San Fermin- “Methuselah”
The thoughtful “Methuselah” is from San Fermin’s 2013 eponymous album. A project of composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the group’s instrument-laden melodies, described as baroque pop, features intricate elements of classical music. In “Methuselah,” male and female voices entwine on the line: “Have you found a place that’s deeper than the corners of your mind?” Ludwig-Leone characterizes the dark, discrepant “Methuselah” as a love song that explores death. San Fermin will play at the Grog Shop on Monday, April 11 with Cleveland-based openers The Commonwealth and Aku Aku.
Bleached – “Sour Candy”
The too-cool-for-school Bleached, a punky trio made up of sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin and bassist Micayla Grace dropped their second album “Welcome the Worms,” on April 1. “Sour Candy” offers up strains of Los Angeles’s garage rock scene with fierce guitar riffs and drug references. Despite an attitude-filled chorus, Bleached’s single does hit a relatively introspective chord. Bleached is currently on the road, but unfortunately won’t stop in Cleveland.
Ellie Goulding – “Something in the Way You Move”
Ellie Goulding’s electro-pop jam, “Something in the Way You Move,” was released last October and instantly jumped onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The radio-ready track features typically processed instrumentals and clap-along chorus, plus an extra layer of emotion from Goulding. In true pop star fashion, the singer embarked on a world tour in January and has been on the road since. She’ll be in Cleveland on May 7 to promote “Delirium” at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.
Magic Man – “Paris”
Magic Man will visit Beachland Ballroom on Wednesday, April 20 along with openers Panama Wedding and The Griswolds as part of their Hotline Spring Tour. Two-thirds of the indie-rock lineup have graced Case Western Reserve University’s Spot Night stage, Magic Man in 2014 and Panama Wedding 2015. The bands will return to the shores of Lake Erie with old hits like Magic Man’s “Paris,” an infectious burst of synth-heavy energy.
Good Charlotte – “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous”
Aging punk-rockers Good Charlotte just released lead single “40 oz. Dream” 20 years after the group’s founding. The nostalgic song is reminiscent of the band’s heyday, but for more authenticity retreat to 2002 when liberty spikes were edgy and pop-punk masterpiece album “The Young and the Hopeless” dropped. Fifteen years ago, Good Charlotte narrated singles like “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” which features the young band hating on the needy Hollywood celebrities they’ve now become. This week, check back in on Good Charlotte—they’re trying hard to get your attention.