Gov’t Mule Welcomes Duane Betts, Jimmy Vivino, & More Allman Brothers Finale In LA

first_imgFor some odd reason, it took me until Tuesday night at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles to figure out what, exactly, the term “guitar music” means. And I have Gov’t Mule, led by the inimitable Warren Haynes, to thank for that revelation.I could go on and on about how Haynes, bassist Jorgen Carlsson, keyboardist Danny Louis and drummer Matt Abst ripped through a slew of Mule standards old and new in their first set, from “Railroad Boy” and “Thorazine Shuffle” to “Unring the Bell” and “Revolution Come…Revolution Go,” off their latest album of the same name. I could wax poetic about the Steely Dan covers Mule slayed with the help of guitarist Jimmy Vivino, the leader of Conan O’Brien’s house band; keyboardist/vocalist Jeff Young, who’s played with Steely Dan and Jackson Browne; saxophonist Scott Paige, who’s toured with Pink Floyd, Supertramp and Toto; and Moonalice’s John Molo, who took his turns on drums behind Abst. Heck, I could expound upon the virtues of Duane Betts, son of the legendary Dickey Betts, joining Haynes and company on stage for a run of Allman Brothers Band classics to close out the second set and carry into the encore.But here, in this “a-ha” moment as in guitar music at large, the devil isn’t so much in the details as in what those details did (and do) for the main attraction.Haynes is nothing less than a master axe man, with the requisite beyond-reproach bona fides. The Ashville, North Carolina native has jammed with the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead more than just about anyone who isn’t an original member of either group, and not by accident. The dude manipulates his chosen instrument like another limb—a loud, emotional and expressive limb. His guitar work is at once clean, crisp, soulful and selective, with a rhythm and tone all its own. He’s versatile enough on the neck to hop from the Delta blues of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” to the psychedelia of the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” to Southern rock of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post.”In guitar music, though, the person on the most important implement is only as good as the surrounding melodies and accompaniments. The songs themselves matter insofar as they set the stage for someone of Haynes’ talents to improvise with, say, a Gibson Les Paul ‘58—the same guitar with which Duane Allman shook the music world before his untimely death in 1971.In that way, Haynes is like a great painter: forever an expert with his brush, the quality and character of whose work depends on the palette at his disposal. Fortunately for the enthusiastic crowd at the Wiltern, Mule’s setlist and the collection of incomparable musicians who partook in the festivities provided Haynes with all the notes and themes he needed to paint yet another live masterpiece.To be sure, Haynes wasn’t the only one who got to wail the night away. Louis showed off his skills on the keys throughout the evening. Paige went H.A.M. on his sax during Mule’s rendition of Steely Dan’s “Don’t Take Me Alive” to close out the opening set. Vivino and Betts took the tunes out for a walk—nay, a joyful jog, or at least a stylish stroll—during their stints in the spotlight.In truth, the central tenets of guitar music aren’t limited strictly to guitars. The genre (if it can be called that) is about showcasing individual talent, about providing platforms for prodigies across the sonic spectrum.Haynes on guitar is just one such example, but he’s a damn fine one at that. He’s certainly worthy of the awesome journey that’s led him to this point with Mule, and figures to remain a formidable force on the front lines of guitar music, or whatever you want to call it, for as long as he sees fit to keep strumming. Load remaining images Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 9/26/17I: Railroad Boy, Thorazine Shuffle, Beautifully Broken, Traveling Tune, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, Unring The Bell, Endless Parade, Dirty Work (with Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Young & Scott Paige), Won 4 Walter Jam (with Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Young, Scott Paige & John Molo; without Matt Abts) > Don’t Take Me Alive (with Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Young, Scott Paige & John Molo; without Matt Abts)II: Maggot Brain (with Eric McFadden), Stone Cold Rage, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, Trane > Eternity’s Breath > St. Stephen Jam, Blue Sky (with Duane Betts), Whipping Post (with Duane Betts)E: Melissa > Mountain Jam > Melissa (with Jimmy Vivino & Duane Betts)Check out the full gallery from Brandon Weil.Gov’t Mule | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 9/26/17 | Photos by Brandon Weillast_img read more

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Vulfpeck Releases New Song Featuring Prince Drummer Michael Bland [Video/Stream]

first_imgIn the wake of their announcement of their seventh studio album, Mr. Finish Line, Ann Arbor-bred low-volume funk crusaders Vulfpeck have released another brand new single, with a new video to accompany it. Following the beloved releases of “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” and “Birds Of A Feather, We Rock Together“, the quartet shares a third, guest-filled new track “Hero Town” from the upcoming record–due out November 7, 2017. Perhaps a play on 2016’s “Dean Town”, the new track is highlighted by guest drummer Michael Bland (Prince, The New Power Generation), along with frequent collaborators Cory Wong on guitar and Joey Dosik on saxophone. In typical Vulf fashion, the band seamlessly delivers the composition in one full take, as you can see in the featured video. Sharing the final sentiments of Sir Wong on guitar, “Michael, DUDE! That’s SICK!”, is all we have to say.Mr. Finish Line is promised to include “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State. Featured guests on the album include: frequent vocal contributors Antwaun Stanley and Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, Game Winner keyboardist/vocalist Charles Jones, vocalist Theo Katzman, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik, and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong.Pulling from their old school sound with a new school vibe, enjoy quintessential Vulfpeck in “Hero Town” below:You can pre-order your own copy of Mr. Finish Line today.last_img read more

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Twiddle Announces Lineup For Third Annual Tumble Down

first_imgThis morning, Vermont jam quartet Twiddle has announced the artist lineup for the third annual edition of their homegrown, hometown festival, Tumble Down, set to take place July 27th-28th, 2018. The two-day music event will return to the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. The all-age festival is set to include two full days of music and the outdoors, leaving room for fans to explore the wonderful town of Burlington and everything it has to offerIn addition to four sets of Twiddle, the two-day festival will feature performances from Matisyahu, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ripe, Billy Strings, Broccoli Samurai, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, GEM (featuring Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck of Midnight North and Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle), Pappy and Frends, West End Blend, Eggy, Brickdrop, Doctor Rick, 2%, and Adventure Dog.In addition to the main festival lineup, the event will include separately ticketed late-night parties at Higher Ground led by Everyone Orchestra (7/27) and Mihali and Frends featuring Matisyahu and other special guests (7/28), with help from Kitchen Dwellers, Hayley Jane and the Primates, and Formula 5.The two-day music event on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain will also include yoga, a charity disc golf competition, a Phanart exhibition, and other activities, while also leaving room for fans to explore the wonderful town of Burlington and everything it has to offer.GA and VIP tickets for Tumble Down 2018 are on sale here. Tickets for the official Tumble Down late night shows at Higher Ground are available here (7/27; 7/28) For more info, head to Twiddle’s website.last_img read more

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Guns N’ Roses Announce “Appetite For Destruction” Deluxe Reissue With 49 Unreleased Tracks

first_imgGuns N’ Roses celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction, one of the best-selling records of all time. Now, one year later–appropriately, for a band that is notorious for playing fast and loose with schedules–the band will release a massive deluxe reissue of the LP.Earlier this week, the band launched a new website featuring a countdown clock (pointing to 12:00 am Friday) with the message “Destruction is Coming.” Yesterday, however, an unboxing video surfaced on Guns N’ Roses News which gave fans some early insight into the extensive “surprise” belated birthday compilation to which the band is still (officially) counting down.The box set, dubbed “Locked N’ Loaded”, features a version of Appetite For Destruction remastered from the original analog tapes spread across 2 vinyl LPs. However, Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded will include more than just a remastered version of the seminal Guns N’ Roses album. As Consequence of Sound notes, the compilation will contain a total of 73 tracks, 49 of which are previously unreleased. The wealth of music will be spread across four (4) CDs and seven (7) 180-gram vinyl LPs. The set will also include a vinyl pressing of 1986’s Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP, a second EP containing B-sides from that era, 25 never-before-released recordings from the band’s 1986 Sound City sessions, and two additional unreleased tracks from their sessions with producer Mike Clink.The “super deluxe” version of the box set also features a hand-bound book featuring unearthed photos from Axl Rose‘s personal collection (over 96 pages), replica Guns N’ Roses memorabilia from the early years, and a dozen new lithographic print illustrations that visualize each of the tracks on Appetite For Destruction. You can watch the unboxing video for Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded below via Guns N’ Roses News:Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded – Deluxe Anniversary Box Set Unboxing Video[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

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Phish Succeeds In Ultimate Prank, Delivers New Music As Kasvot Växt For 2018 Halloween Costume [Videos/Photos]

first_imgTrick or treat? The age old question was once again brought to life this Wednesday night as Phish returned to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to pull off one of their most elaborate pranks of all time. After all these years, fans continue trying to crack the code and predict what Phish will do during their Halloween musical costume sets, New Year’s Eve celebrations, festivals, and tours. Once again, the best advice is to not put your money down on anything the band might have in the works, especially in Sin City.Opening with a rocky “Buried Alive” to get the zombie-vibe going, the energetic sold-out crowd erupted with excitement. Jon Fishman created trotting Headless Horseman sound with the wood blocks as per usual and held down the steady pace for Trey Anastasio to recover from the minor guitar flub. To keep the creepy holiday theme going, a short and sweet “Ghost” was summoned, once again making its way into the first set for the fourth time in 2018. Anastasio displayed patience with a slow and steady transition that gave Page McConnell a quiet space to tinker with his piano. “Buried Alive” was teased for good measure which allowed Mike Gordon to pound his epic bass grooves into the mix as he took over the role of lead singer in “Crazy Sometimes.”Going crazier than usual with this tightly packaged jam, Gordon got dark and stormy with the help of McConnell peppering in his synth to add that extra eerie effect. Anastasio jumped back to lead vocals with the classic “Free” and brought the entire area on a blissed out ride. After a standard “More” to cool things down, Gordon helped warm the 16,800- capacity room back up with an extended “Halley’s Comet.” Looking back to old-school renditions of this non-studio original, the entire band found inspiration in the groove and jammed it out for the longest version since 2011 at Bethel Woods.“Ocelot” made its first appearance of Fall Tour 2018 and allowed Trey to eagerly push the slower, playful melody to a strong climax before diving into another joyful tune in “Theme From the Bottom.” The unmasked slayer in Trey used his axe to murder the solo in this Billy Breathes fan-favorite with compliments from Gordon and his buttery bass interplay. Switching gears, Phish welcomed “First Tube” to finish out the first set. The band was giddier than ever smirking from ear to ear as Trey held his guitar above his head in true rock star fashion to let the crowd know that they came to play.When Fishman-based rumors surfaced that Phish would cover an “obscure album from 1981,” some jumped to conclusions that they would play Mark of the Mole by The Residents while others placed their bets on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne and Rush‘s Moving Pictures. Some classic thrill seekers continued the tradition of wishful thinking by suggesting Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, or even the Allman Brothers Band’s, Eat a Peach. When the playbill was given to the first attendees, everyone at the Grand and on social media was buzzing about the ultra-obscure Norwegian prog-rock hidden gem, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt.Upon further speculation and criticism, some members of the vast Phish community discovered that the entire album was a hoax. The sketchiness of the whole “Swedish Phish” concept began once researchers and phistorians couldn’t find much information about the album. Anywhere. Conclusions were made that Phish had orchestrated one of the biggest pranks in the band’s almost 35-year-career by fabricating the false links and album cover themselves. Indeed, people are still fooled by the idea that Phish could possibly cover a band’s album that does not exist.Still completely clueless as to what was about to happen, the wide-eyed crowd witnessed a giant curtain rise up to reveal a band completely decked out in white as if it has been abducted, bleached and returned by aliens. The first tune reflected that theory. Anastasio was the only member of the band that added the unusual synthesizer to his set-up as well as a shiny Ed O’Brien Stratocaster. The opening track had a Talking Heads meets the 80’s psychedelic synth-rock you might expect to find on The Labyrinth soundtrack.Page said it best in the playbill notes, “I love the mystery surrounding this whole thing,” as the foursome started into “Turtle In The Clouds” complete with lyrics mentioning “clueless violà.” The second tune in the playbill, “Stray Dog,” saw Gordon and Anastasio attempting new choreographed dance moves similar to those found on trampolines during “You Enjoy Myself,” with the crowd joining in the movement. If there is one band in the world that loves writing about dogs, it’s Phish–further proving to skeptics that this was no cover album–these were all Phish original debuts.“Everything is Hollow” had a darker, deeper tone as the band sung about “bright white light shining right between my eyes” creating a fantasy to latch on to during the acid-drenched set both visually and compositionally. McConnell brought his own prop in what appeared to be a $10 Coleman headlamp you might find at Target. A ridiculous moment came when he strapped the elastic around his head and shined the light around the pitch-black stage like a little kid lost in a cave. With Chris Kuroda’s massive light rig in full swing, McConnell’s headlamp lighting seemed like just another way for the band to troll everyone watching.One of the more symbolic lyrical approaches came in “We Are Come To Outlive Our Brains”, when Phish encouraged listeners to “Take a look around” referring to the cubes and shapes hanging above everyone. These “cubes” were another part of the elaborate story in the playbill and the band got a laugh out of watching everything unfold on stage. Echoing the Seven Dwarfs, the band chanted “Heigh-Ho” during “Say It to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” and saw Gordon and Anastasio once again running around the stage like members of AC/DC. Sending verbal signals to each other, the lyrics described what space smells like and remembering where you were when something happened. Was í Rokk written by the band to describe the exact night that they would debut the collection of songs?“The Final Hurrah” allowed the Phish alter-ego keyboardist to show off his skills and add more sample effects to his collection in the form of a woman with a heavy accent proclaiming “Faceplant into rock.” This tune is a jam vehicle just waiting to fuel up for future rides. Fishman demonically chanted to finish the song off while Anastasio shredded on the guitar like he was in a heavy metal hair-band. “Play by Play” reminded the audience that “Perception is spoon fed” and gave the band another opportunity to weave more clues about the fictitious album–offering the lyric, “I hope someone notices.” “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” sent lead vocals to Fishman as he screeched about evolution, reincarnation and shape-shifting. This composition has a slow rolling funk beat like a steady moving train. Gordon wondered around the glowing stage eventually making his way over to McConnell to help with the keys and Trey tore apart his guitar from the very edge of the front-row rail-riders.Mercury found its way into another Phish tune with “Cool Amber & Mercury,” a lighter ambient tune to set up future jams to come. The trippy set came to an end with “Passing Through” adding more meat to the lyrically packed album with songs describing time and space in the Phishiest of ways. The profound parody was a spoof written for a crowd of trolls willing to rifle their paychecks at this band at any time. Phish fans are constantly urged to read the book and on 10/31/18, it came in the form of a playbook. The sixth Halloween costume of 3.0 and the 10th costume in the band’s history presented the most mysterious and obscure session to date and Wednesday night was only 66.6% complete.The third set began with a must listen “Set Your Soul Free>Tweezer>A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing.” Filled with peaks and valleys, fierce guitar play, floor-rattling bass, and groove-driven drum-synth combinations, this nearly 40-minute masterpiece brought new life to the Sin City crowd. Reminiscing over the 18 shows in Vegas prior to Wednesday night, Phish went “Backwards Down the Number Line” to give the aerobic crowd a break. Even the “Backwards” had incredible moments with a confident and carefree Anastasio putting the guitar to work.A short two-punch combo of “Meatstick” and “Bug” led to the closing (and scorching) “Run Like an Antelope” complete with McConnell’s new favorite sample “Faceplant into rock.”The encore nodded to the Festival 8 Rolling Stones costume with the fan-favorite cover of “Loving Cup.” Anastasio did one final trot around the stage and played “Tweezer Reprise” like a man on a mission to close out the band’s 15th Halloween performance since the mid-1980s.Unlike Phish 1.0 of the 90’s, it is clear that hearing your favorite classic rock album covered by the band during Set II at Halloween is no longer guaranteed. As the third all-new “costume” of the 3.0 era, “Faceplant: Into Rock” may not be as soft and soothing as the “Wingsuit Set” or as seductive and funky as the “Chilling, Thrilling Set,” but it is sure to see the light of day in the future. Say what you want about Phish and their long jams, animal-influenced lyrics, and incorporation of household cleaning appliances. These four guys share a deep-rooted respect for the history, the mystery and the ritualistic power of music.“Buried Alive”[Video: Phish]“First Tube”[Video: MrTopDogger]“Turtle in the Clouds”[Video: Phish]“Loving Cup”[Video: Phish]You can download last night’s show here via LivePhish. The Vermont quartet returns to the MGM Grand stage tonight for their second of four nights in Las Vegas.Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First TubeSET 2: Turtle in the Clouds[1], Stray Dog[1], Everything is Hollow[1], We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains[1], Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.[1], The Final Hurrah[1], Play by Play[1], Death Don’t Hurt Very Long[1], Cool Amber and Mercury[1], Passing Through[1]SET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an AntelopeENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise[1] Debut.Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018 | Photos: Keith Griner Photo: Keith Griner Photo: Keith Griner Photo: Keith Griner Photo: Phierce Photo by Keith G. Photo: Keith Griner Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Prince Songs To Provide The Backdrop For New ‘Mamma Mia’-Style Jukebox Musical Film

first_imgPrince‘s music will help drive the narrative in an upcoming fictional film, similar to how the music of ABBA inspired the stage musical-turned-film, Mamma Mia. According to Variety, Universal Pictures acquired a number of songs from Prince’s catalog and is developing an original film inspired by the material. However, “insiders” stress that the film is not a biopic about Prince (which was loosely attempted in his 1984 film Purple Rain). Instead, his songs will help drive the narrative of a new original story.“Though the film isn’t a biopic,” Variety points out, “studios around town have been on the look for the next great musical after the success of Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody“, which brought in $50 million on its opening weekend in North America, plus an additional $72 million internationally.The Prince estate has been shopping the idea of using Prince’s catalog in a film musical to various studios, and was met with agreement by Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley, who worked intensively to acquire the rights to the songs. Beyond that, Universal Pictures has only just begun having meetings with potential writers, producers, and executives about the storyline itself.According to Variety,Atom Factory’s Troy Carter, the entertainment advisor of Prince’s estate will executive produce alongside Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, the exclusive worldwide publishing administrator for Prince’s catalog. …President of Global Film Music and Publishing for Universal Pictures Mike Knobloch is playing a key role in the project for the studio. Universal’s Vice President of Production Sara Scott and Creative Executive Mika Pryce will oversee development on behalf of the studio.With Prince’s estate in the driving seat, we’re hopeful that this film is something to look forward to.last_img read more

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Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike Asks ‘What If’ & ‘Why Not’ In First Trailer For New Netflix Series [Watch]

first_imgRun The Jewels rapper Killer Mike is coming to Netflix next month with a six-part docuseries titled, Trigger Warning With Killer Mike. The new show is produced and hosted by the rapper and will provide viewers with a new spin on some of the unusual norms and cultural taboos that exist in today’s society.A statement shared by Killer Mike to go with the show’s first trailer on Wednesday mentions that the series looks to provide “viewers the space to examine the ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’ that limit how some people move and operate in the world.”Some of the talking points discussed between Killer Mike (real name, Michael Render) and his interview subjects will range from a Crips-branded soda drink to black Jesus to racism. Some of show’s topics are bound to make viewers slightly uncomfortable, but surely no worse than how Killer Mike must have felt when he first saw the trailer’s clip of a white woman confidently stating how she thinks most shootings and robberies are done by black people. Oof… Watch the trailer below:Trigger Warning with Killer Mike – Teaser Trailer[Video: Netflix]“In six episodes, we explore the human condition using nontraditional approaches,” Killer Mike continued. “Not everyone will agree with my methods (and some of what we’re putting out is fucking crazy), but this show is about embracing your freedom to challenge societal expectations and conformity. This show is if an anarchist determined the status quo.”This will not be the first time Killer Mike has used television to open up the discussion on some of the more controversial talking points of today. He’s appeared on talk shows like Real Time With Bill Maher, in addition to sitting down with then-Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders back in 2015 as part of the rapper’s Talking Shop series.Speaking of Run The Jewels, Mike’s partner in the hip-hop duo, El-P, recently gave fans an update as to when their follow-up to 2016’s RTJ III might arrive. In a post shared to his Twitter on Tuesday, El-P mentioned, “At the risk of losing the mystery of it all, RTJ4 will probably hit around summer time. I’m sorry if that schedule disappoints anyone but we need the time to make sure the music doesn’t.”Run The Jewels is currently scheduled to co-headline a concert with the Foo Fighters leading up to the Super Bowl in Atlanta come February. Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is scheduled to arrive on Nextlix January 18th.last_img read more

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Phish Enters 2019 Dangling In Thin Air At MSG NYE [Photos]

first_imgAs 12/31 happens to be the most frequently played date in Phishtory, it comes with a balance of expectation and anticipation from fans new and old. Tradition proves that first sets tend to be fairly straightforward, and Monday night’s performance was no different. “Moma Dance” kicked off the festivities in the identical fashion of 2015’s New Year’s Eve celebration under the same roof. It became evident very early on that the theme of the night would be “time,” and the “Moma” lyrics were an excellent starting place for such a blueprint. In the two-hole, a cut off Halloween’s Kasvot Växt album made the sixth appearance of the four-night run with “Stray Dog”, and added yet another dog-friendly Phish tune to an MSG setlist. Gordon enjoyed his time with lead vocals during “555”, before Anastasio took the mic back for “Sand.” The ominously dank “What’s the Use?” made its second NYE appearance in a row and kept the jukebox-style first set moving along by introducing the Billy Breathes classic, “Waste”. Anastasio’s daughter, Bella, thoughtfully gifted her father a book made up of fan-submitted pictures which he has flipped through prior to each performance this run. This might explain the emotion behind “Waste”, which was gently placed into the set as Trey used his “Mar Mar” guitar for the first and only time of the night. Phish snuck more clock-themed lyrics into the set during another í rokk original, “Play By Play”, with “Sweet longing freezes time”, before Fishman (aka Bob Weaver) sung Anastasio’s favorite song, “Ass Handed.” While the band’s Junta album contains several lyrics about nipples, Fishman’s butt-based words have yet to make it into the studio. The band decided to go with “Run Like An Antelope” to cap off a straight-forward first set packed with energy and emotion.  One may never know the true meaning of the acronym “S.A.N.T.O.S.”, but Anastasio told writing-partner Tom Marshall that the sacred name stands for “Subterranean. Arctic. Neuro. Technology. Orientation. Station.” While the description isn’t intentionally simple, the next song of the set was just that. Out of all the cities in the United States that Phish has seen in 2018, New York has the grandest skyscrapers of them all, and the band was not afraid to show their excitement about being in town, as they energetically played a concise version of “Simple.” Much like the night prior with Billy Breathes tunes, Phish symbolically pointed fans to the merch stand as one of their Garden specific shirts reads, “What is a band without skyscraper?” As Fishman moved to the Marimba Lumina during “Mercury”, ten performers were lifted into the air wrapped in elongated silver streamers, and surrounded by gravity-defying smoke machines. The group of suspended aerial acrobats, in unbreakable nets, danced and swayed to yet another song about time, as Anastasio drew inspiration from their incredible talent. The arena was greeted by a NASA sounding announcer that counted down from “T-minus 30 seconds”, prior to wishing everyone a “Happy New Year.” When images of shiny silver balloons surfaced on social media earlier in the weekend, fans naturally began drawing conclusions about the annual New Year’s gag. The fast-moving element of mercury has crept its way into not one, but two different Phish songs with “Cool Amber and Mercury” as well as “Mercury”, which made fans accurately guess one of these two songs would be featured in the third set. As Gordon and Anastasio came on stage dressed in silver jumpsuits, it was clear that The Garden was about to blast off.  After life-changing events like New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden, it’s hard to believe that just 10 years ago, Phish was just gearing up for the Hampton Coliseum reunion after calling it quits for good. Since that time, the Garden has hosted 47 Phish shows, and the band is about to play their 400th show of the 3.0 era in Mexico this February. More importantly, Anastasio and his bandmates have brought joy and love to a new generation of fans. In a little over a decade, Trey went from drug court in Upstate New York, to suspended among his best friends in the World’s Most Famous Arena, officially becoming a beacon of light in the world of flight. “Flowing through the hourglass” lyrics may have tickled the nerves of those present for the disappearing act that occurred during 2015’s NYE gag. The following tune, “Lawn Boy” definitely got a rise out of audience members that were at the Garden for the jam-filled Baker’s Dozen performance. McConnell rose from the boards rocking a gorgeous snakeskin shirt to announce, “Yes, it’s still ‘Lawn Boy’,” and received ferocious applause from the crowd. While the beautiful bass solo didn’t morph into a 30-minute improvisation, the moist, green organic tune certainly brought smiles to faces throughout the room. A standard “Steam” reminded fans of the 2011 NYE gag but as the lyrics state, “There’s no time to reflect,” as the quartet quickly moved into a high-energy “Chalk Dust Torture” which begged the question ,“Can I live while I’m young?” Set One: The Moma Dance, Stray Dog, 555, Sand, Lawn Boy, Steam > Chalk Dust Torture > What’s the Use? > Play by Play, Waste, Ass Handed, Run Like an Antelope Set Three: Mercury > Auld Lang Syne, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., Simple, Saw It Again > Limb By Limb > Rock and Roll > Suzy Greenberg For the 12th time at Madison Square Garden, Phish flipped to a new calendar with the traditional “Auld Lang Syne”, as thousands of silver balloons and enormous shiny streamers, like the ones attached to the acrobats, fell from the ceiling. For the first time ever, “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” was played to welcome in the new year. Although it started off a bit rocky, the band quickly recovered as even more lyrics about time and space were sung to a peaking audience. Anastasio and Gordon were literally dangling from midair, to get an even better view of the insanity taking place throughout the arena. As if the silver-soaked chaos off stage wasn’t enough, dozens of dancers with various pool floats jumped on stage to join in the shenanigans. This was rock and roll at an entirely new level, and the four members of the world’s most theatrical rock band will always remember where they were on December 31st, 2018. Chris Kuroda turned up the lighting theatrics to match the playful transition established by Anastasio’s fluttering guitar. McConnell’s grand piano followed along with Fishman’s up-tempo drumming, as the band begun a “Seven Below” dance party. During the peak of the groove, Gordon mixed an electro-funk bass effect with McConnell’s clav while Anastasio fed off the crowd’s wooing energy. A fiery, yet concise “Twist” contained even more whooing, before a noteworthy “Harry Hood.” This high-impact version began to break free from normality, before Trey put on his Kasvot Växt hat and informed the band it was time to sandwich “Passing Through” into the mix. While the “way-oh way-ohs” are a little too European boy-bandish, Gordon’s rocking bass solo during the brand-new tune makes it relistenable. Trey ecstatically returned to the “Hood” to close out the eighth set of the í rokk-jam-sandwich-filled run. Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/2018 Set Two: Down with Disease > Farmhouse > Seven Below > Twist > Harry Hood > Passing Through, Harry Hood You can check out a gallery of photos from Phish’s New Year’s Eve space voyage below courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein. While the first set only contained two songs that broke the 10-minute mark, jam-seekers got what they wanted in the second of the three-set event. “Down With Disease” made the cut on yet another NYE setlist, but this year was the first time it has ever opened Act Two on an NYE occasion. The initial Type I jam was bright and airy, featuring McConnell swirling on his organ, accompanied by Gordon plucking away on a driving bass and Fishman carrying a danceable beat. Anastasio layered thick-delayed effects to initiate a Type II journey, yet cut things short by peppering in the “Farmhouse” ballad. A serenely spacey “Seven Below” would follow, and found McConnell hammering away on the synthesizer to follow along with Gordon’s big bass lines. After a short and sweet “Saw It Again” followed by “Limb By Limb”, the band landed to reform on the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.” This cover generally is well-received, but the New York-based lyrics certainly give it an added punch from band members and fans alike inside the midtown Manhattan mecca. “Suzy Greenberg” closed out the ninth set of the four-night run in classic fashion to the intense delight of the satisfied crowd. Trey couldn’t help himself avoid a dad joke when proclaiming, “We’ll see you in 2019, well it is 2019. See you this year,” before exiting the stage. A well-received dose of Gamehendge kicked off the encore with “The Lizards”, and saw the band showing some extra emotion during the “Helping Friendly Book” lyrics. Anastasio initiated some fuzzed-out effects during “Character Zero” after urging the fans to “rush and never waste the day,” just one more friendly reminder about time during the New Year extravaganza.  On Monday night in NYC, Phish orchestrated yet another surprising, happy-go-lucky New Year’s Eve performance to cap off 60 shows at the fan-favorite Madison Square Garden. Mark Twain once wrote, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been,” and after decades of shocking the brains of their beloved fans, one might assume that Mike Gordon, Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell would be a lot more wrinkly. The final performance of the four-night extravaganza merely indicated that Vermont’s finest is not only ready to continue the tradition, but to do so with invigoration, innovation and í rokk.  Encore: The Lizards, Character ZeroPhish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/18 | Photos: Andrew BlacksteinLoad remaining imageslast_img read more

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Jackson Browne Announces Acoustic Tour Dates For Spring 2019

first_imgJackson Brown is hitting the road for a run of acoustic performances scheduled for this spring. The veteran singer/songwriter will be joined throughout the 13-show tour by longtime bandmate and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, and vocalists Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart. The news of the upcoming acoustic run on Tuesday comes just over a month following Browne’s December announcement that he’ll be setting up shop at New York City’s Beacon Theatre for four performances in late June alongside local alt-rock band Lucius.The spring acoustic tour is scheduled to begin on March 22nd at Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North. From there, the tour will continue over the next few weeks with scheduled performances at N. Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC (3/23); Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN (3/25); Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, AL (3/26); Orpheum Theatre in Birmingham, AL (3/28); IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, MS (3/29); Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, GA (4/1); Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, FL (4/3); Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL (4/4); And Artis in Naples, FL (4/8), just to name a few. The full tour itinerary can be referenced below.Browne was recently announced as one of the artists whose music would appear on the September release of a tribute album for FAME Recording Studios founder Rick Hall, alongside Grace Potter, Alison Krauss, Steven Tyler, and many more.Tickets for the acoustic tour dates will go on sale starting this Friday, January 18th, at 10 a.m. EST. Fans can head over to Browne’s website for ticketing and more information on the upcoming tour.Jackson Browne Tour DatesMarch 22 – Durham, NC – Durham PACMarch 23 – N. Charleston, SC – N. Charleston PACMarch 25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumMarch 26 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama TheatreMarch 28 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum TheatreMarch 29 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort & SpaMarch 31 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli TheatreApril 1 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy PACApril 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center for PAApril 4 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd HallApril 6 – Daytona Beach, FL – Peabody AuditoriumApril 8 – Naples, FL – ArtisApril 9 – Miami Beach, FL – FillmoreView All Acoustic Tour Dateslast_img read more

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MerleFest 2019 Announces Artist Additions: Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, More

first_imgThe 2019 installment of MerleFest will be returning to Wilkesboro, NC’s Wilkesboro Community College on April 25th-28th, boasting a diverse lineup with a plethora of folk, bluegrass, and Americana’s finest touring acts.On Monday, the festival added six acts to their already extensive 2019 bill, including The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, The Casey Kristofferson Band, and David Holt.The newly added artists will join previously announced headlining performances from The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Amos Lee, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Dailey & Vincent, Tyler Childers, Keb’ Mo’, Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester, and Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force.In addition to the headlining artists mentioned above, MerleFest 2019 will host performances from American Aquarium, Andy May, Ana Egge & The Sentimentals, Ashley Heath and Her Heathens, AZTEC SUN, Banknotes, Bob Hill, Cane Mill Road, Carol Rifkin, Carolina Blue, Catfish Keith, Charles Welch, David LaMotte, Dirk Powell Band, Donna the Buffalo, Driftwood, Elephant Sessions, Elizabeth Cook, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Happy Traum, Irish Mythen, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jess Morgan, Jim Avett, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Smothers, Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli, Josh Goforth, Junior Brown, Junior Sisk, Larry Stephenson Band, Laura Boosinger, Lindi Ortega, Mark Bumgarner, Mark & Maggie O’Connor, Maybe April, Michaela Anne, Mile Twelve, Mitch Greenhill and String Madness, Molly Tuttle, Nixon, Blevins, & Gage, Pete & Joan Wernick and FLEXIGRASS, Presley Barker, Professor Whizzpop!, Radney Foster, Roy Book Binder, Salt & Light, Scythian, Sean McConnell, Shane Hennessy, Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers, Steve Poltz, T. Michael Coleman, The Black Lillies, The Brother Brothers, The Gibson Brothers, The Harris Brothers, The InterACTive Theatre of Jeff, The Kruger Brothers, The Local Boys, The Trailblazers, The Waybacks, Todd Albright, Tom Feldmann, Tony Williamson, Uncle Joe and The Shady Rest, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Wayne Henderson, Webb Wilder, and Yarn.Tickets are on sale now here, with a wide variety of different packages available.For more information on MerleFest 2019, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

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