In 2015, Lettuce blew funk fans away with their new album release, Crush. The album featured everything we love about Lettuce in one place, the high powered energy and mind-altering psychedelia, dripping with the band’s patented brand of sexy funk jamming. As Lettuce continues to crush in the live setting, the band has shared a new otherworldly video today that tells the story of their whole album.The new video has it all – spaceship parties, traveling through the universe, and so much more. Of course, it’s all fueled by the cosmic grooves of Lettuce and company. The band is on a roll, never sounding fresher.Watch the new video for Crush, streaming below via the Billboard premiere. For fans of Lettuce, you won’t want to miss Eric “Benny” Bloom, Jesus Coomes, Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Ryan Zoidis, performing alongside members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Dopapod, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy and so many more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. [Get tickets here]
Fans of Spafford had the treat of seeing the band perform two nights at Last Exit Live, a venue situated in the band’s home state of Arizona. The Phoenix, AZ celebration was one for the ages, as Spafford took fans through a jam-fueled journey in honor of the spooky holiday.The second night was the true Halloween party, with the band debuting a number of covers for the occasion. Spafford opened the show with the “Ghostbusters” theme song, and even included Green Day and Herbie Hancock covers in their first set. The cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Canteloupe Island” also featured saxophonist Mike Cunningham, adding some extra oomph to the first set closer. The show also featured debut renditions of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and Todd Rundgren’s “Bang On The Drum All Day” in the second set, throwing it back to the 80’s for a great night of music!Fortunately, thanks to taper Grout, we have audio to share from this Halloween show. Check out the stream below!Setlist: Spafford at Last Exit Live, Phoenix, AZ – 10/29/16Set One – Ghostbusters(1) > Todd’s Tots, Ain’t That Wrong, Longview(2), Backdoor Funk, Cantaloupe Island(3*)Set Two – Tainted Love(4), The Reprise > Salamander Song, America > Galisteo Way > Dis Go In 5? > Galisteo Way, Bang The Drum All Day(5*)Encore – Leave The Light On > GhostbustersNotes:1 – Ray Parker Jr. cover FTP2 – Green Day cover FTP3 – Herbie Hancock cover FTP4 – Soft Cell cover FTP5 – Todd Rundgren cover FTP* – ft. Mike Cunningham(saxophone)Spafford has a number of exciting shows coming up, including two nights supporting Lotus this weekend in Chicago. They’ll also be playing with The Magic Beans in New York, NY post-Phish at MSG, and will then go on to tour with Umphrey’s McGee throughout winter of 2017! Details and tickets for all shows can be found on the band’s website.
Yesterday was a triumphant night for Dave Chappelle. After a ten year hiatus from television, he finally made a comeback appearance with the opportunity to host the stalwart of American sketch comedy, Saturday Night Live. The timing was impeccable, as the election of Donald Trump left our country in shambles for days, providing Chappelle the perfect opportunity to deliver his unique brand of racially-charged comedic commentary. Not only that, but his friends and fellow comeback artists, A Tribe Called Quest, were tapped as musical guest, and they put on a master-class performance of socially-conscious hip-hop from their important new record We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service.All in all, it was a great night for Chappelle and his friends. Which is why the after party, which took place at The Cutting Room, must have been beyond incredible. Bradley Cooper and Madonna were both in attendance, as was ATCQ cohort Busta Rhymes and New York rock icon Lenny Kravitz. At one point, Kravitz jumped on drums and he and a makeshift band started playing “Creep” by Radiohead. Chappelle himself, flanked by SNL’s Leslie Jones, led a sing-a-long version of the classic introspective song.Of course, social media maven and drummer of The Roots, Questlove, was on hand to provide us with a peak into this wild party. See below for a clip that Quest posted on Instagram of a jubilant Chappelle leading the band.
All signs point to more Fleet Foxes in 2017! We can’t wait. After hinting at a return throughout this year, indie folk rockers Fleet Foxes have confirmed plans to reunite. The group has not only shared a status update on a new album, but has scheduled their first live performance since January of 2012.It’s been a long time coming for Fleet Foxes fans, who haven’t heard new music from their band since 2011’s Helplessness Blues. The band posted a new image as their Facebook cover photo, and replied to a comment that asked, “New album? New album? New album?” Their reply, “Alllllmost done”.Keeping with the theme of Fleet Foxes’ 2017 reunion, the band was recently featured on the lineup for next summer’s Bilbao BBK festival in Spain. That news was confirmed by Robin Pecknold in an Instagram comment on the following thread:
Aqueous is, simply, an impressively tight young band. They have honed their craft both in the studio and in the live setting, delivering a high level of musicianship and attention to detail that sets them apart from many of their peers. This honing of their craft is obvious in their new, in-studio video, released last week on JamBase. The band invited a professional film crew into the studio to capture them playing the high-octane song, multi-sectional masterpiece “Origami”.The band showcases a ton of energy, with guitarist Mike Gantzer leading the charge, delivering a ton of tasty guitar licks throughout the song. Dave Loss holds down rhythm guitar, linking up with Gantzer for an awesome harmonized, dual-guitar effect. Evan McPhaden is rock-solid on the bass, directing the ship as Gantzer and Loss wail away, while drummer Rob Houk gives a master class in tightness during the eleven minute performance.Take a look at the awesomeness of Aqueous for yourself, with the “Origami” video embedded below for your viewing pleasure.There’s no better time than now to catch Aqueous live in action. Check them out with Mungion on 12/28 for a post-Phish after-show. Tickets available here. See below for their full fall tour schedule.
With its first season coming to a shocking end, HBO series Westworld starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachael Wood, and more, has released its extremely recognizable and modern soundtrack, composed by Ramin Djawadi (who also scores Game of Thrones).Throughout the season, Westworld featured versions of the Metallica‘s “Fade to Black,” Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun,” and multiple Radiohead songs, such as “No Surprises,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” “Motion Picture Soundtrack,” and “Exit Music (For a Film),” the latter of which was played in the final, culminating scene of the last episode, where….just kidding, we wouldn’t spoil it for you.Some versions could be heard on the player piano featured in the western-style saloon, or through acoustic guitars and percussion during the frontier landscape scenes, or in other electronic stylings when the show took us to the lab where the androids were being worked on by technicians. Whatever the case, Djawadi provided viewers with beautiful, stripped down arrangements very well-known songs.In an interview with Pitchfork, Djawadi explained the clear dichotomy between past and present in the show and musical arrangement, “You see the settings and the way people are dressed and even though you know it’s robots and it’s all made to be modern entertainment, you would think the people in control would make everything authentic, including whatever is played on that player piano. It would be from that time period. And when it’s not, it’s that subtle reminder that, ‘Wait, there is something not right. This is not real.’ It’s just such a powerful tool that only music can do.”Take a listen to the soundtrack below, via Spotify:[via Pitchfork]
Coachella has come out of the gates swinging with an incredible 2017 lineup. Once again spanning across two weekends–April 14th-16th and April 21st-23rd–the beloved mega-festival spared no expense this year, delivering a lineup filled with the best and brightest musical talent that 2017 has to offer. Topped by Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar, the festival boasts three of the biggest and most popular artists in the world today.They’ll be joined by a massive grouping of artists from across the musical spectrum. The xx, Father John Misty, Empire Of The Sun, Phantogram, Little Dragon, Bonobo, Big Gigantic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are among the many artists that will join Radiohead on Friday’s lineup. Saturday boasts an impressive roster of Bon Iver, Future, Two Door Cinema Club, Nicolas Jaar, Tycho, Local Natives, Four Tet, Classixx and Thundercat alongside Beyoncé. Sunday’s lineup is also remarkable, with Lorde, Justice, New Order, Porter Robinson & Madeon, Hans Zimmer, Marshmello, Grouplove, Kaytranada, Toots & The Maytals, Real Estate, What So Not, Lee Field & The Expressions filling out the bill alongside hometown hero Kendrick Lamar.Coachella is the first “major” festival of the U.S. festival season, and it has become the go-to event for fans, artists, and celebrities to see the best music of the year. Consider this year’s lineup a major win for promoters Goldenvoice, who’ve once again knocked it out the park with one of the best and most diverse lineups of the year. Learn more information about Coachella, including how to acquire tickets, go to the festival’s website. The festival usually sells out within minutes, and, with such a huge lineup, you should make sure to act fast if you want to be there this year!
One of the best years – if not the best – in Grateful Dead history came during 1977. Now, 40 years later, bassist Phil Lesh is honoring that year with a series of performances in its honor. The first came last night, as Lesh recruited his Family Band for a recreation of the Dead’s Santa Barbara performance from February 27th, 1977.This installment of the Terrapin Family Band at Terrapin Crossroads included Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford and Elliot Peck, as the musicians worked through a number of classics and covers from the Grateful Dead repertoire. Opening with “New Minglewood Blues,” the band dove into classics like “Loser,” “El Paso” and more in the first set.You can see the full setlist below, and also listen to the original Grateful Dead performance that this show was based on, streaming below.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 1/26/17Set INew Minglewood Blues (GL)Loser (AK)El Paso (GL)Ramble On Rose (AK)Estimated Prophet (GL)Peggy-O (PL, GL, EP)Good Lovin’ (GL, EP)Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (PL)The Music Never Stopped (RJ, EP)Scarlet Begonias (AK, EP)Set IISamson and Delilah (GL)Saint Stephen > (PL, AK, GL)Not Fade Away (AK, GL, EP)Lady with a Fan > (PL)Terrapin Station > (AK, GL)Morning Dew (AK)Sugar Magnolia > (GL)Sunshine Daydream (GL, EP)donor rapE: Johnny B. Goode (RJ)Grateful Dead 2/27/77[Setlist via Bill Batson of FOJC, Audio by Rob Bertrando on Archive.org, Image via Erik Kabik from recent Las Vegas run]
In their first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam easily garnered enough votes to find their way into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With the induction ceremony coming up on April 7th, the band will be honored by another legendary Hall Of Famer – Neil Young. As Pearl Jam regularly covers Young’s music, this will be a meaningful way for the two artists to share their respect for one another.The full list of inductees includes Tupar Shakur, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez, and Electric Light Orchestra, and a few more details about the induction ceremony have been revealed. Set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, the show will feature Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush inducting Yes. The ceremony will also include a lifetime achievement award for Nile Rodgers, the leader of Chic and a fixture of the music scene for several decades. Additional performers and details will be announced in the coming days.For more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, head to their website.[Photo via Rolling Stone]
The Revivalists have gained notoriety playing every corner of the festival circuit the past decade, but – like most acts – the details of their instrumentation really shine at a club or indoor venue.That was the case Wednesday night, February 15th, with the New Orleans collective closing the California leg of their “Still Feeling Good From Yesterday” Tour with a sold out show at Harlow’s Nightclub in Sacramento.It was an intimate scene, the type that energizes musicians and spoils fans. The Revivalists opened with “Keep Going” and, to the band’s surprise, they were met with a crowd of true fans that wanted to see them, specifically, as opposed to simply catching some live music on a weeknight.It was a powerful performance that leaned on Men Amongst Mountains, and effortlessly navigated the emotions of that project. Whether it was the somber brass highways of “Fade Away” or the skyrocketing hills of “Stand Up,” The Revivalists steadily loosened up the dance floor with every song.The set was all-encapsulating and left little to be desired. From “Soul’s Too Loud” to the pedal steel guitar grooves of “Upright,” every member of the six-piece ensemble got to shine at some point, although saxophonist Rob Ingraham’s soul-shaking additions were the easiest to get lost in.“Sunny Days” was the most impressive progression of the night, turning a soft, reggae bounce into The Revivalists’ trademarked blend of pounding alternative and bellowing vocals from frontman David Shaw. The jam picked up steam, intensified the tempo and was driven home by a hair-raising solo from guitarist Zack Feinberg, which was met by a lion’s roar of approval from the crowd.In a lot of ways, The Revivalists are a natural fit for the Central Valley music scene. Alternative rock thrives in Sacramento, and adding a little Cajun spice to the mix is a welcome move in the heartland of Northern California. Togetherness through personal independence is a message that comes through the band’s music, and it’s true to the area’s culture.The Revivalists were welcomed back for an encore, which featured their most popular song, “Wish I Knew You.” As phones scattered the space above the crowd, so did the man with the two bubble guns, who got a shout out from Ingraham at the end of the show as he emptied his clip to the tune of a yearning sing-a-long.So, thank you linebacker-sized bubble man, for reminding us of the simpler things in stranger times.[Photo via Christopher Baldwin in San Francisco]