Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Bob Dylan Triple Album Out Next Week, New Tour Dates

The newest Bob Dylan album is due out in a few days, and it is a big one, his first triple album titled appropriately enough, Triplicate.
Like his last two records Dylan goes back to the great American songbook covering old time standards in his laid back current style with no new Dylan originals.

We have not been very high on the latest releases from Dylan as we find them fine, well just simply dull. This will probably me more of the same, but we may just have to grab the vinyl version of it.


More info on the release can be found on his site, and any album Bob puts out is a joy at this point. Same holds true for catching him live and tour dates have been announced:

1 APR 2017Stockholm, SwedenStockholm Waterfront
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2 APR 2017Stockholm, SwedenStockholm Waterfront
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4 APR 2017Oslo, NorwaySpektrum
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6 APR 2017Copenhagen, DenmarkOpera House
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7 APR 2017Copenhagen, DenmarkOpera House
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9 APR 2017Lund, SwedenSparbanken Skåne Arena
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11 APR 2017Hamburg, GermanyBarclaycard Arena
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12 APR 2017Lingen, GermanyEmslandhallen
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13 APR 2017Dusseldorf, GermanyMitsubishi Electric Halle
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16 APR 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsHeineken Music Hall
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17 APR 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsHeineken Music Hall
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18 APR 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsHeineken Music Hall
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20 APR 2017Paris, FranceLe Zénith Paris
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21 APR 2017Paris, FranceLa Seine Musicale
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22 APR 2017Esch-sur-Alzette, LuxembourgRockhal
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24 APR 2017Antwerp, BelgiumLotto Arena
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25 APR 2017Frankfurt, GermanyFesthalle
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26 APR 2017Hannover, GermanySwiss Life Hall
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28 APR 2017London, EnglandLondon Palladium
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29 APR 2017London, EnglandLondon Palladium
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30 APR 2017London, EnglandLondon Palladium
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3 MAY 2017Cardiff, WalesMotorpoint Arena
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4 MAY 2017Bournemouth, EnglandBournemouth International Centre
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5 MAY 2017Nottingham, EnglandMotorpoint Arena
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7 MAY 2017Glasgow, ScotlandSECC Clyde Auditorium
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8 MAY 2017Liverpool, EnglandEcho Arena
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9 MAY 2017London, EnglandThe SSE Arena, Wembley
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11 MAY 2017Dublin, Ireland3Arena
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13 JUN 2017Port Chester, NYCapitol Theatre
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14 JUN 2017Port Chester, NYCapitol Theatre
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15 JUN 2017Port Chester, NYCapitol Theatre
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17 JUN 2017Dover, DEFirefly Festival
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18 JUN 2017Wallingford, CTToyota presents Oakdale Theatre
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21 JUN 2017Providence, RIProvidence Performing Arts Center
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24 JUN 2017Kingston, NYHutton Brickyard
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25 JUN 2017Syracuse, NYLakeview Amphitheatre
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27 JUN 2017Kingston, ONRogers K-Rock Centre
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29 JUN 2017Ottawa, ONRichcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Centre
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30 JUN 2017Montréal, QCCentre Bell
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2 JUL 2017Barrie, ONMolson Centre
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4 JUL 2017Oshawa, ONTribute Communities Centre
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5 JUL 2017Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
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6 JUL 2017London, ONBudweiser Gardens
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12 JUL 2017Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
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14 JUL 2017Saskatoon, SKSaskTel Centre
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15 JUL 2017Moose Jaw, SKMosaic Place
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17 JUL 2017Calgary, ABSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
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18 JUL 2017Medicine Hat, ABCanalta Centre
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19 JUL 2017Edmonton, ABRogers Place
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21 JUL 2017Dawson Creek, BCEncanta Events Centre
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22 JUL 2017Prince George, BCCN Centre
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24 JUL 2017Kelowna, BCProspera Place
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25 JUL 2017Vancouver, BCPepsi Live at Rogers Arena
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27 JUL 2017Victoria, BCSave on Foods Memorial Centre
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Album Review: Valerie June -The Order Of Time

Valerie June
The Order Of Time
**** out of *****
On the second album from the Brooklyn based Valerie June she so confidently takes over these simple, grounded, songs with her incredibly unique voice, wide ranging musicality and self confidence; June is officially a force to be reckoned with.

Originally hailing from Tennessee, June keeps an earthy small town tone to all of these tracks. On her excellent full length debut Pushin' Against A Stone she had some big name producers inflicting a bit of their style, The Order Of Time has an easier rolling feeling that fits the multi-instrumentalist even snugger.

A good example is on fantastic opener "Long Lonely Road", this track instantly sets the tone, but if it had arrived on her last disk, Dan Auerbach may have pushed it into more fuzzed out rock territory. It's just fine the way it is (and would probably still sound great souped up) and whether it was the rural Vermont recording process of the sparse instrumentation, this album just feels like a better fit for June.

A simple snare and some banjo picking swirl with layers of her vocals for "Man Done Wrong" while "Shakedown" picks up the tempo and beat. June is chameleon like with music but ethereal with her voice, a gorgeous tracks like the soaring "The Front Door" and "Astral Plane" are dream like, contemplative and melancholy while "With You" has layers of strings and falsetto singing

"Slip Slide On By" is perfectly titled with a gorgeous gospel inspired build and "Love You Once Made" is an exhilarating showcase for June's soaring voice and stout song writing while "Just In Time" suffers from June's genre hopping style a bit trying to work in country/gospel/pop all into one track ending a touch disjointed compared to her other successes here.

All these are before "Got Soul" gets rhythm and dips into a touch of Country-Motown combining fiddles and banjos with B3 organs and horns into a soft yet groove filled dance album closing track.

If there is a detriment to the album it may be that even though June is completely comfortable in various musical styles, the tone of the record is pretty much one note, never rising or falling too far in any direction, but that can also be seen as a strength for a complete work of art. Valerie June has now come out with two real winners and here's hoping the next soars even higher.
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Very pumped this disk is so good. We loved her last album even putting it in the Top Ten for the year. This is different but just as solid. Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:


Monday, March 20, 2017

Dylan Cover #268 Patti Smith "Boots Of Spanish Leather"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Patti Smith of the Dylan tune "Boots Of Spanish Leather"
Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we highlighted someone covering this tune:
One of the first Dylan songs that really bowled me over. I know on the Times They Are a-Changin' there are a ton of epic songs but this was the track that stayed with me the longest. It is ghostly in it's presentation and still just as dynamic now as when he wrote it back in 1963. My favorite show I have seen Dylan play live was back in 1999 at the RPI Fieldhouse. The whole night was great, my favorite backing band of his since The Band, a tiny venue and a setlist that was magical. One of the major highlights was "Boots of Spanish Leather", I need to break out that bootleg this week and re-live that great night.
Cover

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Patti Smith blew us away when we caught her opening for Neil Young & Crazy Horse. In complete honesty we were never a fan before those performances (we caught her twice) and we were instantly turned on our ears as she is a genuine rock star.
Thoughts on Cover:
An excellent acoustic version with Lenny Kaye playing guitar and Smith singing emotionally in a live setting. Great cover 

RIP Chuck Berry

The world of popular music lost an icon, one of the largest of the 60 years at least when Chuck Berry passed away on Saturday Night, he was 90.
If you want a full on write up about his life, as always check out the NYTimes as they nail it. We will talk more personally here at RtBE. We don't celebrate many birthdays here on the site, but we  celebrated Chuck's, John Lennon's quote says it all,
"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." 
-- John Lennon

In recent years we have gotten more and more into 50's rock and roll music and Chuck is the man. While all musicians of that era are criminally under appreciated Berry (and Little Richard while we are at it) have always deserved more love. In my local watering hole on 29th St. Billymarks West we put Chuck in constant rotation as people of all ages, races and upbringing enjoy his tunes. It is odd, we don't feel like mourning much with Chuck's passing, we have more of a celebration feel as he has never really been far from our ears.

He wasn't perfect, no one is, and we never like it when someone passes away you only remember the good times; he was a complex individual. His issues with women, hidden cameras, and being an ass to play with run from criminal to jerk to creepy, but hot damn his music never gets old.

You can play "Johnny B. Goode" ten times in a row and still enjoy it when the eleventh pops up; for our money it's the best rock and roll song of all time. So rather then deal with words, lets just go with a part of Chuck that will never die, his music. Rest In Peace Mr. Berry.






Friday, March 17, 2017

Full Show Friday: Black 47 Live @ Connolly's NYE 2014

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...Black 47.

While they are not playing this year, every time St. Paddy's rolls around we think of Black 47. They are the quintessential NYC Irish Band for our personal time in this town. Their album Live in NYC is a perfect testament to their live show when we were seeing them often all around the city; the minute it starts to roll we are transported back to 1997. 

Today's show is not up to that level in quality, but who cares? Some of the fun of Black 47 was the chaos and drunkenness that was displayed each and every show they ever played. So lets dive into it today with a New Years Eve show from a place our band actually played

Here is Black 47's NYE show from a few years back at Connolly's in NYC. Enjoy:
  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tomorrow Is St. Patrick's Day

It is one of the few holidays we cherish and one of the main reasons is the music. Having grown up with the holiday a big deal in our house we have a special (for RtBE) Full Show Friday on tap tomorrow but we want to add a more personal touch today.
Our band Angels & Vagabonds wrote a song that was directly influenced by all of the Irish music of our youth. The track is titled "Queens Boulevard Serenade" and it takes a Queen's, NY young punk mentality and fuses it with a Gaelic sound.

You can grab all of our music at bandcamp, stream us on Spotify or iTunes and listen to the Irish influenced song below:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Album Review: Thundercat Drunk

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of Thundercat's newest titled Drunk. It is a fun retro ride from the bassist/singer/song-writer. We don't have much more to say, so enjoy the album and peep some video below: