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Agora marketing coordinator Mike Tata picks three records you should check out

September 11, 2018

Agora marketing coordinator Mike Tata picks three records you should check out

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Looking for some new music to listen to? Cleveland’s music community is always tapped in to some of the best new music around.

Mike Tata, a marketing coordinator at the Cleveland Agora and Bravoartist concert promoter, has seen his fair share of bands play at venues and music festivals around town. Often, his experiences in seeing bands take the stage is what shapes his playlists – and his favorite albums.

Here are three albums Tata suggests you check out:

Turnover – “Peripheral Vision”

″‘Peripheral Vision’ was released in 2015 and from day one, I was hooked to this record. This is the type of album you can listen to over and over, on repeat, for months straight. It’s the perfect record with no weak songs on the album. Their sound can be described as melodic and dreamy, while their lyrics are more depressing and emo; it’s a perfect blend of sad and feel-good all rolled into one. To this day, I still find myself listening to this album. Whether you’re the casual fan of indie rock, emo, alternative, or even pop-punk, I believe this is a record that will hook you in like it did for me. (Also, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention Turnover will be playing The Agora with The Story So Far, Citizen and Movements on Nov. 11.) Three songs to check out: ‘Dizzy On The Comedown,’ ‘Hello Euphoria’ and ‘Cutting My Fingers Off.’”

Greta Van Fleet - “From The Fires”

“If you haven’t heard of Greta Van Fleet, do yourself a favor and listen to them right now. This is the band that’s going to revitalize rock and roll and bring back what the world has been missing for quite some time. Greta Van Fleet is often compared to Led Zeppelin, which is something I can get behind growing up with a lot of classic rock influences. But some people see this as a negative, as ‘copycats,’ and I strongly disagree with that. At ages 19 and 22, this four-piece band from Frankenmuth, Michigan is the real deal. Seeing over 100 shows a year, I’ve never had a band blow me away live like Greta Van Fleet has. Their talent is just incredible for their age and their music can reach fans that maybe (somehow) have never heard of Led Zeppelin, and those who grew up listening to the band. By the way, they haven’t even released a full-length album yet and are already starting to take over the world.  Three songs to check out: ‘Highway Tune,’ ‘Safari Song’ and ‘Black Smoke Rising.’”

Nothing More - “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”

“Nothing More was one of those bands I was introduced to working at The Agora. They were supporting Papa Roach earlier this year, and I instantly fell in love with their sound. They blend their powerful, heavy riffs with catchy choruses, and most importantly, strong and meaningful lyrics. In a perfect world, this is exactly what my ears crave. 2017′s ‘The Stories We Tell Ourselves’ is easily one of my favorite albums that has been released over the past few years. I just about listened to this album and this album only for months straight. From front to back, this album has a little bit of everything. From explosive heavy metal to the beautiful, peaceful ballad, this album has something for everybody regardless of your taste. I’m still unsure if it’s the music that wins me over or if it’s the lyrics and vocals, because Jonny Hawkins writes some of the best lyrics in the game. Three songs to check out: ‘Go To War,’ ‘Fade In / Fade Out’ and ‘Still In Love.’”

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