I downloaded the new Kishi Bashi album kind of on a whim, knowing about his work with of Montreal. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, and as I listened to it more, the more I fell in love with it. My expectations for seeing him live skyrocketed. I have to say I was let down by this show however. I guess I’ll just describe it as cheesy - too much baubles and flash. I wish he could have really just focused on the music and making that sound really good.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since I saw Josh Ritter. Basically nothing has changed with him, he still puts on a really good, very lively show. But when you’re as talented and comfortable as Josh Ritter - it looks effortless. Settle in to watch the videos, I recorded quite a bit.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Following that Chance the Rapper show, I was supposed to be seeing Kanye West here in Cleveland (more for a friend than anything). Since that fell through, another friend had some extra tickets to see Leon Bridges at the Masonic Auditorium! Perfect.
I was thrilled to find out that Lianne La Havas was opening. Her Greek & Caribbean roots, and her British upbringing makes for a unique and captivating sound. Such a treat.
Leon Bridges is the face of new soul music. With his suit on stage, he covered the floor with his dance moves and energy. I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t have loved this show. Both classic and new at the same time.
Chance the Rapper has one of the biggest albums of the year, and has to be one of the most talked about rap artists as well. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with his Coloring Book album, and I was thrilled to take a road trip up to Detroit to see him. I’m bummed I missed seeing Francis and the Lights, but Chance made up for it. Just check out the energy of the performance and the crowd in the video below!
I am so thrilled that I finally found this party here in Cleveland. I’ve been enjoying the Hot Mass / Honcho parties in Pittsburgh, and this party is a sort of sister event to those… This was my first time going, and I can’t wait to go back.
I also love how the pictures represent the clarity of most of the people in attendance.
Here’s some more detail on the monthly party.
"In two years, In Training has become one of the most innovative dance parties in Cleveland, both for its spotlight on underground electronic artists and its founders’ mission—to host an alternative LGBT event for those who feel like outsiders at the city’s popular gay bars. Brian Bohan, Aerin Ercolea and Shane Christian hosted the first In Training in a 15-foot by 15-foot basement to an audience of 25 friends. Today, their monthly shows attract almost 200 people a night. "
Aloha is one of those bands that really take their time between albums. So while they have been around for quite some time, they don’t have a ton of material out. Still, what they produce is pretty good stuff. However, the focus of this night was more on the return of our own Herzog! But first, we got to hear New Planet Trampoline, who put on a rather intense live show. Check it out.
I guess I liked the Herzog show so much that I didn’t even capture video of them! So great to see them out live again.
I was glad to see that most of the crowd was able to stick around for Aloha. I can’t say it was an incredible show, but these guys definitely have some talent.
Langhorne Slim has already had a lengthy music career, but he holds nothing back when it comes to his live performances (probably what continues to fuel his career). Such a great voice, great songwriting, and a great passion for his craft. Go see him.
Once again, of Montreal put on a spectacle of a show. The consistency of their creativity is astounding, and worth going to their show every time.
‘On the Bitter Rivals tour, we were a four piece and it felt more like a rock band,’ he says. ‘This is back to something that’s less identifiable as rock music. It’s still going to be sensory overload. I like volume and I like strobes. I want to do it the way I see fit. There will be lots of energy and sensory overload.’"
In what would be my last visit to the Barking Spider Tavern before they closed, we stopped to catch some of Ernie Krivda’s Jazz Workshop. It was such a gorgeous night, fill with some amazing music. This place will be sorely missed.
I wanted to split the day up between the Hingetown Hoedown and WRUW’s Studio-A-Rama. The rain had already set in, but we headed over to University Circle to an unfortunately thin crowd at Studio-A-Rama. We took some refuge at the Barking Spider for a bit and caught some songwriters in the round. We then headed back to Studio-A-Rama for a bit longer before calling it a day (and a long one it was).