BOT-Approved Shows: March 22-28

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The Sour Notes perform at Rudyard”s on Saturday with Bright Men Of Learning and Tody Castillo
We”ve made it back from SXSW with tired body and mind, but with a heaping helping of great memories from our three days traversing the streets of Austin. While I”m still trying to cure my musical hangover, I”m sure you”ll see me out and about in Houston at several upcoming shows. Check out who”s coming to town during the week of March 22-28.

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In Defense of John Mayer

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John Mayer @ BOK CenterPhoto by Cafe Con Leche

My name is Michael and I’m a John Mayer fan.

BoT didn’t commission this review. I texted Hash Browns halfway through the best concert I’ve seen since Paul McCartney last summer and told her I was gonna write a few words regardless, and BoT could post them if they wanted to. It is true, the last thing the web needs is more sludge on celebrities clogging our collective bandwidth, but I thought fuck it, I’ll join the fray because I actually care about this shit.

No two words are more divisive when it comes to popular music than John Mayer. And it isn’t just a single line in the sand; there is an entire spectrum of fan/foe that one could fall into. There are the tween to teen, glossy-eyed girls whose untainted imagination affords them the luxury of believing all those sappy pop songs. There are the wanton consumers of Top 40 radio who are doused with at least two Mayer jams per record release and who will listen complacently to just about anything you feed to them. There are the musician types (I run into this clan quite a bit) who love to riff about whose playing in his band or what gear he uses and whatever else they read in internet forums and vomit up conversation. There is the other sect of musicians who love to hate him (I would contend) simply because he’s so successful and inarguably talented. Regardless, these are some of the more common things that come up when John Mayer is mentioned. The italicized font is my internal response.

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Show Preview: Steel Train @ The Waiting Room, March 23rd

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Steel Train will be taking the stage on March 23rd at the handsomely remodeled Waiting Room in Omaha, NE. The show is only $10 and the beer is also reasonably priced, so for a great night of music on a budget, Steel Train would defiantly be worth taking in. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the band, they are put into the indie rock genre. I see where they get that classification, but personally notice more of the 60’s psychedelic and folk influence in their music, which is never a bad thing. And did I mention that they are praised for their live shows and jam sessions? All of these factors are sure to sprawl out on stage next Tuesday in a collision of decades sure to please the mind, body and soul. Opening for the New Jersey quintet will be It’s True and Holly Miranda. Unfortunately, I will just be returning from SXSW and will be unable to make it, but hopefully some of you folks can!

Austin bound,
The Toastman

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Phish Dates: Summer 2010!

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Phish @ Red Rocks 

Phish, some at BoT’s primary impetus for every good thing in their musical journey, have announced their Summer 2010 Tour Dates. No info about on sale, but for a smile-inducing video check out Phish.com. Dates below!

June 11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
June 12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
June 13 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
June 15 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Pavilion at Harbor Center
June 17 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
June 18 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
June 19 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
June 24 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 26 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 27 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 29 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
July 1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 2 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 3 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
July 4 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
August 5 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
August 6 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
August 7 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
August 9 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
August 10 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
August 12 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 13 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 14 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 17 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 18 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

The most promising to me – given the proximity of family, friends, and/or epic nature to the venue – look to be Atlanta, Berkeley, and Telluride… and I know my midwestern writing mates will be at Chicago and Cuyahoga. I’m quite sure this means that we’ll get more West Coast dates (and a fest?) in the Fall, hopefully just before or after a 4-date Texas run. Please give us two nights in The Woodlands!

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BackSeat Jukebox: Buxton | “Boy Of 9”

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Good friend to the site and kick-ass photographer, Mark C. Austin, has been pimping his new pet project, the Ford Fiesta Movement, in which he procured one of 20 brand-spanking-new Ford Fiesta’s to let people here in Houston test out. Always bringing a touch of music into anything he does, Austin and counterpart Amber Roussel have started to invite different local bands into the backseat of the Fiesta for a series they are calling BackSeat Jukebox.

The first of hopefully many videos to come features local Houston act, and BOT-favorite, Buxton working their way through the unreleased track “Boy Of 9” with the help of a few non-traditional instruments. Despite being jammed into the back seat, they still pull of a flawless version of the new tune. We recently caught Buxton performing several of their new tracks, and you can rest assured that they were all brilliant. We will have a full review of that show soon.

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