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With election season heating up, non-profit organization HeadCount is stepping up their efforts to help register concertgoers to vote. In a new video, a plethora of our favorite artists have stepped up to support the cause, encouraging viewers to “Be A HeadCount Volunteer” in the interest of democracy.It’s something of a who’s who of artists in the video, including Bob Weir, Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Jon Fishman (Phish), Grace Potter, Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), and Tom Hamilton (American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead). All of them have the same message: Be A HeadCount Volunteer.Watch the clip below:But seriously, why wouldn’t you volunteer for HeadCount. Aside from doing some really important work, HeadCount volunteers get to attend concerts and festivals, while also interacting with some of the great people who sign up for such a noble cause. With the craziness of the 2016 election, don’t miss out on an opportunity to truly make a difference.Register to be a volunteer for HeadCount by following this link.
Hybrid fusion tribute band, Pink Talking Fish played back to back performances to packed houses in Virginia this weekend, with shows at The National in Richmond (Friday, 2/26), followed by The NorVa in Norfolk (Saturday, 2/27). The group combine the music of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish in new and exciting ways, featuring the talents of Eric Gould on bass, Dave Brunyak on guitar, Richard James on keys and Zach Burwick on drums. Friday’s performance was crammed with extensive jams that weaved in and out of songs, throwing the crowd for a loop the entire night. Fans were loving every minute of it and couldn’t get enough. The evening started out with Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself.” This flowed into Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” which then sandwiched The Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime.” They rolled back into “Another Brick in the Wall” and finished with the completion of “You Enjoy Myself.” Pink Floyd’s tune, with the super lengthy song title, “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict” snuck its way onto the set mid-show. “Money,” a fan favorite, eased into “Nothing But Flowers” before the audience was treated to a mashup delight of the Grateful Dead’s “Tennessee Jed” and Phish’s “Ocelot.” This delicious treat for the eardrums raised the bar and highlighted the sharp skills of the band as they inter-weaved the two songs. “Pigs,” followed by a scorching “Burning Down the House,” brought set one to a close.“Echoes” opened up second set before melding into a tease heavy “2001.” Rick James’ “Give It To Me Baby,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and War’s “Low Rider” were hinted throughout. “Once In a Lifetime” had the audience going nuts, as they blasted through this intense tune before steamrolling into “Any Colour You Like” before seamlessly transitioning into a face melting “Tweezer,” that teased at “Fur Elise.” The set continued on without taking a breather as they morphed from “Girlfriend is Better” into the completion of “Dogs,” which was played, but unfinished, at their DC show the night before. “Seven Below,” followed by a playful “Houses in Motion,” swirled around touches of “Another Brick in the Wall,” and overtones of “Stash,” before closing the set with “Echoes” and a “Tweezer Reprise.” The National was treated to a double encore with a blow the roof off version of “This Must Be the Place” before finishing with Bob Dylan’s seriously kickass “Quinn the Eskimo.” The energy during PTF’s Richmond performance was packed with feverish frenzy. The audience was dancing non-stop and craved more. Night one of their two-night run in the state was scorching. Norfolk fans were in for a hell of a party.The second night brought the band to a packed house at The NorVa in Norfolk. The show started out with a trippy rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” Brunyak’s guitar gently brought the song into action as momentum smoothly gained. “Punch You In the Eye” was full of psychedelic undertones and jazzy beats as Brunyak laid out the funky vocals before breaking into a few Spanish dance steps for the crowd. Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” kept that funky vibe going. They flowed into “Young Lust” mid song before heading into “Gumbo,” that had slight teases of “Tweezer.” The crowd was grooving as they busted out an extended jam, heavy with crunchy guitar riffs before they rode back into “Slippery People.” The band was introduced before heading into a playful “Wild Wild Life” that was packed with deep energy throughout. Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” cooled the pace down with this tender melody, which touched upon hints of “Prince Caspian.” A lively “Halley’s Comet” had the crowd bouncing around the room before they slid into “Psycho Killer,” which screamed for audience participation. Gould had bass bombs dropping all over the place, while James created spacey tones on the keys throughout. “Mother” got a big “NOOO” reaction out of the crowd when the lyrics “mother, should I trust the government” came rolling through the tune. James’ fingers danced up and down the piano as they broke into “Run Like an Antelope.” Brunyak electrified the room with the energy he was throwing out as he set the song ablaze, like a pressure cooker that was about to blow. After an unbelievable tune, set one came to a close.Second set blasted out of the gate with “Down With Disease.” “Big Business” brought the audience on a scintillating trip for the senses with dizzying synthesizer and deep bass. Burwick’s drums were brought to the forefront as they progressed into a bookended “One of These Days,” with “Lengthwise” sandwiched in the middle. A spirited “Lizards” was a nonstop dance party as they whirled through this melody. “Take Me To the River” was chock full of tasty, musical delights that mashed into “Makisupa Policeman” and “Brain Damage.” “What A Day That Was” had the venue spinning as notes wound around the audience, wrapping fans in mind-bending harmonies. The vibe cooled with “Comfortably Numb” but wasted no time in picking up again with “Piper.” “Crosseyed and Painless” took the audience on a kaleidoscopic journey, as this extended jam was in no hurry to finish. An appropriately placed “Eclipse” brought an end to second set. Their Virginia performances came to a close with an encore of “Loving Cup.”Pink Talking Fish had two killer performances over the weekend in Virginia, and continue the current leg of their tour through the eastern part of the country, ending at AURA Music Festival on March 3rd. For more information on tour dates and tickets, please visit their official web site.Setlist: Pink Talking Fish at The National, Richmond, VA – 2/26/16Set 1: You Enjoy Myself>Another Brick In The Wall>Life During Wartime>Another Brick In The Wall>You Enjoy Myself>Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict, Money>Nothing But Flowers, Tennessee Jed/Ocelot Mashup, Pigs (3 Different Ones)>Burning Down The HouseSet 2: Echoes>2001*>Once In A Lifetime>Any Colour You Like>Tweezer**>Girlfriend Is Better>Dogs>Seven Below>Houses In Motion***>Echoes>Tweezer RepriseEncore: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Quinn The Eskimo*w/ Give It To Me Baby, Thriller and Low Rider teases, **w/ Fur Elise tease, ***w/ Another Brick In The Wall and Stash teasesSetlist: Pink Talking Fish at The NorVa, Norfolk, VA -2/27/16Set 1: Shine On You Crazy Diamond>Punch You In The Eye>Slippery People>Young Lust>Gumbo*>Slippery People, Wild Wild Life, Fearless**>Halley’s Comet>Psycho Killer***>Mother, Run Like An AntelopeSet 2: Down With Disease>Big Business, One Of These Days>Lengthwise>One Of These Days>The Lizards, Take Me To The River>Makisupa Policeman/Brain Damage Mashup> What A Day That Was, Comfortably Numb > Piper > Crosseyed And Painless > EclipseEncore: Loving Cup*w/ Tweezer Reprise tease, **w/ Prince Caspian tease, ***w/ In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed teasePhotos by Sam Shinault PhotographyWords by Sarah Bourque. 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With rumors running rampant, Guns N’ Roses have all but confirmed a major US tour for their reunion. Already scheduled to perform at Coachella and a handful of other gigs, the band released a promotional video listing a number of US cities. Naturally, the video was set to the tune of the band’s hit song, “Patience.”You can watch the video below:The cities listed include:Atlanta, GABoston, MAChicago, ILCincinnati, OHDallas, TXDetroit, MIHouston, TXKansas City, MONashville, TNNew Orleans, LANew YorkOrlando, FLPhiladelphia, PAPhoenix, AZPittsburgh, PASan Diego, CASan Francisco, CASeattle, WASt Louis, MOToronto, OntarioWashington, D.C.So far the band has six dates on the schedule, including two nights in Las Vegas, NV, back to back weekends at Coachella, and an additional two-night stand in Mexico City, MX. Check out the full dates below:Guns N’ Roses Tour Dates4-08: Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena4-09: Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena4-16: Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival4-19-20: Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol4-23: Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Minneapolis-based instrumental funk-jazz band New Sound Underground are releasing their second album, PUSH, this Summer. They’ll kick things off with a record release show for their new album PUSH at the Turf Club in Saint Paul, on Friday, July 22nd, with long-time friends SOAP and McNasty Brass Band.Marked by their high-energy, all-instrumental performances, New Sound Underground has become a must-see band in the Minneapolis music scene. The band stands out with all original songs, engaging arrangements and exhilarating live shows. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, rock, soul, R&B, and gospel, the band released its debut self-titled album in 2013, a year they also went on to play the Telluride Jazz Festival. This success has allowed them to perform at prominent venues including Minneapolis’ First Avenue and Prince’s renowned “Paisley Park After Dark” series. In March of 2016, the band partnered with Last Triumph’s Take Off Tour to SXSW.The album is accompanied by an in-studio video for each song highlighting the live recording, which gives PUSH its unique sound. The album will also be released on vinyl later in the year and will include three bonus tracks! To get you in the groove, we’re excited to premiere the live video for “Boys Gone Wild: Venice Beach.” Check out this band tearing things up in the studio, below.“We wanted to make a live album in the studio that was paired with videos to give the listener something visual to go along with the music. We felt this was important especially since we play and write instrumental music. We tried capturing the energy we get when performing but the only way to really get what we’re all about is to see us play live,” said the band about their process.For more information about the band and their new album PUSH, head to their official website. You can pre-order the album here.
Early last year, Blink-182 announced in a press release that founding guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge would be leaving bandmembers Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker after more than two decades at the forefront of the pop/punk scene. This came as news to DeLonge, who subsequently posted a series of disillusioned social media rants describing his confusion over the situation, as well as his passionate feelings about UFOs.Tom DeLonge Is Leaving Blink 182…Maybe?Now, settled in with replacement Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio), the band is back in full force with an upcoming summer tour and a brand new album released today. California is more reminiscent of Blink’s early days after a disappointing 2013 release, Dogs Eating Dogs. Check out Blink 3.0 below.
Fans of STS9 were delighted earlier this week, when the band finally announced the release of a new album. Titled The Universe Inside, the new 13-track offering features songs both familiar and unfamiliar, spreading an important message of love and peace. Today, the band has not only shared the opening track “Supercluster,” but they’ve also shared a message about the meaning behind the music.Check out the band’s post from their website, below:20 years before the emergence of STS9, NASA sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 on a mission to the farthest reaches of the solar system and beyond. Each of these probes was equipped with identical Golden Records, special messages attached to what Carl Sagan called “a bottle launched into the cosmic ocean.” They contained numerous images and sounds from throughout the world, pieces of music from various cultures, a map identifying the location of our planet, and other information for whomever, or whatever, might find them.While the Golden Records included greetings in 59 languages, they made no mention of nations and borders, wars and rivalries, or anything else that divides us. What they did mention was life, love, peace, birth–the things that bind us to one another and to the planet we call home. The Universe Inside is a reflection of this message. It is a story about human identity and the magical truth of who we are, where we’re going, and our place in the Universe. It says we are one, made of stardust and the forces of nature that evolved over billions of years. Connected by the sun, moon and stars, we are the living, breathing conscience of the Universe. “We are one, made from dust of the stars / down here we bear the weight of the pain and the scars / just want to live with nothing to hide / every one of us a universe inside.”The band also confirmed that the album will be released on September 2nd, prior to contrasting reports. You can listen to the new track “Supercluster,” below. The leading single “Get Loud” is also streaming, and can be found here.
With Gregg Allman recently taking ill, two major sets on this weekend’s Peach Music Festival schedule were thrown up in the air: Allman’s band performance and his collaboration with The String Cheese Incident. Today we have information about the latter, as Peach has announced plans for The Allman Brothers Family Incident.The newly-announced set will see the members of SCI collaborate with a number of musicians from the Allman Brothers Band family, including Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Scott Sharrard, and Bruce Katz. Considering how much time SCI has been spending on the ABB catalog, it will be nice to hear them performing that music with the musicians that helped to create it. The set should also serve as a moving tribute to Allman while he is recovering.It still remains unclear who will replace Gregg Allman in the headlining slot. We’ll be sure to update once The Peach Music Festival has made that announcement.
Electro-funk icons Chromeo have been relatively quiet as of late, taking time off from the road in 2016. The band hasn’t released material since 2014’s White Women, which featured the smash hit single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”. Well, that’s all about to change in 2017, as Dave 1 and P-Thugg are hard at work on their next release. The band recently took to their Facebook page to explain their absence from the touring circuit over the past year, explaining that they have been working feverishly on their new album. The band are switching things up by using a new recording studio with a host of new equipment, a new publisher, and a new A&R team. The band’s last album featured collaborations with Toro Y Moi, Solange, and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, and Chromeo have promised that “…you can expect even more collabos than on the last one, but also a more cohesive, ambitious and soulful Chromeo sound.”It’s not every day that you see a band that’s been as successful as Chromeo decide to fully switch things up. In a dance music community that’s filled with complacency and cookie-cutter artists, kudos to Chromeo for striving to be so unique. The band say they’re about halfway done with their new album, and seem very excited to deliver this new music to their fans. If the previous albums from the Funklordz are any indication, prepare to dance!Read the full statement below…
Tower of Power was scheduled to play Yoshi’s in downtown Oakland on Thursday night, but the show was immediately cancelled upon the horrific news that two members of the legendary funk and soul band were hit by a Capitol Corridor train shortly before the scheduled performance. Bassist Marc Van Wageningen and drummer Dave Garibaldi were taken to the local hospital, but officials have not revealed the degree of their injuries.Amtrak reports that the train struck two trespassers just after 8PM, according to abc 7. The tracks were temporarily shut down for police investigation, but are now up and running again.The band released this official statement: We will continue to update you as the facts are shared. In the meantime, send all your positive thoughts and prayers to Tower of Power and their respective friends and families during this difficult time.[via abc 7]