Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., & More To Headline 2016 XPoNential Music Festival

first_imgCamden County’s 2016 XPoNential Music Festival is set to take place July 22-24 at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion. Though in New Jersey, the three-day festival is organized for the 12th year by University of Pennsylvania radio station WXPN, adding uniquely up-and-coming, trending artists to the already popularized lineup. The exciting 2016 bill includes headlining performances from Ryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, and Brandi Carlile. Also playing are Gary Clark Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, a solo performance from Father John Misty, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more.Additional information about the festival can be found on their website. Peep the full lineup below!last_img read more

Full Audio: Circles Around The Sun Makes Their Exciting Debut At The Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgIt’s been an exciting time for Circles Around The Sun, the band that emerged after creating the setbreak music at Fare Thee Well. Though previously imagined as a one-off project, the musicians of Circles Around The Sun – Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Mark Levy and Dan Horne – quickly realized just how much potential there was for more Circles music.The band debuted at Lockn’ Festival earlier this year, and kicked off a three night run with a show at the Hamilton Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. They followed that up with a night at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, bringing their Grateful Dead inspired, exploratory music to the beloved venue for a great night.Neal Casal Promises New Music And Future Tours Ahead For Circles Around The SunThanks to taper Matt Moricle, we can listen to the full audio from last night’s performance below.last_img read more

Watch Spafford Infuse A 20-Minute “Walls” Jam With The Jazz Standard “Made For Wesley” [Pro-Shot]

first_imgAs Spafford stormed through the Midwest this past fall, fans were treated to high energy performances filled with exciting improvisational excursions. The band was firing on all cylinders as they made their heavily anticipated first stop in Milwaukee, WI at The Mirarmar Theatre.  Fans were treated to a performance packed with jams, some very well placed covers, and a particularly unique setlist.Fortunately, the band has delivered a pro-shot video of one of the major highlights. The band took one of their powerhouse jam vehicles, “Walls”, and paired it with a classic jazz standard “Made For Wesley” to form a beautiful jam sandwich in the first set.Enjoy the 20 plus minute throwdown in the form of “Walls > Made for Wesley > Walls” below!Up next for the band is two big nights in New York, NY, playing on December 30th and 31st at American Beauty alongside The Magic Beans for some Phish after parties. They’ll then hit the road alongside Umphrey’s McGee, with headlining dates of their own as well. The full tour schedule can be seen below, and tickets and more information can be found on the band’s website.Spafford Upcoming Tour DatesDecember 30-31: American Beauty – New York, NY w/ The Magic BeansJanuary 20-21: The National – Richmond, VA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 24: Milkboy Philly – Philadelphia, PAJanuary 25: The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJJanuary 26: College St. Music Hall – New Haven, CT w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 27: State Theatre – Portland, ME w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 28: Palace Theatre – Albany, NY w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJanuary 29: Anthology – Rochester, NY w/ Umphrey’s McGeeFebruary 1: Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NYFebruary 2: 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Umphrey’s McGeeFebruary 3-4: The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 10: Montbleu Theater – Stateline, NV w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 11: Fox Theater – Oakland, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 16: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 17: Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 18: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeMarch 19: The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA w/ Umphrey’s McGeeJune 22-25: Electric Forest Weekend One – Rothbury, MIJune 29-July 2: Electric Forest Weekend Two – Rothbury, MIlast_img read more

Remembering The Life Of James Cotton, The Pioneering Blues Harmonica Player

first_imgJames Cotton, the prolific Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica player, died yesterday of pneumonia at the age of 81. Affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Superharp,” Cotton was a pioneering force for the blues, with his career starting as a teenager in the early 1950s with the release of his first single, “Straighten Up Baby.” Over the next six decades, Cotton’s fame grew, playing and recording with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, as well as taking on the role of Muddy Waters’ sideman for a time.Cotton was a decorated and celebrated musician who was close to the pulse of the ever-evolving blues scene throughout his life. In addition to the Grammies he won for Hard Again in 1977 and Deep In The Blues in 1997 and the nomination for 2013’s Cotton Mouth Man, the harmonica virtuoso also received ten Blues Music Awards, six Living Blues Awards, and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s prestigious B.B. King Award for his contributions as an artist.You can check out a few of our favorite live performances featuring James Cotton below as a tribute to the life and work of this truly incredible man.[Cover photo courtesy of AP / Dave Martin]Grateful Dead with James Cotton and Steve Miller – “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” 6/25/1992[Video courtesy of Gratefulvideo]James Cotton and Eric Clapton – “Key To The Highway,” 2/24/2012[Video courtesy of Michael Matza]James Cotton Blues Band’s performance at Winterland, 6/15/1973[Video courtesy of Blues / R&B on MV]Muddy Waters and the James Cotton Blues Band at The Forum, 6/28/1972[Video courtesy of EXPORT1876]Keith Richards and James Cotton rehearsing “Little Red Rooster”[Video courtesy of Keith Richards]James Cotton Blues Band – “The Creeper”[Video courtesy of Diabluz]last_img read more

Track Names And Guest Collaborators On New Gorillaz Album Leaked

first_img[H/T Consequence of Sound] Fans of the Gorillaz have certainly been getting antsy since the animated band led by James Hewlett and Damon Albarn announced they’d be releasing new music for the first time since The Fall, their last album which was released in 2011. In February of this year, Albarn confirmed to a fan that the album was complete and that the band was rehearsing for live performances. Earlier in March, the Gorillaz announced The Demon Dayz Festival, their own festival to take place on June 10th at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, England, which will be their first live appearance since 2012.As fans have been subsisting of the trickle of Gorillaz news over the past few month, perhaps more substantial information about their newest album is finally here. Recently, a number of song titles and the guest collaborators featured on each track have been registered to a music licensing company in the U.K., Phonographic Performance Ltd, including “Hallelujah Money (Feat. Benjamin Clementine),” the track the band released on Inauguration Day.Many of the tracks from this leak line-up with the songs that the Gorillaz have been working on, as told by the band’s Snapchats as they continue with rehearsals. If the rumors are to be believed, which increasingly seems to be the case, the Gorillaz new album will feature the likes of De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Grace Jones, Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, and Kelela to name a few. Further confirming the truth to the leak is that some of the artists from the track listing, such as De La Soul and Kelela, have previously confirmed they have worked on this new album.You can check out the speculated track names and guest collaborators for yourself (listed alphabetically) below, which includes 19 new songs in addition to a handful of interludes. You can also listen to the one fully confirmed new Gorillaz song, “Hallelujah Money,” which was officially released back in January on Inauguration Day below.Rumored Track Listing:Andromeda (Feat. D.R.A.M.)Ascension (Feat. Vince Staples)Busted And BlueCarnival (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)Charger (Feat. Grace Jones)Circle Of Friendz (Feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)Halfway To The Halfway House (Feat. Peven Everett)Hallelujah Money (Feat. Benjamin Clementine)Interlude: Elevator Going UpInterlude: New WorldInterlude: PenthouseInterlude: Talk RadioInterlude: The ElephantInterlude: The Non-conformist OathLet Me Out (Feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)Momentz (Feat. De La Soul)Out Of Body (Feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana)Saturnz Barz (Feat. Popcaan)Sex Murder Party (Feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)She’s My Collar (Feat. Kali Uchis)Strobelite (Feat. Peven Everett)Submission (Feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)The Apprentice (Feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)Ticker Tape (Feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)We Got The Power (Feat. Jehnny Beth)last_img read more

Listen To Stevie Nicks’ New Reverb-Laced Ballad “Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go”

first_imgBeloved Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks has released a brand new song for the upcoming film The Book of Henry starring Naomi Watts, Sarah Silverman, and more. The reverb-heavy track deals with themes of loss, grief, remembrance, and personal closeness.Stevie Nicks Makes Surprise Appearance To Perform ‘Rhiannon’ With School Of Rock Cast“Drowned in thought and caught in a stare/ Talking to ghosts who were not there,” Nicks somberly sings. “Then you took my hand/ Transformation began/ Commotion where it once was still/ Fireworks explode/ Front row tickets to the show/ This hand I will never let it go.” You can listen to the track below, courtesy of Focus Features:“Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go” is not the only new music featuring Nicks that is currentl on its way to fans. She recently contributed vocals to “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems,” off Lana Del Rey‘s recent LP, Lust for Life. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Del Rey raved about her collaboration with Nicks, whose voice was a last-minute addition to the album. “I kind of thought I had finished the record a couple times,” says Del Rey. “I felt I wanted a woman on the record, and I was talking to [my producer] about who would be great to get on the record. We both could only come up with Stevie.”[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Close Camp Bisco With Three Sets [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits closed their annual Camp Bisco on Saturday night with a whopping three sets. After the previous two nights of festival heaven, the electronic jam band pioneers led their faithful followers through the most anticipated part of the weekend with several hours of improvised jamming within the compounds of their favorited compositions.Camp Bisco Program Guide Reveals New Disco Biscuits DatesThe first set opened with “Caves of the East” into “Loose Change.” From there, “Bernstein & Chasnoff” sandwiched an inverted version of “Highwire” and “Tempest” within a monstrous extended jam. The band closed the first set with “Mulberry’s Dream.”In true Disco Biscuits fashion, the second set opened and closed with “Morph Dusseldorf,” with a non-stop run of songs including an inverted version of “Above the Waves,” “The Champions,” and “Exodus” featuring first and only special guest, guitarist Tom Hamilton–who celebrated his 15th year in a row as a musician at Camp Bisco. “Above the Waves” reappeared before the enormous second set closed with “Morph Dusseldorf.”The Disco Biscuits Launch Free Emoji App, And It’s IncredibleThe band again appeared for a third set, beginning with “Dub Dribble” and “Helicopters,” a favorited song that again emerged to close the show. Donna Summer‘s “I Feel Love” was debuted, then followed by “Tricycle” and “Air Song.”The Disco Biscuits offered a free stream of their performances throughout the weekend, so you can enjoy all three sets below: Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain, PA | 7/15/17I: Caves of the East-> Loose Change, Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Highwire (inverted)-> Tempest-> Bernstein & Chasnoff, Mulberry’s DreamII: Morph Dusseldorf-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> The Champions-> Exodus (w/ Tom Hamilton)-> Above the Waves-> Morph DusseldorfIII: Dub Dribble-> Helicopters-> I Feel Love (Donna Summer, 1st time played)-> Tricycle-> Air Song-> Helicopters[photo by Dave Vann]last_img read more

Listen To The Surprise Free Mixtape That GRiZ Just Dropped

first_img[Photo: Andrew Rios]GRiZ’s Good Will Continue Tour Dates10/11 – The Observatory – Orange County, CA10/12 – The Observatory – San Diego, CA10/13 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA10/14 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA1015 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA10/18 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR10/19 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR10/20 – Vancouver Forum – Vancouver, BC10/21 – The Hive – Sandpoint, ID10/22 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT10/26 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN10/27 – Freaky Deaky at Wisconsin Center – Milwaukee, WI10/28 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO10/29 – Hulaween – Live Oak, FL10/31 – Express Live! – Columbus, OH11/1 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY11/2 – Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA11/3 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA11/4 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.11/5 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY11/7 – The National – Richmond, VA11/9 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN11/10 – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – Atlanta, GA11/11 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA12/1 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO12/2 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO Yesterday afternoon, renowned DJ, producer, and saxophonist GRiZ surprised his fans by dropping the second installment of his mixtape series, Chasing The Golden Hour. The first mixtape in the series, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 1, was released back in 2015. At the time, Chasing The Golden Pt. 1 gained a lot of buzz from fans and critics alike, as the mix deviated from the DJ’s usual style. Now, two years later, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 2 is free and available to the public and serves as a perfect follow-up to its predecessor.GRiZ Debuts Live Band At Two-Night Red Rocks Run [Photos]Featuring ten individual tracks, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 2 perfectly captures the vibes of summertime, making it an appropriate end of summer gift to fans. The mix still blends hip-hop, soul, dance, and R&B in GRiZ’s characteristic manner, while simultaneously using minimalist beats and blended instrumental tracks to create a more laid-back feel to the project. Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 2’s release comes on the heels of GRiZ’s three back-to-back sold-out performances, including two headlining performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This latest release from GRiZ also comes after the producer launched his own beer line last week—his similarly named Chasing The Golden Hour Ale in collaboration with Great Divide Brewing Company, which is a colette brewed with Colorado peaches.You can check out the latest release from GRiZ here, plus check out his upcoming dates for his Good Will Continue tour below.last_img read more

Perpetual Groove Welcomes Spafford’s Andrew “Red” Johnson For Paul Simon In Denver [Setlist]

first_imgYou can check out the setlist from Perpetual Groove’s 11/11/17 performance at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO below, via the band’s .SETLIST: Perpetual Groove | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 11/11/17SET ONE: GORILLA MONSOON > ONLY ALWAYS > MAN WITH ALL THE ANSWERS 53 MORE THINGS TO DO IN ZERO GRAVITY, MAYDAY, PEPPER*, THREE WEEKSSET TWO: BLACK STRING, PLAYGROUND, DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES+, TWO SHORES, SPACE PARANOIDS, CAIRO, WALKIN IN PLACEENCORE: PAPER DOLLS, ALL NIGHT LONG*with James Charles Dunstan Jr. On keys with Matt+with “Red” Andrew Johnson from Spafford on keys with Matt.For a full list of upcoming Perpetual Groove tour dates, you can check out Perpetual Groove’s band website.[Cover photo by Ryan Lewis via Perpetual Groove Facebook] Last night, following a Friday performance in Colorado Springs, Georgia jam favorites Perpetual Groove continued their 2017 Fall Tour with a highly-anticipated show at Denver, CO’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. The band’s first of two sets was highlighted by a guest appearance from keyboardist James Charles Dunstan for a rendition of Butthole Surfers‘ “Pepper”.Perpetual Groove Rounds Out Two-Night Run At Brooklyn Bowl With Saturday Blowout [Audio/Photos]During the second set, the band was also joined by keyboardist Andrew “Red” Johnson (who had just finished rounding out his own three-night Colorado run with Spafford at Denver’s Globe Hall) for an extended run through P-Groove’s fan-favorite cover of Paul Simon classic “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”.Fanshot photos and video screen grabs via Spaffnerds member Erin Locke:last_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Widow Pens Open Letter About Lack Of Women On Wanee Lineup

first_imgYesterday, Shannon Allman, the widow of the late iconic Allman Brothers Band rocker Gregg Allman, took to Facebook, writing an extensive post addressed to fans as well as Live Nation Concerts, the organizers of the beloved Wanee Festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. After thanking fans for their support this past year, Allman shared an open letter written to Wanee Festival about the lack of women on its lineup, encouraging fans to share if so moved.Celebrate International Women’s Day With Our Tribute To Some Of Our Favorite Female MusiciansIn her open letter to Wanee Festival, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Florida, Shannon Allman first detailed how she and her late husband had frequently discussed increasing female representation on festival lineups and as his opening acts, elaborating “Despite assumptions about his bad boy reputation and image, [Gregg Allman] was a feminist at heart, raised by an independent, widowed mother.” Before Gregg’s passing in late May, Shannon explained that she had been in conversation with promoters about getting Kaleigh Baker on the bill, noting it was a dream of Gregg’s, as he became captivated by the singer after Shannon showed him a number of videos featuring the songstress.Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’Shannon Allman’s tone in the letter is one of reverence toward Wanee, noting that the festival, which she describes as “the Brothers’ baby which has matured into the most beautiful old soul,” has “her heart” and stands as her “all-time favorite festival, of the countless I’ve been to around the world.” Despite this, Shannon explains that after Wanee’s lineup announcement for 2018, she “couldn’t help but immediately notice the nearly nonexistent presence of women,” offering up Lisa Mackey of Dark Star Orchestra and Elliot Peck of Midnight North as the lone examples.Wanee Announces 2018 LineupChris Robinson To Lead “As The Crow Flies” At Wanee FestivalGiven “the recent eruption of an endless news cycle surrounding the systemic oppression and unlevel playing field our system has provided for women,” Shannon decided to speak out. However, later in the letter, she similarly recognizes that the lack of female representation is not specific to Wanee, reflecting, “I wonder sometimes how this type of (common) situation passes so many eyes without anybody acknowledging or recognizing this issue before presenting it publicly.”After noting that she recognizes the difficulties of booking large-scale festival such as Wanee and thanking the management for their hard work, she doubles down on why the lack of women on the lineup ultimately hurts the event. She explains, “Not only do I and many others want our souls stirred by the magical mysticism of female vocals and instrumentation, there is no shortage of badass female talent on the market or in Wanee-esque genres to not give these countless artists an opportunity. Not because they’re women. Because they rock.”You can read the entirety of Shannon Allman’s open letter to Wanee below, which was first posted in the Gregg Allman Fans Facebook group here.Thank you all for your ongoing love, support, and kind messages.Some day I will find the words to articulate how you’ve lifted me and provided light in my darkest moments.Thank you for loving Gregory and for showing me love simply for loving and having been loved by him. Taking care of and being taken care of by him has been my greatest honor.For now, I’d like to share this letter I openly penned to our beloved Wanee Festival in case anyone feels similarly and cares to share in hopes of catching their attention and seeing some women added to the lineup! (Make sure you tag the festival and Live Nation for them to see your thoughts and posts.)“Dear Wanee Festival, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Florida,One of the songs that has gotten me through the loss of my husband, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, is his self-penned “Dreams.”(Of “Dreams,” Gregory said, “I showed them ‘Dreams,’ and let me tell ya, they joined right in. We learned that song the way you hear it today, and I was in, brother.”)Witnessing the stunning version performed by family at the The Peach Music Festival tribute to Gregory and Butch Trucks brought me to my knees in tears of grief and gratitude. Lord knows, I’ve been “hung up on dreams I’ll never see” now that he’s gone.One of them, which we discussed often, was working together to increase female representation on festival lineups and as his opening acts.Despite assumptions about his bad boy reputation and image, Gregory was a feminist at heart, raised by an independent, widowed mother; a man who believed that equality for women was simply common sense, not something to debate or fight to take rights away from.I recall vividly one night, in a hotel room on the road, playing him about six or seven female artists, each one of which he sort of shrugged at and asked me to skip to the next, not feeling that their vibe aligned with his “blues flavored rock n roll.”After about 12 seconds of listening to Kaleigh Baker, he excitedly pointed at the screen and exclaimed, “YES!” We watched several more of her music videos.Many have described Kaleigh as a “bluesy Adele,” and while I can’t quite ignore the obvious similarities of their soulfulness, powerhouse vocals, and Kaleigh’s bone deep blues, I hesitate to compare women – or anyone. They are each their own extraordinary artistic selves.I immediately emailed Live Nation and multiple managers but the season was booked and, as happens, life and medical issues shifted our focus in other directions.Bringing Kaleigh on to open for Gregory is a dream we had to let go of.When I saw the lineup announcement for Wanee 2018, which will be my ninth, I couldn’t help but immediately notice the nearly nonexistent presence of women.(Lisa Mackey in Darkstar Orchestra, Elliott Peck in Midnight North, and…?)Recent news of Nikon hiring 32 men and 0 women to promote their camera came to mind, not to mention the recent eruption of an endless news cycle surrounding the systemic oppression and unlevel playing field our system has provided for women.I think of Wanee as the Brothers’ baby which has matured into the most beautiful old soul.It’s where I discovered myself, found family and friends, where I learned that there are others in the world who appreciate and experience music and life the way I do. This was a revelation for a small town Southern girl.Wanee is my all-time favorite festival, of the countless I’ve been to around the world, the memories of which have positively changed me forever.Occasionally, I thought Gregory might be tired of hearing me gush about my love for Wanee year after year, as he didn’t have the same fan-side experience, but, ultimately, i know how proud he was to have helped create something that he, I, and countless others look forward to all year.I loved to tell and he loved to hear stories of the silly antics, crowd energy, friendships and connections made, engagements, marriages, and even children conceived at the festival he and his lifelong brothers made possible along Florida’s Suwannee River.I know it’s impossible to please everybody. There will always be artists that some want to see that aren’t available or included and acts booked that others will complain about. Time slots will clash and people will gripe about the best possible problem — having two bands you want to see play at once.Thank you for all of the hard work, effort, and energy that goes into planning and executing this magical event year after year.I, for one, love most of the 2018 Wanee acts announced and am excited to discover the few I’m not yet familiar with.However, I think that the exclusion of women completely is an entirely different matter. Not only do I and many others want our souls stirred by the magical mysticsm of female vocals and instrumentation, there is no shortage of badass female talent on the market or in Wanee-esque genres to not give these countless artists an opportunity.Not because they’re women.Because they rock.Admittedly, I wonder sometimes how this type of (common) situation passes so many eyes without anybody acknowledging or recognizing this issue before presenting it publicly.There’s been back and forth discourse about whether this was an initial phase lineup or the final announcement. I’m holding my breath with many friends, anxiously hoping and waiting to see some of our talented sisters whose music we adore, crave, and are healed by added to our beloved festival. Our home.Wanee, you have my heart.Please continue to provide and make my sisters and me feel that we also have a safe, represented space like the other half of our music loving family.I’ll see you in April.Your friend and fan,Shannon Allman”[Photo: Benjamin Adams]last_img read more