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Jack White continued his dominance of music festivals the world over with his headlining closing set of last Sunday. Drake was originally scheduled for the slot but pulled out. Luckily Jack had an opening in his schedule. Quite a upgrade: Drake to Jack!
Mr White mentions his backstage "Detroit reunion" with Stevie Wonder before "Hotel Yoruba" and teases Stevie's "Living for the City" at the end of "Temporary Ground." Both Jack and his band were on fire this night - yet also very focused, playing a tighter show than at Roo or Glasto. Some highlights: a wicked opening of Icky Thump into High Ball Stepper, Cannon into blues standard Catfish Blues into the rarely played White Stripes classic Black Math, Jack leading the playful singalong of Fell in Love with a Girl, Blue Blood Blues into The Chantays' surf nugget Pipeline into Top Yourself, We're Going to Be Friends sang as a duet with Jack's fiddle player Lillie Mae Rische, a dynamic performance of Would You Fight for My Love? and a lively Seven Nation Army closer.
On Friday night at the Hudson Music Project the new Flaming Lips configuration made their Northeast debut playing The Golden Path for the first time in over a decade and also bringing back "Vein of Stars" - a setlist standard from 2006-2009 that became rare after that and hadn't been played at all since 2011. Wayne walking over the crowd in a space bubble also returned.
The Hudson Music Project was held at the same site at Woodstock '94 and included rockin' sets by Modest Mouse - launching their summer tour - and Dr Dog, among many others.
Beck and Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger kicked off the second leg of their summer tour together in Charlotte on Friday night - the return of "Chem Trails" included - hopefully a sign that yet more songs will be added to Beck's setlist rotation as the tour continues.
Last weekend in Albany Paul McCartney played his first show since canceling a string of June dates due to illness. Macca brought a couple from the audience on stage during the second encore for memorable marriage proposal and played them a verse from When I'm Sixty-Four. Paul of course also played many other Beatles classics - including Day Tripper, I've Just Seen a Face, We Can Work It Out, Helter Skelter, the tail of the Abbey Road medley, Lovely Rita and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Neil Young's 2014 European Tour with Crazy Horse kicked off in Iceland and winded its way through the UK last week. Here they are playing new song Who's Gonna Stand Up and Save the Earth?" https://t.co/ckVMcv0SkP
Tame Impala headed back on the road for a string of European festival appearances and their debut at the Royal Albert Hall last night. From the scant footage that's surfaced online they seem in top form.
MGMT, The Black Keys also played Euro fests last week.
moe kicked out some blistering jams in Florida including an epic McBain in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Polyphonic Spree started their summer tour last night in Dallas - outside, under the super moon. Looks like it was quite epic as well.
Phish has found new life thanks to both the infusion of new material into their sets and adventurous arrangements of many of their older tunes. If you think you don't like Phish, some of their recent jams might change your mind. They're often spacey with eerie undertones and great collective improv from the four members listening to each other. Trey has a few effects that he's been using in creative fashion - including an Echoplex analog tape delay - and he's also been playing lots of dramatic drawn-out trills, open octave lines, looping licks - all of which combines for fresh instrumental music that bares more comparison to space rock than the styles they are famous for. Phish have mostly cut covers out of their sets, giving them more space to explore in this way and play with new sounds. Fuego - the title-track of their new album - has quickly become a jam springboard, and Wingsuit is another newbie that's already taken on new life in concert. Harry Hood, Carini, Chalkdust Torture, Mike's Song, Bathtub Gin and Down with Disease are some of the older songs that were re-invented at recent shows with sprawling jams and fresh arrangements.