Bits: The Black Keys, Andrew Bird, Neil Young, Sweet By and By, the Felice Brothers

  • With the proceeds from a benefit concert played in Akron, Ohio, last autumn to honor Alfred McMoore – the artist who inadvertently named the band – the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund has been established to support community services for Akron residents like McMoore who suffered from schizophrenia.
  • Andrew Bird will reprise his popular Gezelligheid concerts in December with dates in DC, Boston and Chicago.
  • Neil Young’s highly-anticipated, Daniel Lanois-produced album Le Noise is up on NPR’s First Listen.
  • A reminder for those in Northern California: The Yolo Throwdown Car and Music Festival is coming up this weekend, featuring the Sweet By and By, who are slated to hit the stage around 3:15 P.M.
  • Our good friend Digger has been counting down the top ten Felice Brothers songs of their career so far, which includes the brilliant “Marie”.


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Notable Shows in the Northern California Area

One of the perks of having a music blog is not only promoting bands who have become friends, but also friends who join bands. To that end, my dear friend Gwen Cone’s new band Sweet By and By will be playing their debut gig at the Yolo Throwdown outside of Sacramento, California, on September 25.

To quote their press release, “[f]rom the Bay Area & Sacramento, the Sweet By and By play a beautiful tangle of American roots music. High lonesome harmonies, mandolin, guitar, and bass explore early gospel, jazz and country through merry melodies, murder ballads and sweet spirituals.” Their setlist will include all sorts of wonders from “Long Black Veil” to “St. James Infirmary”.

The Yolo Throwdown, which is taking place at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland, California, from 12 PM to 10 PM will set you back a measly $10 and will also include the Cash Properties, Fortunate Few, Cockfight Kings, a car show, food, dancing and more.

Yolo Throwdown

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