Viva Las Vegas!The String Cheese Incident rolled into Sin City last night, cruising in from Los Angeles to set up shop at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV. The band opened up the run with a cover-heavy show, but that didn’t stop them from bringing out some classic original tunes. The group opened up with “Shine” and jammed into “Rhythm of the Road,” which in turn segued into “Can’t Stop Now.”The set continued with the return of “Farther,” which was busted out earlier on the March Madness tour. From there, the group went into “MLT” before picking up into the first Bob Marley cover of the night, “Could You Be Loved.” New song “Stop Drop Roll” ended the first set.More of the great Cheesy goodness came from set two, as the band opened up with the always electro-funky song, “Rosie.” The original even featured a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” before returning to finish up “Rosie.” Next up was “Way Back Home,” followed by a rendition of Rusty Wier’s “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance.” Watch that below, courtesy of Mark Waite:“Seventh Step” followed, and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” kicked off a final string of songs, including “Tinder Box,” “Black Clouds” and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Soul Shakedown Party.” The group wrapped things up with a rendition of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by the Talking Heads, closing out the show in style.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of FriendsofCheese:Setilst: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/18/16Set One: Shine, Rhythm of the Road > Can’t Stop Now, Farther, MLT, Could You Be Loved, Stop Drop RollSet Two: Rosie > Billie Jean > Rosie, Way Back Home, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Seventh Step, The Ocean > Tinder Box > Black Clouds > Soul Shakedown PartyEncore: This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Sacramento, CA-based experimental hip-hop group Death Grips just dropped a video for their latest single “Eh“, which appears on the groups recently released album Bottomless Pit. The band consisting of Stefan Burnett (aka MC Ride), drummer and producer Zach Hill, and co-producer Andy Morin, has taken a combination of hip-hop, punk, industrial, and noise music to become one of the most enigmatic groups of the 21st century.The video for “Eh” was directed by Sean Metelerkamp, and features digitally animated human beings made from neon-colored lines, for a truly psychedelic and tripped out creation. Check out the video below:
Chicago-based jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee returned to their stomping grounds last night, hitting the Concord Music Hall for a late night North Coast Music Festival throwdown ahead of their festival performance tonight. UM was in rare form for the late night party, putting out a great set of their fluid rock and rollin’ jams.The show started with “Bathing Digits,” then segued into “Rocker 2” to get things started. “In The Black” came next, before a great version of “Utopian Fir” into “Thin Air” melted faces in the venue. “Make It Right” > “JaJunk” closed out the first set in style.After the second set’s opener of “Dump City” and “Partyin Peeps,” the band made a medley out of “Der Bluten Kat” and “Nemo” by weaving in and out of them. The “DBKt” featured “Push The Pig” in the middle, while “Nemo” sandwiched a great version of “Dear Lord” – a song that hadn’t been played since March of 2016. The big cover of the night came after the medley, when the band segued into Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy.” The song featured a great jam with Joel Cummins leading the melody, and the band closed out the show with “Hajimemashiste.” It was “Booth Love” that got the encore spot, sending Chicago fans home happy with one last proper rager.UM hits the North Coast Festival to headline tonight! Check out the full setlist from last night’s after party, as well as some clips from the show, posted below. Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL – 9/3/16Set 1: Bathing Digits > Rocker 2, In The Black, Utopian Fir > Thin Air, Make it Right> JaJunkSet 2: Dump City, Partyin Peeps, Der Bluten Kat > Push The Pig > Der Bluten Kat > Nemo> Dear Lord> Nemo> Making Flippy Floppy, HajimemashisteEncore: Booth Love[Photo via Concord Music Hall // Instagram]
Just a few weeks ago, the annual LOCKN’ Festival brought together a number of top notch performers for one of the biggest jam-scene events of the year. The festival is known for its collaborations, and the one that occurred during Twiddle’s set was perhaps one of the most surprising of all.The Vermont jam group brought out the beloved Keller Williams during their performance, accompanying him on his hit song “Best Feeling.” The tune is a favorite by Keller, and also frequently appears in The String Cheese Incident setlists. Twiddle had some fun jamming on the tune, clearly excited by Keller’s presence on stage.Fortunately, LOCKN’ has just shared new pro-shot video of the collaboration! Watch the “Best Feeling,” streaming below.
It’s been ten years since Tool released their last album, 10,000 Days, and fans have been hearing news about a follow up for most – if not all – of that entire time. Though the newest update from Justin Chancellor doesn’t include any specifics, it does get us very optimistic for future Tool releases.In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Chancellor says, “We’ve narrowed things down to big groups of ideas. For the past few months we’ve been working on one of the newer songs fairly exclusively. We get the gist of it and find the main themes that make up the skeleton between verses and choruses. Then we explore different ways we can depart from that and come back to it and flip it upside down, and take the time to see what else is there. Everyone knows we take our time. We’re really trying to be responsible with ourselves in trying to discover ideas that haven’t been discovered before. It’s kind of an alchemy, how we experiment.”He continues, saying, “We’ve also been through a lot of difficult lawsuits, which we deal with ourselves, and they’re a bit of a bummer and not inspiring creatively… But we’ve fought to be in this position, and it’s almost a responsibility now to take the time to explore special concepts while we’re on this planet. We’re our own worst critics; we’re doing our best to find something that blows us all away, and we want each other to be completely happy with what we produce. I’m excited that there’s going to be another album and the material will be very inspiring. So why rush it now?”Chancellor says that he, Danny Carey, and Adam Jones have been “playing pretty much nonstop right now,” so hopefully a new album is imminent. He concludes by saying, “All I can say is that we’ll go back Monday and do our best to finish it for you, although that’s not really how it works. But we know the listeners will be happy with it when it’s finished.”Though Tool did perform new music during recent live shows, the band hasn’t offered any new studio material in many years. We’ll keep our fingers crossed until the next update just the same though.
Just a week ago, we had the pleasure of revealing some big news from Sophistafunk regarding their upcoming album and tour. That announcement mentioned the band’s first-ever spot on national television, but didn’t quite give the details about the spot itself. Now, we’re pleased to share that the band will be featured on the upcoming season of Guy’s Grocery Games!The band had the honor of composing the show’s new theme song, which will premiere on Sunday, January 1st at 8pm. What could be a better way to decompress after any New Year’s festivities than with Sophistafunk and a Guy Fieri-led game show! Check out the new tune below, which was shared by Guy Fieri earlier today.For more on Sophistafunk’s upcoming plans, including their new album Real Vibrations due out on February 14th, head to their official website.
Vermont-based jam quartet Twiddle has announced the second installment of Tumble Down, set to go down July 28 and 29, 2017. The two-day music event will return to the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain at Waterfront Park in Burlington. If the inaugural event was any indication of what the future might hold, this 2nd year happening is sure to be nothing short of spectacular. 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 offer.In addition to the many lakeside performances, Tumble Down collaborates with music venues all over Burlington to bring a bevy of late night performances, and even a Twiddle-inspired art exhibition led by Phanart. The White Light Foundation, a non-profit organization inspired by the band, will again have a positive presence at 2017’s event, supporting local community causes through fundraising and awareness initiatives.The lineup is on its way, but is certain to exceed expectations. With previous performances from Nahko and Medicine for the People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers, and Holly Bowling, this year’s Tumble Down promises to be the best ever. Tickets for single day and two-day passes go on-sale Friday, January 13 at 12PM ET right here.To get hyped, check out the recap video from last year’s Tumble Down:In a press release, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey explains, “We wanted to do something big in Burlington because we consider it our home. The city has so much to offer in terms of music, awesome outdoor activities, and the nightlife downtown. We hoped that Tumble Down could reflect the dynamic nature of this amazing small city on Lake Champlain.”Adds Alex Crothers of Higher Ground Presents, “We couldn’t be more excited to bring Twiddle and Tumble Down back to Waterfront Park. For a band that’s been hiding in plain sight for the last 9 years, it’s always thrilling to work with a Vermont band that’s exhibiting explosive growth and relentless creativity. The future is bright for Twiddle.”Stay tuned for more information on the festival’s Facebook page.[Photo by Greg Horowitz via Tumble Down Facebook]
The beloved pop star Prince left behind an extraordinary catalog of music when he passed away last year. Though many have been unable to listen to it, due to restrictions on his music’s availability on streaming platforms, that will soon be changing.According to the New York Post, Warner Bros. has finally made a deal with major streaming outlets like Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Music. The music will be made available on those outlets on February 12th, the day of the Grammys. Their source says, “The switch gets turned on for everybody during the Grammys.”Though the companies have yet to make an official statement, purple-colored billboards for Spotify have been popping up in major cities across the globe. Prince was generally opposed to streaming services, believing that they do not work in the best interest of the musician. Still, fans everywhere will relish the opportunity to listen to Prince’s iconic catalog in just a few short days.[Via CoS]
Tedeschi Trucks Band is kicking 2018 off in full motion with a packed itinerary this winter. Following their two month tour this January and February, the husband-and-wife duo will take some time off before leaping into another marathon this summer for their annual “Wheels of Soul” tour. The multi-band tour will feature special guests Drive-By Truckers and opener The Marcus King Band for five weeks, kicking off in the southeast in late June and wrapping up with two nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado July 28 and July 29. The “Wheels of Soul” tour has established itself as a unique concert experience over the last four years, welcoming incredible musicianship, stage collaborations, and unpredictable setlists, on every stop across the country.According to a press release, during last summer’s tour–which brought Tedeschi Trucks Band together with The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna–TTB performed more than 70 different songs and broke its own attendance records, selling out the majority of the dates. Previous Wheels of Soul bills have included Los Lobos/North Mississippi Allstars (2016) and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Doyle Bramhall II (2015).Trucks and Tedeschi are looking forward to the unique southern flavor that Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band will bring to this year’s tour. “We all draw from some of the same roots,” says Derek Trucks in a statement. “But we also share a different perspective than your typical southern rock bands do. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Truckers’ songwriting. It’s an honest take on the world we live in.” In King, Trucks is reminded of his early days as a talented guitar player plugging away on the road. “It’s been fun getting to know Marcus and watching him develop. He sat in with us at the Beacon and it will be great to have a chance to collaborate more on stage over the summer”. Trucks and King also collaborated on The Marcus King Band’s self-titled 2016 release, for which Trucks recorded on “Self-Hatred.”The excitement over hitting the road is mutual. “An amazing band and great folks. It’s going to be a blast,” says Patterson Hood from Drive-By Truckers. The excitement overwhelms King, as he explains, “Two years ago I saw Doyle Bramhall II, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and TTB in Charlotte, NC. I felt the electricity of the show through every part of me and said, we need to be part of this tour. It’s a blessing to be part of the energy this year.”Tickets will be available for fan pre-sale starting Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 10am local time. The public on-sale for most cities is Friday, January 12, 2018. Visit the band’s website for further ticketing details.Tedeschi Trucks Band Itinerary – Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2018 // With special guests Drive-By Truckers and opener The Marcus King BandJune 29 soon to be announcedJune 30 Tuscaloosa, AL* Tuscaloosa AmphitheaterJuly 1 Charleston, SC* Volvo Car StadiumJuly 3 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 6 Hartford, CT The Xfinity TheatreJuly 7 Gilford, NH Bank of NH PavilionJuly 8 Mansfield, MA Xfinity CenterJuly 10 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PACJuly 11 soon to be announcedJuly 13 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut CreekJuly 14 soon to be announcedJuly 15 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union AmphitheatreJuly 17 Buffalo, NY ArtparkJuly 18 Burgettstown, PA* KeyBank PavilionJuly 20 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @White River State ParkJuly 21 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphiteatre @ Freeom HillJuly 22 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music CenterJuly 26 St. Louis, MO* Fox TheatreJuly 28 & 29 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre(*) – new Wheels of Soul marketsTEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 2018 TOUR DATESJan 13 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park / Sunshine Music Festival #Jan 14 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park / Sunshine Music Festival #Jan 17 Pensacola, FL Saenger TheatreJan 19 Macon, GA City AuditoriumJan 20-21 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumJan 23 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State CenterJan 25, 26, 27 Chicago, IL Chicago TheatreFeb 8 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby CenterFeb 9-10 Washington DC Warner Theatre (4 nights)Feb 13-14 Red Bank, NJ Count BasieFeb 16-17 Washington DC Warner TheatreFeb 20-21 Port Chester, NY Capitol TheatreFeb 23-24 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (4 nights)Feb 27 Lafayette, LA Heymann Performing Arts CenterFeb 28 Jackson, MS Thalia Mara HallMar 2-3 Nashville, TN Ryman AuditoriumApr 13 Tallahassee, FL Capital City AmphitheatreApr 14 Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival# – w/ Mike Gordon, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Hot Tuna, Galactic, Foundations of Funk, Eric Krasno and more.[photo: Derek McCabe]
A necessary part of being a jam band fan is being able to recognize the comedy in your obsession. If you can’t have a little laugh at yourself over the fact that you’ve seen the same band play 100 times, or traveled hundreds of miles for a single show, or engaged in the occasional (or not-so-occasional) act of high-functioning wook-ery, you could probably stand to loosen up a little bit (or, like, a lot–why so serious, brah?).This coming weekend, during Umphrey’s McGee‘s 20th anniversary run at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City, a group of very funny music fans will help jam band fans learn to laugh at themselves with a very special comedy show, dubbed “Wokes with Jokes: Stand-Up Comedy About Umphrey’s and the Scene.” Thanks to this enterprising group of jam-loving professional comics, you can your laughs in at a super heady comedy showcase specifically about Umphrey’s McGee and “the scene” that surrounds them and other jam bands.The show will take place on this coming Saturday, January 20th, at West Side Comedy Club NYC (201 West 75th Street, New York, NY 10023)–directly preceding (and directly across the street from) Umprhey’s McGee’s 1/20 show.Umphrey’s McGee Showcases Their Evolution On Eclectic New Album, ‘it’s not us’ [Full Album Stream]As the event description notes, “We’re back, wooks! We sold out our pre-Phish comedy show ABOUT Phish [over the 2017-2018 New Year’s run] so we thought we’d give the same treatment to our boys, Umphrey’s McGee. 5 professional comics joke about Umph and all things jam-scene. In this case, it IS us. Show is 5-6:30p and right across the street from the Beacon, so you can stumble right in there after. Make reservations ASAP by emailing [email protected] Don’t be too much of a wook, do it now, K? (Get it? Oh!)The show will feature comics Richie Alfson, Walker Berry, Pamela Mahler, Brett Siddell, Ariella Wallen, and, as the event group hints, “perhaps a surprise guest!”For more information about the Umphrey’s-themed Wokes With Jokes show, head to the Facebook event page.[Cover photo: Daniel Ojeda]