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LIVE: Punch Brothers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/10/15

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

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Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Timothy Raab

Punch Brothers have always been too intellectual for me. Until that Thursday night. Braniac Berklee bluegrass, all up in itself. Until that Thursday night. That Thursday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Punch Brothers gathered around a single mic and made mad musical magic.

Super Saratoga Springs singer Sharon Bolton sat in front of me, hooting righteously at the end of every number. I was right there with her.

Mandolinist Chris Thile is the point man of the band, and he’s been seen in the area in myriad permutations – solo, with Michael Daves, with Nickel Creek, with Edgar Meyer, with Brad Mehldau… But Punch Brothers is a band, and they functioned on that mic like an octopus, tentacles of sound weaving in and out. And it was clear from the first beat that the boys were as smitten with the room as the crowd was with them.

“We’ve made a lot of mistakes over the past 10 years,” banjo man Noam Pikleny deadpanned. “And one of the worst was not playing here before.”

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LIVE: The Dave Rawlings Machine @ The Egg, 11/7/15

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Thirty years ago d. boon obliquely suggested cutting down on the guitar solos. I’m good with that. I could live a long happy life without hearing another guitar solo. But Dave Rawlings doesn’t count. He can play as many as he wants to, whenever, wherever he wants.

Rawlings played some solos at The Egg recently, yes, yes he did. And he could have played more. It would have been OK, even d. boon says so.

Rawlings brings such invention and opportunity to every pass on the six-string, cascading lines full of seconds and ninths, brilliant raindrops of sound. Much is made in the geek world of his ’36 Olympic, but the fact is it’s all about his hands. Epic. Swirling. Enchanting.

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LIVE: Joe Jackson @ The Egg, 10/26/15

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

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Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Mack

The Joe Jackson Time Machine landed at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, taking a full house back 30 years for nearly two hours. Jackson’s band sounded freakishly ’80s, especially given the fact that they were backing an artist who has continually looked forward. That’s not a complaint mind you, merely a somewhat stunned observation.

Guitarist Teddy Kumpel, particularly, channeled ‘85 with a guitar rig chock full of effects straight out of the Thompson Twins; and drummer Doug Yowell hit that snare with a big hair ferocity that’s thankfully been left in the past.

But Jackson’s voice and his incredible songs (including Egg entries “You Can’t Get What You Want,” “Another World” and “It’s Different for Girls”) are truly timeless. So, while the early band hits like “Sunday Papers” and the encore of “One More Time” satisfied, so did the newest tracks from his latest album, Fast Forward.

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LIVE: King Crimson @ The Egg, 9/9&10/14

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Review by Bokonon

Breowrr bah-duh-dah bumpa, brrawwr brawwr…

Take your own stab at spelling it out, but the opening strains of “21st Century Schizoid Man” sent yet another thrilling shiver through The Egg last Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Another? Well, geez, it was competing with the performance premiere of “One More Red Nightmare” (40 years on from its vinyl bow), the barbed art crunch of “Red” and the righteous skronk of “Sailor’s Tale” (itself last heard live in 1972).

King Crimson was in the house and it was any prog fan’s wet dream. Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant… pussies all compared to — Jack Black, back me up here — the majesty of King Crimson.

While the other blokes his age were bluesing it up through the late ’60s, Robert Fripp was getting his Henry Purcell on, forging a baroque jazz metal weirdness that festers to this day.

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LIVE: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, 7/17/14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Review by Bokonon
Photograph by Dave Weiland

Thursday night at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is usually something of a warm-up. That doesn’t mean it’s any lesser quality, simply that the biggest names tend to hit Friday and Saturday evening. Not so for 2014. The 25th Anniversary Reunion of Nickel Creek was easily the biggest news of the fest, and deservedly so.

Chris Thile and Sean and Sara Watkins, who evidently started picking in the womb, were long favorites of the fest, wowing everyone with their prodigious skills and raw youth. The trio is older now, sort of, with Sean topping out at a whopping 37 and the other two checking in at a withered and wizened (not!) 33.

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LIVE: Yes @ The Egg, 7/6/14

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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Steve Howe

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Stanley Johnson

So, at the Yes show at The Egg on Sunday, I was discussing with an old friend the fact that I have been progging out of late. I have no embarrassment or fear of this, and it’s been pretty deep. Lots of Can, not like that’s a surprise, the Krautrock tip is always cool. But perhaps a touch of Magma, made-up language and all. Certainly some Henry Cow, a fair dose of Soft Machine and David Thomas’ solo work, which, really, is never too far from the heart. And Beefheart. Is Beefheart prog?

But back to Yes. Yes is the acceptable face of prog, side by side with Genesis, which try as I might, I could just never sink my teeth into, despite protestations from ardent worshippers. Jon Anderson sang a tune with King Crimson, sure, but Yes could never marshall that kind of power. When Bruford jumped ship he knew that something like Red would crush Anderson’s head.

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LIVE: Beck @ MASS MoCA, 6/24/14

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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Beck

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Beck rhymes with Bowie, hell yes.

Throughout Beck’s epic Tuesday night romp at MASS MoCA, I couldn’t get David Bowie out of my head.

The Thin White Duke’s effortless appropriation. Pinching Donovan’s 12-string waif, pulling Lou Reed’s New York street cred, borrowing Stevie Wonder’s soul and Stevie Ray’s blues. But put through the Bowie blender, it all became sexy, exotic and wild.

Beck, too. And not just because he interpolated Donna Summer into “Think I’m in Love.”

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LIVE: Lucinda Williams @ The Egg, 6/17/14

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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Lucinda Williams

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

That moment when you’re drunk enough, and it’s late enough, that you just don’t care what each other looks like — Lucinda Williams.

The hot, wet kiss of trailer park romance; skid mark panties and Bud Light Lime — Lucinda Williams.

True love; trying to remember what name you gave last night as you slip out the screen door the next morning — Lucinda Williams.

Lucinda Williams brought her brilliant, busted love songs to The Egg on Tuesday, making one of her regular local stops, this time pushing a record that won’t be released until September.

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