Few details have been floating around about a new Grateful Dead tribute piece, led by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. Some of the tracklisting from that recorded tribute recently leaked, and the band quietly slipped their way onto Justin Vernon‘s (Bon Iver) second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival for their first and only live performance as “Day Of The Dead.”Rolling Stone Australia sat down with Scott Devendorf, bassist of The National, to talk more about the project. “One of things we’ve been working on is a Grateful Dead covers record. We’ve been working on it for a number of years and it’s finally coming out some time in late [U.S.] spring. It’s all musical activity and exercise, versus sitting around and not doing anything [laughs].”He continues about this exciting new album, “It’s 60 songs and about five-and-a-half hours long, it’s really great. We worked hard on it and there’s a ton of other bands on it, and we’re the house band on a bunch of stuff. It’s a multi-artist effort, but we’re sort of curating and producing it. There’s so many people on it – the War on Drugs, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Lee Ronaldo, Ira from Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Hornsby with Bon Iver and a bunch of others. It’s gonna be cool.”According to some leaked information from Will Hermes’ Twitter account a few weeks ago, we can also expect to hear the Flaming Lips, Wilco with GD founding member Bob Weir, and many more on this 60-song compilation. We are indeed looking forward to this genre-spanning tribute collaboration. Projects like this go to show just how far music can really go. [via Rolling Stone AU]
Last month, Tedeschi Trucks Band found the time to sit down with NPR’s World Cafe during soundcheck at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Recordings of their two-night residency are featured on in the 52- minute stream, including “Anyhow,” “Let Me Get By,” “I Want More,” “Within You Without You / Just As Strange,” as well as some discussion on what it’s like for the power couple to have full control in the studio, having just produced and released Let Me Get By.Ultimately, it’s about the band. It’s about the adventurous risks that each member of the 12-piece outfit was able to take in the studio with uninterrupted opinions and flow. You’ll also hear a little from Derek Trucks about the final days of The Allman Brothers Band, the time he’s dedicated to his family, and about what it was like having their bassist Tim Lefebvre secretly record with David Bowie on his final album Blackstar, while also on the road and recording with TTB.Listen to the full session via NPR:
Beloved tropical destination event Strings & Sol has revealed their 2016 lineup! Set to return to the Now Sapphire resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico from December 9-13, the festival has revealed a great performer lineup for the occasion.The event will feature sets from Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller & The Keels, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and special guest musicians, Danny Barnes and Nicki Bluhm.Coverage from last year’s event can be found here. Tickets for Strings & Sol go on sale next Tuesday, April 26th for returning guests and Wednesday, April 27th for newcomers. You can visit their website for details, and check out the full lineup poster below:
If you’ve ever begrudgingly paid an additional “order processing” fee or exorbitant shipping costs for tickets on Ticketmaster, you aren’t the only frustrated one. Filed in 2003, the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action lawsuit claimed that these fees “are excessive and deceptive.” Now, 13 years later, the case has been settled.For anyone who ordered tickets between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013, you may be entitled to discounts on future ticket purchases through the ticket service. Email notifications have been going out to all members of the class action suit, starting on April 25th and running through June 18th, though most will be going out towards the end of that period. The emails will include a ticket discount code that can be applied to future purchases.If a certain threshold ($10.5 million) is not used within one year, then Ticketmaster will also be forced to start offering limited free tickets to class action members for events hosted at Live Nation venues. Live Nation purchased Ticketmaster in 2009, to the tune of $2.5 billion.For more information about this Ticketmaster class action suit ruling, head here.
Despite his family’s best intentions, Dweezil Zappa is out there and he’s playing “Whatever The [email protected]%k He Wants!” Any follower of the Zappa family drama has seen Dweezil change this project’s name from Zappa Plays Zappa to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa to the straightforward approach: Dweezil Zappa. After just wrapping up some summer dates, the Zappa prodigy is doing it big for a fall tour!Dweezil Zappa Rails On Family Drama With Amazing ‘Cease & Desist’ T-ShirtsThe newly announced dates span from September 29th through November 12th, spanning coast to coast with some really special spots along the way. The band will play at Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, The Beacon Theatre, The Moody Theatre for a special Austin City Limits Live performance, and so many more. There’s literally no excuse to miss this tour, especially if you want to hear the music of Frank Zappa by the only person truly qualified to play it.Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to Dweezil’s website for more information and tickets.Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever The [email protected]%k He Wants TourSeptember 29, 2016The Coach HouseSan Juan Capistrano, CASeptember 30, 2016The Canyon ClubAgoura Hills, CAOctober 01, 2016Talking Stick Resort ShowroomScottsdale, AZOctober 02, 2016Brooklyn Bowl VegasLas Vegas, NVOctober 04, 2016The Wilma TheatreMissoula, MTOctober 05, 2016Knitting Factory IDBoise, IDOctober 06, 2016The DepotSalt Lake City, UTOctober 07, 2016Pink Garter TheatreJackson , WYOctober 08, 2016Aggie TheatreFort Collins, COOctober 09, 2016Ogden TheatreDenver, COOctober 11, 2016Turner HallMilwaukee, WIOctober 12, 2016Concord Music HallChicago, ILOctober 13, 2016The Ready RoomSt. Louis, MOOctober 14, 2016The VogueIndianapolis, INOctober 15, 2016Madison TheatreCovington, KYOctober 16, 2016The IntersectionGrand Rapids, MIOctober 19, 2016Imperial TheatreSaint John, NBOctober 21, 2016Club SodaMontreal, QCOctober 21, 2016State TheatrePortland, MEOctober 23, 2016Turning Stone Resort CasinoVerona, NYOctober 23, 2016Higher GroundBurlington, VTOctober 25, 2016The EggAlbany, NYOctober 26, 2016The Keswick TheatreGlenside, PAOctober 27, 2016Berklee Performance CenterBoston, MAOctober 28, 2016The Warehouse FTCFairfield, CTOctober 29, 2016The Flying MonkeyPlymouth, NHOctober 30, 2016Beacon TheatreNew York, NYOctober 31, 2016The BirchmereAlexandria, VANovember 02, 2016The Historic German HouseRochester, NYNovember 03, 2016Whitaker CenterHarrisburg, PANovember 04, 2016Carnegie of Homestead Music HallMunhall, PANovember 05, 2016The Kent StageKent, OHNovember 06, 2016The NationalRichmond, VANovember 07, 2016Variety PlayhouseAtlanta, GANovember 09, 2016Granada TheaterDallas, TXNovember 10, 2016Warehouse LiveHouston, TXNovember 11, 2016Moody Theatre (ACL Live)Austin, TXNovember 12, 2016Tipitina’sNew Orleans, LA
On Friday, August 12th, piano virtuoso and mad scientist Marco Benevento will bring his trio of bassist Dave Dreiwitz (Ween / Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) and drummer Andy Borger (Tom Wait / Ani DiFranco) to New York City’s American Beauty, a show presented by Live For Live Music. Benevento’s sound is an amalgamation of so many styles, from lush instrumental piano compositions to indie pop, and psychedelic rock to experimental jazz, the guy brings it all to the table, and effortlessly at that.Marco Benevento Tells A Dream-Like Tale On ‘The Story Of Fred Short’At this point in his career, Benevento is carving his own path and taking no prisoners. He is a man on a mission to create his own art, with his own distinct voice. And with the release of his latest album, The Story of Fred Short, you can see the maturation in Benevento’s own song-writing capabilities, as well as his singing voice – which he didn’t even begin to explore until his 2012 album TigerFace. Writer Rex Thompson calls Short, “a wonderful example of an artist spreading their creative wings and learning to fly.” Come witness Benevento and company explore that story on August 12th at American Beauty, a great new venue that boasts a great selection of craft beers and free pizza!Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased tickets here.Enter To Win Tickets + Drinks + Pizza!
El-P and Killer Mike are in the midst of their Run The World Tour. With their surprise album release of RTJ3 now in the hands of their fans, Run The Jewel‘s new material has furthered the band’s exciting legacy, with relevant verses and killer beats. The group’s brilliance is only multiplied in a live setting.The hip-hop duo stopped by NPR to perform a few songs from RTJ3 in their Tiny Desk concert series, including “Talk To Me,” “Legend Has It,” and “A Report to the Shareholders.” At the end of their performance, Killer Mike beautifully assures viewers that “every one is born free and nothing has a right to interrupt that freedom.” The two keep it real, personalities shining in this 12-minute segment. Watch:Run The Jewels have months of touring on the road ahead of them, including performances in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, and more. The Run The World Tour continues in support of their 2016 release RTJ3 which also features Kamasi Washington, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Trina, Joi, Danny Brown, Travis Barker, and Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha. Listen up right here and check out their full tour schedule right here.
Snarky Puppy hosted the first annual GroundUP Music Festival last weekend, spending three glorious nights under the Miami, FL sky from February 10th through the 12th. While the band’s achievements were being celebrated at the Grammy Awards, the musicians were doing what they do best, performing! For three beautiful days, Snarky Puppy and members of the GroundUP Music label set up shop across two stages – The Bandshell Stage & The Park Stage. Between exciting headliners like David Crosby and Chris Thile, exciting collaborations (including Mono Neon, Esperanza Spalding, and Jeff Coffin performing as artists-at-large), and just great jam sessions (John Medeski’s Mad Skillet comes to mind), it was a weekend filled with great music!What follows is a series of video and photo highlights captured over the three days, as provided by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS. Enjoy!Friday, February 10Snarky Puppy: “What About Me?”David Crosby: “Déjà Vu – Woodstock” ft. Michael League (bass & guitar), Becca Stevens (guitar), Michelle Willis (keys) Late Night at Le Jardin Club at The Deauville HotelGhost-Note with special guest Jeff Coffin: “Ja-Make-Ya-Dance” Ghost-Note with special guest Mono Neon: “Shrill Tones – Can’t Get Right”Saturday, February 11Charlie Hunter Trio feat. Carter McLean (drums), Rob Dixon (sax) with special guest Jeff Coffin: “I Can’t Go For That” (Hall & Oates)Terence Blanchard featuring Michael League (bass), Bill Laurance (piano), Jamison Ross (drums) and Bob Lanzetti (guitar) of Snarky Puppy, with special guest Esperanza SpaldingSunday, February 12John Medeski’s Mad Skillet with Will Bernard, Kirk Joseph, Terence HigginsThe stage debut of Bokanté featuring Malika (vocals), Roosevelt Collier, Michael League and Snarky Puppy membersSnarky Puppy with Esperanza Spalding: “Grown Folks”Snarky Puppy with special guests Chris Thile, Jeff Coffin, Esperanza Spalding and other artists-at-largeAll photos and videos courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.
The String Cheese Incident waste no time sharing their core concept on Believe. After a 9 year gap between their previous studio releases, they are back just two short years after A Song In My Head with a very pointed and positive message for the world.You can stream the entire album and read along with our thoughts and insights below. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.“Believe”A terrifically punchy bass line from Keith Mosely launches the title track in an infectious style. Michael Kang gets some fun backing vocal help as he examines the difference between wanting and needing. “Believe” is very musically dense, with subsections and timing changes that are built for the stage. With a riotous break down and a rock solid truism about the importance of self-worth, the String Cheese Incident have crafted a near perfect example of their sound.“Sweet Spot”There is a mindset, a feeling to falling in love. Beyond that, though, is a less lyrically mined territory that is, honestly more important…keeping love alive. The intersection of connection and commitment is well mined on “Sweet Spot.” A Cheese topic staple, the song manages to be familiar without slipping into repetitive territory. Sure…organ runs ascend to the heavens, choral sections surge, and arching solos fall into boogie breakdown like Cheese tracks past.“My One And Only”This track’s acoustic intro brings the pace down and the band back to their roots with beautiful piano counterpoints alongside lush bowed violin and organ chords. Complete with brave confessional tone, the drums rev up the pace without disrupting the airy acoustic feel of the track. Again, the song seems built for live settings“Down A River”Cheese eases off the throttle on the third song of Believe with a languidly paced ode to going with the flow of life. An acapella introduction showcases how perfectly the voices of Kang, Nershi and the band blend, plaintive and expansive. The song, like the subject matter, isn’t in any hurry to get to where it is going. Utilizing an inspired mirroring of subject matter, tone, and tempo causes a resonance that would be impossible to achieve in any other medium. Not only do they have something important to say about taking life as it comes, they manage to say it in a remarkably artful way.“Get Down”The simple joys of summer and the urge to get out and “Get Down” are perfect spring topics. As adept as the String Cheese Incident is at crafting complex pieces of music, their simpler works seem less imposing in comparison. That doesn’t mean that “Get Down” is a throwaway song. The earnest lyrical point and the level of musicianship elevate this far beyond simple filler. Even the Nershi version of a rap breakdown at the center is pure Cheese-y innovation. When the song fades like a warm summer night, listeners will find themselves wistful to see the song go.“Stop Drop Roll”Sometimes people just want to dance. Cheese knows this well and on “Stop Drop Roll,” they make sure to cover that base. A welcome percussion blast at the very start lets you know that it is time to get the funk down. When String Cheese gives their version of boogie music, the versatility of the band is best revealed. When a band is equally comfortable laying down fat grooves as they are hushed acoustic melodies, you never know what to expect. Cheese fans, however, do know for a fact that whatever the band does, it will bring a smile to their face.“Flying”Billy Nershi steps up to the plate on “Flying” to address the feeling of helplessness and the daunting nature of the tasks ahead of us in the way only he can. Snippets of dialogue that are reminiscent of the jabbering of news anchors attempt to derail the tunes flow. This serves to simulate the way the 24/7 news cycle is intruding on our lives. Nershi’s lyrical reminder to tune out the distractions by rising above them is a welcome light in the encircling darkness. We all LIVE amid the evils of the world, but the evils of the world don’t have to live inside us.“So Much Fun”The futility of stress is raised and debunked with the very first words of “So Much Fun. Kyle Hollingsworth gently reminds listeners of the fate of our best laid plans. A line “My favorite song is always on” speaks volumes to the underlying theme of the album itself, perspective. Musically, “So Much Fun” is the most straight forward of Believe that gives the conceit at the heart of the track the much needed room to breathe.“Beautiful”“Beautiful” is the most intricate and engrossing of this collection. Hann and Travis create some wonderful Latin flavored percussion to get the blood pumping, while the track is littered with arching solos, popping bass, and twinkling keyboard fills to add style to the substantive message that perfectly summarizes all the work that has gone before. Kang and Nershi trade vocal leads and unite for the chorus. “Beautiful” builds on a looping reassurance to the listener to not only see but to accept their inner beauty.Unrelenting positivity in the face a climate of negativity is Cheese’s gift to their fans and the world. It would be easy to forgive a band for changing their tone in times of societal upheaval. Luckily, that is not the way of the String Cheese Incident. The intersection of music and love has always been their home and they aren’t about to leave.Cheese gamely reminds us that without joy life isn’t worth living. Harsh truths can cut through our personal reveries.Believe is a response to the doom and gloom of the moment. The central point of the String Cheese Incident’s newest release is that some truths are fleeting but one is eternal: only hope can defeat despair and only love can conquer hate.
On the final night of this past weekend’s Wanee Festival at the beautiful Spirit of Suwanee Music Park, Bob Weir and the Campfire Band returned to the Peach Stage for a headlining performance–their second of the weekend. At his Campfire Band shows, Weir has made a habit of starting the show with a solo acoustic segment before inviting the band to join him for the rest of the performance. For his festival-closing set, Weir welcomed a very special second guest guitarist for the show’s acoustic portion–Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, who had just finished his own set with Trey Anastasio Band on the same stage.The surprise collaboration sent the Wanee crowd–and, in turn, social media–into a frenzy. From the Grateful Dead‘s Fare Thee Well shows to Weir’s precedent-shattering sit-in with Phish in Nashville last Fall, when the worlds of Phish and the Dead collide, the fervent fans of both bands reliably respond with resounding enthusiasm. However, while the performance alone was enough to stoke the fires of excitement for fans, the main story of the acoustic duo set centered on an unlikely song choice: For the final song of the segment, the two jam band titans chose perform a cover “Million Reasons,” the worldwide hit 2016 single by pop mega-star Lady Gaga. You watch HD video of the re-worked cover below, courtesy of YouTube user Suwannee HD Streams:While the worlds of Phish/The Grateful Dead and the world of contemporary pop music don’t often collide, word of the surprising cover made its way back to Gaga, who took to Twitter to profess her gratitude: “LEGENDS coverin #MillionReasons wow! Trey & Bob I’m so honored this made my day such a dream come true!” read the grateful post. Lady Gaga has identified as a Deadhead before, as she explained on the Howard Stern show, which can be listened to below courtesy of ShaunAKABear.While we don’t know whether or not Lady Gaga is a fan of Phish as well, she’s clearly familiar enough to know that either of the two guitarists covering her song–let alone them covering it together–is an enormous honor. Props to Gaga for giving love where love is due. You can listen to the original song below, via Lady Gaga VEVO:To check out a complete setlist of the acoustic duo performance, and watch HD videos of each song, head here.[h/t – Relix]