One of the great series to come from NPR is the “Tiny Desk Concerts,” where renowned artists will cram into tiny spaces and regale viewers with some of their greatest creation. In the past, L4LM favorites like Trey Anastasio and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have made their marks on the series, but this time, it was Wilco’s time to shine.The band performed four songs in total, opening with “The Joke Explained” from the recently-released Star Wars album before heading into “Misunderstood,” “I’m Always in Love” and “Shot in the Arm.”Jeff Tweedy Promises A New Wilco Album In 2016Enjoy the video below, and head to NPR for the full story:
There’s no denying the raw soul power of singer Charles Bradley. The “Screaming Eagle” will release his third album next week, and his first since 2013’s Victim Of Love. Considering Bradley is 67 years old, his story is one that inspires us all.While Changes is due out next week, the incredible effort sees Bradley coming out with a more upbeat release. The title track is a cover of the Black Sabbath classic, bringing an air of excitement through his honest and soulful approach.Thanks to NPR’s First Listen, we can share a full stream of the new release. It’s a great listen; tune in below:
Heading to Cockeysville, MD on August 20th, the organizers of Hot August Music Festival have put together an impressive lineup of performing artists. With Thievery Corporation and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at the top of the bill, expect a great time for anyone in attendance.The full lineup continues to impress, with Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Revivalists, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, LITZ, and Eastman String Band! With all of these performers playing a single day of music, you can expect nothing short of magic in the air.Tickets for the festival can be found here, and you can see the full lineup card below:[Photo via Hot August/J. Burch]
Come July 8th, Lettuce will hit The Paramount in Huntington, NY for their first-ever headlining performance on Long Island. The premier funkers will have some help for this exciting throwdown, as today it was revealed that The Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein will be performing an opening set under his DJ moniker, Brownie.The Brownie set will kick things off at 8 PM; Lettuce takes the stage thereafter. While the staging is certainly ripe for collaboration, we’re just excited to see so many great artists under one roof. With Lettuce on a funk tear, there’s no telling just how exciting this party will be.For tickets and more information, you can head here.
Additionally, we have a setlist for the band’s second set, which featured the Grateful Dead bassist himself in tunes like “Rain and Snow”, “I Know You Rider”, “Candy Man”, and a heart-pounding “Ripple” encore.Here’s a 17-minute clip of 2nd set from Salmon’s Facebook page:Leftover Salmon with Phil Lesh @ Terrapin Crossroads 9/3/16:Set II w/ Phil Lesh: Mr. Charlie, Rain and Snow, Deep Elem, I Know You Rider, Big Railroad, Candy Man, Simple Twist of Fate, Cumberland BluesEncore: Ripple[Photo via @ramblinroseee] On Saturday night, Leftover Salmon brought their Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass show to the famed Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. They were joined by Phil Lesh for a special “Ramble” set, after throwing down a set of original tunes for the special occasion.While the setlist for the band’s original first set has yet to surface, there are some fan-shot videos courtesy of YouTube user Paul Scott that can fill the void:
The exciting new band Electric Beethoven makes their way throughout the East Coast in the latter part of 2016, kicking things off with an exciting set this weekend at Catskill Chill. With only a few live shows under their belt, not to mention the complex task of turning the music of Beethoven into live, improvised dance music, the band has announced a free show in the Bay Area tonight.In an announcement, bandleader Reed Mathis says:If you’re in the Bay Area, you’re invited to join us — for FREE!! — at an open rehearsal tonight in the East Bay. Make your way to the Ivy Room (minutes from Berkeley), by 8pm and watch as we lift the kimono and show you the process behind loading two complete Beethoven symphonies with improvisational CDM (“classical dance music”) jams. After this, we load up the Ludwig Van and head east for our maiden journey… come wish us Bon Voyage!The show will take place at the Ivy Room, and more information can be found here. Be sure to catch Electric Beethoven at Brooklyn Comes Alive in October! More details here.
Greensky Bluegrass has been on a wonderful run of shows with their friends Fruition! Though the series of shows are winding down, their performance last Thursday, Februrary 9th at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky showed that both bands are clearly enjoying the pairing. The mixture of deep psychedelic bluegrass and remarkably passionate Americana has had fans of both bands raving long after the last notes have faded each night. Though the spate of shows they have delighted fans with across the northeast and mid-west is ending tonight in Chicago, our own Rex Thomson caught up with the band and filmed a bit of the goodness to share with the world.Greensky came out of the gate strong with a nine minute rendition of one of there signature pieces, the apocalyptic “Fixin’ To Ruin.” As always, the soulful voice and plaintive howls of mandolin madman Paul Hoffman soared above the music and connected with the audience on a nearly primal level. Watch the show opener below:“Fixin’ To Ruin”Never a band to play the stoic card, Greensky let loose an impeccable rendition of a song about despicable behavior “Just To Lie” before letting it flow perfectly into the mournful “Past My Prime.” The choice of songs and subject matter made an interesting statement about the perils of pure self interest and the strong chance at the lonely life such actions that could result. Watch the magic below:“Just To Lie > Past My Prime”After a strong first set and a much needed break, Greensky Bluegrass returned to the stage ready and rairing to go. Launching out of the gate with epic momentum the band couldn’t seem to stop as they finished a spot on “No Idea” so they kept flowing into a heartfelt take on The Beatles‘ standard “Help!” Watch the bluegrass freight train leave the station below:“No Idea>Help!”Never ones to forget where the music came from, the boys paid homage to the progenitors of the sound that they have worked so hard to master and carry forward into the new millennium. Recent birthday boy Dave Bruzza takes the lead on the Ralph Stanley tune that he and the Clinch Mountain Boys made into a true standard, “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” Watch the boys show off their love of the past masters below:“How Mountain Girls Can Love”One of the true highlights of the night came when Anders Beck took the microphone to thank longtime friends of the band and beloved fixtures of the mid-west music scene, Burk and Shellie, for their kind gift of pre-show baked goods. While the cake was free from any… extra curriculars… the culinary skills of Shellie are well known and respected by any who have been fortunate enough to sample them. As a way of showing their appreciation the carved twenty plus minutes out of their second set to deliver a spectacular version of Burk’s favorite tune, Tarpology, including a special gooey “More Of Me” filling. Click the video below and get ready for an unavoidable dance party:“Tarpology>More Of Me>Tarpology”There were several highlights not shared here, obviously, but the show closing, 20-minute plus version of “Don’t Lie” must be mentioned. One of the finest tunes the band has given to the world was treated with the respect it deserves, with the sentiment of the Michigan native seemingly more appropriate than ever in today’s anarchic political climate. After a short break, the band sent the audience home on a tranquil note with a lilting “Yellow Eyes” to help them slow back down from the warp speed bluegrass they had just witnessed.Fans like Burk and Shellie who have been following the band for close to a decade and more have had the pleasure of watching their friends grow from playing dive bars for beers to playing in front of dangerously packed throngs of adoring fans. As a testament to the fact that they have stayed the same, humble musicians they were from the beginning the band hung out with fans outside in twenty degree weather, looking both appreciative and slightly embarrassed at the fuss being made over them. With the love continuing to build there seems to be no limit to the future of these five friends and the staff and supporters that surround them, and with their relentless effort over the years they couldn’t deserve the acclaim more!Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 2/9/17Set 1: Fixing To Ruin, Lose My Way, Radio Blues, While Waiting, Through the Trees, Pig in a Pen, Just to Lie>Past My Prime, Living OverSet 2: No Idea>Help!*, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Tarpology>More Of Me>Tarpology, Take Cover, Old Barns, Wings for Wheels, Don’t LieEncore: Yellow Eyes* Beatles coverPortland, Oregon’s own Fruition started off the night with a fiery display of insightful and heartfelt songwriting and from the heart performance that has made them the darlings of the Americana scene. With a front line of Jay Cobb Anderson, Mimi Naja and Kellen Asebroek sharing the composition and lead duties the band suffers from an overload of quality songs that makes writing set lists a truly difficult proposition each night. In an effort to fairly represent the trio of voices that constitute the band we have one from each of the three main vocalists.First up is the Naja composition “Santa Fe,” an ode to the strugle to keep love alive when the distances grow wide. Be prepared to be moved when you listen to the song below:Keyboard and guitar playing Asebroek takes us through the various stages of romantic behavior with “Above The Line,” below:Though the entire band truly plays a significant part of making the title track of their most recent release, Labor Of Love, the sonic buzz saw that it is, Jay Cobb Anderson and his all in performance on the tune elevates it to one of the finest songs any band produced last year. Have a listen to the friendship defining rabble-rouser below:Between the quality songwriting and the go for broke performances Fruition regularly delivers as they tour the country, their stock is quickly rising among veteran and first time concert goers alike. It is impossible to witness the display of passion and joy put forth by these five friends from the Pacific Northwest and not leave the show humming the melodies and tapping your toes to the beats still rocking in your head and heart. If they come anywhere near your city, do yourself a favor and go see what the quickly spreading love is all about!Setlist: Fruition | Madison Theater | Covington, KY | 2/9/17Set 1: I Don’t Mind, Just One Of Them Nights, Blue Light, The Wanter, Above The Line, Santa Fe, There She Was, Fire, Mountain Annie, Come In, Git In, Labor of Love, Love Sneaking Up on You
This is very exciting news, as White is one of the best song writers and guitar players in the world. His output of high-quality material is almost second-to-none, and his live show is consistently rated as one of the most electrifying. While no other information on the forthcoming album has been revealed at this time, we look forward to learning more about White’s newest music, and we hope that it results in a tour! Stay tuned for more info as it’s released. Modern-day rock icon Jack White is back in the studio working on his follow-up to his 2014 album, Lazaretto. The former White Stripes, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather man has been out of the public eye for a few years, taking a break from performing and recording. In this time, White has still kept busy, taking on a number of projects including opening a record-pressing plant, working on the PBS documentary American Epic, and running his Third Man Records label and brand.Nas Performs “One Mic” With Jack White For “American Epic” Mini-SeriesJack White To Release A Children’s Book Based Off The White Stripes’ “We’re Going To Be Friends”White has been a champion for “real” music over the past few years, using Third Man Records as a front to re-establish vinyl as the musical medium of choice. That battle has paid off, as the sales of vinyl records have skyrocketed alongside White’s efforts. While White’s activism has been noble, many fans simply want to hear more of his uniquely emotional, super-charged rock music. Thanks to a tweet from the Third Man Records account, it’s now confirmed that White is in a studio in Los Angeles with several other musicians preparing for a new album. A post by Neal Evans of Soulive also confirms that he will be featured on this new album, in addition to Louis Cato.
Aron/Marc: Favorite memory of the Conspirator/Break Science tour we did on the same bus?Adam: Making that trap track with y’all and KJ Sawka that we still haven’t put out yet!!Catch [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits at Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ January 25-28, or at the Fillmore Denver with Michal Menert, Late Night Radio, Eliot Lipp & more January 26!Check out the full Gem & Jam lineup below, and click here for tickets and more info.[Cover Photo by Andrew Blackstein] In October of 2016, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee of Break Science teamed up with Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits for the first time to form [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits at Brooklyn Comes Alive. The result was an all-out dance party, seamlessly blending the experimental nature of the Biscuits with the trip-hop, downtempo beats of Break Science, making for a new exploration of electronic soundscapes.The collaborative project has since gone on to play a handful of shows together, though appearances are rare. The next opportunities to catch the group are coming up at Gem & Jam Festival in Tuscon, AZ 1/25-28, and the Fillmore Denver with Michal Menert, Late Night Radio & more 1/26. We caught up with the guys ahead of that performance and had them interview one another. Check out their conversation below!Deitch/Lee To Magner/Brownstein:Adam/Borahm: What are each of your worst onstage mishaps?Aron: At the 1st Bank Center in Colorado a couple years ago, I heard my three front-facing keyboards simultaneously trigger the most god-awful sound. I was facing the band on my other keyboard side and turned around instantly to see what had just happened. To my surprise, there was a “fan” in just his boxers attempting to climb OVER my keyboard stack. My immediate reaction was just to push him over, which I think I successfully did. There are so many mysteries that surround this. Who was he? Where is he now? Why did he? Is he okay after somersaulting ten feet down onto the concrete floor of the pit below? Let’s analyze the tapes shall we?!?!?…We have multi-camera slow-motion video footage! Watch it here.Marc: Well, one time, Umphrey’s McGee called on me to fill in for Ryan Stasik on bass at Camp Bisco while he was at home because his first child was being born. I got onstage, and within the first bar of music, I realized something was gravely wrong. At least one of my strings was out of tune. Well it turned out that three strings were a half step out of tune in opposite directions, making it nearly impossible to figure out how to perform the songs in real time. It took me three songs to get it tuned due to the intense sunlight because Umphrey’s somehow had an early afternoon set. All I can say is, maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t an accident, and that it was part of the prank war with Umphrey’s… I intentionally threw their set in the toilet at Camp Bisco…Adam/Borahm: Who are your top three fans? Tell us about them.Aron: Oh, come on. I’m not gonna inflate the heads of any of our most loyal and rabid fans. Though I do think that once you have attended one hundred shows, you should wear something to shows that distinguish you in a dignified way—like the SNL does with the five-timers club.Marc: We have some pretty awesome fans. I would have to say the top three fans are people who were there in the very beginning and are still here with us all these years later: Jon and Lisa Lesser and Mark Foundos—the creme de la creme.Adam/Borahm: What is your best Phish story?Aron: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.Marc: I once wrote a poem named the “Ugly Fish” in 7th grade, and I would have to rate that as by far my best fish story.Adam/Borahm: Explain the Ivy league school-to-jam band process. Not many successful bands come out of top-tier colleges.Aron: Attend Ivy League school —> Start Band —> Drop out of Ivy League school.Marc: For Barber, there was a fourth part which was —> get notified by Ivy League school that the requirements of your major have changed, and under the new rules, you qualify for a degree and get one in the mail.Adam/Borahm: What got Brownie “kicked out” of the biscuits for a short time?Aron: He was kind of being an asshole.Marc: I was kind of being an asshole.Adam/Borahm: What’s your connection to hip hop?Marc: Having grown up on the streets of NYC, I was a fan of early Tribe and De La Soul and other conscious hip hop acts from the golden era. Also, I got hooked on the Queensbridge crew—Mobb Deep, Smif and Wesson, etc.—a few years later and ultimately found B.I.G. a few years after that—he still reigns supreme for me. We had the pleasure of making some dope hip hop beats with some heavy players a few years ago, Jim Jones, Curren$y, etc.Adam/Borahm: What inspired you to incorporate sounds from electronic music?Aron: Two things: First, in the mid 90’s when the Biscuits formed, electronic music was just starting to become more mainstream in the US. It had been around for years in Europe already. We were getting exposed to some deeper electronic stylings by our international friends at college, so it only made sense that it would creep its way into our sound. Then came my purchase of a Roland JP-8000 synth that I unboxed before a gig at a fraternity party on Halloween night 1997. I remember vividly thinking that fusing these tones into our jam band mantra would be a catalyst to discovering who we were as a band.Adam/Borahm: If the four of you (all the Biscuits) were hanging out, who would be the head DJ for tunes? What is the first song you’d put on?Marc: When the four of us are all hanging out, we are making sure that our shows are going to be as good as they can possibly be. That’s how we spend any time together. Focused on bringing crazy shows.Adam/Borahm: What did y’all think of Adam Deitch’s performance with the Biscuits when he filled in for Alan and barely knew the music?Aron: Adam is one of the most versatile musicians I know. He can flawlessly and with masterful precision play within any genre. He’s got big ears, and the ability to be the backbone of whatever band he is drumming for. It only made sense that he would pick up on the Biscuits’ style while still maintaining his own musical personality. As far as I’m concerned, you should never pass up an opportunity to play with Adam Deitch.Marc: It was crazy because when we were looking for a new drummer for the Biscuits someone suggested Adam to me, and I think I was a little intimidated by the possibility of ever playing with Adam at that point. So getting to hear him under those songs ultimately was a huge honor and a huge treat. We don’t take for granted how great it is to get to collaborate with A-List musicians. Deitch and Borahm are on their way to being living legends, and we cherish any chance to play with them.Adam/Borahm: With our next Breaking Biscuits gig coming up at Gem & Jam Festival at the end of the month, we have to ask: Gem or Jam?Aron: GemMarc: Jam!Magner/Brownstein to Deitch/Borahm:Aron/Marc: Does having two musician parents give you a competitive edge?Adam: Not really. It just gave me a deep respect for music at an early age.Aron/Marc: How many flights have you missed?Adam: Never missed a flight going to a show. Ever.Borahm: Missed a few after the show but never before.Aron/Marc: What songs should we play?Adam: Maybe some Wu-Tang covers?Aron/Marc: What is jazz?Borahm: It’s a daily vitamin that is essential to your well being.
This weekend, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will begin a 6-date run of “Bobby & Phil” duo shows, the first of their kind for the two founding Grateful Dead bandmates. Now, Nugs.tv has announced that they will be webcasting all six of the upcoming shows, so you can witness the performances from the comfort of your couch (or wherever you happen to be).The Bobby & Phil duo will perform two nights at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd followed by two nights at Boston’s Wang Theatre on Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th and, finally, two nights at Chicago’s Chicago Theatre on Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th. The tour is being presented by Peter Shapiro, the man behind Fare Thee Well, LOCKN’, Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, and a variety of other large-scale live music projects.Pre-orders for Bobby & Phil webcasts are available now through Nugs.tv here. You can order a single show, or select a discounted 2-pack or 6-pack. You can also elect to add an mp3 of the performance to your order. Each of the webcasts is scheduled to begin at 7:45 local time (7:45 ET for New York and Boston; 8:45 ET for Chicago).Not much is known about these upcoming shows. The tour was initially revealed by Weir during an interview on SiriusXM’s Tales from The Golden Road. During the broadcast, Weir elaborated slightly on the tour, noting that, in addition to the Grateful Dead bassist and guitarist, fans can expect to see a number of special guests join the two during the performances. Various other rumors have circulated regarding the format of the shows, though the band has yet to officially announce any specifics of what fans can expect at the performances. We’ll just have to wait and see…Until then, you check out the official website for the Bobby & Phil duo to purchase tickets or find out more.Bob Weir And Phil Lesh Tour DatesMarch 2 – New York, NY – Radio City Music HallMarch 3 – New York, NY – Radio City Music HallMarch 7 – Boston, MA – Wang TheatreMarch 8 – Boston, MA – Wang TheatreMarch 10 – Chicago, IL – Chicago TheatreMarch 11 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre[H/T Jambase]