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My Morning Jacket Soars Into Peabody Opera House with Band of Horses – STL 8/8/12

2012.08.08 – My Morning Jacket Soars Into Peabody Opera House with Band of Horses

Words by: Bradley Darby / Photos by: Aaron Barton

Photo Credit: Aaron Barton 

For the second time in as many years St. Louis was treated to a live show from My Morning Jacket.  This year the Louisville indie rockers brought along Band of Horses and stopped by the beautiful Peabody Opera House to a packed crowd on a Wednesday night. Last year’s show at The Pageant, fresh off the release of Circuital was one of my top shows of the year. This tour actually allowed the fans of MMJ to assist in selecting the set each night. Titled the Spontaneous Curation Series, the idea is to allow fans to request their favorite songs via Twitter using a special hashtag. The band will choose the encore based on what the fans want to hear. Fans that have joined their Roll Call fan club have the option of choosing the opening song each night via the fan club forum as well. They even announce the following day who’s songs they played.

Photo Credit: Bradley Darby

Band of Horses started right at 7:00PM and played through their hour-long set with lots of energy. They were a great opening act, and there was a good amount of people there to see Band of Horses in addition to the few thousand that left fans. As the band ripped through the set of 10 or songs including “Detlef Scrempf”, from Cease to Begin and the title track to their most recent album “Infinite Arms.”  Vocalist Ben Bridwell mentioned that this was one of the only indoor venues on the tour and it was nice to be playing inside such a beautiful venue. Band of Horses was the reason my friend wanted to go to the show and I can certainly see why, they left the stage just before 8:00PM to a near standing ovation. They are releasing their new album next month, and I will be picking a copy up and seeking out another chance to see Band of Horses in the coming months.

Photo Credit: Aaron Barton

My Morning Jacket took the stage just after 8:30PM and opened the set with “MasterPlan” and then “It Beats 4 You”, which appears on their debut album Z. Our first title track of the night, “Circuital”, followed as well as “Outta My System” from the same album before “Gideon”. It was clear that this set iist was going to span the bands entire catalog, but we got some rarities including “Where To Begin”, a song recorded for the soundtrack to the 2005 film Elizabethtown.

Photo Credit: Aaron Barton

Jim James brought out Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses for “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” from Circuital. Prior to playing the song James mentioned the City Museum, a topic covered at last years show as well. James asked Ben if he had ever been there, and when Ben replied that he had not James went on to ask him if he had ever tried LSD. Jim James then stated that “if you have done LSD, you have been to City Museum in your mind, it’s the coolest fucking place on Earth.” James and Bridwell than exchanged versus for “Wonderful.”

Photo Credit: Aaron Barton

A cover of the George Harrison song “Isn’t It A Pity” was unexpected, and unrecognized until a friend mentioned it after the show. They absolutely slayed it though, take my word for that.  That was the lift off to the seven song finale that could have been written by me. “Victory Dance” , the opening track to the last album and the opening track of the 2011 show, into fan favorite and epic live song “Wordless Chorus”, which features James bouncing around the front of the stage interacting with the fans as much as possible with a towel draped over his head. “The Day is Coming” made way into the 2 part epic that is “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream.” Part One will lift your spirits and make you feel good, then part two kicks in and the vibe turns as the keys provided by Bo Koster kick in prior to the drop of the guitar and James hitting the high note during the chorus. It  is my favorite My Morning Jacket song and one I wouldn’t want to miss live.

Photo Credit: Aaron Barton

It was then another from Circuital, an album featured heavily again just a year after its release, “Holding on to Black Metal” into the uplifting fan favorite “One Big Holiday” to end the set. There wasn’t much of a break before Jim James came out to address the crowd once more. He mentioned the local bred Jay Farrar, a friend and band mate from one of James’ many side projects the New Multitudes. He then started the encore with a solo acoustic “I Will Be There When You Die” from The Tennessee Fire. The rest of the band joined him and they went in to “I’m Amazed”, probably the bands most recognizable song to most. As the band played their final song “Phone Went West” from 2001’s At Dawn, a song with a slight reggae vibe and a great way to end the show. It was nearing 11:00PM and the band had just played for 2 hours and 30 minutes, it was time for everyone to head home. My Morning Jacket rocked my face off yet again, and provided what will surely be a month-long ringing in my head from the level of awesomeness (and bass) they brought to the Peabody Opera House one Wednesday night in August.

Photo Credit: Aaron Barton

SET LIST (from my notes and confirmed pieces via
Master Plan (It Still Moves)
It Beats 4 U (Z)
Circuital (Circuital)
Outta My System (Circuital)
Gideon (Z)
Rollin Back (It Still Moves)
Tonight I Want To Celebrate With You (Heartbreakin’ Man)
What a Wonderful Man (Z)
Mahgeetah (It Still Moves)
Wonderful (with Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses) (Circuital)
Where to Begin  (Elizabethtown Soundtrack)
Steam Engine (It Still Moves)
Isn’t It a Pity (George Harrison cover)
Victory Dance (Circuital)
Wordless Chorus (Z)
The Day Is Coming (Circuital)
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 1 (Evil Urges)
Touch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2 (Evil Urges)
Holding on to Black Metal (Circuital)
One Big Holiday (It Still Moves)
E: I Will Be There When You Die (The Tennessee Fire)
E: I’m Amazed (Evil Urges)
E: Phone Went West  (At Dawn)


Photo Credit: Aaron Barton

My Morning Jacket Announce Brief West Coast Trek

My Morning Jacket Announce Brief West Coast Trek

When I am driving down the freeway at 115 mph and My Morning Jacket comes on my iPod I find myself taking my hand off the wheel and making my finger scream “YIM YAMES YIM YAMES” much like “RED RUM RED RUM” from The Shining. I know that’s a rather pointless story when all you want to know is where My Morning Jacket is playing in the Pacific Time Zone this fall, but the fact is it just does not work as well when you do it using the support acts Iron and Wine or Shabazz Places. I am going to shut up now, here are some dates.

My Morning Jacket September 2012 West Coast Tour Dates:

09/07/12 – Concerts at Marymoor/Seattle, WA #

09/08/12 – Edgefield Manor/Portland, OR #

09/09/12 – Idaho Botanical Garden/Boise, ID #

09/11/12 – The Wiltern/Los Angeles, CA *

09/12/12 – The Wiltern/Los Angeles, CA !

09/13/12 – The Wiltern/Los Angeles, CA #

09/15/12 – Greek Theatre/Berkeley, CA #

# w/ Shabazz Places

! w/ Iron and Wine

* w/ TBD

For information on VIP packages, check out the official My Morning Jacket website by clicking here.

My Morning Jacket Announce December US Tour

My Morning Jacket Announce December US Tour

My Morning Jacket will sneak across the US for a quick tour this December. The band is out in support of the recently released album “Circuital.” The trek will kick off in scenic Universal City, CA on December 1st and wrap with the bands triumphant return to Madison Square Garden on December 14th. Acts set to join Jim James and crew on the tour include Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Delta Spirit and Band of Horses. Dates for the tour are below the nifty viral video the band has produced to support their latest journey across America.

My Morning Jacket December 2011 Tour Announcement! from My Morning Jacket on Vimeo.


Dates for the trek are as follow:

12-01 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre #

12-02 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic #
12-06 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre ^
12-07 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie ^
12-08 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre ^
12-10 Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre ^
12-11 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live ^
12-12 Greensboro, NC – War Memorial Auditorium ^
12-14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *

# with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
^ with Delta Spirit
* with Band of Horses


My Morning Jacket at The Pageant – St. Louis – 8/2/2011

Words, Pictures, Live Videos by Bradley Darby

When it was announced in May that My Morning Jacket would be playing at The Pageant, the feeling that immediately came to me was jubilation. This is a band that I had been dying to see since I first watched the Okonokos DVD and caught a glimpse of what a MMJ show was like. Only problem was, tickets went on sale while I was away at Wakarusa seeing My Morning Jacket. Luckily a friend that is in the right place was able to help me out and secure me tickets. I vowed to get their early to obtain a premium spot, as their set at Wakarusa not only was the highlight of the weekend, but was nothing short of amazing.

Its not a coincidence that some people consider My Morning Jacket to be one of the best live bands out there right now. The raw energy and emotion put into a performance by the Louisville, Kentucky five piece is something that is hard to express in words (luckily there is video evidence to help me out!) Since the release of their debut album The Tennessee Fire in 1999, MMJ has released five more studio albums with each one giving you a different vibe than the last. Talking with another fan after the show, we both agreed that upon the first listen of each album you are questioning what you just heard…. but give it a few more spins and you start to see what Jim James and the boys are trying to do, as no two albums sound alike.

The opening band was California indie rockers Delta Spirit, who were fantastic and spent their 45 minute set doing their best to convert each and every person in the room into a believer. By the near standing ovation they received after their set, I think they succeeded. The highlight of their set was the fact that on a few songs they initiated the duel drummer sequence and had two kits set up next to each other while percussionist Brandon Young and Kelly Winrich banged away with the fury of a honey badger as they rattled the bones in your body. I sadly cant give you any more info on their set, but I recommend you check them out.

My Morning Jacket took the stage at around 9:15 and came on to ominous green glows and haunting bass, both of which borrow from the theme of their most recent album Circuital, released just two months ago. The set kicked off with the opening track from that album, “Victory Dance”, a perfect song to start a set and get the crowd going. Near the end, vocalist Jim James belts out a primal scream and then seamlessly flowed into the second song and title track, “Circuital” before venturing into their prior catalog.

Front man James has a way for controlling a crowd as he bounces around the stage from side to side, using the monitors as stepping stones along the way while his mane of hair flows through the air like he’s floating above the rest of the world like some angel (shout out to American Dad!) But that’s only when he’s not busy shredding your face off on his flying V guitar and howling screams or soothing your soul with his soft spoken inside voice and acoustic guitar. He is joined by Tom Blankenship on the bass, Patrick Hallahan on drums, Bo Koster on keys and Carl Broemel on guitar.

Jim James Being All Angel Like

I’m Amazed” from 2008’s Grammy nominated Evil Urges went into another new one, “First Light.” After James took a second to talk to the crowd by telling us about St. Louis being the “power center of the country” and talking about how great it was that there is a place where “the City Museum and the Arch can coexist” (if you dont know the City Museum, you should check this link out) they then went right into “The Way He Sings”, the only song from their 2001 album At Dawn that was played. The new album, Circuital, would make up a major part of the set list as it was only released two months ago. But its a fantastic album, so thats not a bad thing whatsoever. The remainder of the night featured a solid mix of their entire catalog and a total of 24 songs over two and a half hours.

One of MMJs more epic tunes, “Touch Me and I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2” went into “Dondonte”, a beautiful, yet deep song about long time friend of the band who took his own life, to end the set. That song is from 2005’s, Z, one of my favorite MMJ albums that actually played a heavy role in the night with 5 songs including “Dondonte” and the always amazing “Wordless Chorus” to kick off the encore. After a few more song James then again addressed the sold out rowdy crowd as he told us a story about visiting the City Museum earlier in the day, and how he was trapped in a door maze where he kept having the option of going through two doors, and they kept getting smaller as did the rooms until he was eventually just stuck in a tiny room.  James then said that made him think of the next song as they then played “Holding On To Black Metal.” The set then ended with the crowd favorite and the always guaranteed to rock your socks off “One Big Holiday” from It Still Moves, their major label debut from 2003.

It had been five years since their last visit to St. Louis, and My Morning Jacket made up for it by keeping a sold out crowd happy for nearly three hours, and blowing the mothefucking roof off The Pageant. I took a friend along who had just gotten into them in the few days leading up to the show, and he was blown away as well. We both agreed that it was quite possibly the loudest concert we had ever attended, and both of us have seen many shows over our years. This show is in strong contention for Best of 2011, and it is going to be tough to top. Luckily I have Wilco at the soon to open Peabody Opera House to look forward too……..


1. Victory Dance (Circuital)
2. Circuital (Circuital)
3. The Dark (The Tennessee Fire)
4. I’m Amazed (Evil Urges)
5. First Light (Circuital)
6. The Way That He Sings (At Dawn)
7. Gideon(Z)
8. Golden (It Still Moves)
9. Slow Slow Tune (Circuital)
10. Heartbreakin’ Man (The Tennessee Fire)
11. Off the Record(Z)
12. Mahgeetah (It Still Moves)
13. You Wanna Freak Out (Circuital)
14. Movin’ Away (Circuital)
15. Smokin’ From Shootin’ (Evil Urges)
16. Run Thru (It Still Moves)
17. Touch Me, I’m Going to Scream, Part Two (Evil Urges)
18. Dondante(Z)

19. Wordless Chorus (Z)
20. Touch Me, I’m Going to Scream, Part One (Evil Urges)
21. The Day is Coming (Circuital)
22. Holdin’ On To Black Metal (Circuital)
23. Anytime(Z)
24. One Big Holiday (It Still Moves)

My Morning Jacket 09/21/08: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

My Morning Jacket 09/21/08

Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Note:  This piece made it’s original debut on

For most of the decade, every jaded junkie brown nosed rock critic scumbag has declared My Morning Jacket saviors of rock and roll. MMJ front man Jim James has been dubbed the second coming of Christ more than Jesus himself at this point. Usually I tend to ignore most of these jaded junkie brown nosed rock critic scumbags, but for whatever reason, I happened to give My Morning Jacket a chance earlier this year when their latest CD ended up in my lap for free, and boy did it pay off. Over the last few months, I have become obsessed with the 5 piece hybrid-rock band from Kentucky. So I gathered up all the coins in my couch, turned in some recyclables, and sold my kidney on EBAY in order to purchase a pair of tickets for their concert this past Sunday night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Even with the band starting nearly 30 minutes after the noted ticket time, trendy HIP(pie)STERS (you know, those folks with hippie like tendencies, only they shower, hold down full time jobs and buy their clothes from such retched places like Abercrombie and Fitch) slowly found their way into the outdoor venue and into their seats. With beer in one hand and plates of cheese/crackers and sodium rich lunch meats in the other, the crowd was ready to be taken on an epic rock and roll journey.

Opening with the title track from their latest record – Evil Urges the band launched into a 2.5 hour set that featured a solid selection of new numbers as well as many MMJ classics. The greatest thing about My Morning Jacket is the fact that it is next to impossible to describe their sound. They are a true hybrid of American Rock & Roll music. On Sunday night, the band ran the gauntlet touching on a little bit of everything for the just shy of sold out crowd. “Off The Record” & “Phone Went West” brought a strong reggae vibe, while “Highly Suspicious” brought the funk to crowd. Having played many a Bonnaroo festivals, MMJ can jam with the best of them, using older numbers such as “Dondante” & “Run Thru” to explore uncharted waters. Fear not fans of mullets and Trans AM’s, MMJ can bring the metal too. If the crowd was not so stoned on dope, I am sure pits could have broken out for songs such as “I’m Amazed” or the show closing “One Big Holiday”.


To say My Morning Jacket can do it all is a huge understatement. The majority of the set was a full on attack on the senses. After starting with a bang, the band nearly put the crowd to sleep with a string of slow songs like the new numbers “Thank You Too!” & “Sec Walking” sandwiched in between older slow jams like “The Way That He Sings” & “I Will Sing You Songs”. However, looking back, this lull was needed as when the band climbed out of the valley they dug themselves into and started to rock out again. Front man Jim James is truly a mad scientist, one moment wailing on guitar, only to hide behind his trademark cape the next. I have always been more interested in music over lyrics, but with the messages of equal rights for all (Evil Urges), the death of periodicals as well as being a victim to the mirror (Librarian) and of course, Peanut Butter Pudding Surprise (Highly Suspicious) I may just end up voting for Jim James over those other tools this November. After a mind bl0wing set, the band came back to play some of their biggest “hits” during a lengthy encore. James joked with the crowd about the hidden treasures on Los Angeles, and how everyone knows about the Hollywood Sign and Statue of Liberty as tourist destinations in this city (no, that is not a typo), but how it’s really all about the hidden treasures in this city. “Golden” was really the only large crowd sing along during the evening, and “Wordless Chorus” had James hitting notes that I doubt Mariah Carey could hit.


While, the entire show was amazing in my eyes, the one two three closing punch of “Highly Suspicious”, “Run Thru” and “One Big Holiday” not only kicked my arse, but the asses of everyone who made it inside. Feeling as if it was 1988 and I had just taken a Mike Tyson bl0w to the dome, I returned to the stacked parking lot with a smile that reached from one ear to the next. My Morning Jacket is truly the perfect mix of American music from the last 100 years, and now that I have had my first taste of what this band is capable of doing, I know I will be back for more.

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Review

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Recap

Words and Pictures By Bradley Darby

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LouFest 2013 - Main Stage TBT

The Fourth Annual LouFest Music Festival has come to an end. This year’s installment featured the addition of a third stage and expanded festival grounds in the beautiful and seemingly never ending Forest Park in St. Louis. The stacked lineup mixed some of the hottest up and comers with some grizzled veterans that have many large shows already under their belts. This was my third experience at a LouFest Music Festival… and I could tell it was certainly larger in scale and attendance than previous years. Early reports were that the organizers were expecting as many as 15K people each day. Previous LouFest’s averaged around 8K over the two day span! The first thing I noticed upon arriving was that the parking situation was starting to get out of hand. Luckily we arrived a bit earlier on Saturday than we did on Sunday, so we lucked out and found a spot. More on that later…

 LouFest 2013 - Gate

Upon arriving we exchanged our paper tickets for wristbands and we were in the gates within minutes! Security was very friendly and rather quick with their searches, which I certainly appreciated. Right as we entered, Jukebox the Ghost and Kentucky Knife Fight both began playing at opposite ends of the festival. We decided to make a lap and see where everything was… we ended up at the Schlafly Beer booth. From there we could hear Kentucky Knife Fight on the smallest of the stages, the BMI Stage. After indulging in a few beverages we went to set up shop for the first band on our list, J Roddy Walston & the Business.



Originally from Tennessee, J Roddy Walston & the Business play straight forward rock and roll music. Their live show was incredibly energetic and transferred well from the few songs I had listened to pre festival. Their new album, Essential Tremors, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, but they were selling advance copies at the festival which I found to be pretty cool.


 LouFest 2013 - Trampled by Turtles

After aimlessly wandering around a bit more and meeting up with some friends, we headed back to the Bud Light Mainstage for our second featured show of the afternoon, Trampled by Turtles. Straight outta Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles is a band that I really should enjoy, they are about as in my music wheelhouse as it gets… but for some reason I have now watched them three times and I just can’t seem to get into them. I’m not saying the show wasn’t good, they sounded great and the majority of the crowd seemed to really be digging their modernized bluegrass sound. The rapid fire banjo and fiddle both played at machine gun speed were definitely  standouts… but I can’t pinpoint what it is about TBT that doesn’t allow me to get sucked in. Don’t let that stop you from checking them out. The crowd went absolutely bonkers when they broke out “Wait So Long” from 2010’s Palomino.


 LouFest 2013 - Space Capone

It was now time for us to check out the band who wins my award for Best Band Name of LouFest… Nashville’s soulful funky 8 piece Space Capone. Invading the smallest of the three stages and playing against the very popular Ra Ra Riot, we chose to check this new group out and see what the Chipotle VIP lounge was all about at the same time. What it was about was some FREE tacos and bottled water! We sat in the shade while enjoying the music of Space Capone while catching a few minutes of the Mizzou game and eating free lunch before venturing stage front for a handful of songs. Space Capone is apparently the stage name of the lead singer, who can get down while working the crowd. Behind him you find seven other band members playing drums, horns, tambourines, keys, guitar and bass. Capone had a unique voice, one that took me a few songs to really accept. But by the end of his set I was feeling the soul/R&B/funkiness. They definitely had an Earth, Wind & Fire / George Clinton thing going on. Be sure to check out Space Capone, my pick for hidden gem of Day 1. Watch this video, it has a Michael Jackson vibe to it.


 LouFest 2013 - Fitz and the Tantrums

After the 70’s dance party ended, we kept the funkiness going with Fitz & the Tantrums back on the main stage.  Another band that I had previously watched and found myself less than impressed with, Fitz & the Tantrums call the City of Angels home and play a modern brand of pop-soul music. A few years back they headlined one night of the Taste of St. Louis and I was not a fan. I still tease my girlfriend about making me watch them. Going into this one I was less than thrilled, but in all honestly they sounded a lot better this time around. The two part harmonies provided by Fitz and the strong winded Noelle Scaggs worked really well and everyone in the field was dancing or swaying around to the grooves.



Next on our lineup card was Jim James, but with a bit of time to kill we decided to spend some time venturing around. LouFest featured a great selection of food vendors from a cast of mostly local establishments including Atomic Cowboy, Local Harvest and Mission Taco Joint. There was a rather small grouping of vendors set up and drinks were incredibly easy to find from any stage. The only downfall was that Schalfy Beer was only available at one stand, the Schlafly Brewtopia, and was on the far side of the grounds from the Forest Park Stage. Euclid Records had a tent set up to sell the artists CDs and vinyl while there was a separate merch booth for your LouFest branded merchandise as well as posters and t-shirts. You could also wait in line to meet certain artists and get your albums signed at the Euclid Tent.


 LouFest 2013 - The National

We wandered over to check out some of The National, a band that no one in our group was excited to see, but we were all at least a little intrigued to see what we were missing. At this point you couldn’t get anywhere near the stages, so we just hung out towards the back of the crowd. The National featured what I would call the best stage design thus far with a large LED screen in the background that had been teasing us all day finally being utilized. I am not at all familiar with The National, and I won’t even pretend to know any of their songs… but I will say they sounded a lot better than I would have imagined. It was now time to go claim our spot for Jim James.


 LouFest 2013 - Jim James 2

Best known as the front man of My Morning Jacket, Jim James is on his own for this tour promoting his first full length solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Prior to James taking the stage his signature flying V guitar was mounted center stage… right at 7:30 the lights dimmed and out came Jim James in a suit with his long curly hair bouncing around as he prowled around the front of the stage to the opening notes of “State of the Art.” Finally the lonely guitar was played, while still on its stand. The set featured most of James’ newest album and also a peek at Jim James playing the saxophone during one song. This one wins the award for Best Show of LouFest in my opinion. The only downfall was that the set was limited to only an hour, but this was consistent with most of the lineup as only headliners received more than an hour and a few bands early each day received 45 minute sets.



Day One ended in style as 2010 LouFest headliner, and Belleville born and raised, Jeff Tweedy came back to Forest Park and brought along his buddies that make up Wilco. If you have yet to see Wilco, I truly am sorry. A lot of people give Tweedy a lot of flack, but the man can straight up write songs and watching the live execution is a thing of beauty. The set opened with a pair of songs from 1996’s Being There, “Misunderstood” and “Forget the Flowers.” Other highlights of the set included an Uncle Tupelo song, “Give Back the Key to My Heart”, “I Might”, “Handshake Drugs”, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Heavy Metal Drummer.” In typical Wilco fashion, “Casino Queen” was featured near the end of the night before closing down LouFest Day One with “Hoodoo Voodoo.” Wilco proved yet again why they are one of the best live bands out there today. Make it a point to catch them at a more intimate venue next time you are given the chance. (Note: I didn’t get a decent picture of Wilco as we just posted up in the field… so instead of Wilco please enjoy this picture of some random dude that was in the zone rocking out on his keyboard while bands played on the stages in front of him. Rock on brother!)

This was yet another great LouFest and I look forward to the 2014 edition! They have found a truly beautiful place to hold the festival, but to come back to the parking dilemma I briefly discussed earlier, that is something that needs to be addressed. The Muny parking lot was being used and people were making their own spots wherever they damn well pleased. This led to an incredibly tight parking lot that was impossible to navigate with cars going every which direction and fighting over spots. Outside of that lot, there were numerous cars being ticketed all over the park for various reasons including creating their own spots, having 2” of their car over the yellow line, parking in wide open streets that were marked no parking for no apparent reason. If you want to draw 15,000 people a day there needs to be parking to accommodate those people. It took us an hour to find a legal parking spot on Sunday.  There were shuttle signs randomly around the park but I couldn’t find any other info on the shuttle service in the program that was passed out or near the signs stating it was a shuttle zone. I also never once saw a shuttle running.

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 LouFest 2013 - Jim James



LouFest 2013 - Alabama Shakes

ALABAMA SHAKES (Played Sunday)


Fitz and the Tantrums - LoUFest 2013 2



LouFest 2013 - Space Capone 2



LouFest 2013 - Forest Park Stage Lit Up



LouFest 2013 - The Killers

THE KILLERS (Played Sunday)





Jim James Announces Spring 2013 North American Tour Dates

From My Morning Jacket to Monsters of Folk, Jim James has never let us down. Now the man is set to hit the road in North America to support his debut solo effort Regions of Light and Sound Of God.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary

After three sold out shows in early February, James will kick off his spring trek deep in the heart of Kentucky. From there he will travel to various major markets for the next month before wrapping up in Seattle on May 15th. You can check out the dates below. To stream Regions of Light and Sound of God, click here.

4.17: Louisville, KY @ Brown Theatre
4.19: Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
4.20: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4.21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4.23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
4.24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
4.26: Boston, MA @ Royale
4.27: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4.29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
4.30: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
5.2: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
5.3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
5.6: Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
5.7: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
5.9: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
5.11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
5.12: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5.14: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5.15: Seattle, WA @ Neptune

Corona Capital Music Festival 2012 Lineup Released: Black Keys, MMJ, New Order Among Big Names

Corona Capital Music Festival 2012 Lineup Released


The reasons to visit Mexico once in your life are endless. Those of us who have actually have  Autumn and Winter (we speak not of Reverend Justito, who lives in a place that doesn’t know what weather is), would love to escape it. Why not take a weekend and spend a few Peso’s on some cheap blow and  easily accessible sedatives while spending your evenings taking body shots of tequila off sexy senorita’s, chasing it with Dos Equis alongside the Most Interesting Man In The World. Yes, I’m thirsty my friends.

All kidding (or what we’ll call kidding to save face) aside, The Corona Capital Music Festival can be added to the list of reasons to visit. You can add the likes of  The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Florence And the Machine will all be in Mexico City October 13th and 14th, along with a returning New Order, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) and Sleigh Bells mixed in there as well. Hell, even the Wallflowers are on the bill.

For the full list of acts that you can’t read because the poster is weird, we got a list for you below:

Corona Capital Music Festival 2012 Lineup:

 The Black Keys

My Morning Jacket

Florence and the Machine

New Order

Franz Ferdinand

Miike Snow

Cat Power

Basement Jaxx

Major Lazer

Sleigh Bells

James Murphy

Tegan and Sara

Alabama Shakes


DJ Shadow

Iron & Wine

The Drums

The Walkmen

The Wallflowers

Neon Indian

Black Lips


Unknown Mortal Orchestra



M. Ward Shares ‘Primitive Girls’ With Conan

M. Ward Shares ‘Primitive Girls’ With Conan

Truth be told for a really long time I thought M. Ward was the dude from Soul Coughing. Then I realized that was actually Mike Doughtry. So this M. Ward guy, he hangs out with Ben Gibbard’s  soon to be ex-wife and that Bright Eyes dude and Jim James of My Morning Jacket when he’s not making his own jams. That is where I know him from at least, but let’s be real here if he was standing next to me on the corner I wouldn’t know who the fuck he is. Hell I don’t even plan to see him at Coachella. I mean he’s not terrible but last nights Late Night TV Coachella act Pulp is way more important to see. Regardless enough of my rambling bullshit, below is a video of M. Ward performing “Primitive Girl” on the Conan O’Brien show.

Beale Street Music Festival Announces All-Star Lineup

Beale Street Music Festival Announces All-Star Lineup

Every year, something glorious happens on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. That glorious happening is Beale Street music festival, an affordable way to spend the first weekend of May. Like heavy metal? Like alternative rock? Like pop music? Like rap? Like country? Almost every existing genre of music is represented at Beale St., thus making it that much more appealing to a music fan.

This year’s festival will be headlined by Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, and Wiz Khalifa. Also appearing are Bush, Coheed and Cambria, Megadeth, The Cult, Primus, Cold War Kids, Childish Gambino,The Civil Wars, Jerry Lee Lewis, Black Lips, Big K.R.I.T., Girl Talk, Gary Clark Jr., Evanescence, Three 6 Mafia, Volbeat, Dr. Dog, Needtobreathe, Al Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Lupe Fiasco, Breathe Carolina, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Head and the Heart, Old 97’s,  Herbie Hancock, Michael Franti & Spearhead, North Mississippi Allstars, Needtobreathe, Pitbul, Yo Gotti, Son Volt, Black Stone Cherry, Johnny Winter and a whole lot more.

See the lineup broken down by day and stage on the website: by clicking here.



“I’ll Do It Tomorrow” – A Procrastinators Review of Wakarusa 2011

Words & Pictures by Brad Darby

For the fourth consecutive year I made the trek to the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival to enjoy four days of music and camping in a setting that they call “Where Music Meets Mother Nature.” With acts ranging from My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper to the Budos Band and Dark Star Orchestra to STS9 and Bassnectar, a total of over 100 bands spread out across six stages, with on-site camping, showers, and even a grocery store to pick up last minute forgotten items.

Taking place the first weekend in June, and located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas, Wakarusa is in their third year at Mulberry Mountain. The festival, started in 2004, was previously held in Lawrence, Kansas at Clinton State Park through 2008 but has now moved to a much more fitting location in the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark National Forest. Showcasing bands from a wide array of genres and now featuring the Interstellar Meltdown, a late night festival inside the festival including electronic acts and DJ sets, Wakarusa is one of the premiere festivals in the country drawing upwards of 20,000 people.

For a complete photo gallery, including something like 100 pictures of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, click his link.

Thursday – Dirtfoot Main Stage

Wakarusas favorite Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band kicked things off Thursday on the main stage with a bean can shaking good time. This was the second of Dirtfoot’s FIVE sets over the weekend, including the previous night on the Backwoods Stage for the early arrival crowd, along with Mountain Sprout and Dumptruck Butterlips.


Wakarusa Press Conference – Thursday

Members of Dirtfoot, Cornmeal, Lotus, as well as Grace Potter and Simon Posford sat down with part of the Wakarusa braintrust for a press conference featuring free Boulevard beer and an air conditioned building. It was difficult to hear, but questions were asked to Grace Potter about how her band has grown quite a lot since starting the festival circuit in 2004, and Dirtfoot talked about their affiliation with the Chompdown, a FREE communal breakfast put on by a group of volunteers in the campground featuring a live set by Dirtfoot started by a man named Rabbit five years ago in Lawrence, Kansas.


Thursday – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Main Stage

The beautiful Grace Potter took the stage on Thursday afternoon after participating in the first ever Wakarusa Press Conference. With her band The Nocturnals burning it up in the hot Arkansas sun, GP&N played an hour and a half set that was one of the highlights of my weekend. The set included Grace doing an amazing vocal solo of “Nothing But The Water Pt 1” and a rocking version of “Stop the Bus.”

 Thursday – Umphreys McGee – Mainstage

Umphreys McGee played from 10:15pm-12:15am on Thursday night and though only having one set after getting a late night and mainstage set the prior two years, Umphreys made up for the lack of sets with a cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” as well as The Who’s “Baba O’ Riley.” (Video courtesy of RebelINSoo)


Friday Morning – Chompdown – RV Reserved Campground


The Chompdown takes place on either Friday or Saturday morning at each Wakarusa or Harvest Festival. It was started five years ago in Lawrence by John “Rabbit” Cabarara and is a completely FREE communal breakfast put on by about 30 volunteers and donations from anyone and everyone. Dirtfoot has been fortunate enough to be asked to play the prestigious slot at 9 am for the last 5 years and if you ask any of the 6 members they will tell you it is the highlight of the weekend for them.



Friday – My Morning Jacket – Main Stage

Friday was a day of recovery, and a day that I didnt get the camera out as it charged most of the day after taking a few hundred pictures of Grace Potter. My Morning Jacket headlined the Main Stage, and were followed by 3 and a half hours of Dark Star Orchestra. Other acts on Friday were bluegrass mainstays Split Lip Rayfield, who also played Thursday night late night, and Cornmeal as well as Ryan Bingham and soul sister Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Video credit to Colbruce)


Saturday – Dirtfoot Campground Set 

Dirtfoot had announced about a month before the festival that they would be playing a special surprise set at the campsite that created the best Dirtfoot flag for their campsite. There were actually two winners, and each site received a visit from Dirtfoot on Saturday afternoon. Our site was fortunate enough to have one of the creators of the Dirtfoot pirate flag camping with us, so we were treated to a special three song set including “Little Bit of Rum.”


Saturday – Mumford and Sons – Main Stage


England’s newest craze Mumford and Sons took the main stage on Saturday afternoon for their first ever appearance in Arkansas. Vocalist Marcus Mumford made it completely clear how hot it was, and seemed fascinated by the waterfall just a short hike off the Wakarusa property. They played most of their debut album Sign No More as well as three new tunes. Noticably missing was the upbeat dance worthy “Dust Bowl Dance.” Great to see them, though I was slighty disappointed. They were followed by Ben Harper & Relentless 7 show played a great cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” and prevailed through some sound problems that were persistant with the main stage all weekend.


Inside of Revival Tent

Swimming Hole on Mulberry River


Saturday – Budos Band – Revival Tent


Budos Band threw down some serious funk in the Revival Tent on Saturday night. As a matter of fact, all day Saturday the Revival Tent featured funk acts including March Fourth Marching Band, Papa Grows Funk, and Budos. Other acts on Saturday included Galactic, Thievery Corporation, Wookiefoot and Arkansas’ very own “hillbilly bluegrass machine” Mountain Sprout.


Sunday – Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party – Backwoods Stage

Sunday night to close out Wakarusa, the grumble boogie boys took the stage for their fifth and final set of the weekend, a set dubbed the Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party by Scott Girardy, the sax player for Dirtfoot. Other bands playing on the toned down Sunday lineup included Ozomatli, Beats Antique, EOTO and Toots and the Maytals.

WakaRooJamCamp: A Summer Music Festival Preview

Words and Photos by Bradley Darby

It is an interesting time in the music world right now. Concert ticket sales are way down, yet prices seem to be up. Massive tours have been forced to cut dates due to slow ticket sales. With the music industry in disarray and the future leaning towards digital music (and quite possibly the return of the vinyl!!) the multi-day music festival made famous by Woodstock has made a strong return.

There is something unique about being able to see multiple bands from different genres while having the ability to indulge in as many tasty beverages as you wish and stumble back to a camp site just a few hundred yards from the action, only to wake up the next morning and do the whole thing over again. Not to mention hanging out with 7,000 – 70,000 of your closest friends; enjoying bonfires, drum circles, costume contests and villages filled with vendors offering a wide array of food from gyros to NY style pizza to dank nachos and portobello wraps. I have heard the 2 Sisters Corn Dogs are the things that legends are made of….. You can buy a hand knitted koozie cup with a string to hang it from your neck, or a grilled cheese for $1 after a 3am late night Perpetual Groove, Umphreys McGee or Dirtfoot set.

Everyone has heard of Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Coachella, and Lollapalooza but I want to introduce you to some other festivals that you may want to consider checking out this summer. Some of these are in their first or second year, while some of these are established but maybe just not as well known or large. There are more festivals popping up each year now, and some such as 10,000 Lakes and Rothbury not returning, leaving space for promoters to start new festivals such as Hangout Music Festival and the Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Festival.

Here’s a quick peek at a few festivals happening this summer, and links to get more information. Please note that all artists are subject to change. Also, I have not attended all of these… but I know a guy that dated a girl who knows a guy that once met a guy who has been to quite a few of them. Gas up the VW minibus and get out your tie-dye, the music festival is back! Click the title of each festival for the official site with more information.

Hangout Music Festival – May 20-22 Gulf Shores Alabama

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

A truly unique festival experience , the Hangout Festival enters its second year ocean side in Gulf Shores. Offering one of the more diverse lineups over three days, the Hangout Festival will feature artists from Widespread Panic to Paul Simon to the Foo Fighters, it is easy to find something for everyone at Hangout. Late night get your freak on with sets from Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic. Other acts over the weekend include The Black Keys (pictured), Ween, STS9, Motorhead, Cee-Lo Green, Primus, Medeski Martin and Wood, Matisyahu and Old Crow Medicine Show. Since you are on the beach you can relax with some sand in your feet and wind in your hair, and there is no need to bring your tent or shower shoes as they offer condo VIP packages. Tickets start at around $174


Summercamp – May 27-29 at Three Sisters Park – Chillicothe, Illinois
This one is heavy on the jam bands, but in a damn good way. Enjoy sets from Widespread Panic, STS9, Bassnectar, The Avett Brothers, Girl Talk, and Yonder Mountain String Band. In addition to their three sets, Umphrey’s McGee will serve as the backing band to Huey Lewis for his set which is being billed as Huey Lewis and the rUMors. New Yorks moe. also has three sets. Do yourself a favor and catch Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile who will slay dragons with his mandolin. Also don’t forget a hefty dose of Tea Leaf Green, and the 7 Walkers featuring drummer Bill Kreutzmann from the Grateful Dead, Papa Mali on guitar and vocals, and bassist George Porter Jr. Tickets will run you $180 plus fees but do NOT include the late night sets, those must be purchased separately.


Wakarusa – June 2-5 at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, Arkansas

Split Lip Rayfield

Split Lip Rayfield at Wakarusa 2010

Born in 2004, Wakarusa originally took place in Lawrence, Kansas until moving to the current location about an hour outside of Fayetteville in the stunning Ozark National Forest in 2009. With 6 stages, 140 bands, 170 sets of music and 24-hours of endless music and activities throughout 4 days including My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Mumford and Sons, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Umphreys McGee, Budos Band, Split Lip Rayfield (pictured), Cornmeal and Galactic. Late night the festival is overtaken by the Interstellar Meltdown, where for no additional cost you get to catch late night sets from STS9 (2 sets), Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Shpongletron, and Thievery Corporation in addition to many other DJs and electronic acts. Dont forget to stop by the Chompdown on Friday morning in the campground and meet up with nearly 1000 of your closest friends for a communal breakfast. Thats right, going on its 5th year at Wakarusa, the Chompdown is a gathering of people coming together to prepare and serve a FREE breakfast. Campers donate everything from bacon and eggs to juice and supplies for mimosa’s and bloody mary’s to cure that hangover from the previous night. You can even get fried oreos and PB&J for the kids and music will be provided by Dirtfoot, who also kick the festival off on Thursday afternoon and close it down on Sunday evening. Mix this all together with one of the more beautiful festival sites around and you have the makings for an epic extended weekend. A full event pass will cost you $169 plus camping, and both camping passes and event passes are selling fast!

Adam Perry of Perpetual Groove

Adam Perry of Perpetual Groove at Wakarusa 2009


Mountain Jam – June 2-5 at Hunter Mountain – Hunter, New York
The Seventh Annual Mountain Jam, created by Warren Haynes who will also perform with Gov’t Mule and the Warren Haynes Band, takes place at Hunter Mountain, a world class ski resort in the Catskill Mountains. Other than host Warren Haynes, you can also catch performances from My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bela Fleck, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, as well as Umphreys McGee making dreams come true by performing with John Oates. Attendance will be capped at 15,000 people, with a very limited number of camping packages also available. A full event pass will run you $187.50 and includes camping.


Dave Matthews Band Caravan – 4 Stops – Atlantic City, Chicago, New York City, The Gorge
It was announced last year that for the first time in their 20 year history, the Dave Matthews Band would be taking some much deserved time off. It was widely known that there was no chance of Dave Matthews sitting back and not getting together for a Dave & Tim tour, or maybe even a Dave & Friends festival appearance. But DMB decided to go a whole different route and play four weekends, in a festival like setting, and to call it the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. The four city trek will hit Atlantic City, NJ June 24-26 before stopping in Chicago on July 8-10. After that its off to New York City August 26-28 and finally in typical DMB fashion, The Gorge in Washington for Labor Day Sept 2-4. Every stop features different acts, but each will feature the DMB performing a full set each night. In both Atlantic City and Chicago you can catch Ray Lamontagne, O.A.R., The Flaming Lips, and David Gray. Atlantic City also throws in Budos Band, Punch Brothers, and Bassnectar. If you decide to wait for Chicago in July then you will get Drive By Truckers, Ben Folds, and G. Love. Recently reunited jam band Dispatch joins The Roots and Gogol Bordello for the last two stops in New York City and The Gorge, with the west coast getting Australia’s John Butler Trio and NYC getting moe. Three day tickets start at $195 for each stop.


Summerfest – June 29 – July 10 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band

Jeff Austin & Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band

The worlds largest music festival attracts between 800K – 1 Million people annually at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. Featuring 700 bands spread out across 11 stages, including the 23,000 seat Marcus Amphitheater, the festival runs for 11 days from noon-midnight. This year you can see Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, and Heart if you are not into the whole 80s thing, or you can watch legends like George Clinton, Wanda Jackson, and Taj Mahal…. and that is just in the first two days! Maroon 5, Kid Rock and Ben Harper will also appear, along with Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, O.A.R. and Peter Frampton. The possibilities are endless at Summerfest! American Idols Danny Gokey, teenage dream Katy Perry, and the Yonder Mountain String Band (pictured) or Goo Goo Dolls, Dropkick Murphys, and the Flaming Lips. Do you like country? How about Sugarland, Toby Keith, and Jason Aldean? Finally 311 and Hollywood Undead close it out on Sunday July 10. If you cant find at least one or two artists each day that you would like to watch, then you just don’t like music.


LouFest – August 27-28 at Forest Park – St. Louis, Missouri
This will be the 2nd year for St. Louis’ LouFest featuring two days of music on two stages at the Central Fields in Forest Park. Last years lineup featured She & Him and Jeff Tweedy, this years lineup is headlined by The Roots and TV on the Radio. Other performances will include The Hold Steady, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Das Racist, and !!!. Another great aspect of LouFest is that it offers St. Louis’ own local bands a chance to play in front of crowds they typically wouldn’t draw, including Troubadour Dali, Jon Hardy and the Public, and Old Lights. Last years festival was a great success, and this years is shaping up that way already with both levels of Early Bird pricing selling out in a matter of days. The festival also carries a very strong ‘green’ message, offering recycling, composting, free valet bike parking, and a refillable water station for those Nalgene bottles.


YMSB Harvest Festival – October 13-16 at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, Arkansas

Dirtfoot at Harvest Festival

Dirtfoot at Harvest Festival 2010

Sure I said summer festivals, but this one is too good to not mention. One of the highlights of the year, Yonder Mountain String Band overtakes Mulberry Mountain in October, the same site that holds the Wakarusa Festival in June, for a much more intimate vibe when they bring us their Harvest Festival. Featuring four days of bluegrass, newgrass, folk and americana music this is quickly becoming a must attend festival. Last year was the first installment and featured Keller Williams, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Martin Sexton, Leftover Salmon, Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot and of course two nights of Yonder. It is still early for the specific lineup, but the stars are pointing towards a great weekend when you see the leaked rumored artists on Pollstar and Jambase including Bela Fleck, Todd Snider, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Steep Canyon Rangers, and of course Dirtfoot (pictured) and Yonder Mountain String Band. The OFFICIAL lineup should be coming out in the next few weeks, but this one is limited to only 7,000 tickets sold so don’t hesitate to get your tickets early! Plus the Ozark National Forest is in its prime during the middle of October. Right now tickets are only $99 plus fees.

As Seen On TV: Sleigh Bells Dash Through Letterman

(Letterman 01/13/14)

Last time the guy typing this recalls checking out Sleigh Bells, this two were jumping around like nuts making all sorts of unmitigated noise. This morning, I decide to check out their Letterman performance from last night, and congrats Sleigh Bells because this “Young Legends” will be in my head for the rest of the day. Acoustic guitar and Sleigh Bells in the same sentence. Cool.

Like half the artists in the artists in the world, they’ll be appearing at this years Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. If you like to plan trips to the desert based on one song, then check out the video below. If you’re a believer of faith, then join me in prayer that this chick eventually tweets out a pic of boobs by “mistake”. Nice jacket.


Sleigh Bells ‘Young Legends’ Letterman 01/13/14

DMX Returns to New York City @ SOB’s 2/23/12

There’s a venue in New York City located at 204 Varick Street called S.O.B.’s that will probably not show up in any more Jay Porks Experiences… We’re here for DMX’s Return To New York City Presented by Ghetto Metal ( Twitter: @ghettometal) tonight. The SOLD OUT S.O.B.’s I should say, as the tickets for this 400 person capacity venue are gone. I remember in High School circa 2000 when I was introduced to DMX in a music class-not by the teacher but by an obnoxious kid sitting back rock with headphones on reciting the lyrics live from I.S. 75. I mean, if you’re going to be screaming lyrics out in class, I think those were the most explicit one’s you could have picked at the time.. The delinquent was booted from class, and I found myself adding another artist to that “Handful of Hip Hop Artists I would go See live” list. So the 65th installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series brings back memories of Slaughterhouse last year , at SOB’s, (which at the time I considered) an awesome venue. Just a big room: Bar in the back, a stage that’s literally three steps up from the ground, dinner seating to the left of the stage, and the back stage area being downstairs-which leads the artists to no choice but to come through the crowd to enter. Awesome. I mean, the only way this night can go bad, is if there’s like 40 unnamed openers that perform til midnight. Whatever “Ghetto Metal” means, I’m pretty sure that whatever happens tonight, my buddy Chach (@oneshotchach) gets the blame for dragging me to this one. Doors at 7:30, show is at 9PM.

We get in, go up against the stage next to the the stairs leading up to it. Cool. Good spot. TONS of press here, I mean everywhere I looked someone’s got one of those thousand dollar cameras. I mean the whole shebang-the flash extension thing-a-ma-bobs attached to Nikon’s and Canon’s surrounding this room. For a place with no special press area, I was puzzled. Then Chach informed me of DMX’s interview on Power 105.1 earlier this morning (video above) which I just watched and now totally understand the hype now.

So here’s something unexpected: instruments on stage. Drums and amps set up for, like, a band. Maybe this is the “Ghetto Metal” they’re talking about. And another shocker, show is said to start at 9PM, and a band hit the stage at 8:04. Cool, let’s get this started early, is this ‘Bazaar Royal’? They’re the only opener listed. No it isn’t at all. It’s a band called “Murder League All Stars”. Make fun of the name all you want, but 30 seconds into their first song they were already better then Limp Bizkit-True Story. They had a bassist, guitarist and drummer rocking out while a two man lyrical attack that had the funky rhymes a la Beastie Boys combined with a splash of band like the Deftones. Both guys were rapping, but they were also screaming at heavy volume at times too. Me, Chach, and the photographer chick representing The Source magazine were really digging them…

The next band up, still pre-9pm, was, and forgive me for the botching of the name I was really being pushed out of my spot during this time towards like, behind the DJ rig where I was going to have zero video chances. I think it was “A the Future Featuring A.D.D.”. Back up singers on stage, another guitar player and drummer, along with a violinist, and a female up front singer who’s hot. Then the lead singer/rapper dude comes out in a ‘Misfits’ jacket. They were groovy too, but what the hell is happening here? I’m in the right place right-this is the DMX show? At Hip Hop shows I always feel like I’m out of my field of connoisseurship, but this felt like the norm to me. They played a few quick ones because noted that they were off at 9..

Right during this break they’re setting up another bands gear on stage and we’re wondering if this is like, maybe the back up band for DMX or something, because obviously Bazaar Royal must not be playing, we’ve already seen two bands. It’s at this point I’m beyond the point were I can see the stage, as people who have no concert manners like to shove themselves to the front with little regard to the people who stood outside over an hour and have been standing in this spot for an hour and a half already after coming here straight from a 11-4 waiter shift… People almost got punched tonight, but this when I told Chach I’m gonna stray towards the back for DMX scout a better spot while he snaps shots on his iPhone.

So we wait, and we wait and then at 10 o’clock Bazaar Royal comes on. And if this dude doesn’t even deserve my words but I’ll have them none the less. First let me say that everybody in the band backing Bazaar Royal was tight as freaking hell. They did some cool stuff, a six stringed bassist. Open letter to those musicians: Get away from that guy. Every time you started to nod your head with the band this dude’s obscure voice ruined every song. Not Eddie Vedder ruined, but I really don’t get what he’s trying to do, and I don’t think he does either. Before the last song, chants of D-M-X started, and his repsonse was “Hey! Show some fucking respect! Because I’ll keep you waiting. If you don’t like my music you can find me downstairs or outside..” That’s not exact but it’s the jist. Is he implying that I should fight him if I don’t like his music? First of all, you have no talent. Second off, you have ZERO taste in music and I can tell. The DMX chants started right after him and his band did a cover of Kings of Leon “Use Somebody”. And I’m not talking “hip hop sampled and made a new song out of it” cover-the band played it straight. I should’ve gotten that on video, it would’ve been viral for sure- but I was too busy screaming at the top of my lungs: “Holy F#&king God ARE YOU SERIOUSLY PLAYING KINGS OF LEON RIGHT NOW!?!” repeated to everyone surrounding me. People I know(not by choice), who don’t like Hip Hop even for a second have told me that the perception is that their fans have bad taste in music. Well, when these fans heard Kings Of Leon being covered, the whole building knew it was about time for this dude to bounce. So Bazaar Royale, or Royal or whatever the hell it is . Don’t you EVER disrespect people at a concert for wanting to the headliner. You mentioned how you been with DMX since day one and all that stuff-yet I’ve never heard your name in life dude-and I listen to a lot of music. You have the nerve to step on a soap box (metaphorically) and annoy the hell out of the 400+ people the squeezed into this place. This schmuck didn’t go off til 10:50.

That’s when I high tailed it outside to smoke a cig, and I noticed that if the fire Marshall showed up he’s shut this place down. I can’t even get out the door. Finally did and a dude leaning against the door asked me if I needed any Heroin. What the hell goes on with life?? I got away from him quick and got back in to eventually find a spot on the same side of the room but in the back, I’m probably 20-30 heads back from Chach at this point, and any videos I want to take are blocked by tall people. My arm hurts.

For the last two paragraphs of stuff that annoyed me, this night was a serious win. I mean I was having a great time for those first two bands, and at 11:38 the night go that much better, when there he arose from the basement: DMX!

Kicked things off with “One More Road To Cross”.Now this is fun. The whole vibe of this place is shifted. We’re all here looking at the stage and seeing DMX perform for the first time in New York in years. A lot of us first timers, he did nothing short of give SOB’s everything he had. Pulled Swiss Beatz up for a few tracks including “Ruff Ryders anthem” and “Get it on the Floor”. Rumors had it that the Lox and Drag-On were downstairs set to appear, but that didn’t matter. We’re getting the DMX greatest hits set here. As much as my arm hurt from stretching it up for my camera, and as annoyed as I would normally be when people sway their hands in my way-when “Party Up” came on I was glad Chach dragged me to this. “Lord Gimmie A Sign” and “What They Really Want” were crowd pleasers.

Let’s not underestimate the humor of DMX. I mean, he was smiling, cracking jokes, passing around a bottle of Hennesy to the crowd and telling everyone to “Sip and pass”. Also the way he talks, with the growl serving as periods on sentences Awesome. Another phrase that was scream out by DMX throughout the evening “Flesh of my FLESHHHHH” (before he would do a song off of the “Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood” record). And “It is NOTTT a F#%king GAME!!”. While the set was reaching it’s end I heard people behind me talking. They were chatting between songs and the beat came on for the next one and the dude says to his friend “Wow DMX has SO MANY great songs!”. To quote Ed McMahon “You are correct sir”. The night ended in the darkness when X instructed the house lights be turned off and everyone hold up ligthers and cell phones, and that’s when he ended the evening with “Slippin’” I clocked it at a 12:56AM ending.

Can’t ask for anymore then that. See, when I went to see Joe Budden at Irving Plaza he rapped like one verse a song and they’d switch the beat up and stuff like we’re listening to the radio or something. DMX came to SOB’s and left it all on stage. He was certainly not just going through the motions. It was a great show.

I’ll hopefully have some more video uploaded before the day’s end, I got some queued up.. thanks for tuning in.


Duran Duran w/ Neon Trees 09/27/11: Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA

Duran Duran w/ Neon Trees 09/27/11

Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Eringoboro

I’m really excited to post this review! I thought I’d be exhausted and grumpy rolling in to the office Wednesday morning, but there really is nothing like a post-concert high when you’ve been to a great show.
Last night, my soon-to-be-husband (6 more weeks ’til I’m “Mrs. Stover”!) took me to see Duran Duran at NOKIA Theatre at L.A. Live. I was stoked, because it’s a fun band, and because I had yet to see a show at NOKIA. Usually I hate arena shows because the sound is lousy, but NOKIA is a way smaller venue, and built for concerts, not sporting events. The sound for both opening act and main event were spectacular.
But enough about venues, on to the real meat and potatoes!

Neon Trees

Neon Trees, a band with roots in California and Utah, were the opening act. I had really wanted to check them out before getting to the show, but I just didn’t have the time with my hectic schedule. I was pleasantly surprised! Their look totally fit in with the 80′s theme of the evening with the Flock Of Seagulls hairstyles, motorcycle jackets, and lead guitarist Chris Allen’s GREAT homage to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen in a purple jacket with black and white checkered pants. Their drummer, Elaine Bradley, looked adorable in an edgy-yet-feminine black glitter shirt with a cute teal flower. The entire set I listened with open ears to their pop-rock sound, and was impressed by the musicianship of the band as a whole, as well as frontman Tyler Glenn’s vocals obviously inspired by Bono, Brandon Flowers and Duran Duran’s own Simon Le Bon. They seemed to have a bit of a following throughout the theatre, and Adam and I were enjoying their stuff, but unfortunately didn’t know anything they were playing…

until their closing song, Animal, which we’ve both heard tons of times (and I’m pretty sure everyone has heard it on commercials, Glee, the radio). I was extremely impressed once I heard their big hit because it sounded exactly like the album – meaning they’re not overproduced like much of what’s out today (even Glenn acknowleges how rock and roll has lost its edge and “everything’s all Lady GaGa”). A solid set with a great closing song definitely warmed up the crowd for the main event.

Around 9:15pm Duran Duran takes the stage playing “Before the Rain” then hitting the ground running with their very first hit, “Planet Earth,” rocking from past to present with the title track off their new album “All You Need Is Now.” A one-two punch to get everyone dancing, and dance we all did – into the fire! – as they segued into their James Bond Theme “A View to A Kill.” The house was rocking and never stopped the whole show, even through the slower hit of “Come Undone.” The first camera zoom to guitarist John Taylor drew screams from all the girls, and Simon Le Bon’s vocals were impeccable the entire evening – impressive since he just got over serious laryngitis that had to cancel several shows earlier this year. Le Bon & Co. went through a broad spectrum of their catalogue and played nearly every hit, including “The Reflex.” Performing another single off of their most recent album, Le Bon dons an acoustic guitar for the sweet ballad, “Leave a Light On,” which was lovely both melodiously and lyrically.

Following my personal favorite, “Notorious” (which I went nuts upon hearing the first “NO”) , the show was about to close after the hits “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and “Sunrise,” leaving the crowd screaming for an encore. We definitely got what we wanted with “Ordinary World,” “Wild Boys” (with a little bit of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” thrown in for good measure), and ending what I can only call the evening as a “huge dance party” with the infamous “Rio,” that anyone walking down Chick Hearn Court was singing on their way home.

I really hadn’t had this much fun at a concert in a long, long time, and everyone around me was having a blast. I would definitely go to another Duran Duran show, and will absolutely be seeking out more shows to see at NOKIA.

Here’s one last clip of “Ordinary World.”

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Dose St. Louis 1/14/11 @ The Pageant

Words by: Bradley Darby

Photos by Bradley Darby & Music VS Man

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (commonly referred to as GPN) have received quite a bit of publicity lately, and for good reason. Their newest self-titled album made many Best Of 2010 lists, they stole the show last month at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, a show that also featured Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Paramore and Sugarland. Not to mention their cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic “White Rabbit” that appeared on the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack, as well as vocalist and front woman Grace Potter performing a solo track for the soundtrack to Tangled, and a guest spot on mega country star Kenny Chesney’s new album. It seemed as though 2010 was going to be the ultimate year for GPN.

After a stop at The Pageant on Friday, January 14th I think it is safe to say things are just beginning for this quintet from Vermont.

The stop in St. Louis marked only the second show of the 20 date tour featuring Chamberlin as the support group, also from Vermont. Chamberlin consisted of five members as well including two guitars, a bassist, drummer and keyboards/percussion. They weren’t terrible, I rather enjoyed them, and they played for about 40-45 minutes. There were a few songs that sounded recognizable, though I did not catch the name of any other than “Dirt” which is available as a free download on their website. Could have enjoyed them a bit more but we were positioned near the bar and there was a crowd of annoying assholes next to us that chose to talk about Labradoodles and secret handshakes instead of enjoying the music.

After about a 30 minute break, it was time for the main event, Miss Southern Rock-Jam Band Diva, Grace Potter and her band of night loving men (and a woman). Grace is only 27 but sings with the heart and emotion of a rock and roll veteran. She can also be found jamming out on her B3 Harmon or wailing on her flying V or acoustic guitar. In my book she is a bluesy-rock goddess, one of the best female vocalists and one of the best song writers out there. Not to mention easy on the eyes.

(Photo from VH1 Divas)

Her backing band, the Nocturnals are nothing to be ashamed of either. Consisting of Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco on guitars, including 12 string and slide, Catherine Popper on bass, and Matt Burr on drums, the Nocturnals not only rock some of the best facial hair in the game (minus Cat of course) but can wail on their respective instruments. The current lineup of the Nocturnals has been together since the beginning in 2002, with the exception of Cat Popper who joined the band in 2009 after a stint playing with Ryan Adams backing band, the Cardinals.

Last time GPN was in town they opened for the Avett Brothers in September and played a pretty strict, yet solid set. But this time they had free reign, and it showed. The band was jamming out and seemed very loose, to be expected, as they have come up through the jam band circuit opening for Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes, Dave Matthews Band and playing Neil Youngs classic “Cortez the Killer” with Steve Kimock, Joe Satriani, Reed Mathis and others at the 2006 Jammy Awards. Not to mention highly regarded sets at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and Mile High Music Festival. It was nice to see that success is not letting this band get away from their roots.

The set opened with “Ah Mary” from 2007’s This Is Somewhere. In the next two hours they tore through a 16 song set list that included many songs from 2010s Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, but also material spanning the last nine years of this bands great, but young career. During “Colors” from the self titled album released last year, Grace told the crowd that this city held a special place in her heart because she had written the song in 2008 while at the St. Louis Zoo when their tour bus broke down at a Holiday Inn in St. Louis. For “Ragged Company” the rhythm section was excused while we were treated to a stripped down acoustic version of the song. As Matt and Cat came back out to join their band mates, guitarist Scott Tournet stepped up to the mic to assist on vocals for Potter and Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila.” As the set was winding down Grace reached for her flying V guitar one more time for back to back rockers “Sugar” and her current hit single, “Paris.”

Earlier in the day, via Twitter, Grace had asked for requests for the show and I immediately replied with “Nothing But The Water”, one of my personal favorite GPN songs. Well when Grace Potter stepped up to the mic with no guitar and started in on the vocal solo that starts the song, coincidence or not, it was pure bliss. After a chilling 2 minute intro, she grabbed her guitar and finished what is known as Part 1 of the song. Potter then went back to the Hammond B3 and led the band on a fourteen minute epic journey that very well may have transcended space and time. The set ended after each member was introduced to the crowd to a thunderous applause.

A brief encore break followed, and out came Benny Yurco to play a beautiful Zeppelin-esq acoustic intro. Then back came the rest of the band for a cover of Hearts “Crazy on You,” made famous at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops special last month. “Big White Gate” followed and the night was closed out with “Medicine”, a fantastic selection as it is one of the bands favorite songs to play live, is full of energy and it could leave any room in a great mood.

Whatever it was she was feeding The Pageant on this Friday night was working, and she definitely had the medicine that everybody wanted. This was my first show of 2011, and I cant think of a better way to start off the year to be honest with you. Grace Potter is going to do great things in the next few years, and the next stop on her journey for me will be at the Wakarusa Music Festival, June 2-5 in Ozark, Arkansas where GPN will be performing with My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Umphreys McGee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mumford and Sons, STS9, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and about 100 other bands.


  1. Ah Mary – 2007 – This Is Somewhere
  2. Only Love – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  3. Joey – 2005 – Nothing But the Water
  4. Money – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  5. Oasis – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  6. Hot Summer Night – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  7. One Short Night – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  8. Ragged Company – 2005 – Nothing But the Water
  9. You and Tequila – 2010 – Kenny Chesneys ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’
  10. Tiny Light – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  11. Sugar – 2009 – Live in Skowhegan
  12. Paris – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  13. Nothing But The Water – 2005 – Nothing But the Water
  14. E: Crazy on You -Heart
  15. E: Big White Gate – 2007 – This Is Somewhere
  16. E: Medicine – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

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