Month: March 2021

  • Phish Is Releasing ‘Hoist’ On Vinyl For Record Store Day

    first_imgAs the newly-created JEMP Records continues to work their way through the Phish discography, it seems that the 1994 album Hoist will be next in line. The band’s fifth studio album recently surfaced on Amazon and Music Direct, with each citing an April 22nd date for release.Hoist is one of Phish’s most prized studio releases, with tracks like “Axilla (Part II),” “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Sample In A Jar,” “Julius” and more! There are also a number of great musicians featured on the album, including Alison Krauss on “If I Could” and Belá Fleck playing banjo on “Scent Of A Mule,” “Lifeboy,” and “Riker’s Mailbox.”Interestingly, the April 22nd release date is a full week after Record Store Day, which is scheduled for April 16th. This probably means that the physical vinyl will be available at record stores on the 16th, before becoming available for online purchase on the 22nd. Considering one of their recent live releases, Live At Madison Square Garden, came out on RSD, it would only make sense for this organic pairing between RSD and Phish to occur once more.Either way, we’re excited to spin a newly-remastered Hoist on the turntable.last_img read more

  • Inside Ray LaMontagne’s Rich New Psychedelic Release, ‘Ouroboros’

    first_imgRay LaMontagne’s new album Ouroboros is a sprawling opus that takes a majestic nose dive into psychedelia that is the most enveloping musical experience LaMontagne has put to tape.Rich and heavily textured, songs are given free-reign to explore the expansive psychedelic environment they inhabit. The album represents a distinctive shift in sound from the musician’s early output of blue-eyed, meadow-soul on releases Trouble and Till The Sun Turns Black, though it builds upon his first forray into a more electric sound on 2014’s Supernova. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produced the album, who is experiencing his own sonic shift with his new band The Arcs, and his rock and roll stylings definitely influenced the album’s direction. Ouroboros was helmed by LaMontagne’s pal Jim James and his mystical touch molded the aesthetic of the album (To bring Ouroboros on the road, LaMontagne will be backed by the members of My Morning Jacket, minus James).LaMontagne couldn’t have set the tone any better for what Ouroboros is all about than with “Homecoming,” which opens the album with a serene calmness. Centered around contemplative piano, lightly strummed guitar and LaMontagne’s hushed singing, the song hangs in the air like morning mist in the the pre-dawn darkness. It’s eight-minute length gives LaMontagne plenty of space to wallow in the atmospheric melody and lets the song naturally develop into the shining piano outro that cracks through just at the end like the first rays of sunlight bleeding through the trees, signaling a new beginning.This new trail is something the LaMontagne is certainly embracing, which he alludes to in the monstrous “Hey, No Pressure.” “Anything you want your life to be it can be/ Anything you want it to be/ Anything you want to be you can be, hey no pressure,” yearns LaMontagne as the song’s fuzzy, liquid guitar hook weaves in and out. Layers of guitars, keyboards and bass give the groove a heavy, lavalamp flow to it, with a strobe-like guitar solo breaking open the ceiling of the song. “The Changing Man” rests on the back of a gnarled blues lick with heavenly aspirations and immediately segue into “While It Still Beats,” which really just continues the melody as it slowly ascends to another realm on the voices of an angelic choir.Beyond the musical shift in direction on Ouroboros, the craftsmanship on this album is really something to behold. The songs are meticulously built with each instrument and they grow in beauty as each element blooms. Quarantining them into three or four minute compositions would be a disservice to the natural elegance of the songs, like trying to harvest a meadow into flower boxes. It is exemplified in the luscious ending couplet “A Murmuration of Starlings” and “Wouldn’t It Make A Lovely Photograph,” which the former begins as a meditative instrumental lost somewhere in rolling hills of grasses. LaMontagne heartfelt singing takes the reigns on the latter and continues the breezy affair with a gentle soul. The songs lose their impact when they are taken separately and the album’s flow is built upon each song being placed perfectly in context with the songs around it.No one song exists on its own and Ouroboros is best when one takes the time to enjoy it all in one sitting. It is an album in its purest form and the best one LaMontagne has ever made. Find out where to purchase it here.last_img read more

  • Flood City Music Festival To Feature Grace Potter, TAUK, Charles Bradley & More

    first_imgComing in hot from August 4th through 7th, the annual Flood City Music Festival will take over Johnstown, PA for a glorious summer weekend packed with great festival music. The festival recently rolled out artists for their 2016 lineup, and it’s looking better by the minute!The event will see sets from Grace Potter, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, The Revivalists, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, The Record Company, TAUK, Samantha Fish, Marc Broussard, The London Souls, Chris Smither and so many more! It’s one great show after the next, and it’s coming up soon!In addition to those performers, a number of smaller acts are featured, and more will be announced in the coming days. Potter’s performance will kick things off on a Thursday night, opening up the weekend for the great music to come. You can find out more about the event via their official website.last_img read more

  • Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Three-Night Run At Brooklyn Bowl

    first_imgWith a lighter load of tour dates in 2016, the famed Joe Russo’s Almost Dead felt like something was missing. Despite having performed there in March and another scheduled performance in December, the band has announced plans to perform at the iconic Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY for three nights in October. From 10/6-8, some Gratefully inspired music will fill the Williamsburg venue with joy.The band’s three night run will go on sale this Friday, August 26th at noon Eastern, but look out for a Facebook “Fan Club” pre-sale on Wednesday, August 24th at noon Eastern. The venue will also be offering a pre-sale on August 25th at noon, so don’t miss your chances for tickets!Considering the band formed out of performances at the Brooklyn Bowl, these homecoming shows are sure to be quite special. You can find tickets for October 6th, 7th and 8th via those links, and three-day pass tickets here.last_img read more

  • The String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann To Join The Floozies At Kansas City Christmas Show

    first_imgAfter filling in for drummer Mark Hill at Peach Music Festival in August, Jason Hann fit right in with electronic funk act The Floozies. The String Cheese Incident percussionist sat in with the duo at Red Rocks a few months later, and have now announced an official show together. Jason Hann will join The Floozies at the Midland Christmas Show in Kansas City on December 23, with supporting acts from Autograf and Linear Symmetry to round out the celebration. Tickets are available here.last_img

  • Greensky, Punch Brothers, RRE & More To Play Blue Ox Festival In 2017

    first_imgBlue Ox Music Festival is set to return to Eau Claire, WI in 2017, bringing along an exciting lineup for the weekend of June 8th through the 10th. Today, the festival has revealed their lineup, stacking it with a number of bluegrass favorites including headliners Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass and two nights from festival hosts Pert Near Sandstone.The lineup features the likes of Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Son Volt, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Grateful Ball, Keller & The Keels, Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Fruition, Billy Strings and so many more! You can see the announcement posted below, and head to the fest’s website for details.last_img

  • Watch Butch Trucks Jam “Possum” With Phish In 1995

    first_imgToday has been a difficult day for music fans everywhere, as Butch Trucks, the legendary founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, passed away at the age of 69. Trucks has been an active musician for 50-plus years, helping to start the Allmans in 1969 and remaining a vital part of its lineup and tradition until his death.One of the most fun crossover moments for fans of the jam scene came in 1995, when Phish visited Trucks’ hometown of West Palm Beach in Florida. Phish was really making a name for themselves around this time, and they’d garnered a strong reputation within the musician community.When the band arrived at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, they invited Mr. Trucks up on stage at the end of the second set, entreating him to keep down the rhythm for their bluesy number, “Possum.” Fortunately, video of this sit-in exists, and we can watch it below courtesy of ikoiko95 on YouTube.This sit in would kick off a long, albeit sporadic, relationship between Phish and the Allman Brothers. Trucks would again sit in with Phish in 1996, and members of Phish have sat in with the Allmans over the years. You can watch a rendition of “Franklin’s Tower,” played by the Allman Brothers with Trey Anastasio, here.RIP Butch.last_img read more

  • Pimps Of Joytime Team With Ivan Neville & Pete Shand For Funky New Single [Premiere]

    first_imgBrooklyn, NY based funk & soul outfit Pimps of Joytime are set to release a new studio album, Third Wall Chronicles, on March 24th. The new release comes at a pivotal time, employing a positive message of peace, love, and music on every track. It’s an intoxicating dance party from cover to cover, truly indicative of the band’s energetic style.The album has some hard hitters throughout, including collaborations from artists like Anthony Cole and Ivan Neville. Band leader Brian Jay even teamed with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin to help produce the album, though he’s no stranger to the studio himself. He’s produced albums for a “who’s who” of New Orleans heavyweights, including such stars as Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), James Andrews, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (The World’s Most Recorded Drummer), and Corey Henry (Galactic). He’s shared the stage with Art Neville, George Porter and Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Eddie Bo, and he’s currently working on an album with GRAMMY Award-nominated blues artist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside)!“Brian Jay is a bit of a genius,” says Steve Berlin. “It was a blast just coming in and making a few things larger and more colorful. He has the remarkable ability to get an idea, get a sound and make it real at a speed that I’ve never seen before.”To get the party started, we’re excited to host the first track premiere from Third Wall Chronicles. Titled “Mud,” the song was written in response to the shocking election results, and features work from New Orleans royalty, Ivan Neville. “This track began because I wanted a vibey grimey funk track,” said Brian Jay. “Then I just sang some shit that was on my mind in the midst of these twisted times. Somehow it morphed into a song and I hit up Pete Shand and Ivan Neville to put their badass stamp on it.”Listen to “Mud,” streaming below.Pimps of Joytime will headline venerable West Coast venues in February and March 2017 with MarchFourth before heading to the East Coast for their album release event at The Bowery Ballroom on March 25, 2017. Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to PoJ’s website for all the latest.Pimps Of Joytime Spring Tour Dates2/23 — Aggie Theatre — Fort Collins, CO*2/24 — Fox Theatre — Boulder, CO*2/25 — Ogden Theatre — Denver, CO2/28 — Pink Garter Theatre — Jackson Hole, WY*3/1 — The Top Hat — Missoula, MT*3/2 — The Showbox — Seattle, WA*3/3 — Crystal Ballroom — Portland, OR*3/4 – Volcanic Theatre Pub — Bend, OR3/7 — HiFi Music Hall — Eugene, OR*3/8 — Arcata Theatre — Arcata, CA*3/9 — The Miners Foundry — Nevada City, CA*3/10 — Crystal Bay Club Casino — Crystal Bay, NV*3/11 — The Fillmore — San Francisco, CA*3/22 — Gypsy Sally’s — Washington, DC3/23 — Ardmore Music Hall — Ardmore, PA3/24 — The Wonder Bar — Asbury Park, NJ3/25 — The Bowery Ballroom — New York, NY4/1 — The Sinclair — Cambridge, MA5/20 — VA Beach Funk Out — Virginia Beach, VA* w/ MarchFourth(photo credit Shervin Lainez)last_img read more

  • Bob Weir Fills In For David Nelson For Three Nights In Alaska [Videos]

    first_imgIn the beginning of March, Bob Weir announced that he would be stepping in for David Nelson for three nights in Alaska with the David Nelson Band, in light of Nelson’s colon cancer diagnosis and cancellation of several dates of the tour. The sold-out shows, which happened this weekend in Girdwood, Alaska, also saw Katie Skene take the stage, in addition to Barry Sless, John Molo, Pete Sears and Mookie Siegel of the David Nelson Band.Across the three nights, the David Nelson Band opened the shows sans guests before vocalist Katie Skene would come out for a few tracks with them. Afterward, Bob Weir would take over for a handful of acoustic songs, sometimes solo and sometimes with Skene, before the David Nelson Band would return and join Weir to close out each performance. You can check out a couple of videos from this past weekend’s Alaska run below.“Dark Star”[Video courtesy of Rah B Garcia]“Walkin’ Blues”[Video courtesy of dzarcone]last_img read more

  • LoHi Music Festival To Bring Funk To The Streets Of Denver This Weekend

    first_imgOn July 15th, LoHi Music Festival will once again bring music to the Denver masses, with the funk-oriented urban music and street art festival taking over West 32nd Street in Denver’s LoHi district—the area nestled between the Highlands and city’s Downtown—this Saturday. For this year’s event, the theme has been set as “Water Is Life,” and attendees are encouraged to dive in head first and don their finest aquatic costumes for the day. While water is life, we live for live music, and LoHi Music Festival has tapped some of our favorite acts for their full-day lineup.At the top of the bill is the English jazz-fusion and funk powerhouse, The New Mastersounds, whose patented funk-fusion and masterful musicianship have gained them fans spanning across the globe. TAUK, the heavy New York City-based funk quartet, is next on the bill, with the group still riding on the high from the release of their latest album, Sir Nebula, which was released at the tail-end of 2016. The Main Squeeze has been steadily rising the ranks of the scene, and the group’s powerful blend of funk, hip-hop, soul, and rock will keep attendees’ energy high as the sun starts to drop during their afternoon set. Colorado’s own Liver Down The River will start LoHi Music Festival off with a bang, with the six-piece offering their eclectic “funkadeligrass” to kick things off proper. Music will rule the day, and Ichisan’s DJ sets will keep the crowds grooving in between each set, ensuring the music never stops.After The New Mastersounds close out the festival, the party doesn’t stop there. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom will keep the tunes going till late into the night with an official afterparty. TAUK will be joined by friends LEBO of ALO, Jans Ingber formerly of The Motet, saxophonist Nick Gerlach of Menert Live Band, in addition to other familiar faces. Tiger Party will also perform the official LoHi Music Festival afterparty and will be joined by The New Mastersounds’ own Eddie Roberts as well as Thievery Corporation’s Jeff Franca.LoHi Music Festival opens its doors to Denver at 1 pm this Saturday and runs til 10 pm. Tickets for LoHi Music Festival are available here, while tickets to the official afterparty are available here.[Photo: Stephen Olker]last_img read more