Regardless of your musical preferences, most everyone is familiar with Coachella. The annual event has become a mainstay in the festival circuit, attracting so many fans that they added a second weekend back in 2012, and haven’t looked back since. In fact, according to a new report, they’re looking forward at a third Coachella event to be held in the fall.According to the Phoenix Desert Sun, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice have an agreement with the city of Indio, CA to hold up to five events there, annually. Between the two Coachella weekends and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, there’s still room for two more events on the calendar. Those two events could be the fall counterparts to Coachella and Stagecoach, if all goes to plan.The report says that “significant progress” has been made on the additional events, with the city eager to expand its reputation as “The City of Festivals.” According to Indio mayor Glenn Miller, “It brings a different group into the community that wouldn’t be here in the summer heat, so it brings in money, business and jobs to the city.”Considering the estimated $1.4 million that each festival brings to the town, it seems quite reasonable to believe that more Coachellas are coming to Indio soon. Not to mention the Panorama Festival event that Goldenvoice is bringing to New York, NY. Good festival tidings are ahead.This year’s Coachella boasts a lineup with Guns N Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris at the top.[Via The Desert Sun]
Video director Bulldog Media’s Joe W. speaks more in-depth about the band’s decision to shoot in this style. “I came up with the idea after listening to the song a few times. I’ve always wanted to do a 1950’s era video and thought this song would be a good fit. The lyrics “Old Country Road” made me think about the roads surrounding where I grew up in Sonoma County. We ended up shooting the film outside of Petaluma, CA, about 30 minutes from my home town. It was the perfect setting to match my vision for the video.”The song itself was written by Woodruff, and the first-ever song recorded at the band’s Ruffwood Studios in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Built by Woodruff himself, creating a workspace was influential on the album’s direction. “The process of building a studio from scratch in the mountains, surrounded by Redwood trees, yet 15 minutes from the beach, really framed the concept and direction of the album.”Stick Figure is on tour throughout March and the majority of 2016, so don’t miss the group on the road! For more information, click onto their website. California-based roots rockers Stick Figure always bring a good time wherever they go. Known for their soulful takes on the reggae genre, Stick Figure released their 2015 album Set In Stone to critical acclaim. You can listen to the album here.Now, the band is expanding on the artistic direction of Set In Stone with a brand new music video for the single, “Shadow.” Written about Cocoa The Dog, who frontman Scott Woodruff calls “my sidekick, my shadow,” the new video was shot in a retro 50’s style. Woodruff speaks fondly of Cocoa, saying that she “is essentially a member of the band. She is on stage every night, walking the perimeter and greeting the fans. She also gets first pick on choosing her bunk on the bus!”Enjoy the new music video for “Shadow” below:
Last week, Pretty Lights stunned fans with his announcement of a new direction, emphasizing more live band work with a new song called “Only Yesterday” featuring members of Lettuce, Break Science and more. Naturally, what does one do when they want a heavy dose of live music? Visit New Orleans, of course.That’s where Pretty Lights and the Analog Future Band found themselves last night, as they headlined the BUKU Music & Arts Festival. Not only did PL headline with the band, but he was scheduled to perform at the Joy Theater for a late night party featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Horns.An additional secret after party took place on the streets of NOLA, as Pretty Lights shared the above photo with the caption “PLay a secret set in NOLA .” Fans could not have been happier to witness this intimate, late-night dance party.Check out some fan-shot footage of the secret set, courtesy of Cy Desormeaux on YouTube:The fans couldn’t have been happier.I just witnessed a secret pretty lights set in New Orleans and just met datsik. my life cannot be better.— Gaby Hidalgo (@gabyhidalg0) March 13, 2016Some enamored reactions from around the web:3 @PrettyLights sets in one night…and one of them under a bridge in New Orleans. Wow. Thank you Buku. pic.twitter.com/MjY8iZ40v7— Pal-Jacik (@Blaking_Bad) March 13, 2016 This is how close I was to @PrettyLights last night at the secret set. Unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/yTX8QVByGV— Nas Kabbani (@anaskabbani10) March 13, 2016Keep on rocking it, PL Fam.
Multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy has some big news for fans everywhere, as he’ll be releasing his fourth studio album, Wash It in the Water, on September 9th! Not only did Deputy play every single instrument on the release, but his clever fusion of hip-hop, funk, folk, and pop continues to push the envelope of style. Wash It in the Water is sure to be a feel good album that all can enjoy!To get fans excited, Deputy has shared the very first single from the album. The bright tune is called “Chevrolet,” powered by top notch guitar work backed by island rhythms. Its upbeat mood is downright infectious, and we can’t wait to hear more cuts from the new release.Without further ado, you can stream the leading single “Chevrolet” below.Says Deputy about his new music: “Because of the music I was raised on, I’ve always heard rhythm in a very tropical, Latin-esque way—it’s something that resonates in the deepest parts of me… When I was a kid my grandma would play a lot of salsa and soca and make me get up and dance to it, so in a way this is me putting my own spin on all that and bringing those sounds into a whole new era.”With the new album coming soon, Deputy will embark on a series of summer and fall tour dates in support, featuring some co-bill performances with Ballyhoo and others supporting The Keller Williams KWahtro. Don’t miss out! You can check out the full tour schedule below, and head to Zach Deputy’s website for more details.2016 Zach Deputy Tour Dates8/4/16 – Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Park – Middletown, CT8/5/16 – Rock On! Concert Cruise – Boston, MA8/12/16 – The Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PA8/13/16 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC8/19/16 – The Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC8/20/16 – Roasting Room Lounge – Bluffton, SC8/26/16 – Mazzstock – Marlboro, NY8/27/16 – NH Hempfest & Freedom Rally – Lancaster, NH9/1/16 – Empty Glass – Charleston, SC9/2/16 – Hookahville – Pataskala, OH9/3/16 – Front Porch Festival – Stuart, VA9/4/16 – Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV9/8/16 – Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL *9/9/16 – Vinyl – Pensacola, FL *9/10/16 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL *9/11/16 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA *9/12/16 – Visulite Theater – Charlotte, NC *9/13/16 – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL *9/14/16 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL *9/15/16 – The Social – Orlando, FL *9/16/16 – Wormtown Music Festival – Greenfield, MA9/17/16 – Jannus Live – St Petersburg, FL *9/20/16 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC *9/21/16 – Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA *9/22/16 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY *9/23/16 – Catskill Chill Music Festival – New York, NY9/24/16 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA *9/25/16 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA *9/27/16 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA *9/30-10/1/16 – Bear Creek Bayou – New Orleans, LA10/22/16 – The Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA #11/3/16 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA #11/4/16 – Belly Up – San Diego, CA #11/5/16 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ #11/10/16 – Music Farm – Columbia, SC #11/17/16 – White Oak – Houston, TX #11/18/16 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX #11/19/16 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX #* co-bill with Ballyhoo!# supporting The Keller Williams KWahtro
For the record, this is clearly just a rumor. However, when the son of Frank Zappa puts the words Phish and “whole night of my Father’s music” next to each other, well, let’s just say our interests are piqued.In a new interview with the Missoulian ahead of Dweezil Zappa’s upcoming performance at The Wilma, Dweezil Zappa was asked about how Frank Zappa would feel about the feuding between the Zappa siblings. The guitarist responded, “I think he would be horribly disappointed at how everything has been handled by my mom, and now my brother and sister… Phish can do a whole night of my father’s music, and they don’t get a cease and desist letter, but I do?”Phish has never done “a whole night” of Frank Zappa music in their career. Of course this is speculation, but really the only time it would make sense for them to do a night of Zappa’s music would be at their upcoming Halloween performance.The band is very strongly influenced by Frank Zappa; though only one song is officially in their repertoire (“Peaches En Regalia”), Jon Fishman released a Zappa Picks compilation album a few years ago. The band also strongly considered a Zappa album for their Halloween show in 1995, but, according to Phish.net, “insanely complex overdubs, potentially offensive lyrics, and several tunes (esp. “Watermelon in Easter Hay”) that Zappa had requested never be performed live again” caused the band to reroute their practices to The Who’s Quadrophenia for that show.Additionally, there is the timing to consider. The “cease and desist letters” didn’t become a part of Dweezil’s life until this year, so it stands to reason that this comment refers to something that has happened recently, as opposed to an older reference. Furthermore, the band’s decision to play on a Monday for Halloween must mean that they have something in store for the performance.On the other hand, Dweezil – who probably isn’t as nerdy about Phish stats as we are – could just be making a sarcastic comment to emphasize his point. Phish more or less swore off of musical costume sets when they broke from tradition with the Wingsuit set of 2013, and continued that new trend with their Chilling, Thrilling Sounds performance in 2014. While the Halloween show could be a Zappa tribute that doesn’t pick on a particular album, this could all just be nothing but the hopes and dreams of Zappa/Phish fans blowing a quote out of proportion.While we won’t really know until we’re handed a “Phishbill” on October 31st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, it’s certainly fun to speculate about what might be planned for that fateful evening. Until then, we have three nights at Dick’s and a whole fall tour ahead! See you there!
and yes this is new material made this year and yes there is more where that came from.— el-p (@therealelp) September 8, 2016 been keeping my mouth shut about my work w/ zack since jan when we did it. it hurt. now i’ll commence keeping my mouth shut about the rest.— el-p (@therealelp) September 9, 2016You can listen to the new single, right here. Fans have been hearing about a Zack de la Rocha solo album since 2000, when the Rage Against The Machine singer started working on a new project. Though collaborations with Trent Reznor, Questlove and more were ultimately dropped, the only album to feature de la Rocha extensively in the past 15 years is the One Day as a Lion project that debuted in 2008.Last week, de la Rocha surprised fans with a brand new single titled “digging for windows.” While fans were ecstatic to hear the new music, the unexpected release begged the question, “is this a one off release or the first track of a new album?”Fortunately, it was Consequence of Sound who confirmed the latter scenario, as it seems “digging for windows” is the first track of many to come. The new album will apparently feature all new music recorded within the past year, as de la Rocha seems to be eyeing a major comeback. Run The Jewels’ El-P, who produced the new single, also confirmed these reports in a series of Twitter posts.the ZDR the album is happening. 2017.— el-p (@therealelp) September 8, 2016
Load remaining images Electric Beethoven brought some serious jams to New York, NY last night (10/26), playing an extended performance for enthusiastic fans at the DROM venue. The four piece group – Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, Jay Lane and Clay Welch – were originally scheduled for two nights in NYC, but one of their shows was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute when the Cutting Room booked a Dave Chappelle residency.No matter, because the Electric Beethoven crew instead extended their performance at DROM last night, spending over fours jamming on stage. They had planned to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and No. 6 at the show, but instead only got through No. 3. That only proves that this band loves to jam!Watch an extended video of Electric Beethoven’s performance at DROM below, courtesy of LazyLightning55a.A full gallery of iamges from the show can be seen below as well, courtesy of Chris Capaci.
In times of great social conflict, artists often rise to the occasion and express their unrest through art, song, and more. Music has been a popular medium for protest throughout the years, but perhaps never as strongly as that of the 1960’s counterculture movement. With America in the midst of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, the music of the 1960’s strongly represented the sentiments of social justice.As President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office, many are fearing a new era of unjust social policies from the White House. Singer/songwriter Neil Young, an activist since the 1960’s, recently spoke about the parallels between then and now. “This time is very similar to the ’60s, as far as I can tell,” he said in an interview with Mother Jones. “The artists always reflect the times, so there’s a lot to think about, a lot of unknowns, a lot of things that are describable. This is the closest I’ve seen to the kind of ambience that made the ’60s happen. It’s not about the artist having a responsibility to do anything. They have to be artists and express themselves and everything will work out fine. It’s all going to be great. The youth of this country are not behind what is going on. We all know that. If you looked at a [political] map of the United States 25 and under, it’s all-revealing. It’s a unified map.”Though Neil Young is concerned about the troubling times, it’s also nice to see him so optimistic about the youth of this country. He continues talking about the way people will be connecting with one another, saying, “We had the Vietnam War in the ’60s, and there was a draft. The students didn’t believe in it, and it unified them. That brought the people together and made the ’60s like they were. The youth were very unified against the status quo—against the old line and the new old line. It’s the same exact thing today. Social media and young people, art, music, all communications make this one of the most active times for activism. It will be a time of change.”Let’s hope that Young is right, and more artists will usher in this time of change in the years to come.
Jam rockers The Jauntee continue their live series today, with the release of their Live Jaunt album from the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. The show on 11/25/16 was support from Twiddle, and featured some great work from the up and coming jammers.Check out the show on Bandcamp, with a pay-what-you-want download, or stream the tracks below.<a href=”http://thejauntee.bandcamp.com/album/2016-11-25-paradise-rock-club-boston-ma”>2016-11-25 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA by The Jauntee</a>Setlist: The Jauntee | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA | 11/25/16Dirty George >Dirty Job*Mammoth RelaxesBlack Bart ->Hey Pocky A-Way+ ->When the Love Is#I Wanna Love You* “Butterfly” tease+ “Puppy In My Pocket” tease and jam, “Little Drummer Boy” tease# “Streets of Cairo” teaseDon’t miss The Jauntee with Digital Frontier on Valentine’s Day at American Beauty! Tickets are available here.
It’s been a long two months since Widespread Panic had last performed, but that was all washed away on the shores of Riviera Maya, Mexico. Last night was the opening performance of the band’s sixth annual Panic en la Playa, bringing their high energy rock and roll down South of the border for the first of four nights under the stars.The band got things rolling with “One Arm Steve,” keeping the energy high with favorites like “Send Your Mind,” “Weight of the World,” and more. The band really got into a jive during the later half of the set, rolling through “Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety” to close out the hourlong offering.The energy level never waned in the second set, opening up with a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” before jamming out “Visiting Day” and “Second Skin.” From there, the band wouldn’t stop rocking until the end of the set, segueing into “Rebirtha,” “Cease Fire,” “Drivin’ Song” and more. They took “Drivin’ Song” into a funky “Disco” before returning to the “Drivin’,” ultimately dropping out into a percussion jam for Sunny Ortiz and Duane Trucks. They would be joined by bassist Dave Schools for some “Drumz & Bass,” which eventually resolved into a huge “Proving Ground.”Check out the video of “Drumz/Bass jam > Proving Ground” below, courtesy of MrTopdogger.The show kept rocking with “Solid Rock,” which segued back into “Proving Ground,” and ultimately the band closed out the second set with “Action Man.” They kept the mood light for the encore with the song “Vacation,” and closed it out with the fan favorite “Bust It Big.”See a video clip from “Bust It Big” below, courtesy of LoadOffAnnie.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream. You can also head to PanicStream for a full audio stream of the performance. Widespread Panic returns to the stage tonight, February 28th.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic en la Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 2/27/17Set 1: One Arm Steve, Send Your Mind, Weight of the World, Old Neighborhood, Cotton Was King, Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety (64 mins)Set 2: Mr Soul, Visiting Day, Second Skin > *Rebirtha > Cease Fire > Drivin’ Song > Disco > Drivin’ Song > Drumz / Drumz & Bass > Proving Ground > Solid Rock > Proving Ground > Action Man (104 mins)Encore: Vacation, Bust It Big (20 mins)[Photo via WSP FB]