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Horse Power: Band of Horses rides hard at Stage AE

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BandofHorsesThe soaring vocals you hear from Ben Bridwell on the Band of Horses records are exactly what you get live, as impressively displayed once again Sunday night at Stage AE.

What people might not expect from Band of Horses is how much the band rocks live. And the volume at which it does. It was no surprise that it inserted Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s “Powderfinger” into the set.

We last saw BOH when it opened for My Morning Jacket on the outdoor side of the venue two years ago. This time, Band of Horses, still touring post-“Mirage Rock,” did an expanded set indoors with an acoustic version of Midlake.

Over four albums, Band of Horses has straddled a line between epic shoegazer-ish indie-rock and a folk-rock revival approach, giving it a healthy flexibility live. Textured beauties like “Factory” and “Is There a Ghost” are set aside flat-out rockers like “NW Apt.,” which was delivered with punk fury.

The harmonies are in beautiful hands with Bridwell and Tyler Ramsey, a (super tall!) singer-guitarist who is a force on his own (check out his stunning solo album “A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea”).

Singers with the high lonesome range of Bridwell tend to be aloof frontmen. He is anything but, with a friendly, happy, energetic stage presence. After a few songs, his hair was soaked with sweat.

The band, which is working on a new album, put “Mirage Rock” aside to focus on the first three records, with such favorites as the slow, folky “Marry Song,” the lush “No One’s Gonna Love You,” poppier “Weed Party” and rushing beauties “Cigarettes, Wedding Bands” and “The Funeral.”

The encore had Bridwell on slide for “Monsters” and “The First Song,” just adding another element to the band’s immense talent.

Opening was a depleted Midlake, playing as an acoustic trio and minus departed frontman Tim Smith. If you weren’t familiar with the Denton, Texas, band’s personnel, you might not notice much difference. Singer-guitarist Eric Pulido steps in nicely, leading the band’s warm, mid-range harmonies, at their best on “Head Home” and “Roscoe.” Jesse Chandler fleshed out the earthy sound on keyboards and flute, and Joey McClellan handled the guitar leads. Midlake capped its set with a cover of the Dylan/Band song “I Shall Be Released.”

 

BAND OF HORSES SETLIST

Factory
Marry Song
Islands on the Coast
NW Apt.
Laredo
No One’s Gonna Love You
Blue Beard
Everything’s Gonna Be Undone
Ode to LRC
Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
Compliments
Our Swords
Powderfinger (Neil Young cover)
Weed Party
The Great Salt Lake
Is There a Ghost
The Funeral

Encore:
Monsters
The First Song
The General Specific

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Friends launch GiveForward campaign for ailing Karl Hendricks

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LeUXLKmpS86Rjvypzqk7SwKarl Hendricks is well known in this community as the talented leader of the internationally known Karl Hendricks Trio, the owner of Sound Cat Records in Bloomfield, a former English instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and a family man.

He is also known as an incredibly soft-spoken, thoughtful and unassuming guy.

Sadly, he’s been battling oral cancer this year and has been unable to work.

In light of that, his friends have launched a GiveForward campaign to help Karl and his family get through the hard time and the medical bills.

“He’s a quiet guy, not one to draw attention to himself and certainly not a person who is comfortable asking for help in this fashion,” Jon Solomon writes on the GiveForward page. “His friends however aren’t as reserved.”

Along with the online campaign, there will be a series of benefit shows featuring friends and artists that Karl has worked with, including members of Silkworm and Scrawl:

Aug. 22 at Brillobox: Line Forms, Tim Midyett (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), DAMA/LIBRA, Andy Cohen (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), The Gotobeds, Carousel. $10 or more.

Aug. 23 at 2950 N High Street, Columbus: Marcy Mays (Scrawl), Sue Harshe (Scrawl/Ft Shame), Andy Cohen (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), Tim Midyett (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), Kyle Sowash, Lizard McGee (Earwig), more. $7.

Sept. 27 at Modern Formations: Readings by Jason Baldinger, Kris Collins, Jerome Crooks, Lori Jakiela, Jeff Martin, Dave Newman, Bobby Pajich, Scott Silsbe. Hosted by Red Bob. Karl’s short story chapbook “Stan Getz Isn’t Coming Back” will be repressed in an edition of 100 copies for this reading. $7/sliding scale.

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The Clarks rocked -- by real rocks -- at Big Butler Fair

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03-29-29 the-clarks 420It's called "rock," but outside of Red Rocks and the occasional Stonehenge backdrop, there's no place in it for actual rocks.

Rocks are what The Clarks encountered Friday night performing at the Big Butler Fair in Prospect on Bike Night.

Someone in the crowd hurled rocks at the stage striking singer Scott Blasey and hitting drummer Dave Minarik in the head. The people responsible were apprehended and removed from the concert.

"Just another fun-lovin' Clarks show," one band member said.

A few Clarks fans consoled the band on Twitter:

@Stephanie41701J: @scottblasey Was great tonight, even though he had to stop because of people throwing rocks at him and all the fights! @theclarks

@Pachaskle: @theclarks I am so sorry. Butler county doesn't deserve you. Great show otherwise!!

The Clarks play Stage AE on July 12 with Jimmer Podrasky, four days after releasing their new album, "Feathers & Bones."

 

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Wiz Khalifa album coming Aug. 19

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blaccWiz Khalifa's long-awaited new album “Blacc Hollywood” will arrive Aug. 19 on Rostrum/Atlantic Records

The rapper's third major-label full-length was led by the previously released single “We Dem Boyz.”

He will headline the “Under the Influence of Music Tour,” beginning July 24 with Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and more, and will play the First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 1.

 

 

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More from Steve Miller: Fans are addicted to the hits

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Steve-Miller-1If you’ve been to classic rock shows, you’ve seen this happen over and over again. The artist begins introducing a new song and within seconds people are up and heading for the bathroom or beer stand. It even happens to Bon Jovi, and the ladies can’t get enough of staring at him.

We’ve heard artists wage some mild complaints about it, but in a recent teleconference Steve Miller went off, going after fans and critics alike.

"But, our audiences are so conservative now and so strangely addicted to ... They’ve paid their money, they want to hear the greatest hits. We’ll go out and we’ll be playing in front of 15,000 people and say, “Hey, we’re going to do three new songs from something we just recorded” and 5,000 people get up and go get a hot dog and a beer and they don’t come back until they hear the opening strings of ‘The Joker’ or ‘Fly Like an Eagle.’ That to me has really bothered me about audiences is that when you have the kind of 40 years’ success with ....

"I mean, this is unprecedented. People are playing music that I recorded 40 years ago on the radio all over the world. I’ve played myself into a box in one way in that, I mean, I see it all the time. I generally do a two hour show. I do about 23-24 songs. There’s 14 greatest hits. So, that gives me 9-10 songs to play with.

"I feel like I have to sneak them into my set. I feel like when the critics come to see my show, they go, 'Well, then they went into this jazz/blues thing for a while and the energy went out of the audience until they came back and played this other song.' So, it’s a very strange kind of world that I occupy.

"I love playing. I’m a writer and a singer and a guitarist and a band leader. I love performing and connecting with an audience never gets old for me, but it does get old for me when my audience is just only interested in something they’ve already heard and it makes doing new stuff very ... it’s a strange experience right now."

 

What did I say?

Proud to say I did not go for a hot dog and a beer during the non-hit parade, but I wasn't blown away either. From my review his concert at the First Niagara Pavilion in 2008: 

“The mid-section of the concert is Miller’s baby these days, his chance to stretch out on a variety of blues.

"On board for this tour is new member Sonny Charles, from the Checkmates, who brought some flashy ol’ doo-wop showmanship to the stage. He got to step out front for Bo Diddley’s ‘Pretty Thing,’ a gritty rocker he failed to do justice to. Charles sounded better on the smoother jive tune ‘Ooo Poo Pa Do.’


"Between Miller and ace harmonica player Norton Buffalo, the band certainly has blues chops, as heard on “Mercury Blues” and “Come On,” but it’s not anything you couldn’t get at the corner bar, where the beer is a lot cheaper.”

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