Man, isn’t it such a drag seeing a band in only two dimensions?Kraftwerk feels your pain. In fact, the electronic music pioneers have unveiled plans to include a 3-D element to their already-staggering visual display. Check out some of these cool images from their show (images are unfortunately in 2-D). The Kraftwerk 3-D tour comes to New York’s United Palace Theatre on April 1st, as well as three nights at the electronic-music-and-technology themed Moogfest. Full dates can be seen below. Tickets for the NYC show goes on sale January 24th at 10 AM.1/21-23 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus3/13-15 – Mexico City, Mexico – El Plaza Condesa3/18-21 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall3/23-25- Oakland, CA – Fox Theater3/27 – Chicago, IL -Riviera Theatre3/29 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre3/30 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis4/01 – NYC – United Palace Theatre4/04 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club4/24-25 – Asheville, NC – Moogfest5/18 – Vienna, Austria – Festwochen7/10 – Tremčín, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival7/18-20 – Salacgriva, Latvia – Positivus Festival8/02- Rattvik, Sweden – Dalhalla-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Phish performed their first of three shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco, CA last night. The city has been a bit hectic as of late, as the hometown San Francisco Giants are in the midst of a neck-and-neck World Series against the Kansas City Royals. Despite all of that, Phish delivered an energetic performance.The band opened the show with a bust-out “Walfredo,” a song on which Jon Fishman plays bass, Mike Gordon plays guitar, Trey Anastasio sits on the keys, and Page McConnell plays the drum kit. It’s a testament to their talent as musicians, or to their indelible silliness. The song hadn’t been played since 2010; here’s a video from that performance:The “Walfredo” tune was actually the result of a campaign, organized by phans, to honor a fallen Phish fan named Adam Berger. Phish honored the request, showing the intimate bond between fans and band. The song has only been played seven times.Continuing the set, the group teased a “World Series” spell-out with “Ocelot” in the number two spot of the batting order… err… set list, but quickly veered from that motif by playing “Camel Walk.” They did make a nod to the World Series in the encore, however, by debuting an instrumental rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” While the tune is probably best suited for 7th inning stretches, it was nice for the band to acknowledge the city’s athletic efforts.Setlist:Set 1: Walfredo, Ocelot > Camel Walk, Axilla, Rift, 555, Maze, Brian and Robert, Stash, Party Time, 46 DaysSet 2: Sand > Birds of a Feather, Waiting All Night, Ghost > Bug > Seven Below > I Didn’t Know, Chalk Dust Torture, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Winterqueen, A Day in the Life Phish debut; instrumental.Notes: Walfredo was played for the first time since June 27, 2010 (186 shows). Trey teased Simple in Camel Walk. Take Me Out to the Ballgame was a Phish debut, and was played as an instrumental.
Lockn’ has revealed the lineup for one of the festival’s two Phil Lesh & Friends performances. Lesh will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal (CRB, Ryan Adams), Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Adam MacDougall (Black Crowes) and Tony Leone (CRB).Previously announced Lockn’ performers include Soulive, North Mississippi Allstars, Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Slightly Stoopid, Anders Osborne and Little Feat.
Jack White recently started his first hiatus from the road in a very long time. Perhaps he’s bored already, having spent time crafting a lengthy response to TIDAL critics two days ago. Now, he’s released a poem defending the “sanctity of music.”To his defense, it does genuinely seem to be an artistic endeavor, despite the Third Man Records’ site posting a statement clarifying that the poem was not at all related to the TIDAL service. Though we’re sure the value of music is on White’s mind, all things considered.Read the poem below:Music is Sacredthose of you who stand for the sanctity of musicso that its soul can breatheand be heardso that it blooms in graveyardsechoes in hotel hallwaysawakens neighbors in the nightand fills peoples minds with fireshout it out loud with whatever microphone you haveor these stones will shout for you.jump in front of demons,and stand over cowards and those who would intendto rip out your lungs and dampen your desiretell the living and the deadwhat you know in your heart to be trueand what you know your earswill forever hearthat the melody of the human raceis a song that never ends.music is sacred.jack whiteIII
Ahead of their only 2015 concerts in North America, Dispatch has released their first new track in three years. Titled “Bound By Love”, it’s an upbeat soulful track that arrived just in time for summer. Stream the new tune below:Dispatch will play two “DISPATCH: HUNGER” concerts at Madison Square Garden on July 10th and July 11th, with Dr. Dog and John Butler Trio, respectively. The band will also bring out the Funky Dawgz Brass Band to add some brass to their sound! Don’t miss out… all proceeds go to hunger charities worldwide.
One of the most anticipated sets at LOCKN’ Festival 2015 was the Mad Dogs & Englishmen tribute to Joe Cocker. Anchored by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the group hosted an incredible lineup of special guests throughout the night, including Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, Doyle Bramhall II, John Bell, Alecia Chakour, and Warren Haynes. The set featured some of Cocker’s most cherished hits, producing some of the most memorable moments from the festival.Watch full video from this prized performance below. Check that out, as well as the full setlist, below.[Video: Tran Van]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends, Tribute To Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs & Englishmen | LOCKN Festival | Arrington, VA | 9/11/15Set: Introduction, The Letter, Darling Be Home Soon, Cry Me A River, Girl From The North Country, Dixie Lullabye, Bird On A Wire*, The Weight, Superstar*, Delta Lady#, Let’s Go Get Stoned @, Something^, Band Intros, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window+, Feelin’ Alright %, Sticks And Stones $, Space Captain $Encore: Ballad Of Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Leon Russell Solo), With A Little Help From My Friends* With Rita Coolidge On Vocals# With John Bell On [email protected] With Alecia Chakour On Vocals^ With Doyle Bramhall On Vocals+ With Warren Haynes On Guitar And Vocals% With Dave Mason On Vocals$ With Chris Robinson On Vocals
Fresh off of extensive summer festival tours, The Werks and Twiddle kicked off their joint TWERK Tour this past Thursday, October 8th at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The two groups are riding a wave of success that is rightfully earned, as each continues to bring energetic performances on a nightly basis.The Werks started off the night strong with some interstellar jams. Along with plenty of their originals, the group opened their show with Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia” and later went on to deliver an awe inspiring version of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”. The intimate venue made for a great experience and amazing sound quality as The Werks created a manically funky dance party. Their set was nothing less than intense coming to a thunderous end as they closed up the hour and half set with a crowd favorite, “OG”.Twiddle hit the stage after a brief break and instantly showed the whole crowd why they are one of the fastest growing bands out there. They showed their excitement to start the tour by starting their set with a cover of Willie Nelson’s classic “On The Road Again”. Twiddle’s blend of styles and genres fit seamlessly together to create quite a party amongst their fans.One of the highlights of the set included an extended jam of “Polluted Beauty” into “Subconscious Prelude”, which went right back into “Polluted Beauty”. The band showed their talent in weaving together songs. Towards the end of their set the group even paid homage to Celine Dion by playing the classic “My Heart Will Go On” before heading straight into “Jamflowman”.Twiddle then came out for an encore, joined by Chris Houser and Dan Shaw of The Werks. The encore started off with “Hatti’s Jam” and shifted into “When It Rains It Poors, sending the crowd out satisfied and full of smiles. If this first show is any indication of what is to come from these two bands throughout the tour, then this is one show you really don’t want to miss!Setlist: The Werks at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – 10/8/15Peaches en Regalia (Frank Zappa Cover), The Answer, Guido> Psycho Killer* (Talking Heads Cover)>Waiting Room, Cruel Stone Blues, Plain White Toast, OG*Where It’s At teaseSetlist: Twiddle at Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ – 10/8/15On the Road Again (Willie Nelson Cover), Grandpa Fox, Every Soul, Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Hein Hod’s Hoddle, Polluted Beauty> Subconscious Prelude> Polluted Beauty, My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion Cover)> JamflowmanE: Hatti’s Jam> When it Rains it Poors** W/ Chris Houser + Dan Shaw of The WerksTwiddle and The Werks ‘TWERK TOUR’ Dates:10/8 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony10/9 Philadelphia, PA TLA10/10 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live10/11 Richmond, VA The Broadberry10/12 Asheville, NC New Mountain Asheville10/13 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room10/14 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre10/15 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay10/16 New Orleans, LA The Parish at House of Blues10/22 Dallas, TX Trees10/23 Rockdale, TX Art Outside10/24 Houston, TX Warehouse Live10/27 Columbia, MO Rose Music Hall10/28 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House10/29 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club10/30 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache10/31 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge11/1 Chicago, IL Chop Shop11/3 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House11/4 Omaha, NE Waiting Room11/5 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room11/6 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre11/7 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater11/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern11/11 Portland, OR Star Theater11/12 Eugene, OR The WOW Hall11/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent11/14 Crystal Bay, NV Crystal Bay Club11/19 Bloomington, IN Bluebird Nightclub11/20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall11/21 Cleveland, OH The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
On Friday, November 20th, Vulfpeck played the entire episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. As promised, they recorded a full song to release as a web-only clip. Antwaun Stanley joined the instrumentalists for a fan-favorite bust-out “1612” from their 2014 album Fugue State. If you haven’t heard their most recent album Thrill Of The Arts, we highly recommend you get on it and put it in your back pocket.Vulfpeck will be performing at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC this upcoming Saturday and Monday. Monday night’s performance will include Lettuce’s Adam Deitch. Tickets sold out very quickly, however, the funketeers recently announced a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this summer with The Motet and Medeski Martin & Wood. Find out more here.
For their New Year’s Eve performance at the Fillmore Auditorium, rockers Umphrey’s McGee welcomed back the Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horn section for a monumental celebration. Umphrey’s has collaborated with the horn players in years past, and the reunion was certainly welcomed by the fans.Check out this horn-fueled performance of “Wife Soup” below, thanks to YouTube user Kyle Miller:You can also watch “Bridgeless > Puppet Strings” from this show as well:Check the full setlist below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO – 12/31/15Set I: Bathing Digits > Wappy Sprayberry > Puppet String, Mad Love, Bridgeless > Puppet String, Women, Wine & Song*, Speak Up*&Set II: Bad Friday, Wife Soup*, Red Tape*, Make It Right, Ringo > Blackbird (Beatles) jam > Educated Guess, Example 1*, Tempted*%Set III: Bright Lights, Big City* > Auld Lang Syne*, JaJunk > Bittersweet Haji > JaJunk, Push the Pig* > Space Funk Booty, Ignition*$, 40’s ThemeEncore: Much Obliged > Bridgeless, Christmas In Hollis*#* = W/ Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret& = debut% = debut cover by Squeeze$ = debut cover by R Kelly# = debut cover by Run DMC
Finally, Martin Shkreli might have the chance to get funky!After buying the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million back in December, the infamous pharmaceutical CEO recently tried to purchase Kanye West’s new album and keep it all for himself. While Yeezy denied Shkreli’s offer, another band has pitched him an offer he can’t refuse: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.The beloved Baltimore funk ensemble is en route to releasing their third LP, Pleasure, on April 1st. They recently shared their first single, “Live It Up,” but the band has some new plans for the album release. In an open letter penned to Shkreli, Pigeons have offered the unheard album for a sum of $2.5 million, and is even going as far as to throw in their van for the sale!Read the band’s letter to Shkreli, below:The band also tweeted at Shkreli directly, and are hoping more fans will do the same to get the news across: Good luck Pigeons!