Friday, June 15, 2018

Full Show Friday: Run The Jewels @ Bonnaroo 2015

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...Run The Jewels!

Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on sets from Bonnaroo over the years.  

Last week we posted a headliner we don't care for much. This week we post a late night show for a band we dig. 

When we first got into RTJ was on RTJ2 which we reviewed and rated highly in our year end round up. We caught them live not long after that and loved it. We also dug their most recent release and rated it pretty high as well. 

Pro shot, Pro Sound, full set list below. Enjoy:

1:20 Run the Jewels 4:58 Oh My Darling Don't Cry 9:15 Blockbuster Night Part 1 12:13 Banana Clipper 17:11 36" Chain 20:04 DDFH 23:12 Sea Legs 27:17 Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) 30:33 Pew Pew Pew 34:25 Lie, Cheat, Steal 38:03 Early 42:11 All Due Respect 44:08 Love Again 47:09 Get It 50:44 A Christmas Fucking Miracle 56:17 Angel Duster

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Album Review: No Dry County- Panhandle Music

No Dry County 
Panhandle Music
*** out of *****

No Dry Country are an outfit from Lubbock, TX that play a unique variation of Americana roots/rock mixed with blues influences all wrapped up with pop production, looking to break them out of their genre confines.

The four piece of Trent Langford (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys), Matt Newsom (Drums/Vocals), Dub Wood (Bass/Vocals) and Bristen Phillips (Guitars/Keys) have been at this for a while now releasing EP's and full lengths for about a decade but the scope and breath of Panhandle Music is their most complete offering yet.

The spooky western expanse comes to life on opener "Tucummcari" as the bands explores some Texas roots but that track is an outlier as the players are more comfortable going for bigger and brighter sounds as this record progresses. "Get Away" incorporates fun bass runs, "oo-oo" vocal chirps and a big blues rocking sound, while "When You Come Around" feels like a mid-eighties Tom Petty b-side with some killer lead guitar work.

The albums first single "Elvis Gun Runner" is a fantasy tale of a hallucinating trucker who feels he has the title job. Musically it is an exciting upbeat boogie-woogie with a driving beat sounding fresh containing excellent breaks.

The group started out as an 80's cover band and that sound/production seeps in and causes a distinct sound as the vocals are clean, main singer/songwriter Langford sounds pristine, while guitars get distorted and languid at times. The instrumental "Mountains of Clouds" pumps up the arena riffs, leading perfectly into "On Our Own" which is chock full of classic rock cliches and singalongs. That clean/dirty mix might work best on the dusty distorted duet "Sheep In Wolves Clothing" but the vocals don't match the extra meaty blues stomping of "Sway" which is caught halfway between 70's thunder and 80's hair metal.

"15 Piece Band" is a waltzing highlight number containing a great lyric about a doomed from the start marriage calling to mind a Patterson Hood yarn, and when the long running album reaches its conclusion via the cinematic "Hey Thunder" the comparison is clearer. A more pop/80's rock influenced Drive-By Truckers sound, touching on various southern genres while spinning engaging tales filled with disappointment yet hope; No Dry County deliver a thoughtful Americana rock release with Panhandle Music.
Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below:

David Byrne Adds Tour Dates Including NYC Show

David Byrne is currently on his American Utopia tour and he expanded things by adding shows in Ireland, England, Australia and New Zealand. A bit closer to RtBE's home though he added a date in Brooklyn as well, giving him three dates around the city in mid September.
He will now be playing The Kings Theater on September 16th an tickets go on sale this Friday at noon. As well as Queens on the 15th and Kings Theater again on the 17th. 

We reviewed the new album and their is no easy way to say it, very disappointing, but Byrne and company are always great live so it is worth the ticket. Below is the full list of tour dates plus some live video of David Byrne from this current tour, for full tour dates click on 'Read More' below.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Deafheaven Album in July, New Tracks & Tour Dates

The metal outfit Deafheaven are putting out their fourth album this July titled Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. They are also planning a massive tour to support the album.
To pump up the faithful the group has also released two long tracks from the record, "Honeycomb and "Canary Yellow which you can hear below. On "Canary Yellow" the group moves away from pure screaming vocals to more melodic singing, a wise move to these ears.

The group is always interesting and we have enjoyed their last two releases, Sunbather and New Bermuda, but have rarely gone back to them (mostly because of the vocals). The musical style is pretty unique, combining assault metal with shoe-gaze bliss from riff to riff. It can be jarring but also beautifully intoxicating. The band is always interesting and Ordinary Corrupt Human Love seems no different.

Deafheaven will be playing Brooklyn Steel on July 24th for those in the NYC area. Click the 'Read More' below for full list of tour dates.

Album Review: River Whyless - Kindness, A Rebel

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of River Whyless newest release titled Kindness, A Rebel.

Very happy this band is still doing it at a high level as RtBE really liked their last album, even discussing it during our year end review. Kindness, A Rebel is a damn good album and one of our favorite of the first half of the year.

In fact 2018 is shaping up to be a really solid year in music releases. Already it beats 2017 and most other years since RtBE started keeping track. Will River Whyless make our top ten come December? Stay tuned.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Magpie Salute Releasing First Album & Touring

A few weeks ago we discussed the split of The Black Crowes and showcased As The Crow Flies for our Full Show Friday. Now we talk about the flip side of the Crowes Coin as The Magpie Salute announce their first release and tour dates this summer.
For those not keeping score at home, As The Crow Flies is led by Chris Robinson with past Black Crowes members and The Magpie Salute is led by Rich Robinson with different past Black Crowes members.

Coming out on August 10th will be The Magpies first release titled High Water I. You can hear the first song from the album titled "Send Me An Omen" below. Track info and tour dates are also down there as the on going divorce in Crowe country continues.

HIGH WATER I track listing: “Mary The Gypsy” “High Water” “Send Me An Omen” “For The Wind” “Sister Moon” “Color Blind” “Take It All” “Walk On Water” “Hand In Hand” “You Found Me” “Can You See” “Open Up”

Sun, July 1 Copper Mountain, CO The Village at Copper Mountain Sun,
July 8 Thunder Bay, ON, CAN Thunder Bay Blues Festival Tue,
July 10 Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall *Thu,
July 12 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater *Fri,
July 13 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center *Sat,
July 14 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center Mon,
July 16 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley Wed,
July 18 Reading, PA Downtown Alive Outdoor Concert Series Thu,
July 19 Waterloo, NY Del Lago Resort & Casino – The Vine Fri,
July 20 East Greenwich, RI Greenwich Odeum Sat,
July 21 Fairfield, CT The Warehouse **Sun,
July 22 Silver Spring, MD Fillmore Silver Spring **Tue,
July 24 Columbus, OH Express Live! ^Fri,
August 17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre ^Sat,
August 18 Charleston, SC Volvo Cars Stadium ^Sun,
August 19 Nashville, TN The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel ^Tue,
August 21 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights *Thu,
August 23 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *Fri,
August 24 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *Sat,
August 25 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre ^Sun,
August 26 Des Moines, IA Brenton Skating Plaza ^Tue,
August 28 Mankato, MN Vetter Stone Amphitheater ^Wed,
August 29 Papillion, NE Sumtur Amphitheater Thu,
August 30 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater Fri,
August 31 Park City, UT Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater ^Sat,
September 1 Missoula, MO Big Sky Brewery Wed,
September 5 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live Thu,
September 6 Kent, OH Kent Stage Wed,
September 12 Fredericton, NB Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Thu,
September 13 Portland, ME AURA Fri,
September 14 Beverly, MA Cabot Theatre Sat,
September 15 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Sun,
September 16 Burlington, VT Grand Point North Festival Tue,
September 18 Washington, D.C The Hamilton Fri,
September 21 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre Sat,
September 22 Columbia, SC Glass Half Full Sun,
September 23 Louisville, KY Bourbon & Beyond
* = w/Govt. Mule and The Avett Brothers ^ = w/Govt. Mule ** = w/Blackberry Smoke

Album Review: The Aces - When My Heart Felt Volcanic

The Aces
When My Heart Felt Volcanic

** out of *****

The Utah based four piece The Aces has released their debut full length When My Heart Felt Volcanic, a glimmering pop record that showcases their tween ready voices over heavy production and huge choruses designed to be played at festivals in the very near future; a tour opening for Haim cant be far off.  

The group, Cristal Ramirez lead vocals/guitar sister Alisa on drums, Katie Henderson lead guitar and McKenna Petty bass (shockingly no keyboard/piano playing credit?) are crafting tunes with new wave appeal yet clinically produced for the goal of gaining an iPhone ad. Dreamy vocals, digital effects, hand claps and dance ready beats are everywhere. Opener "Volcanic Love" gets the whole neon drenched party started and while the early twenty year old band may have been through ups and downs, the lyrics deal more with lighthearted loves and tshirts that don't look good on them anymore.

All of the songs continue in this fashion with various degrees of success "Stuck" pushes up the dramatics while "Lovin' Is Bible" pulls in light funk and modern day R&B in the vein of Bruno Mars as the group wants to watch their love go viral. Both "Just Like That" and "Holiday" rev up the dance vibe with electro keys and the singalong choruses while "The Last One" is a smiling upbeat kiss off tune.  

"Fake Nice" is the best of this bunch incorporating pieces of Prince, Justin Timberlake and Lorde complete with a vocal/lyrical breakdown. The chicken scratching guitars, dance laden bass groove and skittering clapping drums swirl into pure pop perfection complete with warbling guitar effects and light keyboard touches. This track is unimpeachable, but this also causes some of the reservations with the rest of the album.     

The Aces worked with six producers over the thirteen tracks including Dan Gibson and Simon Oscroft and in the end When My Heart Felt Volcanic comes off as an algorithm inspired collection of tracks to be shared on social media to garner clicks, likes, festival slots; easily digested/forgotten. The band is professional, the layers and layers of sonics are robust, the singing is clear, but the true connection/emotion somewhere, somehow gets lost. Pop music can be effective and affecting, this being their first full length it is impressive that The Aces manage to achieve one of these. 

A stripped down piano based number like "Hurricane" proves that the quartet has more to offer, but the pop waters they float in toss out as many tunes as possible hoping one floats to chart success. Red Bull Records will hype, commercials will get new soundtracks and The Aces could soar on the back of the clinically strong album. If the chips fall for them a Grammy (their goal) could be in their future, but here's hoping a bit more of life infects their next release. 
Support the band, buy the album on bandcamp, stream it below and peep some video: 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dylan Cover #328 Fancy Franzi and the Dudes "Quinn the Eskimo" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Fancy Franzi and the Dudes doing a live cover of "Quinn the Eskimo" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Not officially released until 1970's audience and critic defying Self-Portrait "Quinn The Eskimo" first found life with Manfred Mann, before a lot of the world heard Dylan sing it himself. It had been on The Basement Tapes though and lots of bootleggers, underground fans and admiring fellow artists got to bask it its rollicking glory. A fun old ride that makes everyone from children to adults smile. A favorite purely because it is one of the plain funnest songs in Dylan's catalog one of my personal highlights regarding the song has nothing to do with the playing, it has to do with what Dylan himself wrote about it in Chronicles:
"On the way back to the house I passed the local movie theater on Prytania Street, where The Mighty Quinn was showing. Years earlier, I had written a song called 'The Mighty Quinn' which was a hit in England, and I wondered what the movie was about. Eventually, I'd sneak off and go there to see it. It was a mystery, suspense, Jamaican thriller with Denzel Washington as the Mighty Xavier Quinn a detective who solves crimes. Funny, that's just the way I imagined him when I wrote the song 'The Mighty Quinn,' Denzel Washington."

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have not heard of Fancy Franzi and the Dudes before. They are acoustic/folk band from Koblenz Germany
Thoughts on Cover:
A really cool cover, and while it looks great out in nature, just wish they had re-recorded it with less wind swirling around. RtBE likes to showcase anyone covering Dylan in this series and this is a great cover, if the band posts a cleaner version it will be even better. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Full Show Friday: Red Hot Chili Peppers Bonnaroo 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...The Red Hot Chili Peppers!

Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artists, years, venues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on sets from Bonnaroo over the years.  

This week when we dip down to Tennessee we arrive just last year and put the spotlight on headliners The Red Hot Chili Peppers. RtBE are not the biggest fans of this band, so we will let the music do the talking this week.

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, full setlist below. Enjoy:

Intro 0:00:00 Can't Stop 0:03:23 Dani California 0:08:38 Scar Tissue 0:13:54 Dark Necessities 0:18:57 The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie 0:24:58 Jam 0:30:57 I Wanna Be Your Dog + Right On Time 0:32:30 Go Robot 0:37:24 Jam + Californication 0:42:34 What Is Soul 0:51:05 Aeroplane 0:54:06 Jam 2 0:58:55 Snow 1:01:32 Suck My Kiss 1:07:50 Soul To Squeeze 1:12:20 By The Way 1:17:25 *Encore: Goodbye Angels 1:24:25 Give It Away 1:30:05

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Album from Body/Head Coming Soon, First Single "You Don't Need"

The duo Body/Head consisting of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace will release their second album titled The Switch on July 13th.

The artwork, track listing and tour dates are below. The duo also released the first song from the album titled "You Don't Need". We reviewed their first album, Coming Apart, for Glide when it was released in 2013 and will hopefully do the same for this one as we are always interested in what Kim is up to. Upon first listen this is some noise spacious stuff, less concerned with form or structure.

The Switch tracklist:
1. Last Time
2. You Don’t Need
3. In The Dark Room
4. Change My Brain
5. Reverse Hard

Body/Head – 2018 Tour Dates: 6/21 – Cincinnati, OH – No Response Festival 7/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge 7/14 – San Francisco, CA – The Lab 7/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere * 7/20 – Kingston, NY – BSP * 7/21 – New Haven, CT – Statehouse * 7/22 – Greenfield, MA – Root Cellar * 7/24 – Boston, MA – Great Scott * 7/26 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA * 9/6-8 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival 9/15 – Austin, TX – Beerland * denotes w/ Gunn-Truscinski Duo

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Album Review: Beach Slang - Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

Beach Slang
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening
*** out of *****

James Alex is the front man and only true member of Beach Slang and it is quite possible he is the most earnest rocker going today. Everything Matters But No One Is Listening is a departure for the upbeat positive punk as he has gone back and re-recorded his songs as acoustic offerings without the pounding drums and loud guitars. Alex renamed the outing Quiet Slang and the result is an interesting look into his songwriting and lyrics along with soothing overview of his career, if not truly representative.  

Cellos, violins and pianos are deployed to transform the originals as opener "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas" sets the melancholy tone as pianos twinkle and vocal "ahhh's" swirl to end things. "Noisy Heaven" isn't as successful in this vein following up but the best acoustic rendition arrives early as "Future Mixtape For The Art Kids" is stunning.

The vocals are instantly layered over the piano intro as the production for this song is in overdrive with strings rising and warm pulses radiating from the speakers. The overdone aesthetic works wonderfully especially for a mini breakdown with just plucking strings and lyrics about "Heaven in these streets" before the conclusion swells again winningly. Another blazing success is the drama filled "Too Late To Die Young" which ebbs and swells around a main piano line. Cellos augment, while female backing vocals add to the texture over the cinematic rendition of a deep tune, proving this gambit paid off.

However, not all is perfect. Tunes such as "Spin The Dial" aren't reworked, just softer versions of the originals and come across less immediate and vital. Most obvious is the limited, restrained singing style of his punk rock ventures which is still employed by Alex. Quiet Slang makes this approach the focal point and ultimately less affecting without the sonic maelstrom around him. The breathy vocals can wear thin and tracks like "Filthy Luck" which is a ripping original, sounds clipped and only gains steam by multi-tracking backing vocals. The breathy confessional style does convey intimacy as do the strings and piano on "Dirty Cigarettes" but Alex's vocal range is lacking for this to truly reach its desired heights.

The experiment certainly lends itself to soundtracks in the future as "Young Hearts" optimistic rising risings and mutli-tracked vocal closing and "Throwaways" isolated us-against-the-world motif could both easily roll over credits to a dramatic big or small screen love story.The album however is a one trick pony, and a good one at that, but it may have been even more affecting in smaller doses. Had Alex combined both Beach/Quiet and dropped a cello/piano number to end his next punk record it would have a larger impact.

That said, Quiet Slang is very unique departure for Alex and one that really does show the depth to his writing as it works well in fancy string quarter chambers and beer soaked bar rooms. Quiet Slang gives a new slant on Beach Slang's career as Everything Matters But No One Is Listening is a pleasant Sunday morning listen for any aging punk rocker. 
Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below:

Dean Ween: A Brown Evening @ Sea and Summer Tour Dates

Dean Ween is performing a few tour dates on the back of his recent release rock2 which RtBE reviewed for Glide last month.
The dates are all on the western side of the country except for his Rocks Off Cruise (flyer above) taking place at the end of August in New York Harbor. The night is being billed as: A Brown Evening At Sea which will probably touch on his Ween days and since Dean is an avid fisherman perhaps he casts a few night lines for blue fish in between his riffs on the boat.

Tickets are available for all shows including the Cruise. To get in the mood here are some videos from Deaner and gang:

Dean Ween — 2018 Tour Dates
JUL 06 Neumo’s Seattle, WA
JUL 07 Top Hat Lounge Missoula, MT
JUL 08 Rialto Bozeman, MT
JUL 10 Pink Garter Theatre Jackson Hole, WY
JUL 11 The Commonwealth Room Salt Lake City, UT
AUG 30 Rocks Off Cruise New York, NY

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dinosaur Jr. & Mastodon Playing Capital Theater in September

Some of RtBE's favorites Dinosaur Jr. and Mastodon will be co-headlining a tour this summer/early fall and they recently added the excellent Capital Theater to their schedule.

The show will be on September 20th and our friends over at Brooklyn Vegan have a presale that starts today.

To get in the mood here are a few videos from both bands.

Live Review: Jack White @ Cooperstown, NY 5/27/18

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

It is of RtBE favorite, Jack White live in upstate New York, jut outside of Cooperstown at the Ommegang Brewery. Check out these pennants by artist Alan Hyne

Shitty weather but good music and great friends and family more than made up for it. A fun get out of the city trip that delivered.

His covering of Bob Dylan's "Catfish" was def our highlight on this night (little surprise there). Since Jack makes everyone pack their phones, no pictures or video so peep some video of Jack from Warsaw a few months back in Brooklyn. Conveniently RtBE were at that show as well.

Support the artist, see him live, read the review and peep some video from Brooklyn below:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dylan Cover #327 Mulholland "Wallflower" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Mulholland doing a live cover of "Wallflower" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
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...getting naughty at the finish as well.    


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE has not come across Mulholland before. They are an Americana/Folk group from York England who fluctuated between five piece and two piece, they are a three piece here. You can find a bunch of videos from recent releases on their youtube channel

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a really fun live take with strong vocals and violin. The group even goes a step further by improvising a lyrical verse in the song. While it isn't mind altering it is an excellent take and one that would have been a joy to catch in a live setting.  

Friday, June 1, 2018

Full Show Friday: Janelle Monae Live @ Bonnaroo 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...Janelle Monae!

Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on sets from Bonnaroo over the years. 

This month the huge festival that spans genres returns to Tennessee, so to celebrate we are dedicating our Full Show Friday series this month to sets from that festival from the past. We are starting with Janelle Monae. 

RtBE actually saw her on this festival tour, not in Bonnaroo, but when she played Gov's Ball here in NYC in 2014. 

Pro shot, Pro sound, set list below. Enjoy:
4:02 Suite IV Electric Overture 5:38 Givin Em What They Love 10:05 Dance Apocalyptic 15:13 Sincerely, Jane. 20:30 Q.U.E.E.N. 24:47 Electric Lady 31:51 (speech) 31:42 Cold War 34:04 Tightrope 44:19 (Speech) 45:08 PrimeTime 51:28 Come Alive (The War of the Roses)