Last night, I went to The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH to see a show there. It featured noise rock band, Lightning Bolt, noise artist Aaron Dilloway and rapper Beans. When I got to the venue, I was 30 minutes early so I waited at a Chipotle indoors since it was raining out. They wouldn’t allow people into the venue until 20-25 minutes after the doors were supposed to open at 8PM. The first act, Beans who is a New York rapper was pretty good. I haven’t heard anything from him and some people seemed to enjoy him in the crowd. Aaron Dilloway, a noise artist from Michigan and now residing in Oberlin, OH uses 8-track tape loops to make his music. His performance was pretty good and I’ve heard his latest 2017 album titled The Gag File. Noise rock group, Lightning Bolt were the last act and the energy that the venue had was immense. Drummer and vocalist, Brian Chippendale’s performance was incredible and that has been the best drumming that I’ve seen live.
Overall it was a really great night and it reminded me of how great live music and concerts can be.
Paramore released their 7th studio album, After Laughter May 12th, 2017 through the record label Fueled By Ramen. In this album, Paramore displays an array of 80’s new wave and synth pop, which gives it a groovy feeling yet the lyrics aren’t ones to feel happy to. The chorus to the opening track, Hard Times goes as follows:
(Hard times) Gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
This shows that no matter how rough things go in Hayley’s life, she tries her best to overcome it and deal with it. In the next song, Rose-Colored Boy Hayley goes into detail about a happy, go lucky guy (the rose-colored boy in this case) and explains that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, when you can’t force yourself to be happy.
(Rose-Colored Boy chorus)
Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain’t gon’ smile if I don’t want to
Hey man, we all can’t be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy
This album helps me understand Hayley’s frustration with her mental health and that it’s not easy to just overcome like that. I highly suggest giving this a listen.
This is a pretty decent debut album for the indie rock band, Franz Ferdinand. I’m reminded of a less glitzy version of Is This It by The Strokes and most of this band’s discography isn’t that special, it’s decent. Jacqueline, Take Me Out, Cheating On You and Michael are the only songs which I feel myself getting into.
This album gets a 3/5 from me.
Detroit native, Anna Burch delivers an intriguing debut album, Quit The Curse. Tackling themes like uncertainty
, loneliness and trying to look forward to the future while thinking of the past. It seems like a letter to a reacquainted lover and it’s decent. The guitar riffs are catchy, with a mellow touch to them. It’s an indie rock album with elements of country added in. I can’t wait to hear what’s on her next album in the future.
I don’t listen to much prog rock, but I decided to give this a listen by Dream Theater. I’m impressed by how cinematic and adventurous this album is. I should start diving more into the genre to find gems similar to this.
Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit that consists of the sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg deliver an emotional performance and I’m impressed by how beautiful the production is and how each of their voices are. I enjoyed the bit of country tone added to the album as well. This sounds like something my mom would enjoy, and I’d suggest it to her.
I gave Written At Night by Staten Island native, Uncommon Nasa a full listen and I’m impressed by how well this guy’s flow is. The people he has on to be collabs with him have pretty great chemistry in each song. I can see this guy going places.