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Best of 2008-Concert Moments (Part 5)

Posted on January 1, 2009

Buckhead Saloon Southside Very odd show. Knowing that Bobby hates the ‘burgh because he can’t draw a doodle let alone a crowd here, I was stunned when Bloodshot Records (THE only place to confirm the show on the entire Internet!) listed a show at the Buckhead Saloon? What/where the hell is the Buckhead? Turns out it’s…

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Best of 2008-Concert Moments (Part 4)

One of my all-time favorite bands is still the now defunct One Star Hotel. Steve and his crew soldier on and promise to play a OSH tune for me next time they roll through town…

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Best of 2008-Concert Moments (Part 3)

A stunning surprise to end an incredible concert. I feel lucky just to have been there Besides putting on a killer set of music, Dev was endearing, funny and super nice…

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Best of 2008-Concert Moments (Part 2)

Oakland Probably my most enjoyable concert of the year. Besides being free, the boys came out of the gate rockin’ and never stopped. I thought I wouldn’t like the relocation of the fest to Oakland from the Northside but it was perfect…

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Best of 2008-Concert Moments (Part 1)

I had no idea what to expect from these college kids on a beautiful Saturday summer morning. They opened the second day of the fest and blew me away. Love, love, LOVE this band…

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Best of 2008-Albums

Kathleen Edwards-Asking For Flowers Donora-Donora Jenny Lewis-Acid Tongue Matt Mays & El Torpedo-Terminal Romance Old 97’s-Blame It On Gravity Lohio-History, The Destroyer Okkervil River-The Stand-Ins Radar Bros.-Auditorium The Hold Steady-Stay Positive Shannon McArdle-Summer Of The Whore Centro-Matic/South San Gabriel-Dual Hawks Earlimart-Hymn And Her Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds-Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Mudcrutch-Mudcrutch Elliott Brood-Mountain Meadows […]

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Image of the Day-“Blue Christmas”

Silver & Gold Greg Dutton WYEP Holiday Hootenanny Thursday December 18, 2008 WYEP-FM Studios Southside My absolute favorite local songwriter!

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Image of the Day-“Sleigh Ride”

This was a fantastic and hopefully first annual performance from some of the most talented musicians in our city. Several local bands were represented by their lead vocalists but a ton of credit goes to the backing house band for the night…

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Image of the Day-“Off In Your Coffin”

Br’er Fox Donora CD Release Party Rex Theater Friday December 19, 2008 Southside

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Image of the Day-“Take Me Home”

Br’er Fox WYEP Holiday Hootenanny WYEP Studios Thursday December 18, 2008 Southside

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Image of the Day-“Ain’t No Good Blues”

Southside It’s totally unfair to compare the brothers Bubenheim to any other band. They swap instruments and yeah, you think The White Stripes and The Black Keys (drums and guitar only will do that) but these guys tunes are in a slightly different vein …

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Upcoming Shows 2009

Many, many concert announcements popping up for the new year and I expect lots more to come. These are all recommended by me (not that I will be able to hit all of them)…

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Show Reminder-Donora!!

The Rex Theater Southside This will be my last show of the year and I am guessing one of the best I will have seen within the last twelve months…

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Show Announcement-Get Guilty

Northside New Pornos leader strikes out on his own and without his ‘supergroup’, books a room with about a thousand seats less than The Carnegie Music Hall when he last played town. I’ll still go…

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Image of the Day-“Constructive Summer”

Munhall, PA Knowing full well that the venue might enforce a strict stay in your seat policy (which they did), I opted to snag an aisle seat as opposed to one closer inside the row. If there was a plea from the bands to ignore such an idiotic rule and there was…

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Image of the Day-“Zip City”

Munhall, PA It secretly astounds me how popular Drive By Truckers have become. Since I first saw them play to a moderately sized crowd @ Club Cafe at the start of the decade, they have gradually expanded their fanbase year after year. They play good ole boy southern rock that,..

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Image of the Day-“Neutral Milk Hotel Live”

A bit of a ramble… This will be the last Elephant 6 post for awhile, I promise (I do have a lot of flash pics from the stage chaos that was ‘The Pressure’ though, maybe later)…

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Show Announcement-Light Up America

The car scene in Up In Smoke might be the funniest thing in a movie I have ever seen…

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