Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Delta Spirit Mercury Lounge Setlist

Review to come.

DELTA SPIRIT - 09.30.14 - MERCURY LOUNGE (1 hour, 37 minutes)

SET -
From Now On / Devil Knows You're Dead / Tear It Up / Empty House / Strange Vine / Live On / Hold My End Up / People C'mon / Take Shelter / Yamaha / Bushwick Blues / Language of the Dead / Trashcan / California / Children / White Table / Parade / Into the Wide / People Turn Around

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tedeschi Trucks Band Beacon 9/26 Setlist

Review soon.

SHAKEY GRAVES - 09.26.14 - BEACON THEATRE

SET -
Christopher Columbus / Nothing to Fear* / Hard Wired / You Don't Know* / Wild Card / 
Bully's Lament / Word of Mouth / Late July / Dearly Departed


TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - 09.26.14 - BEACON THEATRE (2 hours, 10 minutes)

SET -
Rollin' & Tumblin' / Do I Look Worried / Don't Miss Me / Midnight in Harlem / There's a Break in the Road / Loan Me a Dime (feat. Jackie Greene) / Idle Wind / You Got the Silver (feat. Jackie Greene) / Crow Jane / Shelter / Part of Me / I Pity the Fool / Angel from Montgomery > Sugaree (feat. Jackie Greene) / Bound for Glory / More & More

ENCORE -
(Night Time is) the Right Time (feat. Jackie Greene) / Palace of the King

Fancy Colors Rockwood Music Hall Setlist

Review to come.

SUNRUNNERS - 09.18.14 - ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL (40 minutes)

SET -
We Are at War / Save Everyone / It's a Start / Mexico* / Stars & Colors / The Writer / Everybody / Sailing
FANCY COLORS - 09.18.14 - ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL (55 minutes)

SET -
The Last One / History of Civilization / Africa / The Way You Walk Away / Castle in the Snow / Love is Easy / Island Rose / Infinity / Last Summer

Cookies Baby's All Right Setlist

Review to come.

COOKIES - 09.16.14 - BABY'S ALL RIGHT (33 minutes)

SET -
1,000 Breakfasts with You / Boycrazy / July Seventeen > Crybaby (A) > Go Back / Go-Getter / Summer Jam / Music for Touching

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds Give Madison Square Park a Free Show to Remember


One of the primary reasons I've stuck around New York for so long is the seemingly endless amount of free concerts.  While some artists are content with providing a little background music for picnickers, some go that extra mile to satisfy their longtime fans as well.  Last night in Madison Square Park, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds proved they have no interest in only being paired with hummus, grapes, and prosciutto; they exist to make you shake your ass.

I took a spot on the ground near the soundboard, surrounded by couples on blankets.  Arleigh "Sister Sparrow" Kincheloe, dressed entirely in white, bounced out onto the stage to the intro of "The Long Way."  I realized quickly that I was too far away.  The mix was only coming out of the speakers framing the stage, so the h
orns sounded thin.  I relocated to the standing section to the right of the stage, discovering that part of the reason for this was the absence of trombonist Ryan Snow.  I overcame my longing for trombone as soon as the Dirty Birds plunged into their second tune, a cover of "The Way You Make Me Feel" that sounded like the love child of MJ and Dr. Funkenstein.  Josh Myers was absolutely murdering it on the bass, and they even spiced it up with a pinch of "Kashmir."  Following a powerful "Freight Train," Arleigh encouraged the audience to come forward.  "I feel like you're afraid to get a little closer to the Dirty Birds.  They don't smell too bad," she confessed.  That's all it took for the crowd to sweep in like pigeons spotting breadcrumbs, nodding their heads to each "uh-huh" in "Don't Be Jealous."   "This is a song I wrote for my best friend.  It's kind of about troublemakers in your life," announced Arleigh before the groovy new summer track, "Prison Cells."  "Disappear," another fresh tune, came next, allowing for some raspy riffing by Kincheloe at its end.  Sister Sparrow-staple "Make It Rain" spotlighted an extended saxophone solo from Brian Graham, with Arleigh shaking a tambourine and giving a look to the crowd that she was also genuinely impressed by his sax skills.  The last Sister Sparrow show I'd been to was their Zeppelin IV cover concert, and a whole lotta Led must've rubbed off on new number "Catch Me If You Can," with Arleigh giving off serious '70s rocker vibes over the chunky blues of the Birds.  Myers let another fantastic bass bomb drop to kick off the final ditty, "Boogie Man."

Less than a minute after their departure, Arleigh ran back onto the stage and let out a guttural scream into the microphone.  Sister Sparrow then turned her tail to the crowd for a photo op.  "You ready, boys?" she said after the Kodak moment, gathering her flock for the encore.  The band tore into their "Bulls on Parade/Rock & Roll" mashup to finish it out, with Jackson Kincheloe serving up a positively wicked harmonica solo.

Requests for a podcast interview have been made, so look out for that later this year.  SSDB will return to NYC for a two-night stand at Bowery Ballroom the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Arleigh's advice?  "Come on out. Work off that turkey."

SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS - 08.06.14 - MADISON SQUARE PARK (1 hour, 17 minutes)

SET -
The Long Way / Sugar > The Way You Make Me Feel > Kashmir (tease) > The Way You Make Me Feel / We Need a Love / Freight Train / Don't Be Jealous / Prison Cells / Disappear / Borderline / Make It Rain / My House / Horn Section Solo > Crawdaddies / Catch Me If You Can / Boogie Man


ENCORE -
Bulls on Parade/Rock & Roll

Friday, August 1, 2014

José González & yMusic Lincoln Center Setlist

Review to come.

JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ & YMUSIC - 07.31.14 - DAMROSCH PARK BANDSHELL (59 minutes)

SET -
Stay in the Shade / Deadweight on Velveteen / Hints / Hand on Your Heart / Teardop / Crosses / The Nest / Promises to Keep* / Fold / Instrumental* / Lovestain / Abram / Killing for Love / This is How We Walk on the Moon / Telling Indigo from Grey*

ENCORE -
Heartbeats

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Give the People What They Want at Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival

Review to come.

LAKE STREET DIVE - 07.16.14 - LOWDOWN HUDSON BLUES FESTIVAL (1 hour, 2 minutes)

Stop Your Crying / What About Me / Clear a Space / Look at What Mistake / Bad Self Portraits / I Don't Care About You* / Use Me Up / Hello? Goodbye! / Bobby Tanqueray / Just Ask / Rabid Animal / Seventeen / I Want You Back / You Go Down Smooth

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS - 07.16.14 - LOWDOWN HUDSON BLUES FESTIVAL (1 hour, 26 minutes)

Intro > Hot Shot / Gonna Make Time / In the Night* / Stranger to My Happiness / You'll Be Lonely / Calamity / Long Time, Wrong Time / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / If You Call / Now I See / Making Up & Breaking Up (and Making Up & Breaking Up Over Again) / He Said I Can / People Don't Get What They Deserve > There Was a Time > Slow Down, Love / Get Up & Get Out / Retreat! / Outro

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Phish Save the Best for Last at Randall's Island

Review soon.

PHISH - 07.11.14 - RANDALL'S ISLAND

SET ONE -
The Moma Dance / Kill Devil Falls / Ya Mar / Bathtub Gin / 555 > Rift > Sample in a Jar > The Wedge / Waiting All Night / Stash > Theme from the Munsters (tease) > Stash

SET TWO -
Steam > Down with Disease > Golden Age > Limb by Limb > Fuego > David Bowie / Cavern

ENCORE -
Character Zero

PHISH - 07.12.14 - RANDALL'S ISLAND

SET ONE -
AC/DC Bag > 46 Days / Yarmouth Road / Devotion to a Dream / Free / My Sweet One > Back on the Train / Halfway to the Moon > Sparkle / A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing / The Line / Run Like an Antelope

SET TWO -
Punch You in the Eye > Carini / Ghost > Wingsuit / Rock & Roll > Harry Hood > St. Thomas (tease) > Harry Hood

ENCORE -
Tube / Joy / First Tube

PHISH - 07.13.14 - RANDALL'S ISLAND

SET ONE -
Sand / Winterqueen / Reba / Birds of a Feather / Water in the Sky / Possum > Runaway Jim / Bouncing Around the Room / Maze / Split Open & Melt

SET TWO -
Chalk Dust Torture > Light > St. Thomas (tease) > Light > Tweezer / Wading in the Velvet Sea / Sing Monica / Slave to the Traffic Light

ENCORE -
Backwards Down the Number Line > Tweezer Reprise