Performing for the first time in 10 years with the musicians that helped him record Sea Change, Beck kept the beginning of his set focused on that LP's melancholy tunes like "Golden Age," "End of the Day" and "Lost Cause." But things turned celebratory when he thanked Neil Young for helping him early in his career, then handed his son Cosimo a tambourine and launched into Young's "Pocahontas." The sold-out Shoreline crowd was elated when Young himself came out to assist on vocals, but the party truly began when Beck and his band busted out "Where It's At," sans the turntables, but played with enough energy to get most of the audience clapping along with the 1996 hit.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »