Last year, Wilco surprised fans by releasing a full length album of original material, called Star Wars, completely unannounced. This time around, it seems singer Jeff Tweedy is clueing fans in to the band’s future plans.In an interview with The Guardian, Tweedy says that the band has a new album on the way for 2016. The interview reads: “After last year’s Star Wars album, Wilco have another one ready to go this year, Tweedy says.” That one line is sure to raise the eyebrows of longtime fans, eager to hear more sounds from Wilco.Watch Wilco Cover David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ In BrooklynThe remainder of the interview mostly focuses on Tweedy, the project featuring Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer. “We have a deep, unspoken connection which I chalk up to DNA. A lot of it I’ve done by myself and then Spencer will come by after school and help out. And then he will go home and do his homework,” says Tweedy.We’ll be sure to update on any Wilco projects as soon as we have more information.
Today marks a sad chapter in music history, as the beloved R&B singer Prince passed away earlier today. As we continue to grieve over the loss of a legend, we turn to the healing power of music and explore a number of tributes performed by artists we love.Kung Fu dedicated an entire set to Prince back in 2013 at The Big Up festival. At the time, the band included Rob Somerville, Tim Palmieri, Adrian Tramontano, Chris DeAngelis, and Todd Stoops. The set welcomed special guests Jans Ingber (The Motet) on lead vocals, Christine Tambakis on backing vocals, and Nick Biello on keyboard, and included Prince favorites “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and of course, the party-rocker “1999.”You can stream the full set below:Setlist: Kung Fu & Friends at The Big Up, Ghent, NY – 8/10/13:Set: Let’s Go Crazy, I Would Die 4 U, Musicology, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, Darling Nikki, Take Me With U, D.M.S.R., Little Red Corvette, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Purple Rain, 1999RIP Prince. We’ll miss you.
Last weekend, Vulfpeck made their New Orleans debut with performances at The Joy Theater, The Orpheum, and Tipitina’s playing alongside The Soul Rebels, The Revivalists, and Lettuce. The string of shows were a big deal for the band who’d never even set foot in the Big Easy. Closing out the weekend at arguably the most legendary concert venue in the city, the quartet brought the funk, the fun, and all of the dance moves while opening up for Lettuce at Tipitina’s. Vulfpeck Gets Brass Lovin’ From The Soul Rebels In New Orleans [Watch]Trading instruments throughout the night, as they do, Vulfpeck welcomed some of the room’s most talented musicians to the stage for the quintessential sit-ins that Jazz Fest late nights are meant for. Lovely vocalist Madelyn Grant joined in for a “Back Pocket” audience sing-a-long, triumphantly lifting the spirits of the Vulfpack tribe. Adam Deitch jumped behind the drum kit for a gut-wrenching “It Gets Funkier,” before another crowd favorite “Christmas In L.A.” brought chills to the Louisiana heat. A very appropriate “Outro” closed their set, with Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and The Shady Horns’ Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis providing the funkiest of notes before a sold-out crowd.Thanks to Lins Hurst, you can watch the entire performance, up-close-and-personal, below:Thanks to Vulfpeck, we can zoom in on incredible happenings such as these:Setlist: Vulfpeck at Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA – 4/24/16:Conscious Club, Fugue, Rango, Wong, Cripple Creek, My Favorite Cock, Back Pocket, Funky Duck, 1612, It Gets Funkier, Beastly, Christmas In L.A., Outro
The beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band continues to bowl over fans with their incredible display of soul music, so much so that they’ve actually gotten to perform in front of the President himself, Barack Obama, at the White House. In a new interview, Susan Tedeschi talks about what might happen to those White House gigs if Donald Trump gets elected.Her initial response is dismissive, saying, “He’s not gonna get in. He better not.” When the interviewer pushed the question once more, Tedeschi said, “We’d just have to impeach him. For being a jerk.”Amen. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s tour continues tonight, June 16th, at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN.
With the Guns N’ Roses reunion tour kicking off at the end of this month, fans are certainly speculating as to what the band might play on tour. According to Alternative Nation, that tour may include a song from Velvet Revolver, a supergroup that featured Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and the late Scott Weiland.Weiland passed away in December of 2015, leaving fans, collaborators, friends and more to mourn his untimely passing. It seems that his friends in Guns N’ Roses may have a tribute in the works, as an image posted by Red Witch Pedals with McKagan shows a Velvet Revolver song in the works.Where The River Goes: A Final Conversation With Scott WeilandThe photographed setlist features “Nice Boys,” “Think About You,” “Used To Love Her,” “Perfect Crime,” and “Slither.” While the first four from the “alternate” song selection are Guns N’ Roses tracks, “Slither” is famously featured on Velvet Revolver’s 2004 debut album, Contraband.Check out the image below.We’d love to hear Guns N’ Roses put their spin on “Slither,” as it would be an assuredly rocking tribute to the late great Weiland.
The cool breezes off Lake Michigan carried the sweet sounds of bluegrass and Americana far and wide across the wooded grounds of the Hoxeyville Music Festival over the weekend. Hoxeyville brings in some of the nation’s finest roots bands like Railroad Earth and Elephant Revival, alongside impressive regional bands like home state heroes Greensky Bluegrass, Airborne Or Aquatic? and Sweet Water Warblers to rural upstate Michigan for a celebration of music and nature in near equal parts.With a sheltering ring of pines encircling the gathering crowd and music soaring through the leaves in every direction, the festival’s two stages were filled with top shelf talent and surrounded by friends and family, gathered together to share their loves. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand, and he captured a variety of photos and videos from the weekend’s festivities and he is sharing some of his top moments with us all. Enjoy this video tour of the waterlogged weekend at the Hoxeyville Music Festival and the bands who made it so memorable in the clips that follow.Billy StringsTraverse City’s own up-and-coming bluegrass star Billy Strings led his quartet through a rollicking set that showed very clearly why he such big things are expected of this young phenom. After shows around the country over the course of the summer, including a stellar turn at the Northwest String Summit, Strings was back home and surrounded by friends and family. He was even joined onstage for a tune by his father! His set was one of the first on day one and he got the large crowd of very early arrivers going with his lightning fast picking and boyish charms. If Strings keeps giving performances like his cover of the classic “Ain’t Got No Honey Baby Now” below, the world is going to be his oyster.MacpodzMacpodz continued the Michigan representation during the early moments of the Hoxeyville Music Festival with a tight set of funky instrumentals and open, rocking jams. Recently reuniting drummer Griffin Bastian with fellow founder and bass player Ross Huff went in the studio with the regular cast and some specialists from the region including Randall Moore from The Ragbirds. With their new disc, Underwater Encounter, released earlier this year the Macpodz have been spreading the word of their sharp new tunes to as many shaows and fests as they can find. Check out one of their jammy instrumental tunes below:Airborne Or Aquatic?Airborne Or Aquatic? serves as a supergroup of Michigan’s finest players who want to explore together and create outside of any regular projects. It’s rare that they manage to play more than a handful of shows per year thanks to the competing schedules of the incredible cast, and frontman Seth Bernard seemed delighted to share the stage with his far flung friends once again. As usual, the band swelled with the presence of former collaborators from other acts on the bill, including a fun sit in from Greensky’s Paul Hoffman among other. Watch their crowd pleasing jam on “Keep Up The Quest” below:Railroad EarthRailroad Earth seems to always be straining at the edges of their sonic limitations in an a concerted effort to shatter preconceptions about what a roots band should sound like. Lead by the sweet voice and deft playing of guitarist and vocalist Todd Sheaffer, the band has so many musical weapons in their armory that it’s anyone’s guess where they’ll be going next. Tim Carbone can go from lilting fiddle passages to grungy guitar work in an instant, and Andy Goessling serves as the band’s Swiss Army Man, regularly playing five or six instruments during a single show…s ometimes two at a time! Check out a rip roaring, crowd pleasing rendition of “Head” below:Sweet Water WarblersWhen Lindsay Lou, Daisy May Erlewine & Rachael Davis first joined their voices together, they realized instantly that something special was happening and decided to focus this power as the Sweet Water Warblers. Though the song birds don’t get to harmonize nearly as often they would like, they have made the Hoxeyville Music Festival a regular homecoming. With a new album on the way, hopefully these three will be able to get together a bit more regularly to delight the world with their brand of lilting beauty and insight. Check out their magic on this amazing cover of “The Glory Of Love” below:Mandolin OrangeNorth Carolina’s Andrew Marlin & Emily Frantz give Mandolin Orange a palpable human connection from their obvious deep personal affection for each other. That spirit of love and joy infuses all of their music with a resonance that comes from a nearly subatomic level. With a new album, Blindfaller, on the way, the pair, along with some help from their friends, shared a mix of crowd favorites and new tunes destined to work their way into the hearts of old fans and new alike. We managed to capture a special version of their tune “Big Men In the Sky,” below:Elephant RevivalColorado’s Elephant Revival has had an incredible year to date, and it only looks to get better as the summer fades and the fall finds them back out on the road supporting their stellar new release Petals. After seeing moments like their first headlining show at the legendary Red Rocks to narrowly surviving a catastrophic tour bus fire, the band has found inspiration and humor in the face of their successes and trials. Taking the stage with their trademark low key demeanor, Elephant Revival delivered an uplifting set of songs from throughout their career, including a plea to the clouds to stay parted that was sadly ignored. You can watch one of their set’s high points, a cover of Jefferson Airplane‘s classic “White Rabbit,” below:Greensky BluegrassAnchoring the Hoxeyville Music Festival is a job that sits as well on Greensky Bluegrass‘s shoulders this year, as it has in the past. In a very real sense, Greensky is the heart of the Michigan bluegrass scene, and their nationwide success has shone a light on many of the other very talented artists in the area. To their credit, as the band has seen their national profile grow to super star level, they always manage to wind their way back home to make sure the longest standing supporters get to share the love. Greensky Bluegrass had a special treat for the Michigan fans who were hungry for some fresh tunes, a “Leap Year-Hoxey Lady-Leap Year” medley that had the crowd singing along in full volume! Enjoy!Though the weather seemed to be a unwilling partner to the weekend’s fun, the crowd was more than happy to dance through the intermittent showers at Hoxeyville, be they made of water or sun. With such an over-abundance of players and acts within shouting distance, and some amazing performances by top tier touring bands, the Hoxeyville Music Festival lived up to its reputation as one of the best regional festivals in the country. As tired faces sadly broke down their tents the following morning, a chipper woman on a golf cart drove through the grounds spreading good cheer and calls to “See you all next year” from her golf cart. Her message was greeted with such a rousing cheer that organizers couldn’t help but smile, knowing their future was secured. Load remaining images
Greensky Bluegrass has been all across the country, touring in support of their recently released album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. That tour saw the group traveling regularly for the last two months, and zipping from coast to coast after playing both Suwannee Hulaween (watch) and the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (full audio) last weekend. The band finally brought their tour with a debut performance at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA, hitting the renowned venue that once served as a hub for the psychedelic scene.Naturally, with idols like Jerry Garcia on their minds, Greensky Bluegrass felt an overwhelming sense of both pride and passion to make the appearance. The show itself featured a few songs regularly covered by the Jerry Garcia Band, including “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox,” “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and “I Second That Emotion.”You can watch “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and “I Second That Emotion” in the videos below, thanks to the aptly-named Jam Catcher on YouTube. Of course, the band’s original music was in full force, including a great version of “Don’t Lie” that included a “Turn On Your Lovelight” bust out from the talented bluegrass ensemble. The band brought out music from the length of their career, treating fans to an emotional performance that won’t soon be forgotten.Greensky will return to the road for two shows at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI over Thanksgiving weekend, on November 25-26. Check out the full setlist below, compiled by Camp Greensky.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Warfield, San Francisco, CA – 11/5/16Set 1: Breadbox, Reverend, Merely Avoiding, Worried About the Weather, In Control, That’s What Love Will Make You Do > Can’t Stop Now (1), Jaywalking, WindshieldSet 2: Burn Them, Past My Prime, Living Over, Room Without a Roof, Run or Die, For Sure Uh Huh > Demons, All 4 (2) > I Second That Emotion, KeroseneEncore: Don’t Lie > Turn on Your Love Light > Don’t Lie(1) – w/ Shout quotes(2) – w/ alternate “wine spilled” lyric[Photo via Greensky Bluegrass’s Facebook page // ontheDL Photography]
Bicycle Day is the annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound, LSD-25, after accidentally discovering the compound’s nature three days earlier. Named for Hoffman’s trippy bicycle ride home from the lab that fateful day, each year on April 19th, folks come together to celebrate the world’s first acid trip all the way back in 1943. One of the largest Bicycle Day celebrations occurs in San Francisco, California, and brings musicians, visual artists, and speakers together to pay tribute to America’s counterculture and all things psychedelic. This year, San Francisco’s Bicycle Day celebration will be occurring in a new venue, The Midway, and is likely to be a spectacular tribute to the occasion.Renowned artists Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Android Jones will be front and center all evening, creating visual art that reflects the setting. Bureau of Sabotage will headline the event, reconvening the supergroup consisting of Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Co, Allman Brothers), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), and John Kadlecik (Furthur, DSO). Other acts appearing include Ott, Papadosio, Phaelah, Govinda, and Eliot Lipp in addition to a bunch of other musicians, performance artists, visual artists, and more.You can check out more information about the event here and purchase tickets here.
SETLIST: Trey Anastasio Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/16/17 (via @Dianna_2ns)Set One: Drifting, Magilla, Sometime After Sunset, Alive Again, O-o-h Child, 1977, It Makes No Difference, Small Axe, Last Tube, Lever Boy, BounceSet Two: Money Love & Change, The Way I Feel, Tuesday, Ocelot, Goodbye Head, Architect, The Devil Went Down To Georgia, MacArthur Park, Ether Sunday, First TubeEncore: Black DogTAB tour continues on Thursday at The Fillmore Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. For tickets and information on upcoming shows, head to Trey’s website.[Cover photo via Andrew O’Brien] Last night, Trey Anastasio Band returned to the Capitol Theatre for the second and final night of their tour-opening run at the historic Port Chester, NY venue following an impressive tour opener on Friday. Many Phish fans–notoriously opinionated and critical to begin with–have an interesting relationship with Trey Anastasio‘s other band. The Phish faithful still flock to see the horn-driven 8-piece whenever they’re out on the road, but idioms like “if you’ve seen one TAB show, you’ve seen them all” and “still wish it was Phish” frequently float around Internet forums and social media.TAB has been around for over a decade, but Trey has increasingly pushed focus toward his solo outfit as the years have passed. Just today, an extended discussion broke out on one of the many Phish-focused groups on Facebook speculating about whether the new next-day LivePhish TAB soundboards, the presence of the familiar webcast cameras, decreased touring from Phish, and a spike in dates for TAB signify the beginning of weening the audience off the Phish. And that prospect makes some of the band’s die-hard devotees just a little bit nervous.There’s no denying that the band’s lineup–Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass) Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet, vocals), Natalie Cressman (trombone, vocals), Ray Paczkowski (keys), James Casey (saxophone), and Cyro Baptista (percussion)–is extremely talented. The gripes about TAB mainly stem from the notion that Trey–the main draw of the ensemble–is simply not at his best in this medium. While we can (and have, at great length) debated the merits/drawbacks of TAB from a Phish-facing perspective, last night made one thing abundantly clear: whatever we all think of TAB, Trey fuckin’ loves it, and that excited energy is coming across in a big way right now.The show saw the band tear through TAB staples like “Sometime After Sunset,” “Lever Boy,” “Bounce,” “Money Love & Change,” “The Architect,” “Last Tube,” and “First Tube,” as well as a pair of Phish tunes–a brassed-up “Ocelot” reminiscent of Phish’s 12/31/16 rendition with the TAB horns, and an excellent take on A Picture of Nectar instrumental “Magilla.” The band also ran through several of the most exciting covers in their repertoire, including The Five Stairsteps‘ “O-o-h Child”, Anna Tijoux‘s “1977” (delivered, as always, with Latin flair by Natalie Cressman), The Band‘s “It Makes No Difference,” Bob Marley‘s “Small Axe,” Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and more. You could feel the energy radiating off the stage all night. Trey was locked throughout the show, thoroughly enjoying the abilities of his bandmates and leading the way with thick, distorted guitar vamps and soaring, “peak Trey” refrains, bobbing and weaving intently like a boxer with a chip on his shoulder. James Casey (“on the cowbell…and other things,” says Trey) shined brightly–particularly when, at the boss’s urging, he grabbed his bass sax to trade fiery licks with the guitarist. Russ impeccably kept the beat, Cyro added vibrant texture, Tony held down the backbone, and Ray colored in the lines with his fluttering keys. But while everyone onstage excelled–and while Trey was obviously at the center of it all–last night was the Jennifer Hartswick show. Among other (ample) highlights, Hartswick led the band through two more classic covers (Donna Summer‘s “MacArthur Park” and a roaring encore performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Black Dog”), both of which left Anastasio–and the audience–happily bewildered. Add that to the funny exchange that saw a sign-weilding fan wishing the band a “Happy Ether Sunday” get their request granted by an amused Trey, and you’ve got one highly entertaining evening of live music.Sure, TAB won’t give you 25-minute improvisational odysseys. They may not give you a totally different setlist every night. You might see Trey hang back and let the other skilled musicians onstage take the spotlight. And you may still wish that you were seeing Phish–hell, wishing I was at a Phish show is my resting mental state 95% of the time. But even the most jaded of vets will have a hard time hating on Trey Anastasio Band right now. This ensemble is hot, and the temperature is steadily rising. For now, we’ll just enjoy the great shows TAB is turning in, and keep crossing our fingers that Trey continues to make time for both of his bands.You can watch fan-shot videos from the performance below, courtesy of YouTube user rdeal1999:
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Derek Trucks discusses what the last several months have been like for him. Trucks, who first played with the Allman Brothers Band in his early teen years and became an official member at nineteen, has experienced several losses this year – as has the rest of the extended Allman Brothers family and friends. But while the losses of Butch Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Gregg Allman might all be personal, they are also inherently musical. These figures all influenced the playing of Derek Trucks, who like the rest of the world, was inspired by their contributions to music history.In this interview with Rolling Stone, Derek Trucks comments on the lasting impact of the latest death in the family, recounting his experiences with Gregg Allman in a mystical light. “There’s a lot of pretenders and a lot of people who think that those torches get passed, but there’s not another Gregg,” he emphatically states.Derek Trucks was pulling up to a show in Jacksonville, the opening night of Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s tour, when he got the news.We knew Gregg was sick. You just go into self-preservation mode and try to block it out a little bit,” he explains. “You’ve got a few gigs to do. But I remember sitting backstage trying to think through it and I put on ‘Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,’ and that was when it hit home. You hear that voice; you think about what he was thinking about right then. That’s when the emotions take over.Then you get home and start dealing. There was a CBS Sunday Morning clip they had done a few years ago when he was really healthy and happy. I’d forgotten real clearly about that Gregg. Just seeing that; seeing him interviewed at his home when he was healthy and happy and telling stories, and that smile and that laugh. That helped. It reminded me that the bulk of the time I spent with him was like that. Him on the bus, in that mood, going to the show. Sits up front, has a meal, shoots the shit for an hour. Then he disappears to the back of the bus. There was always a lot of mystery with him. He was a very guarded guy.When interviewer David Browne asks the best piece of life advice that Gregg Allman ever gave him, Derek Trucks responds:It’s pretty seared in my head. I was probably 14, and I was playing in Gregg’s solo band and living at his place out in Novato, California. He had this Corvette with a vanity plate that said “Baby Bro.” He took me for a spin. He asked if I wanted to drive and I was like, “Fuck yeah, I wanna drive!” I drove on this abandoned road, and then he got back behind the wheel and told me, ‘Look, you can do a lot of shit. But do not mess around…’ He was specifically talking about heroin. He was like, “Do not do it.” And he showed me his arms, and he said, “If any of the potholes I’ve hit are to not be in vain, people have to learn from it.”It was out of the blue. I think he just had a moment of, “You know what? I’m gonna fix this bastard right now.” That’s one of the few pieces of advice I remember getting from anybody, and it sure as hell stuck. It was very direct.Gregg Allman’s funeral, which took place last Saturday, painted its own picture pretty clearly. After the intimate service, fans were asked to line the streets to the Rosehill Cemetery where Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were buried, and where Gregg Allman was to be buried too. From there, there was a block party outside the Big House Museum of the Allman Brothers Band, where members of the Allman Brothers Band and their respective family bands played music. Regarding that experience, Trucks explains:It was just so intense, and so final. So much history there, man. It was an open casket at Snow’s [funeral home] where they had one for Duane way back when. You look across the room and you see Duane’s widow and his daughter, and Berry Oakley’s son and widow. Even seeing Jimmy Carter there, you realize how fucking powerful that whole thing was. I don’t know Cher, but she was very sweet.Then the procession all the way through Macon, down to Rose Hill [Cemetery]. You’re sitting there at that gravesite, and seeing Duane and Berry’s headstones and watching Berry Jr. looking across Gregg’s casket at his dad’s gravesite. It was just too much. Duane and Berry’s [graves] are right next to each other. Gregg’s grave was on the other side of this little walkway. So they’re all there. Gregg’s mother, Mama A [Geraldine Alice Allman], they put her ashes in when they interred Gregg.There were thousands and thousands of people lining the street in Macon, Georgia, and the looks on their faces – they were like, “Holy shit.” You grow up with somebody, and you think of them one way, and you forget that, in a lot of ways, he was everybody’s. He was that way to a lot of people. That was a powerful moment, leaving that place and seeing how much he and that band affected people. We were sitting in the car with Dickey, just watching him watch it. Everybody was going in and out of holding it together. Getting to see Dickey and Jaimoe back together, and speaking, and even playing afterwards – those were monumental moments.Regarding the future of the Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks explains strongly: “You can’t have the Allman Brothers without Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman. Those are just irreplaceable spirits. And you can’t have an Allman Brothers gig without an Allman brother. I’ve heard people try to argue that you can, but I’m not buying it. If Duane’s not there, Gregg certainly better be there.” Perhaps suspicions of a reunion can finally go to rest. All good things come to an end, but the road goes on forever.Watch Gregg Allman And Dickey Betts Play “Melissa” In Duane’s HonorThe Rolling Stone piece closes with a description of Gregg’s legacy, according to Derek Trucks. “I don’t think there’s a singer, especially in the South, that’s not directly influenced by him. Some of those songs, man – you try to find a contemporary of his where the music is comparable, and most of it just doesn’t hold up. You stack a few of those tunes, whether it’s ‘Please Call Home’ or ‘Dreams’ or ‘Ain’t Wasting Time No More.’ That’s about as good as it gets.”Read the full interview here.