Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

The Gossip’s Beth Ditto has finally emerged with a new video off her upcoming release Fake Sugar (out 6/16).  San Cisco, everyone’s favorite indie pop band from Australia, has a light, summery new video for Hey, Did I Do You Wrong.  Rubblebucket is back with a an out of body (and off the phone) experience for the If U C My Enemies video.

Bonus:  Hercules & Love Affair are BACK!!  This creepy new video for Controller brings me back to them.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sondre Lerche (4/21/17)

Filling out the awesome Grog Shop schedule lately, Sondre Lerche performed there on Friday.  I’ll admit that this was just one of the stops on an packed night, so we weren’t quite as tuned into the music as I would normally be.  Still, Sondre put on a great show.  It did end a little early for the Grog Shop, but we all really appreciated the little dance party the band put on at the end of the night, with Sondre dancing with the crowd! 

Sondre Lerche (4/21/17)

Sondre Lerche (4/21/17)

David Dondero (4/19/17)

David Dondero has a great new album out and I was excited to see he was going to be on tour again.  I was intrigued and optimistic when I saw he would be performing at  BYOB art space in Akron called Hive Mind.  Once we found the space, it turned out to me a little more intimate than I was expecting.  Not a terrible thing I guess, but things felt a little awkward, but can’t quite put my finger on why… Still, David Dondero continues to be one of my favorite male songwriters and I’ll look forward to seeing him somewhere else next time. Maybe next time I should just host him in my living room!

David Dondero (4/19/17)

David Dondero (4/19/17)

The Octopus Project (4/17/17)

The Grog Shop has been on fire lately with these good shows.  The Octopus Project is one of those elusive bands that slowly put out an album every few years.  Their recorded stuff was intriguing, but I really had no idea how this would translate live.  I was impressed to see the crowd they drew, as well as the cool stage effects they packed into the Grog Shop!  This was definitely a trippy / party show that I would put up there with Animal Collective or Rubblebucket.

The Octopus Project (4/17/17)

The Octopus Project (4/17/17)
The Octopus Project (4/17/17)

Operators (4/13/17)

I feel like this show is the closest I’m going to be able to get to seeing Wolf Parade live again.  Still, Operators put on a really good show, highlighting Dan Boeckner’s distinct and familiar voice.  Check it out.

Operators (4/13/17)
Operators (4/13/17)

Operators (4/13/17)

In Training (4/8/17)

In Training & Hollow Eyes Present: Autonomen Aktion at Now That’s Class

In Training (4/8/17)

In Training (4/8/17)

In Training (4/8/17)

The Abyssinian Mass (4/8/17)

Expanding my musical exposure even more, I attended The Abyssinian Mass, composed by Wynton Marsalis and featuring Damien Sneed along with The Jazz Heritage Orchestra and Community Mass Choir. Performed in Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University.  

"The Abyssinian Mass is a sweeping composition for big band and gospel choir written by Wynton Marsalis to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The piece earned significant acclaim upon its release in 2008 and sparked a 16-city, 19-concert tour, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Chorale Le Chateau directed by prominent recording artist Damien Sneed. On April 8, Sneed will conduct one of the first regional productions of the Mass at Cleveland State University’s Waetjen Auditorium, featuring CSU’s Jazz Heritage Orchestra and the Community Mass Choir.

‘The Abyssinian Mass is a stirring work that combines jazz, gospel and blues and evokes the African-American experience while also emphatically stating that all people have a place in this world,’ notes Donna Whyte, interim director of CSU’s Black Studies Program. ‘We are very honored to host the fantastic Damien Sneed and present this amazing concert to the Cleveland community.’"

(Via The Abyssinian Mass Comes to Cleveland | Cleveland State University.)

The Abyssinian Mass (4/8/17)

The Abyssinian Mass (4/8/17)

Preston Masters Graduate Composition Recital (4/7/17)

Supporting a friend’s Masters Graduate Composition Recital, a first for me.  It was great to finally hear all original music composed by Preston Masters!

Maddie Hasebein, Mezzo-Soprano
Matthew Jones, Tenor
Emilio Rosario, Clarinet
Emory Rosenow, Violin
Jacob Campbell, Viola
Elias Manos, Piano
Buck McDaniel, Organ

Preston Masters Graduate Composition Recital (4/7/17)

Nathan Fox (4/1/17)

A couple weeks ago I spent the weekend in Albuquerque for work.  As usual, my first inquiry into a new city is their live music scene - and who will be playing while I’m visiting.  I was disheartened to see only 3 shows were going to be there (or so Songkick said) while I was there.  That first Saturday night, the only artist listed was Nathan Fox at the Rio Bravo Brewing Company.  I’m glad I caught this performance, because it was really my only (best) option for the weekend.  Nathan Fox was great.  The space was huge, so it didn’t lend itself to an intimate singer-songerwriter performance, but he really made it work.  He also worked his set to alternate originals and covers, which I thought was brilliant for the crowd.  His voice and his own songs were great!

Nathan Fox (4/1/17)

Nathan Fox (4/1/17)

Nathan Fox (4/1/17)

Nathan was cool enough to invite me to his place in Albuquerque the next day.  We talked quite a bit about house concerts, so hopefully he’ll be making it up this way sometime soon to play my house!

Local Natives (3/30/17)

It was great to finally be back in the Agora again!  I’ll admit this show was a little more popular than I was expecting, as I didn’t know they were this popular.  The new album is pretty good, though the live show felt like they were taking their sound a little too seriously (Coldplay-like?)

Local Natives (3/30/17)

Local Natives (3/30/17)