Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tomorrow: Shovels & Rope @ Beachland Tavern

At the same time as Dan Deacon, Shovels & Rope will be performing their gristly alt-country in the Tavern.  Perfect venue for them!  I've been listening to their new album O' Be Joyful and it's great!  Also, opening is Roger Hoover's next incarnation, Roger Hoover & the Hurt - a great regional musician who I'm *thrilled* to get to see again.  A great night of Americana.

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Some Roger Hoover:

Tomorrow: Dan Deacon @ Beachland Ballroom

Beachland will be HAPPENING tomorrow night!  First off, in the Ballroom is Dan Deacon, who if you haven't heard all the buzz yet, he's turning heads with his new release America.  Check out his superb explanation of it right here.

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"In the past nine years Dan Deacon has released nine LPs, scored music for films and the stage, curated film festivals, been the figurehead of a Baltimore artist collective, and developed a reputation as one of the most energetic D.I.Y. live performers currently touring. When you hear Dan Deacon, you know it's Dan Deacon. It's hard to imagine where the unique musician could go from here. Last year, Deacon turned 30 and, with his new album America, moved toward a perspective of maturity and lofty concepts. The product of his artistic growth is not one that is radically different from his previous works, but rather is a honing of his quintessential sound with care. On America, Deacon creates his most mature work to date: an ode to his home country that is full of sonic beauty, destructive chaos and ecstatic fun. "

(Continued... Dan Deacon America - 8.28.2012)


Video Tuesday

This first one will spoil you. Major Lazer’s new video for the Amber Coffman (of Dirty Projectors fame) featuring ‘Get Free. Stunning track.  Next… EST for Life… swoon.  Finally Grimes' Genesis.  Wait for it… 

While I like Diplo, this bonus is all about the video.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tomorrow-ish: Sharon Van Etten @ Rock Hall (FREE SHOW)

Tomorrow night closes out the Summer in the City concert series by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Really looking forward to seeing Sharon Van Etten.  I've been checking her out lately and like her stuff (check it out below).  Not quite sure how she'll fill that space, but I hope she does.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Video Tuesday-ish

Some great stuff for the weekend… Hot Chip, some newly discovered Polica, new Mika. 


Bonus: A stunning video for Antony.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Best Tribute Ever? Red Hot + Arthur Russell

This sounds amazing… Hot Chip! Scissor Sisters!! Cut Copy!!! Robyn!!!!

Robyn, Twin Shadow, Washed Out Set For Red Hot Arthur Russell Tribute LP - Stereogum

" Arthur Russell blended dance, folk, pop, classical, whatever, and created something utterly unique and extraordinary. He died of AIDS in 1992, at age 40, but his profile has risen considerably over the last two decades; frankly, I’d guess that a majority of the artists covered by Stereogum would cite him as an influence. So it’s appropriate and very cool to see so many of those artists will be featured on an upcoming Arthur Russell tribute album called Red Hot + Arthur Russell: This Is How We Walk On The Moon.

On board already to cover Russell’s songs are Twin Shadow, Washed Out, José González, Laurel Halo, Robyn, Glen Hansard, Javelin, Hot Chip, Nico Muhly + Owen Pallett, Cut Copy, Sandro Perri, The Revival Hour, Will Sheff, Sam Amidon, Ólöf Arnalds, Devendra Banhart, Dan Boeckner, Chad VanGaalen, Scissor Sisters, Oh Mercy, Rubblebucket, and Thao with The Get Down Stay Down. The project was organized by Red Hot, in association with Pitchfork."

(Continued... Robyn, Twin Shadow, Washed Out Set For Red Hot Arthur Russell Tribute LP - Stereogum)

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Tom Evanchuck @ Bad Racket Studios

Dusting off this gem from my list of draft blog posts. Tom Evanchuck, Live from Bad Racket studios (Cleveland's craft recording space).

Where ya been Tom?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tomorrow: Ezra Furman @ Beachland Tavern

omg.  This is definitely my show of the month.  I've seen Ezra Furmantwicenow at the Beachland Tavern and I couldn't be more excited for this one ($10).  His new album, The Year of No Returning, is his best effort yet - and I think Music. Defined. would agree.  Check it out below.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bill Staines (8/5/12)

Being a completionist here.  Supporting a friend by attending a performance for her employer - the fancy-pants Laurel School system, which has an incredible space out in Geauga County.  A great night with friends, food, drink, and the light-hearted folk stylings of Bill Staines.

Bill Staines (8/5/12)

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Modern Electric (8/3/12)

This was really the week for music…  I skipped the Rufus Wainwright show to bike up to Cain Park to see local-wonders, The Modern Electric.  Wow, these boys keep getting better and better.  Only one complaint - NEW MUSIC PLEASE!!  I can't wait to hear some new stuff… 

The Modern Electric (8/3/12)

I didn't catch any video, but you can see some of them from the Cellar Door opening event.

Bear in Heaven (8/1/12)

After skipping great shows on Monday and Tuesday (Oberhofer / Head & the Heart / Delicate Steve), I finally made it to Bear in Heaven, as part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Summer in the City Concert Series.  The Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome opened. I was happy to see such a great turn out for these guys, and so many people buying their merch!

Mr. Gnome (8/1/12)

Bear in Heaven took some warming up to for me, but these guys ended up being really fun.  Got some great shots… 

Bear in Heaven (8/1/12)

Bear in Heaven (8/1/12)

Dancin' in the Streets 2012

Despite the awful tragedy that happened (just behind me), the show went on and became a great evening - one that I think Mitch would have wanted.  This event was perfectly described by it's name.  We danced in the streets, and boy did we dance.

Dancin' in the Streets 2012

Dancin' in the Streets 2012

Brent Kirby (7/26/12)

Finally finding a reason to make it to my new local brewery (Bottlehouse Brewery)…  Brent Kirby was performing as part of the Cedar Lee Rock the Block concert series.  It was a great turnout, but obviously not focused on the music. Still Brent was a great sport and sounded awesome.  Glad to see him and this new space!

Brent Kirby (7/26/12)

Fang Island (7/25/12)

I had trouble choosing to see on this night, as A Lull was performing over at the Beachland.  Ugh.  Given I'd just seen them at Pitchfork, I opted for the Fang Island at the Grog Shop (it was closer to my house as well, not insignificant on a Wednesday work night).  I'd actually felt like I've seen these guys before, because they've been here like 5 times, but after searching my all my shit, I guess I hadn't (yes it's gotten to that point).

Fang Island (7/25/12)

Glad I went.  Not just because it was my first time putting up a TZA sticker…  These guys know how to rock, with like 5 guitars going on stage.  It really pulled on my heritage hair-metal strings, but will class and hipster swagger.  Check it out.

Fang Island (7/25/12)

(more photos and video exist…)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Burning River Fest 2012

I really wasn't there specifically for any shows this year, but caught some good music none-the-less.  Here are some photos from the event… 

Burning River Fest

Burning River Fest

Burning River Fest


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Video Tuesday

Check it.  Beat Connection with The Palace Garden, 4am. Bombay Bicycle Club's Beg. Yellow Ostrich with The Shakedown


Bonus: SSION Feelz Good (4-EVR), with a new album out on September 18th.  Should be a great pop album.