Friday, April 29, 2005

Garage Rocking Torrents

With EZTree back from the ashes as Dimeadozen, the live concert torrents are flowing again. Check out an interesting article from the Village Voice about live music sharing through torrents and the controversy that surrounded EZTree.

The Black Keys - Lexington, KY 4/20/05

This is the first concert I've heard this year from The Black Keys, one of my favorite bands. They are a duo made up of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney and play raw, blues inspired garage rock. This concert is no different sticking to their crowd pleasing formula, playing their best known songs "10 a.m. Automatic" and "Girl is On My Mind" as well as inspired covers of The Kinks "Act Nice and Gentle" and The Sonics "Have Love Will Travel." Also, their interpretation of the Stack o' Lee myth "Stack Shot Billy" is a fascinating update of an old standard.

White Stripes - Old Bridge, NJ 4/9/02

Who says nothing interesting ever happens on Old Bridge? Oh, wait... that was me. I remember really wanting to go to this concert and then being really pissed when something else came up and I couldn't make it. I missed a killer concert as this torrent shows. Jack White says he has bronchitis, and apologizes to the crowd but it hardly affects him or spurs him on even as he and Meg just blast through superior versions of songs from their first three albums. The sound quality is quite good as well, making this a very memorable concert.

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