By Arya JhaFriday, November 9th and Saturday November 10th, 2012 mark the return of Tea Leaf Green to the Brooklyn Bowl. They last played a two night set in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bowl, in February 2011, selling out pre-sale tickets to the venue both times. The same month, Tea Leaf Green additionally sold out a show at the Highline Ballroom and the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. The five-piece jam band has been touring steadily since 1998, and they are sure to impress. Radio Tragedy, their seventh studio album, was released this past June, sparking a Fall tour throughout the Northeast and Southwest. They are touring with the up and coming Brooklyn Bowl regulars, Moon Taxi, an indie band from Nashville.This upcoming 2012 Fall TLG Tour marks the first tour having Cochrane McMillan as the official drummer of Tea Leaf Green. He first began playing with Tea Leaf Green in Winter 2011, as a replacement of their original drummer, Scott Rager. The band provides a homegrown crowd, full of long time fans as well as recent discoverers of the long standing psychedelic rock sounds which Tea Leaf Green provides. You can find all of their Fall 2012 Tour Dates on the Tea Leaf Green Website, and you can purchase tickets to their two night set at the Brooklyn Bowl here.
If Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell are the Swedish House Mafia, Thomas Gold is some sort of German house music Godfather. “You come to me, asking for a rager…” The guy has a hardcore and devoted following of fans who have seen him grow from a rising star in the Ibiza house music scene to the global superstar he is today. He’s truly one of the biggest names in the scene today, and this sold out show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom goes to prove it.The venue was absolutely packed from the moment the doors opened as fans shuffled in early to catch openers Feenixpawl and Nari and Milani. Each act kept the crowd pumping while they awaited Thomas Gold to take the stage. Before he did though, a complete marching band took to the stage – snare drums, bass drums, trumpets – and just sort of greeted the crowd. Then an awesome video package was screened, pumping up the crowd with a countdown before the music hit and Roseland Ballroom was turned into a giant rave.Roseland’s production values are top notch, complete with more confetti than you could dream of, streams of lasers above the crowd, and constant blasts of CO2 that keep the crowd in a frenzy. The sound system and sight lines make it one of, if not the best place to see dance music in New York City. And that’s before you take into consideration the level of talent booked, where you’re getting guys like Thomas Gold spinning all night.And he did seemingly go all night. From 1:30am to a little past four, Thomas Gold manned the decks, bringing that pure house music sound to the masses. Most of Gold’s contemporaries tap out at around the 1.5-2 hour mark, so seeing him push it farther is a testament to his skills and endurance. Beyond his own megahits and classic cuts, Gold manages to build a fantastic set by throwing in his own personal favorites and a mix of what’s hot right now. But in a world where every DJ is mixing in a little dubstep or trap music, Thomas Gold is pure progressive house magic.Oh, and that marching band that greeted the stage? They came back at the end, dropping an awesome beat between the horns and drums while Gold spun behind them, before ripping into an absolutely incredible remix of Adele’s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. Seriously, if Gold’s original remix wasn’t amazing enough, add a bunch of live musicians on the stage. By the way – trend alert – this is something that more DJ’s should bring to the table. We’ve seen traditional drummers with guys like Pretty Lights and Chase and Status, but the variety of different drums, and most surprisingly the horns, work so well.Overall, such a memorable show. The whole production was top notch between the screens, on stage dancers and performers, blow up horns that fell from the sky – it was awesome. Just so much going on all over the place, it’s hard not to have an amazing time. Thomas Gold really went all out for this show, it’s clear that he thought this show was special – and it showed off in the overall product. New Yorkers will definitely be awaiting Thomas Gold’s next return to Manhattan.Check out a video of Thomas Gold with his Drumline on “Fanfare”:[Credit to Acoustic Space for the video]
2012 was a huge year for Bassnectar, playing in massive venues, releasing VAVA VOOM with collabs from Lupe Fiasco, Angel Haze, Mimi Page and DC Breaks, selling out two nights at Red Rocks Ampitheater and his New Years show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. But for this 2013 Spring Tour, Bassheads are getting a change of pace from large overcrowded venues. This tour starts with a string of intimate shows, kicking the tour off April 24th in Burlington, Vermont and continue down the East Coast for three weeks with the Ambassador’s Busnectar.“In the last two years we have expanded to large venues and arenas and that has been fulfilling and fun. However, there is nothing like the feeling of the more intimate clubs and theaters . I wanted to find some tighter options and put together a nonstop 3 week rollercoaster of ram-packed rooms which feel like they are exploding from the inside out. It’s basically a run of festivals until the fall, so this short blitz is our chance to go completely buck wild before summertime.”– BASSNECTARRotating supporting acts will include Michal Menert, Griz, Arcnemesis, & Up Until Now. Thriftworks will be opening the show on all dates. The tour wraps up in Chattanooga on May 12th. Fan club tickets will go on sale February 6th at noon Eastern Time, and public on sale starts February 8th and 9th. Also, three dates have been released that are secret specials shows. 3/30 a Canadian Special, 5/3 a Southern Special, and 5/31-6/1 Colorado Special.Wed 4/24 Burlington Memorial Auditorium Burlington, VTThu 4/25 House of Blues Boston, MAFri 4/26 House of Blues Boston, MASat 4/27 Main Street Armory Rochester, NYSun 4/28 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RIWed 5/1 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PAThu 5/2 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PASat 5/4 Fillmore Washington, DCSun 5/5 Fillmore Washington, DCWed 5/8 Township Auditorium Columbia, SCThu 5/9 Grady Cole Center Charlotte, NCFri 5/10 Tabernacle Atlanta, GASat 5/11 Tabernacle Atlanta, GASun 5/12 Track 29 Chattanooga,TNWATCH THE NEW YEARS 2013 RECAP HERE:LISTEN TO UNDERWORLD “REZ (BASSNECTAR REMIX)”:
Shout!, the tenth studio album from perennial jammers Gov’t Mule, is a two-disc LP that captures the two main elements of the Mule: their Southern rock style, fueled by guitarist Warren Haynes, and their love of collaboration. The first disc is eleven tracks of outright grooving rock and roll, a staple of Gov’t Mule. On the second disc, however, the band recruited an all-star lineup of musical guests to reinterpret the eleven new songs. The guest lineup: Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Jim James, Grace Potter, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Ty Taylor, Dave Matthews, Myles Kennedy, and Steve Winwood. Wow!Those familiar with the guitar-playing style of Warren Haynes will feel at home listening to Shout!. The opening track, “War Boss,” packs a punch, loaded with heavily distorted guitar and anti-war lyrics. Like every song on the album, “War Boss” contains a thrilling guitar solo from Haynes that comes down into a dark bass and drums rhythm section groove.The songs of Shout! bounce between heavy-hitting and slower, ballad-like compositions. “Captured” is an example of the latter, a song that moves slowly, takes its time, wanders into psychedelically haunting guitar tones before returning to Earth with a guitar solo from Warren Haynes. While these slower songs give the album some diversity, it is the fast-paced funky grooves that make Shout! excel. The bread and butter of these is “Stoop So Low,” a New Orleans-influenced lamentation targeted at a former lover (“how could you stoop so low?”). This song is exciting, with backup female vocals and Hammond-organ-tone keyboards to send this groove into jamspace.The second disc of Shout! features special guest vocalists, who have reinterpreted Haynes’s lead vocals to their own style. The songs are the same, and the only difference is the substituted vocal track. This is an interesting technique, definitely innovative, but is definitely hit or miss. It is fun to hear Dr. John singing “Stoop So Low,” as his voice is so distinctive. Same goes for Grace Potter in the soulful “Whisper in Your Soul,” and Toots Hibbert, in the reggae-influenced “Scared to Live.” In other songs, however, changing the singer barely adds anything to the music.Shout! is a good, energetic rock album that captures the essence of Gov’t Mule. The idea of recruiting guest artists on new material is creative, but unfortunately under-developed. Perhaps Gov’t Mule could have gotten full guest bands to play the songs, instead of rerecording vocals over the Mule tracks used on the first disc. Granted, this approach would be more labor-intensive, but ultimately, would have been a more satisfying listening experience. Nonetheless, for the good music on the first disc alone, Shout! is definitely worth a listen. You can listen to the album streaming here.
UPDATE: Katie Pearlman will open up the evening!——This Jazz Fest just keeps shaping up to be better and better! Progressive funk/jam outfit Earphunk and up-and-coming NOLA cats Naughty Professor are ready to kick off Jazz Fest weekend one properly with a late-night rager at the Howlin’ Wolf on Thursday, April 23. The two high-energy NOLA bands are the perfect fit for ringing in 10+ days of nonstop music in a city where the party never stops. Earphunk emerged from the Big Easy in recent years but have already established themselves as a staple on the jam scene. College friends Paul Provosty (guitar), Mark Hempe (vocals/guitar), Michael Matthews (drums), Michael Comeaux (Bass), and Christian Galle (keyboards/organ) bring a young energy to the table with a unique blend of jam and funk reminiscent of Umphrey’s McGee topped with some Lettuce. When they’re not making the rounds at premier festivals like Electric Forest, Bear Creek and Wakarusa, they’re touring around the country or recording with New Orleans staples like Eric Benny Bloom and Khris Royal. George Clinton once gave the band his highest accolade: “Y’all ain’t your average white band!”Get a taste of the phunk doing their thing at Bear Creek with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer:Naughty Professor is guaranteed to get the party going as the opening act for the evening. The emerging funk act knows what’s up and is sure to get all bodies movin’ and groovin’ in their hometown. Check out our full guide to Jazz Fest After-Hours!Show Info:Earphunk // Naughty ProfessorThe Howlin Wolf // 907 S Peters St, New Orleans LAApril 23 // Doors at 9 PM // Show at 10 PM$15 advance // $20 day of showGet tickets hereWin (2) tickets by entering the contest below:
Baltimore is set for this year’s Moonrise Festival, bringing an impressive array of dance music to the city from August 8th and 9th. The two-day event will see headlining sets from Bassnectar and Above & Beyond, with additional performances from Big Gigantic, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Die Antwoord, The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson, & more.The full phast one lineup includes appearances from Doctor P, EOTO, Bakermat, Borgeous, Brillz, Infected Mushroom, What So Not, Zomboy, Ty Dolla $ign and more! Check out the full lineup below, which promises more artists in phase two, and head to the festival website for more information.EOTO Only Tries Once: An Exclusive with the Masters of Live Improv EDM
A few months back, Marco Benevento, along with bandmates Dave Dreiwitz and Andrew Borger, rocked the Signal Kitchen in Burlington, Vermont with a sold out show and masquerade party on April 4, 2015. The epic performance was recorded by Signal Kitchen and mixed by Benevento.Marco Benevento And Joe Russo Had Strains Of Weed Named After ThemBenevento said of the show, “This was great night! We’d been touring the record (Swift) for about seven months so the energy was high onstage. Plus, it was Signal Kitchen’s Masquerade Ball show, so everyone in the audience was wearing masks and looking freaky,” remembers Benevento. “Our friend even came up on stage and danced for an extended ‘Limbs Of A Pine.’ Oh, and it was a full moon, oh geez, yes, you can hear it all here. We tested out two new tunes that will be on our upcoming record and we wound up, on a whim, segueing ‘RISD’ and ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ (the Bowie version) at the end of the show. That even surprised us while we were playing through it!”Download Marco’s Masquerade Ball Live in Burlington, VT here.The JRAD member is currently in the process of recording his next studio effort, and will be making the rounds at festivals and venues throughout the summer. Check out tour dates below.Marco Benevento Tour DatesJune 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ***Buy This Fracking Album benefitJune 28 – Rothbury, MI – Electric ForestJuly 5 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ***performing David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory”July 11 – Greenfield, MA – Green River FestivalJuly 18 – Truman, NY – Grassroots Music FestivalJuly 19 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music HallJuly 24 & 25 – Denver, CO – The 1upSeptember 11 – Sherman, NY – Night Light FestivalSeptember 12 – Hector, NY – Stonecat CafeSeptember 13 – Burlington, VT – Grand Point North FestivalSeptember 25 – Guthrie, OK – Taloe FestivalJanuary 8-16 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke performed a DJ set at the Latitude Festival in the UK this past weekend, along with producer Nigel Godrich. According to reports, Yorke mainly stuck with solo material from Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, 2006’s The Eraser, and some tracks from Atoms for Peace’s Amok. However, there were two “new” tracks played that at this time have no origin. Were they new Radiohead songs? I guess we will find out soon.Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Shares New Album UpdateYorke also joined Portishead during their set on a version of “The Rip” which can be seen below.
Though Phish’s Magnaball festival has officially sold out, you can stream the shows from the comfort of your couch, via LivePhish.com.Magnaball: A Guide Through Phish’s First Nine FestivalsMagnaball takes place this weekend, August 21-23, in Watkins Glen, NY. The band will play two sets on Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. All seven sets will be webcast.Enter to win tickets to Magnaball below!
In Story Time With Uncle Ivan Neville Part One, we brought you the hilarious tale of New Orleans legend James Booker goofing around and impersonating a cop which eventually resulted in him getting arrested. Nevertheless, the memories made it all worth it!Dumpstaphunk Announces Phunksgiving Featuring Fishbone And Special GuestsToday, the Dumpstaphunk frontman and descendant of New Orleans musical legacy gets extremely candid about something that was prevalent in his life for some time – crack. Though he is thankful to be long done with the stuff, it resulted in some pretty priceless stories!Check out Story Time With Uncle Ivan Part Two. We wonder what ever happened to the dog…