Cleveland

Start marking your calendar...

Bear in Heaven at Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA.

… And start saving some dough.  These shows coming to the Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh areas in 2012 are sure to melt some faces. [Click band names in listing to be lead to the artist’s full schedule] Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Jack in the Pocket interviewees Twin Sister, Bear in Heaven and Neon Indian again! TONS of other bands are in the process of releasing their 2012 touring schedules so keep checking back for updated concert dates.


JACK IN THE POCKET’s
CONCERT CALENDAR
WINTER//SPRING 2012

February 11, 2012 - Other Lives - The Basement - Columbus, OH

February 14, 2012 - Sharon Van Etten - Wexner Center - Columbus, OH

February 18, 2012 - Twin Sister - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH

February 19, 2012 - YACHT- The Basement - Columbus, OH

February 20, 2012 - Zola Jesus - Skully’s Music Diner - Columbus, OH CANCELLED

March 11, 2012 - Born Gold - The Basement - Columbus, OH

March 20, 2012 - Andrew Bird - Southern Theatre - Columbus, OH

March 27, 2012 - Fanfarlo - Skully’s Music Diner - Columbus, OH

March 27, 2012 - Miniature Tigers -  The Club at Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA

March 29, 2012 - Of Montreal - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH

March 29, 2012 - Night Beats - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH

March 30, 2012 - Bear in Heaven - The Basement - Columbus, OH

April 4, 2012 - Neon Indian - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH

April 7, 2012 - Lovedrug - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH

April 9, 2012 - Cloud Nothings - Outland Live - Columbus, OH

April 10, 2012 - Caveman - The Basement - Columbus, OH

April 18, 2012 - White Denim - The Basement - Columbus, OH

April 25, 2012 - Portugal. The Man - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH

April 29, 2012 - Oberhofer - The Basement - Columbus, OH

April 30, 2012 - Real Estate - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH

May 8, 2012 - St. Vincent - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH

Neon Indian | October 15, 2011 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH   
  Photos by  Miharu Kato   
   (Please, excuse me while I gush.)    
 This past weekend Miharu Kato, Larry Doyle (of   SpoonfeedColumbus.com  ) and I piled into my car and drove up to Cleveland, Ohio to see one of my all time favorite bands,   Neon Indian  .  While Larry had never experience the phenomenal mind melt that is a  Neon Indian  show, Miharu and I have seen them 3 times together (before we met, we were in the same audience at 2 other NI shows).  All of us were antsy with excitement. I never fail to feel re-energized and inspired after a  Neon Indian  show; Miharu and I were thrilled to bring Larry along for the ride. 
 I rarely miss an opportunity to see  Neon Indian  since I interviewed lead singer, Alan Palomo, for   JackinthePocket.com   in June of last year. I still remember how extreeemely nervous I was, and, how much liquid courage I needed to conduct the interview. (I was on my fourth by the time we ended that 20 min. conversation.) Nowadays, we can joke around and catch up over some beer or Bloody Marias when our paths cross. 
 He greeted me with a smile and hug when he came out of the green room on his way to watch  Com Truise  melt the audience with his synth swoops. Since our first meeting on that sweaty day in Pittsburgh, Alan released his sophomore album,   Era Extraña  , crafted while spending long, cold days in isolation in Helsinki. That cute curly fro has been tamed into a dapper doo that hangs in a ringlet just above his eye. He’s replaced his semi-shyness with a charming confidence. He never fails to lead to great conversations about anime, music, and  globe-trotting. I always find Alan extremely eloquent and hope he never  relinquishes his nerdom. His onstage persona has become more electrifying, enhanced by the talented musicians he brings on tour. Leanne Macomber (sexy synth goddess) and Jason Fairies (handsome drummerman) have been permanent members since  Neon Indian  started touring in late 2009.  
   
 ( Leanne Macomber - Neon Indian ) 
 It has been such a delight to watch Palomo and his band evolve, and electrify audiences around the globe. I’m so thankful that my friends have also fallen in love with his music, providing us with psychedelic soundtracks to so many of our adventures. While I didn’t get an  official  follow up interview this time (alcohol induced chats at 4 am are not meant to be documented), Alan promised a recorded Skype chat which should hopefully happen soon.  
   
 ( Com Truise ) 
   
 ( Purity Ring ) 
  Miharu Kato  has photographed several artists for this blog, and due to time  constraints, I haven’t had the chance to post any of them with the  corresponding interview.  The photos he took at last weekend’s concert  were so… EPIC!!  I felt the urgency to share them with you all.  Visit  his   website   for more of his work.

Neon Indian | October 15, 2011 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH

Photos by Miharu Kato

(Please, excuse me while I gush.)

This past weekend Miharu Kato, Larry Doyle (of SpoonfeedColumbus.com) and I piled into my car and drove up to Cleveland, Ohio to see one of my all time favorite bands, Neon Indian.  While Larry had never experience the phenomenal mind melt that is a Neon Indian show, Miharu and I have seen them 3 times together (before we met, we were in the same audience at 2 other NI shows).  All of us were antsy with excitement. I never fail to feel re-energized and inspired after a Neon Indian show; Miharu and I were thrilled to bring Larry along for the ride.

I rarely miss an opportunity to see Neon Indian since I interviewed lead singer, Alan Palomo, for JackinthePocket.com in June of last year. I still remember how extreeemely nervous I was, and, how much liquid courage I needed to conduct the interview. (I was on my fourth by the time we ended that 20 min. conversation.) Nowadays, we can joke around and catch up over some beer or Bloody Marias when our paths cross.

He greeted me with a smile and hug when he came out of the green room on his way to watch Com Truise melt the audience with his synth swoops. Since our first meeting on that sweaty day in Pittsburgh, Alan released his sophomore album, Era Extraña, crafted while spending long, cold days in isolation in Helsinki. That cute curly fro has been tamed into a dapper doo that hangs in a ringlet just above his eye. He’s replaced his semi-shyness with a charming confidence. He never fails to lead to great conversations about anime, music, and globe-trotting. I always find Alan extremely eloquent and hope he never relinquishes his nerdom. His onstage persona has become more electrifying, enhanced by the talented musicians he brings on tour. Leanne Macomber (sexy synth goddess) and Jason Fairies (handsome drummerman) have been permanent members since Neon Indian started touring in late 2009. 

(Leanne Macomber - Neon Indian)

It has been such a delight to watch Palomo and his band evolve, and electrify audiences around the globe. I’m so thankful that my friends have also fallen in love with his music, providing us with psychedelic soundtracks to so many of our adventures. While I didn’t get an official follow up interview this time (alcohol induced chats at 4 am are not meant to be documented), Alan promised a recorded Skype chat which should hopefully happen soon. 

(Com Truise)

(Purity Ring)

Miharu Kato has photographed several artists for this blog, and due to time constraints, I haven’t had the chance to post any of them with the corresponding interview.  The photos he took at last weekend’s concert were so… EPIC!!  I felt the urgency to share them with you all.  Visit his website for more of his work.

Jack in the Pocket Recommends ...

On my roof… photo by Chip Willis

It’s common knowledge that I am a total nut for live music.  Here is a list of shows coming up in Columbus, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati that I recommend attending.  If I could clone myself and had a flying car I would be at all of these, but the bolded concerts are the ones that I will (or try my darnedest) to attend.  If you know of any other shows in the area that you would like to see here, shoot me an email and I’ll update this list.

Tue - 9/7 – Black Moth Super Rainbow – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Fri - 9/9 - Vetiver/Fruit Bats – Southgate House – Newport, KY (Cincinnati)

Thu – 9/15 - Active Child – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

Sun – 9/18 – Born Gold – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA

Mon - 9/19 - Fool’s Gold  - Skully’s Music Diner - Columbus, OH

Wed – 9/21 – The Dodos – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh PA

Thu - 9/22 - The Vaccines, Tennis, Young Buffalo – The Basement - Columbus, OH

Fri - 9/23 – Bear Hands – The Basement - Columbus, OH

Tue - 9/27 - Asobi Seksu – The Basement - Columbus, OH

                 Mayer Hawthorne/Chromeo – The Newport

                 Tune Yards – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

                 Megafaun – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH

Wed – 9/28 – EDIT : Wavves / Fucked Up - Outland Live - Columbus, OH

                       Yuck – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA

Thu - 9/29 - The Joy Formidable/Fang Island – The Newport - Columbus, OH

Fri – 9/30 - Ty Segal, Mikal Cronin – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH

Sat - 10/1 – Mates of State – The Newport - Columbus, OH

Mon – 10/3 – The Drums – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

Sat - 10/8 – Braids/Pepper Rabbit – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH

Sun - 10/2 – Foster The People/Cults – The Newport - Columbus, OH

Thu – 10/13 – Junior Boys – The Basement - Columbus, OH

Sat - 10/15 – Neon Indian/Com Truise/Purity Ring – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH

Mon – 10/17 Arctic Monkeys/Smith Westerns – The Newport - Columbus, OH

Sun – 10/23 – Cymbals Eat Guitars/Hooray for Earth – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH

Sat - 11/5 – The War on Drugs – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH

Also, Midpoint Music Festival September 22-25 in Cincinnati, Ohio which will include some of my all time faves, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Cut Copy, Town Monster, and many more.  I’ll be at a few of these.

INTERVIEW : TWIN SISTER

AUGUST 2, 2010 | THE GROG SHOP | CLEVELAND, OH

PHOTOS BY JOHN DANNER

Kesley, Danner and I piled into my car and headed 2 hours due north to Cleveland. Just a few months prior, I had interviewed Bear in Heaven in Columbus and they were back in Ohio.  This would be the first time reuniting with a band I had previously interviewed -- I was ecstatic.  Their tour mates, Twin Sister also happen to be my current musical obsession.  This show was their last stop before they returned home to NYC.  What luck! 

Twin Sister played an extraordinary set; lovely, soft, swaying with just the right dose of weird stirred in. Andrea has a sweet and yet slightly unnerving stage presence.  Her breathy voice  simultaneously sounded innocent and wise. Her big eyes opened, exposing the whites around her irises wide as the music rose and softened demurely as it fell. Dev masterfully layed out the synth lines, weaving them expertly with Brian's syncopated drumming, Eric's ethereal guitar and Gabe's driving bass.   
John, Adam and Joe from Bear in Heaven danced enthusiastically with every song, shouting declarations of undying love for the band.  Everyone felt the bittersweetness of the exchange, they didn't want their tour together to end.  These two groups regard eachother with such fondess. It was obvious a special bond had formed between them, the kind of bond that only months on the road together can create.

Eric, Andrea and I stepped out onto the streets after the show, the hot muggy night working against our desire to cool off. 

Andrea: Just to start, we are the two airheads of the band.  I am Airhead Andrea the singer.  

Eric:  And I am Airhead Eric.  I play guitar and I sing.

Andrea:  We usually go by… He’s Shmin.  And I am Shman.

KP:  [Laughs] That’s only a vowel difference!

Andrea:  Yeah people have a hard time understanding us when we are like, “SHMIN!”, “SHMAN!”  Yeah,  so that’s our introduction.

KP: So you’ve been on tour with Bear in Heaven for how many weeks now?

Andrea: Almost 3.

KP: They love you a lot!

Eric: And we love them.

KP: So hows the tour been going?

Andrea:  Wonderful. We’ve had a lot of fun we’ve been really lucky our van hasn’t broken down. it’s been a lot of driving but we’ve managed to have a couple of fun days with Bear in Heaven.

Eric: Yeah. It was definitely a good balance. This tour had some very intense drives, we drove from Minneapolis to Salt Lake City for a show.

KP: Oh wow!

Andrea: Yeah it was like 24 hours. We drove through the night.

Eric: That was a wild night.

KP: So did you have a show the next day and you played? Or was it a day off?

Eric: No we kind of arrived at the hotel at 9 in the morning, and then had a show that night.

KP: That’s pretty intense.

Andrea: It was a festival so it was actually pretty early.

Eric: Yeah, It was nice though it worked out as great as it could’ve been.

Andrea: We take shifts sleeping in the van.

KP: Everybody contributes equally to the driving?

Andrea: Well except Brian cause he doesn’t have his license which isn’t his fault, he’s lived in the city so he doesn’t really need a license.

KP: So on this tour with Bear in Heaven I know they have some crazy stories, have you guys created any crazy stories together since you’ve been on tour with each other?

Andrea: I think we’ve had some crazy girl stories.

Eric: Yeah in Toronto we met this girl!

Andrea: Don’t say her name.

KP: Groupie girls?

Andrea: Kind of or just like girls that want to hang out. They’re really sweet girls. There was this one really young Philippine girl, she was hanging out with us and was showing us around Toronto. And there was a bay and she was leaning up against the chain and around like 2 in the morning the chain just broke and she just silently fell into the water.

Eric: It was so scary!

Andrea: And then she popped up and was like “I can’t swim”. So the guys were on their knees trying to pick her up.

[laughter]

KP: Oh my god!

Andrea: She got a little bruised up, but she was a good sport about it and she didn’t know any of us. I would’ve been bright red, I would’ve just let myself drown. Tell the other crazy girl story, last night!

Eric: Oh no…

Andrea: Oh Come on.

Eric: No..

Andrea: Why not?

Eric: We’ve had a lot of fun on tour… [laughs]

KP: Yeah, they’re great guys to hang out with.

Andrea: Bear in Heaven? Yeah, super sweet! We’re hoping to have a lot of fun with them tonight

Eric: Yeah we’re thinking of a good prank to pull on them. We have a couple ideas.

KP: You should cover their hotel room up with balloons, they would love that.

Eric: That would be adorable!

KP: Did they tell you about the “popping off” story with High Places?

Eric: No?

KP: Apparently High Places and them have a thing for sitting on balloons. They got into this whole thing where its cool to sit on balloons and “pop them off”. So you should fill their hotel room up with balloons.

Eric: That’s awesome!

Andrea: We gotta find some balloons! Well what we were going to do is we were going to slap some really stupid bumper stickers on their van and then we found out that they’re renting the van.

Eric: It’s like their friends van.

Andrea: Dreams destroyed! [laughter]

Eric: We’ll figure something out.

Andrea: So we’re still trying to think, I don’t know.

KP: Balloons would be a good way to go.

Andrea: I don’t know where you can get balloons at this hour though?

KP: Maybe like a CVS? They might have something.

Eric: Yeah, CVS has balloons.

Andrea: Hmmm..

Eric: We’ll investigate.

KP: So you guys just signed to Domino Records, are you allowed to talk about that yet?

Eric: Yeah we are. Its Domino Double Six.

KP: Is that US and UK?

Eric: No its just UK, and both EPs will be released on like a 2 CD package, separate CD’s, and then double vinyl as well in the UK and I think September 9th is the release date.

KP: Awesome, are you going to do a tour over there with that?

Eric: Yeah in late November we’re heading over there. The dates just got announced a week and a half ago. So yeah we’re really really excited; it’s our first time over there. Our keyboard player lived over there for a little while, for like two years when he was younger.

Andrea: But it’s our first!

Eric: But yeah it’s everyone else’s first time.

KP: That’s going to be fun, you’ll love the UK.

Andrea: Yeah, we want to go clubbing!

Eric: Yeah!

KP: So you guys know Mark Schoneveld of YVYNYL! 

E & A: Yes!

KP: He’s a good friend of mine.

Andrea: He’s pretty cute.

Eric: Handsome guy.

KP: How did you meet him?

Andrea: We met him around like Weathervane.

Eric: Yeah we were doing this thing before we went on tour, a couple of weeks before we went on tour, Weathervane Music. They let us come and they make a little movie about it but we got to record one new song that will be released I think this month?

Andrea: August.

Eric: Yeah sometime this month, but they put together a nice video of us in the studio. It’s a very cool thing they’re doing and Mark was hanging out.

Andrea: And he’s helping at our, one of our closest friends that probably that would’ve been another member of our band, John K.  He’s like one of our good friends we’ve had band practice with him before but it just didn’t work out. He was living in Bingumton, now he lives in Philly. But I have a feeling he would’ve been another member of our band. He kind of played with us before I think Brian moved back.

Eric: Yeah we weren’t really the band we were, he wasn’t playing with us.

Andrea: No we’re just practicing for a show or something like that.

Eric: John is great, he is one of our biggest influences, and we’re really really excited for his stuff to be put out.

Andrea: He has so much!

Eric: Mark is putting together his little compilation but there is so much up John’s sleeve. He has years of albums that are just fantastic. We’re really pumped.

KP: Yeah it’s interesting cause he has all his stuff up for free on Myspace, and when you download it it’s like 20 songs and they are all great.

Andrea: Yeah they’ve been out for a really long time.

Eric: It’s crazy.

KP: So, how did you guys get started?

Eric: Well Andrea and I were playing music together for a long time. I was 14, you were…

Andrea: 16.

KP: How old are you now?

Eric: I’m 20, she’s…

Andrea: 23, bleh…

Eric: I forgot for a second. We had a little duo. We had an EP, wrote songs, played shows together, got kinda bored.

Andrea: We always wanted to have a band and pretty much the other members were in bands, that were around in high school, and they were our favorite members of those bands. We’d always share each others songs and stuff like that, and then finally… when we started playing a show I was the drummer and Eric was singing, and we were just kinda throwing shows together because we were so bored and felt so useless that we started trying to record songs that were so old and just never recorded that we just ended up forming a band.

Eric: And that was the first EP.

Andrea: Just Happened. Yeah and that was the first EP.

Eric: … us forming together

Andrea: Those songs are so old.

KP: So, how did you meet all the other members?

Andrea: All the other members?

Eric: I met Brian. Brian is my friend of like very, very long since I was like 12. And we were in a band together.  I’ve been playing music with Brian forever. When he was 16 he joined a band with Gabe. They were both guitar players in this band on Long Island that we would play together with, Andrea and I.  Dev was in a separate band as well.

Andrea: Pretty much just playing shows.  And I used to stalk you because I thought you were soooo cute when I was younger.  So, I found you when you were playing your hardcore shows.  Thats how I met Brian and Eric.

Eric: Ahhaaa!  [blushes and laughs]

KPWhat is your creative process like?

Eric:  It varies. I think the majority of the songs begin as minute long instrumental things, where the vocal melody could be the bass line.

Andrea: Or sometimes it starts with the vocal melody and then adding music.  It’s really different overtime.  We let everyone have a pretty equal share.

Eric:  Yeah, everyone comes to the table with very equal things.  It can be a bit hard sometimes because everyone of us are very capable of bringing in a full song and say, “Here it is!” But its great.  We have no shortage of material. We have a lot to record!

KPWhat is it like being the only girl while you are on tour!

Andrea:  Ahaaaaaaah! [claps] Tour!!!  

Eric:  You hate it! You hate it!

Andrea: Oh my god!  I have little mental breakdowns.

Eric:  Luckily… I don’t think… I don’t think we are very manly though.  

Andrea: Uhhhhh, you guys are pretty manly!  I really miss my gay friends. I couldn’t do the tour with girls.  I feel like we would all go crazy. So it’s pretty good being with boys. But, it’s really hard showing up to shows and I see a bunch of girls who are all clean, and their hair is done and they’re all dressed up.  And I like that sort of thing.  It’s really hard living out of a duffel bag, getting dressed in the van, doing my make-up in a tiny little make-up mirror.  Other than that, they’re my best friends.  I love being with them and it’s a lot of fun. I lose it sometimes, but I try to keep it to myself. [laughs]  (to Eric)  How is it dealing with one little bratty girl?

Eric: … fun.  Naah, its fine.

Andrea:  They deal with me pretty well. And my little temper tantrums.  You know what it is? They aren’t very jockey guys… but they’re very nerdy.  So it’s kinda like being surrounded by a bunch of nerds! 

[Laughter]

Andrea:  Always talking about things! And discussing things and planning things.  I just wanna go out and have some fun.

KPHow do you pass time in the van?

Andrea:  I just sleep.

Eric: Yeah, you sleep very, very well.

Andrea: I either drive, sleep, or pretend to sleep.  I do read comics, go on the internet.  Eat a whole lot.  I hope I don’t gain a lot of weight by the time I get back home.  I diet so different when I am on tour.  It’s really hard. No exercise.

KPWhat are the next steps for you guys?  Aside from Domino in the UK, what are the next things for Twin Sister in the US?

Eric:  Well, in September we’re basically going to have the month home.  Andrea is going to start putting together our first music video.  It’s going to be a lot of dancing so she’s gonna be practicing for that.

Andrea:  Gotta get in shape!

 

All Around and Away We Go from Twin Sister on Vimeo.

Eric:  As far as making new music, we’re gonna start working on some new material.

Andrea:  On an actual album!  Which I am so excited for.  We have two LPs, ya know? It’d be so much fun.  We have so much material to put out an actual album.  Now that we don’t have jobs, I feel like it will be a quicker process.  We can put all of our time and energy into making an album, and video.

Eric:  After September, we go on tour for October and November.  December, January, and February… maybe March we’ll have off to record.

KPWhen you return after a long tour, is it hard for you to adjust to being back home?

Eric:  Not really.  I remember last tour when I got home I just immediately cooked a big meal.  That’s one thing you really miss is cooking your own food.

Andrea:  I really miss my dog… My dog and I are really attached so when I come home, she’s a pug mix, so she kinda has an asthma attack she gets so excited that she starts [makes gasping noises] and she just falls on her side.  Its really hard leaving her.  I want to bring her on tour if I can have someone watch her during sets.  Even if its cooler in the van, but its so hot right now.

We stepped back inside and John joined the band in the green room to start the photoshoot.  I stayed at the bar to chat with Joe, the drummer for Bear in Heaven. “I should go see how John is doing with the shoot…” I recalled after some time.  As I turned the knob to the green room I could hear riotous laughter.  The door opened to reveal Brian suddenly turning towards the camera making a pouty sultry face.  Twin Sister KILLED the shoot.  The snarled, vogued, flipped their hair…  I have never seen a band be so comfortable and creative in front of the lens.  I was laughing so hard I started to tear up.

Twin Sister’s EPs are available on Bandcamp.  Check out their YVYNYL curated Shaking Through Session Here.