Dan Auerbach at Metro Chicago

I mentioned on Friday that I was going to the Dan Auerbach concert here in Chicago on Friday night.  I had bought his album the week it came out, and bought tickets to this show shortly after that (about a month ago) so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.  My brother made it in to town from Fargo.  That’s a solid 10-hour drive, so we were expecting a pretty awesome show.  We weren’t disappointed.  Mr. Auerbach was absolutely awesome.  We got there plenty early, purchased our beard-themed T-shirts and got our spot on the rail of the balcony overlooking the stage.  The venue was sold out, and by the time the featured act hit the stage it was packed.

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The entire set list is below, but the highlight for me was “When I Left The Room” (video of this song here).  The drummers (two of them; one from the opening band, Hacienda, and the other Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket) combined to create a thunderous, dark paranoia that fit perfectly with that song.  Nearly every song was great, with Auerbach’s fantastic guitar work lending a bit of a new twist on each song.  They played every song off the album, speeding up “Street Walkin” and giving it a frenetic energy that got everyone going before reining it back in with “When the Night Comes” and “Whispered Words”.  That actually brings me to my only mild complaint about the show.  I would have liked to see some of the acoustic work that is featured on the album.  “Trouble Weighs a Ton” and “Goin’ Home” were beautiful songs featuring only Auerbach on the guitar, but nearly everything else was an all out blues-rock jam.  Like I said, a minor complaint, and it didn’t detract from the concert noticeably, it was something I was looking forward to that I didn’t get to see.  They finished the show out (before coming back for a 2-song encore) with an absolutely devastating cover of “Inside Looking Out”.  Wow, that song was just awesome.  It was my brother’s favorite of the concert, and I can’t say that he’s wrong.

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All in all it was a fantastic Friday night, I’m glad I went, and I just hope my ears stop ringing sometime soon.

Set List

1. Trouble Weighs a Ton
2. I Want Some More
3. The Prowl
4. When I Left The Room
5. My Last Mistake
6. Mean Monsoon
7. Oh Carol (cover)
8. Real Desire
9. Money and Trouble (cover)
10. Street Walkin’
11. When The Night Comes
12. Whispered Words
13. Heartbroken, In Disrepair
14. Keep It Hid
15. Inside Looking Out (cover)
16. Goin’ Home
17.  ???

Pictures and videos taken from others who were there as well (polkachamp, Wyatt, and Riley)

Ohio Music Friday

My brother is coming into town tonight, and the two of us are heading out to see Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) here in Chicago at Metro.  It’s really cool of him to drive all the way out here, and I’m excited to spend a weekend with him.  Oh, and the concert is going to be awesome too.  Full report sometime next week. Of course Auerbach (and the Black Keys) hail from Akron, OH and make up the first leg of the Ohio fun this Friday.

New Music

Heartless Bastards – All This Time – After the Cincinnati, OH band made an appearance on one of E-6’s random 10 music lists, I checked out a couple of their songs in various places, and I really liked the title track of this one.  I debated buying their newest album, but decided on this one.  So far I like it quite a bit.

Random Ten Songs

The Offspring – Let’s Hear It For Rock Bottom
Mudvayne – Trapped In the Wake Of a Dream
Mars Volta – Cicatriz ESP
Counting Crows – Mercury
Flaming Lips – Vein of Stars
Meat Puppets – Magic Toy Missing
Yo Yo Ma – Suite #3, Courante (J. S. Bach)
Queens of the Stone Age – Song For the Deaf
Led Zeppelin – In My Time of Dying
Yo Yo Ma – Suite #3, Allemande (J. S. Bach)

Blah, that’s a pretty uninspired random 10. Led Zeppelin gets a gold star for best song here.

Two Videos – These are from bands whose concerts I have attended.

Incubus – A Certain Shade Of Green (first concert)

Tool – Sober (best concert)

At Least I Died Doing What I Love

New Music

Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid – Fair warning, there will be quite a bit of Dan Auerbach in these music posts the next couple of weeks.  I’m going to his concert when he comes to Chicago, so I’ll have to treat you all to a review.  Anyway, getting this album took some doing.  I ordered this online in order to take advantage of a birthday coupon before it expired.  Then the delivery took a whopping two weeks, which delayed me getting my hands on the album until well after the release date.  It was a tense couple of days waiting for it to come, but finally, last night, I got my hands on it.  Needless to say, I haven’t had too much of a chance to listen to the entire album yet, but “Trouble Weighs a Ton” is a pretty great openeing song (see the videos below).

Random Ten Songs

Aqueduct – Growin Up With GNR
Meat Puppets – Lost
Nirvana – Something in the Way
Radiohead – Pyramid Song
Dust Brothers – Homework
Foo Fighters – Headwires
Korn – Hollow Life
System Of A Down – Thetawaves
Everclear – Electra Made Me Blind
Rage Against the Machine – Settle For Nothing

Everclear?  That one surprised me.

Two Videos

Dan Auerbach – Trouble Weighs a Ton

[NOTE – Auerbach will be on Conan tonight (2/13)]

Black Keys – Your Touch

“Lip-syncing, man. I love that shit.”