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@ZackTeibloom This is difficult for me to say, but this was not Jack White’s best weekend in Austin. The dreaded “this was very very good, but not great” review. On paper, the setlist was a cream dream. Tons of White Stripes and just the right amount of variation between the two night’s sets. An encore that was more of a second set than an encore, chock-full of crowd favorites. And Jack was Jack. Explosive, jumping all over the place and going from musician to musician to play off them. So, why wasn’t it great? I think Jack pushed the band past the point where all of them were comfortable and I wanted to say that made it playful, but that’s just a nicer way of saying it got loose. And there’s nothing wrong with looseness, per se. It’s cool to hear Jack get so loose with “Steady as She Goes” that he’s barely even playing the actual riff of the song for stretches. The band didn’t seem as thrilled. Daru Jones was a monster on the drums. He can more than keep up and his kit is closer to the front of the stage so he and Jack can really play off each other. Aside from Daru, I don’t think this is the best band for Jack to tour with. I found Lillie Mae especially to be entirely boring and her singing and lack of energy made me long for Ruby to be back on fiddle and singing back-up. Everyone else was fine, but it didn’t quite come together.

What made the first solo tour so great was hearing White Stripes and Raconteurs songs re-worked with a tight Nashville sound. This is kind of in between. It’s the looseness and improv of The White Stripes, but instead of having steady, reliable Meg who he always had incredible chemistry with, he’s playing with a mish-mosh of two bands who haven’t really found their stride and their loose take on the Nashville sound doesn’t quite work. OK, that’s too far. It works. It’s still a damn good concert. It’s just not peak Jack like last tour was. And I can’t pin it all on the band. Jack was great, but rarely transcendent. His solos didn’t reach that next level. He was engaged, but not that losing control, out-of-body place he can get to when he’s really on. A great Saturday night crowd made for a superb opening night, but a few bad apples made Sunday noticeably worse and left a bit of a bad taste in mouths of fans who may not see Jack for a long time, if we’re to believe his closing sentiments.

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@ZackTeibloom If you had asked me what my ideal last hurrah of my 20s would have been, I would have said Jack White would have to be involved. Nope. It had to go down like this. With Dave Grohl at the center of it all. We go back a ways, me and Dave. The first time I ever visited Austin with Andy for ACL 2008, we were so blown away by the Foo Fighters’ Sunday night show, I decided I had to move here by SXSW. Two years later we saw Dave doing what he does best, drumming for Them Crooked Vultures, as part of the best rhythm section we’d ever seen. In 2011 we watched them play Lolla together in the pouring rain with my arms around Caitlin, singing along to “Everlong.” In 2013 Caitlin and I came nice and early for his inspiring SXSW keynote speech. But it wasn’t just that it was Dave. Every bit of how tonight went down was so textbook 20’s me, down to the little details.

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ACL 2014 – Outkast vs Beck Breakdown

Posted by teibs On October - 12 - 2014

@ZackTeibloom Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. When it comes down to Outkast vs. Beck, the only acceptable answer is both. When ACL booked these two wildly inventive, world-class performers in the same time slot, it became mandatory to go to Friday night of both weekends and see each headliner. So that’s what we did. We started with Outkast weekend one and were floored by Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s unmatched give and take, their playfulness and the supreme highs of the show. The biggest hits (“Hey Ya,” “Ms. Jackson” and “Roses”) were, to put it in Outkast speak, “SpottieOttieDopalicious” and as much fun as one could have at any festival show. We had such a blast that Caitlin couldn’t fathom not doing it again the next week, but having seen Beck four times, I knew we wouldn’t forgive ourselves if he played four times in Austin this year and we missed all four. So did we make the right move? Was Beck just as good, if not better than Outkast? Let’s break it down by opening song, banter, hits, deep cuts, stage presence, band introductions and closing number and come to a conclusion. Read the rest of this entry »

MACCA: Live in Houston (I Know Why Girls Scream & Cry for Paul)

Posted by teibs On November - 26 - 2012

@ZackTeibloom I really thought I’d prepared myself for this one. Beyond the standard listening to the Beatles that everyone does growing up, I really went above and beyond to be ready for this moment in my life. I aced an entire three-credit class on The Beatles in college. I collected every Paul solo album I could find on vinyl for a magazine feature I wrote on him. I listened to his most recent live album enough that I knew all of Paul’s little live quirks, and even followed recent set lists to the point that I knew exactly what to expect. I started to fear I knew too much. I shouldn’t know that the first encore would have pyrotechnics for “Live and Let Die” and that we’d get a second encore that would start with “Yesterday” and wrap up with a “Golden Slumbers-Carry That Weight-The End” medley. I did that over-preparing myself once before a Pixies show and felt like I cheated myself of any spontaneity. But that’s the thing about Paul. You simply can’t prepare for what it feels like to see and hear Sir Paul (MACCA) McCartney, the greatest living songwriter, and arguably best front-man in the history of rock n’ roll, live in the flesh. Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan Gosling vs. Fun Fun Fun Festival 6

Posted by teibs On November - 11 - 2011

@ZackTeibloom In case you haven’t heard, Ryan Gosling was at Fun Fun Fun fest. Oh, you’ve heard? The Gos (We’ll call him Gos from here on out) was pretty hard to avoid, wasn’t he. Some people hated that Austin lavished attention on the world’s most handsome man, but I think it was justified. You’re probably also aware that Ryan Gosling at Fun Fun Fun exists, tracking his every handome move as he hung out with Wayne Coyne and Big Freedia and even non-famous, unimportant people like us! He wasn’t just hanging out on the side of the stage, he was shooting a movie with the “Girl in the Dragon Tattoo(!)” We could be in a movie, you guys! Could this be any more buzzy/awesome?!

I was so busy coming up with my own Hey, Girl‘s, I almost forgot there were bands and comedians on stage performing relevant* entertainment for me to enjoy. Now that it’s been a week since we were blessed with The Gos in our lives, I decided to look at the very best of Fun Fun Fun festival and see how it stacked up against Gos standing around and being amazing at posing. I’ll post a picture or video of something great that happened at Fun Fun Fun and you can vote whether it was better than Gos.**  Read the rest of this entry »

Coachella 2012 Announcement

Posted by teibs On May - 31 - 2011

coach12@ZackTeibloom The 2012 Coachella music festival will be held over two weekends! Wait a minute…it’s the same bands both weekends? What the deuce? Why? That takes any plan of going to both right out the window unless you want to read a bizarro re-creation of the first weekend. OK, on second thought, that could be kind of incredible. Every tough decision you make the first weekend can be corrected. You’ll have hindsight. Would you be able to have the perfect fest the second time or would the random elements make that impossible? Would bands use the same banter? Would they play the same sets? How can they get all these bands to commit to being there two weeks in a row? My head is spinning. My first thought is that I hate it. Now, I kinda wanna find a way to go for both weekends. I don’t know if there’s a precedence for this. Jazz Fest has two weekends, but 95% different artists. So far reaction on Coachella’s Facebook page is negative. We’ll see how it plays out. I’m wildly curious. Here’s the press release: Read the rest of this entry »

Radiohead – The King of Limbs preview

Posted by teibs On February - 15 - 2011

kingoflimbs@ZackTeibloom This is just speculation. From what I can tell it’s a mix of live versions and demos tracks from Radiohead’s The King of Limbs album. It’s being advertised as a “guide of songs that could be on Radiohead’s upcoming album.” Enjoy it for what it is.

Radiohead – The King of Limbs: Album Preview Mix by One Thirty BPM

Zack’s Phish Experience at ACL

Posted by teibs On October - 9 - 2010

phishaclnew@ZackTeibloom Phish at ACL is one of those shows I doubt many Phish followers came down to Austin for. A one-off in Austin with no shows nearby and little to no other jam bands on the bill. Sure, I saw a little kid with a hula hoop, but this isn’t a jam festival in the slightest. Having said that, I’m always curious what a hardcore Phish fan wants to read about a Phish show. You know the set list in real time. You’ll have the audio the next morning. I bet you wanna know what it was like there in person from someone who knows the band quite well and was sober as a surgeon for the whole show. I’m glad I’m here.

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but Phish only had two hours to work with at ACL. How would they maximize their time when playing to a bunch of noobz who had little live Phish experience? They roared through a carefully picked set of staples, let Trey solo a bunch, busted out the usual tricks and gave Texas a nice taste of what Phish 3.0 is about.

There were a few things I noticed last night that I wanted to share since you couldn’t have noticed most of them, even if you were standing right next to me. Andy never even heard The Strokes bros debate, for one. Here we go: Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza 2010 Line-up Revealed Wheel of Fortune style

Posted by teibs On March - 31 - 2010

@ZackTeibloom Monday Update:

Soundgarden – Green Day – Lady Gaga – Arcade Fire – The Strokes- Phoenix

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Lollapalooza 2010 Pre-sale and projected line-up

Posted by teibs On March - 30 - 2010

lolla@ZackTeibloom Our hometown festival has yet to announce their line-up, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sell out early tickets as soon as they come out. Today you get the chance to buy 3-day tickets for $190. As always, a chunk of the line-up has leaked. It’s all but confirmed that the headliners will be Gaga, Green Day, Soundgarden, The Strokes, and Arcade Fire. Quick reaction: Gahhh, please don’t do the musical, hai 90s rawk, Stroke-worthy indeed, and fire is appropriate to describe their show. I’m thrilled to have Dirty Projectors back on the festival circuit. As much as I hated on Lolla last year and have little interest in Gaga, 3-days of Lolla is a must. I’ve been there 5 years straight and will surely make it 6. Here’s the projected  line-up and where to go to get tickets: Read the rest of this entry »

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