Monday, July 28, 2014

Video Day

Finally, a full video for Robyn & Royksopp’s Do It Again.  It’s a longer one, but worth the effort.  Next up is Francesco Yates with a great new single for Call.  Finally some funky visuals for Simian Mobile Disco’s Tangents.

Bonus:  I’m not sure what to think of this new track from The Drums...  What do you think?

Liz Longley (7/26/14)

After bailing on the rain at the Burning River Festival - we headed back to the Beachland to catch Liz Longley.  I only heard her name like an hour before being there, so not much was known other than some great opening slots and some songwriting awards.  I can see why people like her music - a great voice and some excellent songwriting.  We also found out, on several occasions, she’s single.

Liz Longley (7/26/14)

Burning River Festival 2014

What a rainy mess!  Still glad we got there for some Christmas Ales & some eats!  We did catch a little DJ Party Sweat action, a preview before he graces the stage at the Gay Games!

Burning River Festival 2014

Burning River Festival 2014

Burning River Festival 2014

Burning River Festival 2014

Burning River Festival 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (7/24/14)

Because I missed the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performance back here at the Grog Shop in June, I wanted to make it to Pittsburgh to catch them at Club Cafe.  Not the venue I would have expected, and now that it’s happened I can say that it was not the best venue for them.  However, it’s hard to deny my love & admiration for Alec Ounsworth so I still thoroughly enjoyed it.  

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (7/24/14)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (7/24/14)

Alternative Press Music Awards Show

The night we drive back from Pitchfork, we attended the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards.  At this point I felt like I was just along for the ride, so I hadn’t much time to prep for this experience.  No prep was necessary, this show was all about Rock & Roll.  What an impressive event!!  The weather was stunning, the city looked amazing as a backdrop.  A gorgeous sunset on the lake to our backside was just a bonus!  Sure I didn’t know many of the names being nominated, but there’s no mistaking Joan Jett, Slash, Billy Corgan, Ice T, and Machine Gun Kelly!  Way to represent Cleveland!

Alternative Press Music Awards Show 2014

Alternative Press Music Awards Show 2014

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Less than a week from Country Concert & Queen w/ Adam Lambert, I was making my annual pilgrimage to the Pitchfork Music Festival with friends.  This was also another year biking around Chicago - an excellent experience.  I’ve learned that this show is more about the total experience, than it is trying capture & review each band - but there were some great ones this year.  The Giorgio Moroder was one of my favorite… sets? I thought how this is probably the closest I’ll ever come to seeing a Donna Summer concert.

Other great performances included Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Neneh Cherry, St. Vincent and Wild Beasts.  However, the best experiences for me at the festival were the earlier performances on the Blue stage - by Mas Ysa, Factory Floor, The Range and of course Jon Hopkins!!  You can catch most here:


Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014
Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Queen w/ Adam Lambert (7/12/14)

The same weekend as Miranda Lambert & Country Concert, I was heading north of Detroit to see Adam Lambert performing with Queen!  The juxtaposition was fun.  This show I tagged along with a big fan of both Queen & Adam Lambert, though I’m a pretty big fan of Queen myself.  I had mid-level expectations going in to this, but right from the beginning of the show I knew this was going to be fun.  I don’t know what a traditional live Queen show is like, but I can’t imagine this was far from it.  Great stage, lighting, sound.  Adam was himself, but represented the band well.  But this show was all about Queen, and Freddy.  What a delight.

Queen w/ Adam Lambert (7/12/14)

Queen w/ Adam Lambert (7/12/14)

Country Concert 2014

Not my traditional festival, as you can imagine, but this one was all about family.  I took my sister & my niece, both who were incredibly excited to see Miranda Lambert.  I’m up for anything, so I was excited to see what this event was all about.  I was *amazed* at the size of this place, needing to park what felt like 2 miles from the main stage.  I wish I would have tracked my car location via GPS!   Lots of camping, drinking, trucks, barely clothed youths, and lots of country music.  Growing up with that - its no culture shock.  Ultimately not the place to close out with kids.  But overall, it was a good time!

Country Concert 2014

Country Concert 2014

Tomorrow: !!! @ Beachland Tavern

The most recent album from !!! (chk chk chk) has such a superb dance party vibe, I have high aspirations for their Beachland Tavern show tomorrow night!  Check them out!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Video Day

New Blood Orange (already!) for High Street.  New Digitalism with Wolves (feat. Youngblood).  Cloud Nothings express their Psychic Trauma in a new video.

This week’s song by Neko Case has been posted before, but now there’s a video!