Don't Look Back

1967; Not Rated (Criterion)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The opening sentences of The New York Times’ 1967 review of D.A. Pennebaker’s now-classic documentary Don’t Look Back read as follows: “It will be a good joke on us all if, in 50 years or so, Dylan is regarded as a significant figure in English poetry."  

A Personal Pantheon of Bogart's Highlights

CityBeat writer and former Bogart's employee Brian Baker remembers his favorite Bogart's moments

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Longtime CityBeat writer (and former Bogart's staffer) Brian Baker remembers some of his favorite moments from 40 years of seeing shows at Bogart's.  

Proper (and Mistaken) ID

Plus, Rap Genius angers Google and Dan Auerbach is not a creepy Dylan stalker

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
A homeless man in San Francisco turns out to be a former Santana band member, while a man in Massachusetts turn out NOT to be the drummer from Whitesnake. Plus, Rap Genius gets back in Google's good graces after rigging search results and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach clarifies his battle for "Bob Dylan's hair."  

You Can't Wrap an MP3

Box sets and other special releases make fine holiday gifts for music lovers

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Stumped for a last-minute gift for the music lover on your list? Here are a few of the better box sets and special music releases from 2013.  

Dylan's Stratocaster and Samsung's Jay-Z Scheme

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan used when he notoriously “went electric” for the first time on stage at 1965’s Newport Folk Festival is headed for auction.   
by Mike Breen 04.22.2013
Posted In: Live Music, Music News at 11:53 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

On Sale Soon: Wiz/A$AP Rocky & Dylan/Wilco Package Tours

Two very different traveling music fests will be coming to Riverbend this summer

A pair of interesting local package-tour concerts were announced today for Riverbend's summer season. • On Saturday, July 6, Bob Dylan and his band are headlining the Americanarama Festival of Music when it comes to Riverbend Music Center. Dylan tours a lot, but making this jaunt extra special are the extra special guests — Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Other acts are to be added to round out the fest-like bill (show starts at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets for Americanarama at Riverbend go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Tickets range from $30-$80; between April 27-28, fans can buy lawn tickets for the show for just $20 (plus all those sketchy ticket fees). Read more about the tour here.• For local fans of modern Hip Hop, mark your calendars for Aug. 11. That's when the second annual Hip Hop tour, Under the Influence of Music, will be coming to Riverbend. The show is headlined by Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky and will also feature B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Pro Era and Berner and more. The Cincinnati stop is the last on the tour, which always makes for a fun time for the performers (and, thus, the audience).Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Click here if you'd like to RSVP for a chance to buy tickets early. Citi card members get access to presale tickets beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. Riverbend is offering $15 "Early Bird" tickets through April 28.  And here is some info on getting a jump on the public on-sale. Here's an interview with the headliners about the tour.

You Can't Unwrap A Download

Stumped for a last-minute holiday present? One of these music collections just might do the trick

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A few last minute gift ideas, featuring 2012 boxsets and  from The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Heart, Strange Euphoria, Bob Dylan, The English Beat, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal.   

Ramblin' Through History

Known for his association with Woody Guthrie, Jack Elliott’s recent work has been among his most successful

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Now 81, Ramblin' Jack Elliott has led a remarkable life following in Woody Guthrie’s footsteps and making music as a wanderlust-bitten singer/storyteller and acoustic guitar player.   

Bob Dylan

Aug. 25 • PNC Pavilion

0 Comments · Monday, August 20, 2012
A legend is coming to Cincinnati. Will you be there? Bob Dylan, who turned 71 earlier this year, has been selling records and playing gigs since before the vast majority of CityBeat’s demographic was even born.   
by Mike Breen 06.07.2012
Posted In: Music History at 12:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

This Date in Music History: June 7

Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour begins and Prince turns 54

On this date in 1988, Bob Dylan kicked off his current tour. That's right — when Dylan picks up his touring schedule on June 30 in the U.K., he will be entering the 24th YEAR of his "Never Ending Tour." The "Never Ending Tour" was a nickname that first popped up during an interview for Q Magazine with writer Adrian Deevoy. Deevoy asked Dylan about touring and how he seems to go from one trek to the next without much of a break. "Oh, it's all the same tour," Dylan replied. The interviewer asked, "It's the Never Ending Tour?" to which Dylan said, dismissively, "Yeah, yeah."  The tour that started on this day 24 years ago in Concord, Calif., (with Neil Young sitting in on guitar!) was originally called the Innerstate 88 tour. Now, as a sort of ongoing joke, fans and writers refer to all of his touring under the "Never Ending" umbrella. Crotchety Dylan reportedly doesn't like the tag. He wrote in the liner notes to World Gone Wrong that, while there WAS a Never Ending Tour, it did end — in 1991 when guitarist G. E. Smith left the band. In 2009, Dylan told Rolling Stone, "Critics should know there is no such thing as forever. Does anybody call Henry Ford a Never Ending Car Builder? Anybody ever say that Duke Ellington was on a Never Ending Bandstand Tour? These days, people are lucky to have a job. Any job. So critics might be uncomfortable with my working so much. Anybody with a trade can work as long as they want. A carpenter, an electrician. They don't necessarily need to retire."Chill, Bob! I think "Never Ending Tour" is rarely if ever used in a derogatory term (except maybe by Dylan's pencil mustache wrangler).That June 7 date was far from the first time Dylan and Young played together. Check out the audio from a jam between the two geniuses from 1975.Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a June 7 birthday include Steubenville, Ohio favorite son Dean Martin (1917); Welsh sex god Tom Jones (1940); Cincinnati native and one of the more powerful men in the music biz, L.A. Reid (1956); lead singer and guitarist for "College Rock" superstars Violent Femmes, Gordon Gano (1963); Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro (1967); and all-time American music great, Prince (1958). Prince Nelson Rogers is 54 today and he's one person you would not be blowing smoke ass-ward by saying he looks to be in his early 30s. Prince is not only responsible for some of the best songs of the past 50 years; he's also released at least three instant-classic albums — Purple Rain, 1999 and the masterwork Sign o' the Times (which is in my personal Top 10 all-time greatest albums). Tomorrow night at Mayday in Northside you can celebrate the Artist Formerly Known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince's birthday. The club is hosting a Prince dance party — DJs playing all Prince, all night long. For free. Sounds like heaven.Here is one of the many stand-out tracks from Sign, the rocking and righteous "The Cross." 11 The Cross - LoveSexy Tour  Dortmund 1988 by samsarax