With the passing of Prince, many longtime fans are wondering just how deep his catalog of unreleased music really stretches. While The Purple One certainly maintained his archives with close scrutiny, investigative reports have only scratched the surface of this treasure trove.The BBC News put together a documentary called Hunting For The Vault, with tidbits from engineers, managers, collaborators and more. According to filmmaker Mobeen Azhar, “there is enough unreleased studio material for him to put out an album a year for the next 100 years.” You can watch a clip from the documentary below:Azhar recently spoke to the NY Daily News about what he knows of the mysterious vault. “There’s a wealth of material in there,” he said. “He had entire promotional videos for songs that were never released, and also two feature length movies that are in the vault, as well.”Not only that, but the recording of every live show is kept in the vault as well. Prince’s former tour manager, Alan Leeds, said “You could do a box set of 10 CDs of live concerts from the various eras of his career.” Apparently the Vault was started by Prince’s first manager, Susan Rogers, during the early 1980s. “I wanted us to have everything he’d ever recorded. I called up the studios he’d been using and said: ‘Have you got any Prince tapes?’ This is his legacy. We need to protect these things.” “It has a bank vault door. It’s really, really thick. It has the wheel on it, just like you’d see in a bank vault… When I left in ’87, it was nearly full, so I can’t imagine what they’ve done [since]. It was just row after row after row of everything we did.”So what happens to all of this unreleased music in the absence of Prince? That remains a mystery, though we can only hope that someone as calculated as Prince had a plan in mind for the world after his death. It would be a tragedy to have this glorious musical collection go unheard by the public.“Knowing that Prince likes to be in control of every aspect of everything he does, I would hope and I would imagine that he has entrusted it all to someone,” said Azhar. “But whether we will be hearing any new albums coming out soon, I just don’t know.”[Via NY Daily News]
We sat down with reggae roots band Rebelution before their show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City earlier this week, June 7th, to discuss their newest album Falling Into Place and supporting summer tour. Known for their positivity-soaked lyrics and beautiful bass-lead melodies, this Santa Barbara-based group consists of Eric Rachmany (guitar, vocals), Marley Williams (bass), Rory Carey (keyboard), Wesley Finley (drums) and Zach Meyerowitz (touring member, trumpet).L4LM: You just released your fifth studio album and are into your second decade of making music together. How does it make you feel? Marley: Blessed.L4LM: Too blessed to be stressed?Eric: Well, when you say “second decade,” oh man, that makes me feel old, but that’s cool to think about.L4LM: Where do you see yourselves going from here? Do you feel like you have several more decades in you?Eric: Yeah, we just love doing what we’re doing – recording, playing music. I don’t think we’d rather be doing anything else. I don’t see an end to it.Rory: Five albums down, five more to go!L4LM: That’s what we like to hear! You just kicked off your summer tour at a sold out Red Rocks. Are there any other spots on this tour that you’re especially looking forward to?Eric: Philadelphia is always pretty fun – just a really energetic crowd.Wesley: The Theatre in Westbury, NY that has the rotating stage…We played there four or five years ago with Umphrey’s.Marley: Florida is always nice.Rory: The best part of a summer tour is that we get to play outside every day. That’s how we started in college, setting up our stages outside, so it’s kind of familiar being able to go back to that.L4LM: Yeah, I think your music is probably best enjoyed outdoors.Eric: Agreed.L4LM: You’re set to play Reggae to the Rescue in Costa Rica, which is to benefit an animal sanctuary there. How did you guys get involved with that project?Eric: We had a band play with us at a Lollapalooza after party a while ago, Ojo De Buey, and we became friends with them and kept in contact. Their manager puts this on and it’s really cool to be a part of an environmentally-based festival, so we’re stoked. We don’t really get to play internationally too much these days, so to go there it will be pretty cool.L4LM: That’s great. I’m sure there are a lot of Costa Ricans excited you’re coming. So, your fans are typically into a wide variety of genres – does this give you a sense of creative freedom in the music you make?Eric: Well, we don’t really base our creativity around the fans, we do it just ourselves, but I think you’re right that our fans listen to a wide variety of stuff. People like Rebelution who don’t even really listen to a lot of reggae, so yeah, I think we feel comfortable trying anything out.Rory: We all listen to a wide range of music, so that’s what Rebelution is and comes out as. So, I think that’s why people who are the same, that have an eclectic taste, can find at least a song or two of ours that they like, even if they’re not a total reggae-head.L4LM: That makes total sense. Your musical influences are converging on this latest album “Falling Into Place,” or at least that’s what I’ve read you’ve said about the naming of the album. Do you want to talk a little about that?Wesley: This album is really about trying to always keep on pushing the sound past the Rebelution-reggae sound, and then also expanding, which I think we’ve done on the last few albums, as well. As for how things fell into place, this is the first album where we worked with other producers – before it was more internal. It came together really quickly, quicker than maybe we thought, and we weren’t exactly sure when we’d release the album, but it really did all literally just fall into place and that’s kind of been a theme with Rebelution. It was pretty cool to see it all come together from different zones and different parts of the world.L4LM: Tell us a little bit about your trip to Jamaica. Was that just you, Eric?Eric: It was just me. Basically, I went to try to write a couple songs and it was amazing. I didn’t really leave the house too much, where we were writing. It was raining the whole time, but just being in Jamaica, feeling inspired – so much good music comes out of there. We ended up using a couple songs that were written in Jamaica. As soon as I had the idea, I brought it to these guys and they were like, “Well, we like this, we don’t like that,” and it kind of just fell into place. (laughs)Rory: Ba dum tss!L4LM: So, is the “wild-eyed girl” in “Santa Barbara” the same chick you sing about in any of your other songs?Eric: You know, I’m going to let the listeners try to figure out what that one means. I used to try to explain lyrics, and I think it’s better to let them have their own interpretation of things.L4LM: Fair enough. So Rory and Wesley, you guys are big into craft beer, tell us little about your collaboration with Rock Brothers Brewing on the ‘Rebelution IPA.’Wesley: We met those guys through a friend of Marley’s…we love craft beer, and know that our fans love it too. So it gave us a chance to be creative and make something that we already like and now we can give it to our fans so they can experience it, too. It was a no-brainer.Rory: It’s been a year in the making with the meetings and tastings. I mailed those guys a bunch of beer, my favorites from San Diego, and said “I want to make a beer like this and like that,” and we kind of threw it all together. They had their East Coast influence, too.Wesley: We passed through town a couple times and we sampled, and I think now we’re at good spot where it’s pretty close to being done.Rory: June 25th, we’re doing our debut in Tampa, so that’s the first time our fans, or really anyone else, will get to taste it. It’s very exciting – a big 60-barrel batch is brewing right now. 120 kegs of ‘Rebelution IPA’!L4LM: Will we be able to get a taste of that in New York or is that just a Florida thing?Wesley: Depends on distribution, but hopefully!Eric: We’re going to have a massive slip-n-slide with a big pool of ‘Rebelution IPA’Marley: I’m doing a dunk tank – in the beer!L4LM: So jokes aside, reggae roots music is known for its socio-political commentary. With California’s primary today, would anyone like to comment on who they’re pulling for? Wesley: I feel the Bern and I’m going to feel the Bern until he comes around and is nominated. Go Bernie Sanders!Eric: Yeah, I do too. One thing we’ve talked about is corporations in politics and I think Bernie Sanders is the only one really adamant about separating the two…I definitely feel the Bern!L4LM: I had a feeling you guys might and I’m very glad to hear that! Some of your songs like “Green to Black” and “So High” have been associated with the pro-weed-legalization movement. Did you ever think you’d be part of it?Eric: We’re stoked to be a part of it…Cannabis hasn’t really been looked at as medicine amongst the public until the last ten, fifteen years, and we’re trying to touch on that aspect of it. People have seen it as a drug for a long time, and we’re just trying to educate through our music that there’s another side to it. People have been misinformed for a long time.L4LM: Agreed. Speaking of weed, when you’ve got the munchies – what’s your go-to item?Rory: Guacamole!Eric: I don’t know if I have a better answer than that.Rory: It’s green, too!(laughs all around)Eric: When Marley’s really hungry he gets like a bag of Lay’s chips and puts it in the sandwich.Marley: Chip sandwiches! If you’ve been to In-N-Out Burger, there’s this thing called “Animal Style” – they named it after me!L4LM: Uh huh, I’m sure! So, what are you guys into when not on tour? Wesley: I like disc golf a lot, especially when we’re on tour – I get to play a lot of different courses. Marley: Golf, the original golf. Lifting weights is really fun, getting a good pump and those endorphins going. I love sports events and music events, and celebrating life with my friends.Rory: You can’t forget about our croquet battles over the years! We bring corn hole and croquet on the road. Another fun part of a summer tour!Eric: Being with friends and family, because we are on the road so much, when you get that time off, you get to get back into a rhythm with seeing some of your closest friends that you haven’t seen in a while.L4LM: What are your favorite moments in all of this?Eric: For me, it’s just getting on stage. It’s how I’m able to express myself. I think we all get to express ourselves through music. I think that’s where we feel the most free, honestly. Especially the correlation between us and the crowd – it’s such a rush and an amazing feeling.Wesley: When you have your family and friends in the crowd, too, it makes it that much more special. At Red Rocks, we had three of the four moms there. So it’s a huge family thing and for them to see you at a venue like that, it’s pretty special.L4LM: I bet that was magical. You constantly have fans telling you your music has helped them get through tough times, and others are tattooing your cover art and lyrics to their body. Has it really sunk in that your music is actually creating positive change in people’s lives? Marley: For me, I’m really, really thankful for that, but I also try to not let it sink in too much, or read about us or myself too much, and still go about my ways how I have been. It’s a fine balance because sometimes your ego can get too big. You gotta stay true to how this originally took off. So it’s one of those things – very, very thankful, but very, very cautious of letting my thankfulness take me somewhere else.Wesley: I think for the people who get tattoos or reach out to us, they do that because we don’t think we’re above them…All our album covers are art, it’s not our faces. It’s been that way for a reason.L4LM: Very interesting perspective. There’s a lot of work that goes into making your sound, creating this album, and running the tour. Is there anyone behind the scenes that you’d like to give a shout out to?Wesley: Dean Raise, Bryan Sandell… We have some amazing musicians on stage with us who haven’t been with us from the beginning, like Zach [Meyerowitz] – killing it… Khris Royal… The band went to another level because of the horn section and what they’ve done for us. And obviously we have amazing management, cast, and booking agent.Eric: Shout-out to the people that worked on this album: Supa Dups, Don Corleon, Yeti Beats. Gotta shoutout Amp Live, Keith Armstrong – all the engineers and producers that worked on the album.Wesley: And Errol Brown, our front of house sound engineer. He’s pretty much an extra band member and makes us all sound good…And our light guy has really stepped it up…He’s killing it.L4LM: That’s great. Well I really appreciate you all taking the time to chat with me on behalf of Live For Live Music. Keep crushin’ it.The Falling Into Place summer tour is supported by fellow reggae sensations The Green + J Boog, Stick Figure, and Through the Roots (who seriously brought the heat as openers at the Gramercy), as well as Isla Vista, CA producer DJ MACKLE. Rounding out the Northeast before heading back out West, check to see if Rebelution is coming to a city near you here. And if you haven’t listened to their new album yet, you’re slacking, and should do so here.*This interview was condensed to fit your attention span.
While Widespread Panic continues to tell fans that 2017 will be a light year for them, touring-wise. With that in mind, the smaller shows in 2016 have all been something special, with the crowd truly engaged and the band locked and loaded for some great Southern fried jamming. Last night was no exception, as WSP kicked off a major summer tour with a rager at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR.The show featured a number of staples from the band, including an opener “Hope In A Hopeless World” and tracks like “Good People,” “Pigeons,” and more. They closed out set one with “Ain’t Life Grand,” and rocked through a great second set that included a “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” opener. The big run of the night came in the middle of the set, when the band played “Tall Boy > Little Lilly > Jam > Drums > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers.” The set ended with “Radio Child,” and the group encored with a great “Honky Red” to bring it home.Thanks to photographer Jeremy Scott, we have some great images from the performance. Check them out below. Load remaining images See the full PanicStream setlist and a gallery below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR – 6/17/16Set 1: Hope In A Hopeless World, Good People, Pigeons, Wondering, Space Wrangler, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Cotton Was King, Better Off, Ain’t Life Grand (60 mins)Set 2: Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, Sell Sell, Disco, Tall Boy > Little Lilly > Jam > Drums > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, Radio Child (72 mins)Encore: Honky RedA full gallery of Jeremy Scott’s images can be seen below.
Hailing from South Florida, Electric Kif and their undeniable spunk is bound to catch the attention of music lovers through their execution of cosmic funk, rock, soul, and jazz. Their blend-mode talents bring an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage that inevitably create a uniquely raw experience through every performance.Ready to release their latest LP, Heist, which was recorded, produced, and mixed entirely by the quartet, “The Kif” have been tirelessly gaining momentum through extensive touring throughout Florida, earning festival slots at Aura Music Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Orange Blossom Jamboree and the upcoming Suwannee Hulaween. They have ambitiously captured their current chemistry on their new album – due out October 21st – which they describe as “post-nuclear music.”Live For Live Music is proud to present the first single of this upcoming LP, “See You at The Corner”, which you can stream exclusively below:<a href=”http://electrickif.bandcamp.com/album/heist”>Heist by Electric Kif</a>Fully formed in 2013, Electric Kif has gone on to perform and tour with national acts such as Snarky Puppy, Kung Fu, Oz Noy and Ropeadope artists Progger and Killiam Shakespeare, as well as South Florida’s finest Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets. Not only has the the quartet garnered regional attention, they have also been instrumental to the core of the blossoming music scene in Miami, spanning across several diverse projects in between and acting as the backing musicians for many.Here’s a video of the Kif tracking “See You at The Corner”:This week, Electric Kif is heading out on their North East tour, with a string of shows in Philadelphia, NYC, and Hartford. They are selling a limited and unofficial edition of their new album on USB credit cards that feature exclusive videos from their recording process as well as limited edition album art. If you plan on heading to Hulaween, we strongly suggest you check these guys out ahead of time by grabbing one of these limited edition cards below:Electric Kif’s new album can only be purchased ahead of time by catching them on the road. So find them in a city near you! More information can be found on the band’s website.
Making Albuquerque’s Marble Brewery their final stop for this leg of their literally never-ending tour, these ten year veterans of the road, Brothers Gow. brought the heat to a full house consisting of both first-timers as well as repeat offenders. Delivering eighteen songs over two sets of relentless high paced jams filled with syncopated insanity, this performance was a force to be reckoned with.Listen to the full audio recording, and follow along with the in-depth review below.Opening the show with “Equanimity”, a spacey reggae number, the band wasted no time showing off their skills at improvisation and technical competence, executing a ten-minute version to the appreciation of the crowd. Continuing the irie vibration, the band transitioned unremittingly into another original, “Wake N Bake”, inducing more to join in the already growing number dancing at the foot of the stage. Guitarist Ethan Wade’s growly voice added an edge of genuineness, making this more a personal proclamation than an overly covered genre piece. Although Rasta at heart, this number impressed by taking turns at high speed maneuvers and exhibiting the honed capabilities of the band’s tension and release jaunts, built around the steadfast structure of the tune itself.With a shift in tempo and a subtle “Shakedown Street” tease, the band brought out Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” to the audible acceptance of the pulsating dance floor. Highlighted by the trumpet and vocal work of guitarist Kyle Merrill, this got everyone moving. Upping the ante, Merrill provided his version of harmonic scat on the talk box, ala Frampton, that got many of those dancing under closed lid to look up and take notice. Returning to their canon, “Legacy” was up next. This tune hints at softness while also having hard-edged aspects to its structure and the interplay between the two dynamics was played upon throughout this piece. The epic crescendo of the number built and built, and when it could go no higher, it did. At its final lilting moments, the band descended into “The Well”. This properly named tune feels what it would be like to be dropped into a well without a bottom. At first, high-speed terror would ensue accompanied by disorientation, but eventually, without hitting bottom, a timeless, floating aspect would overtake the consciousness, and contemplation of place would return. That is the musicality of this song.Like a cool breeze of refreshment, the laid back number “Shadow” gave everyone the chance to take a breath and again enjoy the diversity of the band, as they showed off the ability to modulate between hurricane and drizzle. Restored and invigorated, the band launched into their first mash-up of the night: “Atomic Snoop”. Comprised of George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Snoop Dogg’s “What’s My Name?”, this great pairing brought both street and attitude, motivating many in the pit to throw their hands in the air and strut their stuff. This also showcased Alex Bastine’s chops on keys as he laid down the funk, while Carson Church laid down the low-end, shaking the rafters, lights, and innards within a four-block radius.Closing out the set, “Articulated Mush” is a synth-driven instrumental that drives the whole time and feels like an eerie and frantic number off the sound track of an 80’s horror movie, appropriate for the month. It was a surprise to many that at the close of the first set the band had only performed for 90 minutes, as it seemed like they had been playing for multiple hours. Stepping off the stage, there was already a formed line of appreciators dishing out thanks, hi-fives, and hugs to the band in gratitude for setting their souls and feet free, which prevailed only to widen the smiles of the players. One audience member even grabbed the drummer to check for extra arms, swearing he must be a distant relative to the octopus, speaking to his well-timed flailing that had produced so many intricate beats and fills for the first set.Set two opened with another reggae turned funk track, “Reflections”, again showing off the synth magic of Bastine. This one again showed their versatility to speed up and slow down between the two styles, keeping in perfect time with each other. Mash ups are certainly what help to keep this band self entertained, and the second of the night had members and audience displaying for one another. Connecting three tunes this time around, “Bad L.A. Coke” brought UM’s “Bad Friday”, the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway”, and Escort’s “Cocaine Blues”, providing seamless transitions between the trio and doing each cover justice to their authors. Another facet of their talent was their ability to divide the band so as to sing the lyrics of each of the tunes, in rounds, around each other in perfect time.“Tangerine”, one of their newer originals, brought the gentle touch to the set, providing a nice melody with great vocal harmonies in a laid back, bluesy format, allowing each guitarist to shine. In typical Gow fashion, the end of the tune took to the stratosphere, reinforcing the fact that these guys can’t help themselves from the power of the jam. By the time “Brohemian Groove”, an instrumental joy anthem, got moving, anyone who had been sitting got up to move to this piece. Whether it was the great beer or the infectious groove finally taking over, dancers, spinners, and jiggers all were in an un-choreographed sync, enjoying the company of the whole. This number transitioned into the most distinct change of the night. “Brittle Bones”, a swinging country and western number, again showed that these boys are not locked into one genre and appreciate all takes on music. Filled with yee-haws and Wade’s version of country scat, this one out of left field had many laughing.In great juxtaposition, the group immediately launched into The Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right”, taking the hilarity to the next level. Inducing even more sing along, this brewery gig had surely changed into a party and no one was left out. The battle cry of adolescence for many ended and the band transitioned, turning the crowd back towards space funk as an interlude to the original “I Love This Place”, keeping the dance party going. This gave rise to the first opportunity for Church to take on the challenge of vocals and bass, grinning all the while through the short stanza of lyrics as the crowd took note of his rare enterprise. Without stop, the band slowed the tempo and laid a darker foundation, hinting at and eventually moving into Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. Wade’s growl and Merrill’s higher range, each taking a turn at verse, seemed more appropriate than the original vocals of Osborne and was saluted, as many played along with head banging and air guitar. The thundering drums of Nathan Walsh-Haines were also of particular note on this tune and were incredible throughout the night. This three piece closer found the band thirty minutes past their designated city curfew, but as they were trying to decide whether they should just go for an encore, management approached and amazingly gave them the green light for one more. The crowd who had started the night had remained throughout and was calling out for more as well. To ensure satisfaction and to depart with a good feeling, both viscerally and in the feet, the band dropped their version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, which like everything else this evening, was splendid, funky, and played as solidly as the first tune of the evening.As a touring group, these guys are equals. This includes their official sixth member and production manager, Matt Collier. There is no ego and there is no weak link in this chain. Their timing is impeccable and their playing comes from the heart, as registered by the unending smile carried collectively through each piece. The light show provided by Collier is also nothing to scoff at either, as his knowledge of the music, with its twists and turns, is perfectly matched to the notes played. His use of color is varied and is constantly changing, not only note for note, but from tune to tune. It is obvious that they love this gig and only want to better themselves at it and can’t wait for the next show. At over 100 shows a year, these gentlemen literally work as hard on stage as off. From regular day jobs when they aren’t touring to lugging all their own equipment and lighting each night, these guys are the epitome of work ethic. It is easy to see that they want this life as a collective whole, as they share everything.As a band, they are regimented in their off-stage practices, such as cooking all their meals on the bus, which works well as many of them are employed in restaurants when not on tour. Practices such as these are measures they have taken to ensure their own longevity to the road that beckons them to continue their pursuit. Although they continue to play smaller venues, they should not be mistaken as a mere bar band by any measure. From outward appearance, this band of musical berserkers are devoid of self-consciousness and conflict, and their level of playing could as easily fill a large stage without hesitation. Friends since eighth grade, these brothers bring a familial aspect to an industry that is typically absent of true connection and for those who venture out to see them might easily mistake their name Brothers Gow for Brothers Wow.Check out the full setlist and a gallery by Jake Sudek, below.Setlist: Brothers Gow at Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM – 10/22/161st Set: Equanimity > Wake N Bake > Sledgehammer, Legacy, The Well, Shadow, Atomic Snoop > Articulated Mush2nd Set: Reflections, Bad L.A. Coke, Tangerine, Brohemian Groove > Brittle Bones > Brohemian Groove, Fight For Your Right > I Love This Place > War PigsEncore: Billie Jean Load remaining images
When they’re not busy with The String Cheese Incident, percussionists Michael Travis and Jason Hann keep the fans dancing with their exploratory creation, EOTO. The rhythmic duo put their improvisational prowess to the test in Denver, CO, hitting the Gothic Theatre last Friday, December 2nd. Energized by new music from the SCI world, Travis and Hann brought some otherworldly grooves for all their local fans to enjoy.Check out a full gallery from the show below, courtesy of Andrew Rios Photos. Load remaining images
Late last year, Roger Waters announced a massive, 40-date North American run dubbed the “Us + Them” tour. Last week, after months of hints about a new studio project with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Waters officially announced his new album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, is coming soon in a mysterious teaser video.Today, Waters continued the exciting announcements, adding 11 new shows to his tour. The newly added dates will see the Pink Floyd visionary make appearances in Oakland, San Antonio, New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Cleveland and extend his previously scheduled stops in Denver and Los Angeles due to popular demand. In total, the tour now includes 54 dates between May and October of this year. Check out the announcement video below:Roger Waters Is Considering Performing “The Wall” Along The U.S.-Mexico BorderTickets for each of the newly added shows go on sale on Monday morning at 10am local time. For tickets and info, visit Waters’ website. You can view a full list of dates below:Roger Waters “Us + Them” Tour 2017May 26, Kansas City, MO Sprint CenterMay 28, Louisville, KY KFC Yum! CenterMay 30, St. Louis, MO Scottrade CenterJune 1, Tulsa, OK BOK CenterJune 3, Denver, CO Pepsi CenterJune 4, Denver, CO Pepsi CenterJune 7, San Jose, CA SAP Center at San JoseJune 10, Oakland, CA Oracle ArenaJune 12, Sacramento, CA Golden 1 CenterJune 14, Phoenix, AZ Gila River ArenaJune 16, Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile ArenaJune 20, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterJune 21, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterJune 24, Seattle, WA Tacoma DomeJune 27, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterJuly 3, Dallas, TX American Airlines CenterJuly 1, San Antonio, TX AT&T CenterJuly 6, Houston, TX Toyota CenterJuly 8, New Orleans, LA Smoothie King CenterJuly 11, Tampa, FL Amalie ArenaJuly 13, Miami, FL American Airlines ArenaJuly 16, Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy CenterJuly 18, Greensboro, NC Greensboro ColiseumJuly 20, Columbus, OH Nationwide ArenaJuly 22, Chicago, IL United CenterJuly 23, Chicago, IL United CenterJuly 26, St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy CenterJuly 29, Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley CenterAugust 2, Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn HillsAugust 4, Washington, DC Verizon CenterAugust 8, Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo CenterAugust 9, Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo CenterAugust 13, Nashville, TN Bridgestone ArenaSept. 7, Newark, NJ Prudential CenterSept. 11, Brooklyn, NY Barclays CenterSept. 12, Brooklyn, NY Barclays CenterSept. 15, Uniondale, NY Nassau ColiseumSept. 19, Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints ArenaSept. 21, Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans ArenaSept. 23, Albany, NY Times Union CenterSept. 24, Hartford, CT XL CenterSept. 27, Boston, MA TD GardenSept. 28, Boston, MA TD GardenOct. 2, Toronto, ON Air Canada CentreOct. 3, Toronto, ON Air Canada CentreOct. 6, Quebec City, QC Videotron CentreOct. 10, Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire CentreOct. 16, Montreal, QC Bell CentreOct. 22, Winnipeg, MB MTS CentreOct. 24, Edmonton, AB Rogers PlaceOct. 28, Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
San Francisco blues-rock outfit The Stone Foxes is preparing to release their latest set of tunes, a 5-track new EP dubbed Visalia, on September 15th. The Stone Foxes, comprised by lead singers Shannon Koehler and Vince Dewald along with Shannon’s brother Spence Koehler, Ben Andrews, Brian Bakalian, and Elliott Peltzman, have solidified their reputation as a commanding live act built on the musicians’ dynamism and blue-collar work ethic since their inception in 2008. The restless spirit that fuels their live shows also powers the songwriting on Visalia, whose catchy hooks and melodies are matched by trenchant lyrics that confront various personal and societal dilemmas.The Stone Foxes’ creative process for the album was also the inspiration for its name: First, the band sequestered themselves in rural isolation in the small town of Visalia, CA, in the heart of the Central Valley, to write the punchy new tunes. Then, they took the new material back to the urban environs of Oakland, where they recorded the album with celebrated producer and engineer Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof, The Dodos, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down).On Visalia, catchy hooks and melodies are matched by trenchant lyrics that confront various personal and societal dilemmas. The EP opens with “If I Die Tonight,” where lead vocalist and drummer Shannon Koehler belts “If I die tonight, that’s alright” as he lives each moment to the fullest, whether a hospital visit while on tour happens or not.Explains Koehler, “It’s really reflective of how important it is to live in the moment. When you’re with your loved ones and friends, and all having the time of your life, if I die, I’d be alright with it. I live with a pacemaker and have undergone 11 heart surgeries. Every moment is precious. Visalia also dives deep into roots blues music. We wanted to pay tribute to some of our blues/rock idols, while putting out a statement of frustration and anger in response to what’s happening in America right now.”Stream the new EP, Visalia, in its entirety below via Stone Foxes’ SoundCloud:In addition to releasing their new EP, the band is heading out on the road for an extensive 36-date national Fall Tour, appropriately named “Gigantour.” For detailed information regarding The Stone Foxes, their new EP, and “Gigantour,” head to the band’s website.THE STONE FOXES — FALL 2017 GIGANTOURSeptember 15 — Los Angeles, CA — BootlegSeptember 16 — Del Mar, CA — KaabooSeptember 17 — Phoenix, AZ — Crescent BallroomSeptember 23 — Folsom, CA — Folsom LiveSeptember 27 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s BBQSeptember 28 — San Antonio, TX — Jack’s BarSeptember 29 — Fort Worth, TX — Magnolia Motor LoungeSeptember 30 — Houston, TX — The Continental ClubOctober 1 — New Orleans, LA — Gasa GasaOctober 4 — Atlanta, GA — Smith’s Olde BarOctober 6 — Asheville, NC — Salvage StationOctober 7 — Charlotte, NC — The Rabbit HoleOctober 8 — Washington, DC — Gypsy Sally’sOctober 10 — Boston, MA — Middle East UpstairsOctober 11 — Fairfield, CT — Stage OneOctober 12 — New York, NY — Mercury LoungeOctober 14 — Rehoboth Beach, DE — Dogfish HeadOctober 15 — Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda’sOctober 17 — Cleveland, OH — BeachlandOctober 18 — Ferndale, MI — Magic BagOctober 19 — Bloomington, IN — The BishopOctober 20 — Chicago, IL — Beat KitchenOctober 21 — Milwaukee, WI — Shank HallOctober 24 — Madison, WI — FrequencyOctober 25 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street EntryOctober 26 — Iowa City, IA — The MillOctober 27 — Des Moines, IA — Vaudeville MewsOctober 28 — Lawrence, KS — BottleneckOctober 29 — St. Louis, MO — Old Rock HouseOctober 31 — Omaha, NE — ReverbNovember 3 — Denver, CO — Larimer LoungeNovember 4 — Salt Lake City, UT — State RoomNovember 7 — Billings, MT — Pub StationNovember 8 — Bozeman, MT — Filling StationNovember 9 — Missoula, MT — UC BallroomNovember 17 — San Francisco, CA — The Independent
Following Hurricane Irma and the destruction left in its wake, Widespread Panic’s shows in Florida this weekend were initially up for cancellation. Happily, St. Augustine was not as severely affected by the storm as other Florida cities and the performances were able to go on as planned. However, the band still took the opportunity to ask that fans help those affected by Hurricane Irma by donating non-perishable foods and money to Feeding Northeast Florida all weekend long. Donations can also be made here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | St. Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine, FL | 9/18/17I: Love Tractor > Ain’t Life Grand, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Wondering, Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Pleas, Up All Night, Holden Oversoul > Bust It BigII: Four Cornered Room (War)*, Diner > Goin Out West (Tom Waits), Time Zones, Surprise Valley, Cease Fire, Blight (brute.) > Drums (Surprise Valley reprise), North (Jerry Joseph)E: Coconut, Blackout BluesLTP: 2/23/16 Norfolk (86 shows)[photo via Instagram user @liveandlisten] Widespread Panic made their triumphant return to St. Augustine over the weekend with three shows at the beloved St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The tale of “Never Miss A Sunday Show” rang true as the southern rock cohorts delivered their final night of original rockers, eclectic covers, and extended jams galore. As the band shies away from the traditional tour formula, multi-night runs with Widespread Panic have become few and far between. Sunday night’s magic was a testament to the band’s dedication to consistently evolve, weaving rarities in and out of a perfectly crafted set of songs.Widespread Panic Returns To St. Augustine With Charitable Grace [Videos]Following a reliable “Love Tractor > Ain’t Life Grand” opener, Widespread Panic shifted gears into its first rare song selection, “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues,” which has only been played 22 times since its debut in 2015. “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues” was followed by “Wondering” from 1993’s Everyday. From there, the band picked things up with a wild “Christmas Katie > Radio Child” jam, that led into “Pleas.” “Holden Oversoul > Bust Bit Big” concluded the first set.Widespread Panic’s second set opened with a cover of War‘s “Four Cornered Room,” which hasn’t been played since 2/23/16 in Norfolk, Virginia (86 show gap). The second set highlights continued with “Time Zones,” a song that appears on their 2006 Earth To America but has trickled out of rotation in recent years, and a cover of brute.‘s “Blight.” The encore brought out a stellar version of the band’s 1988 Space Wrangler single “Coconut,” another rarity in the Widespread Panic rotation, followed by Ain’t Life Grand‘s “Blackout Blues.”Widespread Panic Tears Through Night 2 In St. Augustine [Videos]Thanks to YouTube user Fred Ramadan, you can enjoy the following video highlights:
Eddie Vedder was spotted performing on the streets of Chicago, IL twice this weekend. On Friday night, it was in celebration of the Chicago Cubs win outside of Wrigley Field. Upon exiting the stadium, the Pearl Jam frontman joined a group of street performers, now identified as Manuel Miller on guitar and Jack James McKee on drums, to jam on “The Seeker” by The Who and PJ’s “Corduroy.” Vedder borrowed Miller’s guitar for the spontaneous jam on Friday night, then returned once again on Sunday to play on drums.Clips from both performances have been compiled in the following video, uploaded by PearlJamOnLine.it:Pearl Jam do not have any future dates scheduled, but are currently promoting Let’s Play Two, a documentary film that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs, and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music. The documentary film shuffles through Pearl Jam’s ever-growing catalog of originals and covers–spanning the band’s 25-year career. Through the eyes of renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, the film showcases the journey of this special relationship. Screenings begin later this month in Chicago, NYC, Pleasantville, Port Chester, and Baton Rouge. All details can be found here.