March, 2021 Archive
Not wanting to forget the rest of the country after announcing two runs in the NYC area, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has extended their fall touring with five new shows nationwide. The band will perform two shows in California, in San Diego and Oakland, before heading East for performances in Philadelphia and Boston. Finally, in December, the group will return to the Belly Up Aspen in Colorado, performing there in early December.These shows come in addition to previously scheduled dates at the Brooklyn Bowl, Capitol Theatre, Ogden Theatre, and Dominican Holidaze. The band will also be performing at LOCKN’ Festival this weekend.You can see below to find out all sorts of dates and information regarding each newly-announced stop along Joe Russo’s Almost Dead fall tour!Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Newly-Announced Fall Tour DatesFriday, Nov 11, 2016 ~ House Of Blues, San Diego, CA (Tickets)Band Facebook Pre Sale Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30PM ESTVenue Pre Sale: Thursday, August 25 at 1:00PM ESTOn Sale: Friday, August 26 at 12:00PM NOON ESTSaturday, Nov 12, 2016 ~ Fox Theater, Oakland CA (Tickets)Band Facebook Pre Sale Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30PM ESTVenue Pre Sale: Thursday, August 25 at 1:00PM ESTOn Sale: Friday, August 26 at 12:00PM NOON ESTSaturday, Nov 26, 2016 ~ Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA (Tickets)(Our dear friend Jon Shaw will be subbing for Dave Dreiwitz for this show ONLY.)Band Facebook Pre Sale Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30PM ESTVenue Pre Sale: Thursday, August 25 at 10:00AM ESTOn Sale: Friday, August 26 at 12:00PM ESTFriday, Dec 2, 2016 ~ House Of Blues, Boston, MA (Tickets)Band Facebook Pre Sale Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30PM ESTVenue Pre Sale: Thursday, August 25 at 10:00AM ESTOn Sale: Friday, August 26 at 12:00PM ESTSaturday, Dec 17, 2016 ~ Belly Up, Aspen, CO (Tickets)Band Facebook Pre Sale Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30PM ESTVenue Pre Sale: Thursday, August 25 at 2:00PM ESTOn Sale: Friday, August 26 at 2:00PM EST
In a new post to Ween fan group Ween Appreciation Society, Mickey Melchiondo Jr. shared a “little gift” to his fans: a recording of Ween’s 9/29/93 performance at Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. Melchiondo describes the new posting, saying “my little gift to y’all—–a lotta deep tracks, just before we became a 4 piece band.”The vintage show opens with “Pork Roll Egg and Cheese,” and features a ton of classics from the Ween catalog. Enjoy the new recording in the stream below!You can see the Brownbase setlist posted below, edited to reflect the actual recording.Setlist: Ween at Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – 9/29/93Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy), Freedom of ’76, Junkie Boy, Vallejo, Don’t Shit Where You Eat, Puerto Rican Power, Captain Fantasy, Sketches of Winkle, Poopship Destroyer, Nan, Push th’ Little Daisies, Ode to Rene, LMLYP, Drifter in the Dark, Fat Lenny, Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, The Concert Is Over,– taken from band’s on stage setlist – may not be what was actually played– Birthday Boy may not have been played– Old Man Thunder played by request at some point mid set
The String Cheese Incident is known for being rather crafty when it comes to their cover song selection. Over the years, the group has demonstrated a bit of a “no stone left unturned” attitude in covering some of their favorite artists. With their annual three-night run at Suwannee Hulaween down in Live Oak, FL, SCI has a little fun with their special themed, or “costume” set that they perform every year. This year’s theme looks to be a great one, as it was recently announced to be Stringier Things: Celebrating The 80’s.Hulaween just sold out of Advance Tier 1 tickets and the rest are moving quickly! Head to their website for tickets and more information.The 80’s are a decade the group knows all too well, so we decided to take a look back at some of SCI’s most memorable covers from one of the more unique decades in music history. While some of the songs below have become staples in the Cheese catalog over the years, you can bet they are going to pull off plenty of surprises for their themed Halloween set. Thus, we looked back at some of the 80’s covers they have already pulled off in their career, as well as a few that we would love to see them play at this year’s Hulaween.Take a listen below, and we’ll see you down at Spirit of the Suwannee!– Prince’s “Kiss” (1986’s Kiss) into David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” (1983’s Let’s Dance) into Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” (1984’s Purple Rain) back into Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from his 1969 self-titled album, from Electric Forest 2016 with Karl Denson on sax:– Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (1983’s Speaking in Tongues), from 7/23/10:– Paul Simon’s “Under African Skies” (1986’s Graceland), from 7/5/12:– A-Ha’s “Take On Me” (1985’s Hunting High and Low) (16:15 mark in video), from Electric Forest 2015:– Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” (1986’s Licensed to Ill) (taped by Freddie G), from the Big Summer Classic in Brooklyn, NY 7/21/05:– The Clash’s “Rock The Casbah” (1982’s Combat Rock), from 10/31/2004:– Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (1985’s Songs From The Big Chair), from Red Rocks on 7/15/16:– Rick James’ “Super Freak” (1981’s Street Songs) from the Sunshine Daydream Festival, 8/7/04 (taped by Brian Hadella):And here are a few tracks that we would love for SCI to pull off during their 80’s themed set:– Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” (1984) with vocals from Michael Jackson:– Sweden’s own Europe and their mega-hit “The Final Countdown” (1986):– Eddy Grant’s hit “Electric Avenue” (1982):Suwannee Hulaween runs from October 28-30, bringing an incredible lineup with sets from My Morning Jacket, Logic, Disclosure, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Claypool Lennon Delirium, Big Gigantic, Rebelution and more! String Cheese Incident will also be on board for all three nights, only adding to the musical magic that is Hulaween. Check out the full lineup below, and head to Hulaween’s website for tickets and more information.
The Trongone Band is a perfect mix of soulful down-South rock ‘n’ roll and classic Americana-style jamming. The band, which hails from Richmond, Virginia, has been gearing up in recent months, as the group is set to release their debut album, Keys To The House, on June 30th via Harmonized Records. The four-piece is composed of brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone along with keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Todd Herrington. Together, the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of the Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.The Trongone Band Heats Things Up At The Hamilton In DC [Audio/Gallery/Review]In promotion of their upcoming album, Keys To The House, The Trongone Band has been kind enough to share their latest single with Live For Live Music. The song is called “Anne Marie,” and it’s definitely something you’re going to want to check out. As Andrew Trongone says of number, “Anne Marie, what can I say about her? She was originally written as a slower, half-time ballad-type tune. While keeping the band mind, I wanted to write a song driven by harmonies and heartbreak. It later morphed into the upbeat southern rock-style song pushed by electric guitar with a little country swing. Who is she? Although a fictional name, was inspired by a true story and is just simply ‘the one who got away.’ We’ve all got an Anne Marie, and that’s why this is a song for everyone.”You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of The Trongone Band’s “Anne Marie” below. In promotion of Keys To The House, The Trongone Band is also set to go on an extensive tour this summer, which will see the group crisscross the South. You can look below before The Trongone Band’s upcoming tour dates, or head over to their website to secure tickets and get more information about the group and Keys To The House. Also feel free to pick up your own copy on iTunes!The Trongone Band Upcoming Tour DatesMay 21st – Dominion Riverrock – Richmond, VAMay 25th – White Squirrel Festival – Brevard, NCMay 26th & 27th – Rooster Walk – Martinsville, VAJune 3rd – The Howling – Abingdon, VAJune 22nd – Martins Downtown – Roanoke, VAJune 23rd – Broadberry – Richmond, VAJune 30th – Gram Parsons Derry Down – Winter Haven, FL w/ Dead 27’sJuly 6th – The Whiskey – Wilmington, NCJuly 7th – Congress Street Social Club – Savannah, GAJuly 8th – Wise Man Brewing Co – Winston Salem, NCJuly 13th – Nottoway Nights – Fairfax, VAJuly 15th – dogtown roadhouse – Floyd, VAJuly 22nd – Rhythm & Brews By The Bay – Kilmarnock, VAAugust 17th – Concerts on the Green – Duck, NC
It’s safe to say that we’re all eagerly counting down the days until Phish takes up its thirteen-night residency at Madison Square Garden this summer. With Baker’s Dozen right around the corner, phans have been patiently waiting for sneak peeks into the latest artwork (or really more hints about the two-week run, period), and over the weekend, we got just that. Phans who ordered the thirteen-show Baker’s Dozen package through Phish Tickets By Mail have started receiving their tickets in their mail, and they’re truly something else.The ticket package arrives in a fluorescent pink package, reminiscent of the pink boxes that Portland, Oregon’s Voodoo Donuts come packaged in and similarly proving true Voodoo Donut’s slogan that “Good things come in pink boxes.” On the outside, a Simpsons-esque font reads “The Baker’s Dozen” and the dates, as well as the name Phish, with the letter i diving through a stylized donut. Once the package opens, the top of the box reads “Glaze on” over a repeated donut print, while the real treat is below.Inside the box are thirteen, unique donut-shaped tickets. Given the photos that were posted on Reddit yesterday, the tickets come folded, as each donut is drawn to have a bite taken out of it, exposing a bit of the barcode behind it. The donuts themselves are each unique, with bubble letters spelling out Phish and different glazes and sprinkles on each. You can take a look for yourself below. On top of that, some of the official artwork for the run has been released as well, including a graphic seemingly from the same artists that sports a five donuts fighting over lightning bolts. Folks are speculating that the artwork is via Brosmind Studios, and the resemblance is pretty clear. Others have pointed out that Brosmind also produced the artwork for Phish’s 2011 Summer tour as well as a Fall ’99 poster, highlighting that this guess is probably not too far off.You can check out the artwork for yourself below to keep you satiated until Baker’s Dozen hits New York City from July 21st to August 6th this summer.
Electronic duo ODESZA recently dropped their highly-anticipated new album, A Moment Apart, which featured a guest collaboration with Leon Bridges on the track “Across the Room.” As part of the continuous support of the new album, they’ve released a “making of” video to the track that reveals intimate moments in the studio where the three artists wrote the song together. In a series of interview clips, the dynamic duo explains about how they long dreamed of collaborating with Bridges, who had never heard of ODESZA until being tapped for the song, and how the composition evolved over the course of one unordinary Tuesday.Listen To Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, & Gary Clark Jr.’s Reinterpretation Of Neil Young’s “Ohio”During their session together, ideas turned into a beautiful song that will undoubtedly resonate for fans of both parties. Leon Bridges expresses how working with Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight has broken him into new territory, even calling them the “best [he’s] ever worked with.” The art of collaboration is thoroughly exemplified in the video, which we urge you to watch below:Listen to the full song below:
On December 29th, 30th, and 31st, Baltimore-native funk-jam quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will host their 2017-2018 New Year’s celebration in the Midwest, with two nights in Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom (with Jones For Revival and Earphorik, respectively) leading up to their New Year’s Eve performance at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY (with Flamingosis and Cycles).Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Detail 2018 Winter Tour & Domefest DatesToday, the band announced a very special theme for their year-end blowout in Covington: “DISNYE”. The special performance will take the audience on a trip through “the Magical World of Disney”, as the band pays homage to the cartoon musicals we all grew up watching and loving. As the band notes in their theme announcement, “We’re bursting with ideas for this one… BE PREPARED!”Last year, the band rang in the New Year with Lotus at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA, and welcomed a sit-in from Lotus guitarist Mike Rempel for a memorable rendition of “Walk Outside”.Tickets are available now here. For more information on upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Lotus & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Ring In 2017 Together In Pittsburgh [Audio/Gallery/Video]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Deliver New Tune At Paste Studio Session [Video]Before they begin their 2017-018 New Year’s run, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have two more performances on their ongoing tour in support of their 2017 release, Pizzazz, including a show at Philadelphia’s Theater of the Living Arts (TLA) this Friday, December 8th, and at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Millvale, PA the following night, Saturday, December 9th. Tickets for those shows are also available at the Pigeons Playing Ping Pong website.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.; Instagram: @PhiercePhoto]
I left the Moon Hooch show at the Teragram Ballroom on March 23 with a whole host of thoughts, feelings and emotions—from ringing ears and a blown mind, to a rudimentary understanding of what exactly “cave music” is. More than anything, though, I left with a question: What if?See, my brothers used to play the flute, and not without a hefty helping of reluctance. In much the same way that I later came to play (and subsequently, regrettably give up) piano, my parents, at least partly at my grandmother’s behest, cudgeled my brother into taking up the flute. There was a tradition of music in my family that, if not professional, was a step above recreational, and that the older generations hoped to uphold in mine.Thing is, when my brother aged out of relatively obedient childhood and into rebellious adolescence, he became a bona fide metalhead. His teenage self had all the markings of that archetype. Liberty spikes supported by gobs of hair wax. Choke collars with spikes jutting out. A closet that turned into a black hole, with Doc Martens and Dickies doing the heavy lifting. And, of course, as much angst and head-banging neck pain as one kid could stand. Being a flautist didn’t exactly fit that description. But my parents desperately wanted it to. So, in a last-ditch attempt to show my brother that playing flute could be cool, too, they surprised him with…a Jethro Tull CD. Somehow, he was still unconvinced after listening to “Bungle in the Jungle” and “Aqualung”.But what if those songs had struck a chord with my brother? Or he’d found some way to make the flute metal? What if my parents had tried something similar with me, pushing Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Billy Joel as examples to follow forward from classical music? Better yet, what if we had seen these artists use classical instruments to make rock music live and in concert? Had I been a fledgling saxophonist on the brink of bailing, a night spent at a Moon Hooch show may well have tipped me toward a more sincere pursuit of excellence with the instrument I already had in-hand.For the better part of two hours on a Friday night, the Brooklyn-based trio of Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler transformed the simple 600-person venue into a hopping grotto party. The younger-skewing crowd got down to the dubstep-inspired vibes of “Tubes” and “Mega Tubes”, moshed to the horn-made, arpeggiated drum-and-bass of “Number 10” and “Booty House”, swayed to the speedy jazz of “Red Sky” and bounced to the house-style beats of “Number 9” and “Song for Miguel”.The tidy trio had plenty of help from synthesizers to fashion their jazzy parts into a cohesive whole that would fit in just fine at Electric Daisy Carnival. But at the music’s core was Moon Hooch’s eye-opening variety of saxophones and erstwhile attachments. Wilbur and McGowen, looking like metalheads en route to a Pantera show, took their turns on tenor sax when they weren’t busy trotting out other options from their arsenal—soprano and bass saxes for Mike, a baritone sax and a man-sized contrabass clarinet for Wenzi. At one point, McGowen whipped out a contraption comprised of multiple traffic cones to deepen his bass, as if in search of the “brown noise.”Truth be told, Moon Hooch’s complete palate was much more colorful than that. They combined the seeming extremes of Earth-shaking bass and ethereal ambiance with such clarity and conviction as to evoke a concert in a cavern. Hence, the term “cave music,” which Moon Hooch invented to describe its ground-breaking sound.Forget about simply surviving with more traditional arrangements involving vocals, guitars and keys. This particular three-piece—born of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and bred busking on New York City subway platforms—has at once flipped musical convention on its head and combined disparate sects of the soundscape to create something wholly unique and captivating.There will always be envelopes to push because there will always be hybrids to explore, as old-world instruments find new applications in emerging genres. To that end, Moon Hooch is Exhibit A. It’s a potential torch-bearer to teach a youthful fanbase, a symbol that tells young musicians the only limits to an instrument’s efficacy are the ones we allow ourselves to build in our minds.And the question we should be asking isn’t “what if?”, but rather “what else?”Watch some clips from the performance below via Instagram. For a full list of Moon Hooch’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website. You can also watch Moon Hooch’s new video for “Acid Mountain” here.
Multitalented bassist/vocalist/bandleader Thundercat has released his first new music since his acclaimed early-2017 album, Drunk. The new track, titled “Final Fight”, comes as part of Adult Swim‘s ongoing “Singles Program” series.“Final Fight” sees Thundercat lay his smooth R&B-style vocals over a frenetic, often-dissonant jazz bass bounce. The result is an ambitiously layered, immersive track that takes more than a few listens to fully digest. Give “Final Fight” a listen below via Adult Swim:“Final Fight”Watch Thundercat Bring His Oddball Jazz Fusion To NPR’s Tiny Desk [Full Video]In February, Thundercat released Drank, a remixed “Chopped Not Slopped” version of Drunk, on vinyl. He also recently teamed with frequent collaborator and Brainfeeder cohort Flying Lotus to compose a batch of new music for an episode of the second season of Emmy-winning FX TV series, Atlanta. In addition, he is reportedly one of several contemporary musical minds tapped to contribute to the great Herbie Hancock‘s upcoming Terrace Martin-produced album alongside Kendrick Lamar, Common, Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington.While there are no plans officially announced for a new Thundercat album, we’re hoping the release of this single means there’s more new music on the way. You can listen to past releases from Adult Swim‘s Singles “Program” here.[H/T Pitchfork]
Some called him “The Ox.” Some called him “Thunderfingers.” His mother, we assume, called him “John.” No list of the best bassists in rock and roll history would be complete with a mention of John Entwistle, who held down the low end of The Who from their earliest days in England until his death on June 27th, 2002. The Ox was an integral component of The Who’s sound, pioneering a new style of bass that would go on to influence just about everyone to follow. He would have been 74 today.Nearly 50 Years Later, The Who’s “Tommy” Remains A Rock MasterpieceOne of Entwistle’s earliest contributions to rock lore was on the song “My Generation.” It’s impossible to listen to that classic Who song without picking out Entwistle’s iconic bass groove, as his solos define the instrumental sections of the rock anthem. Entwistle’s role only expanded on The Who’s more ambitious works, like Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia.The Who – “My Generation”On stage, Entwistle provided the ever-important anchor for The Who’s wild performances. While singer Roger Daltrey would twirl his microphone and belt vocals, and guitarist Pete Townshend and drummer Keith Moon rocked to the point of instrumental destruction, it was Entwistle that steadied the group. Bassist Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones called him “the quietest man in private but the loudest man on stage.” He would rarely talk, though Entwistle is credited with writing a series of great songs including “My Wife,” “Boris The Spider” and more.The Who – “Boris The Spider”Entwistle often dressed in a full-on skeleton suit for live performances, only adding to his undeniable charm on stage. Still, Entwistle’s biggest claim to fame was his unparalleled abilities on the bass guitar. No one played the instrument like him, and his basslines seemingly served as leads rather than rhythm parts, even when it wasn’t intended as such.[Photo: Source unknown]Some isolated bass tracks that have surfaced online in recent years showcase his prodigious talent on the bass guitar. Be prepared for some serious bass work on this isolated track from Quadrophenia classic, “The Real Me”:John Entwistle – “The Real Me” Bass TrackUnfortunately, Entwistle’s story came to a sorrowful end on June 27, 2002. Just one day before a major Who tour in 2002, Entwistle passed away in his hotel room after a night of partying. Coroners confirmed that it was a cocaine-induced heart attack that killed the bassist, putting an end to an incredible legacy of rock music.Fifteen years later, his tone and technique still stand out as some of the best bass playing in all of rock and roll. We’ll leave you with a personal favorite, The Ox’s bass solo in the band’s classic song, “5:15.”John Entwistle – “5:15” Bass SoloHappy Birthday to Thunderfingers himself. The world of rock and roll hasn’t been the same since you left…