1305 W. 80th St., 216-334-1172, www.lavaroomrecording.com
Lava Room isn't Cleveland's best studio because their CDs sound great. They do sound great; take a listen to Trendy's Stupid Generation or Mr. Gnome's Echoes on the Ground. But Lava's the city's best studio because it gives you options. Whether you want to record a demo with Mike Brown (who's worked with the Pussycat Dolls, Trendy, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) or work with John Walsh (a local legend who engineered WMMS Coffeebreak Concerts and Alternative Press' the AP Show), Lava's your place. Even better is its new low-dough, multimedia package. With $500 in cash or ticket sales, bands can invite up to 50 guests, play a set at the studio, and leave with a professionally mixed CD and DVD of the gig. If you want to show what you've got, no studio lets you show more, in less time, for less money.