UK rockers Alt-J bring hypnotic sounds to Cleveland's Jacobs Pavilion (photos)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The UK’s poetic trio of digital rock, Alt-J, breezed into Cleveland Tuesday night in support of their third album, RELAXER.

Opening with the ethereal “3WW” from Relaxer, Alt-J took the the Jacobs Pavilion stage in solitary positions, each caged in with their own bars of lights synced to the beats.

The group had little to no interaction with the audience, relying heavily on their avant-garde light show, and stayed mainly in their designated cells. However, keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton took time to mention they had spent a great off day in Cleveland making stops at Melt and the beaches of Lake Erie.

Stand out songs included “Matilda” where lead singer Joe Newman encouraged the crowd to take part in the refrain. “Fitzpleasure” closed out the main set up which garnered a thunderous steel bleacher seat stomping from the audience for an encore.

The band ended with obvious favorite “Breezeblocks”; the song that started it all and put the band on the indie map.

Opener, SOHN, began the night with his smooth electronic beats that complemented the headliners.



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