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ZZ Top @ The Paramount, 11/172013
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Boogie blues legends ZZ Top wrapped up a fall tour earlier this month, including a few NY-area shows, with two nights at The Paramount in Long Island (11/16 & 11/17). At the 11/17 show, in addition to hits like "La Grange," "Tush" and "Sharp Dressed Man," the trio also covered Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." Pictures from that show are in this post, including ones of opening band The Slim Kings. Dig those tailpipe mike stands.

ZZ Top have some holiday shows lined up in the South and those dates are listed below. Meanwhile, frontman Billy Gibbons will be playing NYC at City Winery on December 18. The night is billed as "Billy Gibbons & Friends" and will feature Will Lee and Anton Fig (of David Letterman's house band) and others. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

More pics and the setlist from the Paramount show, as well as ZZ Top's upcoming tour schedule, below...

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Goat / Deap Vally / Moving Sidewalks at Austin Psych Fest Day 3 - 4/28/13
Austin Psych Fest Day 1 - 4/26/2013
Austin Psych Fest Day 1 - 4/26/2013
Austin Psych Fest Day 1 - 4/26/2013

Sunday was also about giving credence to the forbears of pysch-rock. Roky Erikson put on an energetic show to a loving and enthusiastic audience. The main attraction, and headliners for the fest, were the Moving Sidewalks featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Any time one can catch Gibbons, it's worth paying attention, but unfortunately it seemed like some members of his old band hadn't played since the 1960s. Gibbons's familiar growl and deft guitar work did make up for most of it.

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Sweden's Goat had the unfortunate slot coinciding with the second half of the Black Angels, but neither the crowd or the band seemed to notice. Dressed as gypsy druids, the band played a sort of jam-pysch rock with insane energy. The band wore masks, but the two female leads stole the show, euphorically jumping and singing throughout each song. [Austinist]

Austin Psych Fest wrapped up its 2013 festival at its new home of Carson Creek Ranch last Sunday (4/28). The third, and final, day of the fest included sets by Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top band Moving Sidewalks, Swedish psych freakout group Goat, former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Black Angels collaborator/tourmate Rishi Dhir's project Elephant Stone, Clinic, King Khan & BBQ, White Fence, Deap Vally and more.

In case you haven't been keeping up with our Psych Fest coverage, pictures of day 1 are HERE and pictures of day 2 are HERE. More of day 3 below...

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Billy Gibbons w/ Moving Sidewalks, 3/30/2013
Moving Sidewalks

That time and place, specifically, was 1967 to 1969, in Houston. The Moving Sidewalks -- the guitarist Billy Gibbons, the organist Tom Moore, the bassist Don Summers, the drummer Dan Mitchell -- learned from other great Texas bands like the 13th Floor Elevators from Austin, the Sir Douglas Quintet from San Antonio and the Zakary Thaks from Corpus Christi; they likely absorbed the thuggish pop stomp of the Seeds, from Los Angeles, and the aggressive and pop-savvy blues of Freddie King; and, before breaking up, they completely devoured, and got essentially lost in, the sound and style of the Jimi Hendrix Experience....

For the archaeologists of vinyl the Moving Sidewalks re-enacted most of its artifacts: the early single "99th Floor," with a brisk, go-go-dancer vibe, a local hit in Houston in 1967; a slow, exaggeratedly heavy, funny arrangement of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand"; and songs from its Hendrix-inspired album, "Flash," messier and more soulful, which was released a little after tthe band split up and consequently never went anywhere. -[NY Times]

For many, the idea of a Moving Sidewalks reunion seemed far-fetched and ridiculous, what with Billy Gibbons moving on to (much) bigger things as a member of ZZ Top. Yet fans of the '60s psych band from Texas were treated to a minor miracle Saturday night at BB King's (3/30) when the band joined Headless Horsemen for a rare one-off appearance. No other East Coast shows are on the docket, but Moving Sidewalks will be playing Austin Psych Fest later this month. Pictures and setlist are below.

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Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.

Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.

Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.

The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.

Fleetwood Mac

In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.

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Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...

After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]
Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.

HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).

Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.

Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...

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