Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Phish Fall Tour Dates - Returning to the Islands Tour

Tour date Tuesday continues as we promote the Fall tour from Jamband kings Phish.

It looks like the band is re-living their fantastic 1998 Spring Island tour as they play both Rhode Island and Long Island again. For those unaware, Phish was in the midst of recording The Story of the Ghost and got stir crazy, so they booked a mini four show tour in Rhode Island and Long Island. RtBE was lucky enough to catch the first Nassau show.

The tour is well regarded as the band got fuuuunky and played extended and unique versions of tunes as well as debuting some future warhorses like "Birds of a Feather". Here's hoping they go back that route this Fall, as full dates are below and a few tunes from the '98 Island tour are there as well to get us all in the mood.




Phish Fall Tour:
11/29 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI
11/30 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI
12/1 – Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
12/4 – Peterson Event Center – Pittsburgh, PA
12/6 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
12/7 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
12/8 – North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC

Big Freedia and Low Cut Connie "Azz Across America" Tour

One of the most unique tours in recent memory was recently announced as the bar room piano rock of Low Cut Connie will be opening for New Orleans Bounce legend Big Freedia on a Fall tour.
While perhaps a mismatch on paper, both have been known for their exciting live shows and are sure to bring the party around the country with their Azz Across America tour. This will also be a great mixing of fan bases as the announcement mentions collaborations between the two acts as RtBE has caught Freedia live and reviewed LCC.

The only downside? No NYC date!  Hopefully that will be remedied in the near future, the Big Apple needs some Azz.

Below are the full list of dates and some video to prep you for the adventurous night of tunes.






“Azz Across America” Tour Dates:
10/24: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/25: Savannah, GA – Victory North
10/26: Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
10/27: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson
10/29: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/2: Boston, MA – Royale
11/4: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
11/5: Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s hall
11/7: Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
11/9: St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
11/11: Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
11/12: Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
11/13: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
11/15: Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
11/16: Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
11/17: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11/19: Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
11/20: Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
11/21: Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dylan Cover #389 Neil Young "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

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 Neil Young playing "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
An energetic romp that has been covered by everyone, this tune is a great swirl through Dylan's freaky mind. It was a punch and a whirlwind journey through Juarez, Mexico around Easter time...Maybe. There are lots of literary hints dropped, as well as a mischievous smile throughout. One of the first Dylan tunes we gravitated towards and with good reason, it is still one of our favorites.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs on Uncle Neil a bunch and are showcasing him this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
Love it. Neil nails this one by channeling Hendrix with his expressive guitar work. I am actually surprised Neil doesn't incorporate this tune more into his live show as it is a perfect fit for the man and his style.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Full Show Friday: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real 9/26/18 Port Chester, NY

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...Neil Young + Promise Of The Real!


For August The Masters Focuses on Neil Young

For his most recent performances Young has gone young recruiting Promise of the Real to back him around he world on a wide range of his back catalog and new tunes. The band has a lot of the same Crazy Horse feel but a little less of the caveman stomp and ferocity, they are basically more nimble and probably better overall players, but still no Horse.

This is fan shot and sound, video waivers, but it is worth checking out to see Uncle Neil still getting down. Full set list and info below:

Recorded on September 26, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Setlist: 0:00 stage entrance 1:40 Like an Inca - video starts at 2:31 24:37 Tell Me Why 28:30 Field of Opportunity 33:10 Heart of Gold 37:10 Lotta Love 43:27 Eternity 48:44 Words (Between the Lines of Age) 1:01:00 Winterlong 1:06:17 Unknown Legend 1:11:11 Harvest Moon 1:17:03 Fuckin' Up 1:24:01 Cortez the Killer 1:34:24 Cinnamon Girl 1:39:40 Rockin' in the Free World Encore: 1:49:39 Roll Another Number (For the Road)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Album Review: The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion

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

It is of RtBE Personal Fav's The Hold Steady. It is their 7th studio album and while not their best it is a return to form after the disappointing Teeth Dreams.

While we have showcased a few of these tunes before and have seen the band play them live, the new tunes are cool and the whole release holds up.

It is true, this band has settled into their cult ways, touring to cities they want to play every few months and only over the weekends, playing the hits. The fact that they are confident enough and all on the same terms when it comes to writing and recording new tunes is a bonus.

They really don't need new tunes and none of these will take the place of "Stevie Nix" or "Chip's Ahoy" in the live setlist, but "Entitlement Crew" and "Denver Haircut" as well as others can be slipped onstage with very little let down. A solid collection of tracks that sound excellently recorded.

Here's hoping the new songs have some horns on them (and some old ones get a horn treatment) when we catch them at their annual Brooklyn Bowl stand this December.

Until then, support the band, buy the album, stream it on bandcamp or below and peep some video:


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Masters: Neil Young - Best Live Albums

RtBE loves listening to new music and prides itself on keeping tabs on up and coming artists but in 2019 we are also going to have a monthly spotlight on legendary artists who we really love. We are calling this series The Masters. It will focus on the best albums, live records, transcendent shows and other odd ways we appreciate the artists and their contribution to music, culture and our formation.


For August The Masters focuses on the great Neil Young.

Live music is the best thing out there. Being caught in the moment is religion. Palpable vibes of healing and energy are transmitted and shit...gets...real. This month's focus, Neil Young has been following his musical muse from soft acoustic one man shows to huge loud electric raging.


We already discussed best studio albums and will get to our favorites with Crazy Horse next week, but now it is the live show. Having seen Uncle Neil live in various formations this was a fun one to revisit. There have been a bunch of recent archive releases and there promises to be even more in the future, which could alter this collection.
Also, there is one album in his catalog which could possibly top this list, but we will discuss why we kept it out later. Remember these lists are meant to start conversations, not end them, now let Neil guide the way....

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Album Review: The Black Keys - Let's Rock

The Black Keys
Let's Rock
***and1/2 out of *****

It has been five years between Black Keys albums as the band acknowledged burnout as the main reason why. Their previous record Turn Blue didn't have many markings of that feeling (containing one of their best individual songs) but it was a clear come down from their career high-points El Camino and the fantastic Brothers. The title let's you know the bands intent and it is true that the tracks are mostly straight ahead blues rock, there is a spark missing from most which makes for a tame overall feel.

The best efforts are the first three, "Shine A Little Light" uses a sturdy riff and beat to sing about death, loss and the afterlife with a big chorus and layers of production complete with background vocal support by Leisa Hans Ashley Wilcoxson, far from the duo days of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney solely. "Eagle Birds" is the best straight ahead electric blues on the album while the pop rock hook laden "Lo/Hi" is a clear single with combo of heavy riffs and disco like dance beat.

A track like "Go" is more reminiscent of the album as a whole though. It checks all the classic rock boxes and does it's job admirably, but never truly ignites to where it could/should head to. The Nashville influence on the album can be clearly heard on "Sit Around and Miss You" complete with a country groove and more background vocals but it would would seem to fit better on a Auerbach solo album. Dan's production style is top notch and Let's Rock sounds alive throughout. 

"Tell Me Lies" and "Under The Gun" both play that classic rock bingo game by reminding of Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band while "Get Yourself Together" goes big with an arena ready chorus. The Black Keys (and especially with Auerbach's last solo record) always wear their influences close to the surface and it is easy to pick out influences throughout this record with T-Rex, Stealers Wheels and Steely Dan all also popping up for cameos.

Closer "Fire Walk With Me" ends things on an upbeat note with hand claps and excellent drumming as the band gets it's groove back. While not on par with the groups best work, it is return to form and solid rock album, which is becoming rarer in today's musical landscape.
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Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:

Monday, August 12, 2019

Dylan Cover #388 Neil Young "Blowin' In The Wind" Live

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 Neil Young playing "Blowin' In The Wind"


Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
The classic Dylan song, if you asked 100 people to name you the first Bob Dylan song they thought of, or his best known song, I am guessing 95-99 of them would answer "Blowin' In The Wind".  It is an epic, vital song in the history of recorded music. The lyrics tell a stirring tale, the melody is enchanting, it is pretty spot on perfect, and when it originally came out if announced to the world the greatness that was/is/always will be Bob Dylan.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs on Uncle Neil a bunch and are showcasing him this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a stunning cover which opened up the Weld tour right around Desert Storm. Powerful, chill inducing and a hell of an interpretation of this amazing song. A+ stuff here. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Full Show Friday: Neil Young - In Concert 1971 BBC

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...Neil Young!


For August The Masters Focuses on Neil Young

This show is pro shot for the BBC back in 1971 and features an acoustic set from Neil. Just the man his songs, his stories between songs a guitar, harmonica, his voice and piano. Pro shot, pro sound, full set list and info below. Enjoy:


01.- Out on the Weekend 00:00 02.- Old Man 03:59 03.- Journey Through the Past 08:04 04.- Heart of Gold 13:09 05.- Don't Let It Bring You Down 17:16 06.- A Man Needs a Maid 20:15 07.- Love in Mind 24:14 08.- Dance Dance Dance 26:27

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Album Review: Ty Segall - First Taste

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

It is of Ty Segall's newest release First Taste.

The most prolific rocker working today returns with a pretty solid disk that plays with experimentation, but sounds a lot like all of Segalls other records. The big change here is no guitar and Segall is on the drums in your left ear/stereo.

An enjoyable release, but we still dig on Freedom's Goblin more.

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Masters: Neil Young - Best Studio Albums

RtBE loves listening to new music and prides itself on keeping tabs on up and coming artists but in 2019 we are also going to have a monthly spotlight on legendary artists who we really love. We are calling this series The Masters. It will focus on the best albums, live records, transcendent shows and other odd ways we appreciate the artists and their contribution to music, culture and our formation.
For August The Masters focuses on Neil Young.

Uncle Neil is an artist who constantly follows the muse for both good and bad. Not everything has been great or even good (see his early and mid 80's output) but when the creative stars align he has produced some of the best classic rock tunes, which will live on forever. 

A songwriter who oscillates between screaming loud riffs and acoustic folk ballads Neil touches on all genres and sounds. RtBE tends to lean towards his louder/heavier side, and for this list we are leaving out all of his albums with Crazy Horse. This is done because basically our personal preferences would put five of those albums in this list so we wanted to separate them out with their own post coming later this month. 

Below we are picking Neil Young's best studio work, (minus the Horse), but like lots of artists in our Master series there will be excellent albums left out. As always this list is a discussion starter, not a final statement on the matter.   Let's dig in...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Live Review: The Rolling Stones 8/1/19 Met Life Stadium, NJ

The Rolling Stones
Live @ Met Life Stadium
August 1st 2019

It was during the third song of The Rolling Stones performance when it clicked as to why it is still worth checking the band out at their advanced age in mega-stadiums with hundreds of thousands of fans buying every tongue logo-ed thing in site. The first two tunes, “Street Fighting Man” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together” were both passable, if slightly sluggish, but then “Tumbling Dice” magically coalesced and kicked everything into gear with dazzling rock and roll clarity. It was a reminder that this is still a real band, pushing and pulling like so many others, searching for those right notes and sound; they just happen to be the biggest band in the world.

Opening were The Wombats from Liverpool who used their upbeat pop rock in the vein of Fun or a more mainstream Arctic Monkeys, to start the night. Their big drum hits and huge choruses certainly perked up a few ears to the early arriving crowd as tracks like “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” and “Techno Fan” rang out; the latter was the song Mick Jagger recently danced to, proving he was back in fighting shape. The big marching combo of “Turn” and “Greek Tragedy” brought out costumed Wombats to close their set with overloaded production and flair.

Their polished, produced sound stood in contrast to the aging Stones hit laden set. Even with their oversized stage, massive HD video screens and musically aided by backup singers (Sasha Allen, Bernard Fowler), a horn section (Tim Reis, Karl Denson) and piano players (Chuck Leavell, Matt Clifford), the Stones still seem to wing it in the moment. At this point in their career they could lip-synch to backing tracks and most fans wouldn’t care, but there they are, up there still trying to work their way through the riffs and runs, getting sloppy and tight from tune to tune.
Ronnie Wood’s killer solo and the brass work in “Tumbling Dice” electrified things before the fan requested “She’s A Rainbow” was met with Mick’s wry comment, “Probably because it is in a lot of commercials these days”. Jagger himself was singing with power, commanding the stage extraordinarily for someone who just turned 76 and recently survived a health scare.

An early dramatic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, with another excellent Wood solo, was surprising before the core outfit of Wood, Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts walked down to the center of the playing field for acoustical renditions of “Sweet Virginia” and “Dead Flowers”. 

Richards ringing riffs dominated a loud and heavy “Sympathy for the Devil” after all of the musicians were back on stage, even if Richards himself may have forgotten to rip into the solo for that song. The slower mid set clanging of “Honkey Tonk Woman” and an ill placed and dragging “Paint It Black” never truly hit their strides but a Richards focused “Before They Make Me Run” with snaking guitar work caught a 70’s glam rock groove with ease and sped out into the night. Speaking of groove, Darryl Jones bass took center stage as the group morphed in a funk dynamo for an extended “Miss You”, one of the many highlights while Watts’s snare (along with Jagger’s harmonica) gave motor to “Midnight Rambler”. 

The group nailed the finish as an energetic “Jumping Jack Flash” displayed dynamic interplay before the set closing “Brown Sugar” found everyone locking in again with power and joy as Denson led the charge on saxophone. Richards contributed his strongest guitar work during the encore of “Gimme Shelter” and his most famous riffs during “Satisfaction”, ending the night via fireworks and screams from the sold out crowd. It is amazing that the Stones can still pull off a tour of this caliber in 2019 as No Filter is proving these old rockers are still rolling strong.
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RtBE said a ton about The Rolling Stones back in April as they were part of our Masters series. Catch them live, it's worth it and peep some video below:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Dylan Cover #387 Neil Young & The Grateful Dead "Forever Young"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Neil Young & The Grateful Dead performing a live cover of "Forever Young" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we covered a cover of this tune.
"Forever Young" is a classic. A track that Dylan released two different versions of on Planet Waves, and a song tons of artists use to close out sets or play encores. Without doing research it has to be one of the top 5 most covered songs of his, and yet it was never one of RtBE's favorites. It is a great song, Bob has always treated it a bit sterile though and this is a flaw in Dylan; artists would give their whole careers to write a song like this and he treats it like an out take, Last Waltz not withstanding.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs on Uncle Neil a bunch and are showcasing him this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
Bridging our Masters series from July to August we have The Grateful Dead supporting Neil Young as he sings this Dylan tune at the Bill Graham memorial in San Francisco. Fine version nothing truly magical which obviously both bands and the songwriter are capable of.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Full Show Friday: Crosby Stills Nash & Young Wembley 1974

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...CSNY!

For August The Masters Focuses on Neil Young

A major part of Neil's career was his partnership with Crosby Stills Nash & Young. While their harmonies were the main selling point, Neil was a volatile musical genius whose contributions were helpful, but he always shined brighter than the rest and worked best as a solo artist. RtBE is going to dig into Uncle Neil's career the month, and while CSNY was popular, it is not any near our favorite work from Neil. That said, this is a cool capturing of the group back in 1974 from Wembley.

Pro shot and just OK sound for 1974. Full setlist and info below. Enjoy:

Songs: Myth of Sisyphus- You Can´t Catch Me/Word Game- Suite:Judy Blue Eyes- Deja Vu- First Things First- Don´t Be Denied- Black Queen- Pushed It Over The End- Pre Road Downs- Carry On- Ohio.

Back up musicians: Joni Mitchell-vocals Russell Kunkel- drums Tim Drummond-bass

and some others unidentified.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Riot Fest Lineup Announced

This years installation of Riot Fest has announced it's lineup and in an era when festival seem to be getting more and more diluted, Riot Fest brings the thunder:
That is one hell of a lineup. From top to bottom each day offers unique and interesting artists both mainstream and lesser known.If you are in Chicago the weekend of September 13th, definitely check it out.

Until then here are a few live videos from just a handful of the bands playing. Wish we could catch this hell of a festival.






Remembering Jerry Garcia

On this day way back in 1942 Jerome Garcia was born and as we have done in the past we wanted to take a second to remember Jerry in the best possible way, by listening to his music.
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To kick things off how about an interview with Branford Marsalis (Go Mets!) Scott Poulson-Bryant and Anthony Decurtis and others on what it was like to play with Jerry and the Grateful Dead.


In past years we have focused on full shows from The Grateful Dead, but this year we wanted to post a few Jerry Garcia Band songs.

Enjoy them on this great day...oh and also, Happy Birthday Meg!