Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 3/9/12

Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 3/9/12

This week, random thoughts on the new Springsteen album, 311 Day, the 2012 Green Music Fest, South By Southwest, a Radiohead Chicago concert announcement and the death of Ronnie Montrose… 

Radiohead… According to WXRT, Radiohead will arrive in Chicago, following a headlining slot at Bonnaroo, for a Sunday night show in Tinley Park on June 10th at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.  I wish they were playing anywhere but Tinley Park but it will be nice to finally have the band back in Chicago for a show in support of the now year old The King of Limbs album.  Tickets on sale Saturday morning at 10AM through Ticketmaster and at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre box office (though several presales begin Friday at 10AM).

According to the concert listing on the Live Nation website, “SELECT LOCATIONS are electronic Ticketmaster Paperless Tickets ONLY.”  In its typically cryptic fashion, the Live Nation posting doesn’t really make it clear whether that means select locations on the tour will feature paperless ticketing or select seating locations at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre on June 10th will… but for the sake of screwing scalpers, let’s hope it’s the former as opposed to the latter.

Bruce Springsteen… Picked up the new Springsteen album Wrecking Ball on Tuesday but haven’t gotten a chance to listen to it yet as much as I would have liked.

Quick thoughts on the album though…

  • I’ve come around to “We Take Care of Our Own” ever since I saw “The Boss” perform it live at the Grammys with The E Street Band (where it really sparkled).
  •  “Death to my Hometown” and “We are Alive” sound like songs that would’ve been right at home on The Seeger Sessions album… which is probably appropriate given some of the lyrical subject matter (That said,  I could’ve done without Bruce’s quasi-brogue on the former).
  • There’s some solid guitar playing on this album (the solo to close out “Jack of All Trades” by guest Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine stands out).
  • I’m glad “Land of Hope and Dreams” finally made it onto an album (if for no other reason here than it marks the final recorded appearance by Clarence Clemons on sax).

And I realize this will probably make me sound like I’m eighty years old but I really hate the fact that the only place I could think of to buy this album near my workplace in downtown Chicago was… Starbucks.

SXSW 2012… The South By Southwest music festival kicks off next week in Austin, Texas (with this year’s keynote speech being delivered by the aforementioned Mr. Springsteen).  As always, a bunch of Chicago bands will be heading south… bands like JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, The Damn Choir and many more.  Your best chance to catch some of the Chicago bands before they roll out is this Saturday at the Hideout for the annual SXSW Send Off Party (all proceeds benefit the bands roadtripping down to Texas).  The long day of live music gets started at 1:30PM and basically runs all day with performances from eleven local bands for the insanely low price of only $10 (Paper Thick Walls, Redgrave, In Tall Buildings, The Waco Brothers, Kids These Days and more all perform and you can read my full concert preview HERE).

Green Music Fest 2012… Last week we had Pitchfork and this week it’s the Green Music Fest…  One of my favorite times of the year is that stretch right before spring when festival details start to trickle out… Looks like the Green Music Fest will return to Wicker Park on June 23rd and 24th.  Supposedly Dinosaur Jr. headlines on the 23rd as do The Raveonettes on the 24th.  Solid.

311… Someday, I will make it to one of their annual “311 Day” soirées. This year they celebrate “311 Day” with weekend performances on 3/10 and 3/11 in Las Vegas.

Ronnie Montrose… Most people don’t realize that in addition to forming his namesake band Montrose with Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Montrose also played guitar on Van Morrison‘s Tupelo Honey album as well as on the Edgar Winter Group classic “Frankenstein.”  Ronnie Montrose died Saturday at the age of sixty-four following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

This Weekend… I’ll be checking out Local H at The Montrose Room in Rosemont and Kansas at the Blue Chip Casino.

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