Over the last three nights, the Tedeschi Trucks Band settled into the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. The band has been on an absolute tear after releasing their newest album, Let Me Get By, continuing to find that sweet spot of balance between all twelve members of the group.Considering TTB had three nights of music to perform, the group dug deep into their catalog and pulled out some unique covers, like The Beatles’ “Within You Without You” and James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain.” They even collaborated with Tash Neal and Chris St. Hilare of the London Souls, on night two, playing “I’ve Got A Feeling” and the Bowie-popularized track, “It Ain’t Easy” for a riveting encore.For those who want a taste of the magic, taper Ed Tyre has captured all three shows and shared them via archive. Feast your ears below:Day One: February 18thDay Two: February 19thDay Three: February 20th
In anticipation of his headlining performances at Governors Ball and Mountain Jam this weekend, alternative rock icon Beck has dropped his first new song of 2016. The song is called “Wow,” and it definitely brings that effect, with it’s glitchy beat and rhymes reminiscent of Beck’s Odelay-era from the 90s.The track is a stark contrast from his last album Morning Phase, which won Album of the Year at the Grammy’s and was mostly acoustic folk music. With “Wow” and his previous single, 2015’s “Dreams,” it seems Beck is focusing on more pop-centric direction for his upcoming album, due out this fall.Check out “Wow” and its awesome animated music video below.
Load remaining images We love Bonnaroo, and after another successful festival, we’ve decided to hand out awards to some of our favorite bands, moments, and other assorted awesomeness from The Farm this year. After 15 years of magic, the festival has truly separated itself as a home for major artists to comfortably stretch out their material with intricate improvisations, wild solos, and surprises around every corner.Check out this year’s winners below!Best Club Stage Band – LawrenceLawrence is a ridiculously high energy band. With a hot debut album produced by Lettuce and Soulive‘s Eric Krasno, the band is rising quickly through the festival circuit. Brother and sister duo Clyde and Gracie Lawrence have serious vocal chops, and the funky band nails the soulful-yet-uptemo vibe they are going for. Playing on the festival’s smallest stage during a blistering heat wave, Lawrence packed out the Miller Lite Stage and beyond with a large crowd that drew in more and more fans in as the set went along. It was impossible to ignore them if you were walking by, and the band finished their set with a horde of new fans. Featuring a duo of excellent covers in “Sexy Ladies” by Sean Paul and “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child was perfectly placed nostalgia, and their song “Oh No” turned into a huge sing-a-long with the crowd, inspiring Vulfpeck singer Antwaun Stanley to jump on stage for some harmonic explosiveness. The set cemented the band as one to watch moving forward.Best Bonnaroo Debut – VulfpeckIt’s Vulfpeck’s world, and we’re just living in it. The reclusive funk stars have been busting out of their shell as of late, after two incredible performances at Fool’s Paradise in April and with two highly anticipated sets at LOCKN’ Festival in August. However, there may be no place more perfectly designed for Vulfpeck’s many talents than Bonnaroo, and it showed when they took The Other Tent by storm on Thursday night. They simply crushed their first ever large festival setting to a packed crowd that screamed along to all of their songs. Most of Vulfpeck rotated instruments throughout the set, with bassist extraordinaire Joe Dart holding it down with a giant smile on his face. The band acted more like they were in the privacy of their own studio than in front of 10,000 people, and perhaps that’s what makes Vulfpeck so endearing. Of course, Vulfpeck got into the Bonnaroo spirit with some special guests, tapping Antwaun Stanley for a rare appearance, as well as an out-of-left-field sit-in by Børns on “Back Pocket.”Full Video: Vulfpeck Plays The Biggest Set Of Their Career At BonnarooBest Solo Eric “Benny” Bloom – Superjam – “T’aint Nobody’s Business” by Bessie SmithWith Bonnaroo legends like Les Claypool and Eric Krasno on site, bands like Dead & Company and Pearl Jam topping the bill, and an impressive array of performers like GRiZ and The Floozies across the lineup, this award could go to many musicians at Bonnaroo. However, the best solo of the weekend clearly belonged to Eric “Benny” Bloom of The Shady Horns during the Kamasi Washington-led “Tribute to Tennessee” Superjam. Bloom has been making his mark on the festival for years now, having participated in the past four Superjams, and he let it rip during his feature on the re-imagined Bessie Smith classic “T’Aint Nobody’s Business.” Bonnaroo is filled with magical moments, but this explosive solo sent the crowd into a frenzy during a song they most likely didn’t know and after 3am in the morning. The horn section at the Superjam was the highlight of the show, and Bloom led the way with his impressive playing throughout. Congrats to Benny Bloom for blowing Bonnaroo’s collective mind!Best Improv – John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, & Jeff Chimenti of Dead & CompanyThese three look like they are having the time of their lives right now. Acting as the “Company” to Weir/Kreutzmann/Hart’s “Dead”, this extremely talented, energetic trio could be spotted making eyes at each other all night, clearly connected in their playing and moving through the show as a unit. Their excitement was palpable as they led their way through two sets of epic Grateful Dead classics. Improv highlights of the show were the set two opening combo of “Help On The Way-> Slipknot -> Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain,” and an intricate “Terrapin Station” suite that left the audience in awe of their musical prowess.Best Surprise Performance(s) – Chance The RapperChance the Rapper is on a roll right now. After his the release of his excellent new mixtape Coloring Book, Chance is currently taking over hip hop. While he wasn’t officially on the Bonnaroo lineup this year, Chance managed to perform on all four days of the festival, coming out as a surprise guest with J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, and Bryson Tiller over the course of the weekend. Chance even hosted a listening party for Coloring Book in the silent disco for 500 lucky fans. He dubbed himself the “Mayor of Bonnaroo” this weekend, and it’s hard to disagree with him after his non-stop weekend of collaborations.Best Guest Spot – Donna Jean Godchaux w/ Dead & CompanyDead & Company opened their set with an awesome “Truckin’” -> “Smokestack Lightning”, but the real fireworks started when John Mayer played the opening notes of “Bertha”. After a quick introduction from Bob Weir, Donna Jean emerged and provided backup vocals for the rest of the song, and, impressively, ended up performing nine songs throughout the night. Lending her famous howling vocals to classics from her era, such as songs like “Playin’ in the Band”, “Shakedown Street”, and “Terrapin Station”, Donna Jean fit right back in during her first full performance with Dead & Company.[Photo by Emilio Roberts / Dead & Co Facebook]Best Food – HamageddonHave you ever seen a pig spit roasted inside of a much larger, steampunk-esque metal pig? That’s what you got if you visited the Hamageddon installation at Bonnaroo. A veteran of the defunct Great GoogaMooga food festival that Bonnaroo producers Superfly used to run in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Hamageddon has found a new home at Bonnaroo, and the food is absurdly delicious, with freshly roasted pulled pork and all the fixin’s.Best Art – Return of the BobbleheadsOnce a hallmark of Bonnaroo’s earlier years, the Bobbleheads disappeared from The Farm for the past few years. To the delight of loyal Bonnaroovians, the Bobbleheads made their grand return this year, moving to a new location closer to the heart of Centeroo. Iconic art like this is what separates Bonnaroo from other festivals, and everyone was glad to see these relics make a return. After 15 years on The Farm, a little nostalgia never hurt anyone!Bonnaroo Legend Award – Les ClaypoolThis award couldn’t go to anyone else. Les Claypool is Bonnaroo. Claypool has performed at the festival a ton of times, with appearances from Primus, Oysterhead, the High Flying Frog Brigade and more over the years. While other one-time Bonnaroo legends like Warren Haynes and Galactic have stopped appearing at the festival on a yearly basis, Claypool remains one of the essential musical arrows in Bonnaroo’s quiver. His performance with Sean Lennon and their new Claypool Lennon Delirium was nothing short of fantastic, as the bass wizard brought his unique vibes to the That Tent for what turned out to be a can’t-miss performance of songs from their new album Monolith of Phobos. One thing is clear: when Les Claypool performs at Bonnaroo, it’s essential viewing.Bonnaroo MVP – Kamasi WashingtonSimply put, this rising saxophone star put on a jaw dropping, hip hop tinged jazz fusion showcase at the This Tent on Friday. Featuring incredible improv and a funky vibe for his set with his band, Washington organized Saturday’s Superjam, nailing the Superjam’s energy and sound, even as a previously unproven entity. Kamasi put his mark on the festival in a huge way, smiling widely the entire time he was on stage and clearly soaking in the positive energy of the festival.Best Performance – LCD SoundsystemWhile Dead & Company and Pearl Jam turned in legendary performances, bands like Claypool Lennon Delirium and Lettuce turned in epic sets, and new-to-Bonnaroo acts like The London Souls and Allen Stone impressed to packed crowds, the set everyone was talking about was LCD Soundsystem, who brought an excellent headlining dance party to the What Stage on Friday night. James Murphy and co. brought their firey indie/dance/punk energy to Bonnaroo, and the crowd ate it up. Their set built gradually towards the high energy set-closing duo of “Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends”, which doubled as glowstick-laden celebration from the massive What Stage audience. The band stretched their songs out with analog electronic synthesizers and improvised their butts off while dusting off material from throughout their career. LCD’s ridiculous positive energy was a perfect fit for Bonnaroo, and they won over scores of younger fans who were seeing them for the first time following their five year breakup. Long live LCD Soundsystem, and we hope to see you back at Bonnaroo soon.Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of photographer Rex Thomson.
Load remaining images Progressive-jam masters Umphrey’s McGee stopped in Birmingham, AL last night to kick off their proper summer tour. After a slew of festival dates and one-off shows, the band hit the road last night for a six-show East Coast run, with the first stup at Birmingham’s Avondale Brewing Company.Set one kicked off with the groovy “Conduit”, which was quickly followed by a pulsing “Padgett’s Profile”. Keeping the energy high, the band cued up “Tribute to the Spinal Shaft”, which moved deftly into “Cemetary Walk I”. Next up, the band worked a cover of The Beatles‘ “Baby You’re a Rich Man” into the middle of their Bela Fleck & The Flecktones‘-esque song, “Great American”. After a quick run through “Thin Air”, Umphrey’s closed their set in exciting fashion, as they invited American Idol-alum Taylor Hicks to the stage to help them out on a cover of “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band.Set two showcased some progressive heavy hitters, as Umphrey’s returned to the stage with a raging “Prowler” -> “Syncopated Strangers” -> “Miami Virtue” -> “Partiyn’ Peeps” sequence that drove the crowd absolutely wild. Up next was “Final Word”, a former lyrical “Jimmy Stewart” that was turned into a full song for UMBowl in 2013. The emotional track led directly into fan-favorite “40’s theme”, which dropped right into “Cemetery Walk II” to finish the second set up up. Umphrey’s then returned to the stage for a lone “Slacker” encore.See below for video of Taylor Hicks sitting in on “Can’t You See”, courtesy of YouTube use Quazzbert, as well as full setlist details.Check out footage of the encore as well, courtesy of wmiod9.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Avondale Brewing Company, Birmingham, AL – 7/7/16Set One: Conduit, Padgett’s Profile, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft -> Cemetery Walk I, Great American -> Baby You’re a Rich Man -> Great American, Thin Air, Can’t You See Set Two: Prowler -> Syncopated Strangers -> Miami Virtue -> Partyin’ Peeps, Final Word -> 40’s Theme, Cemetery Walk IIE: Slacker The Beatles cover Marshall Tucker Band cover; w/ Taylor Hicks on harmonica and vocalsPhotos by Paul Citone:
Earlier this month, Gov’t Mule dug deep into their catalog for the release of The Tel-Star Sessions, the band’s first-ever recording studio session in 1994. When Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts got together for a planned one-time collaboration, the magic of that music spawned an incredible 20-plus year career for Gov’t Mule.Now, the band is set to perform a series of tour dates with classic rock legends ZZ Top. Mule has always had a fondness for ZZ Top, as both groups descend from the famed power rock trio concept. Thus, it’s no surprise that Mule included a cover of “Just Got Paid” on their Tel-Star Sessions release, channeling that classic rock and roll in style.To get fans excited about the new Tel-Star release and upcoming ZZ Top tour dates, Gov’t Mule has put out a new animated video of the 1994 cover. Watch the animated members of Gov’t Mule tackle the ZZ Top cover head on with this fun new video!
Back in March, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead treated fans at the Brooklyn Bowl to three incredible shows. With a horn section, guest musicians and more, Almost Dead was locked in from start to finish, and were even knighted by venue owner Peter Shapiro. As the band is set to return to the Bowl in less than two weeks, it’s no wonder they wanted to give fans a little something to get in the mood.Fortunately, the band has just released a full soundboard recording from the March 26th performance at the Bowl. The final night of the run saw the band debut “Mason’s Children,” jam with violinist Katie Jacoby, play “Joeline” from the Tom Hamilton’s American Babies catalog, and so much more!Almost Dead returns to the Brooklyn Bowl this October, and don’t miss the exciting late night Evolution of Jam show on October 7th at the nearby Hall At MP. Featuring tributes to the Dead, Phish, and The Disco Biscuits, you can find all of the info here.You can listen to the full show below, and check out the setlist annotated by band manager Peter Costello.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – 3/26/16Set One (9:43PM – 10:56PM):01. intro/crowd02. Big Railroad Blues (TH) ->03. Mason’s Children @ (All)04. Friend Of The Devil # (TH)05. I Know Your Rider (All) >06. Space ->07. St. Stephen (All) ->08. Terrapin Suite PT 2 #$ (JR)Set Two (11:40PM – 1:00AM):01. Jam >02. Cassidy (SM)03. The Wheel (All) ->04. Joeline % ->05. The Wheel Reprise (All) ->06. He’s Gone (TH) ->07. Estimated Prophet (SM) ->08. Eyes Of The World (TH) ->09. The Music Never Stopped (SM)Encore:10. “Knighting Ceremony” &11. One More Saturday Night (SM)@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead. PhilRAD played it at the Cap.# – With Katie Jacoby ~ Violin$ – From “Terrapin Transit” to the end. Finishes the 2016.03.25 version. With an unknown tease (MB)% – First Time Played, American Babies Original, only the refrain was sung. From the album Flawed Logic, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oStHvWi51Wg& – Before the encore, Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro took the stage & presented the band with a sword engraved with the date of their first gig (2013-01-26 at Brooklyn Bowl) and made the legendary knighting of Joe Russo (http://www.sirjoerusso.com/) official. Shapiro named them Brooklyn Bowl Royalty as follows “We, The freaks Of Brooklyn Bowl, hereby anoint Dave, Scott, Tommy, Marco, And Sir Joe Russo as Knights, Birthed at the Bowl & and dedicated to Rock & Fucking Roll”. Props to Jake Szufnarowski for his invaluable role in creating, supporting, & nurturing the legend of Sir Joe Russo.
Festival season seems to start earlier each and every year. What used to be a summer tradition has now turned into a year-long calendar, with impressive festivals taking place nationwide nearly every weekend. One of the best festivals of the “off season” is McDowell Mountain Music Festival, which takes place in Phoenix, AZ on March 3-5. The festival, now in its 14th year running, continues to deliver top notch lineups year after year.This year’s lineup features an eclectic array of talent from across the musical spectrum. Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, Grouplove, and Gov’t Mule top the lineup for one of the most diverse sets of headliners on the festival circuit. Lettuce is also on the bill, as well as Emancipator Ensemble, Railroad Earth, Turkuaz, SunSquabi, and more.The festival operates as a non-profit, meaning that 100% of proceeds go to two different non-profit organizations: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. It’s awesome to see an event like this take on such noble causes while delivering multiple days of top-notch live music.You can see the full lineup announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for further details.
Late Saturday night, Drake unexpectedly dropped a 22-track “playlist” called More Life, with guest appearances from Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, and so many more. In the More Life tune “Lose You,” the one-time Degrassi actor-turned-chart-topping-rapper includes a line that shouts out Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart!Give the track a spin, and listen closely for the “grateful” name drop:I’m just takin’ what God will give me Grateful like Jerry, Bob and Mickey Better attitude, we’ll see where it gets meHearing Grateful Dead references in pop culture is generally exciting. Whether or not Drake chose that line (or even wrote it) for reasons beyond a perfect rhyme, we’re still happy to see that artists outside the jam band scene are turning on their love lights. From the Haight to the Six, the music never stops. Check it out:
The 21st Annual Taste of Randolph Festival, taking place Friday June 16th through Sunday June 18th 2017, will return to Chicago’s West Loop Neighborhood. Artists will perform on two stages and a DJ stage to entertain guests while they peruse the block with the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 18 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors.The lineup includes headlining slots from Dawes, Eden, Emancipator Ensemble, Here Come The Mummies, Moon Taxi, and Denver’s own Robert Delong – who will all rock and roll on the Denver Live on the Rocks Stage, returning for its second year. The two wings of a jaw-dropping replica of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver’s world-famous outdoor venue, stands 76 feet long and up to 30 feet tall, and is hand-carved and hand-painted to resemble Red Rocks’ sandstone – making for an exciting experience similar to one of America’s best venues.There will also be performances from Slow Magic, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Son Little, Jerry Folk, ProbCause, Michl, Too Many Zooz, Head For The Hills, Soule Monde, The Blue Stones, Brayton Bowman, Organ Freeman, Satsang, Naughty Professor, Bassel & The Supernaturals, Donnie Biggins, Carlile, JJ & Dre, Nasty Snacks, and Growler. Check out the poster below:
On Saturday night, thousands of fans gathered at the main stage of Camp Bisco to witness Derek Vincent Smith’s latest music project, Pretty Lights Live. Their performance came just three weeks before their highly-anticipated debut performance at The Gorge in Washington on August 4th and 5th. The Gorge show will kick off the second year of their two-day “Episodic Festivals” spanning across the country. Camp Bisco was to be the live band’s last festival before the Season 2 premiere at The Gorge, and the excitement in the air was palpable as Smith and the band took the stage.The set was nothing short of spectacular as the band played a variety of songs, ranging from Pretty Lights’ second album to dropping new tracks that may appear on the new album Smith has been working on. The new album will be the first since the 2014 Grammy-nominated Color Map of the Sun. During the set, Pretty Lights Live performed several “Flips” which has become a staple of the new live band. Flips are the moments when Smith will cut out the pre-recorded track, allowing each of the band members to improvise resulting in never-before-heard music. This improvisation allows them to play the same songs at different stops while also creating a constantly-unique experience for those who follow Pretty Lights Live.On top of the oldies and the new tracks, Pretty Lights Live surprised many long-time fans by closing the last half of the set with many unreleased tracks that often go years without being played. Most notable of the unreleased tracks was the Pretty Lights Live debuts of “Wayfaring Stranger” and “It’s Tricky”–both of which were last played during solo sets at Basslights 2015. Camp Bisco showed that Pretty Lights Live is moving forward with more steam than ever before. Be sure to check out the videos and full set list featured below. [Videos uploaded by Sicarius Finch]Set List: Pretty Lights Live Band | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain, PA | 7/15/17World Of Illusion (Tease)High School Art ClassMore Important Than Michael Jordan > FlipDon’t Take My Sunshine (New)Hot Like A Million TomorrowsSomething’s WrongDrift Away > FlipThe Sun Spreads In Our Mind (New) > FlipRainbow and Waterfalls (New)Wayfaring Stranger (Unreleased)You Get High (Unreleased) > FlipIf I Gave You My Love > FlipSunday SchoolBump ‘N Hustle (Unreleased) ft. Derek Vincent Smith freestylingPrelude 3-Call and Response (New) ft. Derek Vincent Smith & Jubee freestyling > FlipCountry Roads-John Denver Remix (Unreleased)It’s Tricky-Run-DMC Remix (Unreleased)