Thursday, June 22, 2017

Steel Yard SoundSystem Launch Party (6/17/17)

I read about this dancehall party in Scene Magazine and couldn’t resist the seeing this wall of speakers, and the Cleveland CycleWerks space hosting this event! It was still hot as blazes, and there were NO seats - but who should be sitting anyway??
 
Steel Yard SoundSystem Launch Party (6/17/17)
 

Larchmere Porchfest 2017

I wasn’t really in capture mode at this year’s Larchmere Porchfest.  Probably because it was hot as blazes, but the neighborhood was alive and kickin’.  Some really great music as usual!

Larchmere Porch Fest 2017

Larchmere Porch Fest 2017

Larchmere Porch Fest 2017

Euclid Beach Live (6/16/17)

Incredibly, I finally had my first experience with Euclid Beach Live (and Euclid Beach)!  What a great experience, and one I’d recommend.  Thought I’d share a couple photos...

Euclid Beach Live (6/16/17)

Euclid Beach Live (6/16/17)

Damien Jurado (6/12/17)

Damien Jurado is one of those artists that were on my periphery, that is until I saw he was coming to the Beachland Ballroom.  I dug into his catalog and was so thoroughly impressed.  Particularly with his new album, Visions of Us on the Land.  It has this great psych-folk sound to it that really stands out.  With only him on stage, I was curious how that sound would translate.  After realizing some battery pack in his guitar was out of juice, he opted to perform the whole show acoustically.  While I’d love to hear what those batteries provided, I couldn’t have asked for a better performance.  He’s very personable and a great storyteller (obviously). 

Damien Jurado (6/12/17)
Damien Jurado (6/12/17)

I also really appreciated his new touring concept of 50 states. Saying how he’s been in this game long enough that the “major market tours” were no longer satisfying, and he was compelled to spend more time in each of our 50 states.  In Ohio alone, he was hitting like 6 different cities!  What a novel and awesome concept.  I was bummed I didn’t make it to his Akron performance at Hive Mind that following Sunday (and I’m wondering if he kept it acoustic?).

Sean Rowe (6/8/17)

I’d been following Sean Rowe for some time, ever since I heard Flying:

Several albums later, and with a new album that finds him really hitting his stride, I was over the moon being able to see him at the Beachland Tavern.  So soulful and compelling.  Take a listen, and go see him whenever you have the chance!

Sean Rowe (6/8/17)

Sean Rowe (6/8/17)

(I wish the photos had come out better!)

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

I’ve been hearing about the Nelsonville Music Festival for several years from some friends in Columbus.  And ever year, I salivate over the lineup this little festival would get.  After reading this below, I knew I had to make it there, and soon before anything changed. 

This festival may be the largest non-profit festival in the country, with over 15,000 people taking part over four days, the eclectic mix of artists that perform cover a wide range of music [… ] The festival itself is community-based and barely has any major corporate sponsorship.

Nelsonville Music Festival: May 28-31, 2015 Via CMJ)

What an incredible experience.  Going from the urban, dance, house environment in downtown Detroit - directly to a rural, camping folk festival in rural Ohio was a little jarring, but in the best way possible.  I’ll also give a big shout out to the group of friends that provided me with instant companionship and camaraderie.  I could have asked for a better introduction.  I captured many performances on my YouTube channel, but some of my favorites are here:

Here’s also an assemblage of other random clips from the weekend.

And then some photos… The rest are on my Flickr page.

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Franz Ferdinand (5/31/17)

This year I decided that (almost) immediately following the Movement Festival, I was also going to attend the Nelsonville Music Festival.  This gave me 1 whole day at home between trips.  While I wasn’t originally planning on catching Franz Ferdinand at the House of Blues on this day, a series of awesome events landed me there.  Totally worth it.

Franz Ferdinand (5/31/17)

Franz Ferdinand (5/31/17)

Movement 2017

Another year, another Movement electronic music festival.   

"DETROIT — If the giant commercial music festival seems to be a model of the recent past and the small, carefully framed festival seems one of the evolving future, Detroit experienced both past and future last weekend.

The Movement Electronic Music Festival had its tenth annual edition here on Memorial Day weekend, attracting a total of more than 100,000 people from Saturday to Monday to Hart Plaza downtown and to after-parties until daybreak around the city. "

(Via Made in Detroit, Differing Music Models - The New York Times.)

Great as always!! Let’s watch the tape!

Movement 2017

Movement 2017

Movement 2017

Movement 2017

Movement 2017

Movement 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

MØ has a great new video out for her Nights With You.  ODESZA released a new travel video for Late Night, but unfortunately their new album won’t be out until September (8th).  Next up, I stumbled on this Evan Klar video for Barefoot which instantly caught my attention, and now we just wait for a full album.

 

Bonus:  I just posted about the Flint Eastwood show, but also wanted to go back and share one of their videos as well.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Perfume Genius will Die 4 You in in his new video.  Dan Auerbach is King of this One Horse Town in his new video.  Justin Townes Earle also has a new video for Maybe a Moment.

 

BONUS:  I was able to catch The Cactus Blossoms at the Nelsonville Music Festival, and this was one of the songs that really caught my attention:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pantha Du Prince (5/21/17)

Movement is coming this weekend and Pathan Du Prince was billed as a festival Pre-Party!  Granted, it was a week before the actual festival, but this show was totally worth driving to Detroit twice within a week.  His electronic music had everyone at the Marble Bar up and dancing!  I couldn’t imagine a better pre-party than this.

Pantha Du Prince (5/21/17)

Tall Heights (6/18/17)

I have been sitting on this Tall Heights album for some time, and had to dust it off and re-familiarize myself with it before their performance at Mahalls 20 Lanes.  I’m so glad I did!  These Boston boys definitely have their Fleet Foxes / Band of Horses influence, but they’re able to maintain a distinct sound all their own. What an enjoyable show!

Tall Heights (6/18/17)
Tall Heights (6/18/17)

Justin Townes Earle (5/16/17)

It had been nearly 8 years since I saw Justin Townes Earle down at the Kent Stage.  It was such a good performance, that I knew I wanted to come back down for this one.  Though I would have loved to see Tom Evanchuck open again, this time his band The Sadies opened.  We missed their performance, but they were back on stage with Justin.  

He’s one of those performers that I have most of their albums, but I can’t say I really know any of the songs all that well.  But that really makes no difference when seeing him live. His stage presence and sound can keep you full entertained, even if you’ve never heard any of his music before.

Justin Townes Earle (5/16/17)

Justin Townes Earle (5/16/17)

Coraine Tate sings Buck McDaniel (5/11/17)

My friend Coraine Tate was graduating from CIM with her Artists Diploma.  As part of this final performance, she wanted to put a poem (Desiderata) to music as a tribute to Dr. Mary Schiller. She worked with Buck McDaniel to compose a piece that was really amazing.  This was also my first time in CIM’s theatre, which was almost just as amazing!

Coraine Tate (5/11/17)

Coraine Tate (5/11/17)

Flint Eastwood (5/4/17)

Everyone once in a while  you see a live show that just blows your mind.  This was one of those shows.  I had been checking out the new Flint Eastwood album for a little while, and it had really started growing on me.  I’ll admit that I’m always skeptical of bands with names that play on popular culture like Com Truise and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (now just JR JR), but then again I guess I’ve looked past it for those bands.  Once I got to the venue, I ran into my friend Barry who tells me he’s seen these guys multiple times already, raving about them!  As soon as they started performing, it was perfectly clear why.  They were a force of nature on stage, unlike anything I’ve seen since early Future Islands!  So incredible.  I can not wait until they play in the area again!  Check out the video to get the a better impression - albeit paling in comparison to actually being there.

Flint Eastwood (5/4/17)

Flint Eastwood (5/4/17)
Flint Eastwood (5/4/17)

The xx (5/3/17)

 While I usually like to stick to the smaller venues for shows, going at least once a year to a show at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica is like a tradition. I like to look for one good show each season, and was delighted to see The xx would be performing!  Even more exciting was seeing that Sampha was opening!  I’ve been thoroughly enjoying his album, so this was an extra special treat.

Sampha (5/3/17)
Sampha (5/3/17)

And then The xx. 

"But during last night's concert at a chilly Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, the low-end and beats came alive, giving the band space to improvise in an organic way as the XX delivered a passionate performance that warmed up guests that were bundled in blankets and jackets. You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

The band played a number of tracks from their newest album, I See You, and mixed them with a good portion of the older material. The group also played a song from band member Jamie XX’s solo album."

(Via Indie Rockers the XX Deliver an Emotional Performance in First-Ever Cleveland Show | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

The xx (5/3/17)

The xx (5/3/17)

Station Hope 2017 / Buck McDaniel

You couldn’t help but hear about this Station Hope event if you were listening to NPR leading up to it!  A group of friends were performing as the kick-off to the event.  Accompanying them were the Choir of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church performing two songs from Southern Songbook: “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “I Wish I Knew How It Would Be To Be Free” arranged & Conducted by Buck McDaniel.

Station Hope 2016

Station Hope 2016

Station Hope 2016

Cleveland State University Symphony Orchestra (4/28/17)

One of my friends performed with the Cleveland State University Symphony Orchestra as one of the winners of the student solo competition!  Great stuff!

Cleveland State University Symphony Orchestra (4/28/17)

Vita and the Woolf (4/25/17)

This was a double header evening for the Beachland.  I was there to see Hurray for the Riff Riff, but also noticed Vita and the Woolf would be playing.  Originally I was excited thinking this band was the opener for Hurray, but turns out they were headlining their own show in the Tavern!  Vita and the Woolf have a few great singles out, but the full album has yet to be released.  That might be the reason for the light crowd in the Tavern that night, but Vita still put on an exceptional show.  I can’t wait for that new album, and another night where I can stay in one venue to see them!

Vita and the Woolf (4/25/17)

Hurray for the Riff Raff (4/25/17)

Hurray for the Riff Raff returned to the Beachland Ballroom.  It’d had been almost 2 years since I saw her last time, and her newest album is pretty incredible.  Going again was a no-brainer.  The challenge this night was that there was a competing show in the Tavern as well.  As usual on these nights, we did our best to bounce between and catch as much as we could of both acts.  Having seen Hurray for the Riff Raff before, I did tend to stay over on the Tavern side.  But still.. 

Hurray for the Riff Raff (4/25/17)

Hurray for the Riff Raff (4/25/17)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

 !!! is reminding us that Dancing is the best revenge.  I’ve been really enjoying this new Goldfrapp album, and this Systemagic video fits right in.  Cassius has a great new split screen video for Go Up, feat. Cat Power and Pharrell!  

Bonus:  Bleachers are coming back with with the full cheese appeal with their video for Don’t Take the Money.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Article: The Winchester Music Tavern to open in Lakewood's Birdtown

The Winchester is back (again).  I’m intrigued… 

Greg Laswell (7/22/09)

"On Memorial Day, Shane Motolik will open the Winchester Music Tavern at 12112 Madison Ave., which just so happens to be the former location of the Winchester Music Hall.

Like its namesake, the new club's main focus will be on music. Opening weekend features an eclectic mix, with performances by local indie act Goodmorning Valentine and Dayton psych-rocker M Ross Perkins on Saturday night. Sunday will feature Cleveland alternative hip-hop act Case Barge.

'Having a part in the Cleveland music scene is kind of a dream come true,' says Motolik. 'Music's been the biggest part of my life - through the good, through the bad.'

A small food menu and bar snacks are planned. The front bar will feature cocktails, and craft brews will flow."

(Via The Winchester Music Tavern to open in Lakewood's Birdtown | cleveland.com.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Rostam finally has a new single out and video for Gwan, hopefully signaling  anew full length album soon!  Jeremy Messersmith hasn’t had anything new in a while, and this new track for Everything is Magical is oddly refreshing.  Nora Jones has slipped off my radar recently, but this new video has brought some new focus, with her political lyrics and new album on Blue Note.

 Bonus.  I’m not quite sure what’s going on in this video, but if it’s from Big Thief then you know it’s worth watching.  :-) 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Zippy and the Slow Tones (4/22/17)

This show wasn’t on my concert calendar for obvious reasons, but I stumbled upon this show when I was back home visiting family.  This bar is actually one that I frequented quite often (pre-21) when I was living back home and playing in pool leagues and tournaments.  That alone makes it fun to actually see a band performing there - especially a song that I often played on their jukebox back in the day (Dwight Yoakam's Little Sister!)

Zippy and the Slow Tones (4/22/17)

Zippy and the Slow Tones (4/22/17)

Article: In Music, DRM Is Back While Ownership Is Going Away

I understand the convenience, but I think this is unfortunate in the long run...

"An even more important indication of change is the shift in consumer preference from ownership to access models. This won’t come as a shock to those who have been watching the music industry evolve for a while, but it’s reality now: people have found that when music is available everywhere on any device, it’s not so important to own it anymore. As we’ll see, this is now music listeners’ majority view."

(Via In Music, DRM Is Back While Ownership Is Going Away | Copyright and Technology.)

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)