Monday, May 29, 2017

Enjoy Memorial Day, Have a BBQ!

Enjoy Memorial Day, Have a BBQ!

We wished the Bard a Happy 76th birthday recently so we are taking Memorial Day off from our Dylan Cover series. Enjoy the unofficial start of summer with a Hardcore'Q

No Redeeming Social Value Style...


Or Murphy's Law Style...

Have fun, stay safe. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Full Show Friday: Sleater-Kinney 2015 Washington DC

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...Sleater-Kinney!
This is turning out to be a good month of Full Show Friday's as we have a pro-shot, pro-sound Sleater-Kinney show from 2015 this week on tap. We loved their come back album and rated it high in our best of the year for 2015. While we weren't super pumped on the live album from the tour, this live video is killer. Thanks to NPR for posting it and capturing a great night of music from the classic band.

Full setlist below the video. Enjoy:


SET LIST Price Tag - 0:40 Start Together - 4:36 Fangless - 7:11 Oh! - 10:59 Surface Envy - 14:54 Get Up - 18:02 Ironclad - 21:45 No Anthems - 24:23 Youth Decay - 28:13 What's Mine Is Yours - 30:57 A New Wave - 36:03 No Cities To Love - 39:48 One Beat - 42:46 Words And Guitar - 45:54 Bury Our Friends - 48:34 Sympathy - 52:20 Entertain - 56:21 Jumpers - 1:01:46 ENCORE Gimme Love - 1:07:24 Little Babies - 1:10:04 Turn It On - 1:12:20 Modern Girl - 1:15:02 Dig Me Out - 1:17:50

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Downtown Boys Record Coming Soon, Listen To "A Wall" Now

The angry punk rocking band from Providence, RI the Downtown Boys have a new album on the horizon. The group signed to Sub-Pop and will be releasing Cost Of Living on August 11th.
Lots of groups have written albums angry with the current political climate, but Downtown Boys were already outspoken politically on the last album of their we reviewed back in 2015 so we can only imagine the anger with which they come through this time.

You can stream the new song "A Wall" below or at their bandcamp site. You can also pre-order the vinyl or any other form at their bandcamp as well.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live Review:Gov't Mule/Chris Robinson Brotherhood Summerstage, NYC 5/11/17

Gov't Mule
Chris Robinson Band
Summerstage, NYC 5/11/17

On a night that felt more like summer than spring the jamband double bill was well attended with an overflow crowd parking themselves on the Central Park lawns. Opening the show and promoting their upcoming release were the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

With their last record The Black Crowes really showed off their Band and Grateful Dead influences and now with Robinson's solo project it is clear that he was a driving force behind that. Each song during their opening set was fluid and shuffling, just like some of the best Dead songs in their catalog. While not able to jam them out for long, you get the feeling the tracks were prepared with just that in mind.

"Tomorrow's Blues" was a fine example over this style, never in a hurry to go much of anywhere, waltzing around gracefully in the summer sun. A newer song, "Blue Star Woman" continued the lazy pace with a piano intro and mid song break down before seguing excellently into jamming out for version of "California Hymn" that found Neal Casal's guitar leading the way and possessed clear flashes of "Shakedown Street". The band closed their short set with "Narcissus Soaking Wet" that allowed Robinson to get into story mode before seguing into "Shore Power", a perfect soundtrack to a New York City summer night.

Gov't Mule was actually celebrating it's 2000th show in their adopted hometown and would invite some guests out later in the night, but first the band warmed up with some of their hard rocking blues. The group also has a new record out titled Revolution Come...Revolution Go and featured a few tracks from it, but the group started of with heavy combo of "World Boss" off of Shout! from 2013 and "Brand New Angel" from High & Mighty,

Scaling it back for "About To Rage" the group lost the head of steam they built up by incorporating more wandering solos and less powerful singing from front-man Warren Haynes. The old school groove lead by Matt Abts powerful drumming took the lead on "Rocking Horse" while the instrumental "Birth of The Mule" also worked. The band really pushed it up when the sun went down though with the powerful "Game Face" and extremely effecting "Banks Of The Deep End".  

The highlight of the night came when the band brought out Casal on guitar along with surprise harmonica player Bruce Willis to burn through a solid take of the blues classic "Key To The Highway". With Warren revving up his slide guitar and wonderful organ work from Danny Louis the group was locked in and the guests augmented things perfectly  Finishing their set with their burning theme song "Mule" and encoring with "Dreams & Songs finished the night as grateful fans filled out into the New York Night.
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Support both bands and peep some live video from the show below:




Happy 76th Birthday Bob Dylan

No one has ever been better. Happy 76th Birthday Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan.
Enjoy a few of his best songs:




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Album Review: BJ Wilbanks- BJ Wilbanks

BJ Wilbanks
S/T
***and1/2 out of *****

The first full length, self titled release from the Georgia based sing/songwriter BJ Wilbanks is a strong mix of retro soul and Americana that instantly grabs the listener. Reminiscent of past sounds but also confidently striding forward

Right from the opening notes of "Healin' My Blues" the confidence of Wilbanks shines through. The crisp horns, firm rhythm section and soulful crooning from the front man are powerful. This tune is an album highlight from the start, but things stay strong with "Tied Up & Twisted" and the excellent confessional "I Can't Help It" which sounds like a Stax Records outtake from the labels glory days.

His sound is clearly devoted to R&B acts of the late 50's early 60's but there are modern day contemporaries who also float in these same retro soul waters such as St. Paul & The Broken Bones who Wilbanks shares a cohesive sound. Like Paul Janeway of that band, Wilbanks solid vocals float on top of and when needed cut through the strong production and musicality of the songs here.

The piano led, harmonica added slow ramble of "Livin' Off The Land" is a more polished field song in the vein of William Elliott Whitmore and "My Whole Life" ends the record on a touching somber tone. Being a first release there are a few tracks that don't hold up as well as the best tracks. "Change Your Mind" contains some great wah-wah guitar, yet the overall effort drags in the middle while "Cui Bono?" moves towards the rock/blues and doesn't contain the power of the more soul orientated offerings.

However, this self titled release is a clear success, capturing a warm sound and an emotive singer who inhabits his songs. Wilbanks categorizes his own sound as "Back Porch Soul", that is a fairly accurate description and if he keeps putting out albums as solid as this one his houses back porch is going to be getting a whole lot larger.
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Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:



And as a bonus check out his cover of one of RtBE's favorite all time songs:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dylan Cover #277 Banjo Nick "One More Cup Of Coffee" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover from Banjo Nick and it is a version of "One More Cup Of Coffee" 

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Bob's story tunes seemed to crest on Desire and "One More Cup Of Coffee" fits in the Western/Biblical/Mystical motif of both "Isis" and "Romance In Durango" but puts fourth a more ominous feel then either. Singing with Emmylou Harris on the original recording a haunting combo of voices which gets along perfectly with violins and other rag tag players from the sessions.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Not much info on Banjo Nick, here is his facebook page and there is an interview with him on Youtube as well.
Thoughts on Cover:
This one isn't perfect but we like the live and freewheeling nature of it. The banjo is a nice touch for this track and works excellently here.   

Friday, May 19, 2017

Full Show Friday: De La Soul & Rhythm All Stars 2010 Jazzfestival Montreux

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...De La Soul & Rhythm All Stars!
This is a damn good show for Friday and it starts off hot as hell! Not much of an intro this week, we want to dive right into this banging set, "Pass The Plugs" with a full soul band?!? Sign us up!  

Sure we were disappointed by De La Soul's last effort, but this show makes up for it. Get in there and Enjoy:


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce 2017 Beacon Residency

Now that The Allman Brothers are done touring the Tedeschi Trucks Band has taken over the mantle of Peakin' At The Beacon.

The group recently announced they will be playing six shows in October this year with a variety of openers and guests checking in through out their run. This will be the seventh year the band will play the venue and will celebrate their 25th show there in style on 10/11/17.

We have caught the band the last two years at the Beacon now and enjoy every single show, the players are tight and exhilarating. Below are some video from past Beacon shows from the band, and under that is all the ticket information. We hope to see you one the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the fall.


2017 TTB BEACON THEATER SHOW INFORMATION:
Fri Oct. 6 With Greyhounds showtime 8pm
Sat Oct. 7 Two sets, no opener showtime 8pm
Tue Oct. 10 With The Wood Brothers showtime 7:30pm
Wed Oct. 11 “TTB & Friends – 25th Beacon Show”
w/ special guests and North Mississippi Allstars showtime 7:30pm
Fri Oct.13 Two sets, no opener showtime 8pm
Sat Oct.14 Two sets, no opener showtime 8pm

Tickets on sale to the general public, Friday, May 12 at 10:00am. Tickets are priced at $49.50, $85.50, $126.00 plus applicable fees. There will a limited number of TTB Beacon Balcony seats at $29.50 which is inclusive of all fees. In addition, a specially priced 6-night ticket package will also be available. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Album Review: Los Colognes- The Wave

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

It is of Los Colognes newest release The Wave. This one surprised us. It really isn't something we would normally go for, but this Nashville band won us over with their bright shiny sounds. Another thing, that album cover is perfectly representative of the sounds that is encases. Think early 80's pop and you are half way home. 

The whole things smells a touch hipster-y but in the end it really is about the music and The Wave delivers. Support the band, read the review, buy the album and peep some video below:


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Live Review: North Mississippi Allstars 5/11/17 Bowery Ballroom

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the North Mississippi Allstars live show from last Thursday night at the Bowery Ballroom. Alvin Youngblood Hart opened the show as well, so it was a full on night of blues.

The NMAS has improved their live show dramatically since we caught them last in '12 and it is basically due to Luther completely owning the front-man role now. He will never have an amazing voice, but his style, showmanship and singing have vastly improved. No longer is he jsut a great guitarist, he is a a great blues man, and he will only get better with age.

Fun show, support the band, catch them live, read the review, and peep some video below:



 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dylan Cover #276 Tatiana Moroz "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 Tatiana Moroz playing "Masters of War"
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.
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Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first we heard of Ms. Moroz and she has a huge voice. She is a self described Singer, Songwriter, Revolutionary and she has a fascinating bio. A folk singer with a voice this strong is worth hearing no matter what she is singing.  

Thoughts on Cover:
Just so happens she is singing one fo the most powerful songs ever written. As we mentioned, Moroz's voice is a beast and she uses it all over the place on this cover. It is dramatic and fluctuates with power, this is a solid cover in this Monday series.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Full Show Friday: Trampled By Turtles 2013 @ Pizza Luce

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...Trampled By Turtles!
Still recovering a bit from our southern adventure at Jazzfest, we are keeping it light and airy for this week, all though in bluegrass circles these fellows play pretty damned hard. We are going back to 2013 for a full Trampled By Turtles show from their hometown of Duluth, MN. There are a few interviews in the show as it was recorded for Public Access TV in their home state. 

We were slightly disappointed in the last Trampled By Turtles disk we reviewed, but they are fun for a live show and fit well for this Full Show Friday.

Enjoy:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Japandroids Keep Touring, Playing Brooklyn In October

The Canadian rock and roll duo Japandroids are continuing their world tour with a fall leg on the back of their most recent release, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.

The group will be touring with the Cloud Nothings in the fall. We caught them the last time they were in NYC, having Craig Finn as the opener. This time around the band will play Brooklyn Steel on October 26th, tickets go on sale this Friday.  

We liked the newest release from the band, but not as much as their last album. However, there is no denying the group is killer live, so grab tickets and check them out. Until then, peep some video below:



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Album Review: Marco Pave- Welcome To Grc Land

Marco Pave
Welcome To Grc Land
***and1/2 out of ****

The young MC Marco Pave has expertly crafted a gripping debut album that is immersed in the past present and future of his hometown of Memphis, TN. Even the title speaks to the state of affairs as Pave has mentioned leaving "Graceland" without any vowels, "because the Grace is broken".

This is a full on concept album from teh bright new voice that grapples with the current cultural climate (including but not limited to: religion, protesting, struggling families, racism) as various impactful interludes remind you where exactly you are, 2017 Memphis, a complicated place and time. Pave is breathlessly confident whether he is dealing with killings, the police or social injustice and on "One Hunnid" he comes out blazing.

He increases the speed and direction with "Let Me Go" an album standout that manages to mix a sobering story about being treated as insignificant, a gospel church choir and his fiercest rapping on the album successfully. There is a lot going on on all of these tracks and immersing in the full album flow is needed for optimal enjoyment.    

"Hood Obit" wonders about the lasting impact and what people will say and guest MC Dutchess steals the track about her working to raise to children. The song also contains a flaw in the album, while he brings in help for choruses (notably Zandria F Robinson) his singing and R&B tendencies need work.

What doesn't need any help is the design and production of the disk; even though it is 17 tracks long, it is never stagnant. Sons flow in and out with the quickness, built around, riffs, huge backing vocals and slapping beats. The production is top notch, incorporating the blues and rock history of the towns past with its hip hop present. "Gun Barrel" pumps hard, "Sacrfice" paints a scene around haunting keys, "Stupid Dhuum" slows down the pace to a crawl, "Neck Off" amps the tough guy swagger, while "Hold Us Down" is anthemic with its rebellious power.

The albums interludes are sequenced reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quests Midnight Marauders but are much more vital to the overall album in the way Solange used them to add depth to Seat At The Table. It is the combo of these real world tales that are woven into musically fresh sounds with lyrical dexterity, all addressing massive issues that elevates Welcome To Grc Land and will push Pave directly onto the national scene.    
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Support the artist, buy the album, stream it for a limited time on NPR, peep some video below:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Album Review: Heavy Tiger - Glitter

Heavy Tiger
Glitter
***and 1/2 out of *****

The Swedish power trio Heavy Tiger have put out their second record, Glitter and it is a blast of throwback 80's glam rock that starts pumping from the first notes.

It is almost as if Maja Linn Samuelsson (Vocals, Guitar), Sara Frendin (Bass, Vocals), Astrid Carsbring (Drums, Vocals) never knew the last 30 years have transpired when it comes to music or the cultural climate as their sound is rooted deeply in the gluttonous over-the-top excess decade of the 80's, The opening track and first single "I Go For The Cheap Ones" is an album high point right from the jump with its kick ass sultry swagger.

From there the album stays hot with a collection of tracks that are made almost strictly for their sing along choruses. Each tune builds to a catchy phrase that gets repeated over the arena ready drums guitars and bass. "Shake" has links to The Donnas by way of The Darkness while "No Tears In Tokyo" almost goes a ballad route but still manages to shoehorn a mega chorus into the mix. 

"The Only Way Is Up" piles on the cliches while "Downer and a Sunny Day" puts extra snarl into the vocal delivery. The tracks get a bit wobbly with "Keeper of the Flame" which tries to amp up the style and move things around while "Starshaped Badge and Gun Shy" seems like the most upbeat anti-cop song ever recorded. 

The album ends upbeat though with the punk-ish "Jemma" and the big drums of "Devil May Care" keeping things vibrant and alive until the final notes. If you are in the mod for straight up rock and roll that recalls crazy nights on the Sunset Strip from decades long gone, check out Glitter with your big hair, spandex and Gibson Flying V.
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Thanks to Mike for turning us on to this one, it is a fun album. Support the group, buy the album and peep some video below:


Monday, May 8, 2017

Dylan Cover #275 Brittany Campbell "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live acoustic cover by Brittany Campbell of the Dylan tune "Rainy Day Women #12 & #35"
Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we highlighted someone covering this tune:
The first song on the iconic Blonde on Blonde "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is an anthem for a generation...to do what with, is up for debate. Stoned in the head or stoned by the masses up to you to decide. Whatever your thoughts on the lyrics and meaning it can't be argued that Bob is having fun which doesn't always come across on his studio releases. The "Salvation Army" style horns and marching is a hoot but not made for everyday consumption. Truth be told, the song is normally skipped when I am listening to the album, I like opening Blonde on Blonde better with "Pledging My Time" and rarely listen to this track.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist
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I have never heard of Ms. Campbell before but a quick search brings back that she is an incredibly talented Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Artist. She has a bandcamp page, and maybe most impressive is her animations for her own songs on her youtube page.

Thoughts on Cover:Wow, it is finds like this that make us continue this Monday series. What seems like a quirky off the cuff cover is fantastic. Acoustic, Rhythmic, Amazing. We spent some time checking out all of Brittany's music on her various sites and you should as well. This cover was just the beginning of this talented artist. We mentioned we don't like this song, but we sure as hell dig this version.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Full Show Friday: Lake Street Dive 909 In The Studio Live

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...Lake Street Dive!
Every April (and now May) we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Lake Street Dive who will be playing the Gentilly Stage in a few hours...

Well since we are at the fest, why not extend this focus to today? As Lake Street Dive will be playing today on the Gentilly Stage in a few hours. We can't wait to catch them, this interview and mini live set is a great introduction to them as an act.

RtBE's friend Corinne turned us on to the group and they are def one to catch up/keep an eye on as their mix of Americana, blues, soul etc is engaging. Pro Shot - Pro Sound in the studio this mini live set is worth your time on this Friday...unless of course you are with us at the festival then come watch them live with us.

Enjoy:
   

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Second Weekend of Jazzfest Starts Today, Stream It!

The best festival in America kicks off it's second weekend today and hopefully you are attending. If you can not get to the Big Easy for The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalWWOZ has the answer.

You can stream the festival through their website. This is one of the best radio channels in the country, so you should pop in and stream them regularly, but this weekend is a must if you can't be there.

Below are some highlights from the last weekend at the fairgrounds. Enjoy (and next year get your ass there!)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Album Review: Thurston Moore - Rock N Roll Consciousness

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of one of RtBE's Personal Favorites, Thurston Moore and it is a fantastic slice of expanded art rock. Easily the best thing that Moore has released since his Sonic Youth Days, Rock N Roll Consciousness is pure bliss. 

We love this record, expect it to show up during the year end review on the plus side of the ledger. We are also pumped to see him live later this month at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, we will review that show as well. 

Until then, support the artist, read the review, buy the album and peep some video below:



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Album Review: Trombone Shorty - Parking Lot Symphony

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Trombone Shorty's newest release Parking Lot Symphony. We have been fans of Shorty's since we first saw him 9 years ago, he is a whirlwind of funky sound on the live stage, but his studio albums have always been a lacking in structure and song writing. He has worked hard to improve that, but what still shines brightest are his instrumentals and covers. 

A solid album and we can't wait to catch him in NOLA this weekend at Jazzfest and elsewhere around the quarter.  

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



Monday, May 1, 2017

Dylan Cover #274 Kenny Wayne Shepard "Everything Is Broken"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Kenny Wayne Shepard doing a cover of "Everything Is Broken" 
This month (and the first of May) we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing the 2017 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight country music singer Kenny Wayne Shepard who will close out The Blues Tent this Saturday May 6th

Thoughts on Original:
If Bob wasn't the Bard "Everything Is Broken" would just be another tossed off song. However, is anything with Dylan just simply tossed off? Well this song certainly feels tossed off to me...sorry. Oh Mercy is a hell of an album, one of Dylan's classics, and this song is fine, it just can't even stand close to any of his all-time gems, not remotely close. One of the reasons I started this cover series was to show hoe amazing The Bard's songs are in just about anyone's hands, but if the original of this tune was written by Joe Schmoe would people think it was great, or is it just the Dylan name that gives it clout?  

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Thoughts on Cover Artist:
The Louisiana native Kenny Wayne Shepard has been on the scene since he could strum, playing electric blues all over the country. We actually saw him live waaaay back in the day on one of his first tours and liked his style but never really jumped on board. There is no doubting though that he can play that guitar.  
Thoughts on Cover:
A fine cover of a pretty straight ahead dull song. With these tracks, lesser known Dylan tunes, we always enjoy it when an artist goes radically different with their cover. KWS didn't do that, this is straight ahead, and perfectly played, but nothing earth shattering. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Full Show Friday: Leon Bridges Live 2016

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...Leon Bridges!

Every April we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Leon Bridges who will be playing the Gentilly Stage in a few hours...


It starts today! In just a few hours the show will be in full swing and later this afternoon the retro soul of Leon Bridges will be blaring out of the Gentilly Stage. We wish we were down there, next week can't come quick enough.

For those unfamiliar with Bridges, give this a listen. His throwback R&B style is easy to digest and fun to dance to. This show from last year (no other details, feel free to let us know more in the comments) is pro-shot with pro-sound so enjoy:



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jazzfest Starts Tomorrow, Stream It!

The best festival in America kicks off tomorrow and hopefully you are attending. If you can not get to the Big Easy for The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, WWOZ has the answer.
You can stream the festival through their website. This is one of the best radio channels in the country, so you should pop in and stream them regularly, but these next two weekends are a must if you can't be there.

We will be down next week, and we can not wait, we will be checking out this stream to tide us over, you should do the same. Oh yeah and peep a few videos of acts playing this weekend:

NAS and The Soul Rebels Brass Band Headline The Congo Square Stage on Friday:


Jon Cleary will be on the Gentilly Stage at 1:40 on Saturday:



Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes will close out the Blues Tent on Sunday:


This is just a wee sample of what is in store for Fest goers this weekend. Unreal.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Album Review: Matthew Logan Vasquez- Does What He Wants

Matthew Logan Vasquez
Does What He Wants
**** out of *****
Matthew Logan Vasquez had planned to get back with the band that exposed him to the masses, Delta Spirit, but something got in the way, these songs. On Does What He Wants the Vasquez gets personal, dramatic and most importantly, follows his muse wherever that might take him.

When his first solo album, The Solicitor Returns, came out (just last year) ti was a nervy affair filled with fuzzy guitars and energy/aggression that seemed to be lacking from his main bands recent efforts. Does What He Wants finds the singer/guitarist more comfortable in his solo surroundings and the tracks show it; he can move from a calliope tale of drunk fishing and fighting ("Red Fish") to a heart wrenching ballad of broken homes ("Tall Man") from song to song.

The disk actually starts off with the most Delta Spirit sounding track here as "Same" mixes strings, odd 80's digital funk and dance vibes with a pissed off vocal. After that though the disk becomes personal with "Fatherhood". Recently embodying that title and moving to Texas has found the songwriter growing up and that sense of moving on and being a true adult and bit at sea is found throughout the album. This phase of life has armed Vasquez with barrels of material to dig from.

"Fires Down In Mexico" has some more stomp and is reminiscent of his first solo offering as things are not neatly wrapped up at the songs vivid end while "Old Way's" works as a single with it's straight ahead swagger that draws you directly in. MLV's dramatic take can be found on three fantastic story songs, "The Fighter" feels like a personal piano ballad to a loved one (father perhaps?) while "The Informant" plays like a self contained indie film with details and mental states painted vividly. The already mentioned "Tall Man" completes the trifecta with its painful isolation in an indie rock/western way that cuts to the bone.  
       
On the Americana rambling of "From Behind The Glass" MLV sings "I wasn't always this strange". Thank goodness that he is at a place now where he can be weird, as this album lives up to its title; it is all over the map in an exhilarating way. It may be a bit messy, personal, and stylistically divergent, but so is life. Matthew Logan Vasquez is living it, Doing What He Wants and thankfully making great albums like this along the way.
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This is a fun one, support the artist, buy the album, stream it, and peep some video below:


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Album Review: Willie Nelson- God's Problem Child

Willie Nelson
God's Problem Child
**** out of *****

The American legend Willie Nelson has released his 1,794th album (at least it feels like that many) with his newest God's Problem Child. Unlike a lot of his latest releases this record features seven new songs written by Willie and his songwriting partner Buddy Cannon. The end result is an easy going album that is one of the best the red headed stranger has produced in years;

The disk opens with a unique cover though as Willie uses his song writing partner's mother Lyndel Rhodes original song "Little House On The Hill". Willie and crew kick it up and put a smile on her face (and ours) with their mid tempo moving before the piano ballad of of Old Timer penned by Donnie Fritz and Lenny LeBlanc. These type of torch tunes fit Willie's affecting vocals perfectly and ring so utterly true.

The first new Nelson/Cannon tune arrives next with the bluesy "True Love" with excellent midnight lounge style female backing vocals and it is quickly followed by Willie's take on the recent presidential election "Delete and Fast Forward", a well produced Americana take that basically states, meet the new boss...you know the rest.

The first single is a Latino influenced slow burner titled "A Woman's Love" and it is the sexiest the 84 year old has been in ages as his breathy vocals front a cantina at dusk smokey sound. That song along with the swampy steam of the title track are album highlights, the latter featuring guest vocals from Jamey Johnson, one of Leon Russell's final vocal tracks the fantastic sounding Tony Joe White; oh yeah the picking ain't half bad either.

The majority of the new compositions are solid from top to bottom. Wilson can turn a phrase like few others, whether its "Lady Luck" cowboy/poker wisdom or "Your Memory Has A Mind of It's Own" the singer eases into the vocal and owns it. Almost even more impressive, on all of the new originals there is also space for Nelson's underrated acoustic guitar playing that has jazzy flashes and off kilter strums that work wonderfully.

Not all the selections are perfect, "Butterfly" feels a bit too theatrical for this collection and could have been saved for another release while "It Get's Easier's" is a pleasant tune but feels a touch redundant in this collection of songs that deal with the passage of time.

However, the closing ode to his good friend Merle Haggard "He Won't Ever Be Gone" (written by Gary Nicholson) is heartfelt but perhaps a better snapshot of this disk is the rollicking while winking quickie "Still Not Dead". It cooks along with piano, harmonica and a sense of humor that encompasses his late career and premature internet rumors of his demise. He certainly isn't dead, and you better thank whatever higher power there is that he is also still on top of his game.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Dylan Cover #273 Harry Connick Jr. "It Had To Be You"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Harry Connick Jr. doing a cover of "Solid Rock" 
This month we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing the 2017 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight New Orleans legend Harry Connick Jr. who will headline the Acura Stage on Friday, April 28th.  (Yup, this week!)
Thoughts on Original:
Ok Ok we know, we are cheating here, we know Dylan didn't write "It Had To Be You". It was written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn and it was published in 1924. It was famously covered by Sinatra, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald...etc. etc. However, as fans will know the Bard has gone back to old standards for his last three albums and this is one time we can actually post a version of him singing a song (hopefully it won't get taken down):

Now compare that with this version:
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artists:
Another artist this month we never really liked in the past. RtBE loves New Orleans, the music, history and people are the main reason why. Connick Jr. just never entered our sphere down there. Then we caught the amazing documentary Bayou Maharajah. For those who care at all about the great city of New Orleans and her musical legends you need to see that doc on the life of the late great James Booker. It was one-eye opening...actually bad jokes aside, one of the main things we realized from watching was how truly connected Connick Jr. was to the city. We were ignorant to this fact and we will fess up to that. Among other things, Booker was his piano teacher and you can see the pure joy, respect and passion in Connick Jr's eyes when he talks about his clear musical hero. Yeah HCJr may be a bit to pretty, but any man who learned from Booker needs a ton of respect. Now he has ours as he has the music, history and people of that great city flowing through his fingers.

Thoughts on Cover:
It is a fine cover, love the cartoon like beginning. Nothing bad about it, he sings it well, played it powerfully and joins the long line of solid versions of this tune.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Full Show Friday: Anders Osborne 3/3/16 Turner Hall Ballroom

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...Anders Osborne!

Every April we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Anders Osborne who will be playing at 3:30 on the Gentilly Stage Friday May 5th.

We are going to showcase another New Orleans act this week with our Full Show Friday leading into Jazzfest as Anders Osborne takes center stage. This NOLA guitarist is pretty bad ass in the live venue, we know first hand. While we aren't all in on his studio recordings, his riffing on stage cooks.

This show is from last years tour and he has a full complement of players supporting him. It was a Public Broadcasting effort and final project for a student in Milwaukee. It sounds and looks damn good.

Enjoy:


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Album Review: Pile - A Hairshirt of Purpose

Pile
A Hairshirt of Purpose
***and 1/2 out of *****

The Boston noise/indie rock collective Pile's newest release is a solid mix of scattershot rock and brooding think pieces. The foursome seem are hitting their confident stride among swirling sounds, dark undercurrents and fiery tones.  

The players Matt Becker – guitar, Matt Connery – bass, Kris Kuss – drums, Rick Maguire – guitar and vocals, work to create lush landscapes and angular tracks that suck in any fans of adventurous music. The banging "Hissing For Piece" is paired with the rolling and wandering journey of "Rope's Length" as the group manages to balance power and delicacy. The group is noticeably more restrained from past efforts, and softer songs like "Making Eyes" push this style to the forefront while "Slippery" incorporates acoustic guitars and sweet sounds before things rev up and burn.

Using a repeating drum intro to tie a few of the songs together works for the album cohesiveness, but each of these songs tend to build on each other. "No Bone" is a pleasant breather with dark undertones acting as prelude to the building terror of "Milkshake". The angular "Texas" is a wild ride even in its brief state before "Hairshirt" ratchets up the riffage and soars with noiserock blaring.  

The album has a few missteps with  "Leaning On The Wheel" out of place with its country road song lyrics and tone melded into a lumbering five minute ode that never accelerates. "Dogs" as well seems to be shooting for something grander and never coalesces even with violins and violas helping out.

The group closes the album with the best effort "Fingers", a rising energetic track that bangs and powers into math rock chaos to finish things off. There is a definite feeling of another Boston act from years ago with Pixies influences as the band experiments in the rock realm via all of its nooks and crannies. The Pixies however were minimalist and cutting and here Pile spread out and take things a bit slower, letting things build, successfully.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Big Boi Album, Boomiverse Coming, Two New Tunes Out Tomorrow

A new solo disk from half of one of the best hip-hop duos of all time has just been announced as Big Boi promises Boomiverse is 'coming soon'.
The phrase 'Coming Soon' in the hip hop world can be a very misleading term, just look at Tha Carter V, but Big Boi is giving us two new singles tomorrow (4/20) of course. "Mic Jack" which has the odd pairing of Adam Levine and also "Kill Jill" with the more conventional guests Killer Mike and Jeezy

While we will have to wait til tomorrow for the audio tracks, but their is some amazing artwork for "Kill Jill" posted now. 
Hope the song is half as cool as that pic. 

We didn't like the last two Big Boi solo records, in fact they made our most disappointing list both times, but we dug Luscious Left Foot (old review system would have had 7 or 8 stars now) and will be excited to check this out, whenever 'coming soon' actually is. Until then peep some of his better solo efforts below:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Album Review: Evolfo- Last Of The Acid Cowboys

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Evolfo's first full length album titled Last of the Acid Cowboys. This is an excellent first release from the Brooklyn band, we really dig it. We were super impressed to hear it and can't wait to catch them live. Also a shout out to their trippy album art:

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


Monday, April 17, 2017

Dylan Cover #272 Margo Price "Wallflower" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Margo Price doing a live cover of "Wallflower" 
This month we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing the 2017 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight country music singer Margo Price who will play the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage on Friday May 5th

Thoughts on Original:
Written in 1971 but not available to the ears until twenty years after the fact on the amazing Bootleg Vol 1-3, "Wallflower" is a sweet simple ditty that captures Bob in his folk/country phase of Self Portrait and New Morning. While not his deepest or most intense song it is a fine relaxed number that waltzes wonderfully light and free.    

Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We dig Margo Price and have ever since we checked out her newest record and she made our top ten last year. She's got a cool backstory, but more importantly she's got the voice and songwriting to back it up. We will be at the festival on Friday the 4th and we can't wait to catch her on the best folk/Americana stage the fest offers.   

Thoughts on Cover:
It is a standard run through that is elevated by great piano work and the fine vocals of Price. While not earth shattering it will do for this Monday. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Full Show Friday: Snoop Dogg - Live at the Avalon

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...Snoop Dogg!
Every April we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Snoop Dogg who will be headlining the Congo Square Stage Saturday May 6th.

What can be said about Snoop? Still going strong, it seems like every three years he semi reinvents himself and once again jumps to the front of pop culture. Really one of the more unlikely consistent success stories across all media. We dig him, have never seen him live but that may change this Jazzfest.

Today's full show is a doozy and proves he still is a great live act. Most definitely worth catching as this set is from the Avalon and mixes live artists with DJ"s all supporting the D-O Double G. Pro-shot, Pro-sound and worth your time, enjoy:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Live Review: Craig Finn @ City Winery, NYC 4/4/17

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
One of RtBE Personal Favorites Craig Finn celebrated his record release party at City Winery last Tuesday and we were there. It was a good show, Finn clearly was in high spirits and proud of his most recent work. The band (especially Joe Russo) work excellently behind him and the songs allowed him to create lots of different musical textures. 

While we wouldn't mind him dropping in a few Hold Steady songs, the originals are solid. The opener and closer were strong with "Be Honest" and "God In Chicago" and we had a good time catching them play in such a small venue in a close neighborhood. 

Read the review, support the artist and peep some video below:
"It Hits When It Hits" > "Rescue Blues" 
"Preludes"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MST3K Returns Friday! A Look Back Part 2: Our Favorites

It is pretty amazing that one of the smartest television ideas/written shows is returning this Friday with new episodes on Netflix. Mystery Science Theater 3000 gets a full on reboot on the streaming service starting, April 14th.
Original creator Joel Hodgson did a crowd sourcing campaign to get the Satellite of Love back into space, to be tormented by bad movies and it was wildly successful. For those not aware of the original show, the gimmick was bad movies (really bad movies) would play and a human with two robot sidekicks would make quick fire sarcastic retorts, 70's cultural references and intelligent quips that you had to really think about at the screen and with the viewer. The humor was all over the map, from fart jokes to grand sociological statements.

That may sound like high praise, but the show clearly took a lot from the great Monty Python in that they played up to their audience always expecting them to be smart enough to get the jokes, they did win a Peabody after all.

Yesterday we focused on the shows classic episodes. Those are pretty rock solid and almost all fans would agree those five are their most known/beloved episodes, however everybody has their personal choices for various reasons.

For instance, one episode that just missed this list is Time of The Apes a Japanese TV show cut together and then showed as a movie somehow. I use the quote "I Don't Care!" on a daily basis, and every time I watch the beginning of that episode I still laugh:


There are countless moments like these so click on that read more button and dive in...we got movie sign!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MST3K Returns Friday! A Look Back Part 1: The Classics

It is pretty amazing that one of the smartest television ideas/written shows is returning this Friday with new episodes on Netflix. Mystery Science Theater 3000 gets a full on reboot on the streaming service starting on, April 14th.
Original creator Joel Hodgson did a crowd sourcing campaign to get the Satellite of Love back in the stratosphere to be tormented by bad movies and it was wildly successful. For those not aware of the original show, the gimmick was bad movies (really bad movies) would play and a human with two robot sidekicks would make quick fire sarcastic retorts, 70's cultural references and intelligent quips that you had to really think about at the screen and with the viewer. The humor was all over the map, from fart jokes to grand sociological statements.

That may sound like high praise, but the show clearly took a lot from the great Monty Python in that they played up to their audience always expecting them to be smart enough to get the jokes, they did win a Peabody after all.

There is also a direct musical connection (not including the countless musical references during the shows themselves) as Joel mentioned in past interviews that he got the idea for the look of the main scenes from an insert picture on Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.


Over the last year, we've had some extra time on our hands and the show we've watched the most without question is MST3K, they are constantly funny and immensely re-watchable. Thanks to the amazing fans there are tons of episodes on line.

To commemorate the return of the show we wanted to take some time on RtBE to talk about the show. These posts are not meant to be comprehensive, you can go to other sites for more info as the internet is full of them. We are however dedicating two posts it, which will highlight 10 episodes total. Today we will focus on The Classic Episodes, tomorrow our Personal Favorite's. Click that read more below to dive into Part 1: The Classics

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dylan Cover #271 Widespread Panic "Solid Rock" live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Widespread Panic doing a live cover of "Solid Rock" 
This month we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing the 2017 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight jamband legends Widespread Panic who headline the Acura Stage on Thursday, May 4th.   
Thoughts on Original:
During Dylan's Jesus period he admittedly had more misses than hits, but when the Bard felt inspired by the Lord he really let it rip and he never ripped harder during those years than he did on "Solid Rock"; this is easily our favorite "Saved Era" tune from Bobby. He gets funky, he is rocking and raw with beliefs while back up singers support wonderfully and studio musicians play expertly. In fact it may be one of his best studio recordings of any era. That war of the flesh and spirit seems to really be heating up and you can almost hear his desires crashing with his new found beliefs as he rips into the repeating verses. Immediately worth hearing if you (for some reason) skipped over that phase of Dylan's career  
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artists:
So we have never been a huge Panic fan...in fact we don't really dig them at all. We can't argue with their fans, but the band never did it for these ears. We do enjoy Dave Schools as a bassist and loved catching him play with J Mascis in a scorching "Fog" trio. The rest of the group just never clicked with us.
Thoughts on Cover:
All that said however, they managed to pick a cover that is fresh and one of Bob's most underrated tunes. Of course they stretch it the hell out, but that is what they do. In fact the jam that starts everything off is the best part of the tune as the vocals are average. The passion and energy sure are there as things begin and stay hot.    

Friday, April 7, 2017

Full Show Friday: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk 2015 LEAF Festival

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...Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk!
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Every April we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Dumpstaphunk who will be playing the Acura Stage Saturday May 6th.

We decided to start this year with one of the best local NOLA acts who will be playing in the big fest and probably popping up around town throughout the two weekends, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

We have seen them a bunch and reviewed them often, really enjoying their live show as well as their last album which almost made our top ten list in 2013. Whenever we can catch them we will as they blend, funk, soul, rock, jamband exploration, Cajun spices, and just about everything else. In fact if there is a draw back it is probably that the band could use an editor of styles, but in the live setting they sure as shit know how to get down.  

The players all will play multiple instruments and sing (lead and backups) and approach the stage like a family (which they are). This show is from 2015's LEAF Festival in Asheville, North Carolina.
While it is without our favorite drummer that the band had employed (the amazing Nikki Glaspie) it still is a hot set and even includes The Steel Town Horns early plus the fantastic Preservation Hall Jazz Band mid set. Lots of guests join this set as Roosevelt Collier pops up for a take on Zepplin's "Ramble On"as well.

The core of the group though, Tony Hall, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Nick Daniels III and Alvin Ford Jr. are tight when needed and loose when it calls for it over the course of this short (for them) festival set. All of them are top notch pro players who are captured here with Pro-Video, and Pro-Sound. So press play below and kick off this month of Full Show Friday's correctly. Enjoy:
  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Interview With Frank Migliorelli On Glide Magazine

Hey all, got a new interview up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It was a great time chatting with Frank who we have known for a few years now, but never really got a chance to chat at length with. Now with the release of his newest disk Bass Drums Guitars & Organs it was the perfect time to kick back, grab some beers and discuss a wide range of topics. 

Frank has been active in the NYC music scene for decades and still loves to talk, play and write music. We dug into a lot of topics, but could have kept going and going as he has an encyclopedia like knowledge of tunes and players. Thanks to Frank for chatting and we should have a review of his disk up on Glide shortly, until then dig into the interview

Support the artist, buy the album, stream it/buy it on bandcamp (or below) peep some video as well: