Monday, August 11, 2014

Gay Games Festival Village Lineup

It’s been a great start so far for the Gay Games in Cleveland.  Now begins the week of performances at the Festival Village!  Stop out every night… there’s something for everyone.

Monday:  JD Samson & MEN!

(and then head over to the White Party with Boy George!)

Tuesday:  Bright Light, Bright Light

But make sure to get there a little earlier to see Rollergirl! 

Wednesday:  Jenny Owen Youngs

Get there early for some Tom Goss:

Thursday: L1EF (probably the show I’m most excited about):

Friday: Scissor Sister’s Ana Matronic!  Practice up girls!

Before that, check out our local talent with Marcus Alan Ward & Sammy Slims!

And of course… MC’ing the whole week is Pandora Boxx!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Video Day

Bear in Heaven’s video for Time Between “is a kaleidoscopic portrait series of the many characters you might encounter on any given night in New York City”.  Alvvays is getting some buzz with their new album and single for Archie, Marry Me.  And the venerable Jenny Lewis is coming out as Just One of the Guys with her new video.  

Bonus:  Just finished the second season of Big Feedia (on Fuse TV) where they were making this video.  Seeing Big Feedia back in January ’13 feels like such a treat with all her recent success.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tomorrow: Tori Amos @ Cain Park

Tori Amos at Cain Park tomorrow night!  While she’s not tops on my current list, I still wish I could be there…  Check out her new single (w/ her daughter!).



Tori Amos gets her groove back · Music Review · The A.V. Club

"In the last 15 years, Tori Amos’ pop albums have gravitated toward two distinct categories: those where she utilizes elaborate characters and extended metaphors to illustrate her points, and those where she uses more straightforward, subjective inspirations for her lyrics. For fans, this has been somewhat frustrating, as Amos has always been a confessional commentator—especially at the intersection of the personal and political—and deriving emotional attachment from her intricate fictions has often been challenging.

The engaging Unrepentant Geraldines, however, splits the difference between these categories perfectly—mainly because this time, Amos’ muse led her into a variety of deeply personal, vulnerable places. "

(Continued... Tori Amos gets her groove back · Music Review · The A.V. Club)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Video Day

New Videos for Beck, BANKS and Erik Hassle.  Beck is just great as usual.  BANKS has a nice track, with some nice physiques. Erik Hassle rocks his electro-R&B track Pathetic.


Bonus: A new find with Imaginary People.  I kinda wish I could dance like that (and have that boom box).

Strand of Oaks (7/31/14)

One of the things I like about seeing concerts is that it gives me motivation to dive into the music before seeing them.  I probably wouldn’t have given Strand of Oaks the time otherwise…  His "anthemic indie-Americana that draws from classic rock and folk” sounded superb, and his live show was almost as good.  My only critique would be that live, the vocals don’t go so anthemic... otherwise - go see these guys!

Strand of Oaks (7/31/14)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

!!! (7/29/14)

Dance Fest!  The night opened with a spirited performance from The Very Knees!  A great primer for what would be a balls to the wall performance by !!! (chk chk chk).

The Very Knees (7/29/14)

These guys know how to bring it… I can’t even say I paid much attention to the individual tracks, because it was all about the dance.  Not a single person stayed at the bar for this show.  At one point I questioned the integrity of the floor.

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) (7/29/14)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tomorrow: Strand of Oaks @ Beachland Tavern

Tomorrow night at the Beachland Tavern!  $12.  Check out his new video and a free download of his World Cafe session below!

By the looks of Tim Showalter, I would not expect the type of music that he puts out as Strand of Oaks - but his stuff is great.  I’ll let AllMusic describe it for me:

"The project of Goshen, Indiana-based singer/songwriter Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks specializes in bold and anthemic indie Americana that draws from classic rock and folk, skillfully blending traditional singer/songwriter catharsis with stadium-ready melodies in the vein of artists like War on Drugs and My Morning Jacket. "

(Via.Strand of Oaks | Biography | AllMusic)



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Video Day

Duke Dumont has been one of the breakout dance artists this Summer, and the party continues with Won’t Look Back.  Lykke Li is keeping it artistic with Gunshot. Next up, the New Pornographers have the first video for War on the East Coast off their upcoming release.

Bonus:  See how the Basement Jaxx solves the Footloose problem of the future.

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)