Thursday, December 15, 2011

You Don't Need a Weatherman - just Jeff Tweedy

"You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows"

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy stops by the hometown television station to talk a little hirsute weather. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

MMJ Melts Faces, Warms Hearts, Saves Souls

Jim James, photo by
Rock and roll has always been about salvation. 

It has always been about redemption, deliverance from the mundane, the oppression, and the repetitiveness of the daily grind.  It is a release and an escape.  

My Morning Jacket's Saturday night show at the Boca Raton's cozy Sunset Cove Amphitheater was all this and more.  Jim James and Carl Broemel's twin guitar attack created a pure rock and roll moment.  There were more than a few times where all one could do was thrown your hands to the heavens and bask in the music's glory. 

The publicly-owned amphitheater, which is one of the more obscure and quirky venues in South Florida, was populated with a small (think large private party) but appreciatively hazy crowd.  The small attendance did not affect the band's stellar performance.  It was an arena show and we all had floor seats. 

The Louisville-based group featured cuts from each of their six albums during the past dozen years.  The majority of the songs came from the band's excellent spring release "Circuital."  The band was tight and funky, but, James, the charismatic frontman, was the focus.  From his searing guitar licks to his penchant for wearing capes, James demanded your attention. 

Opening the night was Delta Spirit who will most likely be headlining these types of shows next year after their new album is released in March. 

Rarely has South Florida seen two strong bands play on the same bill.  For those willing to venture out to west Boca, their efforts were greatly rewarded. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

It Is Time To Start The Top Ten Season

Tis the season for your Top Ten albums, songs, concerts and whatnot. After Hours favorite Tristan Clopet jumps out of the gate with a quality album list.  Above is his cover from The Black Keys' "El Camino" album from his renowned Living Room sessions.  "El Camino" will camp out on most lists this year including Tristan's and the After Hours HQ.  Lykke Li's spring release "Wounded Rhymes" is Clopet's intriguing top pick

Sunday, December 4, 2011

MMJ, Radiohead, Avetts, Elvis Headline SoFla Concert Season

With a break in the weather here, the world's itinerant musicians are headed to South Florida and we are the beneficiaries. Two of the best live bands going, My Morning Jacket and Radiohead, will be visiting and providing must-see shows on the peninsula during the next several months. 

There are several "wild-card" shows on the agenda - with Dan Hicks at the intimate Bamboo Room and the Nashville duo, The Civil Wars, - that deserve the discerning music fans attention.  

Dec. 5th - Daryl Hall & John Oates - Hard Rock Live
Dec. 6th - Paul Simon - Hard Rock Live 
Dec. 9th - Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers - Bamboo Room 
Dec 10th - My Morning Jacket w/ Delta Spirit - Sunset Cove Amphitheater 

Dec. 15th - John Ralston - Bamboo Room 
Dec. 15th - Dar Williams - Lyric Theater 
Dec. 15th - Alice Cooper - Hard Rock Live 
Dec. 17th - Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - Bamboo Room 
Dec. 29th - Matisyahu - Kravis Center 
Dec. 30th - Jan. 1 - Cee-Lo Green, Boys II Men, Pete Wentz - Orange Drive Miami Beach Music Festival
Jan. 2nd - B.B. King - Kravis Center 
Jan. 6th - Donna the Buffalo - Revolution Live
Jan. 12th - Bob Seger - Bank Atlantic Center 
Jan. 14th - Galactic - Revolution Live 

Jan. 18th - Gregg Allman - Hard Rock Live 
Jan. 26th - G Love and Special Sauce - The Culture Room 
Jan. 28th - Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band - American Airlines Arena 

Jan. 28th - The Kills - Revolution Live 
Feb. 2nd - Keb' Mo - Lyric Theater 
Feb. 3rd - John Prine & Sara Watkins - Coral Springs Center for the Arts 
Feb. 4th - Patti LaBelle - Kravis Center 
Feb. 4th - The Civil Wars - The Culture Room
Feb. 23th - The Saw Doctors - Revolution Live 
Feb. 10th - The Avett Brothers - Sunset Cove Amphitheater 
Feb. 24th - Doobie Brothers - Hard Rock Live
Feb. 27th - Radiohead - American Airlines Arena
Mar. 3rd - Dropkick Murphys - Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Mar. 9th - Henry Rollins - Spoken Word - Revolution Live 

Mar. 10th - Big Head Todd & the Monsters - The Culture Room
Mar. 16th - MuteMath - Revolution Live 
April 25th - Elvis Costello and The Imposters - Hard Rock Live 
June 15th - Roger Waters: The Wall Live - BankAtlantic Center