Thursday: Elephant Stone, from Montreal

9 11 2010

 

Elephant Stone from Montreal, this Thursday.

Lovers of that delicious and lysergic mash, gobbled by those who hunger for pop and psychedelia, sizzling in their brains like electric fizzy candy? Look no further than this Thursday’s show with Montreal dudes Elephant Stone, named aftera great tune written by Brit Pop giants, The Stone Roses.

From Here We Go Sublime writes in a piece dating back to last year:

SITAR – a hippie’s instrument of choice usually comes off as pretty cheesy in most instances. However, Elephant Stone is an exception. Hailing from Montreal, Elephant Stone is one of the better psychedelic bands of the recent years. They are relatively unknown but the recent nomination for 2009 Polaris Music Prize should definitely help them to gain some publicity….Rishi Dhir who fronts the band has also done some sitar work on the last Black Angels album titled “Directions To See A Ghost”. Check out Rishi’s amazing sitar work on the track “Dee-Ree-Shee”:

Rishi once played in The High Dials, a band whose sound gained affection from not only the Beachland, but from the programmers at Little Steven’s Underground Garage.  Rishi, a swell guy if you’ve ever met one, plays a variety of instruments in this band, but as the blurb above says, he rocks the sitar. His untraditional approach  lays to rest stereotypes of Indians being incapable of ROCK ACTION. Then again, everything lays rest to rock action when you run it through an amp, loudly.

Here’s “Alap”, from The Glass Box EP, by Elephant Stone:

Opening this show are Cleveland favorites Chief Bromide and Hastings Refrigerator Company.

EAS





Sunday, Pierced Arrows; Monday, Farmer’s Market; an open call for art

1 10 2010

Scarcity of Tanks, opening for Pierced Arrows, Sunday October 3

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.  ~Mark Twain

Somewhere within the guts, veins, and bone of rock n’ roll, there exist the urge to stave off death.  Rock n’ roll wants to steal that withering scythe and its shadowy cloak in order to wave away the smoke of total finality. This is pagan stuff: devouring your enemies, or consuming that which you seek to become, in order to provide the gift of life everlasting.  Maybe that’s why Pierced Arrows’ Fred Cole looks not unlike a wizard with his now-legendary garage-punk trio, Pierced Arrows.

Pierced Arrows is an offshoot of gnarly old Dead Moon, a trio consisting of Cole, his wife Tootie on bass, and drummer Andrew Loomis.  They sounded like Buffalo Springfield far too gone on speed and peyote, listening to Aussie punk records; they raged with a passion that stretched beyond any technical aspects.  Drums could be off, guitar strings might snap, and the sound could be a shambles, but Dead Moon kept rockin’, railing against the dying of the light:

“Let It Rain”, Pierced Arrows

“Paranoia”, Pierced Arrows
(complements of BrooklynVegan.com)

This Sunday night, Pierced Arrows plays with other vets rattled by rock over the years: Scarcity of Tanks have been toiling collectively and individually over the decades.  Vocalist Matt Wascovich got a late start assembling and fronting a band, but fortunately has fallen in with such talented cronies as (for this gig): drummer Scott Pickering , bluesman Ted Flynn, and bass monster Jeff Deasy.  Between touring, garnering lovely press in Signal To Noise and LA Weekly, SOT’s managed to squeeze out a new record, Bleed Now, out on Parisian label Textile Records.  Here’s a bit of their SST-meets-CLE vibe:

Also on this Sunday night bill are the most excellent Exploding Lies. Getcher tix NOW, friends.

Arts Collinwood, complements of cleveland.com

In other Beachland-related news, our friends at Arts Collinwood are submitting an open call for art and ‘art happenings’ that utilize their entire space in a non-traditional way. Guidelines are that artists must set the work up themselves, and provide your own materials. The work must also be semi permanent, or performance based.  Art happenings must also occur during the Arts Collinwood Cafe’s operating hours, which are Tues – Sat 11am – 11pm, and Sundays 11 – 10pm.  These events, installations and performances start Friday, October 8th, and run until the end of the year.

Painters, sculptors, dancers, multi-media artists, and any mad innovators are encouraged to participate.  The proposals are piling in, however, and available time/space is limited! Submit your proposal to r.washington@artscollinwood.org, or contact Arts Collinwood at 216.692.9500.

Coit Road Farmers' Market, complements of tiscleveland.com

And for all you foodies, urban farmers, and hungry types: The Coit Road Farmers’ Market presents The Taste Of Autumn 2010 Benefit: Monday, October 4, 6 – 9 pm, at the Beachland Ballroom.  Hosted by Cleveland TV celebrity Fred Griffith, you’ll taste the harvest from local farmers prepared for you by ten local chefs including Bistro 185, Greenhouse Tavern, Grovewood Tavern, Angela-Mia Pizza, Go Bistro,  Umami and private chef Eric Wells. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction and an awards presentation recognizing Market supporters past and present.

Tickets and directions are available at the Beachland Ballroom by calling 216-383-1124. You can also buy tickets for $35 at the Coit Road Farmers’ Market or online at http://www.coitmarket.org.  For more information, contact Kevin Scheuring 216-531-3230 or 216-249-5455 during market hours.

EAS

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This Week, Part One: Menomena, Watson Twins, Basia Bulat

27 09 2010

"Poor Payton Hillis" (to the tune of "Poor Professor Higgins")

Feeling the near-October chill, Cleveland? Or do the Browns have you frozen with disappointment? Well, we’ve got something hot for you tonight, which is Monday, September 27th: Portland, Oregon’s art-rock trio Menomena, who don’t exactly tour the Midwest as frequently as we’d like, return to the Beachland tonight. Their riffs, grooves and tunes are how this dude keeps warm:


Watson Twins and Laura Veirs, this Tuesday

Substantially less hairy and more sultry are the Watson Twins, who play this Tuesday, September 28th, in the Tavern (tickets still available!). Compliments of our ‘friends’ at CBS, here the girls play the neo-60s “The Devil In You”:

Please leave your Watson Twins fantasies, marriage proposals, and shattered hopes of true rock n’ roll romance. On the other hand, if it helps you buy some of our beer, each and every one of our Beachland bar staff is well-trained in, er, alcohol counseling.

While we’re on the subject of ladies who rock, let’s forward to Canadian Basia Bulat, who performs here on Wednesday in support of her new album, Heart of My Own. Hear some of  her beautifully lonesome Northern tunes, evocative of changing leaves, tumbling gray clouds, and burning hearts on CBC Radio. Thanks, Canadia!

Basia Bulat, singer/songwriter, Canadian

Not only does Bulat have that tremulous voice, rich with Celtic romanticism, but she plays a mean autoharp. Yes, autoharp, that ancient instrument about which Bulat says, “You can kinda go anywhere with it, and there’s not really a lot of rules”.  Autoharps are relatively cheap, easy to play, and fun for everyone from wee ones to grandmas.  Here, Basia gives us a cheery primer on this multi-stringed wonder:

Basia, her voice, her band, her autoharp, and her totally fantastic hair will be here on September 29th. She’ll be performing with The Acorn (not to be mistaken as the nickname for our sister city 40 minutes south), and CLE kids The Modern Electric.

EAS





Spotlight on Danish band Efterklang

8 09 2010

Efterklang, September 9 @ Beachland

This time ’round on the Beachland blog, we hail the lovely sound of Danish collective Efterklang, who’ll play the Beachland Thursday, September 9th. Eftkerklang’s exotic but thoughtful compositions are pretty but capable of laid-back fun, always willing to take a walk in the Metroparks and on the Lake Erie shorelines, but also up for a glamorous night out painting the town red.  Efterklang keeps itself in shape, but also doesn’t mind binging on beers and a good cookout!  Efterklang’s looking for someone cool to hang out with–no headcases, please–between 21 – 35 years of age…ah, we’ve been on Chemistry.com too much of late, haven’t we?

Learn more about this band in this great Aurgasm interview.

Let’s take the time to also talk about Denmark and showcase its capital, Copenhagen, which also happens to be Efterklang’s home.

1. Copenhagen is home to the world-famous music Roskilde festival, one of Europe’s biggest.  Last year’s festival features such headliners as The Pet Shop Boys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grace Jones.

Tivoli Gardens at night

Image by Jamie Barras via Flickr

2. It’s also home to the famed Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park.

3. You can rent bikes in Copenhagen for free. Take that, gas-guzzling America!

4.Fueling up your bike trip, chow down on pølser (Danish hot dogs, essentially). If you choose dinner instead, you could have every kind of pickled herring dish imaginable–the Danes love this stuff–and complement it with beloved potato and bacon dish, Brændende kærlighed, which for all you Elvis fans, translates into “burning love”.


polser, the danish hot dog

5. Danes are pretty strict about obeying traffic lights. So should you jaywalk, they might think that you “træde i spinaten” (literally ‘trod on the spinach’, i.e. made a mistake) or even that you have “rotter på loftet” (‘rats in the attic’, which translates roughly into ‘crazy’)

6. If you just can’t get enough of Danes, check out this Danish Fun Fact Twitter Feed, where you might learn about sports like bunny hopping:

Oh, and they also love curling. They REALLY love curling:

Also on this bill–brought to you by our friends at the Grog Shop–is the wondefully noisy and unpredictable guitar duo of Buke and Gass, and Cleveland fave Leia Alligator’s Music Box.

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Big Shows Coming Up: Ozomatli, Shellac, Breeders

20 08 2010

Though these shows are a couple weeks away, we simply must tell you about these real gems.  We’re letting you know that each of these is a potential sell-out–so act fast, and grab your tickets via the Beachland website, or call the club at 216-383-1124.

Ozomatli, Sunday August 29th

Sunday, August 29th – Yeah, we know it’s a Sunday. But where else you gonna get this much Latin rock n’ funk. It’s gonna fill your soul like arroz y habichuelas, alcapurrias, empanadas, y mas.  Come down to the Beachland on August 29th and get nourished by the flavorful soul of Ozomatli, a multi-racial band that can seemlessly move from funk, rock, hip hop, to acumbia / salsa / reggaeton matched by very few bands in our hemisphere.  These cats bounce with G-Funk LA prowess, roll like Parliament, bring it like Fishbone, and leave no musical stone unturned in search of The Total Summertime Party.

“Elysian Persuasion” off their latest, Fire Away, as performed on the George Lopez Show:

“La Gallina” from their breakthrough record, Don’t Mess With The Dragon. For all you hip urban farmers out there:

To commemorate this exciting show, the Beachland’s offering a live digital recording of show for the first 50 ticket buyers.  Call 216-383-1124 for details on that one.  Furthermore, paying $35 at the door not only gets you a ticket, but an Ozomatli messenger bag, a copy of Fire Away, and various other goodies like stickers and a bandana. Consider that a DEAL.

Warming you up before Ozomatli’s set is an Ozo Tailgate party, complete with a Tropical BBQ and tunes by DJ Felix from TropicalCleveland.com.  This outdoor feast starts at 6 pm; the concert starts at 8 pm.  It’s all been brought to you by the Beachland, Clamato (good for bloody marys, and hangovers!), Brazilian restaurant Sergio’s Saravá, non-profit arts education group Passport Project, and Latin entertainment company TropicalCleveland.com.


Shellac, September 1

Shellac, September 1 / Breeders, September 2 – Flip from Ozomatli’s bounce to a two-night 90s underground buzz with a two-night stretch highlighting some of the nastiest and the nicest of that era in rock.

No one, for the last rocks quite like Shellac. Classic rock and punk riffs are stripped down to a true ‘heavy metal’ essence; that is, electric bass and guitar are made to sound probably akin to drywall saws, instead of the creamy, thick sound we’re all so familiar with.   Albini shouts, whispers and cajoles like an irritated PBS narrator; meanwhile, drummer Todd Trainor anchors this mechanical reimagining of rock with big, propulsive drumming.

Here’s the band, live in Serbia, playing their not-quite hit single, “Steady As She Goes”. Don’t think for a minute they don’t know this song’s main riff is mere notes away from Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”:

On the flip side, we have one of the many bands Shellac’s Steve Albini’s recorded throughout his career as recording engineer: The Breeders, still featuring the Deal Sisters (Kelly, and Kim, who played in some one-off band called The Pixies).

Yeah, you’ve heard this one on the radio before:

And here’s what the Deals have been up to. Here’s a tune from their latest, Fate To Fatal:

The Breeders are irrepressible live–it’s like your stoner punk rock aunts and their best friends, crashing your party.  Other good friends will be celebrating that night as well; pro-Cleveland pals The Founding Fathers–currently one of CLE’s most beloved bands–will be performing after the Breeders in the Tavern.  And if you get there early–as you should–we’ll be having food and drink specials in the Tavern before the Breeders show, with special hosts, DJs like Pat the Producer from 92.3 FM’s Inner Sanctum.

Need tickets? Get thee to www.beachlandballroom.com





Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers this Wednesday, 1 / 20

19 01 2010

While Cleveland in January is wet, cold, and clammy, we here at the Beachland are pleased to present you music filled with sweet sweat and the howl of heat. And hey! There’s a harmonium involved, too. Which is not the name of a character from a Dr. Seuss book.

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers arrive this Wednesday, January 20th with a load of ancient musical magic.  The threads of timeless blues and folk shoot through the thumping grooves of this Brooklyn four-piece; even more antiquated and less common is the presence of the curious reed instrument often used in Indian music:

Those with wide-open ears might recognize the sound of this device– not unlike an accordion with a cold–in the spiritual qawwali music of Pakistani Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

In the decidedly more corroded and fleshly music of Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers, the harmonium wheezes through burly drums and guitars, and moans along with Ray’s voice, itself a thing that doesn’t look like it should be coming from her small body.

AUDIO:

Filthy and Free“, Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers
“What the F*ck Was I Thinking?”

Her gale-force fierceness, combined with her f*ck-all attitude, brings to mind other rockers such as Patti Smith, Exene Cervenka, PJ Harvey, and even Poly Styrene.  Ray’s got just enough performance art technique lying in her bones, a husky dissonance in her voice, and a venomous sense of humor that starts with herself and splatters on the crowd.  As you can see from the photo atop this blog, much has been made of Ray’s crazy / sexy persona in a live setting.  That doesn’t seem to be the result of forced coquetry; rather, she’s just a girl getting her freak on, doing her own thing.  Which to some, to paraphrase Devo, might be the girl you want.

Opening are locals Chief Bromide and the Formula.  For time and tickets, go to www.beachlandballroom.com.

EAS

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Beachland Weekend, Cleveland-style

13 01 2010

  

In this ish of the Beachland blog, we keep up with the compliments, following from our New Year’s series of posts regarding the upcoming 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Submitted by you, the public:  

As some of the others who have posted about their experiences, it’s very difficult to pick the best musical moment from my many visits to the Beachland.   I have never been truly disappointed with any show; I’ve always heard (or seen) something that made the trip worthwhile; sometimes it was an opening band that I had never heard, other times it was some of the, well, interesting people in the audience.  

One such moment does stand out- several of us went to the Tavern to see Rosie Flores and Katy Moffatt.  It was one of the rare two shows in one night bills.  Rosie and Katy were great (the shots of tequila we did with Rosie didn’t hurt that impression).   The second show was Chuck Prophet.  I was vaguely aware of Chuck from Green on Red, but was not familiar with any of his solo work.  Our original intent was to leave after the first show, since I believe it was a weekday, and we also thought we might have to pay for the second show.  When it became apparent that we were not going to get kicked out before Chuck came on, and seeing that he had a full band, along with a funky microphone from what looked like the 1940’s in addition to the more typical gear, we decided to stay.
What a revelation.  There is nothing like seeing a live act for the first time that is able to rise above the listeners’ unfamiliarity with his songs, and yet immediately get them over in a memorable way.  The band was tight, Chuck was engaging, and the songs were fantastic.  We stumbled out at the end of the night commenting about how it was just another example of the Beachland magic.  

I’ve been a believer in the redemptive power of live music since seeing Eli Radish in the front of a Chesterland shopping plaza at the age of 12.   I’ve never stopped going to shows, but there was a bleak period of time in Cleveland for roots music after the original Wilbert’s closed and the Beachland’s opening.  It is without question my favorite place to see live music, and I’ve been fortunate enough to go to plenty, both here in Cleveland and in other cities across the country.  

Since you are reading this, you are probably already a fan of the Beachland.  Make it your New Year’s resolution to drag some friends out to see some live music-you know who I’m referring to, the people who were once into music, but just can’t find the time or energy to get out to shows anymore.  I guarantee they will thank you later.   The Beachland and the other live venues in town are as worthy of our support as the other cultural institutions in our city- the museums, orchestra and theaters, all of which get more attention and public funding.  And, I would argue, the support of venues like the Beachland is more important to the 20 to 35 year-olds that this region desperately needs to retain, and to attract.
So, step out with your buds, and feel the redemptive body and soul experience of live music.  Music Saves, indeed.  God bless Cindy and Mark-here’s to another 10 years!  

Vince Slusarz, Gotta Groove Records 


 

There are SO many musicians who deliver an absolutely transformative experience on your stage, but hands-down, my personal favorite was:
 
Nick Lowe (acoustic)–It was in the ballroom, but it felt so intimate…like he was in a living room, singing to you, only.  And he has such an ease with a guitar in his hands…he is truly a master of his craft.
 
Runner up is Greg Cartwright.  No matter what he’s belting out, he really makes you feel it, too 

Karen Downie


Railroad Earth just sounds so wonderful in the Beachland Ballroom. I just love the venue. Great acoustics and all. But then of course I would love Railroad Earth if they were playing under a bridge. 

Mary Lynn Pirtz


 

Tonight, we’ve got one of our favorites, Alejandro Escovedo, who you might’ve read about on this very blog.   This Thursday, we’ve got the feisty pop of Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, written about in Scene Magazine, and who’ve been in steady rotation on new Cleveland radio station 107.3 The Boom.  

Saturday’s a soul session, celebrating the birthday of Beachland co-owner Mark Leddy, with noisy blues breakers The Bassholes and northern soul colossus Melvin Davis.  Don’t be afraid of the dance floor, friends.  

 Pro-Cleveland blogger Cleveland Bachelor has helped us push this Sunday’s upcoming Rural Alberta Advantage / Buried Wires / The Octagon show, which you can read about HERE.  

As Bryan Ferry once crooned, “Don’t stop the dance”: even the coiffed and laquered Mr. Ferry might have to cut a rug at this Sunday’s Beachland Polka Brunch!  Co –sponsored by The Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame, the price of admission also includes a delicious brunch and a free polka dance lesson by world dance champion Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing.  Polka’s a family affair, so grab the crew for a twirl and a tipple:  

EAS