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Originally posted on the scenestar

Raconteurs

ARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO
PHOTO BY AUTUMN DE WILDE

SEPT. 23 | LOS ANGELES

Screw you, White! That goes for you too, Benson! And you, Keeler … Lawrence … Watrous. Damn all of you for rocking so fucking hard. You just had to bring back rock ‘n’ roll, didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU?

That was what was going on in my head tonight at the Greek, but what was going on in the heads of The Raconteurs is beyond me. Despite playing only an hour and 20 minutes, The Raconteurs came out hard and swinging, blasting through their repertoire bit by luscious bit. Starting off with the title track of Consolers of the Lonely, they relentlessly smashed through both of their albums—Consolers and Broken Boy Soldiers—often extending songs within their mid-section and tail ends. This most certainly was not a Jack White show either, if that’s what you’re thinking. Each member lends a hand in this band.

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Street Scene 2008

Originally posted on jambase

By: Greg Caruso & Jon Claffey

Street Scene :: 09.19.08 & 09.20.08 :: East Village & Petco Park :: San Diego, CA

Street Scene 2008 :: Street Scene®

As usual in Southern California at this time of year, the weather could not be more perfect as we stood in line to get into Street Scene 2008. Being herded into the sectioned off quarter of the Gaslamp district in San Diego, the crowd around us was simply abuzz with delightful anticipation of a stellar lineup, which included bands and acts from all genres. This was the first year back to a “street” for the scene since 2003. Since then, it’d been shuffled to the parking lots of Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, respectively. Last year, the fest moved 20 miles away from the streets to Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA. There, it had poor attendance numbers not only due to the move, but a less than stellar lineup. Thankfully, one year short of Street Scene’s 25th Anniversary, the crowd once again gathered in the streets of San Diego with anticipation of rejuvenation.

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BtsARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO AND JON CLAFFEY
PHOTO BY PETE NEMA via Built to Spill

SEPT. 10 | WEST HOLLYWOOD—Starting a few years ago, with Roger Waters being the spearhead by performing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, many artists from the past have brought their shining achievements back to the stage. Sonic Youth, The Stooges, Primus, Metallica, Public Enemy and, most recently, at the Troubadour no less, Liz Phair. When a band or artist does this, a lot hangs in the balance, because fans show up expecting to be taken back in time to relive the glory of their favorite album. Tonight, Built to Spill brought out their pinnacle Perfect From Now On for the first of two sold-out nights at the Troubadour.

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ARTICLE BY GREG CARUSO
PHOTO BY Centro-Matic

SEPT. 2 | SILVERLAKE—With the constant emergence of Lone Star State bands, one would think they know what Texas-bred indie rock sounds like. With Centro-Matic, that most certainly isn’t the case. Based out of Denton, Texas, the band is led by high-caliber singer-songwriter Will Johnson, who is quite busy honing two distinctive sounds with two bands featuring all the same artists. Tonight’s Spaceland bill featured South San Gabriel, the softer of Johnson’s two projects, and Centro-Matic, the more plugged-in, louder and harder pushing effort. Both bands played full sets with a break in between via Sleepercar, a side project stemming from yet another Texas-based artist, Jim Ward of Sparta fame. The evening turned out to be a great success in all new flavors of Texas soaked rock ‘n’ roll.

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