Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Ghostly International Art & Artifice Tour 2004 

With Matthew Dear, Dabrye, and others. Thursday, July 22, at the Grog Shop.

Matthew Dear
  • Matthew Dear
Most label bosses who are deemed "eclectic" are mere dilettantes, throwing whatever they hope will be popular against the wall and praying that something sticks. By contrast, Ghostly International's eclecticism springs from a keen knowledge of the upper-echelon artists among many styles.

Run by Sam Valenti IV, the Ann Arbor, Michigan company has swiftly risen to global prominence with releases appealing to a broad range of DJs and home-listening intelligentsia alike. The Cleveland lineup presents something for almost everybody. Kill Memory Crash rehabilitates industrial-dance music for the new millennium -- a phrase we thought we'd never find reason to write. Dykehouse does the same for shoegazer rock, but with a John-Hughes-movie cheesiness that makes us cry "Hush, puppy!" Dabrye (Tadd Mullinix) puts a glitched-up and absurdly lush spin on hip-hop, impressing everyone from IDM geeks to Prefuse 73 to Slum Village's Jay Dee (who appears on Dabrye's new single, "Game Over"). Finally, there's Matthew Dear, the Detroit producer who fuses Perlon Records-style minimal groove science to electro-pop songcraft. His new Backstroke mini-album builds on the hypnotic "tech-house-you-can-sing-along-to" template that Dear laid down on last year's instant classic, Leave Luck to Heaven. Which is where you may think you've gone during this show.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Dave Segal

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

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


Staff Pick Events

  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony @ Severance Music Center

    • Fri., Dec. 3
  • DL Hughley @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Fri., Dec. 3
  • Michael Stanley: A Celebration with the Resonators & Jonah Koslen @ MGM Northfield Park

    • Fri., Dec. 3

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation