Month: March 2021

  • Governors Ball Organizers Launch New Fall Festival In NYC

    first_imgFrom the organizers of Governors Ball comes a brand new festival event called The Meadows Music & Arts Festival. Scheduled for October 1-2 at Citi Field, The Meadows (a play on the Flushing Meadows neighborhood) will welcome a number of top-notch performing artists, including headliners Kanye West, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper and Kygo. The full lineup includes sets from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, The 1975, Bryson Tiller, Grimes, Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Mac Miller, Cage the Elephant, Zhu, Kamasi Washington and so many more.General Admission tickets start at $230 with presale tickets going on-sale tomorrow morning at 11am for Founders Club members. Public on-sale will begin on Thursday at 11am.Scope the full lineup below and head here for more information.last_img read more

  • Neo-Soul Band Con Brio Create Their Own ‘Paradise’ On Debut LP [Full Stream/Review]

    first_imgWhen the San Francisco Bay area funksters Con Brio set a goal for themselves, they follow the philosophy of “go bigNeo-Soul or go home.” Teaming with producer Mario Caldato Jr., responsible for producing most of the Beastie Boys funkiest material, the band shows a depth and a jaw dropping surety of purpose that astounds listeners. While hearkening back to the great soul/funk bands of the seventies, particularly spiritual hometown ancestors Sly & The Family Stone, Con Brio manages to only invoke and invigorate, not duplicate, the sound already laid down by the greats. With a series of high profile opening gigs and choice festival slots rounding out their own sell out club appearances, the band has taken the time to hone their sound to a razor keen edge, and on their first full length release they show no signs of nerves. All that is on display here is fiery musicianship played with a well-earned sense of confidence infinitely more valuable than any shallow boasts or braggadocio. You can stream the album in full below, thanks to Consequence of Sound.The title track, “Paradise,” blasts this collection to life with a confidence and swagger that defy any debut album expectations and raise hopes high for each moment to come. Huge guitars, monolithic drums and horn hooks give the song an immediate, in-your-face edge, which lead singer Ziek McCarter throws himself in front of with reckless disregard for his own safety. Not wanting to wear out listeners right off the bat, Con Brio shifts to some down tempo smooth grooves with some slinky, sexy grooving that has the band as crisp and punchy as possible. The rhythm section of Jonathan Kirchner on bass and Andrew Laubacher on drums shine throughout the album, but their precision pace-setting early in the disc boldly establish a measured and energetic approach to laying the back beat for their compatriots.Check out our chat with Con Brio at Bonnaroo HERE and watch the first official video from Paradise, “Free & Brave” below:As the chief recipient of the percussion efforts on songs like the maniacally driven “Free & Brave,” Ziek McCarter steers the ship from the front, loosing his golden and evocative voice with effortless ease to spectacular results. Clever use of harmony, echo and other tricks of the trade give him a radio friendly air that belies the raw emotion he packs into every exhortation. The Michael Jackson comparisons are inevitable, and, rather than downplay the similarities, McCarter steers into the skid with songs like “Hard Times.” Just the presence of wailing guitarist Benjamin Andrews balances of the sweetness of the vocals with a much needed weight and kinetic force.Watch an emotional rendition of “Hard Times,” performed after the recent outbursts of violence, below:Horn duo Brendan Liu on trumpet and Marcus Stephens show equal comfort with show stopping wails as they do with long, mournful notes, and use every trick in the book to give each song a distinct flavor. “No Limits” and “Honey” showcase both ends of the pair’s spectrum, and whether they are leading the charge or providing washes of background color, they are doing it with their full attention and skill. On the closing track, “Can’t Get Enough,” Con Brio finds themselves relaxed and in full groove mode, as if to remind themselves as well as the listeners that sometimes it’s not about how fast you go or even how slow…it’s about the journey along the way. The track rises and flows, and, while never approaching the extremes of the earlier numbers, their decision to end the album with a cool down jam shows a lot of wisdom.The final verdict on Con Brio will come in due time. There are thousands of bands that have been hailed as the “Next Big Thing” and then quickly and quietly faded into obscurity. That said, Paradise is a truly bold statement about not just what Con Brio can do now, but what they just might do in the future. If they have more in them that’s anywhere near as strong as the material here, their future is truly bright.last_img read more

  • Pretty Lights Closes Nashville Episodic Festival With Atmosphere, Brasstracks, And More [Gallery]

    first_imgPretty Lights Nashville Night Two – 10/8/16 Load remaining images Last night, Pretty Lights and his Live Band (Brandon Butler, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr., and Chris Karns) once again took over Nashville, TN’s Municipal Auditorium for the second night of their two-night “Episodic Festival” in Music City, U.S.A. The event also included performances by Atmosphere, G Jones, Brasstracks, Marvel Years, and Artifakts.Fortunately, Phierce Photo was on the ground in Nashville to capture the magic. You can see a full gallery of photos and setlist from the show below. Pretty Lights will return to the stage for a four-night, four-city California run in November, starting with a show at Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara on November 10th.last_img read more

  • GoldFish Releases Touching New Music Video For “Deep Of The Night” [Watch]

    first_imgSouth African duo GoldFish have followed up the release of their new single “Deep of the Night” with a new music video directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media. The song comes from the group’s highly anticipated 5th upcoming album Tipping the Scales, due out in Spring 2017. While the song stands strong on its own, the motion picture behind it coveys a moving story, weaving a tale of a man and his dog, reliving old glory, and re-kindling the inspirational spark behind life.According to a press release, the story of “Deep of the Night” begins where it all started for these life long musicians – the beaches nestled around Cape Town, South Africa. Dominic Peters and David Poole were driving home from late evening surf, casually listening to the radio and serendipitously stumbled across a first, and what turned out to be only – play of a new band called Diamond Thug. Dom and Dave were instantly hooked, and tracked down the band, who co-incidentally also lived in Capetown. A jam session was set up at the GoldFish studios and so, a song was born.“We’re all seeking inspiration to create something great, but you never know when it will strike – it might be in the deep of the night,” the band states. Check out the new video for GoldFish’s silky new track below:last_img read more

  • Break Science Live Band & The Russ Liquid Test To Join Forces For Late-Nite After Jazz Fest Performance

    first_imgIf you have ever been to New Orleans Jazz Fest, you know that the city transforms into a non-stop, two-week party. With the festival properly finishing by 8pm each night, the rest of NOLA opens itself up to even more musical magic until the wee hours of the morning. The late-night schedule is now getting even better as Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee’s Break Science Live Band will team up with The Russ Liquid Test for a performance on Saturday, April 29th at the Howlin’ Wolf, with two sets from The Werks.Break Science has deep-seeded roots in the rich musical culture of New York City, and Deitch and Lee’s music mimics the city’s diversity as they blend elements of hip-hop, dub, jazz, and trip-hop effortlessly to create their own unique sound. With Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Eric “Jesus” Coomes, Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis of Lettuce rounding out the live band lineup, Break Science’s music will be elevated to another level for this special late-night Jazz Fest performance.With the October release of the 80’s-infused electro/funk album 1984, The Russ Liquid Test continues their exploration into modern dance music, all the while keeping a touch of that New Orleans vibe alive and well. Russ Liquid teams up with producer and accomplished brass player Russell Scott, guitarist Andrew Block, and drummer Deven Trusclair to deliver a groove-oriented sound that evokes the classic funk/soul/R&B stylings, but with a futuristic spin that compliments the evolution of each genre.Joining in on the late night fun will be Dayton, Ohio-based jamband The Werks, who will bring their exciting live show for two sets in The Den.Together, these groups will bring the non-stop vibes to you on Saturday, April 29 at the Howlin’ Wolf. Tickets for this special late-night performance go on-sale here. – SHOW INFO –Artist:     Break Science Live Band w/ Special Guests and The Russ Liquid Test (Support)Venue:    Howlin’ Wolf – 901 S. Peters Street – New Orleans, LA 70130Date:       Saturday – April 29th, 2017Time:      10pm Doors / 11pm ShowAges:       21+Tickets:  $25adv / $35dos (purchase tickets here)For our full list of New Orleans late-night series, check out the schedule here.last_img read more

  • Organ Freeman To Team Up With Turkuaz & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong For National Tour

    first_imgFast-rising instrumental jazz fusion act Organ Freeman is hitting the road for a 30+ date national tour, kicking off this week and running through the end of May. The band will first embark on a six-night run with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, beginning in Crystal Bay, NV and covering much of the West Coast. After a short break, the band will resume touring as support for Turkuaz for the entirety of March and April. The lengthy tour will conclude with several Jazz Fest late night shows, followed by festival appearances at Susquehanna Breakdown and Summer Camp.There’s this undeniable synergy that takes hold when you put on the Organ Freeman debut album. From one funk groove to the next, it’s a toe-tapping odyssey from start to finish. The band’s influences belie their sound, as they cite the tightest of groovers. James Brown, Soulive, Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, D’Angelo are all mentioned at the drop of a hat, showcasing this band’s pure devotion to that in-the-pocket jam. Watch this:Stream Organ Freeman’s self-titled debut album through Spotify below.See below for a full list of tour dates for Organ Freeman. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

  • Vulfpeck Brings “Centering Fugue” Back To Life, Releases New Video About Minimalist Funk

    first_imgVulfpeck is a band of no rules. Famous for their Internet banter, off-the-wall videos, and minimalist funk arrangements, Vulfpeck maintains their “low volume” status with every piece of work they release. After a relatively long stretch (by their own measures) of content silence, Vulfpeck returned over the weekend with two new videos, “Centering Fugue” and “HOLY TRINITIES /// Minimalist Funk Arrangers.”Vulfpeck’s first viral success came from their Sleepify efforts in 2014, when the band told their fans to play the silent album via Spotify on repeat while sleeping so the band could earn enough royalty money to fund a mini-tour. In 2016, Vulfpeck introduced Flow State as a new plan to get fans paid for attending their shows. With the release of Flow State, which the band noted was the resonant frequency of planet Earth, fans were compensated for streaming the track and attending a show in Chicago. Coupled with this unique release was “Centering Fugue,” a less-talked-about track that also has mysterious powers over the human mind. The Flow State album was taken down several months later with no explanation. Over the weekend, “Centering Fugue” returned to all streaming services and with its own Vulf-y video. Check it out:In another new video, presented by Goodhertz, bandleader Jack Stratton details the holy trinities of minimal funk arrangers with a lesson on Alfonso “Fonce” Mizell, who penned the bass melody of “I Want You Back;” Wardell Quezergue aka the “Creole Beethoven,” who wrote “Mr. Big Stuff;” and Reinhold Mack who invented the bass line of “Another One Bites The Dust.” Jack Stratton then announces himself as the first-ever 4th member of the Trinity, and Rick Rubin as the honorable mention. Enjoy:Vulfpeck has a few dates left in the U.S. before they head over to Europe for an impressive number of sold-out shows. Check out the band’s website for more information.last_img read more

  • Pretty Lights Releases USB Containing Sixteen Rare And Unheard Tracks [Listen]

    first_imgLast weekend, music fans gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final day of 400 Festival on July 22nd. Making an appearance at this festival was the one and only Derek Vincent Smith, better known by his musical alias, Pretty Lights. 400 Fest was different from Smith’s other sets this year, as it marked his first solo set of 2017 as well as since the first night of Pretty Lights’ two-day Telluride, Colorado, event back in 2016.During his 400 Fest performance, Smith explored his large and always-expanding discography, playing crowd favorites such as “Finally Moving,” “Hot Like Sauce,” “More Important Than Michal Jordan,” “High School Art Class,” and “I Know The Truth.” On top of these crowd pleasers, Smith blessed long time Pretty Lights fans with a number of remixes that rarely make it into live performances, such as “Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller Band Remix),” “Time (Pink Floyd Remix),” and the Pretty Lights vs Led Zeppelin mix. Smith also played his newest single “The Sun Spreads In Our Minds” showing that even as Derek plays an old school Pretty Lights set, he is still pushing forward in his musical endeavors. However, this is only where this story begins.EXCLUSIVE: Pretty Lights Details The Vision Behind NOLA Pop-Up Parade, Shares Insight On New AlbumPretty Lights fan can recall that earlier this summer, Smith sent out USB drives containing unreleased “Flips” from season one of his Episodic Festivals, using the USBs to simultaneously announce his Red Rocks (August 11 & 12) and Chicago (August 18 & 19) dates for 2017. As Pretty Lights Live gears up for the second season of their highly-anticipated Episodic Festivals, Smith pushed the envelope even further with the announcement of the “Pretty Lights Movement”—a movement that aims to incorporate fans into Smith’s long-standing and supportive creative community through the sharing of art, friendship, and inspiration. Following his set at 400 Fest, Smith entrusted some of his fans with the ultimate gift, yet another USB stick.Pretty Lights’ Island Of Light Adds More Rooms, Luxury Casitas, And ExcursionsThe USB drive from 400 Fest contained sixteen tracks, straight from the Pretty Lights’ archive. To say these tracks are rare would be an understatement. The first two tracks on the USB were played at Pretty Lights’ infamous 2014 Red Rocks shows: the first is a remix of The Root’s “The Seed 2.0″ entitled “Don’t Ask” followed by a remix of Pretty Lights’ original “Wrong Platform.” Featuring the Colorado Symphony Orchestra taking Pretty Lights’ music to the next level,”Don’t Cost You Nothing” is sure to send chills through listeners’ bodies. The USB also contains “So Gangsta,” the ultimate summer jam that was also performed at Pretty Lights’ 2014 Red Rocks show, and “It’s All Because Of You” from Red Rocks 2015. When Derek Vincent Smith began the hashtag #plflix on his Instagram, he teased a track that fans had never heard before and haven’t heard since. The full version of this track, “Make It To The Top,” makes its debut on the USB. The last known track on the USB is a quick-minute mix of the iconic “No Rain” by Blind Melon.Pretty Lights Announces Episodic Festivals In New Hampshire And TexasFor those of you doing the math, there are seven songs listed above that made it onto the USB. The remaining nine tracks are never-before-heard tracks. These tracks vary in mood and tempo but all share the signature Pretty Lights sound that Smith has maintained over his eleven-year career. In the spirit of community, sharing, and furthering the Pretty Lights Movement, all sixteen of these tracks are available to listen to on the “Rarities” page via Soundcloud and at Go ahead, listen to the past, while we prepare ourselves for the future of Pretty Lights! [Photo via Jeremy Scott]last_img read more

  • Trey Anastasio Debuts Orchestral “Lizards,” “What’s The Use?” With Nashville Symphony [Videos]

    first_imgTrey will perform one more orchestral show this fall, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the Georgia capitol tomorrow, September 29th.SETLIST: Trey Anastasio & The Nashville Symphony Orchestra | Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Nashville, TN | 9/27/17SET 1: First Tube, Brian and Robert, Divided Sky, Summer of ’89, What’s the Use?, StashSET 2: Time Turns Elastic, Petrichor, You Enjoy MyselfENCORE: The Lizards, Water in the Sky[Cover Photo via Instagram user @queerdeadheads] Last night, Trey Anastasio revived his orchestral live show with a performance alongside the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Structured much like his performances with Phish and Trey Anastasio Band, the show was comprised of two sets and an encore, and included symphonic renderings of some of his greatest compositions.But while his musical tastes are notably diverse and stylistically broad, Anastasio’s educational background lies in classical composition. Since 2001, the Phish guitarist has worked with a several highly-regarded symphonies nationwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra, composing orchestral arrangements of his Phish material and leading the ensembles on guitar. Most recently, in the Fall of 2014, Trey performed a series of orchestral concerts to showcase his newest composition, “Petrichor,” which has since been adapted for the Phish canon (on 2016’s Big Boat) and served as the centerpiece for the 2016-2017 New Year’s Gag.The Nashville symphonic show marked his first performance with an orchestra since 9/26/14 at the Hollywood Bowl, exactly three years and one day prior. The performance featured numerous orchestral Trey mainstay arrangements. Set one included “First Tube,” “Brian and Robert,” “Divided Sky,” and “Stash,” while the second set featured a trio of Trey’s longest and most involved orchestral interpretations: “Time Turns Elastic,” “Petrichor,” and “You Enjoy Myself.” The show also featured a couple more surprising selections, as Trey and the orchestra’s conductor led the ensemble through the orchestral debuts of TAB’s “Summer of ’89” and sweeping Phish instrumental “What’s The Use?” Finally, for the encore, Trey and the orchestra pulled out one more orchestral debut–Phish classic “The Lizards”–before closing out the evening with “Water In The Sky.” You can watch a selection of videos from the performance below:“What’s The Use” (via YouTube user gayanastasio):“Petrichor” (via YouTuve user Todd Binkley)“You Enjoy Myself” (via YouTube user Clay Maddox):“The Lizards” (via YouTube user Ben Katz):last_img read more

  • Phil Lesh Awarded Key To The Village Of Port Chester At Capitol Theatre Halloween Show

    first_imgLast night, Phil Lesh continued his Halloween tradition with his annual “Phil-O-Ween” show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. At the show, Port chester Trustee and Deputy Mayor Luis Marino presented the founding Grateful Dead bassist with the “Key to the Village of Port Chester.” The presentation of the “Key to the Village” is an honor that harkens back to the days of medieval “walled” villages, guarded by day and locked at night, where possession of such a key symbolized the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave at will as a trusted friend of the village.Lesh has been playing music at The Capitol Theatre for decades. The historic venue was famously one of The Grateful Dead‘s favorite places to play: As Jerry Garcia explained in November, 1970, “See, there’s only two theaters, man, they are the only two places that are set up pretty groovy all around for music and for smooth stage changes, good lighting and all that – the Fillmore and the Capitol Theatre. And those are the only two in the whole country.” The Dead played the ornate concert hall 17 times in 11 months between 1970 and 1971, and chose their run of shows at The Cap in February of 1971 to debut a whole batch of new material, debuting now-beloved classics including “Loser,” “Playing In The Band,” “Bertha,” “Greatest Story Ever Told, “Wharf Rat,” “Deal,” “Bird Song,” and more over the course of their 6-night run. The recordings of the run have circulated for years, and remain a treasured piece of Deadhead lore.Phil Lesh’s relationship with The Cap has only gotten stronger in the years since Jerry’s death. After being closed as a concert hall and mainly used as a venue for private events and catered parties throughout 00’s, the venue was renovated re-opened as a live music performance space in 2012 when it was purchased by Pete Shapiro. In 2013, the New York Times reported an extensive deal between Shapiro and Lesh that would see him play 45 shows with the NY-based impresario, 30 of which would take place at The Capitol Theatre–a mark which he has since surpassed. With his official “retirement” from touring, The Cap has become his de facto east coast home base, making an incredible 70 appearances with Phil & Friends since the venue’s reopening.Phil Lesh Celebrates 77th Birthday With Joan Osborne, Stanley Jordan, Jason Crosby, & More [Audio]As The Cap explained in a statement, “Phil Lesh received the Key to the Village not just for his triumphs in the music industry, but also for his promotion of unity, community, and self-expression in his music and his actions. An outspoken advocate for organ donor programs, Lesh makes it a point to promote organ donor awareness all of his performances. Phil Lesh’s performances have created everlasting memories for people of all ages, backgrounds, and genders, making him the ideal candidate to receive this prestigious honor from the place that has become his home-away-from-home.”For more information on Phil’s upcoming shows, head to his website. You can also see a calendar of performances at The Capitol Theatre here.[Cover Photo via The Capitol Theatre]last_img read more