Load remaining images Load remaining images moe/turkua moe. and Turkuaz closed out their two night Jazz Fest team-up with an incredible mix of their finest tunes and classic covers for the joyful audience packing New Orleans’ Civic Theatre. After their impressive first night, fans were openly wondering how the two bands planned on topping their first installment. Luckily for them, both acts had plenty of tricks left up their sleeves, including an extra special appearance by punk rock percussion madman Mike Dillon! Our own Rex Thomson, the current “Mayor of moe.down” was on hand and has goodies from both sets including videos of their exceptional covers of Pink Floyd and Paul Simon. Thomson also captured an “all hands on deck” take on the moe. classic “Recreation Chemistry” that features a xylophone duel between Dillon and Jim Loughlin that has to be seen to be believed! Check out the jamming goodness from both bands below.moe. | Civic Theatre | 4/29/17 | New Orleans, LASet I: Akimbo > Happy Hour Hero, Timmy Tucker > meat., Jungle BoogieSet II: Yodelittle > Down Boy, Skrunk, Fearless > Deep This Time, Cosmik Debris, Recreational ChemistryEncore: Wind It Up, Late In The Evening, Burning Down The HouseTurkuaz Turkuaz moe.“Yodelittle-Down Boy-Skrunk”“Fearless>Deep This Time”“Cosmik Debris”“Recreational Chemistry”“Late In The Evening”
Recently, Twitter launched a new ad campaign under the hashtag #SeeEverySide, which highlights Twitter’s unique ability to allow users to “see what’s happening from every point of view, all perspectives, every side. . . whether it be music, sports, news or entertainment.” While Twitter lets its users take in all perspectives on a subject (and in merely 140 characters to boot), I think we can all agree that everyone loves a happy ending. The social media platform has just released a new ad promoting #SeeEverySide, which stars Chance the Rapper using Twitter to outsource song requests.Chance The Rapper, Preservation Hall, George Porter Jr. Close Bonnaroo SuperJam With “Hey Ya”After throwing out a call asking fans to request songs, Chance the Rapper patiently waits as the answers flood in. As the video cuts to the broad range of folks requesting well-known numbers from Chance’s catalog, an unexpected face makes a cameo — none other than David Crosby. After a sea of “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Same Drugs,” Crosby offers Chance the ability to #SeeEverySide, suggesting that chance play “anything with real instruments.” His tweet is tongue-in-cheek, referencing Crosby’s savage 2015 comment via Twitter that “Rap isn’t music” (A comment spurred by the fan-sourced question: What are your feelings about CSN getting sampled over the years in rap music?).Chance The Rapper Inspires Chicago Bulls To Donate $1 Million To Chicago Public SchoolsHowever, fret not, in case anyone was worried that David Crosby and Chance are about to get into a Twitter feud on the same dramatic levels as the 45th President of the United States and Cher. Later in the video, Crosby reappears, offering an olive branch to the Grammy-winning rapper, later shooting out the text, “I could up your game” (along with a flirty winking emoji), which is still highly condescending coming from the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young namesake but at least slightly nicer in tone. You can check out the video for yourself below, and keep your eyes peeled for that Chance X Crosby collab in the future. [H/T Billboard]
On November 6th, the new SpongeBob SquarePants musical hits Broadway. Written by Kyle Jarrow and co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the musical follows the happenings in Bikini Bottom with many of our favorite characters from the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon making appearances including our favorite sponge, his best friend Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, Sandy Cheeks, and more. Inherently, the show—and by extension the musical—is absurd. The upcoming Broadway production features a whimsical plot about volcanoes, a rock band, and a convoluted plan for SpongeBob and his friends to save Bikini Bottom from destruction.A SpongeBob SquarePants Musical Is Coming With Original Tunes From David Bowie & MoreLast week, NPR Music gave people the first listen to the official cast recording of the soundtrack to the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and it’s truly something else (and as NPR notes, “You certainly do not need to understand [the plot of the musical] in order to understand the album”). While the original cast members from the musical recorded the numbers on the soundtrack, the most hilarious thing about the album is the long list of famed musicians who helped write original numbers for the musical.The third number on the album, “No Control”, is a dark, synthy tune that kicks off with a chorus repeating “The end is coming” over and over again. Who wrote such a over-the-top and heavy tune for a children’s musical about literal sea sponges you might ask? None other than David Bowie and Brian Eno. From there, the credits on the SpongeBob SquarePants soundtrack becomes increasingly surreal, with the album featuring songs written by T.I., Panic! at the Disco, Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, John Legend, They Might Be Giants, Alex Ebert (the lead singer and frontman for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes), Lady Antebellum, Sara Bareilles, the Plain White T’s, Yolanda Adams, and more.The soundtrack for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical comes out on September 22nd via Masterworks Broadway. Until then, you can take a listen to this assortment of Bikini Bottom-themed songs from a ridiculous crew of musicians on NPR Music, and check out the song listing from the musical below.SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical Act I“Bikini Bottom Day” by Jonathan Coulton – SpongeBob and Company“No Control” by David Bowie and Brian Eno – Perch Perkins and Company“BFF” by Plain White T’s – SpongeBob and Patrick“When the Going Gets Tough” by T.I. – Plankton, Karen and Company“Just a Simple Sponge” by Panic! at the Disco – SpongeBob and Ensemble“Daddy Knows Best” by Alex Ebert – Mr. Krabs and Pearl“Hero Is My Middle Name” by Cyndi Lauper – SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy“Super Sea Star Savior” by Yolanda Adams – Patrick and Sardines“Tomorrow Is” by The Flaming Lips – CompanySpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical Act I“Poor Pirates” by Sara Bareilles – Patchy and Pirates“Bikini Bottom Day Reprise 2” by Jonathan Coulton – SpongeBob and Gary“Bikini Bottom Boogie” by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry – The Electric Skates“Chop to the Top” by Lady Antebellum – Sandy and SpongeBob“(I Guess I) Miss You” by John Legend – Patrick and SpongeBob“I’m Not a Loser” by They Might Be Giants – Squidward and Sea Anemones“Just a Simple Sponge Reprise” by Panic! at the Disco – SpongeBob“Best Day Ever” by Andy Paley and Tom Kenny – SpongeBob and Company“Bikini Bottom Day Reprise 3” by Jonathan Coulton – SpongeBob and Company“SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song” by Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg and Blaise Smith – SpongeBob and Company[Photo: Joan Marcus]
Last week, to the joy of fans everywhere, moe. announced two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, marking the first shows back since the band’s surprise hiatus over the summer following bassist Rob Derhak’s cancer diagnosis. The shows at The Capitol Theatre instantly sold-out, and now the band has added one more show on the schedule in 2018—a performance at the legendary outdoor Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12th.moe. Announces First Shows Back With Bassist Rob Derhakmoe.’s 2018 Red Rocks show is sure to be particularly special for fans and the band alike—the group’s highly anticipated Red Rocks show this summer with Twiddle and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong was canceled, as it fell after Derhak’s treatment for Nasopharyngeal cancer had begun. Luckily, Rob’s treatment has clearly been going well, and we’re all looking forward to catching moe. on the road next year.As Rob explained in a press release, ““It’s been a tough few months, and I couldn’t have done it without the overwhelming support of my family, and my famoe.ly. And although it’s still not clear what the future brings, the positivity and love that I’m feeling for moe.’s and my next chapter is beyond exciting. I feel like a kid counting down the days until Christmas, and our energy as a band, is like nothing I’ve experienced before. Thank you all for the well wishes, prayers, and healing vibes.”moe. Bassist Rob Derhak Has Finished Chemo And Radiation TreatmentAn online request period for tickets to the Red Rocks show and an exclusive Emek event poster has just opened and can be found here. The request period ends on Tuesday, November 28th at 6 pm (MST). Following this, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 1st, at 10 am (MST) and can be found here.
Photo: Kevin Cole Khruangbin has been blowing up as of late, with the Texas trio gaining national recognition for their melodic, fun, and funk-driven tunes. Featuring Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums, the trio is deeply psychedelic and draws from 1960’s Thai funk. Recently, the band has been on tour in support of their latest album, Con Todo El Mundo, most recently releasing a delightful music video for their track, “Evan Finds The Third Room”.On Thursday, April 12th, Khruangbin landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a headlining performance at The Sinclair. With support from the San Diego-based jazz-fusion duo, The Mattson 2, Khruangbin put on a proper performance for the Massachusetts crowd. Offering up plenty of takes from their well-received new album, the show drew on Khruanbin’s vast range of influences—synthesizing tastes of takes on disco, soul, rock, and funk spanning decades and continents. A truly groovy performance from start to finish, you can check out photos from the Thursday performance below, courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.Khruangbin Upcoming 2018 Tour Dates:April 17 — Toronto, ON — The Mod ClubApril 18 — Detroit, MI — El ClubApril 20 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln HallApril 23 — Denver, CO — Bluebird TheaterApril 26 — Seattle, WA — Neumos Crystal Ball Reading RoomApril 27 — Vancouver, BC — Fox CabaretApril 28 — Portland, OR — Revolution HallApril 30 — Sonoma, CA — Gundlach Bundschu WineryMay 1 — San Francisco, CA — The FillmoreMay 2 — San Francisco, CA — The FillmoreMay 4 — Solana Beach, CA — Belly Up Solana BeachMay 5 — Santa Ana, CA — The ObservatoryMay 27 — London, UK — All Points EastJune 10 — Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands — Best Kept Secret FestivalJuly 15 — Louisville, KY — ForecastleAugust 9 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks AmphitheatreSeptember 11 — Los Angeles, CA — Greek Theatre #September 12 — Santa Barbara, CA — Santa Barbara Bowl #September 14 — Seattle, WA — WaMu Theatre #September 15 — Troutdale, OR — Edgefield #September 16 — Vancouver, BC — PNE Amphitheater #September 18 — Missoula, MT — Big Sky Brewing Company #September 20 — St. 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 — RBC Echo Beach #September 28 — Montreal, QC — Place des Arts #September 30 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore #October 3 — Washington, DC — The 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 ## supporting Leon BridgesView All Tour DatesPhoto: Khruangbin | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 4/12/2017 | Photo: Kevin Cole Photo: Kevin Cole Load remaining images
Chelsea Music Hall is a brand-new venue scheduled to open this weekend, set in the basement of New York City’s Chelsea Market (the entrance is at 407 West 15th St between 9th & 10th Ave). The venue plans to host live music, comedy, DJs, visual art, and theatre, as well as private events. Chelsea Music Hall will also have delicious food options with Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani of Chelsea Market’s Mizon restaurant handling the menu and kitchen operation. The venue has been in soft-open mode since mid-September and has hosted a few shows in the past month.Unlike most music venues around the city, the venue won’t be focused on one specific genre of music and will serve as a 250-occupant space for performers to try new things, according to the venue’s director, Michael Ginsberg. “Our vision of the music hall is one that lives beyond its four walls,” Ginsberg reported to do NYC.The kitchen opens on Friday, October 19th, which is also the first official scheduled event: a weekly Friday-night dance party called “Soul in the Horn.” Although Chelsea Music Hall’s schedule still seems to be mostly vacant, there will be a dance party four days a week dedicated to Cleopatra, which serves a fusion of music, dance, fashion, theatre, and nightlife.[H/T do NYC]
For Deadheads who enjoy Dead & Company, John Mayer has certainly earned his seat at the family table. Over the course of five tours with the band—each one better than the last—the hardworking guitar-slinger has embraced Jerry Garcia’s tone, devoted himself wholly to one of rock’s largest repertoires, and engaged his strong blues background in his distinctive interpretations of the music.While his presence on the scene has certainly attracted a new wave of participants to the Grateful Dead experience, longtime Dead fans may be excited to find that Mayer’s own music is more accessible than they might believe from reading the tabloids. He discovered the Dead in 2011 (after hearing “Althea” on Pandora Radio, incidentally), and much of his music since then has borne their influence. Still, some of Mayer’s earlier work also has something to offer even the staunchest classic rock fans. Here, in no particular order, are ten songs from John Mayer’s solo repertoire for curious Deadheads to dip their feet into:“Queen of California”From Mayer’s first Grateful Dead-influenced album, Born and Raised (2012), this easy-going acoustic guitar-driven track feels at home with the folksy tunes that abound on Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty (both released in 1970). The song opens up further in its outro, with ornamentation from a pedal steel featuring prominently as Mayer weaves through the mix with a thumb-and-fingerstyle electric guitar picking technique that Dead & Company fans will find familiar. In recent solo performances, Mayer has taken to segueing from “Queen of California” into the Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain”, which shares a similarly laid-back groove.“Emoji of a Wave”If Deadheads can get past the new-school name, they’ll find that this tune is a work of lyrical honesty polished with softly fingerpicked acoustic guitar, orchestral strings, and dynamic vocal melodies. From John Mayer’s most recent album, The Search for Everything (2017), “Emoji of a Wave” echoes the sound of some of the Dead’s most iconic folk arrangements like “Peggy-O” and “Oh, Babe It Ain’t No Lie” and channels the sentiments of moving Garcia/Hunter ballads like “To Lay Me Down”.“Neon”A funky, driving, instantly catchy guitar riff lies at the core of this one. Mayer’s self-reported preference for R&B-leaning songs like “Althea” and “They Love Each Other” reveals an attachment to fingerpicked, syncopated electric guitar riffs which he shows in his own solo work. One of the earliest examples of that affinity, “Neon” is a standout track from 2002’s Room for Squares, an album that contained some of his most enduring hits. Take a listen to the version from the live album Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles for a taste of the jamming Deadheads would come to love.“Waiting on the World to Change”One of Mayer’s biggest hits from 2006’s Continuum, an album often acknowledged as his best to date, the song “Waiting On the World to Change” typifies his distinct brand of pop-rock with well-placed offbeat snare hits and a funky instrumental breakdown in the bridge. Thanks to the tune’s high register, Mayer leaves his breathy voice behind in favor of the clearer tone he demonstrates on such Dead & Company renditions as “Brown Eyed Women” and “Franklin’s Tower”.“In The Blood”Deadheads, listen with an open heart, for “In the Blood” is one of Mayer’s most intensely personal compositions from The Search for Everything. Backed by vocals from Sheryl Crow, he reflects on how his family and background have shaped him, and whether there is much anybody can do to grow and change independently of their upbringing and parentage. Sonically and sentimentally reminiscent of “Standing on the Moon”, Mayer’s tone of honest contemplation shines brilliantly through an intuitive vocal melody, ensuring that listeners can easily recall the lyrics to ponder for themselves long after the song has ended.“Born and Raised” [and “Born and Raised (Reprise)”]The title track of the first album Mayer wrote after listening to the Dead for the first time, “Born and Raised” is a beautifully composed (and typically reflective) Bob Dylan-esque tune centered upon acoustic guitar and harmonica and colored by an organ. Notably, David Crosby and Graham Nash lend their voices to the harmonies which drive the song’s chorus. The two-minute reprise, which completes the album, employs more vocal harmony and a light shuffle to evoke the sound of Grateful Dead tunes like “Uncle John’s Band” and popular covers like “The Weight”. Together, the two parts of “Born and Raised” clearly show the influence of Dylan, the Dead, The Band, and others on Mayer’s recent songwriting and composition projects.“Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”If there is a quintessential John Mayer song, this is it, and this blues-powered breakup ballad from Continuum remains one of his concert staples. “Slow Dancing” uses a simple, evocative arrangement and melancholy lyrics to create an atmosphere reminiscent of Grateful Dead tunes like “Lady With a Fan” and “He’s Gone”. The performance from Where the Light Is is miles ahead of the studio version and features soulful backup singing and a masterful, expressive guitar solo outro.“Roll It On Home”The most obvious nod to the Grateful Dead on The Search for Everything, “Roll It On Home” shows off Mayer’s distinct flavor of country rock. The lazy shuffle, pedal steel licks, and easy-going vocals provide the perfect conduit for a song about leaving the bar so late that “tonight’s already yesterday.” With this track, John Mayer channels the feeling of Dead tunes like “Dire Wolf” and others from Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty to ground the album in a more Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon-inspired sound.“Dear Marie”Perhaps the most emotionally affecting track on Paradise Valley (2013), “Dear Marie” tells of Mayer’s hopeless attempts to track down his childhood love. Sung over a stripped-down acoustic blues arrangement for most of the song, poignant parallel-structure lyrics tug at the heartstrings in much the same way as ballads like “High Time” and “Morning Dew”. After singing the last of the verses, Mayer orchestrates an evolution in the tone, leading the band up into a major chord romp and leaving the heavy-hearted reflection in the rearview.CoversJohn Mayer has a rich history of performing and recording rock and blues covers that began long before his involvement with Dead & Company. Remarkable examples include Jimi Hendrix classics “Bold As Love” and “Wait Until Tomorrow” (from Continuum and Try!, respectively), Ray Charles’ “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” (Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles), as well as a laid-back take on J.J. Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze” (Paradise Valley). Happy listening!
Doom Flamingo, the modern synth-wave side project of Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik, will headline an official afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 following the last of three Umphrey’s shows at Brooklyn Steel. The Doom Flamingo afterparty will take begin just before midnight, giving fans more than enough time to take the short subway ride from Brooklyn Steel to Brooklyn Bowl in time to catch the late-night festivities.The six-piece Doom Flamingo initially formed earlier this year as a result of Stasik helping to put together a group of highly sought-after musicians from the Charleston, South Carolina music scene. Members of the retro rock band include Stasik, Michael Quinn saxophone, Ross Bogan on keys, Stuart White on drums, Thomas Kenney on guitar, and Kanika Moore on vocals. The band has since begun releasing their own original music and is also scheduled to play an official after-show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on December 28th during the upcoming Umphrey’s McGee New Year’s Eve run.PREMIERE: Doom Flamingo, Side Project Of UM’s Ryan Stasik, Releases ’80s-Flavored, Synth-Heavy Track, “F-16”Perhaps the best description of the retro rock project comes from the band itself, which state on their website that their music can be thought of as “Top Gun guitar riffs and Miami Beach poolside lounge-vibes, [which are] all at once contrasted with eerie darksynth soundscapes reminiscent of old John Carpenter films.”While Doom Flamingo may still be a relatively new project, fans can tune into some of their already impressive chemistry with the entertaining animated video for “Runaway” below:Doom Flamingo – “Runaway” – Official Video[Video: Doom Flamingo]Tickets for the Brooklyn Doom Flamingo UM afterparty go on sale starting this Friday, December 7th, at 10 a.m. EST, and can be purchased on the band’s website.
Violent Femmes have announced plans for a spring 2019 co-headlining tour with first-wave American punk heroes X.The busy 2019 touring schedule comes as Violent Femmes continues to promote last year’s release of 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America, a collection of unprecedented live recordings.X will also be promoting some new releases. The band recently announced the reissuing and remastering of their first four classic albums via their collaboration with Fat Possum Records. The remastered edition of Los Angeles (1980) will be released on February 22nd, and the re-vamped Wild Gift (1981) will be released on March 22nd, while Under The Big Black Sun (1982) and More Fun In The New World (1983) will each be released on April 12th. In addition, the band recently re-entered the recording studio for the first time since 1984.The joint tour will include stops in San Diego, CA (5/5); Phoenix, AZ (5/7); Austin, TX (5/9); Houston, TX (5/10); San Antonio, TX (5/13); Tulsa, OK (5/14); Memphis, TN (5/16); St. Louis, MO (5/17); and Madison, WI (5/18). The two bands will also make appearances at the inaugural KAABOO Texas festival in Arlington, TX on May 11th. Ahead of their co-headlining jaunt with X, Violent Femmes will also perform at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV (5/3) and the inaugural BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach, CA (5/4).Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale this Friday, February 22nd, via the Violent Femmes and X websites.Violent Femmes Upcoming Tour DatesMAY3 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV4 – BeachLife – Redondo Beach, CA5 – Humphrey’s – San Diego, CA #7 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ #9 – Moody Theater / ACL Live – Austin, TX #10 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX #11 – KAABOO Texas – Arlington, TX #13 – Aztec Center – San Antonio, TX #14 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK #16 – Graceland – Memphis, TN #17 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO #18 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI# – with XView Upcoming Tour Dates
Mac DeMarco will embrace his inner cowboy on his forthcoming studio album, Here Comes the Cowboy, scheduled to arrive on May 10th via Mac’s Record Label. The 13-track album will be DeMarco’s first studio effort since This Old Dog arrived in 2017, and follows the project’s general announcement back in January, although no real details were shared by DeMarco at the time.Related: Watch Mac DeMarco’s 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival Paris PerformanceIn addition to revealing the album artwork, tracklisting, and release date for Here Comes the Cowboy, DeMarco also shared a new stand-alone single along with its slightly weird music video. The track is titled, “NOBODY”, and doesn’t appear to be included on the forthcoming album’s tracklist. The relaxed new tune features DeMarco in full makeup as some kind of lizard humanoid while enjoying a cigar and, appropriately, wearing a cowboy hat. The new single doesn’t quite fit the cowboy genre similar to songs heard on traditional western-themed albums like Bob Weir‘s Blue Mountain. It does, however, provide listeners with a focus-friendly song to help ease into the week thanks to Mac’s relaxing vocals and muted acoustic guitar strums throughout. Fans can watch the video below to hear the new song, as sung by a very grotesque-looking Mac DeMarco.Mac DeMarco – “NOBODY”[Video: Mac DeMarco]The arrival of DeMarco’s new album in early May should give the popular rock guitarist plenty of new material to play on his 2019 world tour, which begins with his appearances at Coachella next month. It was also announced last week that DeMarco will join Anderson .Paak for a few shows in Texas as part of .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour. Fans can head to Mac’s website for ticket info to all his upcoming 2019 performances. Fans can also scroll down to reference the artwork and tracklisting for Here Comes the Cowboy, which is available for pre-order here.Here Comes the Cowboy Tracklisting1. “Here Comes the Cowboy”2. “Finally Alone”3. “Little Dogs March”4. “Preoccupied”6. “Choo Choo”7. “K”8. “Heart to Heart”9. “Hey Cowgirl”10. “On the Square”11. “All of Our Yesterdays”12. “Skyless Moon”13. “Baby Bye Bye”View Full Album Tracklisting[H/T Pitchfork]