Friday, May 19, 2017

Free Friday (“FL&R”) and Concert Pictures – May 19

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday.
     On May 17, Blue October visited The Fillmore in San Francisco. The opening band shared the frontman and his drummer brother. Harvard of the South is a side project of Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld. It can be termed a “supergroup,” since it is a combination of Blue October and “Longwave. Harvard of the South is currently permitting free downloads of the song “Without.”

     “Without” by Harvard Of The South 

     The patrons at The Fillmore were knowledgeable and respectful. They were knowledgeable about Blue October and they were respectful of both the band and the people around them. OK, there was the lady who shouted a request for the song “Hate Me” after every song (she even asked for the song during the opening performance by Harvard of the South). But it was a “near perfect crowd.”

     The voice and emotional presentation of Justin Furstenfeld bring most fans to Blue October. In a live setting, it is easier to recognize the musician skills of the band members. Ryan Delahoussaye played the violin, the keyboards and a short-neck 12-string mandolin. Matt Noveskey (bass) and Matthew Ostrander (guitar) were outstanding at times. 

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