aaron Freeder offered to shoot a short profile on the Grog Shop, what could we do but jump at the opportunity? Check it out!


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Editor’s Pick #209: Anberlin by 20watts

Anberlin's aggressive pop songs have rocked crowds all over the world.

PREVIEW: VISIT Anberlin’s MySpace

This Sunday, the five piece pop-rock act known as Anberlin will be headlining Syracuse’s The Lost Horizon. Since their 2002 formation the band has steadily become more and more popular. Both 2003’s Blueprints for the Black Market and 2005’s Never Take Friendship Personal showed that the band had tremendous potential. On February 20, 2007 Cites was released and it debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 music chart.

During 2007 Anberlin headlined a major US tour supported by Bayside, made music videos for “Godspeed” and “The Unwinding Cable Car” and signed with major label Universal Republic Records. Their latest album, New Surrender, was released in September 2008 and it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 music chart.  New Surrender’s lead single “The Feel Good Drag” was all over rock radio stations, and the band is currently supporting The All American Rejects and Taking Back Sunday on tour.  So, if you like Anberlin, go to their show on Sunday, and come back to 20 Watts this Monday to check out our review of their performance at The Lost Horizon.

— Eric Hoffman, Features Editor

The 20.6: Your Essential Guide to the Long Island Scene by Dan


PREVIEW: Download 20 Watts’ LONG ISLAND SCENE MIX on Mediafire

From the year 2000 to about 2005, Long Island possessed one of the most vibrant music scenes in the U.S. At the forefront of recent hardcore and early emo trends, bands from L.I. were known for layered vocal attacks, a chip on their shoulder and a rotation of the same cast of characters. As the music got more popular, bands either broke up or changed their sound, as the scene plummeted to its current, almost non-existent depths. This is an exploration as to what happened before that.

So what’s the very best of the Long Island scene? 20 Watts’ JOHN CASSILLO has the answer in our sixth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!


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