Thursday, September 8, 2016

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Once again M.I.A. pulls out a banger of song - and video - for Go Off.  Things only step up a notch with Simian Mobile Disco’s deep beat art with Staring at all this Handle.  Glass Animals serves up it’s newest video for off Life Itself, coming out in August.

Bonus:  Yeasayer has another odd stop motion video for I Am Chemistry.  It’s really hard to take your eyes off it!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Video Day #tzaubeat

Clams Casino is about to take over the album of the Summer, starting with this video for All Nite which shares the same sharp style as the song.  Changing gears, I can’t believe I’m putting Band of Horses on the upbeat Video Day, which I guess is almost as weird as their video for Casual Party.  One more left turn with the new Julie Ruin video - mostly because Kathleen Hanna is still a rock goddess.

Bonus:  The other (newer) Clams Casino with the magnanimous Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands.  Again - amazing production, but this time with a distinctly darker tone.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Video Day #tzachill

As I would expect, my Montreal favorites (Plants and Animals) released a visually stunning video for We Were One without me ever feeling like I even need to know what’s really going on.  Speaking of… I’m beyond thrilled to be getting a glimpse at the first new stuff coming from Sin Fang, with this new video for Candyland.  Blood Orange has been ruling my summer playlist so far… this video for Augustine shows you why.  

 

Bonus:  This isn’t what I would call a captivating video - but this epic trio collaboration deserves total exposure.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Every year I wonder if I’ll still go to Pitchfork this year, and yet every time I get there - I can’t imagine not coming.  Another great year, and you’ll see who my favorites were based on the videos below.  Then a compilation video and some random shots.  Until next year...

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Some of my other favorite shots from the festival… 

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Woods (7/14/16)

Woods is in my top favorite bands, like Plants & Animals.  That’s why I delayed our arrival to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival by a day.  I couldn’t pass up finally getting to see Woods in concert.  Granted I was going to get to see them in several days at the Festival - but it’s just not the same.  I was so glad I stayed - and so glad I was introduced to Big Thief!  I’ll definitely keep an eye on these guys… 

Big Thief (7/14/16)

Woods (7/14/16)

Woods (7/14/16)

Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine Show (7/12/16)

Jacobs Pavilion has been knocking it out of the park with the double-header shows this summer.  This one, with Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show, was a real treat.  Old Crow Medicine Show was one first and brought their hard-drinkin’, foot-stompin’ good time as you’d expect.  As for Brandi Carlile, I’ve been sold on her live shows since that first House of Blues show.  Once again - she proves to be one of the best live acts touring right now.

Old Crow Medicine Show (7/12/16)

Brandi Carlile (7/12/16)

Brandi Carlile (7/12/16)

"Many bands embark on what they call ‘co-headlining’ tours. Few execute the concept as well as roots rockers Old Crow Medicine Show and singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile did last night at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. While each played a hearty 90-minute set, the two acts also shared the stage on several occasions, making the show into a truly collaborative venture. "

(Via Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show Successfully Share the Spotlight at Jacobs Pavilion | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog | Cleveland Scene.)

Some other shots from that night… 

Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine (7/12/16)

Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine Show (7/12/16)

Lily & Madeline (7/7/16)

Lily & Madeline have been making it a point to come through Cleveland every year lately, and i couldn’t be happier.  These ladies have such excellent harmonies, songs, and a great stage presence - I love seeing them.   Opening for them was a new local band called Poro, who would be worth seeing again.

Poro (7/7/16)

 Lily & Madeline

Lily & Madeline (7/7/16)

Summer Solstice 2016

Another great year.  This year having Giorgio Moroder (think Donna Summer) was truly amazing.  Having seen him last year at Pitchfork Music Festival - I already knew this would be a good show.

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Summer Solstice Party 2016

Melissa Etheridge (6/24/16)

Melissa Etheridge and I go way back, even before her 1993 Yes I Am album.  Henceforth, I’ll always go see her when I can.  Having her perform on a gorgeous Summer night outside at Cain Park - SOLD.   She continues to be a great performer, and demonstrated it by this being a solo show where she worked on looping instruments for volume and layering.  I’ve definitely seen that before (Andrew Bird!), but was really happy to see Melissa expanding her stage repertoire to do so.  What a great (nostalgic) night.

Melissa Etheridge (6/24/16)

Melissa Etheridge (6/24/16)

I was also really happy to see covering Joan Armatrading’s The Weakness in Me.

Son Little (6/21/16)

This was a great double-header show at the Beachland, with Waxahatchee in the Ballroom and Son Little in the Tavern.  My original plan was for Waxahatchee, but a strong recommendation pushed me to decide on Son Little.  He has this great bluesy, folky, rock & roll sound about him.  Very enjoyable.  Dylan LeBlanc opened, and was quite enjoyable as well.  Check them out.

Dylan LeBlanc (6/21/16)

Son Little (6/21/16)