Reading Beck's new songs
• Have you heard Beck's "Song Reader"?
Probably not. His latest project was released in December as sheet music for musicians to interpret as they like. He said it was "a way of opening music up to what someone else is able to bring to it."
Pittsburgh multi-instrumentalist Richard Gartner, best known as the drummer for Soma Mestizo, decided to take up the challenge, forming a 10-piece ensemble to perform the full 20 songs at Club Cafe, South Side, on Wednesday.
The group, named Everyone's Out To Get You after a line from 1994 Beck song (with an unprintable title), features Sarah Siplak and Scott Roger Peterson (The Wreckids), Elliott Sussman, The Grifters and members of Sugar Daddy & the Big Boned Girls and Jazzam.
"The biggest challenge was deciding how to present the songs," Mr. Gartner says. "Although Beck gives general guidelines on performance in the sheet music, he says in his preface that 'personalizing and even ignoring the arrangements is encouraged.' It's the carte blanche of creation that took a while to work through."
The website songreader.net is filled with people's interpretations of the songs, many of them electronic or singer-guitarist versions.
"I decided to take a fairly traditional approach and honor the songs in their idiom," the drummer says. "While each song has its flavor, the styles alternate between country, blues, traditional pop and rock, burlesque and others. There are even polka and ragtime piano solos."
The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $12. Go to clubcafelive.com.
Melinda and Kevin
• Melinda Colaizzi, who goes by simply Melinda, is a blues-rocker with a bold voice who grew up in Pittsburgh, moved to Boston and won a Berklee World Scholarship, Aerosmith Endowment Award and honorable mention in both the 2009 Billboard and International Songwriting Competition.
She released an EP in 2011 and is now working on a full-length album that will feature a song produced by Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Kevin Bowe (of the band Okemah Prophets) who has written songs for Etta James, Jonny Lang and Lynyrd Skynyrd and has co-written with Paul Westerberg.
He is touring with the new album "Natchez Trace."
They play a show together at Club Cafe at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8.music