October 19, 2007

Josh Ritter covers Modest Mouse (!!) and waits for me in vain

I was supposed to see Josh Ritter in Boulder last night but my tire had other opinions about the matter, unfortunately. So I missed what sounds like a fantastic show – a friend who was there just reported back that Ritter covered Modest Mouse’s “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” (!!) — a tremendous song. Here’s a video clip I found from the night before the Colorado show, so I can pretend I was there:

(live in Minneapolis, 10/17/07)

Josh Ritter is one of the absolute best performers I have seen, and when I saw him this past August, I was blown away with how good the new material sounded brought to life with a full band.

JOSH RITTER: RUMORS (live 8/1/07)

His very good new album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter is out now, and here is a triple shot of tunes for free lovin’

To The Dogs or Whoever – Josh Ritter (from the new album)
Rumors (live in Berlin) – Josh Ritter
The River (Springsteen cover) – Josh Ritter

20-Oct-07 Boise, ID – Egyptian Theater
21-Oct-07 Seattle, WA – Showbox
22-Oct-07 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
24-Oct-07 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
25-Oct-07 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
27-Oct-07 Tucson, AZ -Plush
29-Oct-07 Austin, TX – The Parish
31-Oct-07 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theater
01-Nov-07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
02-Nov-07 Nashville, TN – Exit/Inn
03-Nov-07 Louisville, KY – Headliners
04-Nov-07 Newport, KY – Southgate House
05-Nov-07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
07-Nov-07 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
09-Nov-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall

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  • I’m very sorry you weren’t able to make it. I am very excited for the show on October 29th! I was listening to his show on NPR last week, he sounded brilliant.

    - Neil

    Anonymous — October 19, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

  • I was wondering if you were at the show last night, Heather. Bummer that you couldn’t make it. The show was a great one.

    Callie — October 19, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

  • I saw Ritter this past August when he opened for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – fantastic musician, took me a little while to get to like him, but he’s one of my favorites.

    Andrew — October 20, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  • Here’s my review of Josh Ritter live in Boise, a homecoming concert of sorts:


    Check him out by all means, if you can. The opening act, Eric Bachmann, was great as well.

    Julie Fanselow — October 21, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  • he DC show is indeed available on NPR, is fantastic, and does include “Tiny Cities.” Thanks for the post!

    Greg — October 22, 2007 @ 8:11 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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