Getting it all wrong about Jack White in Detroit

Regarding Jack White’s concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit this week, there is little doubt that it was a powerful, transcendent show. I’ve rarely seen anything like it.

And the critical reception of Detroit media was pretty unanimously in accord. In the words of the assembled media, the show was triumphant and masterful. White was in control of the band and the crowd as he played a searing and explosive show.

But if you turned to the blogosphere, you’d think White threw some sort of Ray LaMontagnesqe tantrum, storming offstage because he thought the crowd was a bunch of lames, pledging never to come back to the Fox Theatre.

Folks, that didn’t happen … Read more at Local Spins.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band displays Southern, cosmic soul music at Meijer Gardens

As the Tedeschi Trucks Band neared the end of a hard-charging set at Meijer Gardens Thursday night, the group performed the towering, spiritual-tinged title track from last year’s LP “Made Up Mind.”

And, over the course of a nearly two-hour show, Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, led an 11-piece band that transported a capacity crowd to that elevated plane along with them.

Read more at MLive.

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Listen to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s current favorite songs, via their Spotify playlist

Derek Trucks called life on the road with the Tedeschi Trucks Band “a rolling musical lesson.”

“Somebody always grabs the stereo and plugs in their iPod or phone and DJs,” he said. “Sometimes everybody’s just quietly listening, sometimes it’s just background music to the party, but there’s always some amazing music.”

Read more at MLive.

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Derek Trucks calls collaborative group with wife Susan Tedeschi ‘a dream band’

For a large portion of his 35 years, guitarist Derek Trucks has been the subject of adoration for his guitar virtuosity. After years of extensive recording and touring with the Allman Brothers Band, his eponymous solo group and his current work with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, he has earned a level of awestruck adulation.

But Trucks says he tries to avoid paying attention to all the chatter.

Read more at MLive.

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Bob Weir, RatDog channel Grateful Dead vibe in uneven DeVos Hall show

I was probably a little naïve to think I could get a falafel on the street before Tuesday’s performance by former Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and his band RatDog at DeVos Performance Hall.

Sure, the sidewalk alongside the venue had a few assorted folks selling tie-dye t-shirts and fancy glass pot pipes, but it was a far cry from the enormous bazaar vibe from Dead shows I frequented in the 1980s and ’90s, during the apogee of my own Deadheadism. In that parking lot scene, you could buy a sandwich, or play hacky sack, or trade a rain poncho for some Guatemalan pants, or whatever.

On the way into DeVos Hall, an audience member was overheard saying — almost prayerfully — “May Jerry live in our presence.”

The Jerry in question, of course, is departed Grateful Dead figurehead Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995. While such mawkish sentiments should inspire eye-rolling, they also point to the undeniable truth of the situation.

Read more at MLive.

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of Montreal’s bizarre celebration

All of the great psychedelic artists seem to operate on the very precipice between genius and madness. Perhaps that’s the danger that comes from opening a channel to the colorful and frightening cosmos inside our skulls.

But what makes of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes different from bizarro forebears like Syd Barrett and Roky Erickson is that, rather than falling into the abyss, he opens it up and hosts a killer dance party.

Barnes and bandmates brought their trippy extravaganza to Grand Rapids Thursday, May 15 for a sold-out two-hour show at the Pyramid Scheme. The band played a set heavy on audience favorites, ping ponging between booty shaking neo-disco and tumescent fist-pumping rockers.

Read more at MLive.

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Stooges’ drummer Scott Asheton ‘drove the sound of the band’

Judging from the outpouring of emotion from fans and peers over the death of Scott “Rock Action” Asheton Saturday night, it would be hard to tell that his band the Stooges were nearly ignored during their initial run in the late 1960s.

The 64-year-old drummer, whose unrelenting beats drove the unimaginably influential Ann Arbor-born band and helped invent punk rock, died Saturday. Along with his late brother Ron and singer Iggy Pop, Asheton helped transform youthful petulance into high art and push the boundaries of rock ’n’ roll to someplace exciting and dangerous.

Read more at Mlive.

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