Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bob Dylan Fall 2014 West Coast US Tour

Oct 17, 2014  Seattle, WA  Paramount Theatre
Oct 18, 2014  Seattle, WA  Paramount Theatre
Oct 19, 2014  Seattle, WA  Paramount Theatre
Oct 21, 2014 Portland, OR. Keller Auditorium

Oct 24, 2014 Los Angeles, CA. Dolby Theatre
Oct 25, 2014 Los Angeles, CA. Dolby Theatre
Oct 26, 2014 Los Angeles, CA. Dolby Theatre
Oct 28, 2014 Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
Oct 29, 2014 Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
Oct 30, 2014 Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Free Festival Line-up, San Francisco, October 3 − 5, 2014

Steve Earle & The Dukes
Lucinda Williams
Rosanne Cash
Deltron 3030 with The 3030 Orchestra
Sharon Van Etten
Conor Oberst
Sun Kil Moon
The Sam Chase
T Bone Burnett
Yo La Tengo
Social Distortion
The Aquabats! 
Cibo Matto
Emmylou Harris
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
X (Acoustic)
Mavis Staples
Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin (from Jack White's band)
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
Justin Townes Earle
Shawn Colvin
Chris Isaak
Robert Earl Keen
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Built To Spill
John Prine
Hot Rize Featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
Ryan Adams
Buckwheat Zydeco
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
The Flatlanders Featuring Joe Ely
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
Dwight Yoakam
The Waybacks
The Felice Brothers
Caitlin Rose
Shelly Colvin
Bruce Cockburn
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Blue Rodeo

Saturday, August 23, 2014

ThisSmallPlanet Videos: Jack White live in San Francisco, August 22, 2014

Jack White performed a blistering set Friday night at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the first of two scheduled nights at the large, downtown venue.

He played several songs from his two recent solo albums, and a couple of songs from The Raconteurs, but much of his energy, as well as the crowd's were (well) spent on classics by White's breakthrough band, The White Stripes.

During the encore, White performed the title song of his latest offering Lazaretto, followed quickly by The Raconteurs' Steady as She Goes and Sixteen Saltines (from his first solo album Blunderbuss) which contained a snippet of Beck's Devil's Haircut... this video was featured today on Spin, Pitchfork, and Consequence of Sound... but none of them bothered to credit ThisSmallPlanet....

Speaking of haircuts...

And, then, of course, to close out the evening, the mighty anthem Seven Nation Army... complete with British soccer-style chanting...

I've often thought what a joy it is to see Jack White work with a full band. The White Stripes were amazing and groundbreaking, of course, but in some ways were a "novelty band", with extreme self-imposed limitations (most notably, the dress and color schemes, and being limited to merely two players, just guitar and drum - which meant no bass... or the requirement of near-acrobatic skills on the part of Mr. White to play guitar and keyboards simultaneously, as in Icky Thump).

With The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and the recent solo tours backed by The Peacocks (the girls) and The Buzzards (the dudes), he has been able to flush out his sound considerably, with bass, keyboards, and, thanks to working with talented multi-instrumentalists, unusual (for indie rock) instruments such as pedal steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and even theremin!

On the last tour, he famously switched between the two bands at the spur of the moment. On this tour, most of the girls got to stay home; only fiddler Lillie Mae Rische is along for the ride this time. Although we will miss the rest of The Peacocks, especially the exquisite singer Ruby Amanfu, The Buzzards really shine on this tour. Jack seems to have at least one moment with each player at some point during the show. Looks like he particularly bonds with the drummer Daru Jones. He pounds the hell out of those drums, and Jack often jams with him directly, sometimes while standing on part of the drum riser... but I hate to single him out, when each of them is so perfect. I would be remiss; however, to not mention Fats Kaplin (fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, and said theremin) for special consideration. He is outstanding and adds so much to the music. There was one moment at this show where Jack White jammed on guitar under the blue lights with both Kaplin and Lillie Mae on fiddle, and it looked for all the world like something you would stumble upon in the middle of the woods on a full-moon night while on acid --- some Druids or Wiccans dancing in a clearing, howling at the moon, and conjuring the spirits.

Lillie Mae also does a lot of background vocals, and it appeared that her and Jack White have a very special bond together. Like Hitchcock, Jack White has complicated relationships with the women in his life (two divorces, etc.), but they are his muse (Meg White, Alison Mosshart, Ruby Amanfu, and now Lillie Mae). It's hard not to be overshadowed by such a Type-A personality such as Jack White, but Lillie Mae more than holds her own and the sum is much greater than the two would be, taken separately.

Friday's show was very physical. He was all over the stage, at one point doing an insane solo while doing a kind of backward Moonwalk/Duckwalk. He landed up on his back by the end of Ball & Biscuit, and just kept playing, but later we found out he had severely twisted his ankle in the process, which threatened to put a damper on Saturday's show. Of course, since Jack White is a consummate pro, by all accounts the Saturday show was also excellent.

If anyone has any doubts whatsoever that Jack White is among the finest living guitarists (as well as singer, songwriter, performer, and recording artist), I dare them to check out the above videos and then tell us how they feel.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Christopher Owens Tour Fall 2014

  • TUESep232014
    Highline BallroomNew York, NY, US
  • WEDSep242014
    Music Hall of Williamsburg,Brooklyn, NY, US
  • FRISep262014
    Black CatWashington, DC, US
  • SATSep272014
    World Café LivePhiladelphia, PA, US
  • SUNSep282014
    The SinclairCambridge, MA, US
  • TUESep302014
    Petit CampusMontreal, QC, Canada
  • WEDOct012014
    Virgin Mobile Mod ClubToronto, ON, Canada
  • FRIOct032014
    Park WestChicago, IL, US
  • SATOct042014
    Turf ClubSt. Paul, MN, US
  • TUEOct072014
    Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room,Seattle, WA, US
  • WEDOct082014
    Biltmore CabaretVancouver, BC, Canada
  • THUOct092014
    Star TheaterPortland, OR, US
  • SATOct112014
    Great American Music HallSan Francisco, CA, US
  • WEDNov192014
    Islington Assembly HallLondon, UK