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The Black Keys Announce Tour Dates: Salt Lake's In! Corey O'Brien |
05/08/2014 | Filed In: The Black Keys | Black Keys | Corey O'Brien | Turn Blue | Turn Blue Tour | Maverick Center | Maverik Center | November | Jake Bugg | Jake Bug | Concert Announcement

The Black Keys Announce Tour Dates: Salt Lake's In!

(Photo by Danny Clinch used with permission from Nonesuch Records)

The Black Keys, whose new album, "Turn Blue" comes out on Tuesday (and you can listen to it early by clicking here), announced the "Turn Blue World Tour" and by gosh darn, Salt Lake made the cut.  This is refreshing because The Black Keys are one of the best live bands around and because so many other bands like Nine Inch Nails and Kings of Leon have skipped us over on their recent tours (though I still light a candle they will announce SLC dates eventually).

Dan and Patrick announced their dates in a way that would make David Lynch proud.  Check out the video below and get ready for turkey season with The Black Keys on November 12th at the Maverik Center. Not to mention the excellent Jake Bugg is their opener for the Salt Lake date. Tickets go on sale May 16th. That's next Thursday, so don't go and blow all you concert ticket money this weekend.

Also, catch The Black Keys on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

Here is the video for "Fever" in case you haven't gotten around to it:

 

Here is the complete list of tour dates in case you are a superfan and want to follow them around:

May 16-18 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Fest

June 20 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany Southside Festival

June 22 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival

June 24 Zagreb, Croatia Inmusic Festival

June 25 Pilton, U.K. Glastonbury

June 27 St. Gallen, Switzerland Open Air St. Gallen (sold out)

June 28 Beuningen, Holland Down The Rabbit Hole

July 2 Gdansk, Poland Open’er Festival

July 4 Pas-de-Calais, France Main Square Festival

July 5 Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark Werchter

July 6 Belfort, France Les Eurockennes

July 8 Rome, Italy Rock In Rome

July 11 Lisboa, Portugal Optimus Alive

July 12 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao – BBK Live

July 15 Nîmes, France Festival de Nîmes

July 17 Les Vieilles Charrues, France Les Vieilles Charrues

July 20 Suffolk, U.K. Latitude Festival

July 22 Nyon, Switzerland Paleo Festival

September 5 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center*

September 6 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena*

September 7 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena*

September 9 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center*

September 10 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center*

September 12 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena*

September 13 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center*

September 14 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena*

September 16 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre*

September 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre*

September 20 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center*

September 21 Boston, MA TD Garden*

September 24 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center*

September 25 Washington, DC Verizon Center*

September 27 Chicago, IL United Center*

October 24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center†

October 25 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre†

October 27 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome†

October 28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place†

October 30 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum†

October 31 Portland, OR Moda Center†

November 1 Seattle, WA KeyArena†

November 9 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl†

November 10 Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center†

November 12 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center†

November 13 Denver, CO Pepsi Center†

November 15 Houston, TX Toyota Center†

November 16 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center†

December 4 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena‡

December 5 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena‡

December 6 Richmond, VA Richmond Colliseum‡

December 8 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena‡

December 9 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center‡

December 11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena‡

December 12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena‡

December 13 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena‡

December 15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center‡

December 16 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum‡

December 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center‡

December 19 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center‡

December 20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center‡

December 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center‡ *with special guest Cage The Elephant †with special guest Jake Bugg ‡with special guest St. Vincent 

-Corey O'Brien

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Uber and Lyft: Salt Lake Gets Ride-Sharing cobrien |
05/07/2014 | Filed In: Salt Lake | Rideshare | Ride Share | Lyft | Uber | Car2Go | ZipCar | Commute | Sidecar | Real

Uber and Lyft: Salt Lake Gets Ride-Sharing

It's a Saturday night and you're leaving the Real match.  You've had a few and know you shouldn't drive home.  Well, you can't because your friends were wise enough to take your keys.  There you are, standing outside Energy Solutions Arena with your phone trying to get through to a cab company so you can meet some friends downtown at a piano bar - even though no one really needs to hear "Piano Man" ever again. The busy signal is incessant and if you ever hear "...your method of payment is very important..." one more time your phone might take flight.  The good news is Salt Lake's night life is now easier and safer to navigate making cabs and UTA feel like rotary phones.  The bad new is people are already working to stomp it out.

Salt Lake has been given a gift that cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle have been enjoying for some time.  It's called ride-sharing and it works like a cab, but much more user-friendly and technologically advanced.  Plus, if you're looking for extra income, they're hiring.  It's a great way to make some money using your car (granted it's in good condition and you are not a psychopath).  UberX, the everyman version of Uber, which in larger cities has black cars such as Lincolns and SUVs at a premium cost, along with Lyft are now up and running in Salt Lake.

Uber and Lyft are free apps for your smartphone. The interface is quite lovely. On Uber's app the little UberX cars peddle around, like homeless droids, waiting for you digitally hail one. You set your pick-up point and click "request." Once a driver accepts you need for transportation one of those cars will head your way. You also get a picture of who and what will be picking you up.  When it arrives you get a text or call from the driver notifying you they are there and at your service.

Download Uber for iPhone here or the site.

Download Lyft for iPhone here or visit their site.

Once in the car, you give the driver your destination and you're off.  When you arrive and depart the app prompts you to pay. You're also asked to rate your driver on a five-star system.  I rarely give less than five because everyone has been so nice up to this point. Tip is included in the price unless you feel the drive went above and beyond in which case you can add some extra monetary love.  

The rating you give your driver matters.  If a driver drops below a certain rating they won't be driving for the company anymore. This assures quality, which means creepy drivers and dirty cars won't fly.  Payment is made through whatever credit or debit means you have attached to your account. Receipts are emailed to you.

Lyft works the same way, but stand out with the bright pink moustaches affixed to the grills of their driver's cars, which some find cheesy. The drivers are also instructed to fist bump passengers.  I want a ride, not a ritual. 

Who drives these cars?  You do, your neighbors, college kids, bored house-spouses or anyone who wants to make some money and get out from in front of the TV.  Drivers can rate passengers just as passengers rate drivers.  I have had friends drive for Uber and heard some horror stories about passengers who've soiled their cars or been belligerent.  Too many bad passenger ratings will assure no one will want to pick you up, so be nice.

I've used both services and like them a lot.  There are also companies such as Car2Go: smart cars, which you can access and pay a minute-per-use fee including gas and insurance.  The nice thing about these little guys is you can pick them up and leave them anywhere parking is metered as opposed to the Rise Share cars we have around Salt Lake now that must be picked up and returned in the same place.  There's also ZipCar that work much like the Rideshare: you pick 'em up and drop 'em in the same place for a time-based fee.  Side Car's another one that works much like Lyft and Uber. Car2Go, ZipCar and Side Car don't have plans to expand to the Salt Lake Market, yet.  At least not that I could find.

My friends and I have been using these service for the last few weeks and love them.  The only problem is at times there can be too few cars running, but this is something the market will correct.

The controversy with these companies has been some insurance issues.  These have seem to have been worked out.  The big backlash have come from cab companies, who have a hard time competing with the convince, selectivity and price you get with using an app, especially if you are out partying.

One downside, Uber and Lyft hike rates when it gets busy to limit congestion and tempt more drivers out to handle the swell.  This can be aggravating when a ride goes from $10 to $15 or $30, but hey, that's the free market in action, right?

Another argument I have heard is this kind of service encourages drinking.  This is asinine.  If anything this service keeps more drunk people from getting behind the wheel, which is a great thing.  It also encourages people to get out and be more social in their city, which leads to community building.

If you've had to deal with cab companies in the SLC you know it isn't always a pleasant experience.  I've been asked to pay a flat free for a short ride and dealt with some shifty folks (one time I had a driver ask a lady-friend of mine to flash him).  This isn't always the case with cabs, there are plenty of nice people who drive for these companies, but I've had enough odd experiences to make ride-sharing look very attractive. Plus, competition is good.

And UTA, which has its advantages, doesn't always run as late as you may need it to.

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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MCA Day and Break Dancing Monks Corey O'Brien |
05/06/2014 | Filed In: MCA | Beasite Boys | MCA | Adam Yauch | Mike D | Corey O'Brien | Ad-Rock

MCA Day and Break Dancing Monks

I am so ashamed of myself for missing MCA day.  Adam Yauch, MCA, sadly passed away on May 4, 2012.  Even if you didn't love their music you had to have some respect for them.  They never sold-out (unless you consider letting "Star Trek" use "Sabatoge" selling out).  In memoriam some guys dressed as Buddist Monks and got down to some finer Beasties cuts.  Check out the video.

R.I.P.M.C.A.

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Hiring: Star Wars' Cantina Needs Talent Corey O'Brien |
05/05/2014 | Filed In: Star Wars | Corey O'Brien | Ben Folds | Weird Al | College Humor | Liz Phair

Hiring: Star Wars' Cantina Needs Talent

As if you didn't get enough of "May the 4th Be With You" all over your Tweets, Facebooks and Snapchats yesterday, be on notice: it isn't the 5th you've gotta be weary of, especially in a video where Daughty is painted up like a Sith.

Small rant: three films come out in the 70's with effect and characters placed in a grand place, a place far, far away.  It had fresh-faced actors and a mythology about it.  It gave birth to fan-boy/girl culture and the world would never be the same. Some years later they make three more films, none of which anyone seemed to like.  Probably because we all carry warm and fuzzies for certain childhood things.  Hell, even I grew out of 311.  So at best, "Star Wars" is batting 50/50 and perhaps less if you count the fact that many people don't like "Jedi."  I ask that we all don't get overly excited over these new films.  

If your doctor were right half the time, you'd be a cripple.  Let's try and not let this galaxy cripple the culture and media until we see the "Episode 7."

Anyway, here is a video of Lisa Loeb, Ben Folds (who I will never tire of), Weird Al and a mixture of other trying to get in on this new bar band gig:

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Hear It Now: The Black Keys "Turn Blue" Corey O'Brien |
05/05/2014 | Filed In: Corey O'Brien | The Black Keys | Black Keys | Turn Blue | Fever | Dan Auerbach | Patrick Carney

Hear It Now: The Black Keys

*Photo by Danny Clinch used by permission of Nonesuch Records

Oh, waiting for release dates is such a lame past time these days.  We all want two things: One, to hear new music before anyone else and two, to see them live.  I can help with at least one of these.  Stream The Black Keys, "Turn Blue" new album right now by clicking here.  The new album isn't out until a week from tomorrow, so learn the lyrics, figure out which songs are your favorite ("Waiting On Words" is alreayd one of my picks from the album) and don't forget you can also catch The Black Keys on Saturday Night Live this Saturday night.

Here is the tracklist for "Turn Blue":

1. Weight of Love 2. In Time 3. Turn Blue 4. Fever 5. Year in Review 6. Bullet in the Brain 7. It’s Up to You Now 8. Waiting on Words 9. 10 Lovers 10. In Our Prime 11. Gotta Get Away

*Photos by Danny Clinch. Used with permission from Nonesuch records

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