Friday, July 13, 2018

Weezer / Pixies (7/11/18)

I was surprised to see Pixies and Weezer touring together!  While I’d be intrigued to see each of them separately, put them together at Blossom with $20 lawn seats, and I’ll definitely go!  While neither band has been top of my agenda lately, both have had some great songs - and it was fun to be sitting outside on a beautiful evening with friends to watch.  That being said, capturing media of the show wasn’t my top priority, but here’s what I got… (Scene’s review below)

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"The band’s expermintal new album blurs the lines between pop and alternative. It seemed like an alright plan, but the issue is that Weezer is not Imagine Dragons, and they should be held to a higher standard. But they’re also not the Beach Boys, the group that inspired the new album. When Weezer stops trying so hard to be somebody else and stays true to itself, the magic happens, and that’s what happened onstage last night.

‘We have a lot to talk about right now,’ said drummer Patrick Wilson. ‘It’s Scott’s birthday and Weezer’s cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ went straight to the top of the charts.’"

(Via Weezer Focuses on the Hits for Its Blossom Show | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)

Article: Cain Park celebrates 80 years of outdoor arts in Cleveland Heights

This being Cain Park's Art Festival weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share this article… 

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"For 80 years, Cain Park in Cleveland Heights has entertained audiences under the stars with quality theatre, nationally-known musical and comedy acts, and arts showcases.

Bob Hope, Harry Belafonte, Sarah McLachlan, Livingston Taylor, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are just some of the famous names that have graced the Evans Amphitheater stage, while theater productions like The Toxic Avenger, Hair, and Bat Boy The Musical have attracted sold-out crowds.

Renowned actors like Hal Holbrook, Dom DeLuise, Carol Kane, Jack Weston, and Pernell Roberts have also performed over the park’s history on sets designed by industrial artist and Cleveland native Viktor Schreckengost. And then there's the yearly Cain Park Arts Festival, a three-day juried art event held each July drawing as many as 150 local and national artists, selling their work at every price point."

(Via Cain Park celebrates 80 years of outdoor arts in Cleveland Heights.)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tri-C Jazz Fest (6/30/18)

After a beautiful night seeing Ray LaMontagne & Neko Case at Nautica, we stumbled upon Tri-C’s Jazz Fest in Playhouse Square!  I always have plans to go every year, but seeing this will make it a priority next year!

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Ray LaMontagne / Neko Case (6/30/18)

A beautiful night outside on the river, watching Neko Case & Ray LaMontange = no brainer.  Both were as excellent as always, and I particularly loved the shout out to the Beachland Ballroom crew by Neko Case.  Love that woman.
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Neko Case  6 30 18
As for Ray, I’ll let Scene take it from here:

"Wearing a ragged cowboy hat and jeans (he owns a farm, so he can pull it off), LaMontagne ignored his more popular tunes like ‘Jolene,’ ‘Trouble’ and ‘Supernova.’ And yet, with the backing of his fine four-piece band, he still managed to deliver an engaging set that had a quiet intensity to it (he’s said in interviews that some of the songs on Part of the Light reference the current political climate) in front of a respectful crowd that filled about three-fourths of the venue.
He's a real class act, and his fans seem to acknowledge and understand that he enjoys performing live even if he doesn't offer much in the way of banter.
Alt-country singer-songwriter Neko Case opened with a 40-minute set that adroitly veered from tender ballads to power-pop anthems. Her five-piece band nicely complimented her powerful voice, and she capably switched from tambourine to electric and acoustic guitar during her performance."
(Via Ray LaMontagne Taps Into a Classic '60s Vibe at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog.)
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Ray LaMontagne  6 30 18

Friday, June 29, 2018

Video Day #tzaupbeat

Chaka Khan is back (!) and has a slick new video for a slick new track that’s Like Sugar.  A Tribe Called Quests’ newest (and last) video for The Space Program is finally unrestricted and available for the masses. Computer Magic has a synth-inspired video for their new single Perfect Game.

Bonus: "The theme of anti-elitism is represented in the video by the array of American people finding joy in each other, in simple acts and in the places they call home — a salute to the unsung, modern-day American.” (link)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Maps & Atlases (6/24/18)

Maps & Atlases is one of those bands that drips out albums every few years or so.  I remembered that I had seen them before (their concert t-shirt I have is one of my favs!), but didn’t pay much attention (have much time) before going to the show.  Without much background digging, I knew I wanted to see them again, if only to get another kick-ass concert t-shirt.  They’re a solid indie rock band, but with some tight guitar work and an attention to detail that makes them a great live band.  I would put these guys up there with one of my all time favorites, Plants & Animals (and not just for the alliteration in their names).  And - these guys were just *ridiculously* earnest, nice, and the perfect amount of nerdy cool.

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As I was writing this post, I did go back to see when I’ve seen them in the past and realized it was when they were opening for Frightened Rabbit in 2010 (RIP Scott Hutchison).  I then was able to see them again headlining Brite Winter in 2015, with Welshly Arms!  

Also, in case you were wondering, I did get another awesome concert t-shirt which I’m sure you’ll see me in soon.

Video Day #tzaupbeat

St. Vincent went really gay with her new video for Fast Slow Disco.  Mura Masa has a new single and a new video out for Move Me.  Sylvan Esso just released a fan / tour video for Signal, which is always a charming video concept.

Bonus: I’m still a bit smitten with Petit Biscuit, and enjoying his work with Bipolar Sunshine and Cautious Clay for the new Wake Up video.

Poolside (6/23/18)

This was a nice surprise, after having just come back from New Orleans, to run across this great “daytime disco” show at the Grog Shop.  They had such an appealing sound that I called up some friends and had a nice little crowd there.  Their music definitely reflected the name of the band, and I was particularly charmed by their cover of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon (watch the tape!).

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Opening was the difficultly-named DRAMA.  I had no expectations since I couldn’t reasonably find anything on them before the show - and the Ticketfly/Grog website was no help either.  Turns out they’re a great soulful pop duo from Chicago and they have an EP out called Lies After Love on Apple Music if you want to find out more about them.

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Larchmere Porchfest 2018

I’m finding myself taking fewer photos at festivals like this, particularly because it’s better to just be in the moment.  There were plenty of moments to be "in" during this most recent Larchmere Porchfest. Discovering new bands and running into old friends is the best.  If you can do it all while hanging with your dog - bonus.

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

After Porchfest ended, there were several after parties scattered around the area. We ended up stopping into the Academy Tavern and were treated to the perfect table to watch an amazing show being put on by Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.  Superb.

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

Larchmere Porchfest 2018

Article: How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

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I’m always thinking about documenting my process for identifying and experiencing new (and new to me) music on this blog.  I’m fairly confident that it would be more detail & process than most would be willing to read (let alone replicate), so I present this article and it’s reasonable alternatives.  These are in addition to following this blog of course.  🙂

"But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas, taken from Twitter users, my colleagues at Lifehacker’s publisher Gizmodo Media Group, and some of my own habits. Some are obvious, some bizarre, some embarrassing, but they’ve all helped people find their new favorite song, or even their favorite band."

(Via How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like.)