Blue Mountain, his first studio album since 2000. Alongside the National's Dessner and Devendorf brothers, Weir sings about "plainspun and rough" lives while a nimbus of reverberating electric guitars surrounds his uncharacteristically simple acoustic campfire strumming. Written mainly by Josh Ritter, Blue Mountain's rearranged traditionals and evocations of lonely yet stirring vistas sounds a lot less nostalgic than you might imagine. And don't be surprised if the evening's second set isn't crammed with indie-rock reinterpretations of Weir's more-than-respectable Grateful Dead repertoire.
Concentrating on cowboy music and backed by the National, the Grateful Dead's former rhythm-guitar eccentric shuffles his Birkenstocks into Brooklyn for "An Evening With Bob Weir." The Dead's perennial youngster, now sixty-eight, sounds warmer, wiser, and more weathered than ever on