Sunday, August 29, 2010

I get published again in the local paper

A half-dozen cool things in music |
August 29

I got a chance to comment on some shows that I have been to in recent weeks in the startribune. I know its not much verbage,but they limit you to a sentence or two.  I still get a little thrill of being published on something I love .


Gov't Mule, Cabooze plaza. Yet another adventurous show from a band that never mails it in. A blistering show on a blistering hot day at a venue where the original trio cut its performing teeth. Opener Jackie Greene was a pleasant surprise.

Black Crowes, Minnesota Zoo. On only the third show on its farewell tour, the band roared through a 90-minute set. Luther Dickinson proved that he is a great addition with rough and tasteful solos. Too bad the set was so short. Hope the hiatus is just as brief.

Wolfgang's Vault iTouch/iPhone app. This has quickly become one of my favorite apps. Archived Bill Graham-promoted concerts from Winterland and the Fillmore West/East. Tons to choose from, and it's free.

The Rhythm Devils, the Cedar. Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann delivered as expected, but the surprise was singer/guitarist Davy Knowles, 23. The second set was Dead-on, highlighted by the tight, passionate "Casey Jones" and "U.S. Blues."

Pretty Reckless, "Late Show With David Letterman." "Gossip Girl" starlet Taylor Momsen's Warped-tested pop-metal quartet was a commendable curiosity. There was something oddly affecting about a pretty, vacant-looking blonde with raccoon eyes singing "Every time I look inside your eyes/You make me want to die," framed by Paul Shaffer's creepy keyboards.

Minnesota Zoo concert series. There have been many rewarding shows this summer, capped (for me) by the Black Crowes (spirited, gospel-infused rock but too short), George Thorogood (barroom boogie and blues on steroids) and Jerry Jeff Walker (Texas' answer to Jimmy Buffett).

  Jon Bream -Star Tribune Music Critic.

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