Monday, April 14, 2014

Video Day

I told you we had some catchin’ up to do.  More Moderat(!!) with Last Time.  I know that the new Neneh Cherry / Robyn Out Of The Black song / video hasn’t been getting much love - but it’s growin’ on me. Leif rounds out with BOOM, though I have to say I liked his Letterman performance better.

Bonus: Oh J Lo… I still kinda like you.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Video Day

Finally some new Little Dragon (!!) with their new video for Klapp Kapp.  Jagwar Ma has a new video for Uncertainty.  Wild Beasts are back with a haunting Wanderlust.

Bonus:  Lykki Li’s No Rest for the Wicked.  Low key, but good.

The War on Drugs (4/12/14)

After a great show, seeing Arc Iris, we sprinted over to the Grog Shop to catch The War on Drugs. I knew would be a packed show (sold out) because theses guys have been super hot lately.  I’ve been a fan for a while, but this new album has been a treat.  Great rock & roll (despite all those loud-talkers).  Check out the I Rock Cleveland review below…  

The War on Drugs (4/12/14)


I Rock Cleveland | Live Rock Action: The War on Drugs @ Grog Shop Cleveland Hts.

"When the War on Drugs hit a groove, they recall the big tent interpretation of American roots music that Wilco turned into an amphitheater and arena career. Granduciel has a drawl that gets an instant Dylan comparison. The keyboards, meanwhile, have that cathedral sound like Disintegration era Cura, a tone that meanders in the air long after the keys have been pressed. In this context the unit could steal a riff from the classic rock catalog, add reverb and echo and more reverb and more echo and the result can be both familiar and mesmerizing, and a sound that effectively shuts off all other senses."

(Continued... I Rock Cleveland | Live Rock Action: The War on Drugs @ Grog Shop Cleveland Hts.)

Arc Iris (4/12/14)

Mechanic Street House Concerts had a late call for Arc Iris to perform yesterday, but they were still able to pull in a full crowd for this show.  No openers, but two sets by Arc Iris proved to be quite a treat.  They came out on stage looking like a futuristic, folk gypsies - and had the music to match.  

Arc Iris (4/12/14)

Arc Iris (4/12/14)

Oh - and that set… 

Arc Iris (4/12/14)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video Day

I am waaaaay behind on videos.  I hope you’re ready to get caught up.  Starting with one of my most favorite new albums, here is Gardens & Villa with their groovy new song for Colony Glen.  Glass Animals is up next with a captivating video for Gooey.  Finally, Major Lazer lose themselves in Lose Yourself.

Bonus:  I’m not a huge Beyonce fan, but whoa.

Mates of State (4/11/14)

On the fence on this one… I went, but unfortunately missed Leah Lou opening.  It wasn’t super-packed either (yay!), but they must have been expecting it because there were two rows of seats setup for this show (first time I’ve ever seen such a thing).  Mates of State were polished & good, but was hoping they would pack a little more punch than they did.  A nice night of music, but they’ll have to step it up a bit more next time.

The Julie Ruin (4/7/14)

Being a fan of Le Tigre, I would shave seen this show anyway, but after watching The Punk Singer at Cleveland Cinemas, I was even more stoked (trailer below).  Opening was ShiSho, a couple of girls from Kent, OH - who were quite a bit of fun, in a nerd punk kinda way.

ShiSho (04/07/14)

Up next, I was finally able to catch the Screaming Females - who put out more rock power than I’ve seen in a long time.  Impressive.

Screaming Females (04/07/14)

The Julie Ruin were great.  It’s fun seeing Kathleen Hannah back on stage - the only thing that could have made the show better would be the band having one-less guy on stage (one who I felt needed his own fronting gig).

The Julie Ruin (3/7/14)

"Featuring legendary riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) at its helm, The Julie Ruin released their debut full-length album, Run Fast, last September. “Running fast” into 2014, The Julie Ruin will take their “bursting dance rock songs” (Los Angeles Times) & “engaging, endearing presence onstage” (The Austin Chronicle) to the road once more on a North American tour, including stops in Cambridge, Toronto, Cleveland, Ferndale & Chicago.”

The Sounds (3/25/14)

The first two things I look for when traveling are breweries and concerts.  My first night in California, after flying into LA and driving to San Diego, was to see The Sounds at the House of Blues (in San Diego) - after stopping to visit Stone Brewery on the way…  The openers had me just as excited, seeing Strange Talk and Blondfire.  Strange Talk was up first - and sounded great!

Strange Talk (3/25/14)

Blondfire felt a little thin in comparison, but not all that bad.

Blondfire (3/25/14)

The Sounds really brought the energy, though I ended up catching one of my favorite (slower) tracks by them.

The Sounds (3/24/14)

The Sounds (3/24/14)

The Sounds (3/24/14)

Article: Rockefeller's adds music to its menu

More live music in the area…  

Rockefeller's adds music to its menu - The Heights Observer

"If you’re looking for a place to hear live music, there’s a new venue in Cleveland Heights. Rockefeller’s, the restaurant in the historic Rockefeller building at the corner of Mayfield and Lee roads, now presents live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

The focus is on jazz and blues, and some artists—including Hot Djang!, Anita Keys and Tom Letiza—appear every month. ‘We’re getting good turnouts for the music,’ said Mike Adams, the restaurant’s owner. ‘There’s a nice eclectic mix of live music in Cleveland Heights, with the Grog Shop, the Wine Spot, Nighttown, and now us. It’s great for Cleveland Heights to have this mix of music.’"

(Continued... Rockefeller's adds music to its menu - The Heights Observer)

New Release: TRUST - Joyland

So this album’s already been out for a couple weeks - but it deserves a call out.  

TRUST is the musical project of Toronto artist Robert Alfons. After years of extensive touring, and garnering glowing praise from top international critics at Pitchfork, VICE, and The Guardian UK for the 2012 Juno-nominated debut album "TRST", the follow up album "Joyland" will be released by Arts & Crafts on March 4, 2014.

"Joyland" is an eruption of guts, eels, and joy.

TRUST Joyland