Last night, Umphrey’s McGee kicked off their latest round of tour dates with a performance at The Augusta Commons in Auguest, GA featuring support from The Marcus King Band. During the second set of Umph’s headlining performance, the Chicago natives welcomed Marcus King for a rendition of Rolling Stones classic “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” The young axe-slinger showered the rocking cover with fiery licks. King’s ferocious riffing–along with the already formidable two-guitar attack of Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger–gave the entire song a distinctly southern feel, sparks flying as King and Cinninger traded solos and built the song to a raucous peak. “Give it up for the Marcus King Band,” Bayliss proclaimed after their guest left the stage. “Man, those guys are hot!”The feelings of excitement and gratitude were mutual. In a comment to Live For Live Music, King raved about the experience: “Those cats are some of my favorite players! They’re so passionate and dedicated to their craft. It’s always been inspiring. I had shaky knees walking on the stage, no doubt about it.”The King sit-in was far from the only highlight of the show, which included a memorable first set-closing “Sociable Jimmy” > “Tribute To The Spinal Shaft” > “Speak Up” > “Thin Air” run and and excellent early second set “Bridgeless” that returned to close the set after a well-executed “Resolution.”The band had one more surprise in store for the encore, as they followed “The Triple Wide” with the eponymous refrain from the end of the Beatles classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The debut cover was a nod to the iconic LP’s 50th anniversary last week.You can listen to full audio of Umphrey’s McGee’s 6/1/17 Augusta performance below courtesy of taper NSL on archive.orgUmphrey’s McGee continues their current set of dates with a performance at The Music Farm in Columbia, South Carolina tonight. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | Augusta Common | Augusta, GA | 6/1/17Set One: 2nd Self > Mad Love, Intentions Clear > No Diablo, Sociable Jimmy > Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Speak Up > Thin AirSet Two: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Women Wine and Song, Bridgeless > Booth Love, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, Resolution > BridgelessEncore: The Triple Wide > Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) with Marcus King on guitar debut, The Beatles[Cover photo via Emily Butler (Marcus), Phierce Photo by Keith G (Umphrey’s)]
British alternative rock giants Radiohead will mark the 20th anniversary of OK Computer, one of their most celebrated albums, on June 23rd with the release of a new box set dubbed OKNOTOK. The new compilation will include a fully remastered cut of the entire original LP along with three previously unreleased tracks (“I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War”) and eight B-sides.Following the official unveiling of one of the three unreleased studio tracks, “I Promise,” on BBC Radio last night, the band has released an official music video for the lost song. You can check it out below via the band’s YouTube page:Pre-sale for Radiohead’s OKNOTOK is currently under way here. In addition to more traditional formats such as digital download, CD, and vinyl, the group is also offering a boxed edition that includes “three heavyweight 180 gram black 12″ vinyl records,” a special hardcover book filled with unseen artwork and the full lyrics to the tracks on OKNOTOK, a notebook compiling selections Thom Yorke’s notes at the time, a small sketchbook with Donwood and Yorke’s visual plans for the album, and a cassette mix tape containing session archives and demos from OK Computer.[Cover photo via Getty Images/Matthew Baker]
This past weekend, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made their highly awaited return to The Capitol Theater, NY for a two-night run at the historic venue, and their first shows in Port Chester since their 2016-2017 New Year’s run. As is usual in the New York market (and in most other markets, to boot), the performances sold out at lightning speed, and the band returned the favors by bringing their own electric musicianship and improvisation to one of the late Jerry Garcia‘s favorite venues. SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theater | Port Chester, NY | 7/21/17 (Show #114)Set One: King Solomon’s Marbles > Cumberland Blues, I Need A Miracle > Crazy Fingers > St. Stephen > Play Pause Stop*Set Two: Silvio** > Scarlet Begonias > Cassidy > Fire On The Mountain > Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance > BerthaEncore: Werewolves of London^*Benevento/Russo Duo cover**Bob Dylan cover^Warren Zevon cover[Cover photo via Andrew Rios, from The Ogden, Denver, CO] Both nights nights of the run proved to offer countless highlights. Friday featured JRAD’s first “Dark Hollow” on electric instruments, an “Althea” that segued into (and back out of) “Space,” the band’s debuts of an instrumental “In With The In Crowd” jam (by Ramsey Lewis), “Deep Elem Blues,” and “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” a rendition of “The Wheel” with a jam on Cold Play Cold‘s “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” (another first) sandwiched in between, and much more.Saturday’s performance boasted a dream setlist including “King Solomon’s Marbles,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Crazy Fingers,” “St. Stephen,” and the JRAD debut of Benevento/Russo Duo‘s “Play Pause Stop” in set one, a “Scarlet” > “Cassidy” > “Fire” sandwich, a beautiful “Lost Sailor,” and a celebratory “Bertha” closer in set two, and a howling cover of Warren Zevon‘s “Werewolves of London” to round out the encore.You can watch a selection of pro-shot videos from each night of JRAD’s summer Capitol Theater shows below, via the band’s Facebook and nugs.net.SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theater | Port Chester, NY | 7/21/17Set One (9:00PM – 10:30PM)Jam @ ->Dark Hollow ##Althea ->Space ->Althea Reprise # ->Playing In The Band ->In With the In Crowd Jam $ ->Playing In The Band RepriseThey Love Each OtherGonesville ->Casey Jones >SugareeSet Two (10:57PM – 12:27AM)Deep Elem Blues % (All) ->Easy Wind ->The Wheel ^ ->God Put A Smile Upon Your Face Jam & ->The Wheel Reprise * >So Many Roads ->Dark Star + ->Estimated Prophet ->Touch Of Grey“Happy Birthday to Marco” (Crowd & band sung)E: It’s All Over Now Baby Blue @@ (TH)@ – With a “Lay Down Sally” (Eric Clapton) Tease (TH)## – First Electric Version by Almost Dead – played Acoustic on 2015-12-31 & 2016-10-07.# – First “Split” Althea$ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Ramsey Lewis Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead% – First Time Played By Almost Dead, with a BT Wind Tease (SM). MB 1st Verse, DD 2nd Verse, JR 3rd Verse, SM 4th Verse, TH 5th Verse^ – With a “Jolene” (American Babies) Tease & a So Many Roads Tease (TH)& – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Cold Play Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead, with “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) teases (JR & SM)* – With “National Anthem” (Radiohead) Teases (TH)+ – Verse One [email protected]@ – Bob Dylan Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead, with a “Take On Me” (Ah-Ha) Tease (MB) Friday 7/21 “Althea”:Friday 7/21 “Deep Elem Blues”:Saturday 7/22 – “King Solomon’s Marbles”:Saturday 7/22 – “Cassidy”:
When a new supergroup is born, it’s not the circumstances that matter as much as the music it makes. At Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017, Rooster Conspiracy—the brand-new group featuring Eric Krasno, Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, and Jay Lane—showed that they could generate high-voltage mayhem and infuse fireworks into lengthy improvisations centered around the beloved catalog of the Grateful Dead.Rooster Conspiracy was actually born from Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann‘s good intentions and celebratory spirit during the first few days of 2017. Having just rung in the new year in a friend’s backyard in Hawaii with a band that included his Billy & the Kids bandmate Reed Mathis and Mathis’ Electric Beethoven bandmate Todd Stoops, Kreutzmann was in the mood to keep jamming. When he heard that Eric Krasno just arrived on his little island of Kauai, he invited the guitarist to join in.The ensemble spent the better part of New Year’s Day casually jamming just for the fun of it. The following evening, Kreutzmann arranged for a surprise luau at his house. He had instruments set up in his garage and ready to go, so the four jammed again—this time going into unrehearsed Grateful Dead songs. This time around, they landed in a funky style that showcased Kreutzmann’s signature shuffle and locked in with Krasno’s jazz-club funk, Mathis’ constant drive for creation, and Stoops’ kinetic approach to the keyboards.The “Bill’s Garage” jam felt like a purification ceremony that opened up pathways for the new year. In a nod to both the time (the Chinese “Year of the Rooster” was just about to begin) and the place (Kauai, an island with wild roosters everywhere), the four new jamming buddies decided on the name “Rooster Conspiracy.”When Kreutzmann couldn’t make it to New York for Brooklyn Comes Alive, the rest of the guys wanted to bring their Dead-funk 2017 jams to Williamsburg. The group tapped the great Jay Lane of Ratdog and Primus fame for the highly anticipated first-ever East Coast edition of the Rooster Conspiracy. The resulting set turned out to be a nearly ninety-minute jam session that was, at the heart of it all, only two songs! Rooster Conspiracy proved that “It’s not always the destination it’s the journey,” weaving between the two songs like madmen and creating seemingly endless amounts of psychedelic space between them.We managed to get the entire set on one long video (though there is a short break in our camera footage during a speedy battery change), so you can get lost in the magic just as we did when it happened live. Enjoy!“Deal” > “Cassidy” > “Deal”
Today, in accordance with the name of Phish‘s upcoming 11th multi-day festival, Curveball, the Vermont quartet has made a surprising announcement about the event, set to take place August 17th-19th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. According to a press release, the band will forgo their customary Saturday daytime set in favor of a very special new spectacle from Phish vacuumist Jon Fishman. As Fishman explains in the release:Obviously, Phish has some great songs. But I don’t think there’s any debate about which one is the best Phish song. It’s “Ass-Handed”. Like, by a mile. No, by two miles. Anyway, I got the idea during one of the festival planning meetings, when we were discussing the festival name and stuff (I still think we should’ve gone with Cockn’Ball, but management said they couldn’t market “profanity,” whatever that means). Trey [Anastasio] mentioned something about that Broadway show he wrote the music for, and I remember thinking how it really didn’t look all that hard when he did it, so it just dawned on me–of course, Ass-Handed: The Musical!According to the announcement, Fishman went home that night and fleshed out the specifics of the production, returning to band practice the next day with a fully-realized stage musical starring himself as “Man,” a man who continuously gets his ass handed to him by an all-powerful, all-knowing entity known as “Life.”An inside source notes that Fishman reached out to senior Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders about playing the role of “Life” in Ass Handed: The Musical. Bernie responded by promptly blocking Fishman’s phone number. The entire show will be accompanied by the acclaimed New York Philharmonic, who reportedly “can’t believe they got roped into this.”However, the press release promises that despite its high-concept premise, Ass Handed: The Musical won’t get too serious and, in reality, will basically just be 70-85% fart jokes. Notes Fishman, “You thought the stuff we were doing with Touchpants was graphic? Yea, Touchpants was fuckin’ Teletubbies compared to this beautiful monstrosity. And I don’t say that lightly.”Adds Anastasio, “Yea…uh…Fish really ran with this one. It’s gonna be…well, it’s gonna be…something. Think [Pink Floyd‘s] The Wall, but more elaborate…and with more 14-story ass-shaped stage sets that spit fire.”Asked his thoughts about the Curveball debut of Ass Handed: The Musical, keyboardist Page McConnell responded, “You know when you’re mostly just kind of joking around about doing something and it’s funny, and then someone gets really serious about it and actually follows through and you have to kinda pretend to be behind it because you were when it was just a joke but it’s not so funny anymore? … Wait, what was the question?”When asked if he was excited about Ass Handed: The Musical, bassist Mike Gordon said, “No.”Phish – “Ass Handed” – 12/31/16[Video: kembra allen]For more information on the world premiere of Ass Handed: The Musical at Phish’s upcoming Curveball, head here.April Fools!
Nine Inch Nails have expanded their 2018 North American fall tour. After selling out two nights at Radio City Music Hall in mere minutes, Nine Inch Nails have added two shows at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, taking place October 16th and 17th. Nine Inch Nails will also extend their sold-out runs in New Orleans and Los Angeles, and add a second show in San Francisco.The Jesus and Mary Chain will provide direct support on the fall tour. Opening acts will vary as the tour moves across the country, and include TOBACCO, Kite Base, Daniel Avery, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor), Death in Vegas, HMLTD, and Soft Moon. A Trent Reznor-curated playlist featuring the music of each opening act can be heard here.Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale online and by phone on Friday, June 15th, at 10 am local time. Visit the band’s website for additional information and links to purchase.Tonight, Nine Inch Nails kick off their summer headline tour with the first of three sold-out shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. From there, the band will bring their incendiary live concert experience to the UK and Europe, beginning with a pair of shows in London, including a sold-out performance at the historic Royal Albert Hall.Bad Witch, the final volume in the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE, is set for release on June 22. Fans who pre-order the record in digital format, or from the band’s website, will instantly receive the track “God Break Down the Door.”COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018WITH THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN09/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre TOBACCO09/14 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre TOBACCO09/18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks TOBACCO09/19 Morrison, CO Red Rocks TOBACCO09/24 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater TOBACCO SOLD OUT09/26 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre TOBACCO09/27 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre TOBACCO09/29 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater TOBACCO10/09 Washington, DC The Anthem Kite Base10/10 Washington, DC The Anthem Kite Base10/13 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Kite Base SOLD OUT10/14 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Daniel Avery SOLD OUT10/16 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre Daniel Avery10/17 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre Daniel Avery10/19 Boston, MA Boch Center Daniel Avery SOLD OUT10/20 Boston, MA Boch Center Death in Vegas SOLD OUT10/22 Detroit, MI Fox Theater Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor)10/23 Detroit, MI Fox Theater Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor)10/25 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor) SOLD OUT10/26 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Death in Vegas SOLD OUT10/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Death in Vegas SOLD OUT11/23 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Kite Base SOLD OUT11/24 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Kite Base SOLD OUT11/25 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Daniel Avery11/27 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Daniel Avery11/28 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Daniel Avery12/03 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium HMLTD12/04 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium HMLTD12/07 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Death in Vegas SOLD OUT12/08 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Death in Vegas SOLD OUT12/11 Los Angeles, CA Palladium HMLTD SOLD OUT12/12 Los Angeles, CA Palladium HMLTD SOLD OUT12/14 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Soft Moon12/15 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Soft MoonNINE INCH NAILS 2018 TOUR DATES* headline shows06/13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/15 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/22 London Meltdown Festival *SOLD OUT06/24 London Royal Albert Hall *SOLD OUT06/25 Paris Olympia *SOLD OUT06/27 Amsterdam AFAS *SOLD OUT06/29 St Gallen Open Air Fest06/30 Prague Aerodrome Festival07/02 Berlin Zitadelle *SOLD OUT07/04 Roskilde DK Roskilde Festival07/06 Belfort Eurokennes Festival07/08 Werchter Rock Werchter Festival07/09 Montreux Montreux Jazz Festival07/12 Lisbon NOS Alive Festival07/14 Madrid Mad Cool Festival08/14 Bangkok Moonstar Studio08/17 Tokyo Sonic Mania Festival08/19 Osaka Summer Sonic Festival09/22 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest09/30 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival11/17-18 Mexico City, MX Corona Capital FestivalView All Tour Dates
Between their spring and summer tours in 1997, Phish claimed that they wrote over 15 songs that were ready to rock. The band clearly lived up to their promise, kicking off a European tour by debuting nine songs on the first day, six on the second, and one more on the third.Among these new songs were some gems that would appear in setlists for many years to follow. On that first night alone, fans witnessed the debuts of “Ghost,” “Limb By Limb”, “Dogs Stole Things”, “Wading In The Velvet Sea”, “Water In The Sky”, “Vultures”, and “Olivia’s Pool”, as well as the Phish debuts of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Stand!” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Izabella”.The evolution of these musical gems has been notable. A song like “Ghost” has gone through many iterations through its history, while the Page McConnell-led “Wading In The Velvet Sea” sounds much like its debut version.There’s really only way to experience these debut Phish performances; listen to the full audio from the 6/13/97 show from Dublin, below.Setlist: Phish | The S.F.X. Centre | Dublin, Ireland | 6/13/97Set 1: Theme From the Bottom, Dogs Stole Things, Beauty of My Dreams > Billy Breathes, Limb By Limb, Wolfman’s Brother > Wading in the Velvet Sea > TasteSet 2: Stash, Maze, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Slave to the Traffic Light > Chalk Dust Torture -> Ghost -> Olivia’s Pool > Character ZeroEncore: Stand! -> Izabella Debut. Unfinished. Phish debut.Teases:· Tequila tease· Jean Pierre tease in Character ZeroNotes: Phish continued their tradition of breaking out new songs at the beginning of a tour; Trey announced after Dogs Stole Things that the band had written 15-16 new songs in the last eight weeks and that they would be debuting many of them at this show. The show featured the debuts of Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Ghost and Olivia’s Pool as well as the Phish debuts of Stand and Izabella. Stash was preceded by a Tequila tease. Chalk Dust was unfinished. Character Zero included a Jean Pierre tease from Trey.[Originally published 6/13/18]
In mid-July, Camp Bisco returned with a vengeance, taking over Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Montage Mountain for three wild nights. With The Disco Biscuits hosting the festival and performing six sets, Camp Bisco reflects the band’s sensibilities, bringing together high-profile artists from both the jam and electronica scenes. Of course, live jamtronica was well represented at the festival this year, with other improv-oriented, electronic-inspired live bands like STS9 and Lotus also making the cut for this year’s headliners alongside high-profile DJs and producers like Bassnectar, Excision, and Tipper.Both Lotus and Colorado’s electrofunk trio SunSquabi were on hand at Camp Bisco this year, both of whom are veterans of the nationally renowned music festival. Late night on Friday (technically Saturday morning), the two fan-favorite acts teamed up for a special collaborative improv set for Camp Bisco’s VIP attendees. Reflecting both band’s penchant for stretching jams and savoring funk-fueled grooves, Lotus and SunSquabi’s joint set was a welcome performance for fans at Camp who leaned more heavily toward the jam side of things.You can check out an hour-fifteen-minute video from Lotus and SunSquabi’s joint VIP set at Camp Bisco 2018 below, which was shot and edited by Sam Silkworth of Silky Shots with sound mixed by Ryan Dell. Enjoy! [Video: Samuel Silkworth]
Today, Sir Paul McCartney has released the newest single from his upcoming solo album, Egypt Station, which is set to be released on September 7th via Capitol Records. The newest track, “Fuh You”, follows previously released Egypt Station singles “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me”.“Fuh You” is a catchy pop jaunt that sounds like a mix between Paul’s shimmering, upbeat post-Beatles sound and modern power-pop thematics. The track also offers some amusing, tongue-in-cheek lyrical innuendo (based on the context, its anyone’s guess whether this “Fuh” is short for “For” or a certain four-letter word). All things considered, fans new and old will be singing along to this new tune for months to come. You can check out the newly released lyric video for Paul McCartney’s newest track, “Fuh You”, below:Paul McCartney – “Fuh You” [Lyric Video][Video: PAUL McCARTNEY]In July, McCartney announced a four-night Canadian run this September, the first dates on his new ‘Freshen Up’ Tour. In the ensuing weeks, McCartney has announced several more Freshen Updates, including stops in Poland, Austria, England, and Scotland in December. While the Canadian dates mark the only announced North American shows as of now, the timing of the confirmed concerts (Canada in the fall, Europe in the winter), seem to indicate that McCartney has carved out some time for a trek through the States this fall.The former member of The Beatles recently joined late-night TV host James Corden for a drive around his native Liverpool, England for an emotional edition of Carpool Karaoke that’s well worth the watch. Check out the full video of Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke segment here.For more information on Paul McCartney’s new album, Egypt Station, or to keep an out for updates on his ‘Freshen Up’ Tour, head over to his website here.
On Thursday, November 8th, Spin Doctors will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a performance at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl presented by Relix. A return to New York is a fitting way to celebrate 30 years of the Spin Doctors. The band originally formed in the Big Apple in the late 1980s under the moniker Trucking Company with Blues Traveler‘s John Popper. By the end of the decade, the band had changed its name to Spin Doctors and solidified its classic lineup, featuring lead vocalist Chris Barron, guitarist/vocalist Eric Schenkman, drummer Aaron Comess, and bassist Mark White.Spin Doctors emerged from the burgeoning jam band scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s to achieve mainstream success. The band got their big break with the release of their smash hit debut album, 1991’s Pocket Full of Kryptonite, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA five times over in the USA, with another five million copies sold internationally. Two singles on Spin Doctors’ debut, “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”, went on to dominate the charts and the airwaves in 1992 and 1993, with “Two Princes” earning a Grammy nomination in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category. Other highlights included appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and performing on Saturday Night Live.Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”[Video: SpinDoctorsVEVO]In 1992, Spin Doctors joined forces with Phish, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit on the inaugural H.O.R.D.E Tour. The original Spin Doctors lineup went on hiatus from 1994 through 2001 before the band reunited for a performance at former Manhattan live music hotspot Wetlands Preserve, marking one of the final shows at the venue before it shut its doors. The former owner of Wetlands, Pete Shapiro, would go on to open Brooklyn Bowl in 2009, adding an extra layer of emotional weight to their upcoming anniversary show.The band has remained together ever since their Wetlands reunion, releasing new albums in 2005 (Nice Talking to Me) and 2013 (If the River Was Whiskey). Beyond their Brooklyn Bowl performance, Spin Doctors are planning to return to the studio in early 2019 to record a new album and will hit the road in the U.S. and Europe to continue their 30th-anniversary celebrations next spring and summer.Tickets for Spin Doctors’ 30th-anniversary performance at Brooklyn Bowl are available now. To grab your tickets, head here.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets + A Meet & Greet!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>