Legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has been expressing his musicality on a number of interesting projects in recent memory, including the recent Contemporary Color documentary pairing color guard teams with modern artists, as well as the musical “Here Lies Love” that he wrote with help from Fatboy Slim. It seems that Byrne has announced his second-ever foray into musical theater, with a new production called “Saint Joan.”Set to debut on February 14th at the Public Theater in New York, NY, “Saint Joan” will tell the story of Joan Of Arc in an atypical setting: a rock concert. The show will unfold on a discotheque dance floor, and the New York Times writes that the musical will be framed by a rock show. Byrne explains his fascination with the Joan Of Arc story in a press release, saying: Why has this story endured over centuries and been made into so many plays and movies? Because it’s about someone—a nobody, a teenage girl—who inspired others to act, to overthrow their oppressors and take charge of their lives. She transforms from an innocent, into an androgynous warrior, and finally a martyr. Joan’s story is about the power of the individual to make a difference and (for me) the hubris and sometimes oversteps that often go along with that. In other words—it’s completely relevant. He also writes, “On stage, imagine a singer—a contemporary young woman—backed by her inspired band, ultimately immolated at the end of her concert.” This should be an interesting concept, and we can’t wait to see it when it comes out!
Phish returned to The Gorge last night to finish off their two-night stand at the famed George, WA venue. After Friday night’s top-notch tease-fest—easily a contender for best of the tour so far—excitement was high for Gorge night two.The band got the show on the road with the tour debut of instrumental “Buried Alive” into the second “AC/DC Bag” of the tour. “The Moma Dance” came next, adding a dose of funk before hopping into Bill Monroe’s bluegrass standard “Uncle Pen”. Up next was a well-played version of the Mike Gordon-penned “555”. This song has appeared to be on the verge of a really great, jammed out version for a long time now, consistently reaching some cool grooving places, but never breaking through to the other side. While well played, this version followed precedent, staying strictly inside the lines.“Sleep Again” followed, making just its sixth-ever appearance in a Phish setting. The “It’s Ice” that came next was, as always, a welcome addition, and stayed mostly within its meticulously composed structure, but featured a super funky breakdown from keyboardist Page McConnell.“Driver” came next, making its first appearance in three years (111 shows), followed by a rare first set “Sand” dance party. “Horn” and “Halfway To The Moon” offered a breather before dropping into “Bathtub Gin”. The set-closing Gin was the improvisational highlight of the show, building to several ripping peaks with Anastasio leading the way, hose on full blast.The second set had a noticeably different feel from the previous night’s. While Friday’s set flowed cohesively, weaving the songs together with quotes, teases, and segues, Saturday night’s second set was lighter on the improv and more song-oriented. It was almost as if the first night was about the Phish, but the second night was about the Gorge—singing along, being with your friends, and appreciating the incredible beauty of the surroundings.The band got the set started with a relatively standard “Blaze On” that briefly flirted with some major key jam space before Trey opted for an unusually placed “Backwards Down The Number Line”. Normally appearing late in sets or as a closer or encore, hearing it pop up here was a little jarring. “Number Line” gets a lot of flack from fans for supposedly disrupting setlist flow, and while the song is upbeat, its appearance in the generally improv-heavy second song spot was a bit disappointing.If the crowd deflated a little at the first notes of “Number Line”, the opening riff of “Carini” had the opposite effect, bringing the energy right back up to a boil. “Birds Of A Feather” followed, maintaining the momentum that “Carini” had injected. Next, the soaring, Pink Floyd-esque “Wingsuit” gave way to the new ballad “Shade”, making just its fifth-ever appearance after debuting last year.The Mike’s Groove that came next followed suit with the rest of the show, featuring well played but straightforward versions of “Mike’s Song” and “Farmhouse”, and an upbeat, bass-heavy “Weekapaug Groove”. Finally, the band closed out the set with a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Shine A Light”.With the previous night’s “Tweeprise” still on the table, many fans had an idea of where the encore would end up, but nobody predicted what came first: the familiar piano part of “Hold Your Head Up”, which sends Trey to the drum set and Fishman to center stage. After admitting that he only ever remembers Syd Barrett songs, Fish sang Barrett’s “Love You” (the first in 216 shows) before delivering an always-hilarious vacuum cleaner solo. The “HYHU” refrain saw Fishman run and jump around stage—as he is known to do—before taking his usual seat behind the drums for the meat of the encore: “Harry Hood”, a song that’s become a sort of Gorge tradition for Phish. During the song, Trey asked lighting designer Chris Kuroda to turn off the lights so that everyone could appreciate the beautiful night sky, making for a glow stick war of epic proportions. Finally, the “Tweezer Reprise” that we all knew was coming rang out through the Gorge to bring a great run to a close.The one drawback of such a strong first night of a run is that it always has the potential to overshadow the second, and last night surely didn’t shine as brightly as Night 1. But with the ripping first-set “Gin”, the long, crazy encore, and tight playing from all four members of the band throughout, there was certainly a lot to like in this show, which rounded out a successful run at one of the world’s most beautiful venues.Phish makes their way to San Francisco tomorrow to begin a three-night stand at the famous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, another venue where Phish is known to bring their A-game. Check out the full Phish.net setlist below.Setlist: Phish at The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – 7/16/16Set 1: Buried Alive, AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance, Uncle Pen, 555, Sleep Again, It’s Ice, Driver, Sand, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Bathtub GinSet 2: Blaze On > Backwards Down the Number Line > Carini > Birds of a Feather, Wingsuit > Shade, Mike’s Song > Farmhouse > Weekapaug Groove, Shine a LightEncore: Hold Your Head Up, Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood > Tweezer RepriseNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Driver was played for the first time since August 3, 2013 (111 shows). Love You was played for the first time since October 23, 2010 (216 shows).Photography by Jordan IngleeInstagram: @visualsuplex Load remaining images
With 2016 being the year of reunions, there’s a good chance we can add Smashing Pumpkins to the list. With drummer Jimmy Chamberlin returning to his drum kit, guitarist James Iha reuniting with band members, and D’arcy Wretzky hinting at a potential bass comeback, frontman Billy Corgan has now confirmed plans of a future. “There’s some big stuff happening,” he explained in a Facebook vlog yesterday. “We’re making plans. I can’t give that away, but it’s going to be interesting.”No further details were given, but an “industry source” reportedly told Consequence of Sound that a Smashing Pumpkins reunion is in the works, complete with shows and festival slots to be determined for next summer. While no definitive plans have leaked, the possibility of this epic reunion is a very exciting thought. If the original lineup were all to agree, it would be the first time they’ve all performed together since the band’s breakup in 2000. The band has since continued with a rotating cast of characters, but the original lineup is what made the name.Corgan has made several mentions over the years about the future of Smashing Pumpkins, ultimately leaving the door open to a return of the original lineup. The spirits seem to be high between the members, and we can only keep our fingers crossed at this point.
The beloved “Screaming Eagle Of Soul,” Charles Bradley, has unfortunately come down with a serious illness after touring through Europe. The illness has forced Bradley to cancel a few upcoming performances, including dates at Festival of Friends tomorrow, Flood City Music Festival on Saturday August 6th, and a headlining spot at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on August 11th.The Festival of Friends announcement refers to Bradley’s condition as a “serious illness,” though no announcement details the nature of the situation. Whatever it is, we’re hoping that Bradley will make a full recovery and resume life on the road.Festival of Friends is replacing Bradley with the local Monster Truck band from Hamilton, ON. Meanwhile, a combination of Marc Broussard and Anders Osborne will replace Bradley at the Flood City Music Festival, with local band FlowerChild filling in on a secondary stage as well. There will be refunds issued for the lost New Haven performance.Our thoughts go out to Charles Bradley as we wish him a speedy recovery.
Come September 30th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will release his new, cowboy-inspired acoustic album Blue Mountain. Weir’s first solo album in 10 years and full batch of new songs in 30 years, Blue Mountain features an incredible cast of musicians including members of The National, Joe Russo and more. However, at the heart of it all is a man and his guitar.As such, Weir has played a handful of intimate performances leading up to the new Blue Mountain release and subsequent fall tour. One of these shows will be taking place tonight, at the famed Amoeba Records location in Hollywood, CA. Weir will perform a special acoustic set at the record store at 5 PM Pacific Time.For more information about this unique event, head here. For those who can’t make it out to see Weir’s performance, fear not! The event will be streaming in full, and can be accessed in the player below. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more.
As part of Fleetwood Mac‘s Tango In The Night reissue, the band has released an early, stripped-down version of “Seven Wonders.” The track first appeared on the group’s 1987 album, with this outtake displaying a steadier rendition. The 30th anniversary edition of Tango In The Night will drop March 10th, with the demo for the title track already released.Listen to “Seven Wonders” below:Listen to the previously released demo for “Tango In the Night”:
Back on February 4th, Spafford debuted a new tune, “It’s A Bunch,” during their show at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan, supporting Umphrey’s McGee. The new song prominently opens with a funky, rolling bass line that carries the upbeat, feel-good groove before building into a more dramatic, shred-heavy climax and then returning to the initial melody.You can check out the video for “It’s A Bunch,” which was filmed by C.J. Strehlow and Colin Anders, for yourself below, courtesy of the band and TourGigs.[Cover photo: Phierce Photo]
The Hot 8 Brass Band sure has reason to celebrate! After reaching their 20th anniversary in 2016, the New Orleans brass ensemble continues to push the envelope. The band is set to release a new album, On The Spot, on March 31st, and will support it with a cross-country tour in grandiose fashion.On The Spot is all about the band’s live sound, as it captures the group’s infectious energy like never before. Even the record’s name refers to a truly New Orleans moment, when a band takes a pause from their parade route to perform for those assembled around them. It’s a magical moment of synchronous energy, completely On The Spot, and that magic is bottled up for your own personal enjoyment on the new LP. You can pre-order the new release here.To get a sample of the band’s triumphant efforts, we’re honored to premiere the new track “Bottom Of The Bucket.” The band tells us a little more about the new single.L. Brown, the trombone player, was inspired by trying to get away from our trials and tribulations. It’s like that story about crabs in a bucket, one gets to the top and the others will bring him back down. We were doing everything we could to make it out. Whenever we tried to get up, there was no one to help pull us out. We did it all on our own.We also invited percussion legend Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, to join our forces on the recording. He has played with everyone from Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, to The Meters. We are very honored to have Uganda perform here with us.Check out “Bottom Of The Bucket,” streaming below!Check out the Hot 8 Brass Band’s tour schedule below, and head to their website for more information. Pre-orders for On The Spot are available now, and you can find that here.Hot 8 Brass Band Tour Dates2 Mar Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD (AUS)3 Mar Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD (AUS)4 Mar Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ, Girrakool, NSW (AUS)8 Mar Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW (AUS)9 Mar Badlands, Perth, WA (AUS)10 Mar WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA (AUS)11 Mar WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA (AUS)15 Mar Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, VIC (AUS)17 Mar WOMAD New Zealand (NZ)18 Mar WOMAD New Zealand (NZ)4 Apr The Roundhouse, London (UK)5 Apr The Quarterhouse, Folkestone (UK)6 Apr Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (UK)7 Apr Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool (UK)8 Apr Old Granada Studios, Manchester (UK)9 Apr Guild Hall, Preston (UK)11 Apr Liquid Room, Edinburgh (UK)12 Apr O2 ABC, Glasgow (UK)13 Apr The Wardrobe, Leeds (UK)14 Apr O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK)16 Apr Transatlantik Festival, Hamburg (GER)19 Apr Webster Hall Marlin Room, New York, NY (USA)20 Apr Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA (USA)21 Apr Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA (USA)22 Apr ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, MA (USA)29 Apr Katowice Jazz Art, Katowice (PL)1 May Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (UK)2 May O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield (UK)3 May The Fleece, Bristol (UK)4 May Tramshed, Cardiff (UK)5 May The Factory, Barnstaple (UK)8 May Boiler shop, Newcastle (UK)9 May The Welly, Hull (UK)10 May Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick (UK)11 May Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington (UK)12 May The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender, Camber Sands (UK)17 May New Morning, Paris (FR)19 May Open Air, Voiron (FR) [EARLY SHOW]19 May Le Fil – Radio Nova Nuit Zébrée, St Etienne (FR) [LATE SHOW]20 May Rush, Rouen (FR)27 May Denver Day of Rock, Denver, CO (USA)30 May The Crocodile, Seattle, WA (USA)31 May Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR (USA)1 June The Dip, Redding, CA (USA)2 June The Independent, San Francisco, CA (USA)3 June Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA (USA)4 June House Of Blues San Diego – Voodoo Room, San Diego, CA (USA)7 June Antone’s, Austin, TX (USA)8 June Warehouse Live, Houston, TX (USA)10 June House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (USA) HOMETOWN RECORD RELEASE PARTY[Photo courtesy of Melissa Fargo]
Over the past week, Greensky Bluegrass geared up and got into the full swing of their fall tour with a string of five shows across California, Arizona, and Nevada from last Tuesday through to Saturday night. For the first part of their tour thus far, Greensky was joined by Hot Buttered Rum before meeting up with Portland-based Fruition on Thursday for the remaining dates of this week’s run. Over the weekend on Saturday, September 16th, Greensky Bluegrass and Fruition hit the House of Blues in Anaheim, California before the two acts begin to make their way west for their upcoming sold-out Red Rocks performance on September 23rd.During the show in Anaheim, to close out the West Coast leg of their fall tour, Greensky invited friends from Fruition to join them during the encore. Four-fifths of Fruition (minus bassist Jeff Leonard) came out for the joint encore of “Wings For Wheels” and “Whole Lotta Love”, with Mimi Naja, Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, and Tyler Thompson joining the Greensky Bluegrass boys for the two-song show closer. Opening their encore with Greensky’s original, “Wings For Wheels” off 2014’s If Sorrow Swims, the ensemble then closed out the show in full with an energized cover of the Led Zeppelin classic, “Whole Lotta Love.” You can check out the video of Greensky and Fruition’s Saturday night collaboration below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | House of Blues | Anaheim, CA | 9/16/2017Set One: Money for Nothing, Depot Bay, Broken Highways, Just to Lie > J2L jam > Bottle Dry, Worried About the Weather, Handguns, Blood Sucking Friends, Don’t LieSet Two: A Letter to Seymour, New Rize Hill, Working on a Building, Run or Die, Tuesday Letter, Handle with Care, Demons, Forget Everything, Broke Mountain Breakdown > Before Bring Out Your Dead > Bring Out Your DeadEncore: Wings for Wheels*, Whole Lotta Love*Notes: *with Fruition’s Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja, Jay Cobb Anderson, and Tyler ThompsonGreensky Bluegrass and Fruition, “Wings For Wheels”, Whole Lotta Love [Video: butteredamigo]
Whose Hat Is This? is an acid jazz collective featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton). Today, it was announced that Whose Hat Is This? will be hitting the road this December for a six-show run across the East Coast in early December.Members of Tedeschi Trucks Band To Release Improvised Live Album On VinylStarting on December 4th, Whose Hat Is This? will open their mini-tour in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. The following night, the group will hit Philadelphia followed by a night in Baltimore on the 6th. The band will then continue south, hitting Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina, on December 7th and 8th, respectively. To round out the string of dates, Whose Hat Is This? will finish things off with a tour-closing performance just outside of Atlanta at Roswell, Georgia’s Gate City Brewery.Tedeschi Trucks Band Teams With Craft For Causes To Create Special Brews Benefiting CharitySimilar to recent Tedeschi Trucks Band tours, this upcoming Whose Hat Is This? tour was booked in collaboration with Craft For Causes—a non-profit that brings together the live music and craft brewery communities for charity. This winter tour also comes on the heels of Whose Hat Is This?’s sold-out two-night October run in New York City at 55 Bar, as well as the release of their debut self-titled album released back in April.Upcoming Whose Hat Is This? Tour Dates:Dec 4 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music HallDec 5 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’sDec 6 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10Dec 7 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln TheatreDec 8 Charleston, SC @ The Pour HouseDec 9 Roswell, GA (Near Atlanta) @ Gate City Brewery[Photo: Jesse Lauter from Beacon 2017 run]