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Preview: Cory Branan/Dave Hause to play Cicero's 12/20/2011

Not much to say other than get your booty to this show, you will not be disappointed. I first became familiar with Cory Branan's music when I saw him play at the Lucero Family Picnic a few years back. Mr. Branan is great at writing songs that will make you laugh your ass off, and yet can be so completely endearing. I have heard him say before that John Prine is a hero, and you can definitely hear the influence in Branan's songs. On top of being a great songwriter, Branan can unleash some tasty licks on the guitar as well. It has been a while since the Cory Branan/Jon Snodgrass split EP was released, and the promise of a new full length will hopefully be fulfilled in 2012.

I was introduced to the music of Dave Hause when I got to see the Loved Ones open for Less Than Jake back in 2006 at the legendary venue, Mississippi Nights. My first impression of hearing the Loved Ones live made me think of the iconic band, Lifetime. I was not surprised to hear that Hause was from the Philly/Jersey area scene. The Loved Ones 2006 record, Keep Your Heart became an instant favorite of mine. The follow up, Build & Burn, showed that the band had a wider range of influences and pushed the boundaries of being a punk band. Mr. Hause released his first solo album, Resolutions, this year and showed that no matter what the genre, he is a great songwriter. He is also a huge fan of Hot Water Music, so he has to be awesome. (I would not normally go to a show and request someone play a cover, but I would be really happy if he played his version of "Trusty Chords".)

It has been really fun to watch a lot of the singers/songwriters of some of my favorite punk bands put out projects that dwell in the folk/acoustic genres. Just goes to show that a good song is a good song, no matter the genre. Come on out Tuesday, December 20 and see a night a jam packed with amazing songs. Cicero's. 8PM. $10. 18+. Don't miss this one folks.

Shameless plug alert: If you are looking for something to do after the show, swing on over to the Royale where our very own Scott Allen and Jeff Fields will be spinning some vinyl, playing some 1's and 0's, and drinking some beverages from 10PM-close. Maybe if I ask nice they will let me play a few songs too. :)

Cory Branan - "Bad Man"

 

Dave Hause - "Time Will Tell"

Robbie Fulks at Off Broadway 10-16-11 (Preview)

I first became familiar with Robbie Fulks with his song "She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)" on the Bloodshot Records compilation Hell-bent: Insurgent Country Vol. 2. Shortly after hearing him on that comp., I would be introduced to his live show when he opened for Ben Folds Five at the American Theater sometime in 1997. I have done my best to never miss a Robbie Fulks show ever since. The list of venues that I have seen Mr. Fulks play at in the St. Louis area include many that have sadly closed their doors (Hi-Pointe, Lucas School House), some that have been renamed (American Theater), one that I can't remember the name of (the jazz club over by The Fox that had a short-lived series of Americana type acts), and a couple of clubs that are still going strong today (Off Broadway, The Duck Room). It doesn't really matter where Mr. Fulks plays, it doesn't even really matter if he comes through your town with band in tow or as a solo performer, he will always put on an amazing show. On top of Fulks' great songwriting, masterful guitar work, and dynamic voice, his between song banter and anecdotes are not to be missed. Fulks is great at making up songs on the spot about any funny/odd situations that may pop up during a show, his last performance at this year's Twangfest made for quite a few hilarious musical creations. It is always nice to see him take a couple of shots at the local "legend" Beatle Bob when Bob happens to attend Fulks' show. Fulks had also been known to throw in cover songs such as the unexpected covers of Cher's "Believe", ABBA's "Dancing Queen", or any of the many Michael Jackson tunes that Fulks recorded on his MJ tribute album Happy.

To simply say that Fulks' shows are entertaining only for the comical interactions with the crowd or the chance of an odd-ball cover, would be a great disservice. Yes, Fulks has penned his fair share of funny songs ("Fuck This Town", "Dirty Mouth Flo ", "Godfrey"), but to overlook the rest of his catalog that might deal with "serious" topics is just down right criminal. (And I do not mean to degrade any of the "funny" songs, a great song is a great song no matter what the level of "seriousness" is perceived to be.) On Fulks' 1998 release Let's Kill Saturday Night (still one of my favorite albums not only by Fulks, but by anyone), the wit and humor prevalent in earlier material seemed to be pushed into the backseat and the songs took a little bit heavier feel. Fulks' next release, Couples In Trouble, took on an even heavier feel, though it contains one of my favorite pop songs in "Mad At A Girl". To me, Fulks' 2005 release Georgia Hard is really a great combination of the humor found in earlier material and the more mature songwriting found on Let's Kill... and Couples In Trouble.

So, if you want to see one of the most entertaining shows by one of the best songwriters going right now, do yourself a favor and get on over to Off Broadway on Sunday, October 16 and witness the greatness that is Robbie Fulks. Doors are at 7:30PM, show is at 8PM. 12 bucks get ya in the door. I am personally hoping he will play "Little King".

Here's a taste of the awesome song "Let's Kill Saturday Night".

Foo Fighters blow the doors off the Scottrade Center [Live Review]

For his first live review, our newest correspondent, Chad Baalman, took on a big assignment in the Foo Fighters show on Saturday night at the Scottrade Center. We commend his attention to detail with the lengthy set list and sticking it out through the marathon show.  By Chad Baalman

"We're going to play a song for every one of you. We're going to play 12,000 (expletive) songs."

OK, so Dave Grohl was kidding when he told the Scottrade Center crowd Saturday night just how much music he and Foo Fighters had in store for them. Still, the Foos unleashed a relentless 2-hour, 45-minute set on the third stop of their North American tour that undoubtedly left fans exhausted.

Grohl took a dig at the bands who punch the clock under two hours and proceeded to give fans the requisite Foo Fighters hits, a couple covers, two solo acoustic numbers by the ex-Nirvana drummer himself and eight songs from the band's most recent release, Wasting Light.

Two songs from that album kicked off the show. The opener "Bridge Burning" gave Grohl a chance to loosen up the vocal chords from the start as he screamed the opening lyrics, "These are famous last words!!"

Fans didn't have to worry. Grohl (lead vocals, rhythm guitars) had plenty left in the tank for the marathon set. He and his band mates -- Chris Shiflett (lead guitars), Pat Smear (rhythm guitars), Nate Mendel (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums) and Rami Jaffee (touring member - keyboards) -- pumped the Scottrade Center full of energy with "The Pretender," with Grohl even giving a subtle nod to local legend Chuck Berry with a little duck walk during the number.

The show was only three songs old, yet the Foos had the crowd eating out of their hands and signing along in unison with a rousing rendition of "My Hero," the first of three songs from their sophomore 1997 disc, The Colour and the Shape.

The songs came at a rapid-fire pace as Grohl, when we wasn't chugging a Beck's, kept the amount of stage banter relatively low. He added some more local flavor to the show as he recalled playing at Mississippi Nights, the famous, now-closed Laclede's Landing nightclub (Nirvana's 1991 show there was high-(or low)lighted by a mini riot). He also called out acts that relied on computers to beef up their sound and referred to his band as "guys just playing instruments as best we can."

Hawkins took the mic for "Cold Day in the Sun," but his day job as the drummer for the Foos is where he shines the brightest. Hawkins brought it big-time on Saturday, abusing the drums as much on the last song of the evening as he did at the start.

Yet it's clear that the multi-talented Grohl stands front and center for the Foos. Grohl took strolls down the long catwalk that divided the floor in half and endeared himself to fans with self-depreciation and humility when he did work the crowd. He gave off the vibe of being a blue-collared, hard-working rock star even though the spotlight is often on him. He cozied up to the crowd by saying, "I wish we lived in the same apartment building and we could do this every night. With no consequences, no rules."

The middle portion of the 26-song set list was highlighted by "Walk," the second single from Wasting Light in which the band kept the emotion and intensity building throughout. The momentum continued with the straight-ahead, 100 mph rocker "Monkey Wrench."

Grohl and the gang deftly mixed in melodies like "Learn to Fly," "This is a Call" and "These Days" with the aforementioned rockers. In another change of pace, Grohl kicked off the seven-song encore on a riser in the back of the arena with two acoustic solo efforts -- "Wheels" and "Best of You."

The Foos covered Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with "Breakdown" and the smiles were proof the band had fun with it. But the end was near with the midnight hour approaching and they closed things out with a bang with "Everlong."

The fans at Scottrade Center got a little bit of everything from Foo Fighters on Saturday and it's hard to imagine many of them walking away from the concert feeling shortchanged.

Even if they didn't get 12,000 songs.

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Foo Fighters set list - Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO - 9/17/2011

1. Bridge Burning
2. Rope
3. The Pretender
4. My Hero
5. Learn to Fly
6. White Limo
7. Arlandria
8. Breakout
9. Cold Day in the Sun
10. Long Road to Ruin
11. Stacked Actors
12. Walk
13. Generator
14. Monkey Wrench
15. These Days
16. I Should Have Known
17. Skin and Bones
18. This is a Call
19. All My Life

Encore
20. Wheels
21. Best of You
22. Times Like These
23. Young Man Blues (Mose Allison cover)
24. Dear Rosemary
25. Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
26. Everlong

Opening Acts:Mariachi El Bronx, Rise Against

Hell Yeah! Free Energy rocked out at the Firebird [Live Review for KDHX]

In case some of you have wondered the genre of classic rock is not dead among younger musicians. Insert a *fist pump*, a *high-five* and a \m/. Of course, this third generation seem to only get the highlights first, but the original era was about the depth and scope. Bands from the early '90s mixed the sounds of their favorite New Wave and College Rock bands into what they listened to from the '60s and '70s, however, now Pop seems to find its way into the equation as well. For Free EnergyDelicate Steve and Via Dove it's all different aspects of the genre both musically and visually that have influenced their music.

Here's a link to my review of the show Wednesday night for the KDHX blog. Check out some video below of the respective bands. Cheers!

Free Energy - "Bang Pop"

Free Energy - "Free Energy" official video

Delicate Steve - "Wondervisions"

Delicate Steve - "Butterfly" (official video)

Via Dove - El Mundo Latino - Preview

Via Dove - "Fast Times" - Live at Off Broadway

Dazzling with lights and scope, U2 transforms St. Louis [Live Review]

Editor's note-- On our Facebook page we asked if anyone would like to submit a review for the U2 show last night in St. Louis. Our good friend Michael Steinmann, bassist for Edwardsville based band Belleview, stepped up to the plate. Read his review below: A week after its transformation began, Busch Stadium proved to be the perfect backdrop for U2’s 360° tour.

In its five-year existence, I’ve probably seen upwards of 80 baseball games at the stadium, but this was my first concert in the venue. I must admit, at first it was strange seeing the alien structure perched in center field, but it didn’t take long to sink in that this was probably the most impressive temporary structure that I’ve seen.

U2_Stats
U2_Stats

If you haven’t seen the U2 360 stage, I’ll spare you the details and refer you to (pics / links). As stunning as the ‘claw’ structure was, the 360 LED video display impressed me the most. It was difficult to tell where one side of the video display ended, and the other began and pretty much guaranteed anyone in attendance, or for that matter, anyone in a downtown high-rise, could visually keep up with the live action.

Interpol opened things off as the sun was setting, but it was still pretty steamy down on the floor. While the conditions were warm, the evening did not seem as bad as it was made out to be earlier in the day. The occasional breeze was just enough to keep things tolerable. When Interpol took the stage I was a bit concerned about the acoustics. As one would expect with any stadium show, there was a lot of reverb with the delay from the stage mix to the seats. To my relief, this was rectified about 3 songs into the Interpol set and from then on out the sound was unbelievable.

With an hour wait after the finish of the Interpol set, U2 finally took to the stage just after 9 o’clock. Ten years earlier I saw them last on their Elevation tour. That show was in November of 2001 and for me the concert will always resonate due to its proximity with 9/11. Much of the show that night was dedicated to those lost on that fateful day.

U2_Starburst
U2_Starburst

Last night, the band entered on foot as David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played over the loudspeakers, a theme which would recur many times over the course of the show. Once the band hit the stage, it was business as usual. The Edge’s guitar sound was huge and with a 3.5 million watts system, I could hear why. Bono, the consummate showman, hit his marks, as usual. Every stop seemingly a chance to strike that perfect lead singer pose displayed on the video screen for all to see. The outer ring of the stage was accessible by two large metal bridges which The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and Bono utilized frequently. Midway through the set, Larry Mullen, Jr. even took a tour of the out ring playing a bongo on “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.”

For me, highlights of the night included Bono reflecting on a show they played in St. Louis 30 years ago at Graham Chapel on the campus of Washington University. He pulled out a set list and read it aloud to the crowd. Most were songs not recognizable to casual fans of the band, with an encore consisting of songs they played earlier in the set in addition to “A Day Without Me” which was their “big hit." Bono poked fun at himself again later stating his needs were that of a simple man, “Just give me 200 trucks, 400 tons of equipment and 56,000 people and I feel great.”

U2_Ship
U2_Ship

Though I’ve been a fan of U2 since the mid-'80s, I’d still call myself a casual fan of the band, most times enjoying them from a distance. Unlike the more stripped-down Elevation tour, this tour was for the masses. Loud, large, and doing what U2 does best; entertaining a large crowd with their hits, three decades strong. Throughout the show, I got the feeling that the band weren’t necessarily tired, but instead reflecting on their past and a tour that’s spanned seven legs, 100+ shows spanning over two years. With only four tour dates left, I’m sure that the home stretch was on their mind. The crowd seemed to enjoy themselves, and even though it was a warm night, it didn’t seem like that affected the more than 50,000 that sang along with most of the two-hour and 15 minute set. I must say, that I enjoyed the show thoroughly and was not disappointed by the band’s performance and the whole spectacle of the show. The scope of the stadium along with the stage was amazing to see and when the largest grossing tour of all time comes to town, I would have felt like I missed out if I didn’t attend.

U2 set list - Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO - 7/17/2011
1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
2. The Fly
3. Mysterious Ways
4. Until The End Of The World
5. I Will Follow
6. Get On Your Boots
7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Many Rivers To Cross (snippet)
8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
9. Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
10. Elevation 11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
12. Miss Sarajevo
13. Zooropa
14. City Of Blinding Lights
15. Vertigo
16. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. Scarlet
19. Walk On

Encore(s):
20. One
21. Hallelujah (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
23. With Or Without You
24. Moment of Surrender