first_imgNew Orleans funk sensation Galactic is returning to their old stomping grounds once again for a run of shows during Jazz Fest. The band will perform Friday, April 22nd at Tipitina’s with Turkuaz, followed by their very first appearance at the newly renovated Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, April 30th with JJ Grey & Mofro.We spoke to bassist Rob Mercurio about what makes their annual Jazz Fest after shows so special.“Tipitina’s is our home base,” Mercurio explained. “I can’t even count how many times we’ve played there. We feel extremely comfortable at that venue. From the staff, the sound of the stage, the way that the whole night flows, it’s just kind of second nature to us. Any set we play at Tipitina’s is like laying in a warm bath.”When asked if there will be any surprise guests or collaborations in store, the answer was a given. “Jazz Fest is always like that,” he said. “That’s what makes it so great. So many musicians are in town. It’s similar to Jam Cruise where a lot of our friends are there and everybody’s just kind of bouncing around between gigs and sit-ins. Definitely expect some unannounced sit-ins.”He’s also excited to continue playing their newest album, Into the Deep, for old and new fans. “I think that it was a little bit of a throwback, and I think that a lot of our fans enjoyed that element. There were some tunes on there that could have been on our first album. With the albums preceding this one – Carnivale Electricos, Ya-Ka-May, From The Corner To The Block – we had definitely taken some modern production aspects, which was really fun and cool and we had a great time in the studio. But it was kind of nice to go back to form with Into the Deep. We also spent a lot of time on the songwriting aspect for this last album, and collaborating with strong songwriters.”What’s his favorite part of Jazz Fest? “It’s a combination of having all our friends in town, playing one or multiple shows a night, and also being able to go and sleep in your own bed.”Enter to win tickets to both of Galactic’s Jazz Fest shows, plus a vinyl copy of Into the Deep, below! For those who won’t be making it down to the Big Easy, you can catch Galactic at the Electric Factory in Philly with Soulive on 3/24!last_img read more

first_imgBeloved NYC-based trio Moon Hooch has announced plans to release their third-ever studio album. Titled Red Sky, the new release will hit the shelves on June 10th, powered by the band’s creative approach to dance music. Somehow, with two saxophones and a drummer, Moon Hooch is able to turn any performance into an electronic-feeling dance party, and their extensive musical backgrounds never fail to entertain those in attendance.From a band that got their start busking in the NYC subway, this new LP is sure to capture the band’s development and musical refinement. Saxophonist Wenzl McGowen spoke about the new release in a statement, saying, “What we discovered playing in the subway is that the more focus and the more energy you put into the music, and the more you listen to everything around you and integrate everything around you into your expression, the more the music becomes this captivating force for people.”By bringing in Moog synths and EWIs (electronic wind instruments), Moon Hooch has been able to diversify their approach while staying true to their overall sound. We can’t wait to hear Red Sky on June 10th!To get your first taste, listen to leading single “Psychotubes” below:For more about the band, head here. You can see their tour dates below:Moon Hooch Tour DatesApril 20 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (Sold Out) April 21 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse April 22 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground April 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts April 24 – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage April 26 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry April 27 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger April 28 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West April 29 – New Orleans, LA – The Howlin Wolf April 30 – New Orleans, LA – The Orpheum May 5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom May 6 – Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon May 7 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In May 15 – Moers, Germany – Moers Festival May 16 – London, UK – Rich Mix May 21 – Berea, KY – Moonshiner’s Ball May 27 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Festival May 30 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern May 31 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club June 1 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC June 2 – Bergen, Norway – Nattjazz Festival June 12 – Newport, UK – Isle of Wight Festival June 16 – Hammonton, NJ – Bearfest June 18 – Wurtsboro, NY – Destination Moon June 24 – Londonderry, VT – Frendly Gathering June 28 – Vancouver, Canada – Coastal Vancouver Jazz Festival June 29 – Victoria, Canada – TD Victoria International JazzFest July 2 – Lewes, UK – Love Supreme Festival August 11 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown Festival August 13 – Tamarack, ID – Huckleberry Jalast_img read more

first_imgTwo steadfast members of the jam scene, moe. and Yonder Mountain String Band, will join forces for a run of tour dates! The bands will come together for three nights, between August 31st and September 2nd, with stops at three different venues in the Midwest.The run for moe. actually begins a few days earlier, as they perform on August 27th at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE and again on August 28th at The District in Sioux Falls, SD. From there, moe. will link up with Yonder for the three shows, with dates at Lake Superior Big Top Chatuauqua in Bayfield, WI on August 31st, Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheater in Moorhead, MN on September 1st, and Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater in Des Moines, IA on September 2nd.To get you in the mood for any potential collaborating, check out this video of moe. playing “Plane Crash” with guest work from Allie Kral, performed at Summer Camp 2013:moe.ticketing for all five of the above shows will be available beginning Monday, May 16th, at 12PM Eastern. Check out the schedule below:last_img read more

first_imgPhish is back! Tomorrow night marks the tour opener in St. Paul, Minnesota, and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the road with our favorite band for a summer of awesome tunes, intricate jams, and an incredible, new-and-improved light show!The lights have always been an important addition to Phish’s live show, with Lighting Designer Chris Kuroda known as the unofficial fifth member of the band. Starting out with psychedelic backdrops designed by bassist Mike Gordon‘s mother, Phish has always been looking for unique ways to artistically light their shows, and their lighting design has evolved into one of the best in the business. With an amazing array of different lights, Kuroda lights the band creatively and uniquely each night.Yet, missing from their repertoire have been LED light screens, which are a prevalent technology present on many modern concert tours. Kuroda and Phish once tried adding four LED ovals behind the band in 2012, but those were quickly removed after the band’s East Coast run, never quite fitting in with the rest of the show. Smaller LED lights were added in recent years, adding to the arsenal but in a minor way.Kuroda and Phish seem to be ready to fully shift into something brand new this summer. After blowing the mind of all Phish fans that attended 2015’s Magnaball in Watkings Glen, NY with the “Drive-In Set”, where the band performed behind a massive LED screen with swirling psychedelic live visuals, the band followed that up with by jamming out new song “No Men In No Man’s Land” while inside an hourglass-shaped screen, with projection mapped art covering the outside of the structure. At both shows, fans went wild as Kuroda was given brand new landscapes to play with and a whole new way to interact with Phish as they jammed.It seems the band has decided to move more in that direction with the new lighting rig they are seemingly about to debut. LED Screens envelope the stage, with three panels behind the band providing trippy visuals synced up with the music. Also, in addition to the familiar light cones the band usually has hanging above the stage, it seems are now around 40 smaller, moving individual LED screens that will provide visual content to match the screens below.  As seen in the above video, Phish rehearsed for their tour opener at the Xcel Center in St. Paul yesterday and tested out their new system. We can’t wait for Phish tour to officially start!last_img read more

first_imgPianist Holly Bowling continues to impress listeners and phans everywhere with her unique interpretations of Phish’s music as solo piano compositions. Bowling’s ability to take a multi-layered jam session and capture it, as a solo artist, truly makes for a spellbinding listening experience.Today, Bowling has made an exciting announcement of a new album, capturing two such jams: the “Chicago Wedge” and the “Glens Falls Twist.” Taken from the 7/20/14 Chicago and 10/23/13 Glens Falls performances, each stand out as two fascinating improvisational experiences in the Phish catalog. Bowling’s interpretations are sure to make for a great listen.Watch Bowling walk fans through her methods for creating the “Chicago Wedge” transcription below.The album is available now as a limited edition, 500 LP set, printed on red vinyl. The artwork for the vinyl is the counterpart to Bowling’s last release, which captures her interpretation of the “Tahoe Tweezer.” You can check them out below, and be sure to catch her album release party at the PhanArt Show in San Francisco on July 19th! Details here.last_img read more

first_imgPink Floyd fans got some great news earlier this year, when the band announced plans to reissue their iconic discography on high quality 180-gram vinyl. The band started the process by rolling out four of their albums from the late 1960s, including The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets, More, and Ummagumma.Now the next batch of albums are set to be released, as Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds will all see reissues on September 23rd. These albums mark the rise of Pink Floyd’s popularity, as Atom Heart Mother became the band’s first number one album in the U.K. Of course, Meddle will always go down as one the band’s greatest albums, as tracks like “One Of These Days,” “Fearless,” and “Echoes” remain some of the greatest compositions in the Pink Floyd catalog.We can’t wait to hear these albums, and future releases should cover beloved albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, The Wall and more![H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

first_imgThe fourth annual Roots Rock Revival ended last week, and was, without a doubt, the best yet. What started as a Music Masters Camp thrown by Allman Brothers members Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge in conjunction with The North Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson has since grown to an extended family of southern-grown rockers. Tucked away in Big Indian, New York, up high in the Catskill Mountains, is a little place we call “camp” – and those who have attended know better than to ever miss another year again.This year’s camp featured instructors and musical guests Col. Bruce Hampton, Roosevelt Collier, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, DJ Logic, and members of Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band Berry Duane Oakley Jr., Bruce Katz, Vaylor Trucks, and Heather Gillis. While these folks held the stage down night-by-night, campers were also invited to participate and play – making dreams come true across the board. With the Allman Brothers Band at the core of the week-long camp – complete with workshops, master classes, and river jams – this year’s Roots Rock Revival drew particularly interesting moments. With classes starting in the morning and lasting until dinnertime, campers (who ranged between 7 and 70 years old) were treated to an array of multi-level classes that had appeal for both musicians and fans alike. Between “Jam Etiquette 101” with Cody and Oteil, “The World According to Butch Trucks: An Open Forum and Discussion,” lessons about improvisation, slide guitar, and fingerpickin’ Q&As with Luther Dickinson, and “Listening- Developing Heightened Awareness with Oteil”, there was also “History of the Blues” with Bruce Katz, and an “All Things ABB” presentation by longtime manager Bert Hollman. Perhaps the most entertaining part of the week was the “Basically Freightened” Oteil-led interview with the Godfather of Jam himself, Col. Bruce Hampton, where we learned all about the twists and turns of being part of the Aquarium Rescue Unit.[“You gotta have your pegs turned straight if you wanna play with Col. Bruce Hampton.]While a schedule is in place to guide the days, the best parts about Roots Rock Revival are the unplanned moments. Sharing three meals a day with your idols and having the ability to ask them anything on the spot is a truly remarkable experience; their levels of engagement are unparalleled to any “beyond backstage” experience. But it is when these intimate moments extend into late-night jams with Luther by the river, impromptu vocal harmony groups with Oteil in the rain, 2AM “Boogie On Reggae Woman” jams with Butch, or poker matches with Col. Bruce Hampton by the fire-pit that truly resonate in having a profound impact on a very small group of people. Roots Rock Revival is exactly as its name describes. As Col. Bruce repeatedly mentioned throughout the week, “A revival is coming, and it’s coming very soon in our lifetime.” Butch shared the same sentiment, writing in a recap Facebook post that this year’s camp reached “the level of the spiritual. I swear if that group could have had another week or two we would have evolved into the next step of human development. Maybe even simply turned into spirits roaming the world emitting music perfectly.”Five days surrounded by like-minded individuals makes for a lifetime of lessons. Beyond just the instructors were the incredible people, vibe, and energy sourced from Full Moon Resort. Here’s an example of a late-night jam, conspired of friends old and new, down by the Esopus Creek:For more information about the camp, visit their website. The 2017 edition has been confirmed, and is promised to bring even more excitement than previous years. Rooms fill up extremely quickly, though there is plenty of space to camp.[All photos courtesy of Michael Bloom Photography & Sean Grinstead] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgBrandon Niederauer is not your typical thirteen-year-old, and he’s certainly not your average guitar player either. He’s also a singer, a songwriter, and an actor currently starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway production School of Rock The Musical. On top of all that, he’s a straight A student in the 8th grade taking 9th grade level classes, including Mandarin Chinese, Integrated Algebra, and Earth Sciences.He’s jammed with Buddy Guy, members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, also sharing stages with Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, and so many more.Having performed with most living legends that the prodigy has been inspired by in his short lifetime, he’s also occupied Jam Cruise, Gathering Of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, and twice at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He’s been invited to play Madison Square Garden, The Barclay’s Center, The Capitol Theatre, and frequently shares stages with top bands touring through the New York area. Needless to say, the kid’s on fire. We were lucky enough to catch him during one of his busy days between rehearsal and showtime at the Wintergarden Theatre, before heading over to Sam Ash for a guitar demonstration. Meet Taz, the kid that does it all!This year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive features an incredible roster of over 50 performers, including members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Dopapod, and so many more. Set for October 22, 2016, the event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the festival’s website.[Photo by Josh Timmermans]last_img read more

first_imgIt’s no secret that John Lennon, The Beatles, and most other influential characters from the 1960s counterculture were exposed to drugs in their prime. In fact, many might make the argument that their experiences with these mind-altering substances are to thank for the glorious music left behind. It was a period of revolution, experimentation, and self indulgence. If you haven’t heard the story, John Lennon’s first experience with LSD is quite the “trip.”Watch this animated video of Lennon recounting this story in the video below:last_img read more

first_imgComing from a city so known for its artistic integrity, the truly delightful and idiosyncratic Shook Twins show came as no surprise to their loyal fans. After a year of touring the country in every combination of headliner, support and festival performance, the band got to finish their touring year off with a warm and fuzzy love-fest with a packed hometown crowd at the Revolution Hall. Bringing the kinetic Rabbit Wilde to kick things off for them, the Shook Twins made sure no one left the show any less than jubilant.After a brief but heartwarming welcome to their fans, sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook started to weave their magic. Sharing a mix of their catalog along with a few sneak peeks from their forthcoming album. the band took their time to set the mood before taking the evening’s entertainment into full throttle. An exuberant “What We Do” showcased the band’s high energy, before they delved into “Leftovers,” a song penned by guitarist Niko Slice.Slice seems to approach each song, each line, each note as a piece of art. His leads can be on the sparse side, letting notes ring out and fade and blend as they disperse. That soft yet supple style seems perfectly suited to match the harmonies of the titular twosome. The harmonies that the Shook Twins can produce are astounding, and the method in which they weave in and out between each other is as mesmerizing and complex.An early guest appearance in the form of violinist Sophie Bloch Miller showed the welcoming nature of the band and took the song “Shake” in a lilting direction that added a new layer of beauty to an already excellent track. After one more song with the rest of the band, the stage was cleared of everyone but the sisters. There, a display of true harmony was convened. Operating on what must be a hard practiced ability to not only share the lead effortlessly, but to dip up and down the register for inflection and drama while the other voices holds the sonic line for fidelity’s sake.Their amazing vocals are met with their skills on a variety of instruments, like the banjo and guitar, is impressive as well. The pair of songs they performed as a duo were by Joni Mitchell or Vance Bergeson, and the interplay between the two sisters made each song their own. As special as their duets were, they had nothing on the emotional tune that followed. The band welcomed dear old friends Jena Bowers and Sonoma Jalof from one of the twin’s earlier projects, the band Tender Moments. Together, they recounted how they formed during summer camps past, and they shared the tale of Bowers’ father Ted, a almost mythical figure in their telling. It seems the elder Bowers was a campfire sing-along wizard, and the reunited friends performed one of his old originals that had been sung by them countless times around a cracking pile of burning wood and smiling faces. At the end of it, they gestured to the heavens and thanked Ted for helping spark the love of music that clearly still resonates within them.The rest of the set was marked with the trademark Shook Twins mixture of fast tempo dance tunes and looping bursts of creeping wonder. The set ended on a silly note, with “Never Get A Girlfriend” reiterating guitarist Slice’s beloved late mother’s admonitions on his…boisterous…eating habits. After a short break, the band returned for a amazing extended encore that featured one of the night’s highlights, a special snack for those still hungry for more in the form of a late-night a musical sandwich.Shook Twins fave “Window” dissolved partway in a chorus of effects laden psychedelic noise into a tripped out rendition of The Beatles classic “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” before again waxing crazily into  Canned Heat‘s “Going Up the Country.” To cap the evening off, and, in their words, to say “Fuck You!” to 2016’s seeming endless parade of musical loss the band, welcomed Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker (of Rabbit Wilde) for a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s reminder that we are all just “Passing Through.”Taking a well deserved bow, the sisters and their band were all smiles, and they had every reason to be. They stood on the largest stage they’ve ever headlined in their hometown, buffeted by cheers from friends and family. With nothing left to do but spend the holidays finishing their new album and enjoying the warmth and kin of home, As ends to a story go, you can’t find one much better. Setlist: Shook Twins | Revolution Hall | Portland, OR | 12/10/16Set: Intro, What We Do, Leftovers, Shake (with Sophie Bloch Miller on violin), Figure It Out, Mad [email protected] (Vance Bergeson cover – duo Shooks Twins), Blue* (Joni Mitchell cover – duo Shook Twins), Dog Beach (Ted Bowers tribute/cover w/ Jena Bowers on glockenspiel, Sonoma Jalof on musical saw. “Tender Moments” band reunion performance.), No Choice, Call Me Out, Talkie Walkie, Time To Swim, What Have We Done, Stay Wild, Never Get A GirlfriendEncore: Window> Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds (The Beatles cover)> Going Up the Country (Canned Heat cover)> Window Passing Through (Leonard Cohen cover w/ Miranda & Jillian of Rabbit Wilde)center_img Opening band Rabbit Wilde has earned a reputation as great studio artists and a phenomenal live act, and it only took about five seconds of their fiery stage storming debut to see why they have such a following in the Pacific Northwest. Brash, multi-instrumental and genre-defying string playing brothers Nathan and Zach Hamer showed a wide variety of skills in an astonishingly short amount of time. Their spirit, coupled with brassy voice from Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker’s snappy bass, made for a sweeping call to arms, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. With performances and receptions like the one at the Revolution Hall last Saturday the future is bright indeed for Rabbit Wilde.last_img read more