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The New Lou Reeds/Herzog/Madame & the Moist Toilettes (Live @ Happy Dog, Cleveland 10/23/10)

Last night, a big crowd packed into the famed Cleveland hot dog establishment for local heroes The New Lou Reeds’ record release show and first show in three years.  For certain reasons, I found myself back in Cleveland for the weekend and decided is was not acceptable for me to miss this show.  I headed over a little bit early to grab a loaded dog before the bands started.  First up was Madame & the Moist Toilettes, a bluesy garage duo with a set full of simple riff-rock anthems that I found quite enjoyable.  Quickly after the end of the Toilettes, my personal favorites Herzog took the stage for the third time ever.  Since the first time I saw them at the Grog Shop, which was also their first time ever playing live, Nick Tolar and his crew have gained a full, big, and confident sound.  They were, without a doubt, arena-ready, like they should opening for Weezer for a few dates.  Their set was scattered with tracks from their debut, Search, and a few new ones.  The highlight was the seamless transition from the alt-rock climax of “Town to Town” immediately into the huge ending of “Static Shock.”  It was especially nice seeing a few faces in the bigger-than-usual crowd singing along to the beginning of “Living Alone,” or the “ooh ooh ooh”s of “Static Shock.”  Herzog finished, but people were demanding more with “one more song” chants, to which Nick answered with, “The New Lou Reeds are playing for the first time in three fucking years!”  After more people crowded into the Dog, The New Lou Reeds anxiously took the stage with little rust on their backs.  They ran threw songs from their new album Hit Songs, as their sleazy blues-rock seemingly answered the prayers of a big group of people, some of which probably saw them three years ago.  Check out videos of Herzog’s “Living Alone,” and The New Lou Reeds’ “Headed For A Felony” after the jump, along with some rockin’ photos.

P.S. I apologize in advance for the low amount of light in the videos and that my camera ran out of battery at the end of “Felony.”

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Phosphorescent/Lowly, The Tree Ghost/Herzog (Live @ Grog Shop, Cleveland OH 8/7/10)

On a night of so many shows going on, it was tough to decide where to go! I finally chose to get myself over to the Grog Shop for the retro-country Phosphorescent, indie-folkers Lowly, The Tree Ghost, and indie rocksters Herzog.  Before I had got there, I expected Fleet Foxes’ member J.Tillman to be opening for Phosphorescent, but learned that his grandfather had just past away, so he jumped off the Cleveland date and Herzog got added.  Although the situation wasn’t ideal, I was really excited to see Herzog perform hheaving downloaded their new album off BandCamp a few weeks ago.  And since Herzog is the one man project of Clevelander Nick Tolar, I think last night could have been his first show with a full band, having Brian and Dan from Megachurch on bass and drums.  When they took the stage, you could tell that Tolar was a bit nervous to play these songs for the first time, but they came out super strong and got a great response from the crowd, especially in 90s throwback indie-rock anthem “Paul Blart And The Death Of Art.”  Shortly after Tolar and his dudes ended their set, six-piece indie-folk group Lowly, The Tree Ghost took the stage.  Ever since they sent me their double-EP booklet a few weeks ago, their songs have been running around my head.  Lowly definitely proved their talent through their lively and warm tracks, above all in their quick country tune “Jeremy Fisher.”  The trump factor for them is definitely their violinist Laura Simna, she stood out like a shining star within the pretty folk tunes.  Acting as a perfect opener for Matthew Houck and his band, Phosphorescent soon after took the stage.  I was plainly exhausted from a full day of driving, and wasn’t feeling too well, so I only said for a few songs.  Houck led off with 9-minute Here’s to Taking it Easy-closer “Los Angeles,” and then preceded with opening track “It’s Hard to Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama).”  Just from watching for about ten-minute, it was easy to tell that Houck has this charismatic stage presence that most people dream of.  And add that with the ultra-retro vibe onstage, from the 50s and 60s era Gibson guitars, to the steel slide guitar.  Right as I was leaving, Phosphorescent broke into “Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly),” which was a bit ironic considering all of their stuff was stolen in New York, but thankfully everything was recovered a few days later.  I brought my camera to the show, but forgot my memory card in my computer so I didn’t get any videos, but the pictures didn’t turn out so bad (thanks internal memory).  I’ll update this post later with a few from KingOfTheCastle7’sYoutube channel, as he was there taking video of everything.

Phosphorescent MySpace
Lowly, The Tree Ghost MySpace
Herzog MySpace

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Bear In Heaven/Emeralds/Twin Sister (Live @ Grog Shop, Cleveland OH 8/2/10)


Soft-poppers Twin Sister, Cleveland drone kings Emeralds, and heavy psych-pop trio Bear In Heaven took the stage at the Grog Shop for a surprisingly filled Monday night show.  Twin Sister went on around ten, and definitely showed some bright talent, but their biggest obstacle was captivating the crowd…they never did. They go for this elegant pop sound which sounds beautiful, but it left many people thinking they were pretty boring. Emeralds went up next and destroyed the stage for 35+ minutes straight, starting off with “Genetic” and transitioning to other Does It Look Like I’m Here? tracks within the gorgeous mess.    Bear In Heaven walked on stage last and slammed into Beast Rest Forth Mouth opener “Beast In Peace,” followed by “Ultimate Satisfaction.”  They best part of their set was no doubt the mega-foggy epic “Dust Cloud,” where they proved that three men can be a tornado of noise under frontman Jon Philpot’s haunting voice.  It was pretty nice to see them all smiling, with Philpot addressing the crowd about how fucking jawdropping Emeralds was, and after a long wait between songs saying, “Sorry, we’ve having fun!”  That just about summed up the night, people were dancing and drinking to their oil-thick psychedelia, and it was all about having fun.  Bear In Heaven are going to heading over to Europe for a ton of dates (check their MySpace), and Twin Sister will be touring the US with Memoryhouse.  Hit the jump for some pretty cool photos!

P.S. I saw Emeralds a few weeks ago and captured a pretty good video of the first ten minutes of their set. Watch it here!

Bear In Heaven MySpace
Twin Sister Website

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Black Mountain/Quest For Fire (Live @ Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH 7/24/10)

I would hope that every Cleveland stoner made their way to the Beachland Ballroom for this psychedelic riff fest, cause they really would’ve gotten their money’s worth. Black Mountain and Quest For Fire teamed up for a show that would result in sore necks and throbbing heads the day after. Quest For Fire hit the stage first and in my honest opinion, they absolutely ruled. I had a few beers to help me, but I was digging it real hard. They stormed through “Bison Eyes” and “Strange Waves” from their self-titled debut, and played a bunch of new songs from their upcoming album, Lights From Paradise. Near the end of their set, the ballroom started to fill. It was somewhat surprising, considering Akron blues kings, The Black Keys, were playing a big sold-out show across town. Black Mountain took the stage and began softly with a new song, “Radiant Hearts”, from their upcoming Jagjaguwar album Wilderness Hearts, and then bashed into the title track for the new album. Since seeing them at the Grog Shop a couple years ago, not too much as change. The guitars are sludgy, the drums explosive, the organs sly, and the vocal combination of Stephen McBean and Amber Weber was both sexual and harsh. The highlight of their set was In The Future epic, “Tyrants,” which they quickly followed with new song “Old Fangs”, which can be downloaded below.  About half-way through their set, a few chuckling comments were yelled out from the excited Cleveland crowd like, “Cleveland loves your keyboardist!” and the best one “We love Black Mountain more than the Black Keys!”  That pretty much sailed everyone into a big giggle, including a few rare smiles from the band.  After the insane amount of head-banging I did in closer “Don’t Run Our Hearts Around,” Black Mountain left the stage only to return for a three song encore including “Queens Will Play” and  In The Future opener “Stormy High.”  Overall, it was definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen this summer and I believe the crowd would wholeheartedly agree.  Hit the jump for some pretty cool photos, if you ask me, and videos of Black Mountain’s “Tyrants” and “Old Fangs”, and Quest For Fire’s “Bison Eyes,” as well as the setlist.   And by the way, it was feeling like a black-and-white show.

// “Old Fangs” \\

Black Mountain MySpace
Quest For Fire MySpace

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Cloud Nothings/Megachurch/Mr. Gnome (Live @ Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH 6/11/10)

The rise of Cloud Nothings has almost been a blur, starting with Dylan Baldi sending a few tracks to some friends, to Pitchfork and Stereogum covering his every move, and now an upcoming tour with Wavves.  Somewhat of a send-off show, Cloud Nothings played the Beachland Ballroom (not the Tavern) for the first time opening for bass-orgy Megachurch and the obscure Mr. Gnome.  Cloud Nothings were up first with a good amount of people looking on.  They opened with a new song, which I caught on video, and then quickly flew into Turning On opener “Can’t Stay Awake”.  Having only seen them a few times, they still impress me how good they can be on stage.  They manage to be fun, tight, and insanely talented at the same time.  My favorite songs in their set were the ones on their new 7″ from Old Flame Records, “Didn’t You” and “Even If It Worked Out”, which are competing against eachother for best pop song in 2010.  After an 8-song setlist (which you can see after the jump), they turned the reigns over to bass-band Megachurch.  I had been hearing about Megachurch quite a lot but had never seen them in concert or heard any of their music.  They set up in the middle of the ballroom floor much like Lightning Bolt (who they will also be opening for in July).  I feel like the video I caught of them will describe it better, but its basically two guys on bass and one dude on drums playing insanely heavy and loud metal alongside evangelical and political samples.  The formula might sound stupid or strange, but it works so so so well that at some points, you just kind of smile cause its so ridiculously good.  I kind of wandered around and talked with people after Megachurch, but I caught some of the cult-band Mr. Gnome.  I really couldn’t get a solid read on them, as they went from a scary drone to a blues jam.  Check out a bunch of Cloud Nothings videos and pictures as well as a video of Megachurch.

Cloud Nothings MySpace
Megachurch MySpace
Mr. Gnome MySpace

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Surfer Blood/Hooray For Earth (Live @ Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH 6/6/10)

Over the past year or so, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have easily been one of my favorite bands if not my favorite pop band.  I got to see them in concert last year at the Pitchfork Music Festival, which turned out to be a super joyous event for the big crowd.  And earlier this year, I drove down to Bloomington, IN to see my newer pop favs Surfer Blood bump out tunes from their album, Astrocoast.  So it was completely natural that I get freakishly excited when I saw Pains and Surfer Blood were gonna be hitting Cleveland together.  I went over to the show with a bunch of friends, who were also with me at Pitchfork, including James from Shock Mountain.  First up was NYC band Hooray For Earth, whom I really hadn’t heard much of.  I checked em out the day of the show, and one of their tracks, “Comfortable, Comparable”, stuck with me (and still has).  I showed up a little bit late for the show, but just in time for their set.  Their set was very much dance-ready, but no one in the ballroom was dancing, but I got my groove on anyway!  Surfer Blood was next, and they had high hopes for me after their show in Bloomington was a good one.  While they played very well, I will say that their frontman was acting quite strange, like he had just had his first beer (which wouldn’t be surprising at all!).  They seemed almost overly confident, which doesn’t work for them cause their teenage innocence plays a big part of that band.  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart set up, and quickly began their set with “This Love Is Fucking Right”.  The mega-poppiness they were playing was too much to not smile.  During a break in between songs, vocalist/guitarist Kip Berman told everyone how all of their songs are about creepy things, sex, or creepy sex, and then promptly jumped into “Come Saturday”.  Berman also talked about jumping into a neighboring Pavement argument, the art of icing, and also gave shout-outs to Music Saves, Star Pop and Tom from Afternoon Naps.  Once they finished their set with “Everything With You”, they left the stage and returned with a bigger cast including members of Surfer Blood and Hooray For Earth as they played their early self-titled track, “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart”.  It was clearly evident that everyone on stage was having a great time, and they genuinely shared a bond beyond just touring together.  All of this general happiness flooded the crowd, as no one wanted to leave after they had finished.  I talked to a bunch of the members from all the bands, including Kip Berman who had nothing but good things to say about Cleveland!  Hit the jump for a ton of photos, and videos of Surfer Blood’s “Take It Easy” and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s “Young Adult Friction” and “Higher Than The Stars”, and their setlist!

P.S. Check out James’ write-up on the show right here!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart MySpace
Surfer Blood MySpace
Hooray For Earth

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Holy Fuck (Live @ Grog Shop, Cleveland OH 6/1/10)

Almost exactly a year after their show in 2009, Holy Fuck returned to the Grog Shop with their experimental electro-rock. Last year’s show was probably one of my favorite summer shows, with a diverse crowd that went from head-nodding to all-out dancing in very little time. This years show had much more drive behind it, with Holy Fuck having just released their third album, Latin, and touring the U.S. nonstop. The show was much more crowded than I would’ve imagine, and the crowd was especially strange from what I could tell. But I found a nice spot on the side stage leaning against a speaker, and had a great vantage point for the whole show. Their newest addition to their show were this lights on the floor that were linked up to the soundboard, so during their loudest parts the lights would be madness. Their setlist included songs from their self-titled (“Super Inuit”, “Lovely Allen”, “The Pulse”), Latin (“1MD”, “Red Lights”, “Latin America”, “Stay Lit”, “Silva & Grimes”). The biggest surprises for me was how arena-rock ready they sounded on “Stay Lit”, and how they pulled out “The Pulse” near the end of their set. I got a video of Latin‘s opening track “1MD”, leading into funky jam “Red Lights”, and check out some of the photos. Most of them are pretty blurry, but they actually captured the show pretty well. Jump for videos of “Super Inuit” and “1MD/Red Lights” and a bunch of photos.

Holy Fuck MySpace

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