Load remaining images Denver got a heavy dose of funk this past weekend when the exceptional double billing of Galactic and Soulive came to town. The funky power pairing tore the house down at the Fillmore on Saturday, February 20. Galactic’s energetic set was highlighted by guest appearances from New Orleans legend Cyril Neville, Soulive’s Eric Krasno, and frequent guest singer Erica Falls.Up-and-coming soul sensation The Suffers got things started on a high note.Check out photos from the tremendous performance, by Bill McAlaine. Full gallery at the bottom.
Ever since announcing their tour two weeks ago, fans have been hoping for more dates from Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke. The two Southern-influenced groups delighted fans today by announcing a second leg of their tour, which will take the groups across the country throughout the month of September.The initial tour announcement focused heavily on August, with dates predominantly in the Northeast. Throughout September, the band will hit the West Coast and work their way East, landing in the Southeast for an extended series of performances. While not all will feature Blackberry Smoke, they’re all sure to be tons of fun.Pre-sale tickets will be released next Wednesday, April 27th at 12PM ET, with a general on-sale coming on Friday, April 29th. You can see the new dates below, and head to the band’s website for more information.
Yonder Mountain String Band brought a stunning cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Goodbye Blue Sky” to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland earlier this year on March the 18th. The song comes from the English rock band’s 11th studio album, The Wall, from 1979, describing the memory of The Blitz, or lightning war, when the Nazi regime bombed the United Kingdom during the Second World War.The darkness of Pink Floyd’s music blends into a symphony of strings, well-captured in this professionally shot video that the band shared earlier today on their Facebook.Enjoy “Goodbye Blue Sky,” as performed by Yonder Mountain String Band below: Yonder Mountain String Band @ Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR 03/18/16:Set 1: Mental Breakdown> Sometimes I’ve Won, Nothin But A Breeze, Near Me, Blue Collar Blues> Wheel Hoss> Blue Collar Blues, If It Hadn’t Been For Love, Around You> Robots> Around YouSet 2: Traffic Jam> I Second That Emotion> Traffic Jam, Love Before You Can’t, Sister Golden Hair, This Lonesome Heart, Years With Rose> Finally Saw The Light, Fingerprint, Summer In The City, Scent Of A Mule> Only A Northern SongE: White Freightliner
Guitarist John Mayer is no stranger to the limelight, but he’s getting situated as a new member of the Grateful Dead community. The lead guitarist has dedicated himself to the band’s prolific song-list for his new role in Dead & Company. With a tour coming up in just a few weeks (June 10th), Mayer sat down with For Guitar Players Only for an in-depth interview about the Dead, the new job, and where he is with the new John Mayer Trio album.On immersing himself into the Grateful Dead catalog:What most people don’t understand is I was falling in love with the music as I was learning it. So it was not a task. It was not building a deck. I could’ve discovered the catalog in its entirety, but this pushed that process up a little bit. It was a little bit of force-feeding, but for the most part I was going on the same ride every other Deadhead goes on when discovering the music a song at a time. So it was a lot of learning the music.On playing Jerry Garcia’s role in the Grateful Dead music:It was really trying to get to what was the music, and in some ways what was Jerry Garcia? Would I be doing the music a disservice by trying to emulate him? That was almost harder than learning the songs was figuring out what to reproduce and what not to gene-splice into the way I wanted to go about playing the music.On his favorite songs to play:I think of “Ramble On Rose.” To play “Broke Down Palace” at the end of the night and see what it does to people in the crowd. I’ll always now listen to these songs and think about what they were like to play. What a trip it is to be in your car, falling in love and listening to this music and then go on tour and play this music for people and have these incredibly deep moments with people. You can see it in your eyes. And then to listen to this music for the rest of my life and be able to have the memories of not just listening to it but performing it in certain cities at certain times of the set. I have an appreciation for these songs as moments in my life — not just songs I listen to, but I got to play them. I could not have a bad day in my life, if I just put on some Grateful Dead music and be like, “This is ‘Deal.’ Yeah, I got that right in Philly. That was a fun one.’”On Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart’s rhythm section:There’s something that happens with Billy and Mickey; The only way I can describe it is this cascading waterfall of a rhythm section. As I started to dive deeper into being a guitar player and trying to get ready for this project, I wondered, “Why is it some nights my guitar playing can soar and other nights it doesn’t,” and it wound up being because of the drummers. When you listen back to these recordings and try to figure out what makes this music soar, you realize the notes have a place to rest because of those drummers’ playing. It’s rolling and tumbling where you can do less on a guitar and make it sound like more.There’s this interplay between the notes on the guitar and the notes on the drums. When the music is interpreted without that rhythmical approach of the drums, it loses dimension to me. Billy and Mickey invented a way to play as a rhythm section. It’s a different kind of driving force, and playing with them is going to make me a better musician when I go to make my own record. Being inside that, now I can always tell a drummer for the rest of my life what goes into that Billy Kreutzmann thing and what goes into that Mickey Hart thing. It’s like going to school.On the future of Dead & Company:I will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever. I think as long as there’s a desire to do it, I know how to carve time out. It’s always going to be worth doing. I will do Dead & Company as long as fans want it and as long as it feels like there’s something left on the table to try and explore. I couldn’t be happier as a musician and career artist right now.On a Dead & Company album:I’m open to anything that … How do I put this … that could really take strong root on a musical level, that could really validate itself on a musical level. If it can state its case for the reason it needs to exist, then I would absolutely jump to doing it. I would actually be very interested to see what the band could do as composers or as composers through improvisation.But it would have to come out of the earth; it can’t be planted from above the soil. But I’m open to anything this band could or wanted to do as long as it answered the constant question “Well … why?” And if it has a strong answer, I’d love to do it.On a new John Mayer Trio album:I put the record aside last April, I would say, and just wanted to start learning all this (Grateful Dead) music, and I came back to the album in January, which was actually really good to take time away from it and come back and see what are the songs that have stood the test of time and what I can do to this song or that song to make it better. I will finish by the end of the year. This year will be sort of the year I’m both in this band, finishing touring, and finishing my record, so next year will be a solo artist sort of a year.For more from Mayer, be sure to read this great interview in For Guitar Players Only right here.
When we heard about the recent launch of the Fans.com platform, we knew that we needed to get involved. After all, who are the people who live for live music? The fans, of course!Over Thanksgiving weekend, we reached out to some of the most passionate users of Fans.com and asked them just what it was about live music that they loved. Whether it was a first concert, a cherished moment, a favorite band or all of the above, each and every person had a wonderfully unique story to tell.Read these ten stories below, and be sure to let us know what you love about live music. You can sign up for Fans.com and share your music love there, as [email protected] music has always been a large part of my life and I think that manifests in my current love for live music and being at live shows. A progression that started first as a performer, a toddler on the piano – by age 5 I was playing full Mozart and Beethoven concertos and piano arrangements. As a teen I got into the contemporary rock classics and switched from piano to guitar and really started exploring music more with my own hands. In my early teen years I started seeing live music, in the early-mid 90s I saw bands like Crosby Stills and Nash, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Stone Temple Pilots, the Allman Brothers, Metallica and as time went on and I was able to drive a vehicle my ‘touring’ picked up a bit and I would hop out to see The Grateful Dead and Phish anywhere I could, who basically were priority and if I was within 5-7hrs driving it would be done. It wasn’t only the music, but the scene too – the people like me.Fast forward 20yrs – I realized that due to work obligations and a lack of time, traveling around to follow my favorite band wasn’t as easy as it used to be but my craving for live music and the music community was still there so I began seeing local shows weekly in the Philly area and began taking photos at these shows in early 2014. In mid 2014 I started my own music/photo blog (215music.net) and began single-handedly covering smaller, local bands in the area with a focus on their growth while still getting out to the larger shows to photograph and cover as well (if possible). The music community in Philadelphia is thriving and growing, it’s very apparent lately and I’m here to help that keep happening…Everyone who makes live music possible, from the musicians themselves, producers, managers, booking agents, PR people, bloggers, photographers, stagehands, ticket tearers and most of all the fans do this all for a reason – the pure love of music and community, which is what this country and my city of Philly need so much of right now – Community & Music. Music will save us, trust me!See more from @215alexB at [email protected] music has been an integral part of my life from the very beginning. The earliest experience for me would be The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service at a free concert at the Griffith Park carousel in late ’67. I was only about two at the time and all I really remember was being upset at not being able play on the swings but I also believe the experience that sowed the seeds that has been a part of my life ever since.As a young kid in the ’70’s most of my live music exposure came from albums with occasional concerts along the way. By the ’80’s, I was finally of an age to go to shows on a frequent basis. Kicking into high gear in ’83 & ’83 at the two US Festivals in San Bernadino, CA was a turning point in embracing diverse styles in music. One look at their rosters is a snapshot of a wide range of influential bands that made me the fan I am today.It allowed my passion for music to be more than just the band of the moment or the genre de jour.Highlights would be seeing the Dead one week, Motörhead a few days later and chase both those shows with the latest hair band blowing up the Sunset Strip, Motley Crue.As I got older, I honed in on bands that moved my soul, regardless of style. Keeping an open mind and taking the time to explore has opened up continual joyous memories and passionate exchanges with those around me. Holding on to that passion means that I am always finding music that would normally be dismissed if I was only a jam head or metal maniac or classic rock junkie. Even as recently as this year, catching Sturgill Simpson or Flying Lotus has shown me that I can always learn more and always have fun.See more from @MrJelley on [email protected] had just turned 16 when I went to my first concert, Elton John at Dodger Stadium on October 25, 1975. This was the concert where Elton famously wore his sequined Dodger uniform, as he was the first musician to be performing at Dodger Stadium since The Beatles played their second to last concert in 1966. This is where I got the live music bug that has been a part of my entire life.In my youth I was fortunate to be able see and hear some of the greatest musicians and bands at the height of their careers from Paul McCartney & Wings in 1976, Pink Floyd performing The Wall in 1980, the Grateful Dead at West High Auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska in 1980 and the Rolling Stones in 1981.My love for live music grew even more as my musical tastes changed, from rock to new wave and punk. Actively participating the LA Club scene at the Starwood, Madame Wong’s and the Whiskey a Go-Go seeing The Tubes, Devo and X. One of the greatest shows ever was the Clash and Los Lobos at the Santa Monica Civic with the spiked haired punks slamming to Mexican polkas, which was quite memorable.As I’ve gotten older, my musical tastes continue to grow as I’ve gotten into Soul artists like Charles Bradley, who exudes so much emotion that people start crying to his singing and Americana artists like Steve Earle who continue to sing about important issues of the day. Live music touches us all in so many ways.What I really love most about live music is being able to witness a musician or band bringing their artistry to a room of people and draw a range of emotions. Live music brings a sense of community like nothing else, where people can be unified together for that moment.See more from @PeterDervinPics on [email protected] a frequent concert goer, I am surprised at how difficult it is to articulate the reasons why live music is so important to me. You may as well ask me to explain why breathing is important to me! But if I have to narrow it down, I can distill it to two main factors: the multi-sensory and emotional experience that envelopes you when the lights go down and the show begins and the sense of kinship you feel with others there who are sharing this experience with you. There is also an element of “escapism” – that is, once the music begins, everything else recedes into the background. For someone who is not especially good at “living in the moment,” live music is the one exception for me. Once the music starts, that’s all that matters. Reality and day-to-day life are suspended until after the show ends.My live music journey began at a Kansas concert at Madison Square Garden on my birthday in 1979. I was fortunate to grow up near Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach Theater where I saw many other classic rock shows plus countless Grateful Dead shows. More recently, the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester has brought many of my longtime favorites to my backyard. To be honest, there have been so many incredible moments at shows over the years that it’s impossible to identify just one or two moments as especially noteworthy. My favorite shows tend to be those that bring me back to a particular point in my life. And while the studio versions of these songs can do the same thing, it is always significantly more powerful and emotionally evocative to hear the recording artist performing them live. The synergy and connection between the artist and the audience adds a whole other dimension to the music and the experience.These are just a few of the reasons why the “Ticket Folder” on my desk will NEVER be empty.See more of @RubyE on [email protected] I was sent this prompt, I was kind of overwhelmed. How can I answer what live music means to me in just a few paragraphs? That’s one of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to answer, period. I would need a full essay to answer that as throughly as I would like. I will start here:There’s nothing like live music; the sound reverberating through your entire body; through every molecule, through every atom. They say music changes the molecular structure of the human body. So, live music, literally changes my molecular structure. I have always been fascinated with music from early childhood, picking out albums from my parents collection but I didn’t really find a true love for live music, until I was 18 when I saw the Allman Brothers Band live. From those first few notes of “Whipping Post” I knew I had to pursue this with all the passion and drive inside of me.In the past decade I have been to well over 350 shows including many music festivals. Live music has shaped my adult years; changing with the ebb and flow of the music that drives it forward. It has become a lifelong pursuit and even now I am trying to make it a full-time lifestyle. My Dad has always criticized me, saying, “You are still going to dumb concert, grow up!” To that I have always replied, “Its not something your grow out of, its something you grow into,” and that has remained true to this day. To say live music and concerts are like a religion is cliché but it’s the closest I’ve come to dancing with the spirit that dwells within us all. To quote Bob Marley, “One good thing about music, when it hits ya, you feel no pain.” and I would say thats the best thing about live music, no matter what, no matter how down or how low your life can get when you see live music and dance to the rhythm, everything else melts away. “If you get confused just listen to the music play!” Live music is like time traveling, there are moments when time can just stand still and you are one with everything and everyone around you. I have never experienced that feeling in any other. There is no “me” without live music and I certainly wouldn’t be the same person I am today if it wasn’t for my musical experiences.Some of my favorite musical moments have actually come in the past year, after finding Fans.com. I got to meet the String Cheese Incident backstage in NYC, and got super VIP viewing at Lockn’ Festival which is my hometown festival. This year has really given me the opportunity to move forward with my writing and getting to hang out with some of my favorite bands, I have been the happiest FAN on earth. There are so many live experiences I would love to share with my community. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share some. I hope to work with you in the future. I am always here to help. Have a great holiday!See more from @JamBandPurist on [email protected] interest in live music started as it did with many of the tail-end Baby Boomers, seeing the Beatles on TV on the Ed Sullivan show. If you asked me when I was four, what’s your favorite song, I would have gladly told you, ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret?’.My first real live mega-concert experience was CSNY at Roosevelt Raceway in September 1974. The next summer in June 1975, I saw the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden and shortly thereafter, I was off to the races with The Grateful Dead at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.In December 1992, I was lucky enough to see Paul McCartney perform live at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. The concert was an MTV sponsored and recorded show and it was released for the anniversary of the Beatles coming to America. The day of the show, NYC and the suburbs had a nor’easter that shutdown most of the mass-transit systems. The MTV staff needed an audience and they were pulling people into the show from the street. They stopped these two out-of-town seniors and asked them if they wanted to see Paul McCartney live. They replied, no, we have tickets to see Cats. I interjected and told them that Cats has been at the Winter Garden for 10 years, it will be there another 10 years, this is a once in a lifetime chance to see Paul McCartney live on Broadway. They thought about it for a second and made the right decision.Live music is a connection. Seeing the artists perform, meeting new people and best of all having tons of fun. Many shows and many memories later, the live music experience is still fresh.See more from @HowardH on [email protected] can I describe my love for live music? It’s hard to do. I’m not a professional writer, I’m just a music nut. If we went to a concert together, it would be a look between us during a particularly sweet guitar solo. I would look over at you with a grin on my face, you’d smile back at me and nod, and we would be on that musical high together! Going to concerts is pretty much my life’s blood. It keeps me going. I have a 3 month calendar on the wall in my office and the concerts are there in multicolored highlighter, shining their light, making each workday worthwhile until the day of the concert arrives. If there’s no highlighted squares on the calendar in the next month or two, I need to start searching the internet for shows.I started seeing live music myself on May 14, 1972 Jethro Tull at the Nassau Colosseum. I was in Junior High and we had an English teacher who let us analyze the lyrics to Thick as A Brick in class!. That show was very cool and a great intro to live music, but my real love for live music came less than a year later when I saw the Grateful Dead at the same venue on March 16, 1973. That night my mind was opened to the wide variety of musical possibilities all in one evening. The Dead played so many different styles of music and the crowd was so cool and laid back. Reading about the Dead and their musical influences and collaborators got me interested in a wide array of different artists and types of music and collecting their records and seeking out more concerts. That same approach would multiply as I discovered other live acts I loved and researched their influences.Listening to music is a beautiful, spiritual, uplifting, healing, therapeutic endeavor. A well recorded album and a good sound system is a wonderful thing. Seeing and hearing live music takes this experience into another dimension. It becomes a communal, life affirming ceremony with very loose rules of engagement. there’s no sacrilege ( other than maybe talking too loudly while the musics playing !) Human beings are meant to come together and share beauty and art and creativity and experimentation and improvisation and the realization that we are all one. Live music allows this to happen on an individual and collective basis. I’ve evolved from enjoying the large arena and stadium type of shows to really loving seeing a show at a small intimate theatre where you can get the communal live vibe thing, but can also be in a place where you can see the musicians practicing their craft, interacting with one another as they perform magical music.Hey, it’s not all magic. I’ve been to many a show where the 16 year old who drank too much is sitting right behind me and I’m worried I’m gonna get thrown up on ! Sometimes I feel like I’m the magnet for the overly talkative, way too high dude who just wants to talk, and talk, and talk. All in all the great music and magical moments win out and keep me going.Favorite experiences at musical events: Paul Simon’s brother Eddie coming out with him- both wearing Yankee hats and singing “Bye Bye Love” as the encore at Carnegie Hall in 1973 on Paul’s first solo tour. Sitting on the rocks and climbing trees in Central Park to watch the concerts at the Wollman Skating Rink when we couldn’t even afford $2.50 for a ticket ( or if the show as sold out ), The David Bromberg Band sliding seamlessly within one song from all playing fiddle-mandolin, acoustic guitars into electric guitars saxophone trumpet – from bluegrass to Chicago blues- an amazing band indeed. Lou Reed scaring the shit out of me at the Felt Forum. John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana joining Eric Clapton for a 20 minute Eyesight To The Blind encore. Pat Metheny & Jim Hall jamming together at Columbia U. ..Laurie Anderson playing her talking violin !!..Steve Reich & Musicians performing Drumming !!..Sitting with 500 thousand people listening to Simon & Garfunkel sing “Scarborough Fair” in Central Park, you could hear a pin drop.. ..Thunder & Lightening in the distance at Saratoga 1983 when the Dead were jamming to “Playin In The Band” and then went into “The Wheel”. “If the thunder don’t get you – The lightning will!” ….Indeed !!See more from @musicaddict on [email protected] 2007 I attended Bonnaroo Music Festival and that changed the way I understood the live music experience. It completely reformed what I thought music was. It was nearly 100 thousand people driving to a farm in middle-of-nowhere Tennessee to witness and hear a plethora of bands play their music until the sun came up. It was impromptu collaborations between music across a variety of genres. It was a joyous gathering of dedicated, music-loving, life-living people.Live music is a vehicle filled with energy and emotion. I love the feeling of a special night where everything seems to be clicking – the band, the sound and the vibe. A night where the crowd is engaged and the band feeds of that energy. The room becomes a fertile space where one can witness musical greatness in its most organic format – the live performance.See more from @brickjp on [email protected] started going to live music at a very young age, with my mother. She took me to my first Dead show at the Berkeley Greek theater when I was 8. I still have that shirt. I haven’t looked back. I am a radio DJ at KSPN FM in Aspen, CO. I’m about to celebrate 20 years on December 17th! Conveniently, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is playing that night at the Belly Up. As a DJ we used to get most shows for free, this doesn’t happen as much anymore. I have got to smoke weed with Willie, and I took frequent phone calls from Hunter S. Thompson late at night (always wanted the Stones-Sympathy for the Devil). We travel frequently for shows, during our off season. Our furthest show was Eric Clapton at Royal Albert Hall, and then Mark Knopfler at O2 the next night. We got engaged at the Chicago Dead shows (After meeting Bill Walton in the elevator-he gave my now husband the encouraging words). We just got married at Red Rocks in May, and took everyone to a show for our reception. JJ Grey/ Infamous Strindusters/Fruition. We had interviewed the Stringdusters when they were in Aspen (Feb?) I asked them, since they were my wedding band if I could make 2 requests. 1. Bring Nicki Bluhm (2 weeks before the wedding she announced she was coming!) 2. To play our song Not Fade Away. They did and it was awesome.We love festivals! We have gone to Lockn’, Bottlerock, Beale street, Jazz Aspen(30), Phases of the Moon, Blues and Brews, Desert Trip and countless more!We are there start to finish every day. We don’t camp, or drink-so it’s probably easier for us. I just hit my 700th show in September-Phil and Friends at Terrapin Crossroads (Finally-I got to go!). We try to be front row to almost every show-especially at Red Rocks and of course the Belly Up. and we are always looking forward to the next show-it’s what keeps us going.See more from @GingerAnne on [email protected] don’t remember a time when music was not a part of my life. I have very early memories of listening to music sitting on my grandmother’s living room floor and my love for music continued to grow as I got older. The more I discovered, the more I wanted to discover. I was lucky enough to be exposed to “hip” music by aunts and uncles who were teenagers when I was a child. When I myself grew into a teenager, concerts became a chosen destination. There was something very exciting about seeing and hearing live the musicians who I listened to every day.Then a friend talked me into going to see the Grateful Dead and a fun hobby became an obsession. This, I realized, was not just a concert. This was an experience. An experience completely in the “Right Now” that was being shared and enjoyed by thousands of people. I had never felt anything like it and I wanted to experience it as much as possible.As I’ve gotten older, I’ve expanded my musical horizons, but that pull to live music is still there. Depending on the act, there may not be a “Grateful Dead” vibe, it may be very structured as opposed to improvisational and people around me may not be as entirely focused on the music as I am. But when live music is good, there will always be that feeling of connection to and through the music. There will always be the feeling of experiencing the art the musicians are presenting in the moment it’s happening.That’s my happy place!!See more from @Zeus481 on Fans.com!These are just a handful of users who truly define the Fans.com and Live For Live Music spirit. What are you waiting for? Get on Fans.com and share your love of music with the world!
It’s been a long time since the last new Jamiroquai music was released; 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star. However, all of that is changing, as the funky group has not only confirmed plans for the release of a new album, but they shared its title track earlier today.The band is set to release Automaton on March 31st, and with it comes an exciting new futuristic funk sound. Certainly inspired by Daft Punk, the band’s first single is an otherworldly display of groove, and it comes with an equally futuristic new music video.Watch the new Jamiroquai video for “Automaton,” streaming below.The band has also shared a full tracklisting for their new release, which you can see below. Pre-orders are going on as well, and can be found here.Automaton Tracklisting1. Shake It On2. Automaton3. Cloud 94. Superfresh5. Hot Property6. Something About You7. Summer Girl8. Nights Out in the Jungle9. Dr Buzz10. We Can Do It11. Vitamin12. Carla
Load remaining images The Disco Biscuits continued their three-night hometown run at the Fillmore Philadelphia last night, playing the second show with special guests, Swift Technique. The horn-filled Philly band not only opened the show, but linked up with the Biscuits on a handful of songs throughout their two set performance, including “Give it to Me” in the first set and both “King of the World” and “Let’s Dance” in the second.The show was full of classic Biscuits jams as well, including a show opening “Bernstein & Chasnoff” that segued into “Voices Insane” before returning to “Bernstein & Chasnoff.” They also rolled out some inverted takes on “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” and “Down to the Bottom,” and would ultimately close out the show with an encore of “On Time.”Thanks to the band, we can watch a full pro-shot video of the show! Check that out, as well as the setlist and a photo gallery from Sean DiSerio, below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 2/3/17I: Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Voices Insane-> Bernstein & Chasnoff, The Very Moon-> Give it to Me (with Swift Technique Horns)-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending only)II: King of the World (with ST Horns)-> Let’s Dance (with ST Horns)-> Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (inverted)-> Astronaut-> Down to the Bottom (inverted)-> Confrontation (ending)E: On Time
Kid Cudi is a creative auteur unlike any other in the business. Despite highly-publicized mental health issues in 2016, Cudi released Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, one of the most impressive and idiosyncratic albums in a year rich in great new hip-hop. Last night, he appeared on The Tonight Show to perform a cut off the album, “Kitchen,” with the help of a full string section. Amidst a fog of fake smoke, Cudi delivered an earnest performance of the slow, sweeping song, characteristically utilizing his unique singing voice as much for its sonic texture as for its lyrical content. You could argue that it’s not even really a hip-hop song–and you’d probably win–but that’s just his style. Cudi’s comfort zone is “outside the box,” and that’s why his fans adore him.Watch Kid Cudi’s Tonight Show performance below of “Kitchen” from 2016’s Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ below, via NBC: [via NBC]
Load remaining images Coming off of their successful weekend performances at the Boulder Theater supporting their frends, Twiddle, and a trip up to Steamboat Springs to perform on Sunday, Aqueous detoured through Denver, CO to give the city a taste of what they’ve been laying down across the Centennial State. On Monday, Aqueous brought their patented diverse jamming and exquisite songwriting to The Larimer Lounge. Supported by local Denver group, We’s Us, the night was an energetic, rock-heavy improvisational affair.For those unacquainted with Aqueous on Monday, they certainly made an impression. The room was packed following We’s Us, and despite the relatively early show times, the crowd eventually spilled out of the venue space and into the front bar. Aqueous opened up by jamming into “Mosquito Valley Pt. I,” which was the second time they have ever played this recently debuted tune from a show in Kansas a week ago. A direct transition saw the band move into “The Median,” a song that shows off the band’s ability to diversify their sound on a dime, before closing this opening three-song jam segment with “Complex Pt. I”While part of the beauty of Aqueous’ catalog is their honed talent for songwriting and composition, a highlight of the night was their cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Their ability to honor the original tune while still putting their own twist on it was wonderful to watch, and the crowd ate up the cover from the opening riff. Next, Nicholas Gerlach, formerly of Turbo Suit, contributed saxophone for the upbeat “Aldehyde,” and guitarist Mike Gantzer and Gerlach traded off taking dynamic solos before building the song to a climax and tuning in together to close out the track.“Wandering” followed, and moved directly into “Complex Pt. II,” a smooth, darker track to compliment the earlier “Complex Pt. I.” To close out their set, the band debuted a new song, “Staring Into The Sun,” which had the Larimer Lounge stoked and sad to see the show end. For an encore, they returned to the stage for “Strange Times,” a perfect cap on the night, with its ebullient tone juxtaposed with the hectic nature of its lyrics.You can check out a gallery from the Larimer Lounge below, courtesy of photographers Alan Westman and Bill McAlaine. Setlist from Monday night’s show at the Larimer Lounge can be seen below, as well.Setlist: Aqueous | Larimer Lounge | Denver, CO | 2/13/2017Set One: Mosquito Valley Pt. I > The Median > Complex Pt. I, War Pigs, Aldehyde (ft. Nick Gerlach), Wandering > Complex Pt. II, Staring Into The SunEncore: Strange Times
Yesterday, the Grateful Dead announced plans for a 40th anniversary release of four shows from May 1977, including the famed 5/8/77 performance from Cornell University. The announcement for the new box set revealed an interesting tidbit: the Betty Boards have now been acquired by the Grateful Dead archives.The Betty Boards are a collection of tapes recorded by Grateful Dead audio engineer Betty Cantor-Jackson, recorded entirely during the 1970’s. A total of 50 shows are known to be in the Betty Boards collection, which passed down through a series of private collectors before finally being acquired by the Grateful Dead. Now that they’ve been returned to the archives, the potential for future archival releases from the 70’s is at an all-time high.“During the 18+ years I’ve worked with the Grateful Dead, no concert has garnered as much attention and as many requests for release as Cornell, with the New Haven, Boston, and Buffalo shows following very closely behind,” said archivist David Lemieux. “For those who didn’t know the history of these master tapes and about their absence from the band’s vault, and for those who have, like us, lamented this hole in the collection, we join with you in celebrating what might be, minute-for-minute, song-for-song, the most high quality Grateful Dead release ever produced.”So just what is this hole in the collection? Take a look at the 50 Grateful Dead shows that were just recovered by the band’s archives, below.Grateful Dead Shows In The Betty Boards Vault02.18.71 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York02.19.71 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York02.20.71 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York02.21.71 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York02.23.71 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York02.24.71 The Capitol Theatere, Port Chester, New York04.05.71 Manhattan Center, New York City (End Of 2nd Set Only)04.06.71 Manhattan Center, New York City04.07.71 Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts04.08.71 Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts12.14.71 The Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan05.04.72 The Olympia Theater, Paris, France08.21.72 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California08.22.72 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California08.25.72 Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California08.27.72 Old Renaissance Faire Ground, Veneta, Oregon03.16.73 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, New York03.21.73 Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York03.22.73 Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York03.24.73 Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania05.26.73 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California06.22.73 Pacific High Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.06.10.76 The Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts06.11.76 The Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts06.14.76 The Beacon Theater, New York City06.15.76 The Beacon Theater, New York City06.29.76 The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois02.26.77 The Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino, California05.05.77 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut05.07.77 Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts05.08.77 Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York05.09.77 War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York09.29.77 The Paramount Theater, Seattle, Washington10.02.77 The Paramount Theater, Portland, Oregon10.28.77 Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Missouri10.29.77 Field House, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois10.30.77 Assembly Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana11.01.77 Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan11.05.77 War Memorial, Rochester, New York (End Of Show)11.06.77 Broome County Arena, Binghamton, New York04.07.78 Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida04.10.78 The Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia04.11.78 The Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia04.12.78 Cameroon Indoor Stadium, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina04.14.78 Coliseum, Virginia Polytechnic, Blacksburg, Virginia04.15.78 William And Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia07.07.78 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado07.08.78 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado10.18.78 Winterland, San Francisco, California04.22.79 Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California[H/T Relix]