Thursday, February 22, 2018

New Multi-Arts Venue The Shed Opening on The Highline in 2019

Our friends over at Brooklyn Vegan have rounded up a ton of info previewing the new performing arts space called The Shed which is being built on the far west side of Manhattan and is scheduled to open in 2019.
So you may ask why are we dedicating time to this, well it just happens to be one stinking block away from RtBE's base of operations. If this venue turns into something special, as it looks like it could, we would have the shortest commute imaginable to shows.

Indoor Outdoor Hell's Yeah
While we are still a ways away, we are hopeful that this venue is going to transform our neighborhood yet again, this time in a cultural and artistic way that enriches all. There is also going to be a pre-shed set of shows this May in the neighborhood for those interested.

Below are some videos previewing the venue and showing on going construction (which we hear all the time).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Album Review: The National Parks - Places Deluxe

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of The National Parks newest album Places Deluxe.
We went pretty in-depth with the review, so we won't say too much more. The group clearly had a mission and delivered on it, whether or not that will equate to you digging their songs/pop sound is a whole other ball of vinyl records.

Support the band, buy the album, peep some video below:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Album Review: Shannon and the Clams - Onion

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Shannon and the Clams newest release Onion.
We reviewed an album of theirs a long time ago and really dug it, now they come back with their strongest effort and we REALLY dig it. It what has become standard by this point, Dan Auerbach produces an already solid band and gets a great album out of them.

Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below:

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dylan Cover #313 Joan Osborn "Masters of War"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Joan Osborn performing "Masters of War" 
This month RtBE will focus on Joan Osborn who released a cover album of Dylan songs last year. We will showcase some from that album but also a few live renditions that Joan performed as she has been singing Dylan tunes for years in various projects. 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Ranking as one of his most accusatory and cutting tracks Dylan condemns the whole "war machine" on this classic and vital song (the "hope that you die" line is so facking cold, it is brutal). Often misrepresented as an attack on war itself (Dylan always said he wasn't a pacifist) this track calls out the government for using war-as-business (the Cold War in particular) and business-as-war models when lives are put on the line for meaningless reasons. As alive and burning now as it was in 1962 when he wrote it.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Joan Osborne has always been a cool artist on the fringe. When we first moved to NYC she was riding as high as she ever would be (on public popularity at least) with Relish. Her hit "One of Us" was massive and she was everywhere at the time. Then RtBE got to see her perform often with version of The Dead and Phil and Friends over the early/mid 2000's. A singer with soul, twang and power, she can do it all and seems happy to still be performing.
Thoughts on Cover:
A song we had to do on this Presidents Day here in the States. Joan also digs into her vocals here, something she didn't seem to do on the studio tracks we have presented so far this month. Osborn is a live performer first, as she embodies the emotional pain for this number.

For more insight into Joan Osborn's choice to cover Dylan was explained in-depth during this interview:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Full Show Friday: Drake BMWT London 2017

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week..Drake.

We will be honest, we love our Jazz Jan series, but reviewing the numbers each year it seems the public does not. So to recover from the low clicks, we shamelessly move to pop acts in February for RtBE's Full Show Friday features. The truth is that we do not follow the top 100 and have no idea who teenage girls (the demographic the industry directly markets too) are following so we will just go look at the numbers.

Drake is again on top of the Billboard chart, this time with "God's Plan" so it is only natural to feature him during these pop Full Show Friday's. RtBE are not big fans of the man and find his albums dull, but we are clearly in the minority on that. Here is his tour from last year with the full setlist below. Enjoy:

Trophies - 00:17 Started From The Bottom - 02:00 Headlines - 05:25 HYFR - 07:05 0-100 - 10:27 9 - 14:15 Still Here - 16:11 Childs Play - 17:44 Feel No Ways - 21:41 Worst Behaviour - 26:52 We Made It - 27:13 Blessings - 27:46 All Me - 28:11 Versace - 28:41 Pop That - 29:17 Over - 29:31 I'm On One - 30:10 Up All Night - 31:02 Miss Me - 31:19 Successful - 31:29 Wanna Know Remix - 32:59 Hotline Bling (removed) Hold on We're Going Home - 34:48 The Motto - 41:29 Right Hand - 42:59 For Free - 43:38 My Way - 45:17 Jumpman - 47:43 Giggs - Whippin Excursion - 49:33 Work - 52:39 Too Good - 54:37 Controlla - 57:22 One Dance - 59:36 Pop Style - 01:03:21 Know Yourself - 01:05:25 Energy - 01:09:15 Fake Love - 01:11:44 Legend - 01:13:31

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Album Review: Inara George - Dearest Everybody

Inara George 
Dearest Everybody
*** out of *****

Inara George’s newest solo album Dearest Everybody is an organic stroll through heartache and the longing to connect in both life and the ways we all uniquely have a relationship with loss. Her first solo adventure since 2009’s Accidental Experimental finds George delivering unique lyrics, around engaging musical arraignments which all sound fresh and alive. 

“Young Adult” starts the record by confidentially dealing with confusion of growing up. The lyrics remain hopeful amidst the uncertainty while pianos and bass lay the foundation before the chorus coalesces with grandeur. Rain drops and banjo color “Crazy” feeling like a spring morning stroll along a stone path in a garden

The sparseness of “A Bridge” puts the showcase squarely on George’s voice. The track layers her vocals and breathy “ooh and aahs” to completely wash the listener in her sound and nothing else. That layering also shows up for “Somewhere New” augmented by clapping and light strings but this disk is designed to shine the light on George’s voice; her singing throughout is wonderful as she moves from high fluttering to a warm soulful directness that spawns empathy.

The soft rock of “Slow Dance” gently picks up the musical pace while “All for All” has a baroque childish quality to it dealing with clich├ęs in a Simon and Garfunkel vibe. “Stars” seems like it could have been at home on Father John Misty’s most recent release while “House on Valentine” uses muted horns and a light march to try to say goodnight to the past in a very effecting way. At times when George goes too airy there can be a flimsy quality to the track but when the musical style matches the substance she succeeds.

That combo clearly arrives on her most complete effort, the torch song “Release Me”. The soulful effort displays warm rich bass, organ work and softly picking acoustic guitar, all overshadowed by a vocal that drips with emotion. Written from her mother’s point of view after the death of her father, the track smolders and still manages to exude positivity. 

The daughter of Little Feat’s Lowell George, Inara has unique musical interpretations flowing through her and some of the effortless sounding tracks here prove that. However, it is her singing, hard work and life experiences which imbibe Dearest Everybody with both heartache and hope.   
Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Typhoid Rosie New Single "Sailing On" Album Due Next Month

We reviewed some damn good pop punk earlier with Superchunk's new protest album, so why not hype a perfectly named band for this day, Typhoid Rosie.

The Brooklyn poppy punk indie outfit have a new single titled "Sailing On" which is full of sing a long woahs and an upbeat vibe. Check it out:

Brooklyn's Typhoid Rosie have announced plans to release their third LP, This Is Now, on March 23. Keep an eye out for it.