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The Struts at House of Blues Cleveland

It takes a lot of skill and commitment to deliver a high-energy glam rock show without seeming over the top, but The Struts pull it off so flawlessly it’s like part of their anatomy. From the way all four members lay into each and every endlessly catchy song, to the way frontman Luke Spiller’s perfectly tailored raiments swish and shift with him as he glides across the stage, The Struts are a machine so well-oiled you’d swear they were born to do exactly this. 

Luke Spiller, The Struts by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
Luke Spiller, The Struts by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
Luke Spiller, The Struts by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
Luke Spiller, The Struts by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson

 

We overheard another concertgoer having heated dialogue about it, echoing our own sentiments: “This guy! This guy!” he exclaimed, “He’s like Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger rolled into one!” It’s true, and he can command an audience just as well. Not everyone can pull off a successful call and response session; or get a sweaty, sardine-packed crowd to jump and clap along. But last night’s fans were emboldened.
 
I used to talk in my articles about how Cleveland crowds are stoic and not easily impressed. Most bands are lucky to get a half-hearted golf clap after their songs. But not Struts fans. Oh no. These fans screamed, yelled, cheered, sang along at the tops of their lungs, raised their hands in the air, and gave back every ounce of energy the band put out to us.

Jed Elliott, Gethin Davies, The Struts, photo by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
Luke Spiller, The Struts, photo by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson

 
The Struts took notice, too, declaring it their best Cleveland show to-date. Even new songs off their forthcoming album got the same warm welcome. “Is it good? Or is it shit?” Luke asked. I assure you, it’s every bit as good as anything off Everybody Wants. I certainly can’t wait to hear the rest of the album, and can’t wait to see them again.

Luke Spiller, The Struts by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
Luke Spiller, The Struts, photo by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson
Luke Spiller, The Struts, by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson
The Struts by Mara Robinson

All photos by Cleveland rock photographer Mara Robinson 

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Photo recap: Howard at Musica

Akron was the first stop for Brooklyn-based Howard Saturday February 20 at Musica.

Fronted by Howard Feibusch, we saw the band last year at Nelsonville Music Festival. He and bassist Myles Heff performed a stripped-down acoustic set, as their drummer hadn’t yet joined the tour. Here’s our set of photos.

Howard Feibusch and Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch and Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch and Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
Howard Feibusch and Myles Heff (Howard) at Musica by Mara Robinson
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Mara Robinson: Rock Shots Photo Exhibit

Cleveland’s Space: Rock Gallery, part of the Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future nonprofit, is featuring 40 color and black and white photographs by Mara Robinson. Both framed and printed on aluminum, the images range in size from 8×12 to 16×24.

Images were shot at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Riot Fest Chicago, and Nelsonville Music Festival in Hocking Hills, as well as locally at the Grog Shop, Beachland, Musica and House of Blues.

Featured artists include The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Sean Lennon, Dinosaur Jr., Sloan, Neko Case, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ezra Furman, Lightning Bolt, Kurt Vile, Wire and many more.

All prints are available for purchase, including a hefty choice of 4×6 and 8×12 prints of local and national musicians from her first years of shooting, including Guided by Voices, The New Pornographers, and images from the first Cleveland Lottery League.

Join us opening night Friday, August 7 at 6pm for wine and pics.

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