March 19, 2010

Live Blog: tDB @ House of Blues – Boston

It’s been a crazy day for the Disco Biscuits that started when guitarist Jon Gutwillig injured his wrist in an accident after the group’s show in Albany. The band decided to go on with their scheduled show at the House of Blues in Boston this evening and have turned the gig into a free one with refunds being given to all ticketholders. The group will invite special guests to perform with them for what’s sure to be an incredibly unique performance.

We’ve got a couple of HT staffers at the show that will report on the setlist and offer insights live from the House of Blues. We’ll keep updating the page, so be sure to refresh.

Disco Biscuits
March 19, 2010
House of Blues
Boston, MA

Set 1: Oname Wa, Park Avenue^, Orch Theme^, Tricycle^ > Uber Glue^, Mirrors^, Helicopters^^ > Gangster^^ > Helicopters^^

Set Two: Show Canceled due to “technical difficulties”

Without Jon Gutwillig

^ – w/ Chris Michetti on guitar, ^^ – w/ Michetti and Joey Zarick

7:45 PM: Check out the audio of the call that ticketholders received from Ticketmaster about tonight’s show…

READ ON for a transcription of the call and more of our live blog…

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Review: Allman Brothers Band @ the United Palace – Monday and Thursday

The Allman Brothers Band @ the United Palace – March 15 and 18

I have a half-written column on the Allman Brothers Band that I’ve kept, sort of knocking around, for a few years now. It’s the one I plan to write when it’s clear the memories have been great but the thrill is gone, and that there’s not really any polish left on the shoe. It’s bound to happen, right? The Allmans, to their credit, seem to be slowly recognizing as much, thanks to scaled-back touring and the de-emphasis – can we just come out and agree there isn’t going to be another album of originals? – on, well, growth.

It hasn’t happened, the column. No matter how gently or artfully I try phrase those thoughts, they still sounds churlish. What other band has given us this much justifiable magic this late into its career, or hell, this late into its third act (or sixth or seventh, depending how you evaluate lineups and general eras)? If this is a band no longer much interested in growth as it is enjoying its twilight in grand fashion, fine. Nothing wrong with that at all, boys. No question you’ve earned it. No question you can still bring the heat.

This year’s March NYC run has felt a little muted, but only from afar. You wouldn’t call it a dearth of buzz and excitement – if you were in the seats for any of the United Palace shows so far, you still heard the roars and felt the radiant energy – but the move uptown, the hangover from last year’s 40th anniversary extravaganza (each show every bit as good as the hype, as those who were there and the Beacon Box will attest), and the decision to cancel the last five nights of the run cast something of a pall. But in two very different shows this week, Monday and Thursday, I found the confirmation I needed: the end is near, but I’d be out of my mind to quit on the Allmans until they say they’re done.

READ ON for more from Chad on the Allmans @ United Palace…

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Cover Wars March Madness – Elite 8

We’re down to the final eight contestants in our bid to crown the best cover among all the Cover Wars winners of the past 12 months. Thanks to everyone who came out to vote in the last round, which featured a couple of close bouts including Built to Spill winning by the smallest of margins over the Foo Fighters. Perpetual Groove gets the award for biggest ass-kicking as they nearly tripled the votes that Primus received.

Let’s take a look at today’s four bouts…

1. Trey Anastasio – Sultans of Swing vs. YARN – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

2. Built To Spill – Cortez The Killer vs. UM – Can’t You Hear…
3. Phish – The Ballad of Curtis Loew vs. Pearl Jam – Baba O’Riley
4. GUTML – Godzilla vs. PGroove – This Must Be The Place

Four our first matchup, we’ve got Trey Anastasio and TAB’s version of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits going up against Yarn’s take on the Velvet Underground’s Oh! Sweet Nuthin’…

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YARN – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

READ ON to place your vote on all four Elite 8 matches…

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