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Friday, August 18, 2017

Photos: Thursday night's Slayer show at the KettleHouse Amphitheater with openers Lamb of God and Behemoth

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Seth and Nergal of Poland’s Behemoth introducing European Black/Death Metal to the KettleHouse Amphitheater.
  • Seth and Nergal of Poland’s Behemoth introducing European Black/Death Metal to the KettleHouse Amphitheater.
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  • Lamb of God
Slayer’s Kerry King (of the Goat Beard).
  • Slayer’s Kerry King (of the Goat Beard).
Tom Araya’s eyes on the prize.
  • Tom Araya’s eyes on the prize.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Photos: Monday night's Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue show at the Wilma

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:49 PM

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Photos from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hot Tuna and Wood Brothers at the Kettlehouse Amphitheater

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Kebbi Williams of Tedeschi Trucks - PHOTO BY WILLIAM MUNOZ
  • photo by William Munoz
  • Kebbi Williams of Tedeschi Trucks
Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band - PHOTO BY WILLIAM MUNOZ
  • photo by William Munoz
  • Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band
Oliver Wood of Wood Brothers - PHOTO BY WILLIAM MUNOZ
  • photo by William Munoz
  • Oliver Wood of Wood Brothers
Jack Casady, left, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna - PHOTO BY WILLIAM MUNOZ
  • photo by William Munoz
  • Jack Casady, left, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photos from Tuesday night's Lil Wayne show at the Adams Center

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 3:13 PM

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Photos from Tuesday night's Of Montreal show at the Top Hat

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 3:23 PM

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Photos from Friday night's Mastodon show at the Wilma Theatre

Posted By on Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 6:01 PM



Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, far left, joined Eagles of Death Metal for their opening song while front man Jesse Hughes, far right, wasted no time amping up the crowd. - PHOTO BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
  • photo by Matthew Roberts
  • Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, far left, joined Eagles of Death Metal for their opening song while front man Jesse Hughes, far right, wasted no time amping up the crowd.

“You’ve got the only two things that really get me,” Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes confessed to a fan in the front row after she tossed a bra, presumably hers, into his arms about 10 minutes into the band's set. That’s about when the show really started.

EODM is currently on a lengthy American and European tour opening for metal giants Mastodon, who headlined the sold-out 17th Blaze Birthday Bash at the Wilma on Friday, April 14 along with a second opener, Chicago's Russian Circles. The show was Mastodon’s kickoff gig for the tour.
Mastodon began their set amidst a modestly embellished stage, but over the course of the first few songs it slowly burgeoned into an  extravagant scene, complete with video screens and light show. - PHOTO BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
  • photo by Matthew Roberts
  • Mastodon began their set amidst a modestly embellished stage, but over the course of the first few songs it slowly burgeoned into an extravagant scene, complete with video screens and light show.

Russian Circles played a roughly 30-minute set of relentless instrumental doom metal that, while heavy and delicious, was nothing compared to the sexually charged flamboyant rock of EODM. The California-based lovechild of longtime friends Hughes and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age) danced and thrusted through an exhilarating set that included a great cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” and an energetic extended version of their own “Speaking in Tongues.”

Once the stage crew wiped up after EODM, Mastodon played, leading with “Sultan’s Curse,” the opening track on their new album, Emperor of Sand.
Brent Hinds lends his voice, rapid guitar chops and slight air of chaos to Mastodon’s performance at the Wilma. - PHOTO BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
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  • Brent Hinds lends his voice, rapid guitar chops and slight air of chaos to Mastodon’s performance at the Wilma.

Mastodon’s music is hard to pull off live. Much of its sound derives from unstable harmonies, sludgy tones and the complicated and one-of-a-kind interplay between guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher. And a lot of that is simply lost in a live setting. Luckily, underneath all the brutal nuance lies an unshakeable foundation. Mastodon delivered a powerful performance sampling its entire career including some of their most beloved early tracks like “Megalodon” and “March of the Fire Ants.”
Brent Hinds (left), Troy Sanders (middle), Bill Kelliher (right) and Brann Dailor (not pictured) of Mastodon kicked off their set with “Sultan’s Curse,” the first track on their new album, Emperor of Sand. - PHOTO BY MATHEW ROBERTS
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  • Brent Hinds (left), Troy Sanders (middle), Bill Kelliher (right) and Brann Dailor (not pictured) of Mastodon kicked off their set with “Sultan’s Curse,” the first track on their new album, Emperor of Sand.
The show closed with drummer Brann Dailor, whose recent bout of the flu had a slightly negative impact on his vocals (everyone in Mastodon lends their voice to the sound in one way or another), wishing everyone a pleasant evening and a goodnight as he raced off to his bunk and a shot of Nyquil.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Photos of Mandolin Orange playing to a packed crowd at the Top Hat Thursday night

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 2:55 PM

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band to play Kettlehouse Amphitheater in July

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 12:34 PM

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  • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band played the Red Ants Pants Festival in 2011 in a field in White Sulphur Springs under a big, starry sky. The contrast between the band's swanky attire and the rural landscape was stunning and a little surreal, as if a New York concert hall had been accidentally teleported to a cow pasture.

The folk/country singer-songwriter will play a similar environment—this time in the light, on the banks of the Blackfoot River—when the KettleHouse Amphitheater hosts An Evening with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band on Thu., July 13 at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. MST Fri., March 31, and will be available at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 877-987-6487. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available online only from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thu, March 30. Sign up here. $35–$50 depending on seating.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Photos from Friday's Greensky Bluegrass show at the Wilma

Posted By on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 12:03 PM

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Decemberists to headline two-day music festival at Big Sky Brewing Co. Amphitheater in August

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM

The Decemberists
  • The Decemberists

Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater just announced the inaugural Travelers' Rest, a two-day festival scheduled for Sat., Aug. 12, and Sun., Aug. 13, featuring the Decemberists, plus Belle and Sebastian, The Head and the Heart, Sylvan Esso, Shakey Graves, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Real Estate and Julien Baker. Big Sky Brewing says more artists will be announced later in the spring.

Decemberists' frontman Colin Meloy is spearheading the festival. He grew up in Helena, went to school at the University of Montana, and spent part of his college years playing music in a band called Tarkio that frequented the legendary Missoula venue Jay's Upstairs.

“Growing up, it drove me crazy how many national touring bands skipped Montana altogether," Meloy says in the Big Sky press release. "I'm glad we can do our small part to bring more music to the area."

The Decemberists plan to headline both nights, playing two distinct sets. The band is donating $1 from every ticket sold to ACLU Montana.

Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at bigskybrewconcerts.com for $79.50. A VIP weekend pass option is also available for $149.50. Visit travelersrestfest.com for more info.

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