Music » Livewire

The Weepies

Tuesday, May 2, at the Beachland Tavern.


The Weepies is a rather deceptive name for Steve Tannen and Deb Talan's band. Listening to their music will provoke more smiles than tears. The two don't wear their hearts -- all big and sloppy -- on their sleeves, but express their emotions in more subdued ways. Residents of that partly cloudy/partly sunny folk-pop world populated by the likes of Hem and Over the Rhine, Tannen and Talan met about five years ago in Boston, thanks to admiration for each other's solo albums. It sparked a collaboration between them, onstage and off.

Although they are married, their songs aren't just mushy love platitudes, but rather explorations of life's often messy complexities. The Weepies' recently released sophomore effort, Say I Am You, is a highly listenable affair. Tunes like "Take It From Me," "Gotta Have You," and "Painting by Chagall" blend chimey melodies, warm harmonies, and thoughtful lyrics. Luminous moments like these serve to distinguish the Weepies from the NPR/Starbucks soundtrack crowd.

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

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.