Foo Fighters FInd Their Perfect Crowd Size at The Fillmore

I started to write one review of Wednesday night’s Foo Fighters show at The Fillmore, but when I checked my review of their 2017 set at Voodoo to refresh my memory of what they did, I saw that 95 percent of my comments on that night apply to Wednesday’s show as well. So rather than say the same thing or paraphrase myself, I’ll simply say start here. I’ll wait. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Specializes in the Wow Factor

The lighting rig that hung over the members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Smoothie King Center Wednesday night could serve as the New World Order Olympic rings—seven, not five, close together but not interlocking, each with an LED square inside. Three songs into the set, the rings surprised the crowd when the LED squares inside the front three lowered to bring band members including violin player Asha Mevlana to the stage.

Foxygen Are Rock Stars, Even if the World Doesn't Know That Yet

Foxygen mines its raw materials from '70s rock but uses it to make something beautifully irreverent and contemporary. On the new Hang, "Avalon" nakedly quotes ABBA without sounding even half as sanitary, perhaps because the quote sits next to Sam France and Jonathan Rado's take on The Kinks' music hall-era output. I hear Bowie, Rundgren, and countless others, but they make no effort to hide those sources.

The Drive-By Truckers Come Alive

The Drive-By Truckers made their name with 2001’s Southern Rock Opera, but for a few years it seemed like Southern Rock Soap Opera couldn’t be far behind. With the exception of DBT lifers Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and long-time drummer Brad Morgan, the band’s lineup has always been in some kind of flux. From the mid-2000s until a few years ago, those changes threatened to weigh the band down.

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