Dallas has not rocked this hard since Red Animal War, from Denton, in 2002; I finally had the same feeling as when I watched them absolutely dismantle The Gypsy Tea Room (RIP). The feeling that I am addressing is the possessive tribal energy that comes when you witness something that kicks ass and everyone around agrees that it does indeed, kick ass. Finally, after a recent string of concerts which featured a below average band or fanbase, I was able to revel in a band that enjoyed the hell out of playing and a crowd beaming with adoration. of Montreal had come a long way from their lo fi pop beginnings. Read on after the jump.
I go to too many damn shows – to the point where my excitement level seems to taper off for each random one I attend. Now and again, though, a line-up of bands will come to town that make me feel as if I’m about to go to my first show again. Before even entering the venue, butterflies build a tiny little flutter in my belly, and I start to get quite giddy. It hasn’t happened many times this year, but the times it has have generally lead to an all around party. The most recent occasion of my 12 year old nervousness and excitement was when one of my current favorites, Dr. Dog, and their road-tested group of openers, Deer Tick, made their way to the jam-packed Studio at Warehouse Live. I made it just in time for the start of Deer Tick’s set, and was glued to the stage for the next three-and-a-half hours. Read all about the show and browse a bunch of my shots after the jump.
John Prine is an under-appreciated treasure of American music. The best of his songwriting is damn near unparalleled. He has long been recognized by fellow musicians for his talent, and soon he’ll have a tribute album filled with the best of them. Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows, featuring the likes of My Morning Jacket, the Avett Brothers, Justin Vernon, and the Drive-by Truckers, releases on June 22nd. Prine and Jim James performed a beautiful version of MMJ’s cover from the album, “All the Best,” on Letterman last night. Enjoy.
The artists and tracklist for the album should get you pretty excited.
01 Justin Vernon – “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)”
02 Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – “Wedding Day in Funeralville”
03 My Morning Jacket – “All the Best”
04 Josh Ritter – “Mexican Home”
05 Lambchop – “Six O’Clock News”
06 Justin Townes Earle – “Far From Me”
07 The Avett Brothers – “Spanish Pipedream”
08 Old Crow Medicine Show – “Angel From Montgomery”
09 Sara Watkins – “The Late John Garfield Blues”
10 Drive-By Truckers – “Daddy’s Little Pumpkin”
11 Deer Tick – “Unwed Fathers” [ft. Liz Isenberg]
12 Those Darlins – “Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian”
The easiest way to describe Mason Jennings style is to say he and his guitar are one. Yeah. One. Like Yoda and the force. His style was amplified in his acoustic set at the Granada in Dallas. Jennings doesn’t have the most beautiful voice, but it’s powerful. And when it’s paired in it’s odd canter to his guitar in an equally odd canter.. all I can say is it’s delicious. Read on after the jump.
If you’ve been following the site regularly for the past year, you’ve realized that we can’t get enough of the young Scottish lads known as Frightened Rabbit. I finally had the chance to see the quintet perform at SXSW this year (twice, actually), and they blew me away more than I ever thought they could. Unfortunately, due to that damn volcano, they had to cancel their Houston gig, but I am certainly satisfied with the time I’ve spent with them this year. Last night, Frightened Rabbit made their network television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform the rocker “Nothing Like You” from their latest album, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks. Check it out…
They certainly nailed this performance, even inspiring Roots drummer and musical mastermind ?uestlove to give props to the band via twitter. I hope they make good on their semi-promise to reschedule their Houston gig later this year, as I am already jonesing for another performance.
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