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This Moment in Black History

Public Square

(Smog Veil; US: 2 Feb 2010; UK: Import)

For over eight years, This Moment in Black History have served as the standard bearers of pure, unconcentrated Cleveland punk, picking up where such previous purveyors of street cred purity as Pistol Whip, the Easter Monkeys, Rocket from the Tombs, and the Electric Eels left off in the 1970s. And the band’s latest title, Public Square, is by far their most inventive and explosive yet, a hard charging half-hour comprised of 13 songs aimed to rattle your teeth and shake your bones with a post-punk-meets-late-‘80s-hardcore fury few rival acts could ever match. Right smack dab in the middle of the mayhem is “My Notes”, a Schooly D-type old school rap throwdown that somehow simultaneously makes little and total sense.


Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ,,, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY,, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at

This Moment in Black History - Public Square [Live, Beachland Tavern, 2010 March 5]
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