Monday, February 28, 2022

Live Streams: Marshall Fire Benefit with Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews and More

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.

Today we highlight: Marshall Fire Benefit with Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff and More

Grab tickets here. From the event planners:
AEG Presents: Marshall Fire Benefit Concert hosted by eTown's Nick Forster. Buy a ticket to support those who are impacted by the devastating wildfires in Colorado, All proceeds (including service fees) will go directly to The Marshall Fire Benefit. The pre-recorded concert will feature more than 15 Colorado-based artists and popular national musical acts performing. You will also be able to view the stream on-demand for 24hrs after the broadcast. Sponsored by Amazon and the MDC Richmond American Foundation. MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!

Here is some video from Brittany Howard to get excited for the benefit:


Dylan Cover #519 UNDER MÅNEN - "Scarlet Town"

 In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by UNDER MÅNEN playing "Scarlet Town"



Thoughts on Original:
While RtBE aren't huge fans of Tempest and "Scarlet Town" is dull on the album, repeating the musical phrases over and over again, it doesn't mean it is all bad, this is Bob Dylan after all. Bob and the band have revived injecting the song with life and have delivered some great live versions since it's release. This evolution also makes it ripe for artists to put their own stamp on the longer blues based tune with cryptic lyrics and a slow beat.  

Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time hearing UNDER MÅNEN

Thoughts on Cover:
It is a sparse folk/jazz take that works well with mandolin, acoustic guitars, tambourine's and light percussion. Soothing yet spooky, a solid stripped down reworking of the original. 

Friday, February 25, 2022

Full Show Friday: Doja Cat Live at Made In America Festival 2021

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...Doja Cat!


Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

This week we go to the Made in America Festival in 2021 for a set from the pop artist Doja Cat.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Problem With Spotify: Steve Albini Discussion with Pod Damn America

Earlier today we reviewed a Neil Young release, and he has been trending lately, just not for his music. It is for his stance against Spotify which has spun into musicians against Spotify and their poor royalties distribution. 

RtBE has always been against the idea of streaming because of the poor financial support it gives the artists. The streaming services are exploitative, plain and simple...but we here are not business men. Steve Albini has been in the music game for a long time and has written two pieces that we have thoroughly enjoyed in the past. 



Earlier this month he spent a long time chatting about the problem with Spotify, streaming in general, Neil Young, Joe Rogan, censorship, politics, free speech and much much more.  

It is a long listen, but Pod Damn America let's him role along and he is much smarter on the topic than RtBE could ever be.  If you got time and are interested in the music industry that revolves around these stories/issues, give this a listen.


Album Review: Neil Young - Summer Songs

Neil Young
Summer Songs
*** out of *****

Like Hitchhiker and Homegrown before it, Summer Songs is an archival album that sat on the shelf for a long time, being recorded in 1987. Neil Young has now decided to release this sketch of an album (playing all of the instruments on it as well) and fans will recognize all of the songs, just maybe not in the same format, as these tracks have all found life in other Young associated projects. 

For example, opener "American Dream" (one of the best efforts here) captures the falsehood of the title, and it was so effective it became the title track to Crosby, Stills Nash & Young's 1988 album, except that version is cheesier than all hell. The core Summer Songs are three songs that wound up on one of Neil's best, 1989's Freedom. "Someday" is an excellent long piano tale that moves effortlessly, at almost seven minutes it glides by with less production than the album version. "Wrecking Ball" calls to mind days gone by in yearning fashion, and "Hangin' On A Limb" is a haunting acoustic groove not much different from the album version. 

The breezy "One of These Days" found a home on 1992's Harvest Moon while "For The Love Of Man" waited until 2012 and Crazy Horse to get onboard before seeing the light of day with a vastly different arraignment.  

The only song not to be officially released previously is the country tinged "Last of His Kind" which Young plays often during his Farm Aid sets. The track bemoans the vanishing farms and fits that fundraising festival perfectly. Closer "Name of Love" like the opener appeared on CSNY's American Dream and like that title track it works better here on Summer Songs, without Young's band mates and 80's production.  

Like other archival releases these are for the fans and Young's supporters will eat Summer Songs up, but their appeal shouldn't end there. While maybe not as illuminating as Hitchhiker or Homegrown,  these lesser known efforts display wide ranges of Neil's ever shifting muse and while basically just a slightly enhanced sketch/demo offering, it is a damn good one. 
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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Yumi Zouma Share New Song "Where The Light Used To Lay" and Tour Dates

The New Zealand based alt-pop outfit Yumi Zouma released a new song "Where The Light Used To Lay", complete with Alex Ross Perry directed video.

You can see the video below as well as tour dates from the band.




Album Review: Matt Pike - Pike vs. the Automaton

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

It is of Matt Pike's first solo offering Pike vs. the Automaton.


No major changes to Pike's overall sound, if you like Sleep and High on Fire like RtBE do (HoF made our best of the last decades list) then you will like this. 

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

RIP Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan has died, he was 57. The NY Times has more information

RtBE is saddened by the news. Lanegan was one of the first artists we saw live when he fronted Screaming Trees back in 1993. He had a distinct voice and style. 

To commemorate his life, listen to his music:

New Single from Marco Benevento "Winter Rose"

Keyboardist Marco Benevento has released a new single "Winter Rose".

You can grab/stream/buy the single from the vendor of your choice.

Check it out right here and be sure to catch Benevento on tour at the dates below.


Marco Benevento
Tour Dates:

February 25 - Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall
February 26 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
April 7 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
April 8 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
April 9 - Fairfield, CT - Stage One
June 26 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival
July 1 - Scranton, PA - Peach Music Festival
July 3 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival

Live Review: Dumpstaphunk, The Nth Power @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/18/22

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


It is of Dumpstaphunk and The Nth Power's sets from Friday night February 18th 2022 at Brooklyn Bowl, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY



It was a great night of tunes from two top notch outfits. 

Support the artists, read the review and peep some video below:

Monday, February 21, 2022

Colin Hay Releases New Single "Love Is Everywhere"

Colin Hay has an album coming on March 18th titled Now And The Evermore on Compass Records and his most recent single is now released.

It is titled "Love Is Everywhere" 

You can check out the video and tour dates for Hay below:



March 18 - Fort Collins, CO @ The Lincoln Theater
March 19 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
March 21 - Belleville, IL @ Lincoln Theatre
March 22 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
March 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
March 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
March 27 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 29 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
March 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
April 1 - Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
April 2 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
April 5 - Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall For the Creative Arts
April 6 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
April 7 - Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
April 8 - Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
April 9 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur
April 10 - Boston, MA @ The Wilbur
April 12 - New York City, NY @ City Winery
April 13 - New York City, NY @ City Winery
April 14 - West Long Branch, NJ @ Monmouth University
April 21 - Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
April 22 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Amaturo Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
April 23 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
April 24 - Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
April 27 - Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
April 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
May 1 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville
May 2 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery Nashville
May 4 - Birmingham, AL @ The Lyric Theatre
May 5 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theatre
May 6 - Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
May 7 - Austin, TX @ Texas Union
May 8 - Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
May 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Journal Theatre
May 12 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Virginia G. Piper Theater

New Album From Trombone Shorty, Lifted, Arrives April 29th, First Single Out Now

New Orleans maestro Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is releasing his first album in five years on Blue Note Records titled Lifted


It will be released the first day of Jazz Fest in New Orleans as Shorty has typically closed out the Festival on the last Sunday of the event. 

RtBE have been fans of Shorty's since we first heard him way back in 2008, joyously attended his first three ShortyFest's and multiple live shows.  We have reviewed all of his albums since ((his first, Backatown is still his best) and while his studio releases have been good, they have yet to capture his dynamic stage show. Shorty seems to know this, in regards to Lifted he has stated:
“I think Lifted is the closest we’ve ever gotten to bottling up the live show and putting it on a record. This time around I told everybody to really cut loose, to perform like they were onstage at a festival.”
The first single from the new album "Come Back" has been released.  You can hear it below:

Dylan Cover #518 Robert Palmer & UB40 "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists,  Robert Palmer & UB40 performing a cover of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" 

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
A simple little number coming off of John Wesley Harding it discards the lyrical wizardry for a down home spin.  We are rewarded with easy bliss, not often found in Dylan tunes. The emotions displayed by the singer here are heartfelt, hearty and easy going, just like the tune as a whole. Always a pleasant ride, bring that bottle over here...   

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Robert Palmer is applauded again, again, again, so stupendous...RtBE has always dug Palmer with his mix of English, New Orleans, light Caribbean. While UB-40 has always sounded kind of silly to these ears they certainly have a place in the light reggae world.  

Thoughts on Cover
This one falls into the slightly cheesy range, but it takes a folk number and gives it a shiny reggae overhaul in unique fashion. It all is a bit much for the tune from all involved, but is a fun listen once or twice and would probably sound spot on with warm breezes blowing on a beach and a frozen cocktail in your hand. 

Friday, February 18, 2022

Myd Releases New Single "The Sun" feat. JAWNY

French indie-dance eccentric Myd - and features vocals courtesy of US alt-pop JAWNY. The single is out now via Because Music/Ed Banger Records.

You can listen on the streaming device of your choice or watch the video below:

Full Show Friday: Glass Animals - Live at Melt Festival 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...Glass Animals!


Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

This week we go to the Melt Festival in 2017 for the pop rock band Glass Animals.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Album Review: Little Feat - Electrif Lycanthrope Live At Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974

Little Feat
Electrif Lycanthrope Live At Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974
*** out of *****

Little Feat were at their peak in the early 70's with their classic lineup of  Lowell George – vocals, guitar, harmonica Richie Hayward – drums, backing vocals Bill Payne – vocals, keyboards Paul Barrere – vocals, guitar Sam Clayton – congas, vocals, percussion Kenny Gradney – bass. This Record Store Day release takes a famous live bootleg of the band at their best and makes it official with improved sound quality and packaging. 

Electrif Lycanthrope Live At Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974 was recorded at a radio station out in Hempstead, Long Island on September 9th 1974 in front of a small audience of invited fans.  The sound and quality of the release is top notch as the master tapes were used and the band kicks it off with "The Fan" which is the most prog rock the band sounds on this album with flashes of Frank Zappa who Lowell played with years before. 

More in the Little Feat wheelhouse is the follow up "On Your Way Down" which hooks in with a molasses like groove as the band digs deep into the Allen Toussaint tune with grit, providing an album highlight. That slow sweet groove continues for a three song flow as "Spanish Moon" chugs along excellently before the players drip into "Skin It Back". This track finds the guitars and vocalist Barrère lacking energy but the percussion picks up leading the way into "Fat Man In The Bathtub" as Clayton on percussion proves the MVP.

Things pick up, almost sounding like a new session, as the band kick into "Rock and Roll Doctor", which along with "Oh, Atlanta" gets two versions on this release. Both of the first takes are more upbeat and rock focused while both second takes fall more into the patented slow groove Little Feat are more known for.

That patented slow sound gets to the point of near collapse on "Sailin' Shoes" proving that it is a tricky skill that Feat show off, sometimes can drag too much. That is never the case with "Willin'"though as it is one stone cold great song that George and company nail on this release. 

The final three song segue fest delivers the goods as "Cold Cold Cold" with light funk before the picture perfect guitars, piano work and singing on "Dixie Chicken". The track flows beautifully into album closer "Trip Face Boogie" which shakes along to rambling finish. 
Electrif Lycanthrope Live At Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974 returns listeners to the halcyon era of Little Feat with a cool collection of some of the bands best songs in varied versions. 
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Live Streams: Lisa Loeb - A Random Act of Kindness Day Concert

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.

Today we highlight: Lisa Loeb - A Random Act of Kindness Day Concert

Grab your tickets here for a daytime performance from Lisa Loeb, starting at 3pm EST. From the promoters:

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform a show to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day. The best part? Lisa will perform it entirely live from her home, but fans can watch it live and view on demand for an additional three days following the stream. At checkout you can also add on a special tee shirt designed by Lisa, or post show meet and greet zoom with Lisa! **Capacity is limited** Please tweet Lisa your song requests at @lisaloeb

To get in the mood here is Lisa's biggest hit:


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Phish Announce Huge Spring and Summer Tour

Jamband legends Phish have announced a massive tour for Spring/Summer 2022. 

The band will hit the road starting in Alabama at the end of May and wrap up with their now annual stay over Labor Day weekend in Colorado.


Here is some video of the band live from 2021 to get you in the mood for the Summer tour. 

Album Review: MonoNeon - Put On Earth For You

MonoNeon
Put On Earth For You
***and1/2 out of *****

The prolific MonoNeon's newest dose of funk/soul/R&B is a juicy cocktail that remains positive with it's slinky grooves and electron buzzes. Dwanye Thomas Jr. genuinely seems to enjoy the oddball tunes he delivers, but that is not to say it is easy. 

After the carnival like instrumental opener "Earth Is A Circus" MonoNeon delivers an incredibly affecting ode titled "What You Think In The Shower Means More Than You Know". The track is a plea for positivity and dealing with your mental health as Thomas lays down the cool R&B backing, while singing about it being hard to be human in a reassuring manner. 

Of course theses introspective outings are counter-weighed with doo-doo breath jokes "Theme From Stank Mouth" and desert therapy silliness "Peaches and Cream". The funky and super inclusive "Million Of Lives Shine On As One" seems to channel his past collaborator Prince while the hypothetical jazz tinged outing "The Black Bag of Surprise" feels like it could role on for another few minutes during its great piano outro. 

A few guests help out as Declaime rhymes for the funk of it on "All Hands On Deck (Break Your Neck)" and David Fiuczynski who shows up to freak out on "Undercover On The Diamond Floor". The only stumble on Put On Earth For You is the poppy punk try out "Sunny Side Up, Good Luck (A Place For The Others)" which never gets poppy or punky enough, ending up like a high school bands demo.

The album ends on a serious high note with the gospel inspired title track, incorporating large backing vocals, trumpets, slinky grooves and killer guitar work. MonoNeon can seemingly do it all, and usually does as his muse takes him in various directions, spreading the funky stuff as he progresses through this world.  

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Greyboy Allstars Announce New Album, Single and Tour Dates

The San Digeo California based The Greyboy Allstars have announced a new live, cover album titled Get A Job: Music From The Original Broadcast Series Soul Dream and unveiled tour dates.


RtBE enjoys the band, and reviewed their last album. Como De Allstars for Glide. The Greyboy's will play some great venues to promote it and we hope to catch them live.
The first single "I've Got Reasons" has been released from the album. Check it out:

Album Review: Professor Louie & The Crowmatix - Strike Up The Band

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
Strike Up The Band
*** out of *****

The Woodstock, NY, Grammy nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix deliver their newest collection of feel good, upbeat Americana via Strike Up The Band.  

This collection of ten tunes finds the group in fine form as Professor Louie (vocals, Hammond Organ, piano & accordion) Miss Marie (vocals) Gary Burke (drums) John Platania (guitar) and Frank Campbell (bass) lock into these originals. These players have supported a whose-who of rock legends including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and The Band

The Professor leads the charge on opener "A Thousand Ways To Freedom" injecting a gospel flavored tinge to the roots rock as Louie shines bright with a gorgeous piano solo to kick off the album. The party ramps up for "Work It Out" as The Woodstock Horns steal the show, delivering a bit of New Orleans into the Catskill mountain rockers sound. Miss Marie takes center stage on the bluesy "Fall Back On Me" which is highlighted by her strong vocals and slide guitar playing of Platania. 

"Golden Eagle" is a bit overdone as the tune tries too hard, traveling to the southwest with Los Lobos like accordion and flashes of flamenco guitar, but the overwrought singing/lyrics make the song feel too drawn out and a touch cheesy, as is the overblown patriotic "Livin' In The Country". Much better are the gospel piano grooves that push "Good To Be Grateful" and "Tick Tock" forward with positivity and swaggering soul. 

The album highlight arrives late with "End Of The Show" a B3 organ drenched, soulful, light rocker that appeared on a demo discovered by Louie that Richard Manuel had recorded but The Band never recorded/released. The tune is a joyful wrap up to a night of music from the singer that is bittersweet and magical, dwarfing the overly dramatic piano ballad album closer "Flaming Ray". 

Having worked closely with legends in the genre, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix keep their mix of Americana roots-rock flowing throughout Strike Up The Band
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Monday, February 14, 2022

Dylan Cover #517 Daniele Brillo "Sweetheart Like You"

 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 Daniele Brillo playing "Sweetheart Like You" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
All of the songs on Infidels  stuck around to long in the Bards brain (which we talked about before). While "Jokerman" overwhelms as a rambling waterfall of a song the first time you hear it, "Sweetheart Like You" is clear evidence of that fact that things were left to simmer on the stove longer then needed. It is a mix of condescension, sexy, sexist, insecure and scattered. In fact those things make for an amazing Dylan tune, but in this case I don't feel it really adds up to a classic or much of a very good song at all. 

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time coming across Daniele Brillo

Thoughts on Cover
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A direct straight ahead rendition of the original by Brillo. 

It needs to be mentioned that with the USA's current political climate more than ever this couplet from the song hits home:

Oh and Happy Valentines Day!

Friday, February 11, 2022

Full Show Friday: Gunna @ Rolling Loud New York 2021

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...Gunna!


Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

This week we go to last years Rolling Loud Festival in New York for Gunna's full set. Enjoy:

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Live Streams: Joe Russo Almost Dead - Live From Brooklyn Bowl Philly

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.

Today we highlight: Joe Russo's Almost Dead - Live From Brooklyn Bowl Philly 

Joe Russo takes the Dead interpreters to Philly and you can stream tonight's show on Fans


To get in the mood here is some music from the band:


Album Review: Yard Act - The Overload

Yard Act
The Overload
**** out of *****

The post-punk scene in England is in robust shape and the debut from Yard Act joins that line of disenfranchised acerbic dance ready rock with The Overload

The Leeds based quartet consisting of James Smith – vocals, Ryan Needham – bass, Sam Shjipstone – guitar, Jay Russell – drums (with extra musicians helping along the way) are confident in their sarcastic, biting assessment of their home country in a post Brexit world. Their thoughts, outrages and revelations are far from original, but some truths need to be reinforced in dark times, like the current situation. 

The band channels recent Parquet Courts and classic Arctic Monkey sounds, going for bouncy dance laden post punk with chatty political lyrics on the album, starting with the the title track opener before "Dead Horse" details the death of the United Kingdom over a dance floor moving bass line. The direct "Payday" urges to take the money and run with some added digital bleeps while the less successful, more repetitive "Rich" adds a a few sax squeaks to the mix.   

The group works with a detached sense of pessimism for the most part but things pull tighter and pumping for "The Incident". The band are hippies at heart and "Pour Another" sums up the Yard Acts 'we all gotta live together' attitude with a catchy as hell slice of pub inspired indie-rock. 

A successful shift in overall tune and lyrical direction is "Tall Poppies", an extended story song that grooves through different judgments and ideas and a tune that elevates itself above the others in doing so. The listener never knows quite where the tale is going until a shift and abrupt change of tone, but one that leads to the overall message of the album, the world is a strange place filled with all sorts, and it takes all sorts to keep it moving, for better or worse. 

The band seems to stumble a bit with the jumbled "Land of the Blind" and the finale "100% Endurance" has a solid message of living fully everyday but limps out musically, but with stout tracks preceding it, the debut from Yard Act, The Overload displays a confident band delivering the goods for their place and time.  
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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Live Streams: Umphrey's McGee - Live From Brooklyn Bowl Philly

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.

Today we highlight: Umphrey's McGee Live From Brooklyn Bowl Philly

The jamband Umphrey's McGee will be playing live from Philadelphia tonight and you can stream their Brooklyn Bowl show at Fans


To get in the mood here is a live tune from the band:


Album Review: Eddie Vedder - Earthling

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


It is of Eddie Vedder's newest solo album Earthling


The album is a middle of the road collection of classic rock sounding tunes. 

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


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

New Band, The Rumble, Formed From Ex-Cha Wa Members

One of RtBE favorite albums of the 2021 was Cha Wa's My People, a great mix of funk, R&B, hip-hop, rock and soul. Unfortunately the band has split up in early 2022 with the majority of the players breaking off to form The Rumble

The band played it's first show last week and is schedule to play again every Wednesday in New Orleans at the Maple Leaf Bar during the month of February. More info can be found out about the band and surely more info will be coming soon.