I'm not going to lie, I went to this show to see Albert Hammond Jr. Not afraid to say it. As a mega-fan of the Strokes, it's not unusual to follow the band's members and their personal endeavors. That being the case, I have really enjoyed Albert's solo stuff. So, goes without saying, when I heard he was coming through Dallas, albeit as a supporting act, I jumped on the chance to cover his performance. But fate, and poor communication, had other plans.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Words and pictures by Duane Clawson
From the first time I heard the southern rock sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd way back in 19-whatever, I have been a fan of that style of music. It’s all encompassing, honest, hardworking feel is what keeps me coming back time and time again. So as you could imagine, when the opportunity came to review Blackberry Smoke at The Pageant in St. Louis, I was smiling like a possum eating peach seeds! Six degrees is what the thermometer read as I found my way in to this nearly iconic 2000-seat venue. A nice showing of roughly 1500 braved the ultra-cool temps to take in this show. Always in search of what’s good in the world, I was most impressed with the opening act, The Delta Saints. The Saints are currently calling Nashville home but have roots in the Deep South. The roots of this band are hard to deny when hearing songs from their new EP, Dink It Slow. This EP has a little something for everyone: funk, delta blues, jam band, are all ingredients in this musical smoothie! The Saints appeared to be on their game and well received by the appreciative music fans of St. Louis. As the Saints' equipment was being carted off the stage, an uneasy anticipation hovered around the room. This anticipation was fueled by those that were seeing Blackberry Smoke for the first time, while attempting to figure it all out through the chosen set up music. My anticipation was fueled as James Brown was telling me to get on up, at an increased volume, through The Pageant’s tremendous house PA system. Then a sweet aroma, of what I considered to be, Blackberry Smoke, began to fill the air surrounding the stage.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
So my intention was to make my last show review of 2013 something special. The band Greek Fire made this a reality with a sold out show at the Firebird in St. Louis. One of the best ways to describe Greek Fire comes from their own bio page: “Greek Fire is comprised of 4 young men from the planet Earth, each sharing an extreme passion for their respective instruments.” Greek Fire’s nucleus was formed by two members of the band Story of the Year. Philip “Moon” Sneed (vocals) and Ryan Phillips (guitar) wanted to expound on the music they were making in Story of the Year, hence the formation of Greek Fire. Greek Fire has a considerably harder edge than Story, with a major emphasis put on producing a much larger sound. Front man Moon, who plays rhythm guitar in Story, pulls off the role of band leader like Copperfield performs magic tricks. Flawless. Maybe it was the packed hometown venue or maybe it was the anticipation of the bands release of their upcoming EP, Lost, but this band really seemed to be enjoying their time together. Smiles were the order of the night as fans, friends, and family members took in this all Greek Fire night of music.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sometimes here at MTC, we get offers to cover bands that are just too intriguing to pass up. So when Angie Carlson at Propeller Publicity asked if I would like to cover a group called Portland Cello Project, I said, "how can I resist with a name like that?" The Project began, as one would guess, in Portland, Oregon and was the brainchild of Tony Rogers, who eventually left the group and turned creative control over to Douglas Jenkins. Jenkins continues to carry the torch of the original mission statement of the group which is as follows: 1. to bring cello music to places you normally wouldn’t hear it. 2. to play music on the cello you wouldn't normally hear played on the instrument. 3. To build bridges across all musical communities by bringing a diverse assortment of musical collaborators on stage with them. Through this mission statement, the Project brings an ever-revolving door of cellists, guest musicians, musical arrangements, and a repertoire that includes over 800 pieces of music. The group has featured up to twelve cellists on the same stage at one time but tonight’s show featured five cellists and the drumming talents of Rachel Blumberg, formerly of the Decemberists.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Vintage Vinyl continued their long standing tradition of providing St. Louis with quality music in the form of an instore performance by the band Deer Tick. Deer Tick calls Rhode Island home when not playing over 200 shows per year. Deer Tick was formed around 2004-ish by John McCauley, starting as a solo act, adding musicians as the band evolved. Deer Tick has been steadily improving their chops and molding themselves into a pretty darn fine band. Deer Tick’s sound blends indie rock, 70's classics, and Seattle grunge. As McCauley’s voice reincarnates the vocal ghost of Kurt Cobain, bandmates Christopher Ryan, Dennis Ryan, Ian O’Neil, and Rob Crowell provide an indie rock backdrop.
Monday, October 28, 2013
by Antonio Chantaca
I am a red-blooded American citizen and did my part in Aokifying America when Steve Aoki brought his award-wining production, with EDM specialist Borgore and rapper Waka Flocka, to Dallas. Initially, this show struck me as interesting because Steve Aoki has been receiving a lot of attention lately, endorsing a variety of products and making numerous guest appearances. I had no clue who this man was or what he was responsible for and why he was touring with a proclaimed maker of Drug Dealing Music. A couple of YouTube clicks later I had a better understanding that Steve is a remix genius! He has worked with many respectable artists in different genres and is also the highest-grossing dance artist in North America. All this was brought to the South Side Ballroom last week, maybe the perfect place for this type of show.
Monday, October 14, 2013
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I know everybody has a list. A list of musicians or bands that changed the game for them. In my case, a handful of bands changed my musical landscape and set me on the path I'm on today. The two bands that really stick out in my mind are the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand. Their minimal sound was louder than any nu metal or horrible rap I was listening to before I was converted. I have seen the Strokes before, another pivotal moment in my history of music. But Franz Ferdinand had always eluded me. Until now. Making a stop in Dallas between the two weekends of Austin City Limits, I marked my calendar, checked it twice, and made my way to the House of Blues for a night of reminiscing and pure excitement.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Throughout musical history there have been musical parings that have been just too good to be true, The Rides are one of those groups. On paper, the pairing of Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd seems a bit weird, as Mr.Stills is known for his works with folk rock legends Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. While the still relatively young Kenny Wayne Shepherd is known for his abilities as a blues guitarist and the hit, “Blue on Black”. But putting all this aside, this pairing just works and I was lucky enough to catch the magic at St. Louis’ River City Casino. The supporting cast for these two guitar legends is equally impressive and includes Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble) on drums, Kevin McCormick (Jackson Browne) on bass, and Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag) on keyboards. To open the show was an artist I have been a fan of since first hearing her music in 1999, Beth Hart. Beth’s powerful voice is the raspy equivalent of smoking three packs of non-filter cigarettes and chasing them with a half bottle of Tennessee whiskey. Beth’s set list can vary greatly from night to night, and this show was no exception. Beth opted for a set of more obscure songs from her catalog with her hit “Delicious Surprise” being the standout in the abbreviated seven-song warm up. But Beth did become intimate with the St. Louis audience as she sang from her knees and while sitting on the edge of the stage. Beth gave River City all she had while entertaining fans old and new. Miss Hart proved to be a proper segue for The Rides' guitar-driven, blues-infused brand of music.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I guess it's only natural progression. The first time I saw Mumford and Sons, it was at the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues; I specifically went to see the Middle East, who were opening. I had heard good things about this foursome from London but their critical reviews did not match the acclaim from their growing fan base. But after their rousing set in front of a few hundred people, I was a believer. Their live set had so much energy and their material translated well to the masses. So, it's no wonder how they came back later in the same year to perform in the main space at the HOB, a capacity of 1,600+. Fast forward three years and they're now performing in front of 20,000+ at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Deservedly so. They have put in the time and effort and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Words and pictures by Duane Clawson
What is there to do on a beautiful sunny day in St. Louis you ask? How about we head down to Vintage Vinyl record store and check out Cage the Elephant. First off, I gotta say I’m a Cage the Elephant fan and have been since first hearing “No Rest for the Wicked”. I became an even bigger fan after seeing them perform live last year in Dallas at Edgefest. So getting to see the band give an intimate performance at Vintage was right up my alley. Cage wasted no time jumping in to the quick four-song set by opening with “No Rest for the Wicked”. Frontman Matt Shultz battled through and made the best of some early microphone problems by encouraging the Vintage audience of about 100 to sing the chorus of “No Rest...”; which they did on cue. The rest of the band’s time on the stage was flawless and included the songs “Come a Little Closer”, “Back Against the Wall”, and “Shake Me Down”.