The Marcus King Band Announce New EP, ‘Due North,’ Due Out Next Month

first_imgThe Marcus King Band has been on a skyward path since the release of their self-titled sophomore album in 2016, touring relentlessly and building a fervent global following along the way. Propelled by prodigious guitarist/vocalist/bandleader Marcus King, the band has gone from playing small rooms and midday festival sets to headlining national tours and even hosting their own two-day Marcus King Band Family Reunion festival in North Carolina next weekend.Yesterday, the band announced that they will release a brand new EP, Due North, on October 27th. The band’s announcement of the 4-track collection refers to the EP as “a love note from the band of words we didn’t get to say. Songs that are a big part of our live repertoire that we would like to share with everyone.” In addition to three studio tracks (“What’s Right,” “This Ol’ Cowboy,” and “Slip Back”), the Due North EP will feature an exclusive live recording of the band’s “Sharry Barry” medley from a performance in Chicago last winter, giving fans a taste of the band’s thrilling live shows.Watch The Marcus King Band perform “What’s Right” live at Callahan’s earlier this year below, via YouTube user bluzdudemi:For more information on the Marcus King Band’s upcoming projects and performances, head to their website.The Marcus King Band Due North Tracklist:1. What’s Right2. This Ol’ Cowboy3. Slip Back4. Sharry Barry/Sliced Milk/25 Or 6 To 4/I’ll Stay/Gloomy Sunday (Live)[Cover Photo via Emily Butler]last_img read more

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Ben & Jerry’s To Host “Phish In The North Country” Exhibit For Phish Food’s 20th Anniversary

first_imgThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food flavor, and the ice cream company is putting on a very special event to celebrate their partnership with the flavor’s namesake band, Phish. Twenty years after its launch, which was celebrated with a huge concert at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VA, the company will bring the movement full circle by returning to the same theater with an exhibit called Phish in the North Country. The company will also have some of their neatest items from the Phish Food archives on display.Ben & Jerry’s Share Origins Of Phish Food On 20th Anniversary [Watch]The exhibit runs from October 7th through December 31st at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Theater. After you take in the Phish Food archival gems, take a stroll through Phish in the North Country for an intimate reflection on Phish’s incredible 34-year history. Three dozen posters and flyers celebrate the band’s local and regional roots, starting in bars and nightclubs within blocks of the Flynn Theater, and spreading quickly throughout the northeast, and then throughout the world.On Saturday, November 4th (11:00 am to 4:00 pm), there will be special gallery talks led by Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. A limited-edition Jim Pollock poster will be available to purchase, with proceeds to benefit WaterWheel Foundation. And, of course, plenty of free scoops of Phish Food.This year also marks the 20th anniversary of The WaterWheel Foundation, the band’s charitable organization that funds a variety of values-driven causes. Every time you dig into a pint of Phish Food, a portion of the proceeds goes right to WaterWheel. The foundation has found its niche in supporting the cleanup of Lake Champlain, Vermont’s most cherished natural resource. WaterWheel is also supported by the generous community of Phish fans. Phish donates $1 per ticket sold to WaterWheel, with fans matching that amount in donations every year. The organization also sets up a table at every concert featuring local non-profits who then receive the donations from that show.Learn more about Ben & Jerry’s upcoming Phish Food celebrations here.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Details Upcoming Album Release Party

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee is gearing up for a busy 2018, which will mark their 20th year together as a band. In honor of the forthcoming anniversary, Umphrey’s will release the previously announced album it’s not us on January 12th. In celebration of this new release,  on January 14th, the band will honor the occasion with an intimate album release party at Park West in Chicago. Described as an “intimate, storytellers-style” format, the album release party will see the band playing songs from the new album and taking the time to explain the stories behind them while also mixing in some of their classic material. The studio version of it’s not us will also be broadcast over the Park West P.A. after the show with visual accompaniment by lighting director Jefferson Waful, for guests to get a full listen to the album.Umphrey’s McGee Releases New Single “The Silent Type”, Track List For ‘it’s not us’Tickets for Umphrey’s McGee album release party for it’s not us go on sale Friday, November 3rd, at 10 am (CST) via UM Ticketing. Only 750 tickets will be available, with each ticket also coming with a deluxe edition of the new album, featurin a 72-page color book, a disc of unreleased material, and a leather-bound case.Umphrey’s McGee Upcoming Tour Dates:November 2 – Cleveland, OH @ House of BluesNovember 3 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum TheaterNovember 4 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum TheaterNovember 9 – Hermosa, CA @ Saint Rocke **NON-UM: Stickum feat. KrisNovember 11 – San Diego, CA @ Winstons Beach Club **NON-UM: Stickum feat. KrisNovember 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge **NON-UM: Kweko feat. KrisDecember 1-5 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic @ Dominican HolidazeDecember 15 – Chicago, IL @ Park West **NON-UM: 15th Annual Brendan & Jake Holiday ShowDecember 29 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore AuditoriumDecember 30 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore AuditoriumDecember 31 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore AuditoriumJanuary 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AEJanuary 12 – Cincinatti, OH @ Taft TheatreJanuary 13 – Cincinatti, OH @ Taft TheatreJanuary 19 – New York, NY @ The Beacon TheatreJanuary 20 – New York, NY @ The Beacon TheatreJanuary 21 – New York, NY @ The Beacon TheatreJanuary 25 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music HallJanuary 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ The FillmoreJanuary 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The FillmoreJanuary 28 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s PeakFebruary 1 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!February 2 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event CenterFebruary 3 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event CenterFebruary 15 – Washington, DC @ The AnthemFebruary 16 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com ArenaFebruary 17 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com ArenaFebruary 18 – Tampa, FL @ WhigFest Music & Arts Festival[Photo: Josh Huver]last_img read more

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Spafford Welcomes Greensky Bluegrass’ Dave Bruzza For RHCP Cover [Full Show Audio]

first_imgSpafford continued their three-night run in Colorado with a stop at The Aggie in Fort Collins on Friday night. The Arizona-bred four-piece continues to gain momentum as they test the waters in new markets, delivering their signature grooves and extended jams to packed houses across the U.S.. Friday night’s show was yet another testament to their growing success, as the two-set performance was highlighted by the band’s tight improvisation, unique tributes, and undeniable collective energy.Spafford Packs The Ogden Theatre On Night One Of Colorado Run [Photos]With most of the band’s songs pushing the limits between 10 and 15 minute jams, even their covers felt like originals. Sandwiched between their original tunes in the first set, Spafford delivered a heartfelt cover of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” by the late great Tom Petty. Toward the end of the second set, Greensky Bluegrass guitarist Dave Bruzza joined the band for bluegrass-tinged, knee-slapping version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ “Soul To Squeeze”. You can watch a video of “Soul To Squeeze” below:Listen to fan-recorded audio of the full show below, courtesy of teamikoiko:The soundboards for Friday night’s show will soon be available, as well as most Spafford shows, on nugs.net here. Tonight, the band heads to Globe Hall in Denver to close their three-night Colorado throwdown in style.Spafford Releases Live 53-Minute Improv Studio Session And More [Pro-Shot Video]Spafford Welcomes The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner For Mad World Cover At Hulaween [Video]Setlist: Spafford | The Aggie | Fort Collins, CO | 11/10/17I: It’s A Bunch > Mind’s Unchained, You Don’t Know How It Feels*, Slip And Squander, Windmill, All InII: Virtual Bean Dip > Backdoor Funk, Electric Taco Stand, Soul To Squeeze^, America, The RepriseE: Shake You Loose, Galisteo Way*Tom Petty^With Dave Bruzza | RHCP[photo via Spafford Facebook page]last_img read more

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LCD Soundsystem Announces Dates With Yeah Yeah Yeahs & TV On The Radio

first_imgLCD Soundsystem’s first U.S. headline dates of 2018 have been confirmed. On April 27, LCD Soundsystem will hit the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. From there, the band will head to the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on May 3 & 4. The band’s May 4 return to the Hollywood Bowl will feature Yeah Yeah Yeahs plus special guest TBA, while April 27’s headline at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley will feature support from TV On The Radio.Tickets for the new dates will be on sale to the public Friday, January 26 at 10 am local time. Check the band’s website for further information.LCD Soundsystem recently released their highly anticipated new LP, American Dream—an album that comes seven years after their last full-length album, This Is Happening, and six years after their breakup.Up next for LCD Soundsystem is a pair of performances at the Belly Up Aspen on January 25 and 26 during the Winter X-Games fat Buttermilk Mountain. Also on the bill for the weekend are hip-hop legends Method Man & Redman, super producer Martin Garrix, and bass/house DJ Marshmello (more information here).New LCD Soundsystem DatesApril 27 Berkeley, CAGreek Theatre w/ TV On The RadioMay 3 Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara BowlMay 4 Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs, special guest tBA[photo: Steve Rose]last_img read more

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Billy Corgan Announces The Smashing Pumpkins Are About To Finish Two Separate EPs

first_imgIn addition to Smashing Pumpkins‘ upcoming reunion tour, the newly reunited band is putting the finishing touches on 8 new songs, explains Billy Corgan in an Instagram. The band plans to release the new material as two separate EPs, with the first taste coming in May. You can read the full post below: In the opening weeks of this year, Smashing Pumpkins began formally teasing the idea of a reunion. In early February, the band launched an official countdown clock, with many speculating that the clock was counting down to the new tour’s announcement. Though much of that ensuing week was marred by the ugly back-and-forth between frontman Billy Corgan and original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, who has informed a number of outlets that she was purposefully excluded from the reunion, the band eventually announced its “Shiny And Oh So Bright” reunion tour.In the post, Corgan hints at a “long-ranging interview with the NYT, which given the questions asked will address many of the things we get asked about.” This likely refers to the ongoing drama regarding Wretzky’s inclusion in the Smashing Pumpkins reunion. While Wretzky claims to have been uninvited from participating, the other three members denied that was the case, releasing a statement insisting that Darcy had “repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred.”New Track Titles:SolaraMarchin’ OnTravelsSeek and You Shall DestroyWith SympathyKnights of MaltaSilvery Sometimes (Ghosts)Alienation[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

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Tank & The Bangas Release First Major Label Song, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”

first_imgAround this time last year, genre-bending New Orleans outfit Tank and the Bangas were riding high after winning NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert. Led by infectiously upbeat frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group had just recorded their very own official Tiny Desk Concert and were gearing up to embark on their first big tour as newly-minted rising stars. The past year has been a whirlwind as far as the band’s live evolution is concerned, but today we got our first taste of what they’ve been up to in the studio.Tank and the Bangas’ new single “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” marks the group’s first release via a major label (Verve Forecast), and its a timely move considering 4/20 is right around the corner. The delightfully laid back, socially insightful, and weed-friendly tune will presumably appear on a forthcoming album, though no information regarding a follow up to the band’s only LP, 2013’s Think Tank, has been revealed at this time.Tank and the Bangas – “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”<<span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span>Unsurprisingly, Tank and the Bangas’ biggest advocates, NPR, got dibs on the premiere of “Smoke.Netflix.Chill”. Ball shared some thoughts on the song, which features guest appearances from fellow New Orleans artists DJ Rq Away and Alfred Banks, with the publication:“I wanted to tell this story from a girl’s perspective — a girl that actually wants to chill, instead of the guy pushing for it. I wanted to see where that could go. I’ve never written so many verses to one song! But it was so worth it to see the story in my head actually come to life. The organic feel comes from the fricky, fricky, fresh scratches from New Orleans own Dj Rq Away, the smooth, ever-so melodic sounds and beat boxing from Harbinger project, the male over tones from Alfred Banks, and myself and the Bangas — [it] created a feel that set the tone for true down-to-Mars magic! I went to a time when girls were confident if they were into you and it didn’t take away from their fly. We took it back.”While the new single marks Tank and the Bangas first release with Verve Forecast, it’s actually not the first song that Ball has appeared on for the label. Late last year, the singer collaborated with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart on the tune “Big Bad Wolf”, which appeared on his latest solo album, RAMU. We spoke with Hart a few weeks ago, and working with the “brilliant” Ball was one of few topics that came up during the discussion.last_img read more

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John Medeski, Chris Wood, Nikki Glaspie, Skerik Connect As Fiya Bomb For NOLA Late-Night [Watch]

first_imgOn Tuesday night, the all-star team of Medeski Martin & Wood‘s keyboard wizard John Medeski and bass virtuoso Chris Wood, The Nth Power’s amazing drummer Nikki Glaspie, and sax demon Skerik gathered together as Fiya Bomb at the Maison on New Orleans, LA’s Frenchmen Street for a late-night that will go down in the record books of unforgettable after-Fest performances!Virtually every relevant musician in the country descends on the Crescent City during the ten-day stretch spanned by Jazz Fest, during which special one-time-only gatherings pop up all over town after the fairgrounds close. Of course, some of these one-off collabs work better than others. Fiya Bomb, however, had no trouble connecting. Medeski and Wood communicate on a near-telepathic level thanks to their decades of making music together. Skerik serves as a member of one of Medeski’s numerous side projects, DRKWAV, in addition to countless other outfits. And the ever-versatile Glaspie is a can’t-miss anchor for any band.The players wasted no time establishing their blueprint for the evening…let Skerik and Medeski run wild while Glaspie and Wood create a splashy but rock-solid platform for their cohorts. That’s not to say that the stellar rhythm section didn’t have plenty of opportunities to take the spotlight themselves taking full advantage of their opportunities to shine. Skerik and his sardonic stage demeanor served as host for the evening, bantering with the audience about fashion and music between tortured peels and smooth jams on his sax. Medeski, as is always the case, astounded with his trademark fanning style of organ playing and his impeccable, innate sense of melody and style.Couldn’t make it out to see Fiya Bomb? We’ve got the entire show lined up for you in the five clips below, with an amazing front-row view and soundboard audio for you folks to check out, including a monumental 40+ minute improvisational jam that simply has to be seen to be believed! After you finish watching the clips below, click here to check out our first batch of 2018 NOLA Late Night videos, including some excellent reimaginings of Led Zeppelin and P-Funk favorites.Special thanks to Fiyawerx Productions for the audio assistance and The Maison staff for their help in making our filming efforts the best they can possibly be. Enjoy!Fiya Bomb – “Improv 1”Fiya Bomb – “Improv 2”Fiya Bomb – “Improv 3”Fiya Bomb – “Improv 4”Fiya Bomb-“Improv 5” Even during the daze between Jazz Fest weekends, Live For Live Music has plenty of fantastic music in store for everyone down in New Orleans (and even for everyone sitting at home wishing they were there). See below for a list of our remaining NOLA Late Nights. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, head here.last_img read more

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Relix Live Music Conference To Offer Free Webcast

first_imgThe Relix Channel on YouTube will offer a free webcast of the Relix Live Music Conference, which is set to take over the Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th. The stream will kick off at 9am ET on both days.As previously reported, this year’s conference will expand on last year’s inaugural gathering with more speakers and a second day of programming. Scheduled speakers include Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, The Bowery Presents’ Johnny Beach, YouTube’s Ted Kartzman, Atlantic Records’ Nick Harvey, Live for Live Music’s own Kunj Shah, and many more. Representatives from Live Nation, AEG Presents, Superfly, Red Light Management, Atlantic Records, Ben & Jerry’s, HeadCount, nugs.net and, of course, Relix will also be among the speakers.In related news, Voter registration and awareness non-profit HeadCount will present a very special, very silly Spelling Bee Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, May 8th following the first day of the Relix Live Music Conference. The “We Bee Spelling” show will feature Andy Frasco and the UN as the live house band, comedian judges Kyle Ayers and Ahri Findling, and host Alex Greer. The event will test the language arts chops of musicians and live music industry stalwarts like Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Hannah Gold (City Winery), Lee Anderson (Paradigm), Dan Berkowitz (CID Entertainment), Annabel Lukins (Cloud 9), Will Scott (CAA), Ted Kartzman (YouTube), Jay Curley (Ben & Jerry’s),  Aaron Stein (Freak’s List), and Kunj Shah (Live For Live Music).For more information on the Relix Live Music Conference, check out the event’s website. Tickets for the two-day gathering are still on sale.last_img read more

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Phish Packs Saturday’s Setlist From “Sand” To “Slave” At Dick’s [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night in Colorado, Phish returned to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their second of three shows this weekend and their 23rd overall performance at their annual Labor Day weekend stomping grounds. The sold-out crowd returned in hopes of receiving a performance as satisfying as Friday night’s spectacle, and the band once again came out of the gate with typical second set favorites wedged right into the start of set one.“Sand” was quick to get the party started as Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon fueled the field’s creative array dance moves. Trey Anastasio wailed away at the guitar to bring the opening tune to a peak before Gordon’s bubbling cauldron bass tones signaled the start of a rare early-show “Down With Disease”. This 17-minute rendition was filled with the kinds of peaks and valleys normally reserved for an early second set position, but apparently, the boys like tossing this one at the beginning of Dick’s shows, as they did so in 2012 and 2016 as well. Gordon, who was dressed like he just jumped off the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album cover, clobbered the high-energy jam with Page McConnell who put his Hammond B3 Organ to work.Next, “Shade”, the 3.0 ballad normally reserved for the second set, saw the light of Set 1 for the first time, returning to the rotation for the first time since the band’s 2016 run at The Gorge. If you’re happy about the return of “Shade”, you likely have one fan in particular to thank. Prior to yesterday’s show, fan Michelle York ran into Trey at her hotel and asked him what happened to the tune. Trey agreed that he loved that tune, and York shared a photo and summary of the interaction in the Phriendly Phish Phans Facebook group, ending her post with “#nowwewait.” Turns out, she didn’t have to wait too long.From there, McConnell displayed one of his Big Boat tunes in the form of “Home”. “Wolfman’s Brother”, which has been placed somewhere on a Dick’s setlist every year except 2012, brought the show back to old school territory after two newer selections. Trey got loopy with the effects while Page put his Clavinet to work around Gordon’s big bass drops. Trey laid down a plinko-like riff reminiscent of an 8-bit video game soundtrack, that hinted at shifting the momentum in a new direction but instead brought the song a finish.After a hotter-than-usual “Wombat” at the July 22nd Gorge show earlier this tour, Saturday’s version at Dick’s was straight-forward and cuddly rather than over-the-top and muscular. Page hopped on the synth for thick, funky solo which led into “Everything’s Right”. After closing 8/8/18’s first set at Camden with a masterful performance of the song that shifted gears several times thanks to Fishman’s quick thinking, this newer tune has proven it has potential at every level. While Fishman once again laid the foundation for a monstrous jam, Trey had other ideas, cut the cord, and moved into a raging set-closing “Bathtub Gin”.Phish returned to the stage with “Set Your Soul Free”, yet another new tune making its Dick’s debut. A dark and grimy start to the jam created by Trey’s echoing effects dissolved into a mellower, blissed-out space, giving Page time to shine on the grand piano. Gordon hit some bombs toward the end of the nearly 18-minute piece, helping ring in “Fuego”, a song that has made an appearance during Labor Day weekend at Dick’s every year since it’s Fall 2014 debut. Trey used his arsenal of pedals to great effect to create an overflowing washing-machine sound that Gordon and Page built upon with synth layers and chunky bass hits. The jam appeared to be heading down an even darker alley, but Trey decided it was time to initiate some more Saturday night rock and roll in the form of “Chalkdust Torture”.The foursome quickly moved through the ferocious “Chalkdust” and brief interstellar “Twist” that soon followed, showing somewhat less patience than their five-song Friday night soiree. “Piper” went on a voyage of its own next, but rumbled to a halt to make room for a simple, standard “Wedge”. Kuroda attempted to turn the arena into a spaceship during “2001”, his light rig seemingly defying gravity as the crowd danced toward the cosmos. Gordon pounded away on the bass and created a slow-building launch pad for Trey to achieve liftoff. The party continued with the Allen Toussaint-penned “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” for the first time since the legendary Baker’s Dozen run. Unlike the “Sneakin’ Sally” from 2016’s Bill Graham show, this version saw little improvisation and quickly took a turn out of the alley in favor of a gorgeous set-closing “Slave to the Traffic Light”. Gordon, who continued to receive votes as the MVP of the night, moved around Trey’s playing with a thumping heartbeat groove that gave the full band a foundation to finish strong.With a second set that contained more songs than the first and a first set that featured some of the night’s most extensive improvisation, Phish continued to assert that there are no rules when it comes to Commerce City setlist creation. So far, there have been no gags, no puzzles to decode, and no repetitive, thematic teases throughout these sets (see 9/4/16 “Crosseyed” quotes). The band finally chose “More” as the encore for the second time this tour, as song title described exactly what the sold-out crowd was craving from Sunday’s finale. Last show of the summer coming up!You can view a gallery of photos from Dick’s night two below courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/31Set 1: Sand, Down with Disease, Shade, Home, Wolfman’s Brother, Wombat, Everything’s Right, Bathtub GinSet 2: Set Your Soul Free > Fuego > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Piper > The Wedge, 2001 > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: MoreA full soundboard recording of the show is available to stream via LivePhish.Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/18 | Photos: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

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