Month: March 2021

  • Rush Celebrates Album Anniversary With Mash-Up ‘Tom Sawyer’ Video

    first_imgThis month marks the 35th anniversary of Rush’s pivotal album, Moving Pictures, and the band took the opportunity to celebrate. Of course, one of the most famous tracks on Moving Pictures is “Tom Sawyer,” the band’s seminal progressive rock anthem. In honor of Moving Pictures’ anniversary, the band released a “Megamix” of “Tom Sawyer” performances from 2003-2015, including tours like “Rush in Rio”, “R30”, “Snakes & Arrows Live”, “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland”, “Clockwork Angels Tour”, and “R40 LIVE”. It’s a rockin’ tribute, and you can stream it below:The biggest question surrounding Rush is whether they will tour again. Geddy Lee addressed the question in a recent Rolling Stone interview, saying, “We don’t have any immediate plans for that… Right now we’re on holiday. I hope once the new year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again we can talk about that.”last_img read more

  • Phish Pianist Holly Bowling To Play Official Twiddle New York Pre-Party

    first_imgAcclaimed classical pianist Holly Bowling will give an intimate performance at Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre on 5/7 presented by Live for Live Music to warm up the crowd for Twiddle and TAUK’s highly anticipated appearance in the main venue later that evening. Holly is best known for her elaborate and creative interpretations of Phish songs for piano, including the famous 35+ minute “Tahoe Tweezer”. Proceeds from the show will serve to benefit the White Light Foundation. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 3/18 at 10 AM. Holly’s out-of-the-box approach to tributes of Phish, the Grateful Dead, Disco Biscuits and beyond has landed her recognition from some of the jamband greats themselves, even granting her the opportunity to play with some of her idols this past Jam Cruise including Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits. Listen to that stunning performance below.Since then she’s gone on to jam with Pink Talking Fish at Aura Music Fest and delighted fans all over with her Phishy piano jams. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Holly in such an intimate setting, from 4-6 PM on Saturday, May 7th.Enter to win a VIP Presidential Booth for four to Twiddle and TAUK at the Capitol Theatre! Find out how here.last_img read more

  • Electric Beethoven Details Debut Album ‘Beathoven’ With Members Of Phish, Joe Russo & More

    first_imgThere has been quite a lot of mystery surrounding the new project Electric Beethoven. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, the band has reworked classic suites by the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and created new and exciting pieces that can only be described as “Classical Dance Music.” The band recently made their debut at Terrapin Crossroads last week, and performed a special exhibition set at Outside Lands Music Festival over the weekend.Today, the band has announced the release of Beathoven, due out on September 30th via Royal Potato Family Records. The album sees the band reworking “Symphony No. 3” and “Symphony No. 6” for the album, and recruiting an insane list of musicians for the project. A who’s who appears on the album:  Phish’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Galactic’s Stanton Moore, The Greyboy Allstars’ Robert Walter, Matt Chamberlain, The Barr Brothers and more.You can listen to the leading single, “Rebirth,” below.The album has been in the works for years, with Mathis traveling town to town and meeting with these musicians independently for the release. Mathis, who is known for his work in Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tea Leaf Green, and Billy & The Kids, has poured himself into the album, and the work is sure to speak for itself.For their live performances (the band is booked for Catskill Chill and Jam Cruise, but who knows where else we might see them come alive…), Mathis has recruited Jay Lane (Primus), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green) and guitarist Clay Welch. You can see the album artwork and full tracklisting below.Beathoven Tracklisting
1. Awakening of Happiness (feat. Joe Russo & Luke Bolla)2. Scene by the River (feat. Andrew Barr & Steve Pryor)3. Rain Dance (feat. Stanton Moore & Jared Tyler)4. Thunderstorm (feat. Matt Chamberlain & Mike Dillon)5. Shepherd’s Song (feat. Page McConnell & Jason Smart)6. In Memory of a Great Man (feat. Mike Gordon & Joe Russo)7. Funeral March (feat. Marco Benevento & Matt Chamberlain)8. Rebirth (feat. Brad Barr & Andrew Barr)9. Finale (feat. Stanton Moore & Robert Walter)last_img read more

  • Watch Widespread Panic’s Pro-Shot Footage Of ‘Solid Rock’ From Vegas

    first_imgJust last month, Widespread Panic brought their traveling jams to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV for a three-night musical celebration. The Sin City is always kind to Panic fans, as the band harnesses the city’s energy and pours it through their performances. It’s the run that keeps on running, as Panic continues to share special moments from their pro-shot memory bank.Last week, the band released a video of “Sell Sell” for fans to enjoy. A few days later, they shared footage of their emotional “Pilgrims”. Today, we have another pro-shot look inside the run of their performance of “Solid Rock”. Watch the video below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/10/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane onlylast_img read more

  • The Roots Bring D’Angelo, John Mayer, Common, Dave Chappelle, and Rahzel To Roots Picnic [Review/Videos]

    first_imgYesterday, the New York City-based Roots Picnic kicked off in Bryant Park. Typically held in their home town of Philadelphia in early June, this marks the first time the event has been held in New York, giving The Roots and their various musical friends an opportunity to showcase their diverse skills in their adopted home town. The first day of the two-day festival featured a diverse lineup, with a set by comedian and Chappelle’s Show co-writer Neal Brennan, DJ sets by The Roots’ versatile drummer Questlove and radio icons Stretch & Bobbito, and a fun performance from pop upstarts X Ambassadors. However, it was the show’s final set of the evening that really made an impact, as The Roots would bring out a bevy of special guests over two-and-a-half hours to create a unique and awesome showcase of hip hop, funk, soul, pop, and r&b.The Roots kicked things off with a series of deep-cuts, including a performance of the jazzy Things Fall Apart track “Dynamite!”, giving Black Thought an early opportunity to show off his impressive skills on the mic. The band then started off “Proceed”, the lead single from their debut record Do You Want More, before following that up with breakthrough hit “Act Two (Love of My Life)”, which featured a guest spot by Common, who rapped his verse from the record with an undeniable energy. Common then stuck around to perform a mini set, performing “Go” and “The Food” from his 2005 album Be, before performing a topical and political freestyle that truly connected with the audience.Common left the stage, and the Roots returned for another Things Fall Apart classic in “The Next Movement”, which featured a jam that eventually fizzled out into a solo segment by MPC finger drumming master Jeremy Ellis. If you aren’t familiar with Ellis, he is a nerdy looking British dude that creates huge beats on multiple MPC drum machines using nothing but his fingers. He is a sight to behold, running through a few distinct jams based around “Gonna Fly Now” aka “The Rocky Theme”, a James Brown track, and a celebratory run through the theme from Super Mario Bros. Ellis whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his unique musical talent, and he is an artist that needs to be seen to be believed.Next up, Black Thought introduced John Mayer, who treated the excited fans to one of his first sets of solo material since October 2015. Of course, Mayer spent the past 10 months on tour with Dead & Company, but fans got to see Mayer in band-leader mode when he walked on stage with The Roots. He brought veteran bassist and John Mayer Trio member Pino Palladino with him to play the set, and he did not disappoint, linking up with his old friend Questlove to make up an impressive rhythm section that ruled the stage for the rest of the evening. Mayer would open the set with a solo ballad before dropping into a funky version of “Waiting on the World to Change” that was taken down a few steps to meet Mayer’s new vocal range. Mayer was on fire on guitar, pushing the band into full improv mode for a lengthy jam. The band then launched into a heartfelt version of “Gravity” that brought the house down with several impressive, Eric Clapton-esque guitar solos. The band then finished off Mayer’s portion of the evening with the funky, reggae-tinged cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” that he’s been playing in his live show for years.Watch John Mayer perform “Gravity” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” with The Roots, courtesy of YouTube user shuamaniOf course, just because he was done with his portion of the show, doesn’t mean John Mayer was done for the evening. He stuck around to perform “You Got Me” with The Roots, adding rhythm guitar while Captain Kirk Douglas of The Roots crushed his traditional solo on the soulful track. The band then left the stage as beatbox master Rahzel entered. Rahzel’s shtick is a bit tired at this point, even if it remains ridiculously impressive. Yes, he did his “Transformers” segment, yes he performed “If Your Mother Only Knew” (and yes he did the beat and the chorus at the same time). The best part of his segment was easily when he and Black Thought teamed up to perform Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh‘s “La Di Da Di”.Finally, it seemed time for D’Angelo to take the stage, when, out of nowhere, Dave Chappelle was introduced. He walked on stage and said “If I’m here it means two things. Kevin Hart isn’t available, and D’Angelo is late.” Needless to say, Questlove and Black Thought cracked up at his commentary, as the stage was set up around them for D’Angelo’s massive band. When the band took the stage, Pino Palladino re-joined the band (he is D’Angelo’s long time bass player as well), as well as Mayer, who would join D’Angelo for the entire set as lead guitarist. D’Angelo himself was incredible, with his unique soulful vocals reminiscent of Prince or James Brown.The band was extremely tight, with Questlove leading the charge throughout as they ran through songs from throughout D’Angelo’s career. “Brown Sugar” and “Playa Playa” were both highlights from D’Angelo’s Voodoo record, as the singer absolutely owned the stage with his awesome abilities as a frontman and band leader. The set also featured a healthy dose of material from his remarkable 2014 album Black Messiah, including an awesome take on “Back to the Future (Part I)”.  Mayer had a goofy grin on his face throughout the set, seemingly in disbelief that he got take part in this set. He returned his excitement ten-fold, with a number of wild guitar solos that added a unique element to D’Angelo’s set. It was truly a “had-to-be-there” moment, and all the musicians on stage knew it, as everyone on stage was jubilant as the set came to a close.Here’s over an hour of fan-shot footage, which includes the entire D’Angelo segment, courtesy of YouTube user Dear Marie BR:This was a truly incredible showcase of music that will not be soon forgotten! The Roots return to Bryant Park today for three wild sets, backing up David Byrne, Nile Rodgers, and Wu-Tang Clan in an ode to NYC as they bring their NYC Roots Picnic to a close.last_img read more

  • Bob Weir Promises New, Original Dead & Company Material In Guitar World Cover Story

    first_imgIt’s an exciting time for Bob Weir, as he’s just one day away from debuting his new Blue Mountain band with a brief Campfire Tour. Of course, one of the biggest stories of this year is Dead & Company, who treated Grateful Dead fans to an incredible summer’s worth of music. With Weir new supporting his solo album and John Mayer working on a solo album of his own, fans are wondering what the future holds for Dead & Company.Fortunately, Weir spoke at length about Dead & Co in a new interview with Guitar World. Read Weir’s take on the band below:“We’re trying to be ourselves and be unique. The material itself is “classic” now, but it’s drawn from all our sources – all the stuff that we listened to and grew up on. We extrapolated that all out into the music of the Grateful Dead, but we never stopped listening to stuff and never stopped having new thoughts about where to take the material and how to interpret it. So even within the Grateful Dead, the music was never, ever static.Now we have an ensemble with three original -or virtually original – members of the Grateful Dead, one guy who’s played with us for years (Jeff Chimenti) and two guys who are virtually new to the material. They have their own set of roots and influences and ideas and we need to observe that in the band and then work with it. They’re not supposed to just be mimicking parts.”When asked about the band’s plans to write material, Weir was very enthusiastic. “Oh yeah! And I very much look forward to it,” he said, and he followed that up by saying that he “would think” the band will release a new recording in the future. We can’t wait!The full story can be found in Guitar World, so be sure to pick up a copy.last_img read more

  • Watch The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Members Team Up For “The Rules” In New Video

    first_imgFresh off of an exciting debut weekend in Colorado and dates across Texas, The New Mastersounds and Turkuaz are really rocking their collaborative tour. Ahead of the groups’ next round of dates, The New Mastersounds and Turkuaz have debuted the music video for The New Mastersounds cover of Turkuaz’s “The Rules”, featuring members of Turkuaz joining the Mastersounds for a classic soul-style rendition of the song.The tune serves as one side of a split 7” EP that both groups collaborated on. The record features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist’s catalog, while also joining in on the collaboration. Check out “The Rules” below.We also recently had the opportunity to premiere “On The Border” recently. Watch that here.The two tracks were recorded over two days at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, where all members of both groups shacked up before playing High Sierra Music Festival this past summer. The session made for exciting results, with each band putting a fresh take on each other’s songs. The music video, directed by Dani Brandwein, pulls back the blinds on the session that also served as the first time both bands had ever been in the same room together.Kicking off at the beginning of October with four nights throughout Colorado, the tour caravans all four corners of the country and blankets both East and West Coasts. Notable stops include Ogden Theatre in Denver, Terminal 5 in New York City, the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and The Fillmore in San Francisco. A full list of tour dates is below. This week, the tour will make stops in New Orleans, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg, FL.To order the vinyl EP and catch the bands on the road, be sure to visit the New Mastersounds and Turkuaz’s websites. You can see the full schedule below.The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Fall 2016 Tour Dates10/18 New Orleans, LA Joy Theater10/19 Santa Rosa Beach, FL Hub 30A^10/20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live10/21 Jacksonville, FL Mavericks Live10/22 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing10/27 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater*10/28 Buffalo, NY Iron Works*10/29 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom*11/09 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up11/10 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom11/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore11/12 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre11/13 Tahoe, NV Crystal Bay Casino11/15 Bend, OR The Domino Room11/16 Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Music Hall11/17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom11/18 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre11/19 Sandpoint, ID The Hive11/20 Missoula, MT The Top Hat11/23 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze11/25 Chicago, IL Park West11/26 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre11/27 Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery^11/28 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern^11/30 Burlington, VT Higher Ground12/01 Boston, MA Royale12/02 New York, NY Terminal 512/03 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall12/04 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall12/06 Saratoga Springs, NY Putnam Den12/07 Rochester , NY Anthology12/08 Pittsburgh, PA The Rex Theater12/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club12/10 Philadelphia, PA TLA12/11 State College, PA The State Theatre12/13 Richmond, VA The Broadberry12/14 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre12/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West12/16 Nashville, TN Exit/In12/17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel*Turkuaz only^The New Mastersounds only[Photo credit: Dani Brandwein]last_img read more

  • Relive Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Remarkable New Haven Show [HD Videos/Gallery]

    first_imgLast night, Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong took their fall tour to the famed Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. Both bands were absolutely electric, delivering energetic sets to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. If you missed the performance, fear not, as MKDevo ran a full-length, six-camera feed from the Live For Live Music Facebook page last night for us all to enjoy!Pigeons Playing Ping PongDopapodScott Harris Photo was on hand as well, capturing snapshots of this exciting performance. Check out his work in the images below! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

  • 12 Days Of Phishmas: The Proverbial “Blunt After The Stunt” On 1/1/11

    first_imgIn 2 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy!On the eleventh day of Phishmas, we go back to January 1st, 2011–the day after the multicultural “Meatstick” stunt that closed out 2010. Traditionally, Phish’s New Year’s runs had built up to a climax on the 31st, with 3 sets, some extra theatrics, and a bunch of balloons and confetti to send fans on their way and satiate their appetites until the next tour. This run was the first time New Year’s Eve would not be the run’s final show, and nobody quite knew what to expect from the uncharted territory of January 1st. Could this “regular” show possibly live up to the full New Year’s spectacle the night before?The answer to that question, it turned out, was a resounding “yes,” as Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell, and Jon Fishman turned in perhaps the best performance of the run on New Year’s Day 2011. After starting off with “My Soul” and a fun “Tube” with plenty of plinko Page, the band dove into a classic “Runaway Jim” > “Foam” 1st set pairing. Fan favorite rarity “Guelah Papyrus” came next, prompting huge cheers from the New York City crowd. The “Divided Sky” that followed was a thing of beauty. While the classic tune always tugs at your heartstrings, this one packed a particularly memorable, emotional punch.With not a single dry eye left in the building after the soaring “Divided Sky”, Phish broke out the title track from their 2002 album Round Room for the first time in 140 shows, a nod to the elliptical venue as well as the handful of “Round Room” signs floating around the crowd. The band followed with “Walk Away” and “Gotta Jibboo” in quick succession, before jumping into another classic Phish composition, “Reba”. The jam from this “Reba” truly soared, and is worth a close listen to appreciate the extent of its beauty. Finally, a high-octane “Walls of the Cave” brought the first set to a close.By the time they reached the show’s second set (the 7th and final set of the run), the band and the crowd alike seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, even more so than usual. While the set clocked in on the shorter side, each of its 6 tunes received some extra love from the band. The Talking Heads‘ “Crosseyed and Painless” got the party started–as it’s been known to do–before sliding straight into a funky “Twist”. After twisting around for nearly 10 minutes, the band once again segued smoothly into “Simple”. While this rendition may not have gone too far “out there” (aside from an interesting refrain toward the end), it was impeccably played and imbued with a glorious, celebratory energy. Ask anyone in attendance that night and they’ll agree–this was truly a special “Simple”. “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” followed, bringing some thick funk to the already fun set.After nearly 10 minutes of funkiness, the band kicked into “Makisupa Policeman”. The reggae tune, whose lyrics change with each rendition, effectively summarized the vibe of the set, and the show as a whole, as Trey sang “I went home late last night after doing the New Year’s stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt” to a chorus of laughter. After all, that’s what this show was: Normally, after a long New Year’s run, you sit back on the couch with your friends, relax, spark one up, and reminisce over the grand time had by all. The only difference this year was that the New Year’s Day come-down party didn’t take place on everyone’s respective couches, but rather back at MSG, surrounded by friends, fans, and fantastically fun music. Just like the ubiquitous “cigarette after sex”, 1/1/11 was the “blunt after the stunt”, a chance for everyone to let loose and enjoy the company and the music after getting the massive production of New Year’s Eve successfully out of the way. Phish closed the set with a well-received and expertly performed “David Bowie” before continuing the relaxed, fun theme in the two-song encore by breaking out some of their favorite “toys”: Trey’s megaphone for “Fee” and Page’s keytar for “Frankenstein”.1/1/11 may not boast many deep Type-2 jams or mind-blowing bust-outs, but it perfectly served its purpose as the first ever show in the New Year’s Day slot. Phish was playing well and having a blast, and every single person inside that “round room” picked up on those vibes. This show may not top anyone’s list of “best ever” performances, but to everyone in attendance, it is remembered warmly and fondly. And sometimes, that’s all that really counts.You can enjoy full video of both sets below, courtesy of YouTube user Daniel Erem:Set 1 Set 2:Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 1/1/11Set 1: My Soul, Tube > Runaway Jim > Foam, Guelah Papyrus > Divided Sky, Round Room > Walk Away > Gotta Jibboo > Reba[1], Walls of the CaveSet 2: Crosseyed and Painless > Twist > Simple, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Makisupa Policeman[2] -> David BowieEncore: Fee[3], Frankenstein[4][1] No whistling.[2] “I went home late last night after doing the New Year’s stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt” lyrics. “Kick drum solo.”[3] Trey sang verses through megaphone.[4] Page on keytar.This show was webcast via LivePhish. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Round Room was played for the first time since July 13, 2003 (140 shows). Twist contained Manteca quotes from Trey. Makisupa included the lyrics “I went home late last night after doing the New Year’s stunt, laid back on my couch and rolled myself a blunt” and also featured a “kick drum solo.” Frankenstein featured Page on keytar.Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the eleventh day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me… Eleven’s January First-ing! (1/1/11)Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97)Nine Ladies Dancing (to Meatstick) (12/31/10)Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15)Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11)Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02)Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)!If you’re attending the run, there are plenty of things to do in between shows. For fans of the jam, head to any of these concerts in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

  • Tom Marshall Interviews The Guitarist Of Phish Tribute Band Runaway Gin On Podcast

    first_imgJust a couple weeks ago, we told you about an evening where renowned Phish lyricist Tom Marshall was called up on stage with the band Runaway Gin. At The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD, the band spelled out “Tom Marshall” with their first set,  and welcomed him for vocals on “Brian And Robert” in set two.It seems that the two entities did more than just play together, as Runaway Gin guitarist Andy Greenberg is featured on the newest episode of Under The Scales, Marshall’s new podcast. Just one week after interviewing Trey Anastasio (listen here), Marshall returns with a sharp look at the Phish tribute scene. RJ Bee of Helping Friendly Podcast also joins in the conversation.Listen to the new episode, streaming below.last_img read more