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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 Setlist.fm)
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

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



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.

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.



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


“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.

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)

Initial Artist Lineup For 2011 Wakarusa Music Festival Announced

Initial Artist Lineup For 2011 Wakarusa Music Festival Announced

Over three days in early June, the 8th annual Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival will once again take over Mulberry Mountain.  Located just outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas the festival will once again feature a top notch lineup of artists from both the electronica and jam bands scene.  In addition to some great music, the festival will feature disc golf, yoga, hiking and swimming in the Mulberry River.  Our very own Brad (aka SaucerfulofSecrets) will be making his fourth appearance at the festival, and you can expect to read a full report as soon as he fully recovers from the event.

The initial artist lineup is listed below.  Additional artists will be added in the following months.  Click here for information on tickets and camping for Arkansas premiere music festival.

The 2010 Outside Lands Music Festival – Initial Artist Announcement

The 2010 Outside Lands Music Festival – Initial Artist Announcement

Every year I tell myself I shall travel back to the city of my birth and enjoy the Outside Lands Music Festival.  The first two years, I had selfish friends decided they would use that weekend to get married (heck, as an ordained minister, I actually married our webmaster during the inaugural year).  This year, I will sadly miss out as I will be in the Bay Area the week before for three nights of Phish at the Greek.  But just because I can’t make it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out this amazing event.  Check out the lineup video right here:

Outside Lands Golden Gate Park
August 14th through 15th
Tickets $125 2-Day

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 mtvnews.com.

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.

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