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Music Spotlight: Seafair

Posted on 15th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Formed in the fall of 2012 after combining forces with members of Unsparing Sea, the up-and-coming Seafair is an orchestral six-piece led by the siren song of Chayla Hope that consists of guitars, keys, and unexpected classical touches of cello and violin. Combining the, at times, warbly sea-shany element of the Decemberists, Seafair dabbles in quirky indie-pop seen on “Textbook Holiday” and then seemlessly explorers the cinematic in the darker, noir tones of “72.8%” and in the seductiveness of “Take Me On”.

While they’re busy recording their first EP, Paintings, the band has focused on developing the dynamics of their multi-instrumental live show.  “There’s so many different people doing so many different things it’s hard to focus on one individual person,” says drummer Ryan Kelly. “Everyone else has their own style so they can incorporate that into their live show. People can …

Music Q&A: Army of Infants

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

With a nod to ’90s grunge, Cleveland two-piece Army of Infants is a distorted explosion of garage and blues with surfy tones and a heart of Motown soul. Drummer Jacob Pflanzer and guitarist Jared Welch are currently working on a split tape with the Black Shades to be released in mid-March and have a string of tour dates that includes a performance at this year’s SXSW.

Can you tell us a little about how you got together?

Jacob Pflanzer: We went to high school together and played together off and on through school. It wasn’t until after school when we really kind of started playing shows. The rest just happened.

Not a review goes by without a hat tip to the blues. What’d you grow up listening to and what kind of influences do you draw from when you’re writing?

JP: I …

Music Q&A: Maza Blaska

Posted on 13th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Hailing from Columbus, Maza Blaska’s 2011 debut, Storyteller, was a colorful, jangly excursion of earthy, world-flavored orchestrations. Storyteller was rich in narrative, shrouded in tales of far-off lands and ancient roots that were offset by the rosy pop of their six member multi-instrumental arrangements.

Brite Winter Fest talks to Sam Corlett about how the band got together, performing with their rotating cast of collaborators, and their first time in Cleveland.

Maza Blaska originally formed between you two, Yoni and Sam. How did the rest of the band fall together?

I love remembering how we all came together, there were a lot of great culminating circumstances that led to Maza Blaska forming as a full band.  When Yoni studied abroad in Jerusalem in 2008, he set out
Yoni posted his work on Myspace, where he received a lot of feedback from …

Music Spotlight: Dead Sweaters

Posted on 8th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Creative force behind the Talking Heads and renegade new wave Renaissance man — artist, designer, author, speaker, and filmmaker among the seemingly infinite list — David Byrne said, “As music becomes less of a thing — a cylinder, a cassette, a disc — and more ephemeral, perhaps we will begin to assign an increasing value to live performances again.”

It’s a few weeks into the New Year and Dead Sweaters vocalist and guitarist Will Nolan’s casual mention of his resolution, “to see as much live music as I can, at least once a week,” he says, could easily read like a page of Byrne’s book, How Music Works, which Nolan has just passed between Sweaters drummer Joe Duffy and I as his current required reading.

”It’s kind of like the Bible. Doesn’t it remind you of the Bible?” he laughs — and …

Music Q&A: Ashley Brooke Toussant

Posted on 5th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

A Kent native now transplanted to Cleveland, Ashley Brooke Toussant released her debut full-length, Sweetheart, in 2011. With the backdrop of classic pedal steel guitar and delicate piano, Sweetheart was an angelic, luring Midwestern mix of whimsical Americana storytelling with shades of blue-eyed soul. Toussant plans to record her sophomore album March of this year.

We talked to Ashley Brooke Toussant about her plans for her new album, her love for Patty Griffin and Dusty Springfield, and her classic vintage style.

1.) You recently moved to Cleveland from Kent. How has the transition been? 

I was actually living in my hometown of Canton in between there. It’s been a nice transition. I’ve always enjoyed Cleveland when I’ve visited or played so it’s been great being closer to my favorite spots. We live in University Circle. It’s wonderful being walking distance …

Music Spotlight: Thaddeus Anna Greene

Posted on 30th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

There is a certain adrenaline-fueled mysticism that belongs to the blues alone; it lives on in the songs passed down through legends and in the roots of what we call rock and roll. These stories were penned by freewheelers like Jimmy Reed, whose legacy came in unleashing the blues to the mainstream, and were told in songs like his “Bright Lights, Big City” as it changed hands through history from Reed to the Animals, to Eric Clapton, to the smoky, pulsing version resurrected by Gary Clark Jr.

On the night Thaddeus Anna Greene released Directory of Thieves, he stood in front of the American flag backdrop of Bad Racket Recording Studios and, with a brash grin and gleam in his eyes, chanted the modernized Clark Jr. line in Reed’s classic, “You gonna know my …

Music Spotlight: Matt Hectorne & the Family Tree

Posted on 28th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Hanging around the green room below the Beachland Ballroom, Matt Hectorne seems at his most content talking church music and his Mississippi upbringings when the conversation comes to a halt and a smile breaks behind a grizzly beard. “‘I’ll Fly Away,’” he points upstairs in approval to the Womack Family Band’s psychedelic rendition of the spiritual standard taking place on stage that’s echoing through the floor. In 20 minutes he’ll take the stage himself for the last time with Humble Home. In five months he’ll move to Nashville.

For a boy who grew up in a small suburb of Memphis immersed in a church of country and gospel vintage lore, a Southern homecoming marks the past year as a return to the roots. With a contributing cast of musicians he released two EPs, The Family Tree and Your Light My Dark, …

Music + Art Spotlight: Melissa Olson

Posted on 21st January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Sitting in a busy coffee shop nestled below Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, Melissa Olson is tall and bright-eyed with blonde hair that falls past her shoulders. Even three months after returning to Ohio, she is in essence everything the Beach Boys meant when they said they wish they all could be California girls. Because that’s how we perceive the sun-streaked coastlines personified. And we’ve become so accustomed to the American tales of our own coordinates on the map that sometimes we have to leave first to learn how to truly tell them.

Melissa Olson was in the middle of what would be a three year stint in Fresno, California when a friend passed her a copy of Alternative Press Magazine and, pointing at a picture of the beloved Kent four-piece Annabel, asked if she’d ever heard of this band. Her …

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