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Susto: & we’re fine today

When: Saturday, November 11thDoors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 day of show
Opener: Dawg Yawp + Blue Jay

On SUSTO’s latest record, & I’m Fine Today, the five-piece band manages to blend elements of Americana and psychedelic rock to create their own unique sound. Lead single Waves is like if early A.M.-era Wilco collaborated with Oasis during the Gallagher brothers’ psychedelic phase on Standing On The Shoulder of Giants. 

And most importantly, it works.

The album deals heavily with visions and dreams for its narrative base. Lead singer Justin Osborne is willing to get very personal with his lyrics. And while the record deals with difficult topics, at the core of the record is hope. Whether it’s dealing with his father’s cancer in “Far Out Feeling” or substance abuse in “Hard Drugs”, Osborne’s lyrics provide hope. Hope that any problem in life eventually works itself out on its own, and the best that anyone can do is take it in stride.

The album concludes with “Jah Werx” an uplifting song about community and having people to help you through those dark times — perfectly describing the overall sentiment of the record.

“Jah Werx, and I’m fine today.”

SUSTO returns to Rose Music Hall this Saturday night following up on a headlining show last June at Rose that turned out to be a staff favorite.

Be sure to come early to see local indie-folk band Blue Jay! Listen to their newest single, Sapphire Eyes, below!

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Jeff Tweedy and son are celebrating Father’s Day a few days late at The Missouri Theater: Show preview

Where: The Missouri Theater
When: Tue, June 17, 2014 Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Ticket cost: $28-$43
Openers: The Handsome Family

Wilco mastermind Jeff Tweedy

Wilco mastermind Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy is coming to The Missouri Theater Tuesday, June 17, and no, it is not going to be a Wilco/Uncle Tupelo covers show. Tweedy saves that for the encore. No, if concert reviews and set lists from the first few shows of his solo tour can be believed, Tweedy and co. will largely be playing tunes from his upcoming solo album, Sukierae, due Sept. 16.

This may upset a few fans who just wanted to get down to “New Madrid” or sing along to “I’m The Man Who Loves You” but this set full of new songs sounds even more intriguing than a simple covers show. One of the best ways to hear a new song is to hear it played live, at least if a competent musician is playing it. And oh boy, if Jeff Tweedy is anything, it’s competent. Except for when it comes to drumming. Then he just outsources the job to his 18-year-old son, Spencer.

Spencer Tweedy playing with The Blisters at Lollapalooza 2013

Spencer Tweedy playing with The Blisters at Lollapalooza 2013

Spencer Tweedy is playing the role of heavy metal drummer (hah! Wilco jokes) on Jeff Tweedy’s solo tour and solo album, making both family affairs. Seriously, how great would father/son stage banter be? Especially banter between a frontman father and a son trapped behind a drum kit. I don’t know what type of father Jeff Tweedy is, but I pray he’s the kind that likes dad jokes and embarrassing his son in front of live audiences.

Fans who want to hear their favorite Wilco tunes won’t be left out to dry, as Tweedy is guaranteed to play a few songs from his past groups. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see Jeff Tweedy play stripped down solo renditions, as he’s kicked the band off-stage for parts of the concert at the first few stops on this tour. If you’re really lucky, you may even hear Tweedy play a song from his collaboration album with Mavis Staples, which would surely please the five people who listened to that album.

Jeff Tweedy and Spencer Tweedy performing in Detroit on June 5, 2014  Photo By Scott Legato

Jeff Tweedy and Spencer Tweedy performing in Detroit on June 5, 2014
Photo By Scott Legato

 

This post was written by Zachary Van Epps, contributing writer for The Blue Note blog.