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Load remaining images Last Saturday, March 12th, beloved rockers Deer Tick got to work at the Infinity Music Hall in Hartford, CT, playing an absolute barn burner of a performance. The alternative rock band continue to pick up fans with their powerful performances, and this show was no exception!Thanks to Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography, we have photos from the event. Enjoy them below: Edit this setlist | More Deer Tick setlists A full gallery of Andrew Scott Blackstein‘s images can be seen below:
Rock and roll legends conferred on the KeyArena in Seattle, WA last night, as Bruce Springsteen brought his The River tour to the Northwest and welcomed Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder during the performance. Springsteen has been on fire throughout the tour, playing his 1980 album The River in its entirety before busting out other big hits from his career.Known for his marathon performances, Springsteen played a full 29 song set, complete with a number of requests from signs in the audience. After a brief intermission, the band announced that Vedder would be joining them on stage. Vedder, a Seattle native, certainly has fun joining the band for “Bobby Jean,” a hit tune from Springsteen’s Born In The USA album.Watch the cover below, thanks to YouTube user TES0864:The full setlist can be seen via setlist.fm:Edit this setlist | More Bruce Springsteen setlists
Beloved musicians Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady had the opportunity to celebrate their recent Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Museum last weekend, as the two were on hand to discuss the legacy of Jefferson Airplane and perform a handful of songs for an intimate, acoustic performance. The Grammy Museum appearance was hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the Museum and the MusiCares program, who engaged in a conversation with the legends about their careers. The two then played a short set, focusing mainly on slower, blues-driven numbers.Watch the full Jefferson Airplane tribute in four parts, thanks to YouTube user Jeff Allen:
Swift Technique, Philadelphia’s fiery funk extravaganza, is sprinting into their ninth year of existence at full speed! Their unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. Featuring the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley, the band is releasing two new singles, “Lucky Bump” and “Reason to Be” to add to an ever-growing recording catalogue. With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.Step into the world of Swift Technique with their latest music video, “Lucky Bump.” Ever wonder what a troop of Punk Funkers does during the day? Did they ever leave High School? Under the guidance of their trusty penguin, Senator Squawks, Swift Technique delivers a Funky odyssey for the ages.With their first releases of 2017, Swift Technique presents two of their most polished, powerful and representative singles to date. In addition to the soulful vocal combo of Nik Greeley & Chelsea ViaCava, the group employs the talents of their large extended family of Philly musicians. The first single, ‘Lucky Bump’ takes you for a ride on the Soul Train and gets you moving with its classic and infectious groove. This feel good song is right at home in the roller rink or any dance club. It’s a true showcase for the members’ musical skill and cohesion.Check out their first wave of Spring / Summer Tour announcements below:3/23 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music Hall3/24 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer Space3/31 Kerhonkson, NY Rock and Roll Resort v74/1 Syracuse, NY Funk n’ Waffles Downtown4/27 Brooklyn, NY The Hall @ MP5/18 Hammonton, NJ Camp Jam in the Pines5/19 Bedford, PA Domefest6/9 Stephentown, NY Disc Jam Music Festival7/14 Scranton, PA Camp Bisco7/15 Roanoke, VA Deschutes Street Pub[Music Video Directed & Produced by Bob Sweeney]Don’t miss Swift Technique when they bring their high-energy funk to The Hall @ MP on Thursday, April 27th in support of improvisational-reggae masters Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad [Buy Tickets]
North Coast Music Festival is heading into its eighth year of existence, and much like a fine wine, it simply gets better with age. This year’s lineup is a straight amalgamation of beats, vibe, old-school favorites, new-school favorites, funk, hip-hop, the weird, and everything in between. Once again set to take place Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1st – 3rd) in Chicago’s Union Park, NCMF is the end of summer treat that gets it right year after year.What better way to get ready for the Chi-town throwdown than a playlist that will keep you going all summer long, in anticipation of one of the most diverse festival lineups of 2017? Progressive house stalwarts Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz are a sure bet to bring straight dance beats to the North Coast faithful, while Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley will bring the jamrock to illuminate your soul vibrations. Ween will deliver the brown, and Primus will bring the mud, as is always expected from the old-school favorites who are both witnessing a renaissance of sorts.Lettuce is one of the hottest acts in funk music and is delivering some of the most crushing live sets in music at this very moment, while STS9 has regained the momentum and full band synergy that made them one of the hottest acts in the early 2000’s. Ambient and downtempo pioneers Bonobo (coming hot to the scene with a live band) and Tipper are at the top of the list with what they are able to create in their respective crafts. Bob Moses is just gobs and gobs of Deep House goodness. If hip-hop is your thing, Gucci Mane serves up straight trap beats, with Lil’ Dicky crafting some comedic tales, and Post Malone flexing the narrative skills.If the jam is what gets you going, there isn’t a hotter act than Spafford on the scene, and it’s hard to argue that. Colorado-based SunSquabi isn’t far behind and have been giving crowds the feels with their undeniable electro-funk grooves witnessed on stage. If you’re a Grateful Dead fan, the question begs to be asked….is there really any ensemble properly transmitting the evolution of the material better than Joe Russo’s Almost Dead? The full NCMF lineup is absolutely insane and most importantly, diverse. If you are a true music fan, Chicago is the place to be this coming Labor Day weekend.Tickets for North Coast Music Festival are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For festival updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. In the meantime, press play via the NCMF Spotify playlist and enjoy your day:[cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photography]
Have you ever watched a music video from a band you love and thought, “hey, I could do that!” Now, fans of Brooklyn “power-funk” 9-piece Turkuaz can put those theories to the test. The band has announced a casting call for their new music video, seeking 80 “party extras” to be featured in the clip. They are looking for both male and female extras over the age of 18 for a July 17th-18th video shoot in Brooklyn, NY. To throw your hat in the ring, send your headshot, resume, and/or a picture of you “in your best party gear” to the video’s producer at [email protected]: Shira Elias Talks Turkuaz’s Evolution, Their Unreal Bonnaroo Set, Funk Of Ages, And MoreAnd that’s not all–each of the 80 extras selected will be in the running for the video shoot’s “best dressed” crown, to be awarded to the person with the “craziest get-up in the room.” The “best dressed” winner will receive two tickets to an upcoming Turkuaz club show of their choice, a merch bundle, and a signed photo with the band on set. Think you have what it takes to (pretend to) party with Turkuaz? Send in your photos and info and put your partying powers to the test!Phishin’ With: Craig Brodhead From TurkuazWatch Turkuaz Perform “Monkey Fingers” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot]Next up on the schedule for Turkuaz is a performance at Camp Bisco on July 13th followed by a set at Northwest String Summit on July 16th. Then, the band has just over a week off the road before they hit New York City’s Irving Plaza for a Phish “Baker’s Dozen” Late-Night show on Tuesday, July 25th. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.]You can catch Turkuaz and a slew of other incredible bands as part of Live For Live Music’s Baker’s Dozen Late Night series. Head here for our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late Nights.
David Byrne is officially hitting the road this spring for a solo tour. Marking his first solo tour since 2009, and following a year of touring with St. Vincent, the Talking Heads frontman is also expected to bring along some new material. With a new album in the works, David Byrne confirms six U.S. dates in March of 2018. Opening up at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on March 3, David Byrne will go on to perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Buffalo, New York, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Waterbury, Connecticut, and conclude in Kingston, New York. Also scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza festivals in South America and at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, be prepared to see more of David Byrne in the festival scene of 2018.According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Byrne will perform Talking Heads hits such as “Burning Down the House,” “Life During Wartime” and “Psycho Killer.” David Byrne will also play music from his upcoming album, reportedly scheduled for March in coordination with the tour. Tickets for these six dates go on sale Friday morning.Yesterday, David Byrne’s Facebook mysteriously updated to the below photo, possibly hinting at these new announcements. Keep it in mind as we await more news from Byrne’s camp.In celebration of all this, watch David Byrne perform “Psycho Killer” solo in the dated video below.[H/T JamBase]
Steely Dan announced today that the band will return to New York City’s legendary Beacon Theatre for a nine-night residency of themed performances. From October 17 – October 30, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will stage complete performances of Steely Dan’s Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), The Royal Scam (1976), Aja (1977), Gaucho (1980), as well as Donald Fagen’s solo album The Nightfly (1982), plus “By Popular Demand” and “Greatest Hits” nights. In addition to the nine-night NYC run, Steely Dan has announced five October performance dates in Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; Buffalo, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Bethlehem, PA.According to the band’s announcement, Donald Fagen will be joined once again by the crack group of brilliant and acclaimed musicians who have famously supported him in recent years, including: Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three backup vocalists.For the October concerts, American Express® cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning Tues., Mar. 27 at 10 a.m. EDT through Thurs., Mar. 29 at 10 p.m. EDT. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Fri, Mar. 30 at 10 a.m. EDT and can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges, and event time and date are subject to change. Fans should check local listings for updated tour and ticketing information. See below for Steely Dan’s fall schedule. For more information, visit the band’s website.
A new compilation EP titled Universal Love sports a number of “reimagined” covers of love songs by high-profile artists. Funded by MGM Resorts International and with the intent to be used at gay weddings, the songs on Universal Love switch pronouns and challenge the heteronormativity of many love tunes. On the new album, Bob Dylan reworks Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole’s 1929 “She’s Funny That Way” into “He’s Funny That Way”.Other songs on the album include Kesha singing “I Need A Woman To Love” (based off Janis Joplin’s “I Need A Man To Love”), Death Cab For Cutie’s Bed Gibbard singing “And I Love Him” (based off The Beatles’ “And I Love Her”, St. Vincent singing “And Then She Kissed Me” (based off the Crystal’s “And Then He Kissed Me”), and Bloc Party’s Keke Okereke singing “My Guy” (based off The Temptations’ “My Girl”).As detailed in an extensive New York Times piece on the compilation album, many of the artists who appear on the record have a long-standing history of speaking out about gay rights. While Bob Dylan has remained relatively silent on the topic in the past, Universal Love‘s executive producer, Rob Kaplan, shared that when he contacted Bob Dylan about the project, he responded positively immediately, noting, “It wasn’t just ‘yes, I’ll do this. … It was ‘hey, I have an idea for a song.’”The songs on the compilation album are “intended to function as wedding anthems for same-sex couples” and come at a time when queer pop stars are beginning to use same-sex pronouns in their music. While historically artists have been out and in the public eye, the lyrics to their music rarely reflected this, opting to use ambiguous pronouns like “you” or taking on heteronormative pronouns for more commercial appeal. However, while in the past this has been the norm, a new wave of younger pop artists like Frank Ocean have been challenging this.As explained by Stephan Pennington, a music professor at Tufts University, to the New York Times, “For a long time, queer people had to use the awkward ‘you’ in their songs to avoid outing themselves.” He continued, “There has also always been pressure from the record companies to not be exclusionary by using a same-sex pronoun, but heterosexual expressions are never thought of as exclusionary.”Tom Murphy, a co-producer of the album, also echoed this sentiment, “If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective. … If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”You can listen to Universal Love‘s pronoun-switched and inclusive love songs below.