Frank Zappa fans, an excellent new release is headed your way!On September 23rd, ZAPPAtite – Frank Zappa’s Tastiest Tracks will be released on Zappa Records/UMe. The album is a collection of some of Zappa’s best known and most revered pieces. Ranging from his early psychedelic music to his experimental later years, this compilation will combine all of Zappa’s different sides into one album, giving the listener a taste of his many musical expressions.The album is split into three “courses”–Appetizers, Entrees, and Desserts (a food theme, hence the ZAPPAtite title)–that were organized by Zappa’s son Ahmet Zappa and Frank Zappa archivist Joe Travers. In a press release, Ahmet Zappa had this to say about the album: “It’s a veritable smorgasbord of musicality for the curious and a buffet of favorites for the fans, ZAPPAtite collects a cross section of my favorite songs composed by my dad, that lean more towards the rock side of his expansive repertoire. I hope you’re hungry because this meal for your ears rocks!”You can pre-order the album digitally or on CD here, and a vinyl release is expected at a later date. See below for the full album track list.FRANK ZAPPA: ZAPPAtite – FRANK ZAPPA’S TASTIEST TRACKS: APPETIZERS1. I’m The Slime2. Dirty Love3. Dancin’ Fool4. Trouble Every DayENTREES5. Peaches En Regalia6. Tell Me You Love Me7. Bobby Brown Goes Down8. You Are What You Is9. Valley Girl10. Joe’s Garage11. Cosmik Debris12. Sofa No. 113. Don’t Eat The Yellow SnowDESSERTSTh14. Titties & Beer15. G-Spot Tornado16. Cocaine Decisions17. Zoot Allures18. Strictly Genteel
Last night, Les Brers, a group made up of former Allman Brothers Band members and extended family led by Butch Trucks, played a rocking show at Brooklyn Bowl. The band – which features Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones and more – formed after the Allman’s official retirement shows last year, and has only performed a handful of times together, making last night’s performance even that much more special.Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard, also made an appearance at the show and will head his own Allman’s inspired show next week at NYC’s Marlin Room with Jackie Greene, Scott Metzger, Peter Levin, and more. The show is a benefit show for the 20th anniversary for the Songs of Love Foundation. Get more info here.Check out video of Les Brers performing “Dreams” and “Mountain Jam > Whipping Post” from the show, courtesy of Rusted Televisione:Les Brers is:Butch Trucks – DrumsJaimoe – DrumsOteil Burbridge – BassMarc Quiñones – PercussionJack Pearson – GuitarPat Bergeson – GuitarBruce Katz – KeyboardsLamar Williams Jr – VocalsScott Sharrard – Guitar (special guest)
2016 isn’t over, and already 2017 is looking up. That’s because the rock n’ roll super group A Perfect Circle have confirmed their first tour dates in six years. Led by Maynard James Keenan of Tool fame, the group includes Billy Howerdel, Matt McJunkins, James Iha and Jeff Friedl.Tour dates for A Perfect Circle have been a long time in the works, as the band hasn’t performed live in a few years. The band has also mentioned working on new music, which would come as a follow up to 2004’s Emotive album. Though the band’s lineup has changed over the years, Howerdel and Keenan’s collaboration has remained the constant driving creative force for the rock outfit.As of now, the band only has a handful of festival dates booked in the spring of 2017, as well as a headlining performance at the Hollywood Bowl. The band is expected to announce a full tour in the near future, so get ready! You can check out the tour schedule below.A Perfect Circle Tour Dates4/29 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville4/30 Fort Myers, FL – Fort Rock5/5 Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion5/7 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Phish just announced a Baker’s Dozen thirteen night residency at Madison Square Garden, revealing plans to hit the famed New York, NY venue from July 21st through August 6th. As we approached the band’s previous run at MSG at the end of 2016, we compiled some our favorite Phish shows at the historic venue for a 12 Days Of Phishmas series. With 13 shows coming up soon, we give you our favorites from years past in this exciting list. Enjoy! — Update 1/31/17 —For the past twelve days, as we inched closer to Phish’s New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, we brought you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day. Well, today is the day, and we have just a few more short hours before we head over to see Phish at the Garden. With so much excitement surrounding the band’s four night run, we wanted to put all of our favorite Phish MSG memories in one convenient place for you to enjoy.Phish has played the Garden a total of 35 times in their career, from their debut in 1994 through the first days of 2016. With NYE celebrations in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015, not to mention great shows surrounding each New Year’s performance, it wasn’t easy narrowing down to 12 shows. We think you’ll enjoy the ones we selected, but be sure to let us know which are your favorites!Without further ado, let’s sing it!On the twelfth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me… 12 Drummer (Boys) Drumming (12/28/12) – The “Twist” with “Little Drummer Boy” teases it all!Eleven’s January First-ing! (1/1/11) – The proverbial “blunt after the stunt.”Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97) – The dream show, from song choice to song voice.Nine Ladies Dancing (12/31/10) – The multi-cultural “Meatstick” extravaganza.Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15) – The suspended hourglass of timelessness.Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11) – A steam-filled celebration to blow out the New Year.Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02) – The return from hiatus with three new, staple songs.Five Song Second Set (12/29/97) – Disease > Bowie > Possum > Tube > YEM. What?!Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98) – An incredible “2001” Space Odyssey included “Crosseyed and Painless” and “Manteca” teases.Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13) – The famed JEMP truck set celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary.Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) – “Freakapaug” Groove; Buddy Miles and Merl Saunders join for rocking encore.and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95) – The show that has everything you’d want, from big jams to silly hijinks to Trey narrations and more!
With President-elect Donald Trump set to take office tomorrow, a growing number of American citizens are truly troubled by what they’ve witnessed from this administration. Anyone with a voice is left with no choice but to use it, and one of those people is Raja Kassis, a touring member of the Antibalas band and leader of Raja Kassis’ Humanbeing and Pirate’s Choice. Today, Kassis has released the song “Don’t Leave (Doumala Baayi)” through Ropeadope Records, celebrating the legacy of immigrants in America.The track was originally recorded for an album in 2014, but ultimately shelved since it was a cover of legendary Senegalese artist N’dongo Lo. They have played it live many times, and it’s always a fan favorite. “Because it was a favorite to play in the late night traditional Senegalese parties which we did in Harlem for years, we just kind of did it for fun because we loved playing it and audiences ate it up.” Kassis only decided to release the track years later, but first some touch ups needed to be done.The rhythm section on the track is true to its Senegalese roots, with a tight section composed of Mahanta Faye (lemzo Diamano) on drumset, Mor Coumba Gueye (grandson of Doudou N’diaye Rose) and Magatte Fall (Angelique Kidjo) on Sabar percussions, Arone N’diaye (who actually toured with N’dongo Lo) on marimba keyboards, Patrice Blanchard on bass and Kassis on guitar. After revisiting the track, Kassis decided to enlist a powerful horn section to bring it to life, and called on Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II (Ghost Note) on baritone sax, Nadav Nirenberg (Ikebe Shakedown) on trombone, Mike Buckley (Sharon Jones/Lee Fields) on tenor sax, Jason Colby (Lee Fields and the Expressions) on trumpet and Sam Hoyt (Jorge Ben) on trumpet.The result is a lively recording that merges Kassis’ two main influences of New Orleans and Senegal. Though the song is an instrumental, this merger is symbolic of the true spirit of America and its immigrant legacy, celebrating the old and welcoming the new. Says Kassis, “I would like to say that we in fact DON’T want you to leave despite what you may hear people saying for political gain. The promise of this country has always been that no matter where you’re from, you belong, as at some point, unless you’re Native American, we are all immigrants as well. Above all else, it is the kaleidoscope of culture that is in fact the very essence of this great American experiment. That will always be something worth fighting for.”You can listen to Kassis’ “Don’t Leave (Doumala Baayi),” streaming below.<a href=”http://rajakassis.bandcamp.com/track/dont-leave-doumala-baayi-single”>Don’t Leave (Doumala Baayi) – Single by Raja Kassis</a>In keeping up with this spirit, Antibalas will perform an Anti-ball concert in Washington DC on January 21st, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. More details can be found here. You can also find Kassis’ debut album and more on his Bandcamp page.
PREMIERE: Swear And Shake Debuts Their Sophomore Album, ‘The Sound Of Letting Go’ [Full Album Stream]
Swear and Shake, the Nashville-based group consisting of Adam McHeffey (vocals, guitar, and piano), Kari Spieler (vocals and guitar), and Shaun Savage (electric bass), just released a brand-new album today. The Sound Of Letting Go marks the second full-length album from the trio following Maple Ridge, which was released independently back in 2012. The latest from Swear and Shake is a delectable listen, with the group perfectly melding old-school pop sensibilities, dramatic orchestral builds, and soulful and heartfelt vocals to create a sound that is uniquely their own.Swear and Shake’s The Sound Of Letting Go was recorded in Richmond’s production house Spacebomb. There, the group found the space that would help them successfully take on their ambitious sophomore release. The album can be read as a musical journal that captures glimpses of the trio’s recent past as an ensemble, with relatable themes of change and the realizations that come from such changes working their way across the record. As noted by Spieler, “What a sweet release this record is for us. Lovers and friends have come and gone. We relocated to a new city, all the while compiling the songs that would become The Sound of Letting Go.”Initially based in Brooklyn, after two years as a touring unit, the members of Swear and Shake picked up and moved down to Nashville, where the three have been thriving and soaking up the city’s music-rich culture and history. Previously described by McHeffey as “one giant exhale” following Swear and Shake’s move south, The Sound Of Letting Go renders the band’s move and self-discovery as independent artists into a tangible and thoughtful thirteen-track album. Across its tracks, the record is simultaneously wistful and optimistic and made cohesive by the group’s unique ability to tap into the roots of nostalgia among listeners.The project was originally funded on Pledge Music, making The Sound Of Letting Go a highly anticipated release for Swear and Shake’s ever-growing and ever-supportive fan base. And listening to the album, this makes sense—Swear and Shake presents their commanding and confident sound in a gorgeous package, with the album only amplified by the group’s underlying disposition toward earnestness and self-reflection.Live For Live Music is pleased to present the premiere of Swear and Shake’s latest album The Sound Of Letting Go. You can listen to the group’s immaculate sophomore album below, as well as check out their upcoming tour dates. To get more information about the group, head over to their website or Facebook page.Upcoming Tour Dates:6.2.17 Fountain Square – Cincinnati, OH6.3.17 Haymarket – Louisville, KY6.20.17 Mercury Lounge, NY6.22.17 Milkboy – Philly PA6.23.17 StageOne – Fairfield, CT6.24.17 Cafe 939 – Boston, MA6.29.17 The High Watt – Nashville, TN6.30.17 Reverly Room – Chattanooga, TN7.1.17 Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA7.6.17 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA7.7.17 The Hamilton – Washington DC7.8.17 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
There are few names as synonymous with success in music as Clive Davis. The legendary record producer/A&R executive/general music mogul has wind 5 GRAMMY Awards, is a non-performer member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has consistently helped produce some of the biggest names in music for more than 50 years across a vast array of genres and styles. Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Lou Reed, Toni Braxton, Billy Joel, TLC, Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Patti Smith…The list stretches from the Summer of Love to the turn of the century; from Kenny G all the way to The Notorious B.I.G. Clive Davis’ influence on popular music cannot be understated.[Clive Davis with Whitney Houston via Tribeca Film Festival]Davis’ long, storied career gets a spotlight in Apple Music‘s new documentary, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. In it, documentarian Chris Perkel catalogues the life and successes of the iconic music executive, from his miraculous start at Columbia Records through his trailblazing work at Arista Records and J Records, with a heavy dose of outstanding music sprinkled in between.[Davis with (l-r) Diddy, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown via Reuters]Yesterday, Apple Music revealed the first official trailer for the documentary, and the star power featured in the 2-minute clip alone is enough to pique the interest of even the most causal music fan about this music business superhero. The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir muses that “He had a reputation for having the ‘Golden Ear.’” Hip-hop pioneer P Diddy explains, “We’re talking about the ’60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s…he’s made the soundtrack of our lives.” Disco queen Aretha Franklin proclaims him “the greatest record man of all time.” And that just scratches the surface of the incredible star power tapped for the film.Watch the official trailer for Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives below via Apple Music:The film, which debuted to warm reviews when it opened this past Spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, will have a limited theatrical run starting September 27th before landing on the Apple Music platform on October 3rd.[Cover photo via Susana Millman/Dead.net]
Photo: Daniel Ojeda Last Friday, Gov’t Mule brought the Friday-the-13th vibes to Madison, Wisconsin for an excellent rock-n-roll concert. No bells, no whistles, no openers, and despite recent trends on this fall 2017 tour, there were no guest sit-ins. It was a straightforward rager that demonstrated how decades into their career, Warren Haynes and company still emphatically deliver.The first set began with the Mule classic “Bad Little Doggie.” Other old-school Gov’t Mule tunes popped up in the first set, including a solid “Sco-Mule” and an excellent albeit standard version of “Patchwork Quilt.” Mule did a nice job of mixing up old with the new, as they played plenty of tracks off their newest album like the title track “Revolution Come, Revolution Go.” The tune featured the versatility of band member Danny Louis, as he spent portions of the song on keyboards, trombone, and guitar. “Funny Little Tragedy” closed out the set with teases of some hits of The Police.Gov’t Mule’s first set was good, but the group’s second set was fantastic. It fit the mold of second sets in the jam band world- lots of improvisation and jamming. The Beatles’ “She Said, She Said” was rocking and eventually gave way to a very psychedelic and exploratory “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Taking it way out there, the band nailed this John Lennon classic. The strange yet always familiar and unmistakable 12/8 time signature signaled “The Other One” was dissolving into the set. Haynes’ guitar wailed as they jammed out a torching edition of the song without lyrics. “Catfish Blues,” a song that has been covered by many in rock history, was tested by Mule and it was one of the highlights of the set. They closed it out with a solid “Blind Man in the Dark” with a “Machine Gun” instrumental sandwiched inside.Fan favorite “Soulshine” was played in the encore slot, complete with a cover of “Tupelo Honey.” Gov’t Mule will continue their Revolution Come, Revolution Go tour across the pond with fall dates across Europe before returning to New York for New Year’s Eve. You can check out photos below from Friday’s Gov’t Mule show, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 10/13/2017Set One: Bad Little Doggie, Bore Down on the Brazos, Tributary Jam, Pressure Under Fire, Banks of the Deep End, Little Bit of Love, Sco-Mule, Patchwork Quilt, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Funny Little Tragedy,Set Two: Burning Point, She Said She Said, Tomorrow Never Knows, Fallen Down, The Other One Jam, Stone Cold Rage, Catfish Blues, Lola, Leave Your Light On, Blind Man in the Dark, Machine Gun (Instrumental) Blind Man in the DarkEncore: Dreams & Songs, Soulshine, Tupelo Honey, Soulshine Gov’t Mule | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 10/13/2017 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images
On March 25th through 28th of 2018, the inaugural Innings Festival will take over Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park in Tempe, Arizona, for three days. The festival appeals to both music lovers and baseball fans alike, as the festival coincides with the MLB‘s Spring Training. In addition to headlining performances by Chris Stapleton, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Avett Brothers, and Counting Crows, the festival will see performances by The Head and the Heart, The Decemberists, Dispatch, Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, Citizen Cope, Eagles of Death Metal, and more.In keeping with the baseball theme of the event, Innings Festival will also host culinary demos with Chef Beau MacMillan and professional baseball players in addition to a number of other family-friendly activities. You can purchase tickets here, with tickets for the inaugural Innings Festival dropping this Friday at 10 am (PST). Check out the full lineup below.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard has been truly blowing up during 2017. After their announcement that they’d release their fifth album this year, the band has a limited amount of time to get their new release out by New Year’s Eve. However, it’s clear the band is gearing up for the release given the new music that they’ve slowly been releasing over the past few weeks.Following the release of “Beginners Luck”, “All Is Known”, and “Greenhouse Heat Death”, today, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard has released yet another single, “The Last Oasis”. Take a listen for yourself below!