Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age - Providence Performing Arts Center July 14, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Monday July 14, 2014

Support – Brady Dalle

Readers of this blog know that I am fan of the band. Been a fan for many years and last night marked the 13th time seeing the band live. Some things were the same, but much has changed, for the better over the years. The band is a bit more focused on the visuals (far more lights in the show than I ever recall seeing) and a tight...very tight set list.

Opening with “You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire” was a very solid, rowdy opener and that sped right in to “No One Knows”.

For the full 90 minute set found the band really not straying. I don't even think lead singer, founder and guitarist Josh Homme even changed his guitar. Josh was spot on vocally and he would toss his swagger off his hips and “just the right” amount of stage banter really kept it moving.

The band, which always seemed to have a revolving door of musicians seems to have settled down..at least for now. Troy Van Leeuwen was stage right, changing his guitars often and offering many vocal harmonies. Bassist Mikey “shoes” Shuman was to Hommes left and is steady and animated as ever. Jon Theodore really can work the drums, and was even given a short solo late in the show. Dean Fertita played just about everything, focusing mostly on keyboards, but he'd strap the guitar on many a time during the night.

2013's critically acclaimed record “...Like Clockwork” was well represented and the tunes all play out well in a live setting. “If I Had A Tail” mid set was a stand out and the swirling bass on “Turnin' the Screw” was a perfect bookend to the track.

The main set ended with “Go With The Flow” and Josh thanked us all for coming. The band left with waves and smiles and the audience didn't need to wait long for more.

The three song encore opened with “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” a piano lead track with Homme just off center stage playing under spotlights. A wildly fun “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” was extended with some ad libs from Homme and the extended drum solo from Theodore all lead to the great closer “A Song for The Dead”. Walls of guitar, thunderous drums and just a spastic light show ended the set on a high note.

The full set:
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, but I Feel Like A Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is The Sun
Smooth Sailing
I'm Designer
Monsters in the Parasol
I Sat By The Ocean
...Like Clockwork
If I Had A Tail
Turnin' The Screw
Fair weather Friends
Little Sister
Make It Wit Chu
Sick, Sick, Sick
3's & 7's
The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret
Go With the Flow
E:
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
Feel Good Hit of The Summer
A Song For The Dead

All in all I was pleased. The set seemed a tad short with the bands extensive catalog, but I didn't really leave feeling they left anything out. Of course one could argue they didn't play …... but what good would that do, you'd be taking from a fine fine set.

I'd have posted a picture or two, but I can't ever seem to grab a worthy picture off my phone..so I'll spare you.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Baseball Project...shhh its a supergroup and they are playing small clubs.

 
 
The Baseball Project will embark on a summer tour in July including dates up and down the East Coast and beyond. The tour follows the release of the band’s third album, 3rd, released on Yep Roc Records on March 25. The record features 17 swings at the national pastime with subjects including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and some of the true characters of the game such as once-beloved fallen star of the Mets and Phillies Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis.

Inspired by the New York Yankees' Bernie Williams and his outstanding career (but somewhat overshadowed by the stacked pinstripe history of Mantle and DiMaggio that only ranks him as the third best center fielder in team history), watch their live in-studio performance of "Monument Park" Here .

The Baseball Project was formed in 2007 by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M.) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3). The endeavor began as a way for a couple of fans with a shared musical vision to pay tribute to our national pastime. Since then, The Baseball Project has blossomed into a full-fledged, much-loved band in its own right. Zuzu’s Petals/Steve Wynn drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills fill out the official roster of The Baseball Project, an all-star squad whose following and creativity has grown steadily with each release and tour.

Tour Dates:

July 10 - Birmingham, AL @ Sirote Theatre
July 11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
July 12 - Durham, NC @ All-Star Fan Fest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
July 17 - Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
July 18 - Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Dogfish Head Brewery
July 19 - Ringwood, NJ @ Live at Drew's
July 20 - New Windsor, NY @ Storm King Art Center (w/ Happiness)
July 22 - New London, CT @ Hygenic Art Park
July 23 - Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
July 24 - Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park (w/ Lucero)
July 25 - Reading, PA @ Weekend Kick-off Party at The Abe
July 26 - Harrisburg, PA @ Midtown Arts Center (w/ The Split Squad)
July 27 - Port Chester, NY @ Garcia's
July 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (w/ The Split Squad)
July 29 - Portsmouth, NH @ The Press Room
July 30 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ The Split Squad)
August 1 - Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang (w/ Conor Oberst and Dawes)
August 2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
August 3 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
August 5 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
August 6 - St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
August 7 - Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
August 10 - Madison, WI @ House Party
August 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center
August 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
August 15 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater (w/ The Minus 5)

This should be something!  I'll see you there!!!

Free Summer Concerts at Georges Island - dates and info

Nothing like some free music on an island no less...mark this information DOWN
 
Berklee College of Music, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and the Boston Harbor National Park havejoined forces again to bring up-and-coming Berklee students and alumni to historic Fort Warren on Georges Island for free live performances of pop, R&B, bluegrass, roots, folk, Latin, and more. The concerts take place Saturdays July 12 and 26, and August 9, 23, and 30. Each concert features three artists performing back-to-back, so all that's needed to enjoy an afternoon of music on the island is a ferry ticket.

Berklee’s Summer Concerts at Georges Island are accessible by ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf North, next to Christopher Columbus Park (MBTA Blue Line to Aquarium Station, Green or Orange Lines to Haymarket Station). Ferry tickets can be purchased at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, across from the Long Wharf Marriott. Ferries also depart from Hingham Shipyard Pier. For more information,  click here.


Saturday, July 12

1:00 pm – Meredith Snyder is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a smooth vocal blend of folk and jazz. She explores a spectrum of styles, influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, St. Vincent, and Fiona Apple. Snyder recently released her first EP titled Beginning.

2:00 pm – With roots in Celtic and bluegrass, Cat and the Moon blend traditional and modern, acoustic and electric, to create an exciting and original new sound. Armed with technical prowess, this five-piece band from Boston has been performing publicly since 2013.

3:00 pm – Nikolas Metaxas writes with the lyrical setting of Nick Drake and performs with the power of Freddie Mercury. “He’s a singer-songwriter with amazing energy, terrific stage presence and catchy songs,” said Expresso Sounds.

 
Saturday, July 26

1:00 pm – Miriam Elhajli's sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie with a touch of Delta blues. Last summer she traveled to London, where she played at renowned venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh on Sea Folk Festival, and the Troubadour Club.

2:00 pm – Tim Reynolds Band, combining pop, soul, and R&B, finds its unique sound by using both voice and violin as the lead instrument. It has performed at venues including the Rome City Auditorium in Rome, Georgia; the New England Conservatory; and Berklee.

3:00 pm – Zoya's fourth EP is titled Letters to Toska. Zoya's confessional songs convey her experiences throughout the world, beginning in her native India, to her childhood home in Southern California, and stretching to her most recent travels across South America.

Saturday, August 9

1:00 pm – Damn Tall Buildings is an acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston with lyrical storytelling, foot-stomping grooves, and up-tempo hobo anthems. With members from all around the U.S., Damn Tall Buildings is four people uniting their influences into a single sound.

2:00 pm – El Feeling is a folk band composed of Colombians Camilo Gomez, Felipe Gonzalez, Carlos Pinzon, Ivan Valbuena, and Juan Alvarez; and Mexican Diego Torres. The group met at Berklee and developed a sound based on the rhythms of the different regions of Colombia.

3:00 pm – Chorobop is a new ensemble with repertoire based on the traditional Brazilian choro genre, with a twist of bebop. They perform with traditional and contemporary instrumentation that includes mandolin, 7-string guitar, pandeiro, electric guitar, bass, and percussion.

Saturday, August 23

1:00 pm – Bailey Taylor honed her sound – a pure voice combined with banjo-style fingerpicked guitar – writing and performing in the Twin Cites before coming to Berklee. Her passion is music’s role in cross-cultural communication and much of her songwriting focuses on social change.

2:00 pm – The Georgia English Band tell stories of youth, discovery, and vulnerability. English used pop, soul, folk, and jazz to explore everyday themes on her 2012 all-original album In the Fog. She also received Berklee’s Songwriting Achievement Award and a SESAC Award.

3:00 pm – Wambura Mitaru’s music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop as well as sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, she attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music before enrolling at Berklee on a full scholarship.

 
Saturday, August 30

2:00 pm – Ludovica Burtone, an Italian violinist, composer, and arranger, came to Berklee in 2012 to follow her passion for jazz. Burtone and her string quartet present a variety of compositions, from classical to jazz standards, tangos, and original compositions. Please note: Burtone is the only performer at this concert.

 
Summer Concerts at Georges Island is part of Berklee Summer in the City presented by Natixis Global Asset Management (ngam.natixis.com) which brings free musical performances by Berklee faculty, students, and alumni to neighborhoods in the Boston area and beyond. For more information and a full schedule, click here..

Get out an enjoy the high seas, and some great music.

Stargroves add local show.

A few weeks back we posted a blurb on Stargroves covering Sigur Ros.  If you missed it dive back in
here and be wow'd.

Good news for Boston area fans.  The band will be at TT' The Bears on August 6th.  Tickets are on sale now!

Stargroves is an eclectic mix of NYC based musicians, founded by lead singer and songwriter Teddy Watson. Influenced by bands such as Freelance Whales, Stars, and Sigur Rós, the members of Stargroves play a variety of intriguing instruments, accounting for the originality of their sound.Their self-titled debut album is now available for pre-order via iTunes.

In addition to singing lead vocals, Teddy also plays guitar and banjo. He is accompanied by four core band members: Bryan Percival (bass, backing vocals), Charlie Rauh (electric guitar, backing vocals), Brad Whitely (keyboard, synth), and Max Maples (drums).

Stargroves self-titled album is available for pre-order on iTunes now. The full legnth album will be available on July 22nd.

For tons more:
Official Site
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

See you at the show!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Grand Point North Festival. Line up and Dates


GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS along with Higher Ground Presents are pleased to announce the lineup for the 4th annual Grand Point North Music Festival taking place on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront Park.
 
In addition to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals playing both nights, the main stage line-up for the 2014 festival will include Lake Street Dive, Trampled By Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, The War On Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter, and Debo Band. Also featured on this year’s bill are some of Burlington's finest local talent, including Caroline Rose, Swale, Villanelles, Anders Parker, Lowell Thompson, Gold Town, and The High Breaks.
 
 
Tickets for the Grand Point North Music Festival are currently on sale. Tickets are available online at www.highergroundmusic.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 888-512-SHOW or in person at the Higher Ground box office, located at 1214 Williston Road in South Burlington.
 
Two-day festival tickets are currently $69 and will increase to $79 at a later date. Single day tickets are $49 in advance. Children 12 and under are free.
 
Time: Saturday, Gates at 3pm. Sunday, Gates at 2pm. Set Times TBD
Dates: Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Location: Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT
Ages: All ages. Children 12 and under are free.
Tickets:          $69 Regular 2 Day (while tickets last)
                        $79 Regular 2 day (while tickets last)
                        $49 Advance Saturday
                        $49 Advance Sunday
 
Tickets on sale now
Purchase:
Online: www.highergroundmusic.com
Charge by phone: 888-512-7469
In person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington
 
Glass, pets, outside alcohol, blankets, and coolers are all prohibited. Please carpool, parking is limited. All events are rain or shine. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Elbow - Royale, Boston MA May 12, 2014


Elbow

Royale

Boston, MA

Monday May 12, 2014

Support – John Grant

Every now and then you are given moments like the ones that happened at the Elbow show last night. One of the finest sounding and well mixed shows these ears have laid a listen to in a long time is just the tip of the iceberg.

Taking the stage about 930pm to a sold out audience it was a series of quick waves and then right down to business. Singer Guy Garvey was in fine vocal form. This was the bands second stop on the current US Tour and you'd hardly notice a kink with the music or the flow. There were seven people on stage (including two string players) and many swapped instruments after each song. Pete Turner (bass/keyboards) did the first few songs seated playing keyboards and guitarist Mark Potter went electric to acoustic, to 12 string and back.

Before “New York Morning” Garvey talked about how this was a song that given him the opportunity to have met Yoko Ono, and that moving forward he'd me mentioning famous people he wanted to meet, just for that reason. So he introduced the song as “Liam Neeson and Me”. Some other fun banter was a story about heartache and taking the heartache of others and feeling their pain, but realizing that Roxy Music had already wrote “Dance Away the Heartache”, so they dedicated “Real Life (Angel)” to Brian Ferry. There was just so many fun moments.

The set flowed wonderfully and Garvey was just so very charming. At times bands can go on and on with the talking, but when its fun and sincere you actually look forward to the next time he speaks. He was always gracious to share the stage with a member that might have had an extended solo during a song, he'd call back to “Craig Potter on the keyboards!”

The encore began with"Lippy Kids" and everyone was happy to sing along and shout "build a rocket boy!!!. The absolute payoff was “One Day Like This”. One of those songs with an extended sing along sections the band harnessed the ravenous fans and kept egging them on. It may have felt like it was going on for too long, but when Garvey had the female string players sing harmonies with the audience the hair on your neck stood up. It was one of those “moments” that sometimes catch you off guard and swirl around your head and down your spine. Chills. Absolute chills.

Smiles and waves and a group bow signaled the end to one of the finest shows in a long while. How this band is not huge in the US is both an injustice and very confusing.

I recorded the show on my PCM-M10 so I was able to go track by track..the set list:
Intro Music
Charge
The Bones Of You
New York Morning
Real Life (Angel)
The Night Will Always Win
Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
The Loneliness Of a Tower Crane Driver
Great Expectations
Scattered Black and Whites
Mirrorball
The Birds
Grounds for Divorce
*Happy Birthday to Julian (monitor engineer)
My Sad Captains
E:
Lippy Kids
One Day Like This

See them live, thank me later.


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Slint - The Paradise Boston April 29, 2014 setlist picture

Slint
The Paradise
Boston, MA
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Support – Spires That The Sunset Rise

One of the biggest, littlest known bands of the 1990s has quietly been doing shows here and there to ravenous audiences. Slint, who disbanded before much live support of their seminal album “Spiderland” was released was long looked at as “never going to tour again”. Band members went off to other things, some stopped playing all together.

Then, they played some shows.

Then, they played more shows.

People came and people cared. In 2005 I had the chance to see them and it was really great. I felt satisfied then in what was being told “that’s it we are done”. Well they toured again and played Spiderland in full, but that didn't come local. Last night they came back. Had it really been 9 years?

The band took the stage just before 930 and opened with “For Dinner” from “Spiderland” and it was just awesome. The audience was dead silent as Brian McMahan and David Pajo tuned their instruments. Ultimately they'd play the entire record (not in order) but I got to hear all six of the tunes live. The fourth song of the set found them playing “Darlene” from the album “Tweez”.

The stage banter was minimal. A quick “thank you” in to the mic was about all we got. The audience would shout requests and thank yous and the band seemed to crack smiles, but it was all business. McMahan was far off to the side whenever there were vocal portions. He was WAY over to the side mind you, like on the edge. The band doesn't work the stage a lot, but they made up for it with the music. From the moment chords were struck the room would erupt.

“Good Morning, Captain” ended the set, and ultimately the show. By the time McMahan screamed “I miss you!” You'd think the roof was going to blow off. Drummer Britt Walford was busy, but largely hidden by his drum kit.

For a band that hasn't released any new material in over 20 years and plays few shows they are remarkably tight. They have aged well, looking like the guy across your back yard mowing his own lawn and maybe willing to share a can of domestic beer with you on that hot day.

They left the stage with two songs still on the set and didn't return. Quick waves but not a lot of acknowledgment otherwise.

Take the chance to see them if you can. If the band could do things on their own terms you wonder if any new material would come of it.

One can only hope....

Image of the set list:
 

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

EarthFest!! Free show! - Neon Trees, The Wailers, Morning Parade set to perform!

 
 
Neon, Trees, The Wailers, Morning Parade and Smallpools are set to perform at the 21st Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest.  The family friendly (and free) event will take place on May 17th at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.  Presented by Whole Foods Market this is the largest free radio station concert in the country that showcases both local and national acts, as well as environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.

The only Boston stop on their current tour, Neon Trees will perform fresh off the release of their latest album Pop Psychology, available on April 22. They will be joined at Radio 92.9 EarthFest by reggae band The Wailers, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their iconic album Legend.  The festival line-up also features Morning Parade, a five-piece alternative rock band from England whose self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and Smallpools, an emerging American indie pop band. 
 
92.9 is also looking for the best local band to open up the show.  The finalists will perform in a live setting on April 30th at Great Scott in Allston as well as May 7th at Ned Devines in Boston.  The five total finalists will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on May 14th..the winner gets that opening slot! 
 

Because the Radio 92.9 EarthFest is expected to draw a crowd of more than 100,000 people, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the free bike valet service offered by MassBike or use public transportation. The DCR Hatch Memorial Shell is accessible by MBTA. Concertgoers can take the Green Line to Arlington Street or take the Red Line to Charles Street / MGH. For more details, visit the MBTA website at www.mbta.com
For more information, listen to Radio 92.9 FM or visit www.earthfest.com 



Monday, April 21, 2014

John Butler Trio - "Happy" acoustic cover

Check this out:



(If you want to get to the music go to about 1:30)

Pretty great cover by John Butler Trio

Midway through their national Australian tour, John Butler Trio found time in their packed sell-out schedule to drop by Australian national youth broadcaster triple j studio to take part in the acclaimed Like A Version series. Ripping out a jam of Pharrell's almost-record-breaking #1 hit "Happy".
 
The band is currently on tour in support of their sixth studio album  Flesh & Blood

You can find tour dates here