Jack White Is Now In The Fancy Baseball Bat Business

first_imgThere’s no shortage of baseball love for rock n’ roller Jack White. The guitarist celebrated his 40th birthday with friends in a vacant baseball stadium, and was also recently immortalized in a Topps baseball card collection. Not to mention his “sad Cubs” photo making the rounds on social media.White recently announced his newest venture, investing in a new baseball bat company called Warstic. The Detroit-based rocker has teamed with Ian Kinsler (of the Detroit Tigers) for the product, based on his “love of design.” Read White’s statement below:I discovered the Warstic company through my love of design. I was drawn to what Ben Jenkins was doing at Warstic by the simplicity and harshness of the designs. Most baseball bats and equipment in the sports world do not impress me much, but I think that there is a lot of room to explore aesthetic ideas in just baseball alone that can bring beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals. This can be accomplished not only through form following function, but also to bring in outsider ideas into the zone of athletics steeped in history and sometimes bogged down by its own weight. Warstic is incredibly inspiring to me in this fashion, and I think we can make beautiful objects for not only professionals, but also young children just beginning to understand how important the tools of the trade are to their passion for competition.last_img read more

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Bill Kreutzmann And Mickey Hart Hang Out By 710 Ashbury During San Fran Visit [Watch]

first_img“I’ve been here since they were here,” explains neighbor Tsvi Strauch just a few days ago, standing at the legendary front steps of 710 Ashbury beside former residents Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. “They were excellent neighbors,” he responds when somebody asks about the The Grateful Dead members, just hours before they played a free show at the Fillmore in San Francisco with Dead & Company.Full Video/Review: Dead & Company Heat Up The Historic Fillmore In San FranciscoWatch the full clip below, courtesy of Gallery 683:last_img

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Moon Taxi Teases Allman Brothers, Rocks The Music Farm With Naughty Professor [Setlist/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Moon Taxi and Naughty Professor have officially joined forces for a few dates this week, merging for the first time last night at The Music Farm in Columbia, SC. The New Orleans-based instrumental funk/jazz band opened up the night, performing a mix of songs from their 2016 release In The Flesh amongst a few new tunes. The up-and-comers just finished up a slew of dates collaborating with Jurassic 5 frontman Chali 2na (check that out) and opened up for Marco Benevento & Eric Krasno Band at the Pour House last weekend. If you haven’t yet, check out Naughty Professor and all the goodness they have to offer.Moon Taxi rocked the house with some of their greatest hits, “Red Hot Lights”, “Make Up Your Mind”, and of course, “All Day All Night.” The band surprised audience members with a tease of “Jessica” amidst a heavy “Savannah” jam, dedicating it to one of their friends in attendance, who found out the gender of their baby while listening to the Allman Brothers classic. The lights went pink to celebrate. They even welcomed NP’s trumpeter John Culbreth to the stage for an exciting collaboration. The band went acoustic for “River” and “The New Black” before heading into an extended jam, sandwiching “Mercury” into “Stress” back into “Mercury.” The evening closed with a raging cover of “Bulls On Parade.”Moon Taxi and Naughty Professor will meet again at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on 10/29 for a special “Halloween is Coming” performance. Tickets are on-sale here. For Moon Taxi’s full schedule, head to their website. And follow Naughty P’s tour right here.Photographer Ellison White was on the scene to capture the magic. Check out the full gallery below!Moon Taxi @ The Music Farm, Columbia, SC 10.27.16 Setlist:Year Zero, Change, Run Right Back, Make Your Mind Up → Savannah → Jessica (Allman Brothers Band), Southern Trance, Who’s To Say?, Watchtower, River*, The New Black*, Mercury→Stress→Mercury, Morocco → Red Hot Lights, All Day All Night, Bulls On Parade*Acousticlast_img read more

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Arcade Fire Finished Recording New Album, Set Sights On Major Tour

first_imgIn a recent interview with Red Bull Poland, Arcade Fire drummer Jerry Gara revealed that the band has completed the recording of their follow-up album to 2013’s Reflektor. However, the timeline for the release is not something that Gara could elaborate on, since the final mix is still being worked on:“The album should come out this year. At this stage we are still mixing and trying to decide which songs will end up on the record, because we’ve recorded more than we need. But we’re almost finished. I don’t know when it’ll come out, I hope soon. I know we’re a popular band, but we always stick to the same rule; we record until we feel that the music is ready.”Gara did reveal the the group may be preparing for a massive two-year tour, “for obvious reasons [Arcade Fire] is a very important part of my plans, and a quite mysterious one. I don’t know where we’re going to play, I don’t know when we start, or when we finish. From my perspective, it looks like Arcade Fire starts in April and finish around April 2019.”This is certainly news that should excite fans of the Canadian rockers. The group will also release The Reflektor Tapes / Live at Earls Court documentary DVD on January 27th.[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

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Ween Debuts Live Performance Of “King Billy” In Chicago [Watch]

first_imgWeen played their first of two nights in Chicago last night at the Aragon Ballroom, marking their fourth performance of 2017 after three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas last month. The dynamic duo, characteristically known as Gene and Dean Ween, led bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Glenn McClelland and drummer Claude Coleman through a “Transdermal Celebration” with a 26-song setlist.About half way through their set, Ween debuted their first live performance of the 2007 The Friends EP track “King Billy,” which had never been given proper attention from the full band. Thanks to Monica Hampton, you can watch the debut below: Edit this setlist | More Ween setlists[cover photo by @aaronbradleyphoto]last_img

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Vince Herman Leads Wild 30-Minute “Midnight Rider” All-Star Jam At Clusterpluck [Video]

first_imgLeftover Salmon‘s Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt made sure the Suwannee Summer Clusterpluck lived up to it’s name last night with a clear-the-benches all-star jam featuring Larry and Jenny Keel, The Jon Stickley Trio, the Rev. Jeff Mosier and Brett Bass from Grandpa’s Cough Medicine! The first time event is a smaller scale bluegrass jam at the beloved Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park and after fans spent a sunny day at the white sand beach they were ready to dance into the night in the cool music hall. Suwannee was founded to host bluegrass events the park has a long history of nights just like these. The players involved were well aware of the historic jams that have gone down on the hallowed grounds before them.The always gregarious Herman and his long time musical brother-in-arms Emmitt are acting as the hosts for the bluegrass pickin’ party, and after a short stint as a duo, started calling up the rest of the players from the wings. The Jon Stickley Trio was due to close out the night so their gear was already poised and ready to go. While fiddler Lyndsay Pruett had been delighting crowds with her mixture of wails and high speed classically styled runs, it was her turn to smile gleefully as she looked down the line of musicians packing the stage. Her band mate, the multi-disciplined Patrick Armitage and the flat pickin’ wunderkind at the head of the trio, Jon Stickley, were both clearly excited about the fun to come as they exchanged massive grins on the sly.Fellow flat picker, the explosive Larry Keel had just finished a destructive set, but was still full of energy as he bounded back onstage. His beloved wife Jenny was on hand to pluck the stand up bass and serve as the deep end of the musical curve for the shenanigans to follow. Bass snuck in from the wings stage right and Reverend Mosier entered from stage left. With an elbow to elbow line up of the cream of the crop from his left to right, Herman turned with his trademark eye twinkle and gave the signal to kick off the iconic first notes to the Allman Brothers Band classic “Midnight Rider.” Not content to let it rest there, the assembled wrecking crew promptly went through a short “Amos Moses,” a ripping take on Little Feat‘s “Sailing Shoes” before closing out with a take on the spiritual “Workin’ On A Building>Wheel Hoss.”Rex Thomson was on hand to catch this experience on the camera for us all to enjoy! Check it out below.“Midnight Rider>Trouble Times>Ask The Fish>Amos Moses>Sailin’ Shoes>Workin’ On A Building>Wheel Hoss“last_img read more

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PhanArt To Return To NYC For Special Pre-Phish Concert With Space Carnival

first_imgWith Phish set to hit New York City for three straight weeks for this summer’s Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, the number of pre-and-post show activities keeps growing exponentially. One pre-party of note will feature the return of beloved jam scene staple PhanArt to American Beauty.PhanArt will team up with Live For Live Music for another musical edition in New York City, this time featuring up-and-comers Space Carnival, who will perform two sets on the first floor of the venue. PhanArt will bring several artists–many of whom have never shown their art at a PhanArt event before–to the venue’s second floor for a combined art and music experience. Just like the successful PhanArt show at American Beauty during last year’s New Years Eve run, the music from downstairs will be playing upstairs, so fans can enjoy the music and art simultaneously. The show will run from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and will provide Phish fans with the perfect pre-show opportunity to enjoy some drinks, free pizza, good live music, and unique, fan-made art that can only be experienced at PhanArt.last_img read more

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Watch Circles Around The Sun’s Mesmerizing Dead & Co After-Show In Boulder Last Month [Full Video]

first_imgCircles Around The Sun — composed of Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne, and drummer Mark Levy — has been making waves since their inception. Originally tasked with developing the intermission music for the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows, live performances of the group’s groovy and twisted takes on well-loved Grateful Dead numbers have been highly sought out following Circles Around The Sun’s live debut at Lockn’ Festival last August. However, such performances are relatively rare given the steady touring schedules of Circles’ members — the ensemble convened in 2016 following Lockn’ for a string of dates over Thanksgiving weekend, as well as during June of this year for a four-night run across Colorado.With relatively few shows under their belt, one might think that the Grateful Dead side project is still growing into itself. However, this is not the case by any means. Their shows are tantalizing and showcase a group that’s extremely in-tune with one another and the music, making for quite the treat for those able to catch their rare performances. Circles Around The Sun proved this during their past Colorado run in June, when the group played an after-show at the Boulder Theatre following the first night of Dead & Company’s two-night run at CU Boulder’s Folsom Field. Circles’ after-party on June 9th served as the perfect way to keep the celebration of the Grateful Dead going that night, as the quartet drifted through favorites off their 2016 release, Interludes for the Dead.What’s exceptional about the group’s music is their Twilight Zone-esque renditions of classic Grateful Dead numbers. Circles Around The Sun’s psychedelic numbers as studio recordings are already exceptional, but in a live performance setting, the numbers really take on a life of their own when given full space to breathe. Meandering but not aimless, faint wisps of familiar Grateful Dead riffs echo in and out, slightly permutated from the originals to give each song a hazy, dream-like quality. For the Dead & Company aftershow, this characteristic was amplified. From the set-opening “Sharlotta’s Magnolia’s,” listeners were given intertwining tastes of “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and “They Love Each Other,” ultimately creating a sound unique unto itself. You can watch the full Circles Around The Sun performance from June 9th in Boulder below.Setlist: Circles Around The Sun | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 6/9/2017Set: Ginger Says, Scarlotta’s Magnolias, Saturday’s Children, Hallucinate A Solution, Kasey’s Bones, Space Wheel, Gilbert’s GrooveEncore: Farewell Franklins [Video: wakeup2findout]Luckily, if you haven’t been able to catch Circles Around the Sun in person yet, you will still have an opportunity to see the mesmerizing quartet. After their Phish Baker’s Dozen after-party on July 22nd at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre sold-out in record time, the group added a pre-party at Brooklyn Bowl the next day to keep up with the demand of eager fans. Circles Around The Sun’s Brooklyn Bowl pre-party is set for July 23rd at 1 p.m. with tickets available here. Also, don’t forget to check out the other Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows has in the works this summer!last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Debuts Audioslave, “Piña Colada” Song Covers In Peoria [Photos]

first_imgOn Sunday night, following a memorable performance in Indianapolis the previous evening, Chicago jam staples Umphrey’s McGee made their way to CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing in Peoria, IL for a Sunday evening show on the banks of the Illinois River.The night’s first set began with “Eat,” which got a nice dose of improv before a “Push The Pig” > “Cut Off” saw the band truly start to settle in. Next up was “Onward & Upward,” making its second appearance in nearly three years, before the band moved into instrumental “The Pequod” and “Conduit” to close the first frame.Set two began with “All Things Ninja,” featuring fantastic solo slots from Kris Myers (drums) and Jake Cinninger (guitar). “Attachments” came next, before Brendan Bayliss stepped back into the spotlight for “2×2.” The fan-favorite tune was succeeded by a solidly played “Utopian Fir,” which eventually made its way to a jam on Rupert Holmes “Escape,” known to most as the “Pina Colada” song. “Kula” > “Wappy Sprayberry” followed, before a debut cover of Audioslave‘s “Cochise” brought the set to an end. Finally, the band returned for an encore of “End of the Road > “Out Of Order.”Below, you can view a stunning gallery of photos from Umphrey McGee’s Peoria performance courtesy of the ever-impressive Keith Griner of Phierce Photo. Follow @PhiercePhoto on Instagram of a steady stream of incredible live music shots!Umphrey’s now begins a brief hiatus from the road before their scheduled performance at Major Rager Charlotte in Charlotte, NC on August 10th. For a full list of upcoming shows, head to the Umphrey’s McGee website.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee: CEFCU CENTER STAGE AT THE LANDING, PEORIA, IL, | 7/23/17Set 1: Eat, Push the Pig > Cut Off, Onward & Upward > The Pequod > ConduitSet 2: All Things Ninja, Attachments, 2×2, Utopian Fir > Escape[1] > Utopian Fir > Kula > Wappy Sprayberry > Cochise[2]Encore: End of the Road > Out Of OrderSetlist notes:[1] debut, Rupert Holmes; incomplete[2] debut, AudioslaveSETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | CEFCU CENTER STAGE AT THE LANDING, PEORIA, IL, | 7/23/17 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith G. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee And Pigeons Light Up The Lawn At White River State Park In Indy [Photos/Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, Umphrey’s McGee and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong headed to Indianapolis, IN’s Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. The evening got started with a fun and funky opening set from Pigeons, who made the most of their shorter-than-normal hour-long slot. After a double-“time” opening sequence of “Burning Up My Time” > “Time To Ride,” the band delivered well-played versions of “Ocean Flows” and “Fun In Funk.” Finally, they closed with their go-to “Spacejam” > “The Hop” > “F.U.” medley.Just after 7:45, Umphrey’s took the stage, starting with “Jekyll & Hyde” before moving into an extended”Phil’s Farm.” A “Wellwishers” > “No Diablo” pairing came next, followed by a well-played “North Route.” After taking the northbound path, the band played an appropriately juxtaposed (and impressively improvised) “Blue Echo” into “Red Tape,” before closing set one with “Wife Soup.”The band took the stage with purpose for set two, delivering 15+ minutes of “Bridgeless” glory to begin a non-stop second frame. From there, the Umphrey’s flowed smoothly into a hard-rocking, jammed-out “Ocean Billy,” which eventually gave way to “Kimble.” Next up was FF, followed by a nearly 20-minute, hard-hitting rendition of “Draconian,” which finally relented into a “Bridgeless” reprise, bookending the set to the delight of the Indiana crowd. When the band returned for their encore, Brendan Bayliss sincerely thanked the thoroughly satisfied crowd, before sliding into and swinging “August” to send fans on their way.Below, you can view a stunning gallery of photos from Umphrey McGee’s memorable Indianapolis performance courtesy of the ever-impressive Keith Griner of Phierce Photo. Follow @PhiercePhoto on Instagram of a steady stream of incredible live music shots!Watch fan-shot footage of “Ocean Billy” courtesy of YouTube user Lade Akande:You can also listen to full audio of Umphrey’s McGee’s Indianapolis performance below, thanks to archive.org user ikepgh:SETLIST: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park | Indianapolis, IN | 7/22/17 Burning Up My Time > Time To Ride, Ocean Flows, Fun In Funk (studio), Spacejam > The Hop > F.U.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park | Indianapolis, IN | 7/22/17Set 1: Jekyll & Hyde > Phil’s Farm, Wellwishers > No Diablo, North Route > Blue Echo, Red Tape, Wife SoupSet 2: Bridgeless > Ocean Billy, Kimble, FF > Draconian > BridgelessEncore: AugustPigeons now begins a brief peak in touring before heading to The Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA the weekend of August 10th-13th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s site.Umphrey’s McGee continues their tour tonight with an essentially-hometown show at Peoria, IL’s CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to their website.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park | Indianapolis, IN | 7/22/17 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith Glast_img read more

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