Wildwood Revival Announces 2016 Lineup

first_imgThe Wildwood Revival festival has just revealed their 2016 lineup, boasting some exciting performances on an intimate festival grounds. The event is set for August 26-28 in Athens, GA, and today has announced a number of their performers, including Gillian Welch, The Lone Bellow and Houndmouth.The lineup includes performances from Hackensaw Boys, Legendary Shack Shakers, The Lost Bayou Ramblers, J.P. Harris, Athens Cowboy Choir, Susto, Ancient Cities, and so many more.“One of our goals with Wildwood Revival is to ‘revive community’ as well as support the style of music and makers who are bringing back the sounds and craftsmanship of older times,” says festival co-founder Libby Rose. “We wanted to take the feeling you get from visiting places like small town juke joints, honky tonks, farmers markets, swap meets, front porch parties and supper clubs and bring those elements to the farm in the form of a festival.” Sounds like a great time to us!Check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for details.last_img read more

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RHCP Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer Calls People ‘Idiots’ For Comparing Him To John Frusciante

first_imgDespite being an official member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers since 2009, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer gets compared to the band’s former axe man John Frusciante on a regular basis. While Klinghoffer can appreciate being mentioned to the legend, it has gotten on his nerves at this point, as he told Metro Russia (via Ultimate Guitar), “Of course it gets annoying. On one hand, it’s an honor for me to be part of this band and be mentioned in the same breath as Frusciante.”“But all these comparisons are simply absurd,” he says, before going on to describe those commentators as “idiots.”” “Because we are two totally different people. I have never tried to emulate his technique. And, of course, I was not trying to get him to leave the band.”While comparisons will always be drawn when you replace such a touted member of any band, it can still be a tough pill to swallow for any artist, especially when it lasts for years and multiple albums. Last year’s Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well 50th Anniversary celebration drew some of the most ridiculous comparisons and arguments ever, when Phish’s Trey Anastasio took on Jerry Garcia‘s role. The true heir apparent to the jam scene throne (Anastasio), and people still found a way to be negative about it. Let’s look at some other “replacement” guitarists over the years:– Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones 1974)– Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds 1965)– Jimmy Crespo replaces Joe Perry (Aerosmith 1979)– Vinny Vincent replaces Ace Frehley (Kiss 1982)And let’s not forget that Frusciante replaced the irreplaceable Hillel Slovak after his unfortunate death from a heroin addiction and overdose. That was not only a huge loss for the band, but a major debate for fans of the Chili Peppers. And then Frusciante left, was replaced by Dave Navarro, only to return for Californication. But if you can sit there and genuinely say that Klinghoffer doesn’t make the cut, you’re not listening to the music.Klinghoffer also played a major role in the writing, playing and recording on seven of Frusciante’s solo albums from 2004 to 2009 – check out A Sphere in the Heard of Silence and The Empyrean. You can bet that Frusciante himself wouldn’t work with him unless he was up to par. Unfortunately, the two haven’t worked together since he joined RHCP, “He tried as much as possible to distance himself from the band and I had to learn to live in it. We have not fought, our paths just diverged somehow. I think someday we can talk again.”His solo to end “Dark Necessities” off the band’s latest effort The Getaway keeps very much in line with that classic RHCP sound, along with some beautiful melodies and distortion a la “Goodbye Angels,” while carving his own path at the same time. The dude has got some serious chops.But, unfortunately, those comparisons will never end. That’s just the name of the game.[via Ultimate Guitar]last_img read more

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Andy Frasco Joins Wild Adriatic For A Wild “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, fans were treated to some fun performances along The Rock Boat last weekend. Among the great shows were sets from Andy Frasco & The U.N. and Wild Adriatic, but a real highlight came when the two bands merged for a performance of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Signed Sealed Delivered.” With members of The U.N. as well as Ripe, this was a powerful and fun moment on the high seas!Check out the video below, courtesy of Melinda Ledsome.last_img

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Watch Marcus King Band’s Superb Phish And Gov’t Mule NYC After-Show On 12/30/2016

first_imgOn December 30th of last year, on the eve of New Year’s Eve, Marcus King travelled to New York City’s Cutting Room, playing an energetic after-show following Phish’s performance at Madison Square Garden and Gov’t Mule’s performance at the Beacon Theatre. The Marcus King Band, which in addition to King is comprised of Jack Ryan (drums), Stephen Campbell (bass), Matt Jennings (keys, organ), Dean Mitchell (sax), and Justin Johnson (trumpet, trombone, backing vocals), put on an excellent show for attendees who made it out, treating the crowd to their patented and increasingly popular soulful, stylized, and psychedelic southern rock.The Marcus King Band Reintroduce Themselves With Stellar Self-Titled Second Album [Review/Stream]With King’s powerful voice and soaring guitar riffs at the center of the performance, the group played through two hours of their material, primarily focusing on music off The Marcus King Band, the group’s second album that came out late last year and catalyzed the group’s steadily upward trajectory. The audience—which included Warren Haynes (who worked with King on their latest album and stopped by following his own New York performance that night with Gov’t Mule), Chris Robinson of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and fourteen-year-old young guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who were seen amongst the crowd, checking out the lauded band endorsed by Soulive and Lettuce’s infamous guitarist Eric Krasno—eagerly and unsurprisingly devoured the music.The Road To Rooster Walk: Marcus King Discusses SongwritingLuckily for those of us who weren’t able to catch the show, you can watch the Marcus King Band’s full performance below, courtesy of Youtube user LondonSoulsHistorian. You can also head over to the Marcus King Band’s website, for more information about the young rock star including their upcoming summer tour dates, including performances at festivals such as Rooster Walk, Summer Camp, Peach Fest, and LOCK’N.[Photo: Emily Butler]last_img read more

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Watch Fruition Rally The Home Crowd At Northwest String Summit [Videos]

first_imgFruition was playing with a loaded deck during their back-to-back days of jamming at the Northwest String Summit. Both days, the crowd was packed with fans of the Portland-based band, many of whom have watched these five friends grow from street buskers to a nationally touring act that regularly sells out rooms across the country. It says a lot about the dedication of Fruition’s fan base to see a crowd locked arm-in-arm, singing along to every song ’til the sound man pulls the plug for two days in a row.Watch Fruition Perform “Boil Over” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]The songwriting duties are shared by the front line of mandolin and guitar maven Mimi Naja, the frenetic fretwork of Jay Cobb Anderson, and the keys and guitar offerings of Kellen Asebroek. However, Naja, Anderson, and Asebroek would be little if not for the rock solid foundation laid down by drummer Tyler Thompson and bassist Jeff Leonard. Watching such strong-willed, creative individuals play with such respect to the styles and song space of their partners is truly a wonderful thing, and the audience responds in kind.Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]Known for their breathlessly honest music, wild stage energy, and relentless good cheer, Fruition can find a ray of hope in even the most heartbreaking of subject matters. That attitude, along with their musicianship and songwriting prowess, is what won them the die-hard fans who packed the front of the main stage on Thursday the at the Northwest String Summit. However, Thursday’s set was nothing compared to their night-closing performance in the sweltering Kinfolk tent. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand for all the fun and has put together a collection of some of the best moments from Fruition’s two stellar sets. You can check out the videos below!“Santa Fe”“The Meaning”“Way That I Do”“Wasting Away-Blue Light”“That’s Just Love Sneaking Up On You”“There She Was”“All Apologies”“Misty Night”last_img read more

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Jack Stratton Reveals Bootsy Collins Will Be Featured On Upcoming Vulfpeck Album

first_imgIn a recently released video interview, Jack Stratton of Vulfpeck sat down with interviewer Allegra Rosenberg for a “State of the Vulf Union” address. The interview starts off with the progress the band has made over the past year or so, including their meteoric rise in popularity over recent months and how that affects their live show. While the pair discusses a number of topics, ranging from the more administrative, behind-the-scenes workings of Vulfpeck to the way the group approaches both live performances, collaborations, and the studio, one of the biggest takeaways from the interview is Stratton’s hints about what to expect from Vulfpeck’s upcoming studio effort due out in the fall.Vulfpeck Brings “Centering Fugue” Back To Life, Releases New Video About Minimalist FunkAfter revealing on Instagram recently that James Gadson and David T. Walker were in the studio to record with the band, Stratton confirmed these names, in addition to revealing that Bootsy Collins will make an appearance on the new album. Stratton also drops the names Michael Bland, the drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era, Danish vocalist Coco O, and more. He also notes that Joey Dosik will be featured on the new album, singing for the first time on a Vulfpeck album in addition to his saxophone contributions. You can check out the full interview with Jack Stratton below, courtesy of Allegra – stopitsgingertime.last_img read more

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The Funky Meters To Perform Washington D.C.’s The Hamilton In September

first_img[Video: FunkItBlog]However, with the addition of Stoltz and Houston, The Funky Meters’ performances also give insight into the future of funk, with Stoltz and Houston are poised to continue the legacy of The Meters for years into the future. The Funky Meters’ shows, in addition to their deep-rooted historic roots, offer perspective on how two of The Meters’ founding members hope their songs will grow and evolve as they continue to become solidified as funk staples that will be played for decades to come, making for truly can’t-miss performances each time. You can snag tickets to The Funky Meters’ upcoming show in Washington D.C. here. Make sure to grab your tickets soon, as seats are flying fast!The Funky Meters performing “Just Kissed My Baby” on The Liberty Belle Cruise In 1967, the prolific funk group, The Meters, came together, composed of Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, and Leo Nocentelli. During their tenure together, the crew established themselves as the funk act, largely shaping the sound of the genre as we know it today with their synthesis of the sounds of New Orleans’ second lines into tight funk grooves. The Meters are indisputably a historic group within the funk scene and beyond, having been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times since they first became eligible back in 1994. Today, founding members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. continue to carry the funk torch with their current touring unit, The Funky Meters, which also sees Terrence Houston behind the kit and features original Funky Meters’ guitarist Brian Stoltz.Grab tickets to The Funky Meters’ upcoming performance at Washington D.C.’s The Hamilton on Thursday, September 14th here!On Thursday, September 14th, The Funky Meters are hitting Washington D.C. with a performance at The Hamilton. While the original Meters lineup disbanded in the late 70’s, Neville and Porter later reconvened in 90’s with The Funky Meters. After decades-long careers, Art Neville and George Porter Jr. are still a sight to behold, as the duo still put on energized shows featuring tight renditions of fan favorites from across their long-spanning careers. Considering that bills with the original Meters lineup are increasingly rare save for infrequent one-off performances, The Funky Meters offer fans the chance to see two literal living legends in action and playing the original tunes that kicked off their meteoric rise to fame.Check out The Funky Meters’ at last year’s Fiya Fest! [Video: sgibson818]last_img read more

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Dumpstaphunk And Taz Funk Up The Major Rager [Watch]

first_imgDumpstaphunk brought the spirit of New Orleans and a few special guests to Augusta, Georgia for The Major Rager Music Festival on Friday night. Legendary Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and guitar whiz kid Brandon “Taz” Niederauer had star turns and even brought some horns along to really capture the N’awlins sound. They couldn’t have chosen a more fitting place to get down and dirty because Augusta knows a little something about funk, seeing as its home to the late, great Godfather Of Soul, James Brown himself!While it’s common for most folks thoughts to turn to golf when you mention Augusta, particularly now during the Masters Golf Tournament, the promoters for the Major Rager have turned their annual event into a must see alternative to hitting the links. Folks lined up hours in advance to snag good spots for this year’s funk heavy line-up, a change from last year’s Flaming Lips-headlined event. The all ages crowd saw folks from nine to ninety crowding up front to dance and smile under the warm April sun.Lucky for them, the show was being opened by Dumpstaphunk, a band built on the rock solid foundation of drummer Alvin Ford Jr. and bassist Nick Daniels the third. Ford’s mix of snappy drums and splashy cymbals perfectly countered Daniels incredibly thick, molasses-esque bass sound. Multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall switched back and forth between bass and guitar while singing and cheerfully mugging for the crowd. Ian Neville played slinky guitar licks while his cousin Ivan Neville lead the show, as always, with soulful organ and piano fills and his trademark gruff howl of a voice.We have plenty more to come from the Major Rager, including videos from the James Brown Band, PFunk and the Everyone Orchestra but now let’s check out some of the guitar shredding, bass dropping funky good times from the Dumpstaphunk set. Up first is the wild sit in with Taz, followed by a special, horn filled take on the Dumpsta jam “Justic!” There are playlists of other highlights from the set following each clip, so, as they say in the Crescent City, sit back and let the good times roll!“Dumpstapunk with “Taz” “Justice”last_img read more

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Gorillaz Mysteriously Tease New Album, ‘The Now Now’, Announce Release Date [Watch]

first_imgAnimated hip-hop group Gorillaz had a very busy year in 2017, as they released their first studio album since 2010, Humanz, and continue to tour the world in its support. However, it seems they’re already looking beyond Humanz to their next project. While Gorillaz has yet to officially acknowledge anything about the project, a new website has surfaced containing a retro-looking teaser for something called The Now Now and what appears to mark its release date over a funky, disco-inspired groove.While the group has not announced anything, and The Now Now‘s splash page doesn’t actually mention Gorillaz by name, they left a variety of metaphorical fingerprints on the intentionally mysterious soft announce. People were first directed to this teaser by posters at the recent All Points East festival in London. The signs featured cryptic slogans which pointed people toward thenownow.tv—including “NO MORE UNICORNS ANYMORE,” which recently appeared on one of the Gorillaz characters’ t-shirts in an image recently posted to Instagram by Jamie Hewlett, the project’s visual artist.Most conspicuously, in the opening seconds of the short video that plays on the site, an image of one of the band’s characters appears in silhouette for a brief frame before “The Now Now” is displayed. As told by Consequence of Sound, Hewlett recently noted that the record would mark a “new direction” for the band. He explained, “I’m inventing a new style for the next Gorillaz album. … Damon started to send me demos for new songs quite early on and that’s exciting, to hear the new direction.”At a concert in Santiago, Chile earlier this year, the project’s musical mastermind, Damon Albarn, teased the crowd packed in the arena about the “rumors” of a new album in 2018 before introducing a new song, “Hollywood”. In his introduction for “Hollywood”, Albarn joked, “So, if you go and tell anyone that we’re putting a new album out very soon, then I’ll deny it, because I didn’t say that.”While Albarn may be “denying” that a new album is coming, all signs certainly seem to point to June 29th as a big day for Gorillaz. Stay tuned for more info, and check out the teaser for yourself here.[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

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Leon Bridges Releases Soulful & Nostalgic Music Video For “Beyond” [Watch]

first_imgToday, Leon Bridges has released a brand-new music video for “Beyond”, a track off the soulful singer’s sophomore album, Good Thing. Marking the R&B hit’s sophomore album, Good Thing was released on May 4th, marking a follow-up to Bridges’ critically acclaimed debut, 2015’s Coming Home. While Good Thing has been out for nearly a month at this point, some fans may have heard “Beyond” before, given that it served as the album’s third single.Leon Bridges’ fame, in part, comes from his gorgeous voice paired with his consistently nostalgic and longing sound. Unsurprisingly, “Beyond” falls in line with this traditional soulful sound, with the singer offering up a beautiful ballad about the possibilities of a future with his lover. The new music video, which was directed by Josh Goleman and developed and directed creatively by Preacher, consciously echoes this idea with its somewhat retro style and timeless shots of a couple in love. The tune was written by Bridges along with Justin Tranter, Ricky Reed, Nate Mercereau, and Niles City Sound, which is composed of Austin Jenkins and Josh Block. You can watch the latest music video from Leon Bridges below.Leon Bridges – “Beyond” [Official Video][Video: Leon Bridges]Leon Bridges recently announced an extensive tour with supporting acts including Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Masego, and Khruangbin. See below for a full list of dates. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to Bridges’ website.Leon Bridges Tour Dates:June 9 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory *August 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater ^%August 27 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater %August 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park %August 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater %August 31 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater %September 1 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater %September 2 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater %September 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre %September 5 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre %September 7 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre %September 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater %September 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^September 12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^September 14 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu ^September 15 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield ^September 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNe Ampitheater ^September 18 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company ^September 20 – Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre ^September 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion ^September 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^September 25 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre ^September 27 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach ^September 28 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Hall ^September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore ^October 3 – Washington, DC @ Anthem ^October 4 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena ^October 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^October 6 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^*with Jon Batiste & Stay Human% with Masego^ with KhruangbinView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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