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Thursday, June 24, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Delta Spirit

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM

These guys couldnt love rollercoasters any more if they tried
  • These guys couldn't love rollercoasters any more if they tried

Emo bands don’t generally give rise to Americana groups after they split up. But that’s exactly what happened when San Diego punks Noise Ratchet went supernova in 2003. That band’s rhythm section recruited new members to fill out the Delta Spirit, who debuted in 2007 with Ode to Sunshine. The recently released follow-up, History From Below, plays like a more mature version of the first record, with the band showing an increasing ability to play it subtle on the winning ballad “Scarecrow” and the clever-not-cute “Ransom Man.” Delta Spirit’s main strength is Matthew Vasquez’s warm and shape-shifting voice, spotlighted in the epic “Ballad of Vitaly.” Delta Spirit prove it’s possible to take the kids out of emo and the emo out of kids. Delta Spirit, with Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye, play the Beachland Ballroom at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Call 216-383-1124 or go to beachlandballroom.com.—Chris Drabick


Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

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