Music » Livewire


With the Upper Crust. Sunday, October 8, at the Beachland Tavern.


Rock and roll is well suited to brotherly rock combos (you can quit a band, but not a family), producing some great bands and even better blow-ups, as Oasis proved. For Chris and Benji Lee of the hook-laden power-rock band Supagroup, their familial friendship fuels some of the catchiest sibling rock since the Allmans. These sleazy, leather-jacketed offspring of Thin Lizzy and AC/DC have honed their style of late-'70s keg-rock into a stage show one knee slide away from a hoisted lighter salute.

Their latest offering, Rules, begins with "Ready to Go," an ode to road sex ("All you want to do is get your rocks off") and quickly ups the ante on the nod to excess, "Let's Go (Get Wasted)." This isn't all low-budget arena-rock wankery, cadging a bit of sentimentality with the blues-rock burner "I'm Gonna Change," where singer-rhythm guitarist Chris ponders his chances at refinement between his brother Benji's sauntering solos. When the Supagroup siblings walk onstage, it may well be a family affair, but it's not quite family-friendly.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.