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Ed Mann Joins All-Star Group For Late-Night Frank Zappa Tribute [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Percussionist and long-time Frank Zappa band member Ed Mann joined a funk-filled tribute to his late bandleader last night at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, alongside keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), bassist Dan Lotito and special guest guitarist Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source). Billed as “Cosmik Playground,” the all-star jam tribute welcomed all Phish fans to a late night dance party that upped the weird until the odd hours of the night. With ShwizZ kicking things off with their spontaneously funky tunes, the night was a non-stop-shop for musical complexity and technical prowess. Shwizz’s Frankie Coda and Ryan Liatsis joined Cosmik Playground for the majority of the set, assisting on both vocals and guitar, respectively, and helping to round out the stellar tribute to Zappa.The evening’s catalogue sifted through some Zappa favorites, “Peaches En Regalla,” “Cosmik Debris,” “My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama,” and a spaced out, jammy rendition of The Doors‘ “Roadhouse Blues.” The tribute was an incredible success, and the house rocked hard as ever. If the energy from the stage was any indication, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this group of musicians to join together again in celebration of the life of Frank Zappa.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Chad Anderson!Cosmik Playground @ The Putnam Den 7/3/16 Setlist:Chungas Revenge>Peaches en Regalia Keep it Greasy>Cosmic DebrisPygmy Twilight City of Tiny Lights *Treacherous CretinsWilly the Pimp *My guitar wants to kill your mama *Andy *Encore: Roadhouse Blues* with Gabriellast_img read more

The Revivalists Release Powerful Video For ‘Men Amongst Mountains’ [Watch]

first_imgMasters in the studio, The Revivalists are known for their powerfully energetic live concert performances; though it’s always a refreshing treat to experience the New Orleans-based septet in a broken-down, raw setting, especially in the comfort of an old home’s living room. Today, they’ve released a live video performance of their most recent album’s title track “Men Amongst Mountains.”A song written about their adventures on the road, and the loved ones they are forced to leave behind in the meanwhile, the song takes a cruise through the realities of touring musicians and the day-to-day obstacles they must overcome. But, “Love makes it easy, It makes it all right,” they repeat. Watch the powerful, moving performance below:For full tour schedule, head over to the band’s website over here.last_img read more

The Terrapin Family Band Brought Some Friends Of The Devil To Brooklyn Bowl [Gallery]

first_imgOn Friday night, Brooklyn Bowl hosted the second night of a special two-night run from The Terrapin Family Band. The band features Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, Ross James, Scott Padden, and Alex Koford, and on this occasion they brought out special guests Jackie Greene, Andy Falco of The Infamous Stringdusters, and Katie Jacoby to add to their sound.The band would play two sets, one of Grateful Dead material and one of Jerry Garcia Band material, to make for a unique  performance of some deep cuts and beloved fan favorites. The band mixed in songs like “Mission in the Rain” and “Senior”, with Grahame Lesh taking the lead on vocals for the JGB songs. Perhaps the highlight of the show is when the band played an out-of-left-field mash-up of “Friend of the Devil” with “Lithium” by Nirvana, including original lyrics by Kurt Cobain, that left many in the audience stunned.See below for a photo gallery from the Terrapin Family Band at Brooklyn Bowl thanks to Andrew Scott Blackstein. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

So, Here’s Oteil Burbridge Playing A Sick “Eyes Of The World” Bass Solo On Acid

first_imgJust yesterday, we shared a story about bassist Oteil Burbridge and his amazing experience taking Owsley LSD during Dead & Company’s performance at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA earlier this summer. In an interview, Oteil said, “Another thing that impacted me tremendously was the one night I did some Owsley [LSD] at the Gorge. Listen to how different that night sounds, because that music and Owsley go together and I found that out.”Naturally, we decided to listen to how different that night sounds. While Oteil’s bass playing permeates throughout the show, a stand-out moment for the musician certainly came during the classic Grateful Dead tune, “Eyes Of The World.” The bass solo is out of this world, elevating Burbridge’s already-legendary status among the Grateful faithful.Watch the video below (the music starts around the 9:00 mark) and see the magic before your very own eyes. LSD sold separately.last_img read more

Listen To A Full Audio Recording From Last Night’s Gov’t Mule Show

first_imgGov’t Mule dropped into the Sunshine state for the weekend, kicking Saturday night off at an (over)sold-out Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL. Lead singer/guitarist Warren Haynes electrified a veteran Mule audience, leaving many wanting more.Fortunately, Gov’t Mule performs tonight at the Fillmore in Miami. You can listen to the full audio recording by Butch Almberg.Setlist: Gov’t Mule at Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL – 9/24/16Set 1: Mule, Rocking Horse, Monkey Hill with She’s So Heavy ending, Whisper In Your Soul, Stoop So Low > Beautifully Broken, Game Face with Mountain Jam & Birdland teases, Birth Of The Mule with Les Brers In A Minor tease, Broke Down On The Brazos > Tributary JamSet 2: One Of These Days > Fearless, Million Miles From Yesterday, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home, King’s Highway > K. H. Jam > Drums, No Reward, Funny Little Tragedy with Message In A Bottle & The Bed’s, Too Big Without You lyrics; James Bond, Secret Agent Man & To Cry You A Song teases, SoulshineEncore: Brand New Angel[Photo via Heath Dobson// Gov’t Mule Facebook page]last_img read more

Watch Monsters Of Folk Reunite During Conor Oberst’s Set At Hardly Strictly

first_imgBack in 2009, iconic performers Jim James, Conor Oberst and M. Ward formed a new supergroup called Monsters of Folk. Though the band formed in 2004, the three members didn’t wrap up their self-titled solo album for a full five years, which makes sense when you consider how busy each of them are. After touring in 2009 and 2010 in support of the album, the band was never to be seen from again.That all changed earlier this year, when Oberst and James surprised fans with an appearance at M. Ward’s Hollywood Bowl show. A similar collaboration took place yesterday during Oberst’s set at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, when M. Ward and Jim James appeared at the end to play two tracks from Monsters of Folk album.Check out “Say Please” and “Whole Lotta Losin’” below, courtesy of gridlifeTV, as well as the full setlist of Oberst’s performance.Say PleaseWhole Lotta Losin’ James and Oberst will also be playing a sold-out show tonight, 10/1, at The Fillmore in San Francisco.last_img read more

Rush Will Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of “2112” With A Massive Deluxe Edition Release

first_imgIn 1976, progressive rock titans Rush released one of the best albums of their career: 2112. The futuristic rock concept album not only included some of their most well-known singles, like “A Passage To Bangkok” and “Twilight Zone,” but also the seven-part suite “2112.” It’s truly a testament to the musicianship of Rush, so having them honor the album is a real treat for the fans.Due out on December 19th, the deluxe 2112 will feature a Q&A with Alex Lifeson, rare tracks, live footage, a full DVD of a 1976 concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, and covers of the tracks from the album by modern artists like Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Alice In Chains and more. The full listing for the modern covers includes Grohl, Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz (“Overture”), Alice in Chains (“Tears”), Billy Talent (“A Passage to Bangkok”), Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson (“The Twilight Zone”), and Jacob Moon (“Something for Nothing”).There’s also a Super Deluxe option that includes a 3-LP version of the re-release, packaged in a box with velvet flocking and stuffed with goodies like band member buttons and a reprint of a handbill from 1976. You can find out more info here, and see the full tracklisting below.Rush 2112 Tracklisting:Disc 1: Original Album Newly Remastered by Abbey Road Studios01.”2112″I. OvertureII. The Temples of SyrinxIII. DiscoveryIV. PresentationV. Oracle: The DreamVI. SoliloquyVII. Grand Finale02. A Passage to Bangkok03. The Twilight Zone04. Lessons05. Tears06. Something for NothingDisc 201. Solar Federation02. Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz – Overture03. Billy Talent – A Passage to Bangkok04. Steven Wilson – The Twilight Zone05. Alice In Chains – Tears06. Jacob Moon – Something for Nothing07. 2112 – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake08. “Something for Nothing” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake09. The Twilight Zone – Live 1977 Contraband10. 2112 1976 Radio AdDVD: Live at Capitol Theatre 197601. Bastille Day02. Anthem03. Lakeside Park04. 211205. Fly by Night06. In the MoodBonus VideosOverture: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick RaskulineczA Passage to Bangkok: Behind the Scenes with Billy Talent2112 – 40 Years Closer: A Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brownlast_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Break Free On The “Laws Of Gravity” [Review/Stream]

first_imgIt comes as no surprise that The Infamous Stringdusters latest release, Laws Of Gravity, is a perfect example of a modern bluegrass album. With the consistency and trust the band has drilled into themselves over their relentless touring schedule, they have fostered the ability to create seamless soundscapes full of peaks and valleys that echo with a presence as old as the hills. Each of the five members is among the finest practicing their respective crafts, and that united talent has evolved into something far beyond the sum of its parts. Never do you get the sense that the players are lined up and waiting their turn. Each of The Infamous Stringdusters has a part to play and, whether it is the lead or support, each note is treated as importantly as the last.Opening the album with a track called “Freedom” seems fairly appropriate in this political climate. Lyrically, the tune is less of a political statement than a repudiation of deception and the breaking of the chains of falsehoods and the feeling of of hope that results from such a move. Musically it serves as a perfect showcase for the strengths of the Stringdusters, particularly their vocal harmonies and discipline.With this many truly talented players gathered in one place, it is a difficult proposition to showcase the skills of each in full measure. “Gravity” lets bassist Travis Book step to the mic for a touching tale about the bonds of love, while the stark notes of banjo player Chris Pandolfi and Jeremy Garrett‘s drawn out fiddle notes compliment each other in a pleasing well. The ability to boil down to the essentials is a well used weapon in their arsenal, but by no means the only one at their disposal. “A Hard Life Makes A Good Song” is a textbook example of players using old forms of playing to make music that is nostalgic and fresh at the same time.“Black Elk” adds to the stable of great fiddle tunes the band has given us, with Garrett flowing over the top of an ebbing and flowing bluegrass base. Andy Hall, whose dobro is equally impressive in short bursts and long flowing breaks from reality. Impressively, while Hall and Garrett cover similar sonic terrain the manage to never step on each others toes thanks to their ineffable awareness of the tendencies of the others. Guitarist Andy Falco has staked out the middle ground in the Stringdusters’ sound, filling the middle space in tunes like “This Ol’ Building” and “Soul Searching” with chords and the occasional tight leads.Back to back tracks “Sirens” and “Back Home” provide a perfect final example of the ‘Dusters range. While “Sirens” is all flash and fury, “Back Home” is mournful and hopeful all at once. Each song is perfectly executed and instantly memorable, which is particularly impressive in such a crowded oeuvre. The themes of attraction and the forces of nostalgia that run through the album are brought to a head with disc closer, “Run To You.” The closing section of the song features the full band, with each managing to not just solo but break through the mix and take the jam in unexpected but soulful directions.Laws Of Gravity is idiosyncratic and infectious to the point of fearsome. If The Infamous Stringdusters are capable of maintaining this insanely high level of play, they are on a course to write their own legend into the annals of bluegrass history. Even the most staid of purists are able to admit that what the Stringdusters are doing on albums like this and stages around the world will carry the essence of bluegrass into the future. These talented musicians might not have set out to become the standard bearers for an entire genre of music, but they did just that. Though their humility may keep them from basking in the praise they have earned, their music says all that is needed and volumes more.Catch The Infamous Stringdusters out on the road and hear for yourself how far this band has come and listen as they explore the promise of many years of magic yet to come on their nation-wide tour.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Announces “Sedona Sessions,” Shares 13+ Minute Demo Recording

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has announced the debut of a new album Sedona Sessions, explained to be “a series of demo recordings taken during SCI’s song writing retreat to an undisclosed location in the Arizona Desert.” The band provides a “fly on the wall” perspective into the writing process of the Believe album. Always thinking of their fans, SCI shares the first track, “a little Kyle ditty,” a 13+ minute demo of a song they are calling “My One and Only.”To listen to the song, you must contribute to their PledgeMusic campaign. Pre-order today for access to limited edition items, a brand new song from us – and much more to come, right here.Recently in an interview with Michael Kang, he explained furthermore: “And so, we came up with this idea – we should just go on a band retreat and have a completely open creative experience where we weren’t forced to feel like we had to do anything. We could kinda reconnect as guys and just hang out. So we rented this house in Arizona and we went on hikes and we cooked meals together. Without the pressure of the family schedule and whatever routine we do at home – even though our wives probably hated it – we got back to just jamming with no preconceived notions.”Kang continues, “A lot of times we would start a groove or mine an idea. In the five or six days we were there, we surprised ourselves. We had twenty different stems of songs, some of which were more developed, some of which were just ideas. And we were like, oh this is pretty darn cool. If we spend the time to just hang out and have music be the complete focus – and at the same time, you’re not spending a ton of money because you’re not in some studio with an engineer paid by the hour.”We can’t wait to see what more comes from these Cheesey demos! Check out the album artwork below, and don’t forget to pledge right here.last_img read more

John Mayer Surprises Jimmy Kimmel Audiences With A Disguise Before Playing With His Band [Watch]

first_imgJust as he promised, guitarist/singer/songwriter John Mayer has been releasing songs from his new album, The Search For Everything, at a pace of four per month. After gracing fans with four songs in January, Mayer doubled the length of the album with four additional releases last week. The 14-track release is expected later this Spring.In support of this new music, Mayer performed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live – only he did so in full costume and under the name “Knutley,” who was there to promote his upcoming album “Knutley In Your Face!”. The under-cover Mayer bantered throughout the program, characterizing himself as a self-obsessed and obnoxious rockstar.Toward the end of the program, Knutley stepped forward and revealed himself to be John Mayer, explaining: “Ed Sheeran is killing it right now. And I thought maybe if I played a different person, I could get another chance to make it.” Watch how it goes down:Then, his band emerges and they perform “Still Feel Like Your Man,” featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. About the new track, he tells Rolling Stone: “This is my little engine that could” because “the title itself had lyrics blowing out of it from every corner.” For this tune, the lyrics came first and the music after – his favorite being “I still keep your shampoo in the shower, in case you want to wash your hair.”last_img read more