Posts Tagged ‘Blues

20
Apr
09

The Black Keys rock the Fox theater, rock it hard.

The Black Keys – Fox Theater, 4/18

We all know how awesome The Black Keys are, but honestly.. how do two guys produce such brilliantly hard-rockin’ music?  It blows me away each and every time I see them live.

 

Notice the silver surfer comic?  So awesome.

For those of you who are just learning of this band, The Black Keys are a mix of dirty blues and rock music, and consist of  Dan Auerbach (vocals/guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums/producer guy).  

They’ve been gaining a solid fan base over the past 7ish years, and rightfully so.  Their latest album, Attack and Release (which was produced by Danger Mouse) came out in 2008 and its first single ‘Strange Times’ was even featured on Grand Theft Auto IV.  The video (which is awesome and somehow doesn’t exist on YouTube) is of them playing around with freakin LASERS!  Yeah.

They also had their song “When the Lights Go Out” off of their 2004 album Rubber Factory, on Sammy L’s 2007 flop, Black Snake Moan:

Of course, I can’t mention them without talking about the song “Your Touch” which is basically one of my All Time favorite songs.  Ever.  And the video is pretty neat as well.. I like the idea of ghosts going to do something mundane like get coffee.

To talk about the recent Fox show, I just have nothing but great things to say about the entire evening.  They bring so much to the stage when they play, it’s amazing the intensity of music and stage presence that can come from just two dudes playing blues.  They were wonderful with the audience and appreciative of the theater, and had just enough banter without it becoming trite.  They played a good mix of old and new songs, and the flow of the evening was great (you can check out their setlist here).

Plus most everyone in the crowd, though absolutely wasted, was super nice about letting me do my job and anytime that happens, big thumbs up.

Go check them out when they come around, if you get a chance.. it’s well worth it.

-bex

04
Mar
09

Raphael Saadiq, bringin’ soul back…

Raphael Saadiq – The Fillmore, San Francisco 3/3/09

So, this sort of goes without saying, but I’ve seen a lot of shows.  I mean, a LOT of shows.  There’s kind of this stereotype of the bitter, jaded, or snobby people who have worked in the music industry for a while, rarely impressed or happy with most music they see.  I don’t think that’s necessarily true (the bitter, jaded, snobby part), I think it’s more that we’ve seen a shit-ton of live music, and it’s just a bit harder for us to be wowed by something.  Be it fantastically great or fantastically awful, I’m all for it.. I’m not impressed by mediocrity.

That being said, I worked the Raphael Saadiq show at the Fillmore last night, and it was fan-freaking-tastic.

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I didn’t think I even knew who this guy was until I looked him up on Wikipedia:

Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins on May 14, 1966 in Oakland, California) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer associated with the soul music movement.

Saadiq began his professional career as the lead vocalist and bassplayer in the rhythm and blues and dance trio Tony! Toni! Toné!.

Seriously?  The dude from Tony! Toni! Tone! and he was born locally?  Neat!  Here’s an audio clip from his most recent album, The Way I See It which came out in 2008.

Here’s the actual video (you get a lot of what he is like live in this video), since YouTube embedding was disabled.

This guy has such a great sound and put on an amazing show.  His back-up singer/dancers were awesome (I’m such a sucker for coordinated back-up dancers).. they both had so much energy and fire and added a lot to the performance.  The musicians were all really talented.  Everything about this came together perfectly.

I think I’m out of positive adjectives to describe this show.  Awesome.

-bex




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