Notable shows in the greater Cleveland area & why you should be in Akron tonight

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Fri, Mar 5| 9 PM (8 PM door)
    Beachland 10th Anniversary Weekend!
    Pere Ubu
    The Modern Dance Album will be performed in its entirety! / Short Rabbits
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Fri, Mar 5| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Beachland 10th Anniversary Weekend
    This Moment in Black History
    Sun God
    Record Release Party!
    Tavern | All Ages

The Grog Shop

  • Thurs, Mar 4|9 PM
    Split Lip Rayfield
    Not So Good Ol Boys
    $10 adv / $12 dos


  • Sat, Feb 27|8 PM
    mr. Gnome
    If These Trees Could Talk
    Simeon Soul Charger

House of Blues

  • Sat, Feb 27|8 PM
    The Avett Brothers
    The Low Anthem

If you need convincing that you should go check out mr. Gnome (either tonight in Akron or on their spring tour), check out this feature clip from Venus Zine.


(I’ll be missing out because I’ve had tickets for the Avett Brothers show for about two months now, but I’ll be catching Nicole & … Continue reading

Bits: Twilight Singers in the studio, mr. Gnome tours, behind-the-scenes with Gil Scott-Heron, Bowerbirds video

  • Spin has a mini Q&A; with Greg Dulli, who is currently shaping up the next Twilight Singers album.
  • mr. Gnome go back on the road at the end of next month (with a warm-up gig in Akron this Saturday), and they promise a “b-side 7″ vinyl/digital very soon.”
  • Pitchfork has an 11-minute docu-vid on the making of Gil Scott-Heron’s magnificent album, I’m New Here, up until the end of the week. (Incidentally, I learned about the album when the Twilight Singers posted the video for “Me and the Devil” on their Facebook back in January.)
  • You can watch the Bowerbirds be adorable, nature-loving hippies in their brand new video for “Northern Lights” below.

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mr. Gnome: I Can See My Soul from Here

This is a good example of why I try to avoid saying “Artist X sounds like Artist Z” – aside from the fact that I have found many of those sorts of comparisons can project the wrong idea into a reader’s mind depending upon their relationship with Artist Z’s work – I would have to use three or four different artists to describe the sound of Cleveland duo mr. Gnome. Just within one song. Moving from gauzy dreamscapes to razor-sharp nightmares, sometimes within seconds of each other, mr. Gnome is the sort of band whose willingness to experiment with sound and whose ability to pull it off with confidence makes me proud to be a fellow Clevelander.

A couple of things you should know before listening to mr. Gnome: Nicole Barille will crush your head with her guitar. And if she can’t finish the job, Sam Meister will be right in to beat the pulp to liquid. But then they’ll sing a pretty lullaby and smile down at you just before you pass out.

Yes, Barille’s voice can sound childlike and pixieish (something … Continue reading