Let’s get nautical! Full post for the Cleveland indie folk-poppers to come soon.
Even before opening for Jill Andrews, local songwriter Cassie Morgan (aided by Beth Bombara a.k.a. the Lonely Pine) had already shared the stage this year with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Rhett Miller and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Seemingly, 2010 has been pretty good for the local act. Evoking the feeling of a cold winter night, Morgan’s sets fall somewhere between melancholy and dreamlike with slowly delivered harmonies, reserved strumming/plucking and Bombara sparsely accentuating with a tambourine shuffle or xylophone ding.
Closing the year with a quick Midwest tour, singer Jill Andrews stopped by Off Broadway to grace the crowd with her voice and a preview of songs from her upcoming album, The Mirror (due March 2011). Aided by only another instrumentalist (keyboards/guitar), Andrews’ voice was the focal point of the evening, going from soft melodies that made the crowd afraid to adjust their chairs or drinks to roaring crescendos that filled the room.
Singer-songwriter Riley James opened up for Tumbledown at Off Broadway with songs set to the tune of dead ends and redemption. While this was my first time seeing him and his band, James’ has taken his songs all over town from Foam to Fubar to Cicero’s, so there’s a good chance he’ll be popping up more in the near future.
Some nights things just don’t seem to work and due to some mono vs. stereo issue (that’s as much as this non-techie could pick up on) that was the case for Peter Wolf Crier’s set opening for Dawes at The Gargoyle. I’ve seen other bands leave the stage over audio problems, so when the microphones refused to pick up singer Peter Pisano’s vocals, I’m sure more than a few of us were apprehensive about the evening becoming a complete disaster. Thankfully the Minneapolis duo adjusted their game plan and flipped it into an opportunity to deliver a memorable set.
Even though our buddy Travis at 5 Score Pachyderm has been exalting the praises of Dawes for some time now, I put aside listening to North Hills for quite some time. It was a bad decision on my part and to make up for the lost time, the AM-radio folk rock of Dawes has been on constant repeat on my iPhone these last few weeks leading up to their show at The Gargoyle.
Wait, how have I never heard of Marian Call? The Alaskan songstress somehow lands in the venn diagram intersection of my love of music and comics and fortunately I had some heads up notice from both comic and music fans on Twitter the day before she did an in-store show at Star Clipper Comics. Quirky and casual, Call ran through a folk-tinged set laden with geek and nerd culture references. She even played a typewriter. How do you not like that?
More pics and talk after the jump.
By the age of nine, songstress Rosi Golan had lived in three different countries (Germany, France, and the U.S.) and became fluent in three different languages (French, English, Hebrew). By the age of nine, I still wanted to be the pilot of the green lion in Voltron. That is why Rosi has been mentioned in Billboard Magazine, had a song featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” and is now on tour with William Fitzsimmons. Golan’s voice is absolutely serene and beautiful in its simplicity, with a sparse folk instrumentation to match. Check out her debut album, The Drifter & The Gypsy.
More talk and pics after the jump.