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The Scientists 4/21/19, Atlanta

Dates: April 21, 2019

Location: The Earl, Atlanta GA

Opening acts were Gentleman Jesse and Th Subsonics. Photos by our man on the ground in Atlanta,  John Boydston. Check out his many photo galleries (including additional shots from this Scientists concert), and then read the 2019 BLURT interview with Scientists co-founder and frontman Kim Salmon.

BY JOHN BOYDSTON

Gentleman Jesse & His Men

The Subsonics:

…and… The Scientists.

 


 

 

 

Zac Brown Band 3/30/19, Memphis

Dates: March 30, 2019

Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis TN

Hell yeah! Live at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, they delivered!

TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON

The Zac Brown Band, probably best known as a country band, brought their Down The Rabbit Hole Tour to Memphis on March 30th, but they are much more than a country band. Sure, they have several hits such as “Toes”, “Chicken Fried”, “Homegrown”, “Free” and many more that have climbed up the country charts, but I must say that this band surprised me more than any other band that I have seen. Zac and the band are all great musicians whose influences are very wide and diverse, ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Def Leppard.

Zac and the boys performed their hits and a couple of new songs, including “God Given,” soon to be released, but they also did several covers that I was not expecting. After a few originals Zac covered “Use Somebody”, “Somebody I Use to Know”, “Little Lion Man”, “I Will Wait”, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Whipping Post”, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”, “The Boxer”, “Pride (In the Name of Love]”, “Jeremy”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Hot for Teacher”, and “Bulls on Parade” all of which rivaled the originals. As you can see there is nothing that this amazing band can’t do.

This concert was a night of great voices, guitars, violins, and bongos with perfect sound and no gimmicky lighting and stage props. ZBB had the crowd dancing and singing along throughout the whole show. I don’t think anyone, including myself, wanted it to stop; it was just one of those nights you never want to end.

I must admit that even though I was aware of who they were and knew a couple of the “hits,” I was unprepared on just how great they were and the depths to which they could reach. I often say “this is a great show and you should go see them when in your area”, but the Zac Brown Band is on a whole different level. Zac, you have definitely made a new fan with me and I can’t wait for the next time I get to see you and the guys.

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Check out the entire setlist for the concert at Setlist.FM

 

Amos Lee / Ethan Gruska 3/22/19, Austin

Dates: March 22, 2019

Location: ACL Moody Theater, Austin TX

Live at the storied Moody Theater, it was a singer-songwriter supreme type of evening.

BY SADIE CLAIRE

First up was the eminently talented Ethan Gruska:

…and then came headliner Amos Lee, currently touring behind the acclaimed My New Moon…

 

 

ALL THE WAY FROM…. Mott the Hoople Live

The Mountain of Mott the Hoople ‘74 (aka MTH74) gave all the dudes and dudettes what they wanted…. and then some…. on April 1 in Milwaukee and April 3 in Chicago.

TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARTY PEREZ

For MTH74’s eight date run, The Rant Band helped Ian Hunter make this, the first US Mott the Hoople get together, a true special event. The tour’s been welcomed with open arms and hearts by many faithful Mott fans (a most loyal lot, by the way.)

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Many of these fans are back to see Mott because they’d sold their tickets after Queen, the 1974 opener, left the tour—either disappointed at the thought of Aerosmith and Kansas as openers, dates being changed, or figured they’d catch Mott on their next go around.

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Ian’s Rant Band of James Mastro, Steve Holly, Mark Bosch, Paul Page, and Dennis  Dibrizzi made this outing possible,  having backed Ian since 2015. They’re the solid foundation which allows the three original ’74 veteran Hooples—Hunter, Morgan Fisher, and the mad wiz kid, Aerial Bender—to color and embellish the ’74 repertoire to its fullest potential.

Impeccable song selection and presentation kept show energetic, buoyant, and seemingly spontaneous.

To all: thanks for getting the band back onto the bus and back on the road; it meant a lot to us dudes and dudettes…

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Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven 12/29/18, Denver

Dates: December 19, 2018

Location: The Soiled Dove, Denver CO

Live at The Soiled Dove, and the sibling bands were in fine form.

BY TIM HINELY

OK, so a few facts here. It had been over a decade since I’d last seen Camper van Beethoven and I’d never seen Cracker before, but I like the venue (though their booking is a bit suspect) so I jumped at the chance to see these two classic bands (plus seeing David Lowery pulling double duty, as he always does, it quite a treat).

Was pleasantly surprised to see Camper Van Beethoven with the original (more of less…at least their classic) lineup of Lowery on vocals/guitar, Greg Lisher on guitar, Victor Krummenacher on bass, Jonathan Segel on violin and Chris Pedersen on drums.

The set was a nice mix of hits and other oddities, yes, we did hear their Status Quo cover of “Pictures of Matchstick Men” plus “Take the Skinheads Bowling” and “Eye of Fatima” (both parts 1 and 2).  Near the end they did a fabulous medley that included “Hava Nagila” and some Led Zeppelin tossed in (some “Kashmir” for sure). They ended the set with “Northern California Girls” and I’m happy to say that after all these years CVB still sound fabulous.

Cracker took the stage at about 9:15 PM and the packed house was ready.  Segel from CVB was sitting in on keyboards while Pedersen was on drums (I think it was him) and up front was the big three with Lowery on rhythm guitar and vocals plus cosmic lead guitarist (and Colorado resident) Johnny Hickman and rock-solid bassist Bryan Howard.

Cracker sounded like a well-oiled machine as well. They played a relatively short set that was packed with classics including “Low” as well as “Get Of This,” “Seven Days,” “I Want Everything” and “Teen Angst “what the world needs now)”. Near the end they showed off their honky tony roots with the “King of Bakersfield” (off their most recent record, 2014’s terrific From Berkeley to Bakersfield) and ended the set with a whooped up version of ‘Euro-Trash Girl.”

On a night that I wasn’t sure what to expect both bands put their best foot (foots) forward and completely delivered. A great night and I can’t wait until they come back to town.

 

 

 

 

Teenage Fanclub + The Love Language 3/2/19, Denver

Dates: March 2, 2019

Location: Bluebird Theater, Denver CO

Live at the Bluebird Theater, the Fannies were just about perfect.

BY BEN CURNETT

Teenage Fanclub makes big music using some fairly simple tools. Take the humble glockenspiel for instance. Founding member Norman Blake has obviously mastered the instrument, commanding the five-note run on other-founding-member Raymond McGinley’s “Your Love Is The Place Where I Come From,” like a veritable virtuoso of glockenspiel goodness. Most other 30-plus-years-and-eleven-studio-albums-of-Scottish-power-pop bands might say, “No! No glockenspiel for us.”

Not Teenage Fanclub. Thank god.

That particular tune came about halfway through a beautifully retrospective set at Denver’s Bluebird Theater last week when lucky Denverites braved the snow for the first Teenage Fanclub show in town in seven years. Openers Love Language played a high energy set full of melodic southernish rock, bringing to mind a pre-fame and fortune Kings Of Leon, full volume and lots of fun. This was before anyone knew anything about the presence of a glockenspiel, so, y’know … it was pretty raw. Maybe that wasn’t the right fit for the subdued, steady sounds of our staid indie staple headliners, but more than one other person I knew at the show left with brand new The Love Language vinyl.

When Teenage Fanclub took the stage, there was at least some trepidation about the noted absence of still-another founding member Gerard Love, who recently left the band. “It’s as amicable as it can possibly be,” said Love of the departure, and should we expect anything else from people who create music like this? No we should not. If it’s possible to hear well wishes upon a band breakup through the music of its remaining members, that was the message that permeated the show. There’s a lot to choose from with nine albums in the universe, and gems were picked, including the genre-defining “Alcoholiday” and the haunting “Only With You.” “Hold On” and “I’m In Love” solidly represented the newer stuff, and the new single “Everything Is Falling Apart” shoved aside any fears that the band is losing its step. The set closed with “The Concept,” which had been left out of tours past. It’s pretty fantastic to see the band continuing to tour and create great new music. My only hope is that we don’t have to wait another seven years before their next visit.

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Teenage Fanclub’s new single, “Everything Is Falling Apart” is out now on Merge Records.

Setlist:

About You

Start Again

The Cabbage

Everything Is Falling Apart

Alcoholiday

I Don’t Know

Only With You

Catholic Education

Thaw Me

Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From

Planets

Verisimilitude

I Don’t Want Control of You

Hold On

I’m in Love

My Uptight Life

The Concept

Encore:

The Fall

Everything Flows

 

WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT… Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets Live in Atlanta

With Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse as backdrop, Britain’s Basher and his American pals served up the hits, the obscurities, and plenty more.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOHN BOYDSTON

Nick Lowe is back and rocking’ harder than he has in years with help from the world’s greatest backing – a band you probably already know and love – Los Straitjackets, and together they are quite a team.  They’ve joined forces off and on for a few years and are at least in-part touring behind a new 4-song EP “Tokyo Bay” they recorded together, for Yep Roc records.

This was opening night of the tour, and there’s aren’t that many US dates so check ‘em out here and grab your tix.

This was a capacity crowd, and the crowd was into it.  And it’s pretty cool when you get the sense the person having the best time in the whole place is the artist.  It was great seeing that Nick hasn’t changed much since I first saw him (with Paul Carrack) in 1982.  Then, as now, he loves his fans and he shows it onstage, smiling, making eye-contact, having fun.  Maybe this band has kick-started his rocker instincts.   His voice was superb, his wits sharp, and his humor always on display.

Expect a really nice mix of his hits from the early Rockpile days, his solo years, and the new stuff.  Nick and LS are both Yep Roc recording artists, and it should be noted Yep Roc has done an amazing job with Rockpile’s “Seconds of Pleasure” and early Nick LPs “Jesus of Cool,” and “Labour of Lust” re-issues, all three amazing records and worth re-visiting if you don’t listen to them once a week as I do.  They’ve always sounded great but have never sounded better than on these new releases.

Nick takes a short break after a bit and hands the stage over to Eddie Angel and Los Straitjackets, who rock a few songs of their own and also have a new EP out featuring the theme from “Game of Thrones.”  (Their version will be used on this upcoming final season, and it was specifically selected by the show for inclusion.) LS even had a moment for a costume change for the encore;  the Riddler jackets were nice.

It was a mini-Yep Roc  showcase of talent, with newly-signed Dawn Landes opening with a solo set, and doing a great job.  Her most recent release is “Meet Me at The River,” and her set makes me want to check it out.

Lots of photos here, because no one told me to stop.  Way too much for fun for a guy my age.

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Wednesday 13, John5, Hellzapoppin Sideshow Revue 11/4/18, Warrendale PA

Dates: November 4, 2018

Location: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Warrendale PA

Live at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille!

TEXT & PHOTOS BY TIFFINI TAYLOR

It was a chilly night when Wednesday 13, John5 and Hellzapoppin Sideshow Revue visited Warrendale, PA to entertain at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. This was a show like no other. It had everything one could want in a night out. The venue is a nice place with good food and friendly staff. The show is a different kind of concert due to the inclusion of a sideshow. It is an experience to see a sideshow before a rock bands take to the stage.

The Hellapoppin Sideshow Revue was the first to take to the stage at Jergly’s Rhythm & Grill. If one has never seen a sideshow this is the one to see. Seeing glass being eaten is a sort of amazing unnerving all in one. The sideshow has acrobatic stunts, music, and things that one needs to see to believe. These are talented entertainers, do not try these at home at all. A very good show from Hellapoppin Sideshow Revue. A great way to begin the night of great performances.

Next with a giant roar from the audience Wednesday 13 took to the Jergyl’s stage. Wednesday 13 is a band that will give one a fright at first but then one will fall in love with them. The talent in this band is pure love of music.  Wednesday 13 puts on a performance that is good for any goth soul. A stage presence which is just as impressive as Ozzy Ozbourne and Alice Cooper.

The use of white and black make-up, along with gothic inspired and leather outfits is both macabre and lovely at the same time. The lighting which includes dark and light-colored lights is inspiring to fit an eerie night of music. The color of lights used included yellow, white, and blues. Wednesday 13 is one of the most powerful bands to see live. They have a new album titled “Condolences” out and it is good.

The crowd settled down somewhat while the stage is set up for John5. Once it was set and excited crowd yelled and screamed with joy and love as he and his band, the Creatures, hit the stage. He is truly one of the most interesting performers in the world as well as a guitar virtuoso. If one has never seen John5 and the Creatures live, put it on bucket list right now. The costuming and the blow ups on stage only add to the awe of the performance. His set included his well-known light guitar, a banjo, and of course electric guitars.

This show was exciting as well as inspirational. It shows creativity at its finest. Each performance offered something different in creative ways. It is amazing what imagination and talent can do. The audience left excited and happy. This is a must see show for any music and performance art lover. A great night was had, and look forward to seeing each performer again soon. Go out and see a show, it does the soul good.

 

GWAR – Mr. Small’s Theatre 9/14/18, Millvale PA

Dates: September 14, 2018

Location: Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale, Pennsylvania

The shock-rock legends were big, but Mr. Small’s – located just outside Pittsburgh – was big enough.

TEXT/PHOTOS BY TIFFINI TAYLOR

Pittsburgh is known for its steel, football team and craft beer, but there are also good music venues. Mr. Small’s Theatre is only one of them. The name may have the word small, but it is big enough for GWAR. The night began with the walk up the stairs into the theater, once inside one notices the dark venue filling up with people. There are black tarps covering some of the theater walls to protect from some of the fake blood. The crowd tonight is in for a giant treat, that is the show GWAR puts on itself.

If one has never experience a GWAR concert, then go to a concert at least once, add to the bucket list now. Attending tonight there are fans, the curious and then there are those who were brought by someone and have no idea who GWAR is. The fans are easy to spot in most cases, showing up in white t-shirts or some form of white clothing. This is due to wanting the spray of fake blood upon them. It is like a rite of passage or ritual. Then there is the curious who want to see what attending a GWAR concert is like, they want the experience and memory. Then there are those whose friends have an extra ticket, and these are the one’s who come and are in for a big surprise. Those who are not familiar with GWAR are usually scared once the band steps onto the stage.

A roar from the audience came with enthusiasm as the band enters the stage, this is what GWAR fans are, they are passionate and from all walks of life. The bands attire is the first thing that is noticed, either you love it or hate it, there is no in-between. GWAR comes with a backstory that is interesting and creative, they also have a comic book series. Their costumes are made of leather, armor, masks, fake blood, more fake blood, make-up and horns. GWAR is not from this Earth, they are from a far- away outer space. They were part of an elite fighting squad who served master because they were screw ups they were banished and sent to planet Earth. Basically, they were here and made human beings. Now remember this is all make believe, very creative and interesting.

During the show the crowd is squirted with fake blood, a lot of fake blood, as the band tells their story through their music. If you are a photographer, do not forget camera bags to cover camera, this is a warning. This show is fun, it is funny in some parts and gross in others. The band has been known to bring out mannequins of celebrities and kill them, this is of course all fake. There is a moment in tonight’s show where a beloved member of GWAR came out onto the stage and the audience was chanting ball-sack, this is the characters name. It was a moment that was incredible having a full theater yelling out ball-sack. The show continued and the fake blood squirted and poured onto the stage.

GWAR is a band that is not for everyone, but it is an experience. They are a music group who do know how to play their instruments very well. Can anyone imagine playing guitars, drums, and bass dressed in the costumes they wear?

 

ATLANTA RECKONING: Cowboy Junkies Live (photos & review)

The Cowboy Junkies wrapped up their brief Southern swing this month with shows in Franklin, TN, Birmingham, AL, and two sold-out shows, March 9 and 10, at Atlanta’s City Winery.  Our man in Hot ‘lanta caught the Saturday night show, and raved to tell about it.

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY JOHN BOYDSTON

For this show, and no doubt the others, The Cowboy Junkies are doing something considered daring or even suicidal by today’s music biz standards – not only recording new music but spending most of their first set actually playing it live, and coming back for the older stuff after a break.   With new songs and a performance this good it is, of course, what they should be doing, because their fans are ready for anything this band wants to play.  (As a ground-zero CJs fan who saw the band several months back in Asheville, NC, I can testify to both that and to their prowess in delivering. – Blurt Editor)

The latest LP is called “All That Reckoning” and by my newly acquired familiarity with their catalogue, it is as great as than anything they’ve done, maybe better than some. (Ditto. It’s brilliant. – Ed.)

The Cowboy Junkies are from Canada and formed in 1985 by Margo Timmins (vocals), Michael Timmins (guitarist), Peter Timmins (drums) and Alan Anton (bass).  There they are, three siblings (plus close friend Anton), together all these years, continuing to write, record, and perform powerful music, despite ups and downs of life and music.  The band is joined onstage by multi-instrumentalist and longtime collaborator Jeff Bird, who is a secret weapon up there in the background.

Described as a blues-folk-rock-jazzy-alternative-country band, I could make the case they are their own genre, brcause it’s hard to pin ‘em down on any one thing.

Tour resumes in April – dates are here:  https://www.cowboyjunkies.com/tour/

And one last plug – you can buy Cowboy Junkies vinyl and CDs here, directly from the band:  https://www.cowboyjunkies.com/albums/   They are high quality, and priced right.  Having turned into a Cowboy Junkies junkie,  this live show isn’t going to do much to change that; it probably made my habit worse.  Thank you, Margo, and fellas.

 

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