Reviews: My Morning Jacket, Courtney Barnett, Justin Bieber, Black Sabbath, Beyoncé

Scribes offer up appraisals of recent concerts, including My Morning Jacket in Houston, Courtney Barnett in Chicago, Justin Bieber in Columbus, Black Sabbath in Auckland, and Beyoncé launching her tour in Miami.

My Morning Jacket @ Revention Music Center in Houston, Texas, April 28 – “My Morning Jacket’s performance was a sight to be seen, a sound to be heard and an event to be experienced. With a set that lasted nearly two hours, the Kentucky-born five-piece refused to leave its drunken (or otherwise intoxicated) fan base wanting.” – Matthew Keever / Houston Press

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Launching her Formation World Tour at Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Fla.,

Courtney Barnett @ Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Ill., April 28 – “Courtney Barnett brought her bazooka to work Thursday at the sold-out Riviera. Most musicians would call it a guitar. But Barnett made it sound like something that blows brick walls to pieces.” – Greg Kot / Chicago Tribune

Justin Bieber @ Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, April 28 – In the Columbus stop of his tour Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center, Bieber proved he knows exactly how to cater to what his fans want: As long as they physically see him and hear his music, they’re happy. Most of the vocals were pre-recorded, but that didn’t stop the entire arena from screaming in ecstasy for just about the entire set.” – Caitlin Essig / The Columbus Dispatch

Black Sabbath @ Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, April 28 – “The show, and the night, belonged to Ozzy, now rivaling Keith Richards as rock ’n’ roll’s greatest survivor. To a grateful audience, he was a lightning rod of charisma and energy, leading clapalongs and playing the role of a pantomime artist extraordinaire.” – Troy Rawhiti-Forbes / New Zealand Herald

Beyoncé @ Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Fla., April 27 – “She sang ‘Drunk in Love’ alone on the platform in the middle of the crowd, wailing with passion, the women in the audience singing hysterically along; on her way back to the stage, Beyoncé squatted on her high heels, sidling and writhing sideways, seducing her way down the ramp.”’ – Jordan Levin / Miami Herald /