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Check It Out!: July 26, 2013

Sound City Players —

Real to Reel (RCA)

When Dave Grohl shot the documentary Sound City, about the legendary and recently-shuttered recording studio in Van Nuys, CA, this ad hoc group came together and put out an album. Given Grohl’s broad musical appetite, it’s not surprising that this mix of odd creative bedfellows includes Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Stevie Nicks, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Fear frontman Lee Ving and former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic.

Having purchased the studio’s original Neve mixing board, the Foo Fighters mastermind invited all these artists into his home to record. Rather than cut a bunch of covers, Grohl and company instead went with all originals. The results are surprisingly good given the freewheeling nature of this project. Standouts include a surprisingly spry-sounding Springfield tearing into the aggressively Foo-like “The Man That Never Was,” Nicks’ Mac-kissed “You Can’t Fix This” and Ving’s punk-blues rant “”Your Wife is Calling.” Then there’s of course “Cut Me Some Slack,” essentially Nirvana fronted by Macca. Originally debuted at last year’s MSG Sandy benefit and subsequently played on Saturday Night Live, it’s a slice of raw yowling that finds the septuagenarian easily keeping up with his considerably younger bandmates. Thanks to the loose vibe on Real to Reel, this mash note to Sound City works on a few different levels.

July 27


Bob Dylan and His Band/Wilco/Beck (Acoustic)/Ryan Bingham @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater,

1000 Ocean Pkwy, 7:30 p.m. $89.50, $59.50, $39.50.


One of the more hotly-anticipated tours of the year, this bill finds Saint Bob on the latest leg of his never-ending tour (this time in support of last year’s Tempest), joined by alt-country stalwarts Wilco, iconoclast Beck and the vastly underrated Ryan Bingham, who most may have caught playing the bandleader for Jeff Bridge’s fictional Otis “Bad” Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart.

July 27


Leon Russell/Southside Johnny @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.,

8 p.m. $52. 877-598-8497

Quite the unusual but altogether intriguing bill, this pairing finds legendary piano-playing Okie Russell teaming up with Springsteen running buddy and perpetual road dog Southside Johnny. Here you have a onetime member of the ‘60s California-based collective of studio musicians called The Wrecking Crew and a respected solo artist (“A Song For You,” “Hummingbird,” “Delta Lady”) with the harp wailing/Sam Cooke loving frontman for the Jukes and the Poor Fools. And with Southside Johnny recently released Songs From the Barn with the latter, expect a mix of current originals and newer covers of Dylan, Bo Diddley, Lucinda Williams and Randy Newman.

July 27


Mary Chapin Carpenter/Marc Cohn @ the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd.,

8 p.m. $65, $45, $30. 516-299-3100

Ten studio albums in, Mary Chapin Carpenter continues to be one of the more consistently solid singer-songwriters on the scene today. Last year’s Ashes and Roses reaffirmed this thanks to its highly confessional vibe infusing Carpenter’s typically well-crafted fare. Opening act Marc Cohn serves as the perfect complimentary tour mate for her and while 2010’s Listening Booth: 1970 was his last studio outing, on it he covered a an intriguing cross-section of artists including The Box Tops, Cat Stevens, CCR, Bread and the Grateful Dead.

July 29


Dick Dale @ Stephen Talkhouse

61 Main St. 8 p.m. $70, $55. 631-267-3117
Still shredding at the ripe old age of 76, the King of Surf Guitar has beaten rectal cancer back twice, has been espousing a red meat-free lifestyle since 1972, is a committed environmentalist and continues to put on the kind of physically active live shows that would exhaust players half his age. (Also appearing on July 30 @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-969-1101

July 30


Rhett Miller @ Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St.

8 p.m. $45, $30. 631-267-3117

Within the confines of his group The Old 97’s, Rhett Miller dives headlong into the twangy, alternative side of the pool. Venturing out on his own, Miller has had a penchant for gorgeous, melodic alt-pop that’s hinted at in his main gig. For last year’s The Dreamer, the native Texan has re-embraced his country music roots, a fact he’ll be reinforcing via the solo, acoustic set he’ll be delivering for this East End gig.

July 31


Yes @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.,

8 p.m. $62.50, $52.50. 877-598-8497,

In the ever-evolving prog-rock soap opera that is the world of Yes, Jon Anderson continues to be on the outs with the rest of the group while mainstays Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White soldier along with Asia/Drama-era keyboardist Geoff Downes. With the departure of Yes tribute band vocalist Benoit David due to illness, Jon Davison, singer from prog-rock outfit Glass Hammer is not fronting the group. For this tour, the quintet will be playing three albums in their entirety from the Yes canon — The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going For the One.