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REVIEW: Ani DiFranco @ McDonald Theatre (Eugene, OR – 4/12/11)

14th Apr 11 (Thu) 2 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Ani DiFranco comes through Eugene on just about every West Coast tour – which is always a delight.  The crowd seemed a tad sparse… perhaps due to the lack of new Ani material out there recently.  She’s prolific, but hasn’t put out an album since 2008’s Red Letter Year.  She hasn’t even put out any new official live bootlegs since 2009.  With that lack of apparent new music on the shelves (CD World or iTunes), one might think she’s taking a break.  Well, as you’ll see from the setlist below, no break has occurred with her songwriting proliferation…

Super busy week; so I apologize in advance… I didn’t catch the opener Animal Prufrock this time.  I saw her back in 2008 with Judy Grahn & Ani D.  I enjoyed Animal’s raucous energy, but again… twas an uber-busy week, and I couldn’t make it to the McD for the early opener start time (Animal @ 7:30, Ani D @ 8:30!).

I got into the venue about 30 seconds before Ani and band hit the stage.  Whew, perfect timing!  Her band this time was the same as her prior Eugene gig… Andy Barger on drums, Mike Dillon on percussion, and Todd Sickafoose on contrabass.  Fantastically gelled band… I love watching these guys play.  In fact, I’ll be seeing Mike Dillon play again next week in Eugene.  At the end of the Ani tour, he’s hitting the road with Skerik and the rest of the guys with Garage A Trois.

Tons of new stuff was played…

Setlist: around 90 minutes pre-encore

  • Anticipate
  • Angry Any More
  • Unworry (newish – she played it at Eugene 2009)
  • Paradigm
  • Promiscuity (new)
  • Gloating (new)
  • W.O.W. (new)
  • J (new)
  • I Know This Bar
  • See See “Still in Love with You” (new)
  • The Atom
  • Everest
  • If You’re Not (new)
  • Untouchable Face
  • Which Side Are You On?
  • Encore: Overlap
  • Angel from Montgomery

Due to a hectic week, I had to bail right before the encore.  Based on other reports from this tour, she also played a few older tunes and maybe the newer tune “Mariachi.”  Anyone with a good memory or notes throw a little help on what she played after “Which Side…” for an encore?

As far as the new stuff, I dug it… especially “Gloating,” “Jay,” and “W.O.W.”  I will say one of the best things of the night was the main line to “If You’re Not”…

If you’re not getting happier as you get older, you’re fucking up.

A lot of new stuff to digest… I usually need some more time for the new material to kick around my brain.  Perhaps with this glut of new material, she’s heading into the studio soon for studio album #18(!).  Anyone catch her Crystal Ballroom show in Portland? Any major difference in setlist?

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… Skerik, Mike Dillon, Marc Benevento and Stanton Moore are Garage A Trois @ Sam Bond’s 4/21.

~Dan – np: Todd SickafooseTiny Resistors

ANI DIFRANCO PHOTOS
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Ani DiFranco in Eugene (4/12)

12th Apr 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Photos and review of Ani DiFranco’s show at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene coming soon(ish)!

Check back Wednesday evening or Thursday morning for the report from Eugene!

Her Portland show is Wednesday… check it!

~Dan

REVIEW: The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile @ McDonald Theatre (Eugene, OR – 3/16/11)

19th Mar 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

I hadn’t heard the Punch Brothers prior to the show, outside of a few clips on their webpage… but what I did hear, I knew I’d love it.  I have also been a fan of frontman Chris Thile’s mandolin work with Nickel Creek; so I knew what to expect from at least his performance.

The show started with a delightful set from local fiddler prodigy Tatiana Hargreaves (backed by Scott Law on guitar).  I had seen Tatiana play (with her brother Alex) during Works Progress Administration’s show at the WOW Hall in 2009 – which is a side project from Glen Phillips and Sean & Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek as well)… so her opening for the Punch Brothers made perfect sense.  Her set was a great warm up for what was to come (sorry, no photos came out of Tatiana & Scott, my camera was acting up).

The Punch Brothers went on shortly after Tatiana’s set.  No flashy stage set-up or lights, just five guys and their instruments.  The Punch Brothers are Chris Thile on mandolin & vocals, Gabe Witcher on fiddle/violin, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Chris Eldridge on guitar, and Paul Kowert on bass.  They played a hour and a half or more with a great split between rollicking bluegrass vocal numbers and more stretched out instrumental pieces.

The overall musicianship in the entire group was evident early on.  They were a quite tight five piece string band, and the lack of drums was barely noticeable – their use of rhythm duties amongst the strings was more than enough to keep the jammy, progressive instrumental movements rolling along.  Since I don’t know their material all that well, I can’t really help out on the setlist front.  I know they played “Rye Whiskey,” the Beatles “Paperback Writer,” a stunning mandolin-centric version of Radiohead “Paranoid Android,” and Chris Thile did a riveting Bach piece on solo mandolin. Also, per Serena from the Register Guard, they covered the Strokes and Josh Ritter as well.

Fantastic show, and I shall get to know their music before they swing through again.  Their latest CD is 2010’s Antifogmatic (pictured to the right).

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… probably Lawn Gnomes & Upstate Trio @ Cornucopia (3/25) or Pojama People (an Oregon Frank Zappa cover band) @ Sam Bond’s Garage (3/26).

~Dan – np: David BazanFewer Moving Pieces

THE PUNCH BROTHERS PHOTOS
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REVIEW: Boys Eats Drum Machine & Beats Antique @ McDonald / Eugene Celebration (Eugene, OR – 8/28/10)

29th Aug 10 (Sun) 1 comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Eugene Celebration 2010Raise the Roof” was in full effect on Saturday.  This year’s Celebration was in a partnership with with Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity and Northwest Community Credit Union to fund the construction of two houses in the Eugene-Springfield community over the next three years.

We caught some good grub, interesting people watching, scoped out the pretty damn awesome electric vehicle (the Pulse made by Arcimoto)… and some music.  The first band I saw was Upstate Trio.  They’re from New York, but now live in the Eugene area.  Great groove rock trio.  I hope to catch them again soon.

Boy Eats Drum Machine was the next major act to take in.  I saw him open for That1Guy in May (review link with photos below), and he put on a great show.  Last night’s performance wasn’t any exception.  Sax, turntable, drums, effects pad, loops, and all around great grooves from this one-man wrecking crew.  Check out the stop-animation video for “Hoop+Wire“:

You can also download the BEDM song “Hoop+Wire” on mp3 and FLAC (or other options) for FREE over at Bandcamp.  Next up…

As mentioned a little over a week ago, Beats Antique is coming out with a new album in about two weeks.  It’s called Blind Threshold.  If it’s anything like their past two albums and an EP, it’ll be great.

They hit the stage around 11pm and played a fairly percussive set.  Zoë Jakes wasn’t able to dance last night.  She hurt her knee a while ago and is on doctor’s orders to take it easy for a while.  So, we didn’t get the gorgeous dance performance that we’re used to (photos of Zoë dancing at prior events linked below).  Despite the lack of dancing by Zoë, their infectious music got the rest of the crowd to pick up some of the slack.  It was a great show, and hopefully they’ll be back soon, with Zoë in full health.

The overwhelming bass attacked our ears for both BEDM’s and Beats Antique’s sets.  It got especially painful up in the balcony; so we stayed downstairs for most of the night.  All in all, a great hour-long set from each band.  Round 2 of Celebration for me today… I hope to catch 3 Leg Torso‘s set.

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more Beats Antique tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Bar Kokhba SextetJohn Zorn 50th Birthday Celebration 11

BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE & BEATS ANTIQUE PHOTOS
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Beats Antique Tour Dates

  • 8/20 – Sheldon, VT – Liberate Music And Arts Festival
  • 8/21 – Stephentown, NY – Bella Terra Music Festival
  • 8/28 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
  • 9/10 – Clarks Grove, MN – Harvestfest – Harmony Park
  • 9/11 – Minot, ME – 1st Annual Dankfest
  • 9/17 – Laytonville, CA – Earthdance
  • 9/18 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 9/24 – Seattle, WA – Decibel Festival @ Motor
  • 9/25 – Arcata, CA – Aracata Theatre
  • 9/28 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
  • 9/30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Live
  • 10/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
  • 10/2 – Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub
  • 10/3 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
  • 10/6 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
  • 10/9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
  • 10/11 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
  • 10/12 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
  • 10/13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
  • 10/14 – Asheville, NC – TBD
  • 10/15 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
  • 10/16 – Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
  • 10/17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Room
  • 10/22 – Allston, MA – Harpers Ferry
  • 11/11 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
  • 11/12 – Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop
  • 11/13 – Calgary, AB – Royal Canadian Legion
  • 11/14 – Winnipeg, MB – Crescent Wood United Church

REVIEW: Zappa Plays Zappa @ McDonald (Eugene, OR – 6/12/10)

13th Jun 10 (Sun) 3 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Five years running, Dweezil Zappa and his precision-cut Zappa Plays Zappa band have toured the world bringing us a different slice of Frank’s music to our ears. Past tours have featured players from Frank’s own classic ’70s and ’80s band arsenals: Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ray White and more. There are no “old guard” members present in the 2010 incarnation — but regardless of which musicians surround Dweezil’s guitar mastery, the fact remains that the genius, adventurous spirit birthed in Frank’s songs is still alive.

The ZPZ band this time around is Dweezil Zappa: Guitar; Scheila Gonzalez: Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards & Vocals; Pete Griffin: Bass; Billy Hulting: Marimba, Mallets & Percussion (and lead vocals for a bit); Jamie Kime: Guitar; Joe Travers: Drums & Vocals; Ben Thomas on lead vocals; and introducing Chris Norton on Keyboards & Vocals.

With no opener, the band kicked into their long set a little after 9pm… they played a super tight, super long set.  Having seen the ZBZ band with Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ray White in the past, I was skeptical of this “new guy” Ben Thomas.  He joined the ZPZ band after Ray White left the tour last year.  After the first vocal belt, there was no more skepticism… Ben can sing (and plays a mean trumpet, harmonica and cow bell, too).  He handled the lows and highs, and carried the tunes in a way that would have made Frank proud.

Throughout the set, each band member got their time to shine… “Echidna’s Arf” was probably the tightest song the band played… lightning fast, and spot on.  Dweezil had killer solos on “Florentine Pogen” and “Pick Me, I’m Clean.”  “Big Swifty” & “Mystery Roach” showed off great solos from Billy on marimba, Scheila on sax, and Jaime on guitar.  Joe’s drum solo at the end of “Latex Solar Beef” could have ended the show, but (lucky for us) they stayed out and finished the main set with “Apostrophe” that featured Pete’s fuzzy, dirty bass groove and solo.

Here’s what they played:

Setlist: about 2 & 1/2 hours

  • Purple Lagoon
  • Stinkfoot
  • Daddy Daddy Daddy
  • What Kind of Girl Do You Think We Are?
  • Florentine Pogen
  • Big Swifty
  • Mystery Roach
  • Advance Romance
  • The Blue Light
  • Pick Me, I’m Clean
  • Blessed Relief
  • Echidna’s Arf
  • Keep It Greasey
  • Easy Meat
  • The Little House I Used To Live In
  • Latex Solar Beef (with hints of Willie the Pimp)
  • Apostrophe
  • Encore: Lonely Little Girl
  • City of Tiny Lites
  • Cosmik Debris
  • I’m the Slime

As in the past, amazing musicians this time out. Some of the highlights were the aforementioned tight “Echidna’s Arf,” “Florentine Pogen,” and the more gentle “Blessed Relief.”  The only song I was craving that wasn’t played was “Peaches En Regalia,” but it was nice to hear some older, rarer Frank songs being trotted out in lieu of the “fan fave” Peaches.  As far as sound quality, near the front it was OK, but I heard from people in the middle and back that it was a bit muddy.  Regardless of that downside, the evening showed off a super tight band who gave their all!  ZPZ band, Eugene loves you!  Come back soon!

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The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Jóhann Jóhannsson& In the Endless Pause There Came Sound of Bees

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Tour Dates

  • May 30, ’10 Chilicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival
  • Jun 3, ’10 Mexico City, MX Teatro de la Ciudad
  • Jun 5, ’10 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Festival
  • Jun 6, ’10 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
  • Jun 7, ’10 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
  • Jun 8, ’10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
  • Jun 10, ’10 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
  • Jun 11, ’10 Santa Rosa, CA Harmony Festival
  • Jun 12, ’10 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
  • Jun 13, ’10 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
  • Jun 14, ’10 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
  • Jun 15, ’10 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theater
  • Jun 17, ’10 Richmond, VA Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  • Jun 18, ’10 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theatre
  • Jun 19, ’10 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall
  • Jun 24, ’10 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
  • Jun 25, ’10 Providence, RI Lupo’s
  • Jun 26, ’10 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Theater
  • Jun 27, ’10 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
  • Jun 28, ’10 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort and Casino
  • Jun 29, ’10 Niagara Falls, NY The Rapids Theatre
  • Jul 1, ’10 Bridgeport, CT The Klein
  • Jul 2, ’10 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
  • Jul 3, ’10 Great Barington, MA The Mahaiwe
  • Jul 4, ’10 Oxford, ME Nateva Festival
  • Jul 5, ’10 Moncton, NS Capitol Theater
  • Jul 6, ’10 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
  • Jul 9, ’10 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
  • Jul 10, ’10 TBA, TBA Soon
  • Jul 11, ’10 Weert, NL Bospop Restival
  • Jul 12, ’10 Antwerp, BE Openluchttheater
  • Jul 14, ’10 Tel Aviv, IL Hangar 11
  • Jul 19, ’10 Nice, FR Nice Jazz Festival
  • Jul 21, ’10 Cambridge, UK Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • Jul 22, ’10 Brighton, UK Brighton Centre
  • Jul 23, ’10 Wolverhampton, UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
  • Jul 24, ’10 London, UK London Classic Rock Festival
  • Jul 25, ’10 Liverpool, UK Liverpool Summer Pops Festival
  • Jul 26, ’10 Glasgow, UK Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • Jul 27, ’10 Gateshead, UK Gateshead The Sage

REVIEW: Medeski Martin & Wood @ McDonald (Eugene, OR – 2/25/10)

26th Feb 10 (Fri) 6 comments

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This was my fourth time seeing the great trio of Medeski Martin & Wood… and the second time as an “evening with,” which tends to work out nicely for a weekday concert.  No painful opener to sit through, and less likely a late show time.

We got to the venue only a few minutes before they went on.  They came out around 8:20 and started off with one or two from Zaebos, their album from John Zorn‘s Masada Book Two: Book of Angels series.  From there, they hopped right into a Medeski-keys-oriented tune and a more exotica piece.  Overall, their show last night was definitely more of the MMW groove show, versus a improvisational MMW “messin’ around” kind of show.  Sure, at one point illyB pulled out the ducks calls while Chris and John noodled around, but then they ripped right back into the more lyrical pieces.

McDonald had the floor set up with chairs for the evening, which was a shock for me.  The crowd started out in chairs, but by the third song, they were moving up the aisles and dancing.  When MMW came back out for the second set, it was pretty much a dance party… well, a dance party with a bunch of pesky chairs in the way.

I’ll post the setlist when/if I find it… again, I recognized a couple Zaebos tunes, plus I’m pretty sure they played “Amber Gris,” “Padrecito,” “Amish Pinxtos,” “Reliquary,” “Free Go Lily,” and a few more Radiolarians tracks.  Don’t quote me on all of those songs, but it was definitely a Radiolarians-heavy show.

Setlist: (thanks, nastyshadows!)

  • Set 1: Agmatia
  • Pappy Check
  • Broken Mirror >
  • Disrobe >
  • Open Improv >
  • Padrecito
  • Amber Gris
  • Set 2: Free Go Lily
  • Jean’s Scene
  • Reliquary
  • New Planet
  • Cloud Wars
  • Encore: Bass Solo >
  • Chubb Sub

Two hour-long sets plus encore (which started out with a nice Chris Wood bass solo).  Excellent show.  Medeski Martin & Wood do not disappoint.

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The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Dave Holland Quintet Critical Mass

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February 2010 Tour Dates

  • 17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
  • 18 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
  • 19 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
  • 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
  • 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
  • 23 – Petaluma, CA – The Mystic Theatre
  • 24 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Crown Room
  • 25 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
  • 26 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
  • 27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at The Market

Zappa Plays Zappa @ McDonald Theatre (canceled)

28th Nov 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

So, I just got a call from TicketsWest… the Zappa Plays Zappa show for tonight has been “canceled due to inclement weather in California“… boo… no word on a reschedule.  Tickets will be refunded at the place of purchase.

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: The Swell SeasonStrict Joy

Current Tour Dates

  • Nov 19, ’09 – Austin, TX – Stubbs Amphitheater
  • Nov 20, ’09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
  • Nov 21, ’09 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
  • Nov 23, ’09 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
  • Nov 24, ’09 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
  • Nov 25, ’09 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
  • Nov 27, ’09 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Montbleu Resort
  • Nov 28, ’09 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre canceled
  • Nov 29, ’09 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater
  • Nov 30, ’09 – Bend, OR – Tower Theater
  • Dec 01, ’09 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theater
  • Dec 02, ’09 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
  • Jan 3-7, ’10 – Carribbean Ocean – Jam Cruise 2010
  • Jan 8, ’10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
  • Jan 9, ’10 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
  • Jan 11, ’10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
  • Jan 12, ’10 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
  • Jan 13, ’10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
  • Jan 14, ’10 – Richmond, VA – The Hat Factory
  • Jan 15, ’10 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
  • Jan 16, ’10 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
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