Friday, September 22, 2023

Upcoming Gigs

Here are the next gigs we'll be covering. Check back often as we're confirming events on a weekly basis.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Seal @ Salle Pleyel, Paris - September 19th, 2023

This was the last date of the tour celebrating thirty years of Seal's first and second albums (although they came out thirty-two and twenty-nine years ago respectively...) and the star treated the audience packed in the venerable art-deco theater to a veritable barrage of hits and classics from that era. 

Zia Victoria @ Salle Pleyel, Paris - September 19th, 2023

The evening's opening act came highly recommended as she was introduced on stage by none other than the headliner himself: Seal came out in denim overalls and a trucker's hat to tell us how moved he was by this young singer named Zia Victoria.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Charley Crockett @ Café de la Danse, Paris - September 11th, 2023

Charley Crockett's show at the Café de la Danse in Paris has been sold out for weeks, a well-deserved pay-off for the past decade of hard road work and excellent releases and a measure of how far he's come since he used to busk the city's streets years ago.

Ags Connolly @ Café de la Danse, Paris - September 11th, 2023

Songwriter Ags Connolly's played his first French concert before Charley Crockett's triumphant headlining set. His deferent yet personal take on country music was a perfect for an audience which was a mix of American expats and local Country music aficionados. Traditional Country & Western, honky-tonk, ballads... Connolly plays it all with heart and humor. But the twist here is that Ags Connolly hails from Oxfordshire, England. 

Saturday, September 9, 2023

AC/DC announce new drummer

It seems like there's always some drama coming out of the AC/DC camp... in 2016, Brian Johnson was out... Then he was back in. Cliff Williams retired... But he's apparently confirmed for the band's return to the stage in California next month. And of course, the drummer's chair has always been the most precarious position: after his well-documented legal troubles following the recording of the Rock Or Bust album, long-time drummer Phil Rudd was ousted and was replaced on the tour by a returning Chris Slade. And even though Rudd recorded 2020's Power Up, he seems to have been replaced for the band's appearance at the Power Trip festival, according to AC/DC's social media... Check it out at the link below.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Blackberry Smoke announces new album - First single available

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke will release their new album Be Right Here on February 16th. You can check out the first single at in the embedded Apple Music player below. You can also watch the music video in the embedded YouTube player.

Let us know what you think of the song in the comments or on our socials.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Durand Jones @ les Étoiles, Paris - August 30th, 2023

A wonderful show by soul singer Durand Jones, in support of his first solo record Wait Til I Get Over. A few. The world has changed since we last saw him four years ago at the Trabendo with his regular band The Indications: The COVID-19 pandemic has reshuffled the cards for everything and everyone. American politics have grown even more polarized, and the social climate is looking bleaker by the day. The economical divide is even more gaping, and the racial issue is even more prevalent in the news. While the album does allude to the current situation, it does so by looking inwards: it is a deeply personal reflection on origins, legacy and identity, putting the listener in the mind of Jones, a young, bisexual black man living in Louisiana.

Josie @ les Étoiles, Paris - August 30th, 2023

Opening for Durand Jones at les Étoiles was French (but English-singing) artist Josie, which in all honesty we hadn't heard of before tonight. For an aging music fan like yours truly, the name Josie obviously conjures up memories of Steely Dan, and sometimes her music isn't far removed from that "Yacht-Rock" ethos. But with her silky pop songs with a sultry soul vibe, the most obvious comparison would be St. Vincent.

Make Darryl Jones an official member of The Rolling Stones already!

The Rolling Stones are gearing up to release their first album of new original material in nearly twenty years, and the promotion machine is getting started. Soon, we will be inundated with photos and videos of the band members to drum up excitement. Fans like me will be eating it up, of course.

It's bittersweet, as The Rolling Stones are now down to three official members: octogenarian singer Mick Jagger, elegantly wasted guitarist Keith Richards, and goofy but reliable six-stringer Ron Wood. Only two out of those three are original members. Beloved drummer Charlie Watts passed away two years ago. So now is the perfect time to make Darryl Jones, their long-time bassist, an official partner in the band.

Monday, August 28, 2023

This Film Should Be Played Loud! - Marillion, Bruce, The Band, Dio, & Bootsy

Today we introduce "This Film Should Be Played Loud!", a new feature on the site: every so often, we will feature five concert movies that we've been enjoying, spanning all genres and eras. There is no method to the madness, no particular order, no rhyme or reason. We're just presenting concert movies and live videos that we like, hoping that is resonates with someone, somewhere.

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Listen to Alice Cooper's new album Road here

If you've been following this blog, then you have probably noticed that I am a huge Alice Cooper fan. He's  the artist I've seen in concert the most and I'm of the opinion that his catalogue is as great as Elton John's or David Bowie's. Despite all this, I was totally ready to be completely underwhelmed by his new record, like I have been by some or even most of the recent ones. And by recent, I mean released in the past quarter century...

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The Rolling Stones tease new album "Hackney Diamonds"

The world is in turmoil: war, social unrest, democracies crumbling, heatwaves, hurricanes and other catastrophic natural events, a fifth Indiana Jones film... 

Thankfully one thing will make it all better: the new Rolling Stone album is coming. Featuring contributions by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, former bassist Bill Wyman and the last sessions ever recorded by late drummer Charlie Watts, this will be the World's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band's first full length album of new and original material since 2005's A Bigger Bang. 

Check out the website for the upcoming album by your favorite octogenarian rock stars at the link below.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

2022-2023 Concert Season Recap

Things are going to be slowing down for us as the summer unfolds and there probably won't be any new entries until September, unless there are some major music news... Or a last minute concert, which can always happen. But in all likelihood, this is it for the next couple of months. We plan on going to the beach, sipping a few cocktails and grilling some freshly caught fish. Y'know... vacation.