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REVIEW: Blitzen Trapper at Old Rock House 9.18.2013 – St. Louis, MO

Blitzen Trapper at Old Rock House 9.18.2013 – St. Louis, MO

Words / Pictures / Videos by Bradley Darby (@DarbySTL)

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Quick story for you… I’ve been contributing posts to Concert Confessions for something like four years now. Throughout this entire period, our founding father Reverend Justito had continuously told me that I need to listen to this band called Blitzen Trapper. He told me once… he told me twice… hell, he even told me thrice. And I heard him, but I didn’t listen to him. There is no good reason to explain why I never did give this Blitzen Trapper a fair shake… The Rev and I have an incredibly similar taste in a good chunk of our favorite music. Then came the Wakarusa 2012 lineup announcement sometime around January of 2012, and there they were making their Wakarusa debut. The time was upon us… minutes after combing the lineup, to YouTube I went to type in those two words that had been staring me in the face for the last few years. I started with a few songs from 2008’s Furr… SON OF A BITCH I REALLY LIKE THIS BAND! Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Eric Earley’s lyrics immediately sounded like something that could have been released by Tom Petty or Ray LaMontagne or maybe even Bob Dylan. The music gave me a strong Wilco vibe, but with more twang and not so much jam. Why had I not taken Papa Concert Confessions advice a hell of a lot earlier?! (Note: See all of our previous Blitzen Trapper coverage right here)

Wakarusa come, and Wakarusa go… and I got the chance to see Blitzen Trapper for the first time. That performance was absolutely great in my eyes, but we will come back to that in a bit. Let’s talk about the Portland, Oregon quintets recent stop in St. Louis at the Old Rock House in support of their soon to be released seventh album called, VII where they worked a smaller yet respectable crowd into a frenzy for about 90 minutes with their blend of Oregonian Alt-Country… Or as Earley called it in a recent interview , “Rocky Mountain Whoop Ass.” The set kicked off with the opening track to Furr, “Sleepytime in the Western World” after informing the crowd that they were “here to play rock music… and sensitive music.” Our first new song of the night titled “Thirsty Man” followed, which was one of seven songs from new album featured in the set. Stand outs tracks were “Heart Attack”, “Feel the Chill”, and “Shine On” which is “just straight gospel” and my pick for the first single. One noticeable trait with the new songs was a more upbeat sound, almost a bit of a funk, but still nothing too far off the path of the typical Blitzen Trapper alt-country/rock/Americana/whatever genre you want to call it. You can grab that new album, VII, on September 30th or just pre-order it here (they are also selling it on tour right now)

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“This one is a country song” said Earley before “Taking It Easy Too Long” from 2011’s American Goldwing.  Each song drew a smattering of applause from the crowd that packed in mostly on the main floor. After each break the band would thank the crowd and mentioned that St. Louis is always one of their loudest cities. Earley addressed the crowd prior to “God and Suicide” and noted that “your all going to look back and think how polite this band was”. At one point the setlist featured a back to back to back knockout trio of fan favorites “Black River Killer”, “Love the Way You Walk Away” and finally the title track to their pivotal 2008 release Furr, which Earley called a “pretty song.” The crowd erupted yet again as they continued to play another of the seven tracks from Furr that would appear tonight, “Lady on the Water.”

The set closed out with two more new songs and finally “Fire & Fast Bullets” before the band graciously thanked the crowd for their raucous applause and support. After leaving the stage, front man Eric Earley returned to the stage and performed a few acoustic songs, both songs that really showcase Earley’s songwriting, “The Man Who Would Speak True” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” which features some of my favorite lyrics from any Blitzen Trapper song. The rest of the band came back out to join him on stage for one final song, “Evening Star” from 2010’s Destroyer of the Void. After the set you could find all five of the guys scattered around the venue chatting with fans, taking photos and signing autographs… which brings me back to the Wakarusa set we briefly touched on earlier. I was talking with guitarist Erik Menteer and drummer Brian Adrian Koch after the set for a minute and mentioned seeing them at Wakarusa for the first time and told them how much I enjoyed the set and had looked forward to a non festival show. Both of them were very impressed to hear that, because apparently that was what they referred to as one of their worst shows and even went on to say something about how the “hippies fucking hated us so much.” I definitely don’t remember getting that vibe from their set, but they were one of my highlights going into and coming out of the festival that year… to each his own I guess, but you may be tough to find someone who was in attendance at the Old Rock House last Wednesday that would be able to say they didn’t enjoy the performance put on by the boys of Blitzen Trapper. Check out tour dates below and go see these guys.





Sleepytime In the Western World (Furr)
Thirsty Man (VII)
Fletcher (American Goldwing)
Astronaut (American Goldwing)
God and Suicide (Furr)
Ever Loved Once (VII)
Not Your Lover (Furr)
Taking It Easy For Too Long (American Goldwing)
Heart Attack (VII)
Shine On (VII)
Earth (Fever Called Love) (VII)
Neck Tatts, Cadillacs (VII)
Black River Killer (Furr)
Love The Way You Walk Away (American Goldwing)
Furr (Furr)
Lady on the Water (Furr)
Feel the Chill (VII)
Big Black Bird (Black River Killer)
Fire & Fast Bullets (Furr)
E: The Man Who Would Speak True (acoustic) (Destroyer of the Void)
E: Stranger In A Strange Land (acoustic) (American Goldwing)

E: Evening Star (Destroyer of the Void)



Sep 24 The Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Sep 25 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Sep 26 The Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
Sep 27 Black Cat Washington, DC
Sep 28 Arch Street Tavern Hartford, CT
Sep 29 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 30 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Oct 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, VT
Oct 03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Oct 04 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Oct 05 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
Oct 07 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 08 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Oct 09 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
Oct 12 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT
Oct 13 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Nov 05 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Nov 06 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Nov 08 Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown Pioneertown, CA
Nov 09 Porter’s Pub La Jolla, CA
Nov 10 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
Nov 12 The Parish Austin, TX
Nov 13 Club Dada Dallas, TX
Nov 15 The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Nov 16 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
Nov 20 The Leavenworth Festhalle Leavenworth, WA
Nov 21 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Nov 22 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
Nov 23 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
Nov 30 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR

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Blitzen Trapper drumkit

Drunk Blitzen Trapper

THIS IS WHAT I WAS SEEING BY THE END OF THE SHOW. Special Thanks to 4 Hands Brewing Co. for the buzz


blitzen trapper sign


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Jerry Joseph and Scott Law play one for the ages at Mississippi Studio’s Bar Bar Apartment

On a beautiful evening last June, we visited the Bar Bar Apartment at Mississippi Studios to see Jerry Joseph and Scott Law. This particular day, Thursday, June 23rd, happened to be one of the nicer days of our summer in the Portland metro area. During a normal summer, a clear, warm day in June wouldn’t really stand out… But this year… Well, if you were living in the northwestern US, then you know what I mean; This day was one of the first days of one of the longest stretches of warm days during the summer (which, by the way, amounted to about a little more than a week’s worth of warm, sunny days) and associated with the memories of this great show… are the memories of the warmth of that June Thursday.

Anyway, to get back on track with the review, we didn’t know how fortunate we were to have tickets to such an intimate show until we arrived at the top of the stairs to find our names on the list, and a small space filling with enthusiastic fans. We really hadn’t realized before hitting the top of those stairs just how special a show this would be. The venue is literally a small apartment above the other Mississippi Studios venues. The shows take place in the living room and the seating consisted of folding chairs in rows filling up the room. There were between 25 and 30 people in the living room with another 15-20 people watching from the kitchen and the entryway. Before the show we had ample time to grab a seat and a beverage and settle in comfortably. We were in the “back” row on the right-hand side, facing the stage straight on. I use quotations on the back row because although we were in the back of that row, there were only two rows of chairs in front of us. This was the type of show, type of atmosphere that you don’t get your phone or camera out to snap a photo or run video; The point was to enjoy the cool, intimate setting and take it all in. And this show included a lot of excellent banter, some of which we were able to jot down a note or two about, or pry from the recesses of our blissed-out brains after the show. As a quick note, we’d like to thank fellow show-goer and YouTuber TaperMark for graciously allowing us to use his stellar videos for this review.

Scott Law introduced the concept of the show, one of a series of living room shows. The focus, we were told, is on listening and acoustic tone, with maybe a little bit of electric mixed in. Jerry and Scott were seated on stools in front of the room so close to the audience that Jerry handed his red bull to an audience member to place at the base of his stool periodically during the evening.

The set started off nicely with World Will Turn which the duo jammed and stretched out a bit. The acoustics in the small space were amazing and the crowd really did an excellent job of listening and respecting the moment as the boys wrapped up the 7 plus minutes of World Will Turn. Next up was Radio cab, one of Jerry’s newer tunes with a definitively sadder tinge to it. The two acoustic guitars harmonized well, and Jerry threw in some vocal scatting during a particularly satisfying stretch of back and forth jamming on the acoustic guitars over the bridge of the song. A short pause for applause led into Wisconsin Death Trip which featured Law on an electric guitar with an effects pedal. He used a lot of vibrato in his playing throughout the night, and the pedal brought sounds ranging from twangy to bassy during this portion of the set. JJ played the first verse solo before Law began playing, building the song up nicely. Law’s soulful electric fingering over the top of Jerry’s playing brought the energy up in a subdued yet powerful way as the jammed out bridge included a few emotion tinged exclamations by Jerry. In preparation for playing Revolution, Jerry bantered about being in Nashville, and jokingly playing some of his songs with a country style, and then realizing that they sound good this way. Scott Law stayed on the electric, once again adding soulful electric finger picking over Jerry’s acoustic. As is usually the case, JJ’s vocals were particularly powerful. Jerry played solid, soulful rhythm between the second and third verse while Law’s electric picking had a very somber, almost pedal steel guitar-esque sound to it. Revolution jammed straight into a very country-tinged version of Chainsaw city, then back into Revolution.


World Will Turn

The room was so small and intimate that one could look around and see the communication occurring between the musicians as well as with the audience. It seemed that duo had not extensively rehearsed the songs together, and you could see Law taking the lead from Joseph, but adding his own unique take on where the song should go on this particular evening. Watching the intense listening and creative input occur on stage was a real treat. The skill of both musicians coupled with JJ’s passionate vocals made for a very powerful musical and emotional experience. With everyone seated, listening really was the focus, although the momentum of the music could not be contained, and there was a toe tapping and chair dancing throughout the room.

Revolution > Chainsaw City > Revolution

With Law switching back to acoustic, Jerry told a humorous story about being on vacation in the Yucatan, and then they played Road Home. The duo was so in tune, musically speaking on this one, that one could only think that they had definitely had a chance to rehearse it together. Scott Law’s acoustic style was definitely on display during a soulful, upbeat solo between verses. Both men’s guitars set a perfect the backdrop for Jerry’s powerful, sometimes raw vocals. Then came Beautiful Dirt with Law on Mandolin to end the first set. The set closer, another of Jerry’s newer songs, had a darker feel to it and Law’s mandolin definitely added some depth to it. The duo jammed back and forth for three full minutes before coming back to the final verses. They slowed things down markedly before coming to one last crescendo to finish the set strong to raucous applause.


 The Road Home

During set break, the apartment was alive with energy, which continued to crescendo until the pair came back to their stools in the living room.
Set two began with Ship, a distinctly sad but deeply powerful song. Law watched contemplatively as Jerry played through the first verse, then joined in, once again on acoustic, adding depth as they picked up steam heading into the first chorus. The interplay between the acoustic guitars coming out of the second verse and through the rest of the song was masterful and Law’s finger-picking lead nicely into Jerry’s soulful round of “Hey’s” before the final verse. The sad, soulful set opener wound down into a subdued ending, setting the stage for Evasive, a personal favorite. Law’s picking over the top of Jerry’s powerful rhythmic strumming added a depth to the tune that made it even more epic than usual. If there are two things that you need to know about this song, the first is that an E chord quite possibly never sounded so powerful before as it does strummed soulfully in this tune. The second is that it starts with a pent up, quiet energy and builds continuously to an epic energy as the song progresses. Some songs just have that epic sound, and this one undoubtedly does in my humble opinion. The story JJ told during the banter about the concept for Evasive really added to the song’s power. We’d love to share it with you but would prefer that you go see Jerry live and hear it for yourself. Next up was Ten Killer Fairies, which was introduced as a character song. The emotionally riveting story was the perfect set up for another moving song with Law tearing it up on the electric. From just two guitars in the hands of these masters comes a very deep and robust sound.






Next up was Cochise, which continued in the emotional vain of Ten Killer Fairies. It started with JJ on acoustic and vocals. Law came in a bit later on the electric guitar, and complemented JJ’s rhythmic acoustic tone beautifully. Breakfast at Lucille’s featured both JJ and SL back on acoustic.
Excellent versions of Syracuse, which featured some excellent back and forth guitar interplay between Jerry and Scott, and Climb to Safety finished out the show. Climb to Safety featured SL back on electric, and was full of power to end the show on a high energy note.

Climb to Safety


This was a very special show, and was quite possibly the most unique and moving we’ve been able to attend. The energy in the room was a beautiful mix of the artistic energy and shared enthusiasm of the small crowd. The show was a wonderful precursor to Jerry’s own 3-day Dixie Mattress Festival in the days that followed, for which a review might surface in another decade…

Red Fang Announce Benefit Concert For Grant High Art Department

Red Fang Announce Benefit Concert For Grant High Art Department

It’s always nice to see musicians give back to the folks who helped them along the way. This is exactly what the fine men of Red Fang are doing next month. With Portland schools struggling to various art classes afloat, the boys will be hosting “A Benefit For Grant High Art Department.” The gig will take place May 25th at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland Oregon and will feature Red Fang joined by Lopez, Nether Regions and Grant High’s own Hell’s Parrish.

Red Fang’s Aaron Beam commented on the state of Grant High’s Arts Program:

“It is a shame that Grant High’s arts are underfunded, and a bit mysterious to me. Young artists looking for cheap venues to create and display their works move to and revitalize cities and neighborhoods. It happens repeatedly. I watched it happen in Portland in the 1990s, with artist communities such as The Lab and The Modern Zoo, and clubs like the X-Ray.”

Tickets for the benefit can be purchased by clicking here. As of press time, the only other US date currently scheduled for Red Fang is an appearance at the Orion Music + More Festival on June 23rd in Atlantic City, NJ.





Help the March Fourth Marching Band Come Visit You This Summer!

By Bradley Darby (Photos courtesy MarchFourthMarchingBand.com)


MarchFourth Marching Band (M4 to its fans) is a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of celebration. M4 is a group of as many as 20-something members that tours the country acting the part of a full on marching band, complete with a percussion corps, 7 piece brass section, not to mention stilt walkers and dancers.

Theres only one problem… their tour bus, Razzle Dazzle, which was made in 1984 and has somewhere around a million miles on it, is shot and they need a new one. They have taken the path many other up and coming bands have in recent years and are taking to Kickstarter to raise funds for a new one, deemed Razzle Dazzle 2.0

For helping this great band out you will not be left empty handed… they have an incentive plan set up to reward you for your donation.A $20 donation will get you a M4 CD of your choice, $50 will get you a signed copy of the new album Magnificent Beast as well as a t-shirt, $80 gets you a vinyl copy of the album in addition to a goodies bag, and so on and so forth all the way up to a $10,000 donation which gets you a private show with March Fourth and a tour of the bus you helped fund.

But hurry up! Time is running out as this project will only be funded if at least $46,064 is pledged by Thursday Mar 8, 9:57pm EST. They are currently at $25,790 so there is some work to be done!

Now go get $5, maybe $10 out of your grandmothers purse and give it to the March Fourth Marching Band! Click here for the Kickstarter page with complete details


3/2 – Seattle, WA

3/4 – Portland, OR

4/27 – Phoenix, AZ

4/28 – Los Angeles, CA

5/4 & 5/5 – San Francisco, CA

6/1 -Wakarusa Festival – Ozar, AR

7/4 – Glenwood Springs, CO

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation

Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation


In non-Coachella and non-Radiohead related news, Jane’s Addiction has announced some 2012 tour dates as well. In support of their latest effort “The Great Escape Artist”, the band will hit 18 cities, bringing along The Black Box Revelation as support (who have been opening for all your favorite cool bands like The Meat Puppets and Beady Eye)

“Starting February 22, this special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”–will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theaters”JanesAddiction.Com

We were able to obtain the names of the cities from the Jane’s Addiction Official Website below who offer their own presale Wed Jan 11th at 10AM(that’s tomorrow morning!) before they go on sale to the general public on January 14th.

2/05 — The Crane Bay, Indianapolis, Ind.
2/22 — The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
2/24 — The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
2/25 — The LC Indoor Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/27 — Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
2/29 — Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.
3/02 — The Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y.
3/03 — State Theatre, Portland, Maine
3/04 — The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
3/06 — Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J.
3/07 — Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Conn.
3/09 — The National, Richmond, Va.
3/10 —  House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
3/13 — The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
3/15 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, Okla.
3/16 — Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
3/19 — The Brick, Minneapolis, Minn.
3/24 — Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wis.


Echo Movement Announce Fall Tour!

Echo Movement Announce Fall Tour


Remember earlier this year when we shared with you all the dirt on Echo Movement’s Seattle show? Wish you could’ve been there? Don’t worry! The Jersey-reggae band are going back on tour this October to support their brand new album Music Played On. Here are the dates:

9/23/11: Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
9/28/11: St. Louis, MO – The Firebird (All Ages)
9/29/11: Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side (All Ages)
10/1/11: Boise, ID – The Reef (TBA)
10/2/11: Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge (21+)
10/4/11: Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo (TBA)
10/5/11: Tacoma, WA – Jazzbones (21+)
10/6/11: Eugene, OR – Black Forest Tavern (21+)
10/7/11: Portland, OR – World Famous Cannabis Cafe (Oregon medical marijuana card holders only)
10/11/11: Hermosa Beach, CA – The Shore (21+)
10/12/11: Santa Barbara, CA – Sandbar (21+)
10/13/11: Ocean Beach, CA – Winston’s (21+)
10/14/11: Tucson, AZ – The Hut (TBA)
10/20/11: Stanhope, NJ – The Stanhope House (TBA)
10/28/11: Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley (TBA)
11/19/11: Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony (TBA)

More dates on the way! For more info go to www.echomovement.com

Supports includes: Universal Rebel, Kiwi the Child, The Driftaways, Dreadnot, Slaughterhouse Rootz, Buntron Smith, Ease Up, KayaFlyte, High Ceiling, BALLYHOO!, and Skitn.

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Last fall we caught a band called Bison b.c. open for the mighty Helmet in Redondo Beach, CA. The boys from Bison b.c. plan to spend fall 2011 on the road in North America supporting their phenomenal 2010 release Dark Ages (one of Reverend Justito’s Top 10 records of 2010). In addition to their current dates with Weedeater, Saviours and Fight Amp, the Vancouver natives plan a headline trek across their native land. Dates for the tour are below and make sure to stop by Indiemerchstore.com for all your Bison b.c. goods. A complete list of tour dates are below.

BISON b.c.

Tour w/ Weedeater, Saviours, Fight Amp

09/15   Columbus, OH              Outland Live

09/16   Grand Rapids, MI          The Pyramid Scheme

09/17   Chicago, IL                   Reggies

09/18   Marquette, MI               Upfront and Co.

09/19   Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club

09/20   Rock Island, IL              Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/23   Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge

09/24   Salt Lake City, UT         Burt’s Tiki Lounge

09/26   Seattle, WA                  The Highline

09/27   Vancouver, BC              The Rickshaw Theatre

09/28   Portland, OR                 Branx

09/29   San Francisco, CA         The Independent

10/01   San Diego, CA               Soda Bar

10/02   Los Angeles, CA                        The Key Club

10/03   Tempe, AZ                    TBA

10/04   Albuquerque, NM          The Launchpad

10/06   Austin, TX                    Emo’s

10/07   Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s

10/08   New Orleans, LA           Siberia

10/09   Atlanta, GA                   The Earl

10/10   Athens, GA                   New Earth Music Hall

10/11   Tallahassee, FL             The Engine Room

10/12   Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum

10/14   Savannah, GA               The Jinx

End Tour

Canadian Headlining Tour

10/19   Ottawa, ON                  Café De Kcuf

10/20   Kingston, ON                The Mansion

10/21   London, ON                  Call The Office

10/22   Toronto, ON                  Bovine Sex Club w/ C’mon (final show), Burning Love, Miesha and the Spanks

10/24   Thunder Bay, ON          Jack’s

10/26   Winnipeg, MB               The Zoo

10/27   Regina, SK                    The Exchange

10/28   Saskatoon, SK              Amigos

10/29   Edmonton, AB               Starlite Room

10/31   Calgary, AB                   Commonwealth

11/01   Fernie, BC                     The Northern

11/02   Kamloops, BC                Pogue Mahone

Dinosaur Jr. Bring Bug To The West Coast

Dinosaur Jr. Bring Bug To The West Coast

Earlier this year, you may remember our man Jay Porks catching Dinosaur Jr. rocking their album Bug from front to back in New York City. You may also remember our man Jay Porks catching Henry Rollins having a heart to heart with Dinosaur Jr. before they rocked Bug from front to back. With a successful East Coast run in the rearview mirror, the team of Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins plan to bring the show out west this December. The six night run kicks off in Orange County on December 12th and wraps December 17th in Seattle.

If catching Dinosaur Jr. out west simply isn’t enough for you the band is re-releasing their first three albums on vinyl October 4th. You can click here to pre-order those now.


Dinosaur Jr. w/ Henry Rollins Tour Dates a/o 09/12/11

12/12 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom CFA
12/13 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
12/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
12/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/16 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
12/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market


Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

With their new album The Hunter due to hit shelves at the end of this month, Mastodon have announced dates for a North American Headline tour. In addition to an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experneice in New Orleans on Saturday October 29th the band will be performing in most major markets during the five week run. Coming along for the tour will be Red Fang and Dillinger Escape Plan. You can check out the first single from Mastodon’s new album here. Dates for the trek can be found below.

Mastodon 2011 Tour Dates:
10/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
11/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/07 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
11/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/19 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
11/21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/23 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/28 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Furthur Announce Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Furthur Announce Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Furthur – the band featuring former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have added additional dates to their US Fall Tour. The trek which is set to kick off September 23rd in Eugene, Oregon will now wrap a few days before Thanksgiving in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mail order will run through October 7th. General public tickets will go on sale via the regular corporate outlets beginning September 16th.

Dates For Furthur as of 09/09/11:


Matisyahu at the Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR, 7/28/11

Matisyahu 07/28/11

Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR

Words/Photos by jakobross424


Jewish reggae singer/rapper Matisyahu’s show at the Oregon Zoo was a show that I didn’t even plan on going to. I was a fan of Matisyahu, don’t get me wrong, but the two tickets were for my mom and dad. When my mom was in too much pain to attend the show, it was my turn to step up. The drive to the zoo was about 2 and a half hours including Portland rush hour traffic, but it wasn’t too bad. We got to the zoo and waited for them to open the amphitheater.

At 5:00 pm, the zoo amphitheater opened and everyone was allowed to go in and chill for two hours until opening act Tea Leaf Green came on. My dad and I found a spot relatively close to the stage to set up our blanket. We grabbed a Caesar Salad, got our merch, and were eager to find out whether Tea Leaf Green was any good or not, having not heard them before.

At 7:00 sharp, Tea Leaf Green came on stage. They were a four-piece jam band, and by jam band I MEAN jam band. They played 7 songs during their 45 minute set, and the first song alone was like 11 minutes. They weren’t that great, and I probably wouldn’t buy their album or see them live again. They just didn’t do anything for me. When their set ended, my dad and I made our way into the small pit that was right in front of the stage, and waited 30 minutes for Matisyahu to grace our presence.

At 8:15, a guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer came on stage and started jamming a little. I recognized them as Dub Trio, Matisyahu’s backing band. All we had to was wait for the Hasidic Jew to come on stage. And he did. Matisyahu came on stage and didn’t have much stage presence during the first song. He kinda just stood there with his eyes shut like he was afraid of us. He soon realized that we were a good crowd, and he started dancing like no one was watching. It was like a mix of break dancing and river dancing. And it was cool.

“It smells like a zoo up here,” he said, before breaking into “Sunshine,” a new song, which hints that a new album is in the works. A few songs later, Matisyahu broke into “Youth,” and it was almost like he was in Rage Against the Machine he had so much energy. Towards the end of the song he jumped into the crowd twice, and both times he was right on top of me, which was cool.

He played more songs than I expected, with a setlist that included Jerusalem, Exaltation, and ending the first set with King Without a Crown. After a good 4 minutes of chanting and cheering, everyone came back on stage, and Matisyahu played a long and chilling version of Silence. He then started beat boxing, which was definitely one of the highlights of the show.

He then broke into One Day, which is the song you probably know from that movie trailer or that tampon commercial. There was more marijuana in the crowd than I was expecting, especially since this was more of a family-friendly show. There were even little kids on their dads’ shoulders….standing next to a pothead. It was a bit sad to see that, but the overall show was amazing! I highly recommend seeing Matisyahu, he is great live and a must see if you are Jewish.



USELESS KEYS West Coast Tour Dates

USELESS KEYS West Coast Tour Dates


Los Angeles locals USELESS KEYS are about to head out for a quick trip up the left coast. While the band is still working out details for a headline hometown show, here is where you can catch KROQ Locals Only regulars:

June 24th Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

June 25th Cellar Door – Visalia, CA

June 26th Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA

June 27th Kimo’s – San Francisco, CA

June 29th Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

June 30th Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA

The band will also be performing with Butthole Surfers, Helmet and The Melvins at the 2011 Sunset Junction Music Festival in Silver Lake, CA on August 27th, 2011.

Check out the bands Facebook page for up to the minute details on the trek. Likewise, check out our various reviews of the band here, here and here. Oh and there is one more here.

Jerry Joseph 05/15/11: Laurelthirst Public House – Portland, OR

Jerry Joseph 05/15/11

Laurelthirst Public House – Portland, OR

Words/Photos By Gr8ful Cougar


On Sunday, May the 15th, oft-local rocker Jerry Joseph paid a visit to the Laurelthirst Pub in Portland, Oregon.

Now, before we get started, it should be noted that this was our first time seeing Jerry Joseph and that there was no setlist available at the time of writing this review. So, song placement mentioned is approximate in cases and we didn’t catch all the names either. We’re there to have fun and taking notes during the show doesn’t really fit that bill…

The Laurelthirst is a pretty welcoming little place in south central Portland.  The venue is a pub and has a nice long bar with stools and standing room at it as well as about fifteen four person tables. The staff was friendly and they had a pretty good selection of local microbrews on tap.  The stage had a huge dark blue tapestry with the occasional star, much like the night sky, draped behind it, covering both walls and the ceiling above it.  The stage was relatively low, just a few steps above floor height and was literally 8 feet away from where we were standing at the bar for the first set.

Early First Set


Showtime was slated for 9pm but as is often the case with the live music we choose to see, and lucky for us, the show began at 9:20 or so, just after we had arrived.  Jerry walked out and grabbed his acoustic guitar, introducing former collaborater and bandmate Steven James Wright as both got settled in on stage.  It looked like Wright had a jazz guitar or a wider body acoustic electric guitar as he sat down.   They kicked right in, both of them on guitar, as the standing room portion of the venue filled up quickly.  One of the first things we noticed was how positive the overall vibe of the show was.  There were quite a few of us in a small space with constant movement of concertgoers as well but everyone was mellow and considerate of their neighbors.

The first set was around an hour and fifteen minutes long an was some thoroughly enjoyable acoustic music.  The combination of Jerry’s soulful singing and powerful lyrics set to the rocking dual guitars kept the room moving.  Many of the folks in the Laurelthirst were on their feet, taking full advantage of the standing room in front of the stage on two sides.  While many of the songs we heard in the first set were not songs we had hear before, we thoroughly enjoyed the first set.  A version of the song Ten Killer Fairies in the middle of the set was a big highlight.  The stripped down sound of this song played acoustic further highlighted the soulfulness of it.  The first set was for the most part a rockin’ one.  Anyone who thinks that you can’t rock with acoustic guitars would have been proven wrong on this night.

First Set


At setbreak, I made a quick trip to pick up our friend Mike and just barely made it back in time to catch the start of the second set.  I noiticed on my way out that Jerry had headed out pretty quickly to smoke and was chatting with folks outside on my way to the car. While I was gone, things had cleared out a bit and it allowed us to move over a few feet, which put us five feet from the stage and just about in the middle of the floor on that side.  As I was walking back into the venue, the second set was just getting underway.  Jerry was in place, minus the shoes and with a Red Bull at his feet as the set started. The little bit of extra space to start the set allowed everyone a little bit of room to move so the dancing for the second set was definitely more enjoyable. Our fellow concertgoers were very considerate folk, with the woman in front of us who wanted to be sure it was okay if she danced in front of us as a perfect example of this.

Early Second Set
Second Set


The energy improved even more in the second set. Things started out strong with a few songs in Apollo and The Road Home that were new to us but excellent in the acoustic two-guitar style. The set lasted for around seventy minutes as Jerry and SJW wound their way through rocking jams and the slower yet powerful Ship. Our proximity to the stage and the slightly smaller crowd for the second half of the show really improved our view of Jerry and the stage, making it an extra enjoyable set. There is something to be said for being close enough to be able to observe the performers passion up close. Near the end of the set we overheard a fellow concertgoer explaining to someone near us that the song we were enjoying, titled Beautiful Dirt, was new as of this year and had only been played a handful of times. It was a slower, extremely powerful song and turned out to be the second to last song played in the set. Just before the start of the song, Steven James Wright had switched instruments to what turned out to be some type of electric Sitar. It did not look that much different than a guitar but, WOW, the sound was great… It gave the end of the set and the encore a different edge. The last song of the set ended at twelve o’clock sharp, the supposed curfew and end of show. Jerry took a few steps off stage, consulted with someone and hopped back up on stage, informing us that the folks of the Laurelthirst had been kind enough to grant us an encore. And then he took a big swig of his Red Bull and he and SJW rocked it for another seven minutes, closing the night with the song Wisconsin Death Trip.

Second Set
Second Set
The show ended and the place cleared out pretty quickly. We noticed Jerry stop to accept thanks from one of our show neighbors and then head quickly out, still minus his shoes. When we headed out, hurriedly trying to make it to the car and home to make that Monday morning pain just a little bit easier, we once again saw Jerry talking with the folks outside the Laurelthirst. All in all, this goes down as one of the better shows either of us have ever seen. And it’s pretty safe to say that the next time we see Jerry Joseph again, it will be even better. Here’s looking forward to the next time!
Late Second Set

Trey Anastasio Takes On Outkast In Maine

Trey Anastasio Takes On Outkast In Maine

The ginger Jedi himself – Trey Anastasio kicked off his 2011 Winter Acoustic/Electric Tour last night at the State Theater in Portland, Me. The Phish front man closed out his acoustic set with a cover of the Outkast smash hit “Hey Ya.” A healthy looking Anastasio was all smiles as he led his band through the Grammy ® award winning number. Check out some great footage of the song below, as well as a complete setlist from last night.

Acoustic Set: Theme From The Bottom, Cavern, NICU, Bug, My Friend My Friend, Horse > Silent in the Morning, Gumbo, Suzy Greenberg, Kill Devil Falls, Water in the Sky^, Spin^^, Liquid Time^^^, Hey Ya^^^^

Electric Set: Cayman Review, Mozambique, Gotta Jiboo, It Makes No Difference, Acting the Devil*, Alaska, All That Almost Was, Words To Wanda, Push On Til The Day, Birdwatcher, Sand, Wherever You Find It, Plasma, Tuesday

Encore: In The Wee Wee Hours**, Dragonfly

^with Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman
^^with Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and Ray Paczkowski
^^^with Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Ray Paczkowski, Russ Lawton, and Tony Markellis
^^^^Outkast original. First time played, with all of TAB
*last played 11/01/02 The Tabernacle ~ Atlanta, GA
**last played 11/02/2002 Pompano Ampitheatre ~ Pompano Beach, FL

Setlist is unconfirmed and may contain errors

Big thanks to OhKeePahBlog for the heads up on the video & setlist. Keep an eye on Concert Confessions as our very own Reverend Justito will be checking out Anastasio next month at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA.

Heartroot: Coming Full Circle In Spite of the Snow

Heartroot concerts and snow in Utah are highly correlated.  The Heartroot duo, featuring Mindy Dillard and Eric McEuen, was on my follow up list from the first time I saw them back in November.  The first two attempts were thwarted by severe snow and snow packed (not plowed) roads.  The third time was the charm.

Heartroot’s concert at the Holladay United Church of Christ began with the exquisite “Teach Me to Love You,” sung a capella.  Thereafter, the “typical” configuration was Mindy on banjo, Eric on guitar, but they traded for a few numbers and also reached to their array of instruments on the stage, which was expansive and easily viewed from any seat in the house.

Gnomie is the couple’s mascot of sorts and he’s been blogging their adventures during their cross country tour, which began in their adoptive hometown of Portland and culminated in Utah with this final concert.  Mindy’s appreciation of the childlike was notable throughout the performance.  While in Utah, incidentally, she performed “Snow White and the Submarines,” an original operetta created for children of all ages.  Last Saturday evening included learning how to make snail eyes and a few sing alongs.

The duo’s strikingly beautiful harmony, theatrical quality, and dramatic lyrics combined for a final charming tour performance in Mindy’s hometown of Salt Lake City.  Playing from their extensive song list, tunes as “It’s a Tiny Fish In a Big Ocean,” “Break Me Open,”  and the mellow and ponderous “Can I?” made the lineup.

The second half opened with a gorgeous capella number “Oh Sisters Let’s Go Down In the Valley to Pray” and continued with “Love Is a Tanglewood Tree,” “There From Here,” and “Little Bird,” which I have heard and written about previously.  Both Mindy and Eric had written songs about their grandfathers, which they performed.  “Hidden Water” painted a picture of a water dowser while “Grandpa” described a domino-playing grandpa who liked raisin pie.

The show – which ran well past 90 minutes past the 9 pm published ending time – finished strong with “There From Here,” “You’ve Gotta Move When the Lord Gets Ready,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow, “Angels All Alone,” and my favorite, “Guess We Made It Afterall.”

I quickly exited as I was late for a social engagement with friends.  As I walked outside to my car, it was snowing fiercely.  Imagine.

Mike Gordon – The Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR 11-8-10

Mike Gordon at the Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR 11-8-10

Mini-Review and Photos by thenaturalstoner


Mike Gordon at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland was a truly great experience for those lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out performance.  From the Andelman’s Yard opener to a raging cover of Cities to the Takin’ it to the Streets encore the tiny Aladdin Theatre was bouncing and shaking all night long.


I didn’t know what to expect at my first Mike Gordon solo show, I had seen him play with Leo Kottke at Horning’s Hideout but never his solo band, but my expectations were high. One of my favorite musicians of all time playing my favorite big city in the United States makes one eager for a great experience.  The band definitely did not disappoint.  The guitar and keys were fantastic all night and Mike rocking the bass had the crowd very into it. Fun covers and great versions of Mike tunes were aplenty and everyone was having a blast.

I thought the show really took off towards the end of the first set and the energy built all the way through the encore.  The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle is up next for Mike and I will be at that show as well.  After what I saw last night I can only say I wish I was going on to Missoula and farther, as this tour is heating up!

Thanks for the great night Mike, see ya up the road!

Ween Announce January 2011 West Coast Run

Ween Announce January 2011 West Coast Run

Monday’s generally suck.  Monday’s at the dentist really suck.  Thankfully our very own thenaturalstoner hit me up with a text just before I hit the chair:

Ween West Coast Dates Are Posted!

That’s right folks; it’s going to be a brown January out west as Dean and Gene Ween are blessing the Pacific Time Zone with their unique blend of classic rock/alt rock/death metal/funk/jazz/punk/blues/country/polka/jam band/top 40 pop/reggae/dub-step/indie rock.  Tour dates are listed below, and you can bet your ass Reverend Justito will be raging at the Wiltern with the pride and joy of New Hope, PA.

Monday, Jan 24: Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, Jan 25: Paramount, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Jan 26: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Friday, Jan 28, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
Saturday, Jan 29, Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

While you wait for January, you can read about some 2010 Ween action right here.  From Montana to NYC, concertconfessions.com worship the BOOGNISH!

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