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Exhilarating as ever, Neil Young transforms the Academy of Music

Neil Young | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Neil Young | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Neil Young transformed the splendor of the Academy of Music into a lively space of reminiscing and activism for his first of two sold out solo nights on Wednesday. The passion, the voice and the sound of Young at 68 is an exhilarating spectacle for the ears and the mind. And for two and a half hours, the Philadelphia crowd was in musical ecstasy. Continue reading →

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5 songs we hope Neil Young plays in concert at the Academy

Neil Young | Photo by Danny Clinch
Neil Young | Photo by Danny Clinch

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and rock and roll legend Neil Young begins a two night solo acoustic stand tonight at the Academy of Music. With so many incredible albums to pull from – and a new record on the way – Young fans can expect both some classics and some surprises tonight and tomorrow night. Recently, he’s been covering Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” and Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe,” and trotting out some of the old faithful classics from Harvest, After The Goldrush, and some new songs. Here’s five songs we hope he plays while in Philly. We hope he plays all your favorites. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio at The Borgata in Atlantic City

After a tremendous show at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia last week, Neil Young and Crazy Horse diverted their tour a bit to play a benefit for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief effort last night at The Borgata in Atlantic City. In addition to tour openers Patti Smith and Everest, this show also featured a last-minute acoustic set from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Check out a recap of the show in the gallery above.

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Get into the “Season of Giving” with Hurricane Sandy Relief Concerts in Atlantic City and at MilkBoy

Trevor Gordon Hall will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit at MilkBoy tonight

More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”

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Watch six of our favorite Neil Young cover songs (playing Wells Fargo Center this Thursday night)

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Neil Young recently released the sprawling rock record Psychedelic Pill with Crazy Horse. Young plays this Thursday evening, November 29th at the Wells Fargo Center with Patti Smith opening. There’s no hiding our love for Neil so as we ramp up to Thursday night’s show here’s some of our favorite covers of his songs.

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Watch a highway-movie music video for Neil Young’s “Twisted Road” (playing Wells Fargo Center 11/29)

With the release of their new Psychedelic Pill LP just over a week away, Neil Young and Crazy Horse released a second music video from the record. But if you’re pressed for time, fear not – unlike the brilliant seventeen-minute “Ramada Inn,” this one clocks in at only 3 minutes and change. The video juxtaposes lyrics about Young’s first encounter with the music of his 60s folk peer Bob Dylan with archival photos and performance footage of Mr. Zimmerman, as well as a dramatic long shot of a tour bus cutting its way across the American west. Watch it below, and get psyched for both the new record and Young’s appearance at Wells Fargo Center on November 29.

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Listen to Neil Young and Crazy Horse shred for seventeen minutes in the new video for “Ramada Inn” (playing Wells Fargo Center on 11/29)

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Archival footage and kaleidoscopic imagery mix in this new music video from Neil Young and Crazy Horse. The seventeen-minute “Ramada Inn” is longing, gritty and cinematic, and is sure to be a set centerpiece when the band plays the Wells Fargo Center on November 29. Tickets and information on the show can be found here. “Ramada Inn” will be on Young’s forthcoming release Psychedelic Pill, out October 30 on Reprise Records.

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Read John Wesley Harding’s review of Neil Young’s memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, in the Wall Street Journal

This weekend, witty folk / rock songwriter (and recent adopted Philadelphian) John Wesley Harding reviewed Neil Young‘s new memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, in the Wall Street Journal. Writing under his offstage name, Wesley Stace, he observes that Young’s book follows in step with Bob Dylan’s Chronicles and Patti Smith’s Just Kids – both of which were free of co-authors, both of which capture a specific moment in music history. However, this book has a unique slant:

But Neil Young—Californian hippie, Canadian folkie refusenik, Godfather of Grunge—isn’t so easily sold. “Waging Heavy Peace” will likely find most of its readers among his audience, the “Rusties.” That is a shame, because the book is terrific: modest, honest, funny and frequently moving—an antidote. “Waging Heavy Peace” is typical, in structure and tone, of a man who has seemed at times to be consistent only in inconsistency, both in his artistic output and in his views: a songwriter who once scrapped album after album and now releases everything, a guitarist who creates unearthly random noise yet is annoyed by minor mistakes on the recording of “Like a Hurricane.”

You can read Wes’ entire review here. Find out more about Waging Heavy Peace here.