Friday, June 24, 2016

Cleveland Museum of Art's Summer Solstice Music Lineup!

Here’s the schedule of bands performing tomorrow.  These all look great - and should be a great night for music at the Museum!  All descriptions come from the Museum’s website.

Solstice2016

LUISA MAITA 8-8:50 / South Terrace Stage
Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, her music has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova and MPB.

L’ORCHESTRA AFRISA INTERNATIONAL 9:00–10:15 / South Terrace Stage
Afrisas roots go deep into the rich soil of the Congolese rumba. Since the early 1960s, Afrisa ranks as one of Africas most enduring and prolific bands. An uncountable number of records produced an extraordinary number of hits and helped spread the Congolese rumba across Africa and into Europe and America.

DANTE CARFAGNA 9:15 - 10:45 / Atrium Stage
The Soul and R&B collector/curator behind the groundbreaking Boddie Recording Company box set of Cleveland singles from the 60s and 70s returns with his crates full of 45s. Carfagna, who spun at the very first Solstice in 2009, helps us tip our Centennial cap toward the musical pioneers of our city.

CENTAVRVS 10:30–11:40pm / South Terrace Stage
Mexico City-based Centavrvs is a band that could be labelled Electronic Regional Mexican music, mixing rhythms and sounds from different parts of Mexico (cumbia, northern corrido, the son jarocho, Peruvian chicha, afrobeat and even rock) and Latin America with trends in electronic music. Their musical approach is based on partying, celebration and dancing, or music for dancing and flying.

IKONIKA 10:45-12:45 / Atrium Stage
London-based electronic musician Sara Abdel-Hamid (aka Ikonika) quickly rose to international prominence with her 2010 debut album Contact, Love, Want, Have (Hyperdub), and has more recently expanded her sound by introducinga new Latin Freestyle, Electro, R&B and Boogie-influenced style.

GIORGIO MORODER 11:45pm–1:00am / South Terrace Stage
The founder of disco and an electronic music trailblazer, Giorgio Moroder made his mark as an influential Italian producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. He still has his hands in the center of EDM culture, swinging back into the spotlight in 2013 as a guest collaborator on the GRAMMY Award-winning Daft Punk album Random Access Memories (Album Of the Year).

The FULL schedule of events can be found here.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Video Day #tzachill

 This batch of videos are quite unique - and the songs are all great.  Check out Lucius’s Gone Insane, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros No Love Like Yours and the new Cate Le Bon video for Love is Not Love.

 The bonus video this week is pretty straight up - like The Avett Brothers Ain’t No Man.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Cash+David release a new video for When You’re Lonely, giving us more of their pop excellence!  Tegan & Sara have a new track Boyfriend, and they just released their (very mediocre) video for it.  And with their promise for releasing a video for every song - they’ve already released their second with U-Turn.

 BONUS:  Despite YACHT’s porn hacking debacle, they still released the video for I Want To Fuck You Till I’m Dead (AKA Sex Tape 2016)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Starfucker (5/11/16)

I’m not sure what’s up with Starfucker.  They have a new single, but are touring with no word on a new album or anything yet.  But if you pair them with Com Truise, and make it a night out in Pittsburgh with friends - I’m there.  I can’t say I’m a big fan of Altar Bar as a venue (pat downs to enter??), but it was a totally fun night.

Starfucker (5/11/16)

Com Truise was a great way to start off the night.

Com Truise (5/11/16)

Starfucker has their deep catalog of hits that they played, and of course have their usual on-stage antics.  These guys are a treat if you ever get to see them.  Hopefully they’ll be back around soon - but with a full new album this time.

Starfucker (5/11/16)

Starfucker (5/11/16)

Rogue Wave (5/10/16)

I saw Rogue Wave was coming, I recognized their name, checked out their new album and liked what I heard.  Sold.  Going back to the older stuff didn’t do much for me, but this was a great night out with friends - so it didn’t really matter.  I wish I had liked the show a bit more… Nothing too wrong with it - but considering it was a weeknight, and I’d be traveling to Pittsburgh for a show the next day - it was an early night.  But I did catch a quick video of my favorite song on the new album… 

Rogue Wave (5/10/16)

Ellie Goulding (5/7/16)

For me, this show was about seeing Years & Years who I’ve been loving for some time - but Ellie is no slouch either!  While this show was supposed to be at the Wolstein Center, it was moved to Nautica (presumably for lackluster sales).  The weather wasn’t great, but this was still a pretty amazing show.  It was also a pleasant surprise to find out the Bebe Rexha was opening the show!  While I didn’t recognize the name, I definitely recognized her radio hit, Me Myself & I.

Bebe Rexha (5/7/16)

Years & Years took the stage next.  I know the entire album, so each song was basically a sing-along for me.  High energy and great hits - and some fun covers!  I can’t wait to see these guys again - as a headliner.

Years & Years (5/7/16)

Ellie took the stage with a full stage setup and dancers!  And from what I understand, this was pared down for the smaller stage.  I would have loved to seen what this show looked like with full staging.  Ellie was great - the dancing, the singing, the hits… I was surprised at how many songs I actually knew!  I’d totally see her again.

Ellie Goulding (5/7/16)

Ellie Goulding (5/7/16)

Ellie Goulding (5/7/16)

Ellie Goulding (5/7/16)

"Playing last night to close to 4,000 fans at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (the show had been downsized from the Wolstein Center), Goulding showed off her tremendous vocal power and even displayed a certain amount of range in material. "

(Via Brit Singer Ellie Goulding Launches Summer Concert Season at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog | Cleveland Scene.)

Buffy Sainte-Marie (5/6/16)

I definitely have a soft spot for the progressive folk music of the 60’s and 70’s, but Buffy Sainte-Marie is one of the artists who’s name I recognized, but was not too familiar with her music.  Seeing that this was a rare Ohio performance (and a perfect reason to hang out in Kent with friends), I was all over this show. Being in her early 70’s, I wasn’t expecting as strong of a performance as she put on.  The years have treated her well.  She was as vigorous and vital as someone nearly half her age.  She played a few tracks from her new album, plus the favorites - including the timeless Universal Soldier.

Buffy Sainte-Marie (5/6/16)

Buffy Sainte-Marie (5/6/16)

Half Moon Run (5/3/16)

This was a  of last minute decision, and what I quickly heard from these guys albums was intriguing.  They’re from Montreal (as many good bands are) and they’re sound is quite diverse, from folk to electronic music.  The potential was amazing!  I wish the live show would have been though… Some sound problems early set the stage for a mixed bag of a show.  Their sound and their instruments were all over the place.  And I kinda felt like these guys were taking themselves a little too seriously.  Or, maybe I was just in a bad mood.  However, I wasn’t all that impressed, but t might try them out again sometime… 

Half Moon Run (5/3/16)

Half Moon Run (5/3/16)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Poliça (4/29/16)

Poliça had put on such a great show back at the Grog Shop in 2014 that I knew I wanted to catch them again.  When I saw they would be in Atlanta at the same time I would be - it was a no brainer.  Due diligence told me that MOTHXR would be opening.  I had started listening to their latest release and I was quite impressed!  Pop fun, though their live show wasn’t quite as tight as the album - but still lovely.

MOTHXR (4/29/16)

This time it was a much bigger venue for Poliça, but it didn’t feel any less intimate.  Impeccable & pristine is how I described the first show - and it still rings true for this one.  Go see these guys - you won’t be disappointed.

Poliça (4/29/16)

Poliça (4/29/16)

 This time a much bigger venue, but it didn’t feel any less intimate.  Impeccable & pristine is how I described the first show - and it still rings true for this one.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Video Day #tzachill

Plants & Animals (one of my all-time favorite bands!) just released the first video for No Worries Gonna Find Us, off their upcoming album - out Friday!  My Bubba released their video for Charm - which is pretty incredible they were able to cast and direct those deer!  :-)  Drew Gibson just released his new video for the beautifully rollicking Bettie-Jane.

 

 

Bonus:  Jon & Roy have a found footage video for When I Rise.  Bizarre stuff.