Concert Review and Slideshow: High School Rock Off Round 3 at House of Blues


The third round of the 17th Annual High School Rock Off, which took place last night at House of Blues featured another 10 bands competing for a spot at the upcoming Final Exam. There wasn't as much diversity — most acts fell loosely into the alt-rock category — as the first two rounds but three bands still moved on to the Final Exam.

St. Edward’s Freezing Rain started things off with a set of garage blues. The duo concluded with a credible cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Halfway Home followed with a solid set of noisy alt-rock that drew from the screamo well. Afterwards, they handed out copies of their demo, which was produced by local guitar hero Neil Zaza. The Oberlin-based indie/punk trio Bam! followed with a set of similar-sounding songs that recalled Blink 182 and Lakewood’s Outburst Jr., yet another trio, also delivered a noisy punk set. Led by a woman with a particularly powerful voice, Sonorous, a Brunswick band that recently underwent a complete line-up change, followed with a set of mid-tempo alt-rock that included a mix of originals and covers, including a Paramore song. It scored points simply because its guitar player dressed as a frog.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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