Crazy and the Brains
Imagine: You’re in a chilly punk bar, the kind with band stickers all over the walls, along with a little graffiti, and bike quarter pipes along the back of the room. There’s four-piece punk band on stage whose line-up includes xylophone. The band starts up, and a crowd comes dancing in, some of whom look like they were shipped in from the suburbs. There is a conga line at one point.
This was my cognitive dissonance-inducing introduction to not only Now That’s Class (a nice little venue with good acoustics and a laid-back vibe – easy to see why they received more than one nod in Scene’s most recent “best of” round-up), but also Crazy and the Brains. The audience, who had apparently been priming themselves at the bar for a while, was ready to dance, and CatB supplied just the right soundtrack with their bright, high-energy punk rock. While their originals, like “Birthday Song” and “Saturday Night Live”, were well-received, the most popular song of their set was a scream-along cover of “I Want … Continue reading
Laying low at NTSIB HQ today, but we wanted to remind the locals that the Due Diligence will be hitting Now That’s Class tonight with Crazy and the Brains and Shivering Timbers (whose new album was produced by sound connoisseur Dan Auerbach). The show is at 9 PM and costs a measly 5 bucks. They’re practically giving it away, people!
*The good dudes at Citizen Dick will be hosting a listening party for the new Akron/Family album at Loop Coffee & Records in Tremont tomorrow evening. Check ‘er out.
Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:
The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
- Fri, Jan 7| 9 PM (8 PM door)
15th Annual Rockabilly Holiday
Wolfboy Slim & His Dirty Feets
Steve Brown: Yo Yo Artist Extraordinaire
$10 / $8 w/can of dog or cat food
- Sat, Jan 8| 9 PM (8 PM door)
Ante up Showcase
Ballroom & Tavern | All Ages
- Tue, Jan 11| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
The Dirt Daubers
The Misery Jackals
Tavern | All Ages
- Fri, Jan 7| 8 PM
- Sat, Jan 8| 8 PM
The Modern Electric
Mike Uva & The Bad … Continue reading
Isaac Gillespie may be an evil mastermind. He looks sweet and unassuming, but I think it’s just a clever guise. You see, I listened to the title track from his forthcoming album with the Due Diligence, I Will Wreck Your Life, for the first time on Friday. By Saturday afternoon, I was walking around my apartment, singing the chorus… over and over again. I try to avoid direct comparisons between bands and songs, but “I Will Wreck Your Life” compares favorably to the Felice Brothers’ instant classic “Frankie’s Gun!” in that it is a shambling good time that makes you want to sing along, loudly, about terrible things.
Also featuring players Alex P, Jo Schornikow, Morgan Heringer, Ben Sadock, Colin Fahrner, IWWYL runs the course from twangy (“Antifolk Song”) to slinky (“Uncle Stephen”) and is a delight all-around with lyrics that can be simultaneously sweet and cynical. Here’s the catch: To give this album a physical release, Due Diligence need some help. They have a Kickstarter program to raise money for a vinyl pressing of IWWYL that is … Continue reading