On Thursday, October 11 at 10 pm, Underground System Afrobeat will bring their Brooklyn-ized stamp on the classic afrobeat style to the ‘Sco. An 11-piece ensemble led by trilingual frontwoman Domenica Fossati (vocals, flute, percussion), the band packs a ton of energy into their performances and is sure to turn the Sco into an all-around get-down. The show is free and open to the public.
I went to Cleveland for the second time, Friday. There was rap and more rap and more rap at the House of Blues. It was a new experience; I had never been to a rap show before. But I really like Danny Brown. A$AP Rocky, with Schoolboy Q, headlined the show, which was fine, excitable even, but Danny Brown was my motivation. He opened, went on at 8:00 and was backstage with a 40 before 9:00. The set was short, but Danny Brown played what you needed to hear, maybe not as his fan, but as someone who wanted good music.
Danny Brown is unique to his genre of music; he once claimed 50 Cent refused to sign him to G-Unit Records because he wears skinny jeans. I believe him. He doesn’t look like a rapper, but he is, no question about it. Every song he performed at the House of Blues exuded arrogance, every line ego, and everyone loved it. Although the crowd was initially sparse, Danny filled the void with energy, playing favorites such as “Monopoly” and “I Will” as the crowd grew and closed in around him. When the audience was ready, Danny finished with “Blunt After Blunt.” Everyone knew it would be his closer, but yet it was still unexpected. He snarled and wailed his way through the song, pausing only to allow the crowd the option to fill the chorus. We did; everyone screamed until they couldn’t, gathering air while he rapped another verse, waiting to unleash another Blunt After Blunt.
As Danny Brown finished, and as Schoolboy Q began to set up, there was a short intermission, with the majority of the crowd filed outside for a quick cigarette. Although everyone eagerly awaited the show’s continuation, Danny Brown’s performance had clearly captivated the audience. You could feel it. I met this guy from Florida who articulated it best, claiming “I came for A$AP. I didn’t know who Danny Brown was, but, yo, that motherfucker was sick.” And as people smoked cigarettes, Danny Brown really was the only thing worth talking about.
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Another week, another batch of new music sent to the WOBC station. We heard the good, the bad, and the excruciating! Here’s our favorites of the bunch.
Animal Collective // Centipede HZ:
This new album has a more cohesive feel than Animal Collective’s previous productions. It tends more towards a consistent (at times almost dance) beat, toning down the trippy, constant shifts in melody that used to be essential to much of Animal Collective’s music.
Tame Impala // Lonerism:
Spectacular second album from the genius mind of Kevin Parker, the man behind Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala. More spaced out, psychedelic and layered than their debut Innerspeaker, Lonerism gets comfortable with more poppier songs and structures, while still showcasing gorgeous and unique sounds and textures that you can seldom here anywhere else in popular indie music today.
The Mountain Goats // Transcendental Youth:
A full horn section compliments John Darnielle’s storytelling in the newest album from The Mountain Goats. The songs are polished but still have JD’s signature nasally, emotional, frantic crooning that we all love. It’s their best in a while.
Yes, it is October- not quite the beginning of the academic year, not too close to winter, but the remaining obstacle between us and fall break. The change in the seasons and resulting hibernation//death of many fauna may sometimes cause feelings of disorientation [not to be confused with Disorientation] and perhaps a little gloom. But here is a playlist of the good things: staying healthy, a little cheer, and some pensive tracks to help y’all feel well and re-orient with the times —->stay well, friends, because it’s all part of the cycle of the seasons.
In preparation for their 10/13 show, Meat Puppets will be giving away free merch and tickets all week on WOBC!
Five shows throughout the week will be giving away 1 free ticket and a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes at the Meat Puppets show!
4th place: 1 of 2 signed copies of Meat Puppets’s “II” on vinyl
3rd place: 1 signed copy of Meat Puppet’s “Up on the Sun” on vinyl
2nd place: 1 Meat Puppets band t-shirt
Grand Prize: One signed original print drawing from Kris Kurtwood
All prizes are to be picked up from the band at a Meat and Greet after the show!
Listen to any of the shows for a chance to win. When you hear a Meat Puppets song, call in at 440-775-8139!
Deep Sea Fantasy, Saturday @ 11am
Destination: Onward!, Tuesday @ 10 am
i won’t hurt you, Thursday morning @ midnight
EARWAX, Thursday @ 3pm
Cheap Thrills, Friday @ 9am
For those that aren’t so lucky, tickets are on sale at Wilder Desk and etix.com, $6 w/OCID, $12 W.O. Here’s some MP jams to get you excited! Also, look out for details about the Meat Puppets Saturday 10/13 interview!
A new school year, a new batch of hot pop hits. Check out what we just added to the vault written by new members of pop workgroup!
How to Dress Well – Total Loss
IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD FEELINGS THIS ALBUM IS FOR YOU. A spacey, dark take on R&B with a lots of haunting falsetto. End-track “Ocean Floor For Everything” will probably kill you, just a little bit. – Fiz
Woods – Bend Beyond
If you like woodsy, synth pitched music this is for you. Not totally on the synthpop side and still grounded in indie alternative woodsy music. Tracks are a great blend of the two distinct styles. – Harlee
David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love this Giant
Anything that St. Vincent works on (besides that one Andrew Bird song…) is pure bliss. St. Vincent minus the guitar, plus major brass and Talking Heads’ genius member gives me chills. So good. – Rachel
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