You gotta appreciate a good astronomy gimmick. Last night was the harvest moon, aka the full moon that falls closest to the beginning of autumn, and to mark the occasion, modern rock vet Beck teamed up with singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis to sing Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.” The cover happened during a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater, where Lewis was opening for Beck. Watch a clip of it below, see more videos over at Brooklyn Vegan, and check out our review of Beck and Lewis’ Festival Pier concert from this summer.
Continue reading →
In his trademark non-sequiter way, Beck Hansen had a perfect way to summarize his varied quarter-century long career: “discursively musical explorations.”
“Thanks for zig-zagging along with me all these years,” he told a packed Festival Pier last Friday night on the final night of tour in support of his 2017 LP Colors. It was a fitting summation of the set, as well, which raced from alt-rock radio classics like opener “Devil’s Haircut” to modern electropop bangers “Dreams,” tender acoustic moments like the aching “Lost Cause,” and globally minded jams like “Que Onda Guero.” Not to mention covers galore: in the mix throughout the night, we heard “Raspberry Beret” by Prince (acoustically appended to Midnite Vultures’ “Debra,” which led to a full-crowd singalong) Kanye West’s “Power” (like a few seconds of “ahhh’s” and “hey’s” at the end of “Girl”) and an absolutely bonkers encore medley…which we’ll get to.
In short, it was a big party fitting for the end of the tour — but bringing the party is exactly what Beck has done for the past quarter century, regardless of whether his albums found him in sad, introspective mode (Mutations, Sea Change, Morning Phase) or upshifted into postmodern impressionist gear (Odelay, Midnite Vultures, The Information, Colors). Continue reading →
Well that’s a case study in how you make a bad situation awesome. Oxford indie rockers Glass Animals have dropped off of Beck’s July 20th Festival Pier show (as well as his NYC date at Madison Square Garden) due to unforeseen circumstances, but their replacement is singer-songwiter indie rock queen Jenny Lewis. Continue reading →
You can’t tell us that there’s nothing going on this week — even if you don’t count the Firefly Music Festival (which you should totally count), there are more artists moving through the Philly region that we can pin down. Massive arena shows like U2 and Harry Styles to modest DIY gigs like Cold Fronts and Eternal Summers, the spectrum is huge. Here are 27 concerts you can see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →
We last heard rom L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis in 2016, when she was on the tail end of her tour in support of 2014’s excellent LP The Voyager, as well as a run of 10th anniversary dates celebrating her solo debut Rabbit Fur Coat. (Not to mention the short-lived, very fun N.A.F. project.) So we’re not quite sure what this newly announced run of festival and theater tour dates means from indie rock veteran, but we’ll take any opportunity to see Lewis that we can get.
The late spring and summer tour dates begin in Nashville, and make local-ish stops on Wednesday, June 13th at Bethlehem’s Musikfest Cafe, as well as Friday, July 27th at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall. Continue reading →
Ryan Adams has been in the studio a lot lately, not to churn out more personal tunes, but to further his musical repertoire with some fellow performers. On top of announcing a double LP with Liz Phair, Adams is using his Instagram to document his contribution to Jenny Lewis’ new record. Having previously worked together on Lewis’ 2014 record The Voyager, Adams has continued to be a fan of the Rilo Kiley frontwoman, saying “She has amassed an incredible arsenal of songs for her new record and I think she’s still on the search, but she’s close. It’s unbelievable, it’s really next level.”
Philly-via-VA four-piece Left & Right will crank their amps, stomp on their overdrive pedals and celebrate the new LP The Yips tonight at Everybody Hits. The records, recorded by Parquet Courts producer Justin Pizzoferrato, digs deep into the band members’ psyches, conveying what our Julie Miller called “a feeling of helplessness in a world that seems to be spinning out of control on both personal and global scales.” Give it a listen below and get more information on tonight’s show with Friendship, Sneeze and Horsecops here. Continue reading →
Since re-emerging a couple years ago with The Voyager, Jenny Lewis has been on a heck of a roll when it comes to live gigs – from XPoNential to Union Transfer to Union Transfer again (with the Watson Twins, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat) and now at Wilmington’s elegant Grand Opera House.
Lewis will headline The Grand on Friday, September 16th; tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29th, at 10 a.m. Continue reading →