Today is the first day in a series of shows that Cleveland’s own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be putting on as part of their Summer in the City event! It kicks off with the Carolina Chocolate Drops with openers the Lighthouse and the Whaler, but expect me to be there next week for Free Energy! And then for the Modern Electric opening for Deer Tick on August 11th, and Megachurch for Trans Am on the 18th! The best part about these shows…THEY’RE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just show up, and enjoy some sweet music! I saw Akron/Family when they were a part of this last year, and it was so so so rad. All shows start at 7pm, and just to let you know, they will start right at 7pm! So see y’all there!
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
Mr. Gnome MySpace
Videos and Photos