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Hard Working Americans at Old Rock House in St. Louis 8/25/2015

Sometime during the year 2013 folk singer-songwriter Todd Snider was talking with one of his good buddies Dave Schools, who also happens to play bass in a band called Widespread Panic, about his love for jam music and wanting to do something like that one day. Snider says he never expected it to come to fruition, but Schools said he was interested. Snider contacted keyboardist Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi and told him that Dave Schools was on board. By the end of 2013 they had Chris Robinson Brotherhood and former Ryan Adams and the Cardinals guitarist-extraordinaire Neal Casal lined up. Schools grabbed his friend Duane Trucks, who just so happened to be playing drums with Widespread Panic at the time conveniently enough. In no time they had assembled themselves a southern rock jam super group and decided to call themselves the Hard Working Americans. Within a year they released an album and began touring. Their self-titled debut album consists of all cover songs chosen mostly by Snide. Newest member Jesse Aycock now tours with the band as second guitarist and pedal-steel player and is set to appear on the next album.

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It took them awhile to get here, but the Hard Working Americans finally made it to Saint Louis with a stop at the Old Rock House on Tuesday evening as part of what is being dubbed the High Up On It Tour.  For the last week or so leading up to the show there were warnings being sent out on social media that this was going to be a sold out show.  Chicago’s The Steepwater Band opened the show on this particular evening, though there are a variety of openers offered throughout the tour. As we arrived we found a very long line of folks waiting to get in and no parking in the nearby lots. So we did what we know best… went a block up the street to 4 Hands Brewing to let the line die down, park the car, and enjoy a few delicious local beers before watching some of the finest Hard Working Americans out there. I did hear many people talking about The Steepwater Band kicking some serious ass and that made me sad for missing them.

 

As we arrived just after 9PM the door man was informing the woman in front of me that there were only seven more tickets available and the band wasn’t supposed to start for another 30 minutes.  We walked in and found that a majority of the near capacity crowd had made their way outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful patios that Downtown St. Louis has to offer, with a great view of the Gateway Arch and plenty of seating… plus you can still hear kind of even see the bands playing inside.

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Hard Working Americans took the stage around 9:30 and opened the show with a song they were tackling for the first time live, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around.” The crowd that had stepped outside to smoke between bands scurried their way back inside to pack the dance floor and balcony.  The band received a smattering of applause after they finished the song and immediately went into “Mission Accomplished”, a song that Todd Snider wrote for his 2008 solo album Peace Queer. The set included many of the cover songs recorded for their 2014 self-titled debut album including a great version of “Run a Mile” that allowed Neal Casal to really let loose and shine for the first time of the night. This will be an ongoing theme throughout the evening. This was followed up by “I Don’t Have a Gun”, during which Snider addressed the crowd for the first time by saying “Thank you for giving us a chance to make music. We are hard working Americans just like yourselves. And we came a long way to tell you very, very, little.” They finished out the song after a spacey little jam and a crowd singalong of the course, repeating “I don’t wanna hurt nobody.”

 

One of the Hard Working Americans few original tunes, “Dope is Dope” received a great reaction from the capacity (I assume they sold seven more tickets by now…) crowd. This will also be a constant theme throughout the evening. This song features humorous lyrics about a guy getting in trouble by his mama because she finds his “har-on” but he tries to tell her that its only marijuana… she isn’t buying it though because “Dope is dope and you’re high up on it.” Magically during this song the entire room began to smell like a Peter Tosh concert.

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“Welfare Music”, a song recorded for their debut album that was originally performed by Crystal City’s own The Bottle Rockets, was done very well. Todd Snider is a well-known advocate for all things Bottle Rockets, and always seems to sneak a song or mention in during his St. Louis stops. The band was really firing on all cylinders at this point and the crowd was very in tune with every note and word. Snider introduced the band after “Someday Past the Sunset”, a Chris Robinson Brotherhood song that they just began playing last week. He then again thanked the crowd for letting them play music for us. “Straight to Hell”, another cover song that appears on their album became a crowd singalong during each course and seemed to get louder each time.

 

All I can say now is that shit got crazy. The next like thirty minutes or so turned into a non-stop jam… songs segueing in and out of one another before going to an entirely different song and finishing with teases of what was already played… It started with “Throwing Goats”, went in and out of “Blackland Farmer” like three different times, segued into “Born to be Wild” for a few minutes, had a spacey jam that freaked the fuck out of the random guy in front of me that turned to me and said “NEAL FUCKING CASAL MAN!”, before ending with a Todd Snider fan favorite “Is This Thing Working” wrapped up inside a Will Kimbrough song “Another Train.” It was the jam band that Snider dreamed about starting… and it was working perfectly! Not surprising that this little ditty ended the set.

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As per usual at the Old Rock House, the encore break was short as there really isn’t a backstage or green room easily accessible from the stage. The first song of the encore was another original, “Purple Mountain Jamboree.” Randy Newman’s “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” followed and let Jesse Aycock showcase his pedal-steel skill. The night ended with a raucous cover of Hayes Carll’s anthem-like “Stomp and Holler”, leaving the jam packed crowd wanting more.

If you left this show disappointed, then I don’t think you were actually at this show. This was one of the best shows I have watched in some time.

SETLIST
Around and Around
Mission Accomplished
Run a Mile
I Don’t Have a Gun
Dope Is Dope
Mountain Song
Welfare Music
Someday Past the Sunset
Down to the Well
Straight to Hell
Throwing Goats>
Blackland Farmer>
Born to Be Wild>
Blackland Farmer>
Jam>
Blackland Farmer>
Guaranteed>
Another Train>
Is This Thing Working>
Another Train
E: Purple Mountain Jamboree>
E: Mr. President>
E: Stomp and Holler

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REVIEW / PHOTOS: 6/1/2015 Tame Impala at The Pageant – St. Louis

Tame Impala Psyches Out The Pageant 

Words and Photos by Bradley Darby

 

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala stopped by The Pageant on Monday night and somehow found a way to convey your Uncle Mark’s acid flashbacks from the 60’s and 70’s through a live music experience. When it comes to recorded music, Tame Impala is Kevin Parker.  Parker writes all of the songs and creates the textured and dynamic music himself while playing every instrument and using techniques such as reverb and fuzzing to melt your mind.  However, the Tame Impala live experience is a five piece powerhouse featuring drummer Julien Barbagallo, bassist Cam Avery, and multi instrumentalists Dominic Simper and Jay Watson who provide additional layers to their unique sound by way of additional guitar, bass, and synths, respectively.  Parker himself sticks primarily to the guitar and vocal duty for live performances, relying heavily on down tuning and effects pedals to recreate the sound heard on recordings.

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Opening act Kuroma started things off at 8PM and did a perfectly fine job as an opening act for a band as hyped as Tame Impala. They ripped through their 45 minute support slot full of indie garage rock with ferocity.  Kuroma is fronted by Hank Sullivant, former front man of The Whigs. Sullivant also spent some time as a touring guitarist with MGMT, I kind of wished more of that sound had rubbed off on him, but regardless, it was a very good set.  Kuroma isn’t new to the scene, they have been around on and off since 2008 and they have a few albums available. They are worth checking out for sure.  There was a noticeable difference at this point between the under 21 section and the over 21 section.  The all ages floor and right quarter of the venue were both packed full of kids that had lined up early in hopes of riding the rail or obtaining that sweet spot in the pit. Then there were those disappointed to end up in the raised seating just off to the side of the floor.  However, even after Kuroma’s set ended, there were optimal spots available for those who were old enough to consume alcoholic beverages.  Much of the crowd started to fill in after Kuroma ended their set.  Sucks to be them…

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During the set change from Kuroma to Tame Impala, all signs pointed towards this being an interesting show.  The stagehands and techs in charge of setting up and sound checking the equipment were all dressed in white lab coats.  The set up was quite simple, a large screen behind the band and a handful of lights set up all over the stage.  The stacks of speakers set up at the side of the stage told everyone in the room that it was about to get loud.

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Tame Impala did a great job covering their entire catalog, including a few new tracks from their soon-to-be released album, Currents, out July 19.  The set also featured songs from 2010’sInnerspeaker, but focused heavily on 2012’s critically acclaimed, and commercially successful,Lonerism.  Once Parker led the rest of the boys on stage, the crowd immediately erupted and welcomed the Aussie’s to St. Louis.

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The set began with a little tuning free jam before segueing into the new and almost Daft Punk-ish sounding “Let It Happen”, from the yet to be released Currents.  The screen behind the band was transformed into a giant spinning eyeball.  The screen didn’t get any less weird throughout the next 90 minutes while we were taken on what seemed like a chemically enhanced spiritual journey into Kevin Parker’s mind.

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The rest of the set featured minimal banter and excessive amounts of awesomeness.  The crowd seemed to respond the most to the tracks from Lonerism, including “Elephant”, which many people recognize as the song from a Blackberry commercial.  Remember when Blackberry was a thing briefly?

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Highlights of the set were “Endors Toi”, “Be Above It”, which featured one of the only real opportunities for the band to stray from the course and do a little free jamming, and set closer “Apocalypse Dreams”, which is always a fan favorite.  The encore featured another crowd favorite “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”  before ending with “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control”, most likely Tame Impala’s longest song title.

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When the lights came on and the lab coat sporting stage hands returned to start tearing down the spectacle that was, it appeared that most of the crowd was incredibly satisfied with what we had just experienced.  Tame Impala are at the top of their game right now and not to be missed if you are given the opportunity to check them out.  They are quickly shooting up the bills on festival lineups across the globe, and even though this show was shy of being a sellout, I would be shocked to see them playing rooms the size of The Pageant much longer.

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SETLIST (courtesy of Setlist.fm)

  1. Jam/intro
  2. Let It Happen
  3. Endors Toi
  4. It Is Not Meant to Be
  5. Why Won’t They Talk to Me?
  6. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
  7. Eventually
  8. Elephant
  9. Be Above It (extended jam)
  10. Mind Mischief
  11. Oscilly
  12. Cause I’m a Man
  13. Alter Ego
  14. Apocalypse Dreams
  15. E: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
  16. E: Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

 

 

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Sixth Annual LouFest Music Festival Lineup Released / Sept 12 – 13 / St. Louis, MO

 

For the sixth year in a row, beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis, MO will be turned into a small town of its own when more than 35,000 people descend on the Central Fields for the LouFest Music Festival.  This year the festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.

Previous LouFest lineups have brought the best of both major headlining acts like The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Outkast and The Killers to smaller up and coming acts such as Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dawes, Little Barrie and Cherub.  The lineup always features an eclectic mix of everything from indie rock to R&B to bluegrass.

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In previous years the folks at LouFest have used social media to provide clues about some of the bands on the lineup, but after last year’s lineup was leaked a few days prior to the scheduled release… only a few names have come out from folks endlessly scouring the internet.  What we do know is that Hozier will be gracing the LouFest stage and taking you to his proverbial church.  Also, Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes has announced his late Summer / Fall solo tour dates with a stop at LouFest on the agenda.

Check out our previous LouFest coverage right here and a few of our favorite photos from LouFest’s past just below the lineup.

I set my alarm to get up for this drop at 6AM… so excuse any typos that may follow.

Here is the full lineup for the 2015 LouFest Music Festival!

The Avett Brothers • Hozier • Ludacris • Young the Giant • Brandon Flowers • Billy Idol • Nate Ruess • Umphrey’s McGee • Lord Huron • JJ Grey & Mofro • Pokey LaFarge • Blue October • Misterwives • Albert Hammond Jr. • Nico & Vinz • Robert Delong • Milo Greene • Knox Hamilton • Delta Rae • Strand of Oaks • Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas • Colony House • The Suffers • Walking Shapes • All Them Witches • Brave Baby • The Black Cadillacs • The Bros. Landreth • Hembree • Coin • Clockwork • American Wrestlers • KOA • Earl Burrows

A full schedule will be released at a later time.

You can purchase a two day pass for $95 right now at www.loufest.com.

 

EDIT:

One has to wonder what caused LouFest organizers to take such a huge step back from previous years with this lineup.  The rumors circulating around the interwebz for the past few weeks were pipedreams compared to what was actually booked.  After following what promoters called the most successful LouFest to date in 2014 with a stacked lineup including OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, and Cake and even the 2013 lineup that included Wilco, Jim James, The Killers, Edward Sharpe, The National and Alabama Shakes… this seems like a far reach to exceed expectations or make this event a sell out.  People are revolting over on the LouFest Facebook page and hoping there is an additional headliner they are holding back. Seeing a show Hozier was just in St. Louis earlier this year and played to a room of about 2500 people, its tough to see him as a festival headliner.  

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All Photos By: DarbySTL

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