Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hiss Golden Messenger (12/11/17)

A second night in DC, and another good concert! It’s particularly notable being here over a Sunday & Monday night. Hiss Golden Messenger presented “An Evening With…” which signaled it was all Hiss - no opener.  I’ve had a cursory familiarity with his work, but had been diving in deep these last couple days.  Very much along the lines of Blitzen Trapper, Springsteen, Langhorne Slim and Ryan Adams.  But as I learned, he’s had quite a long and venerable career himself, talking about touring in DC in the 90’s (to no one in the audience).  He’s come a long way, and his live performance is indicative of how that happened.

Hiss Golden Messenger (12/11/17)

Hiss Golden Messenger (12/11/17)

Hiss Golden Messenger (12/11/17)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Michl (12/10/17)

Traveling again, which means I’m looking for live shows in Washington DC area.  So happy I stumbled on the Michl show, particularly since this would be my first time at DC9.  I noticed he was characterized as elusive, which is easily validated by these photos.  The sound was this superb, dreamy grand pop music with stunning visuals timed to support the live show.  Turns out he’s a former songwriter who was sick of writing music for people he didn’t like - with different values than his.  Noble. I like it.

Michl (12/10/17)

Michl (12/10/17)

Opening the show was MACK.  Her EP on Apple Music had me interested, but her live show was excellent!  Light, vibrant, and totally enjoyable.  This was her first tour and you wouldn’t have known it.  Keeping my eye on her.

MACK (12/10/17)

MACK (12/10/17)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

First up is MØ’s visually stunning video for When I Was Young.  Next, I’m embarrassed to say that A Tribe Called Red caught my attention because of the obvious reference, but I still ended up really enjoying their video for The Light II ft. Lido Pimienta.  SSION is finally back with a video for Comeback that only SSION could make, with a new album coming next year!

BONUS:  SOPHIE just dropped a banger of a new video.

Article: Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music

Something to keep an eye on.  The industry is changing. 

"With the industry’s responsiveness to data at an all-time high, it’s becoming possible to use our voices to adjust its course. In theory, how we determine popular taste is democratic—which should be great for diversity and inclusion, in an idealistic, utopian sense. But the tyranny of the majority is real, and online buzz will grab the attention of record labels regardless of what the music sounds like or how the artist acts. Your listening habits have literally become a vote—maybe it's time we start using it."

(Via Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music | PigeonsandPlanes.)

Shagg (11/30/17)

A last minute decision brought me to Maple Lanes - finally.  I’ve never seen a show here!  The music was fine.  Shagg did a good job.  Looking forward to the next show here. 

Shagg (11/30/17)

Shagg (11/30/17)
Shagg (11/30/17)

Shagg (11/30/17)

Shagg (11/30/17)

Sound of Ceres (11/9/17)

There are nights that I’m just looking for a concert in town.  Somewhere.  I ran across this band, Sound of Ceres performing at the Winchester Tavern.  Pop sound, liked I heard recorded - and it was a great chance to see a good show at the Winchester.  Their live show took on a whole additional perspective with the light, movement and position of their stage show.  Very exciting and what a great surprise.

Sound of Ceres (11/9/17)

Sound of Ceres (11/9/17)
Sound of Ceres (11/9/17)

Mourning A BLKstar (11/9/17)

Mourning A BLKstar performing at the Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH

Mourning A BLKstar (11/9/17)Mourning A BLKstar (11/9/17)

The Accidentals (11/8/17)

A last minute decision put this show on my agenda.  At first glance I was pretty excited about their sound, and I like what I’ve recorded.  But I’ll say that for the most part, I was not a fan of this show.  They just spread it on a little too heavy.  But an A for effort.

The Accidentals (11/8/17)
The Accidentals (11/8/17)

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument (11/5/17)

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument happening at Now That’s Class in Cleveland, OH.

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument (11/5/17)

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument (11/5/17)

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument (11/5/17)

CONDITIONS OF LIVING (2012, Rev 2016) by Buck McDaniel with Kyle Kidd, vocals; Maria Viñas, violin; Buck McDaniel, electronics/keyboards.

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument (11/5/17)

November Noise Lunch: Voice as Instrument (11/5/17)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sinkane (11/2/17)

After several albums, I was able to catch Sinkane in Cleveland!  He’s always had this great pop, funk, soul, rock sound that really translated well live.  What a fun show!

Sinkane (11/2/17)
Sinkane (11/2/17)

Opening was Red Rose Panic and Uptowne Buddah.  Both enjoyable in their own right.

Red Rose Panic (11/2/17)

Uptowne Buddha (11/2/17)