Thursday, January 11, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

The Hundred In The Hands have a new video out for their new track Red Eyes Rising.  Troye Sivan just got sexy with his uninhibited video for My My My!  Car Seat Headrest released a new video for Nervous Young Humans from their reworked 2011 album called Twin Fantasy (out 2/16).


Bonus: Black Eyed Peas dropped a new song and video, but no word on a new album yet.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Article: 10 Things You Need to Know About Cleveland Music in 2018

A nice write up by Cleveland Scene for Cleveland in 2018!  Includes details on remodeling of the Agora and Rock Hall, a festival lineup, as well as some movers and shakers in the area (both on stage and off!).

Fitz & the Tantrums (7/6/11)

"At the beginning of each year, we usually profile about a dozen bands that are worth checking out in the next year. Maybe they've got a new album coming out, or they're headlining some interesting event at Nelson. Maybe they're just so darn interesting that it would be irresponsible not to write about them in our pages.

This year, though, we're changing things up a bit. We'd like to present to you a more conceptual outlook on 2018, in hopes that we can corral even more good music into this annual endeavor. With that, we'd encourage you to keep an ear tilted toward these 10 things you should know about Cleveland music this year."

(Via 10 Things You Need to Know About Cleveland Music in 2018 | Features | Cleveland Scene.)

Video Day #tzachill

SZA just put out a Solange-directed video for The Weekend. A thoroughly enjoyable video (and song) by Tourist for Hush.  Sufjan Stevens has a new video out for his song Mystery of Love for the movie Call Me By Your Name.

Bonus: The video for Yung Lean’s Red Bottom Sky caught my attention.  While his sad boy aesthetic isn’t totally my thing, this song and video are rather compelling.

Article: Cassette tapes make a comeback

I’m still not believing it.



"'We still put out tapes because it's an affordable way to put out music, for an artist in a climate of increasing and excruciating vinyl costs,' said Matt Flag from the record label Beat Concern. 'I think they look nice, they sound great and they can be made in small quantities for very little cost,' he said."

(Via Cassette tapes make a comeback.)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

New music from TR/ST (!) and a new video for the single Destroyer.  Hundred Waters has a stunningly filmed video for Wave to Anchor. Disclosure has a new video out for Holding On ft. Gregory Porter.

Bonus: SSION just put out his new video for The Comeback… wait for it.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

SZA (12/13/17)

The incredible snow we had last night couldn’t have been a more charming backdrop for a great show by SZA at the House of Blues last night.  She was on fire, with full leg kicks and throwing her hair all over the place.  She and her band sounded top notch, and the audience was lit.  Such a great show by SZA!

SZA (12/13/17)


"SZA bounded off the momentum of her excellent openers — in an oversized pink bubble jacket, a black crop top, camo overalls, and flowing locks, her stage presence was natural and brightly energetic, swaggering and vulnerable. She’d arrived late on a flight and missed soundcheck, but hit her vocals strong, standing out as she riffed gorgeously to close out ‘Go Gina,’ or sang 2014’s ‘Sobriety’ a cappella."

(Via SZA Gives Powerful Performance at House of Blues | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

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.)