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Saturday, October 3, 2009

10/6: Grand Archives at Beachland

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Grand Archives’ new album, Keep in Mind Frankenstein, features mellow acoustic picking and the slow blossom of pedal steel, which serve as gentle backing for Mat Brooke’s comforting croon. The Seattle-based band’s sophomore record includes some dark tunes inspired by haunted houses near their recording studio. One of the best, “Siren Echo Valley,” is split into two parts: half is instrumental, while the other stays true to the title with plenty of reverb. Meanwhile, “Left for All the Strays” infuses tuneful harmonica and egg shakers. It’s a gorgeous effect and proof that Grand Archives could benefit from a little less mellow once in awhile. The Most Serene Republic and Good Touch Bad Touch share the bill at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — Danielle Sills

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