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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

7/16: Yeasayer at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 2:40 PM

The word “eclectic” gets thrown around a lot in indie circles. If a band mixes two genres, it’s suddenly worldly. In the case of Brooklyn’s Yeasayer, “eclectic” may indeed be the best way to describe them. They harness tribal rhythms, psych-rock atmosphere, freak-folk vocals, dub groove and Middle-Eastern mysticism. These reference points may seem disparate, but it’s the band’s unrehearsed sense of abandon that makes for its signature sound. In fact, a raw and almost live tone permeates Yeasayer’s 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals, which sounds like a batch of friends seeking catharsis through music rather than the sort of premeditated, intellectual indie-rock now streaming from Brooklyn. Ponytail and Unsparing Sea open at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of show. — Matt Whelihan

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