Come May 19th through the 22nd, popular synthesizer brand Moog will host the annual Moogfest in Durham, NC. The festival has been held in North Carolina since 2010, and this year’s lineup features the likes of Odesza, Grimes, and more. However, there’s just one problem, as the state recently passed a a law that requires individuals to use the restrooms and locker rooms based on the gender identity on their birth certificates.This has sparked an online protest, under the hashtag #WeAreNotThis. The festival penned an open letter in support of the protestors, saying:To our global community of artists, technologists, and future-thinkers.We are stunned by the news this week, and we invite you to join us in opposing regressive, unjust discrimination of all kinds. House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, passed on Wednesday by North Carolina’s legislature and signed into law by the governor, eliminates anti-discrimination protections for all lesbians, gays and bisexuals and bars transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender they were born with. Moogfest is proud of its home in Durham, its heritage in Asheville, and our friends throughout the state of North Carolina. But we adamantly oppose this law, and any laws that enable or encourage exclusion and bigotry.Moogfest is dedicated to the legacy of Bob Moog, an engineer who partnered with artists to create new technological tools for creative expression. It was Bob’s lifelong belief that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest offers an inclusive environment where all people come together to explore big ideas for the future. We value diversity, self-expression and experimentation above all else. This discriminatory law not only runs counter to the basic principles of equality, fairness, and justice – it is a direct affront to our principled mission.We will have spaces dedicated to education and dialogue around these issues and we will take every step possible to ensure that Moogfest remains a safe and welcoming space for all festival-goers, especially the many LGBTQ artists and speakers joining us this year.We invite all fans of Moogfest to join us. We are standing our ground in North Carolina, and will use every opportunity to protest this law – on the stage, in the streets, and on social media.Follow and share the story on social media #WeAreNotThis #HB2 #NCSupport the work of our allies at the ACLU of North CarolinaSign Equality NC’s petitionSynthesize love, Your friends at MoogfestFor more on Moogfest, be sure to head to the festival’s official website.
While all of the members of Phish remain active with side projects during the band’s down time, none are as raucous as that of Jon Fishman’s band, Touchpants. Half comedy, half music, the group’s performances are known for their use of toilets, dildos, and more as props.However, it seems that this may be running Fishman into some family trouble, according to a new interview published by 215music. According to the interview, Fishman has been pressured by his wife, who “isn’t exactly thrilled with the level of gross.” The band is scheduled to perform at Bonnaroo, where some of Fishman’s daughter’s friends will be in attendance; thus, the Fishman family may force the eventual end of the group.The conversation with Fishman took place in Philly, where Fishman recently performed and held a meet-and-greet as part of the Bernie Sanders campaign trail. 215music not only published the interview, but recorded footage of the entire performance, which we recently shared as part of coverage from the event. Fishman was joined by members of Particle and Dopapod for the show.Watch “Burning Down The House” from 215music, below:If Touchpants is indeed coming to an end, we certainly will remember all of the fond, and inappropriate, memories.You can see a gallery of Touchpants’ recent show from January 2nd below, courtesy of Jeremy Scott: Load remaining images
With the Austin City Limits Festival lineup just released, the people behind ACL have announced the inductees and performers for the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival Hall Of Fame Inductions and Celebrations, scheduled for October 12th at the Moody Theater. Three influential artists will get the big honor for 2016: B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, and Kris Kristofferson.To celebrate these musicians, ACL has put together an awesome list of performers for the occasion, including Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Gary Clark Jr. and Taj Mahal. Not only that, but Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will be on hand to host the evening’s ceremony.Tickets for the show are on sale now, and the full ceremony will be broadcast as part of the Austin City Limits 42nd season, which features My Morning Jacket, Paul Simon, and more.
Snarky Puppy made their return to Kentucky yesterday, May 12th, at the Madison Theater for a night of lush, exploratory instrumental music that owed as much to classical composers as it did to modern funk and soul creators. Bringing a nine man squad to the stage, the band uses its many players to create a dense sound that borders on symphonic. Though the size of the band may fluctuate depending on availability of its many members, one thing you can always count on is the presence of main composer and bass player Michael League.League’s smiling face and funky bass lines are front and center, both onstage and in the musical mix. Leading by example, he pulls himself back a majority of the time, creating space for his many collaborators to take their turns in the limelight. Flanking him on guitar, Bob Lanzetti kept a clean, slinky sound that flowed well alongside the organ work of Shaun Martin and Justin Stanton. Martin, in particular seemed to be feeling the groove, dancing behind his keyboard array and making eye contact with folks in the front rows, individually hyping up spirits while contributing pillowy organ fills to the mix.The three piece horn section of Mike Maher and Jay Jennings on trumpet alongside Chris Bullock on sax enriched every musical moment they joined in on, with wide open washes of sound counter-pointed by staccato bursts of pure passion. Bullock, in particular, lulled listeners into trance-like states before sounding the alarm and rousing the crowd into a full dance frenzy. While Jason Thomas showed off an intrinsic understanding of both timing and restraint in his work on the drum kit, percussionist Nate Werth was the MVP of the night. His constantly changing fills and patterns took the material on an around-the-world tour, bringing in traditional rhythms and techniques from nearly every culture on the planet, elevating the both the individual piece and the evening as a whole. Load remaining images To kick off the night, Michael League came out to introduce Ground Up label mate, the amazing guitar/bassist Charlie Hunter. Promoting his forthcoming album, Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth, (a classic Mike Tyson quote) Hunter dazzled the crowd with his ability to play independent bass and guitar lines on the same instrument at the same time. Though his finger picking technique edges towards jazz at its, core his ability to play talking blues pieces and to just plain rock out at the drop of a hat leaves casual listeners in awe and hardcore music fans frozen in their tracks. With accompaniment by Snarky Puppy’s Bullock on sax, Thomas on drums and Stanton on trumpet, Hunter showed why he regularly plays with a who’s who of musicians. Check out a gallery of Rex Thomson’s photos from the show below. The sheer density of Snarky Puppy’s sound is nearly overwhelming to listeners. While splashy organ fans and horn bursts plead for attention the simmering percussive force that underlies it manages to both accompany and lead at the same time. Even when the ntensity of the songs did simmer down enough for one player to take the foreground, the rest of the players were slowly maneuvering themselves into position for the next charge. The ebb and flow of their continual build and release held the crowd from first notes to last, and when the smoke cleared at the end of their set, fans stood shell shocked but still begging for more.
Anyone attending this year’s Moogfest will get a chance to relive a piece of music history, as the iconic synthesizer brand has revealed plans to reissue the classic Minimoog Model D. The first publicly-available Minimoog instrument was used heavily throughout the 1970’s, and will be manufactured for custom orders on site at Moogfest in North Carolina.While the brand doesn’t seem to have any plans for a larger release, fans are able enjoy this short “making-of” clip in celebration of the Minimoog’s return.
You can catch The Motet on the road this Fall. After the band finishes their Mixtape 1979 Halloween run, the tour rolls on with shows at the Ardmore Music Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, and more. Check out the full tour schedule below: Back in July, Colorado-grown funk crew The Motet played their first headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. After opening performances from Vulfpeck and Medeski Martin & Wood, The Motet treated the crowd to a high-octane set of both old favorites and cuts from their latest release, Totem. Trey Anastasio Band trombonist Natalie Cressman joined the horn section for the entire show, and former Motet and current Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli also lent his horn to the band for a tune.Today, The Motet officially released the full soundboard audio of their Red Rocks throw-down, so everyone can relive the magic. Stream the show via Spotify below, and watch pro-shot video for “The Truth” from the stellar performance.
One of the best collaborations in recent years is the Southern Soul Assembly, an all-star conglomeration of Southern-influenced singer/songwriters that includes JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, and Anders Osborne. The band has been around for a few years, as the four busy musicians seem to find themselves continually returning to the project whenever their schedules permit.In 2017, the band will tour extensively through the month of March, with a tour schedule that runs from March 2nd through the 26th. The band will tour throughout the country, hitting venues through the South, Northeast, and Midwest on their 21 date excursion. For fans of great music in those cities, there’s no excuse to miss this grouping of extraordinary musical talents.Check out the band’s full tour schedule below, and head to their website for more information.Southern Soul Assembly Tour Dates3/2/17 – Lyric Theatre – Birmingham, AL3/3/17 – Germantown PAC – Germantown, TN3/4/17 – Riley Center – Meridian, MS3/5/17 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA3/7/17 – Acadiana Center for the Arts – Lafayette, LA3/8/17 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MI3/9/17 – City Winery – Nashville, TN (2 SHOWS)3/10/17 – Clay Center – Charleston, WV3/11/17 – The Howard Theatre – Washington, DC3/12/17 – Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA3/15/17 – Sandler PAC – Virginia Beach, VA3/16/17 – Tarrytown Music Hal – Tarrytown, NY3/17/17 – City Winery – New York, NY (2 SHOWS)3/18/17 – The Keswick – Glenside, PA3/19/17 – Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA3/21/17 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI3/22/17 – Brown Theatre – Louisville, KY3/23/17 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO3/24/17 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL3/25/17 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI3/26/17 – Vogue Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
The Untz Festival is back for another year, returning to California’s Mariposa County Fairgrounds on June 3 & 4, with an early arrival party June 2. The first phase of the lineup includes experimental bass icons Liquid Stranger, Space Jesus, TRUTH, EPROM, Shlump, Yheti, and more. The event promises curated stages, late night throw downs, and over-the-top production to complete the festival’s experience. We’re excited to see who else is added to what is sure to be a tremendous event!Check out the full lineup on the poster below, or head to the festival’s website for early bird tickets and additional details.
With the Connecticut-born McLovins roughly halfway through their No Limit winter tour, the band is looking solid as they look forward to the rest of 2017. On Friday morning, the band released a new installment of Basement Takes, a collection of videos of the McLovins shot, predictably, in a basement that feature up-close-and-personal footage of the members of the group.For the fourth video in the series, the band chose to release “All Is All,” an original McLovins’ tune that’s slow, soulful, and sure to make you feel something. You can check out “All Is All” as well as the remaining dates in the McLovins’ No Limit tour via the tour poster below or their website here. [H/T JamBase]
[Photo: Phierce Photo]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 4/25/2015Set One: Beat It On Down The Line @ (SM), Casey Jones (TH), Candyman # (TH), Greatest Story Ever Told (SM), Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (TH), Feel Like A Stranger $ (SM)Set Two: Althea ^ (TH), Black Throated Wind # (SM), Shakedown Street & (TH) > Jam * > St. Stephen + (ALL) > The Other One (SM) > One More Saturday Night (SM)Encore: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > WBYGN (Instrumental)Notes:@ – 3-1-4 (St. Louis Area Code) Beat It On Down the Line# – First Time Played$ – With Slipknot! Teases (TH & SM)^ – With “All of My Love’ (Led Zeppelin) Teases (MB)& – With DD Bass Solo* – With The Other One, Let It Grow, “Communication Breakdown” (Led Zeppelin) & “How Many More Times” (Led Zeppelin/Howlin Wolf) teases (TH, TH & SM, JR, & Band respectively)+ – With “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin/Willie Dixon) Teases & Let It Grow Teases/Jam For this week’s edition of Tapers Tuesday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead released a new soundboard from the group’s performance at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 25th of 2015. Dubbed “The Wayback Machine Edition,” this throwback recording from over two years ago contains audio from Almost Dead’s 25th show, which is particularly amazing when considering how far the group has come in that time. Since then, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has written original songs, headlined the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre (and subsequently made their debut at an arena after their initial appearance at the legendary venue was rescheduled due to weather), and more than quadrupled the number of shows under the project’s belt. They’ve been joined by the likes of Bob Weir, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, and Oteil Burbridge, and that’s literally just accounting for this past August alone.Listen To Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Headlining Performance With Oteil Burbridge At Red RocksThe popularity behind Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has been consistent since the project’s inception, and this buzz only grows with each performance. It’s not hard to see why, particularly when looking at the recently released audio from their 2015 St. Louis show. Even two years ago and beyond, when Joe Russo’s Almost Dead was still more-or-less a fledgling concept group, the group showcased an innovation and fearlessness when taking on the tunes of the Grateful Dead and using their songs as springboards for energized and unconventional jams. For example, throughout the April 25th Pagaent show, Almost Dead consistently returning to the catalog of Led Zeppelin, and working in teases of “All Of My Love,” “Communication Breakdown,” “How Many More Times,” and “Whole Lotta Love” throughout the performance. You can listen to the audio from this throwback performance, courtesy of Eric McRoberts, and check out the show notes, courtesy of Peter Costello, below.