Monday, April 22, 2013

Music: Counting Crows and Wallflowers @ The Harbor

For anyone who liked good music in the 1990's, today was a great day.

The Counting Crows and The Wallflowers are coming to Buffalo's Harborfront on Tuesday, June 28th for $16. This is a great first announcement for the prime Buffalo summer music series, especially for the types of people (like myself) who really grew up in the 90's.

"August and everything after" is one of the best albums of all time, even though Rolling Stone magazine rates it at (only) the 67th best album of the 90's :
"An artfully crafted, intimate song cycle, August and Everything After seemed to explode on impact. Vividly produced by T Bone Burnett, its post-punk bleakness married to old-school rock influences, August became that rare album over which both alterna-kids and classic rockers could bond. Sure, there are a few moments when you can hear how badly the Crows want to be Van Morrison, the Band, R.E.M. and, yes, Bob Dylan, but those don't offset the divine inspiration of "Rain King," "Round Here" and "A Murder of One."

The Wallflowers are a decent band also, with front man jakob dylan (yes, Bob Dylans son), they created a great, catchy acoustic sound that straddled the happy/depressing line really well, sometimes within the same song. They took a 7 year hiatus a few years back and, from all accounts, are stronger than ever.

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