LIVE CONCERT REVIEW: The Black Angels - The Allah-Las - Elephant Stone, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH - 4.16.13

By Dawson

By now this year’s Austin Psych Fest is well underway. And I’m very sad that I’m not there with Time’s Thine proprietor, Mike, enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells. But at least we had another great night out watching The Black Angels at The Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.

What a show. I’m a little embarrassed and bummed that we missed Elephant Stone—in my excitement I left the tickets stuck to the refrigerator and didn’t realize it until we were barreling down 77N near Brecksville. But thanks to some stellar speed racing from Mike, we made it to the show just in time to catch the Allah-Las setting up. A great set from those Golden State boys that made me want to skate a pool or carve through the streets of Slovak Village.

But the whole reason for being there was to see The Black Angels. And though they showed signs of being road-weary, the sounds and visuals did not disappoint. The light show was fantastic and could only have been better if I had a headful of blotter. Nevertheless, the place was packed and sweaty and smokey, and some rough dental hygenist who kept hitting on me and rubbing her tits against my back had me withdrawing into an introspective dance-a-thon of one.

Despite a momentary loss of vocals, the set went off without pause or hitch.  I was especially stoked that they stayed away from the poppier tunes and played most of my dark favorites. Best of all might have been the encore treat of “Holland” and “Black isn’t Black” with Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone frontman) on the sitar.

 Okay, I’d love to ramble on about some of the more nuanced details of the show, like especially awesome visuals, freezing tall boys of Heineken, etc., but I have to get back to work so I can make enough dosh to be sure not to miss Psych Fest next year.