Plants and Animals played their first gig as a band after the trio graduated as electro-acoustic music majors from Montreal’s Concordia University. Warren Spicer, Matthew Woodley, and Nicolas Basque have been on a journey of musical evolution since their 2005 self-titled debut, which consisted entirely of acoustic instrumentals. On 2008’s Parc Avenue, Plants and Animals explored a sort of pastoral-prog on cuts like the epic “Faerie Dance” (really, how can a song called “Faerie Dance” be anything but pastoral-prog and epic?). Recorded in their native Montreal and in Paris, the recently released La La Land takes a punchier approach and is a far less meandering record. “The Mama Papa” and the unfortunately titled but awesome “American Idol” are direct rocking numbers that come closer to the band’s live shows than most of Parc Avenue. Plants and Animals still get their prog on in the lovely “Undone Melody,” but there is far more kick to the flora and fauna this time around. Plants and Animals with Lowly the Tree Ghost play the Grog Shop at 9 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. —Chris Drabick
Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene
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 email@example.com.
Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.