Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Mikey G's Picks: The Dodos, the Killers, and Joplin's old t-shirt rock Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2007 at 11:33 AM

They're still not soldiers, but the Killers do have soul, and they play the Wolstein Friday.
This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Tuesday: Tonight’s pairing of Jennifer Gentle and the Dodos at the Beachland brings together two bands that appear to have very little in common. But dig deep, and astute listeners will uncover many similarities. Jennifer Gentle is an Italian experimental noise band whose members dig Krautrock, name-check Federico Fellini, and make music that sounds exactly like what you’d expect a song called “Telephone Ringing” to sound like. Their latest album, The Midnight Room, is like a hazy-shaded acid trip across Europe. San Francisco’s the Dodos also steer away from convention on their latest CD, Beware of the Maniacs. But they’re more freak folk by nature, tossing in acoustic-guitar riffs and folksy sentiment for a somewhat twisted variation on the blues. Wednesday: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pays tribute to the Summer of Love in the Monterey International Pop Festival exhibit, which features tons of memorabilia from the daylong music festival, which took place in California in June 1967. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Who all got their big breaks there. Artifacts include photos, instruments, and clothing from the concert. Plus, the Rock Hall stays open till 9 tonight. Thursday: Tonight’s screening of The Seventh Seal at the Cinematheque marks two occasions. It pays tribute to the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, who passed away in July. Seal, made in 1957, is his best work -- an existential masterpiece about a wayward knight, the grim reaper, and the world’s most famous chess match. The movie also kicks off the Cinematheque’s two-month “50 Years of Janus Films” series, which honors the company that has distributed many foreign classics in the U.S. over the past five decades. Friday: Sure, the Killers’ latest CD, Sam’s Town, is totally pretentious. We don’t care. Its grandeur, hooks, and ambition are suited to a band that isn’t quite sure if it’s a new-wave throwback or a classic rock group in training. The U2-style riffs on the album are as big as the wide-open skies and endless highways the Killers are so fond of referencing. They play the Wolstein Center. --Michael Gallucci


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