Whiskey Business returns to Red Space on Friday, November 9 - Limited Tickets Available Here!

Culture Jamming 

Top Pop Culture Picks for the Week




(Temporary Residence)

This supergroup of sorts features Nigel Godrich, the guy who’s produced the last few Radiohead albums, and Joey Warnoker, the drummer who’s worked with Beck and R.E.M. But the band really belongs to a newcomer Laura Bettinson, a former student at Goldsmiths College in London. The singer effectively channels Stereolab’s Laetetia Sadier on songs such as “Strange Formula” and “Our Song, the latter of which features countless layers of vocals. The music here owes a musical debt not just to the aforementioned Stereolab but also to Cat Power, whose moody rock has a singular sound. And yet, it’s still a confident debut from a band that portends to be more than just a casual collaboration.


Iris Dement

Sing the Delta

(FlariElla Records)

One of alt-country’s best songwriters, singer Iris Dement must have been suffering from a serious case of writer’s block. She hasn’t issued an album of original tunes in 16 years; her last studio effort, 2004’s Lifeline, was a collection of traditional gospel tunes. So is Sing the Delta worth the wait? Yes and no. The opening track, “Go Ahead and Come Home” is a ramshackle number with good energy, and “If That Ain’t Love” is a gorgeous waltz of sorts. But Dement too often settles for somber on dreary tunes such as “Before the Colors Fade” and “Out of the Fire.”

Latest in Culture Jamming


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Ben Moore @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Wed., Oct. 24
  • Joey Diaz @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Oct. 25
  • Marc Rebillet @ Touch Supper Club

    • Fri., Oct. 26

© 2018 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation