Filed under: Summer Concerts 2010 | Tags: Best Coast, Free Energy, Loose Limbs, The Fly
Between the South Street Seaport’s hosting of the River to River Festival and the Sidewalk Cafe’s penchant for hosting tight, energetic, up-and-comers, free music was covered Friday July 23, with a night of lo-fi silliness, stridently popping youth-rock and R&B showmanship. 20 Watts was able to check out shows from two venues and four bands on Friday: Loose Limbs, Best Coast, Free Energy and Syracuse natives The Fly. READ FULL REVIEW HERE (more…)
Filed under: 20 Watts Video | Tags: Bayside, cleveland, conventry village, corduroy mason band, diamonds and pearls, funk n waffles, grog shop, hawthorne heights, justin markert, keith vance, melvins, ohio sky
VISIT: THE GROG SHOP ONLINE
The Grog Shop is a legendary Ohio venue that’s served Cleveland Heights for over a decade. One month ago 20 Watts decided to commission a short documentary on it.
Venues like the Grog Shop always have great history attached to them — a history of intrinsic connection with the music we hear in them. Think back to the best concerts you’ve been to and think about why they were great. Sure the band was awesome, but apart from the live performance and its smoke and mirrors, what will make the experience memorable? Venues owe a debt to the musicians who play in them just as bloggers and journalists do. Their job is to enhance the experience of the fans beyond what the band can pull off.
20 Watts staffers have had countless breathtaking experiences at Funk N Waffles, the Westcott Theater, Lost Horizon and other Syracuse venues. Animal Collective named their mainstream breakout record after Merriweather Post Pavilion. And of course, who doesn’t recall New York’s famed CBGB with some measure of fond nostalgia?
So when trusted 20 Watts associate Aaron Freeder offered to shoot a short profile on the Grog Shop, what could we do but jump at the opportunity? Check it out!
OR on VIMEO!(more…)
Filed under: Summer Concerts 2010 | Tags: Cymbals Eat Guitars, earl greyhound, holy fuck, Matt and Kim, Modest Mouse, Screaming Females, siren festival photos, Siren Music Festival, Surfer Blood, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: 20 Watts at SIREN 2009
To Coney Island’s ever-looming gentrification and eventual decline in cool, the Village Voice’s yearly Siren Fest is a welcome spit to the eye, and 2010 was no different. Upon arriving to the festivities a bit late and taking a gander at the stacked lineup, we decided to hit (more…)
Filed under: Concert Stories | Tags: 2080, All Hour Cymbals, ambling alp, Anand Wilder, Chris Keating, Converse, Delicate Steve, Governor's Island, Keepaway, O.N.E., ONE, summer 2010 coverage, Yeasayer
PREVIEW: VISIT Yeasayer’s website!
Summer spirits soar when the entertainment’s free and the entertainment strive to be indie rock legends. Such was the case this past weekend at Governor’s Island when Delicate Steve, Keepaway and headliner Yeasayer took the Converse stage as part of the Converse-sponsored, mostly free “Gone to Governors” series.
“This must be the most remixed song ever,” Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating said before the group launched into a charged rendition of their signature song “O.N.E.” The crowd responded by blowing up with pop-and-locks, cheers and continuing to toss around a beach ball that had previously hit Keating in the face.
“O.N.E.” and show-closer “Ambling Alp” highlighted Yeasayer’s set, one whose first half progressed too slowly for my tastes. Whether it was Keating’s mostly affectless (more…)