Grammy Award-winning musician Beck will play at the Mud Island Amphitheater this Saturday night. With the release of Morning Phase, Beck gave fans his first new album since 2008's Modern Guilt and proved that at 44 years old, he was still capable of reinventing himself without rehashing some of his classic records like Sea Change or Midnight Vultures.
During the gap between Modern Guilt and Morning Phase, Beck stayed busy behind the scenes, producing acclaimed albums for artists like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stephen Malkmus, in addition to cranking out strange cover songs, remixes, and even releasing a split single with Memphis' own Jay Reatard. Morning Phase could definitely be considered "adult alternative" rock compared to the R&B-meets-grunge-rock mash-ups he was experimenting with in the early '90s. Beck's music has taken many twists and turns throughout his career, but those of us who grew up in the '90s will probably always remember the lines "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me" from the generation-defining (and appropriately titled) song "Loser."
Opening for Beck is Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT), a psychedelic duo featuring Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. There's a whole lot of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd worship going on in GOASTT's hazy, psychedelic songs, along with traces of groups like the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and Golden Dawn. Saturday's show starts off a busy summer for the Mud Island Amphitheater, with Robert Plant playing in June and Yo Gotti's Birthday Bash later that month. Tickets for Beck and GOASTT are still on sale.