Filmstrip at The Happy Dog, Saturday, August 7th (w/ Hot Cha Cha and Founding Fathers)
This coming weekend, you have two chances to check out the local trio known as Filmstrip. The future sound of punk is led by brothers Matt and Dave Taha. The music recalls Zen Arcade–era Hüsker Dü, with some of the beautiful dirge of Nirvana and some 90s slacker rock thrown in for cool points. Filmstrip are quickly becoming a favorite among Cleveland's ever-growing music scene. Earlier this year, the group flirted with national exposure while performing at Sundance, as drummer Nick Riley was a production manger for the feature film, The Taqwacores. Your first chance to see Filmstrip this weekend is on Saturday at 2 pm, where they will be participating in this year's Lakewood Arts Festival. If that does not jibe with your schedule, then you definitely don't want to miss later that day when they will be playing a headlining gig for the release of their self-titled debut at the Happy Dog. Hot Cha Cha and Founding Fathers will be making this quite a triple bill of local goods.
Cults at the Grog Shop, Friday, August 6th (opening for Maps & Atlases)
While you may have been aware that Maps & Atlases were coming through town with their prog-influenced danceable math rock on Friday evening, the real treat is going to be their supporting act: Cults. They are a duo who have have taken their love of surf music and all things California to New York. They burst out of nowhere to now be considered indie darlings by the likes of NME, KEXP and Pitchfork. Even Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network is a fan, featuring Cults "Oh My God" on the 8 Singles, 8 Weeks series. Any band that takes a shimmery tune that opens with xylophones in the background on top of cult leader Jim Jones has a good sense of humor and timing. They have crafted some of the most expressive and irresistible tunes of 2010. An equal balance of lo-fi pop, sugary-sweet vocals and nice hip-hop bounce, with a side of sun-kissed harmonies.
LISTEN: Cults - "Go Outside"
Javelin at the Grog Shop, Tuesday, August 10th (w/ Beach Fossils)
Javelin are two art-school dropouts and cousins, who take the most delicious cuts from old records they find and skillfully meld them into some of the best dance mixes around. On stage, they have a very distinct set, featuring several old-school boom boxes covered in spray paint that, in addition to looking the part, also serve as the band's secondary sound system. Javelin is a name that might be familiar if you attended this year's Summer Solistice Party at the Cleveland Museum of Art. If you went then, you will remember how they rocked that party. Lucky for all of us, they are coming back on August 10, bringing their groovilicious funk–filled jams for all to enjoy. David Byrne is a fan, and you can download some of their mixes from his label's site Luaka Bop. If you need the pot sweetened for you to attend, opening for Javelin are some of finest chamberlains of austere lo-fi fuzz: Brookyln's Beach Fossils.