Ben Harper and The Relentless Seven

May 11, 2009

I really can’t say enough good things about Ben Harper and his new band the Relentless Seven. This is yet another great album that I can’t stop playing. If you haven’t seen him yet, check him out on this tour, you’ll be glad you did.

New Green Day album available online

May 11, 2009

In exactly one week, Green Day unleash their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. You’ll have to wait until July 3rd to catch them live on their summer tour, but you can preview the new album tight now. Over at Rhapsody, you can hear the entire 21st Century Breakdown album before it is released.

Interview with Paul Westerberg

May 11, 2009



The immensely entertaining but sadly out of print alt/indie/college-rock reader Alt-Rock-a-Rama featured a hilarious chapter, written by Replacements drummer Chris Mars, called “Eight Really Dumb Things the Replacements Did”. That list– which included stories of stink bombs, eyebrow shaving, hot pepper eating, and the like– could have been doubled, or even tripled, but if it weren’t for Paul Westerberg’s songs even such notorious behavior might have been long forgotten. It’s fitting, too, as few songwriters are as adept at infusing even the most slap-dash seeming punk track with loads of pathos and personality, and at his best Westerberg remains near peerless in the pantheon of heartbreakers.

“Lonely, I guess that’s where I’m from,” he once sang, but if you include all the people Westerberg and the Replacements have impacted or influenced, he’s got plenty of company. We caught up with Westerberg on the phone, speaking from his home in Minnesota and holding court on a career that often settled for glorious failure while the suckers and sell-outs walked off with all the fame and success.

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Jayhawks Reunion

May 8, 2009

The Jayhawks have to be one of my all time favorite bands, but I have not had a chance to see them live since they haven’t toured together as a band in about 10 years. While Gary Louris and Mark Olson have been touring together since 2006 and recorded an album in 2007, they’ve done it only as a duo. Not as the Jayhawks.

Looks like that’s changing. Billboard reports, Jayhawks Reuniting For Summer Shows. The reunited Jayhawks played a festival in Spain last August, and they’ll be playing some more shows this summer:

[Olsen:] “That was the first time I’d played with the Jayhawks in over 10 years. It was really fun. It was Karen [Grotberg] and Tim [O’Reagan] and Marc [Perlman] and Gary and me. We played pretty much all of “Hollywood Town Hall” and “Tomorrow The Green Grass.”

“I have some friends in Spain who were very persistent about getting a Jayhawks show there and they really wanted the ‘Green Grass’ lineup,” says Louris, who owns a house in Spain and splits his time between there and Minneapolis. “Since Mark and I are now buddies again, and the fact that Karen is now willing to do some shows because now her daughter is old enough for her to leave for periods of time, its just become more viable.”

Although only a couple of shows have been scheduled. Let’s hope they announce some more dates soon.

Allman Brothers Rock the Beacon

March 31, 2009

The Allman Brothers Band’s return to New York’s Beacon Theatre came to a triumphant end on Sunday, the result is 15 shows, over 100 songs played, and a guest list that rivals that of The Last Waltz. The run is already being called the band’s best in their 20-year history of playing the historic landmark.

From Buddy Guy and Trey Anastasio to Levon Helm and Taj Mahal the Allmans pulled together a great list of rock legends to help celebrate their 40th anniversary.

March 13th, featured actor Bruce Willis on harmonica before appearances from the Asbury Juke Horns and Boz Scaggs. Pedal steel master Robert Randolph and jazz drumming legend Lenny White stopped by on the 14th, John Hammond and Bonnie Bramlett took their turn on the 16th, and Sheryl Crow jammed with the brothers on the 17th.

The 19th and 20th brought the  Allmans together with Eric Clapton to tackle blues standards including “Layla.” Next up were Bruce Hornsby, who added keyboards on the 21st, and Jimmy Herring and John Bell of Widespread Panic on the 23rd. The 24th brought some humor, as the band emerged for their second set as “the Allman Brotherzz Band” with chest-length fake beards to match special guest Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

March 26th brought no visitors, but marked the official 40th anniversary of the band, who celebrated the occasion by performing their first two albums, in their entirety. The 27th featured Kid Rock with a beautiful rendition of “Freebird” before Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Dead,  took the stage on Saturday to help bring down the house.

If you missed any of the shows, check out some of these great videos from the run.

“I Know You Rider (with Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell),” March 12, 2009

“Can’t Find My Way Home (with Sheryl Crow),” March 17, 2009

“Jesus Just Left Chicago (with Billy Gibbons),” March 24, 2009

“Freebird,” March 27, 2009

“Sugaree (with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir),” March 28, 2009

Jeff Tweedy to Play Benefit

March 27, 2009

I am going to a benefit concert for in Beacon, NY this weekend featuring a solo acoustic appearance by Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. Looking forward to the show

Dylan & Willie to Join Mellancamp Tour

March 23, 2009


It looks like Bob Dylan may be hitting the road with John Mellencamp for a run of minor league ballpark gigs this summer. Nothing has been confirmed, but recently Joan Baez let the word slip at a recent concert with John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp also recently posted this on his Website: “A special tour is in the works, slated to start in early July and run through the end of August. It will play at minor league baseball fields, with John sharing top billing with two other major artists.” According to the usually reliable Dylan fansite Bob Links, the third artist in the bill will probably be Willie Nelson.Stay tuned for more info…

Another Reason to hate TicketMaster

March 23, 2009


A week before tickets for Phish’s four-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre were supposed to go on sale, a Ticketmaster glitch allowed Phish fans to scoop up four-day passes to the event last night, Glide Magazine reports. However, the feeding frenzy was short-lived as Ticketmaster quickly halted the sale and canceled all orders, further angering fans who were already frustrated over Live Nation’s failed Phish ticket release last month.

U2 Reveal Revolutionary 360 Stage Design

March 13, 2009


U2 confirms that the U2 360 Tour will open at the Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona on 30th June. The U2 360 Tour is sponsored by BlackBerry and is the band’s first stadium outing since the Vertigo Tour 05/06 and follows the release of their new album, No Line On The Horizon.

Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 360 will visit 14 cities across Europe including dates in Milan,  Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, London, and Glasgow. The European tour will be followed by dates in North America beginning at Chicago’s Soldier Field on September 12th, 2009.

Long-time U2 Show Director Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create an innovative 360 design which affords an unobstructed view for the audience. U2 360 also marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums with such a unique and original structure (which can be viewed at

“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward. With 85 percent of the tickets priced at less than $95.00, general admission floor tickets priced at $55.00 and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the $30.00 price range, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view,” says U2’s manager Paul McGuinness.

That is until TicketMaster gets involved.Let’s see what kind of problems they create with this one.

Wilco Ashes of American Flags Trailer

March 13, 2009

I’m looking forward to the new Wilco film “Ashes of American Flags”. The DVD will be released in April and recently won an award for best Cinemotography at the Big Sky Music Festival. Here is the trailer. Enjoy.