Lettuce Funks Up NPR, Crushing World Cafe With New Tunes

first_imgSince 1991, World Cafe has introduced listeners to some of the best musical culture and entertainment imaginable. Perhaps it’s no surprise that premier funk band Lettuce made an appearance on an episode earlier this year, bringing Crush tunes and answering questions for the NPR program.Lettuce has been on an absolute tear of late, starting with the release of their 2015 album, Crush. Since then, the band has premiered their own making-of “funk-umentary” Let Us Play (watch it here), announced their own Fool’s Paradise festival, and has been playing top-notch shows nationwide! It’s a great time to be a Lettuce fan.The World Cafe show features music from Crush, as well as interviews with Adam Deitch and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff. Stream the program below:You can also watch Lettuce play “Chief” here, from the WXPN studios:Don’t miss Lettuce’s inaugural Fool’s Paradise festival, featuring performances from GRiZ (with Lettuce for the first time ever), Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, The Nth Power, and so many more. Held from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, there’s really no reason not to head to this exciting destination event. Even Adam Deitch called the festival “a dream come true.” For tickets and more information, head here.last_img read more

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Widespread Panic Will Not Be Touring After This Year

first_imgEarlier today, Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann spoke about the band’s future plans in an interview with the Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, following a two-night stand at the Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS. While the interview mostly discussed the band’s Southern cultural legacy and musical history, some interesting quotes from Hermann confirmed that the band would be lightening their load in the coming years.“We’re really wearing it out this year because we’re basically going to call it touring-wise after this year; we’re not going to tour anymore,” said Hermann in the interview. The article reads that the band “will continue to play shows at places like New Orleans Jazz Fest and at Red Rocks.”Hermann emphasizes that the band isn’t breaking up by any means. “We’re still all brothers and still going to play together … It is really not that big of a deal, I don’t think.” He continued, “It’s part of life… I’ll go home and figure out what I’m going to do for the rest of my life. I will probably go back to Proud Larry’s (in Oxford) and set up a piano.”The news comes just a few months after founding drummer Todd Nance briefly reunited with the group at Panic En La Playa, only to announce that those were his final performances as a member of Widespread Panic. Today also marked guitarist John Bell’s 54th birthday.We’ll be sure to update on this news once we have more information.last_img read more

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Disco Biscuits, Papadosio & More Among Imagine Music Festival Lineup Additions

first_imgThe 2016 Imagine Music Festival is shaping up to be quite the event! Taking place from August 26-28 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the festival has just added a number of great performers to their stacked lineup, which already featured the likes of Lotus, Beats Antique, Break Science, EOTO, Moon Hooch, Polish Ambassador, Pendulum DJ Set, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, alongside headliners Borgore, ZEDS DEAD, Excision, NERO, Benny Benassi, and Dillon Francis.Today, the festival has revealed over a dozen new artists for the 2016 lineup, including: The Disco Biscuits, Steve Angello, Arty, DJ Hanzel, Minnesota, Ott & The All-Seeing I, Papadosio, Rain Man, Robbie Rivera, Snails, SNBRN, Thomas Jack, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set), Fyer, Leah Culver, Legion and Levitation Jones. You can check out the full lineup below, and head here for more information.last_img read more

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Watch Aaron Neville, Eric Krasno, & The Shady Horns Perform On The Today Show

first_imgThis morning, beloved New Orleans soul icon Aaron Neville performed on the fourth hour of The Today Show, and he brought some very special guests to play with him. Performing Neville’s new track “Hard to Believe”, album producer Eric Krasno joined the singer on guitar, while Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis–aka the Shady Horns–also tagged along to make up the singer’s horn section.Neville showcased his smooth-as-butter vocals against the funky, bouncing music created by his ace band. The track was a selection from Neville’s recently released Apache album (read the review here), easily one of the most soulful records of 2016. At age 75, Aaron Neville is just unstoppable!The performance itself is a memorable one, as Krasno takes a slick solo towards the end, and the Shady Horns look as cool as ever under the television studio lights. Watch the magic yourself, and enjoy this soulful music by some of our favorite artists!last_img read more

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Passing The Russ Liquid Electric Kool Aid Acid Test With Flying Colors [Review]

first_imgThe Russ Liquid Test  has been in the works for quite some time, and with the release of their debut album 1984 (listen here), we have been able to peer into the elusive looking glass of this project. A few lucky fans were able to experience the spectacle that is the Russ Liquid Test, and boy do we want more.In the days leading up to the highly anticipated Pretty Lights Live New Year’s Eve event, Russ Liquid graced New Orleans venue Howlin’ Wolf with an unprecedented and undeniably funk-filled performance. Dubbed “The Russ Liquid Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” Russ was joined by members of Gramatik, Pretty Lights Music, Manic Focus, The Speakerbox Experiment, and Dumpstaphunk in a rare and one of a kind set. Along with Russ, the center of the Test is Lowtemp Music relative and right hand man, Andrew Block. The duo jammed through their nearly three-hour long set alongside legendary artists, Alvin Ford Jr., Borahm Lee, Keniem “Ken” Turner, Dwayne “JuBee” Webb, Emily Nichols, Deven Trusclair, and Angelica “Jelly” Joseph. With such an extensive lineup of industry heavy weights and their diverse musical backgrounds, Russ Liquid led the Merry Pranksters in their ever so groovy Kool-Aid acid test.Although in reference to Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the appreciation for New Orleans culture and its deep, soulful roots did not go unnoticed. Nick Marcadel, Jason Hodge, Keniem “Ken” Turner, and Angelica “Jelly” Joseph of the Nola based band, The Speakerbox Experiment, showcased their talent in integrating ephemeral vocals and heavy funk. Dumpstaphunk and Pretty Lights Live staple Alvin Ford Jr., along with Borham Lee complimented consistent groove and delightfully teased the audience in the shadow of the upcoming weekend.The evenings set began with Marcadel on the drums, Hodges and Lee on keys, Block and Turner on strings, and Russ with his powerful brass and turn-table mastery. The intimate venue was flooded with funk and driven by Russ Liquid’s trademark trumpet notes. While a traditional Russ Liquid set would be driven by electronic synthesis, The Russ Liquid Test has integrated musical components from every genre to create the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Electronic notes surfaced, however waltzed gracefully with each jazzy groove, illuminating the Howlin’ Wolf in psychedelic entrancement. Each member of the crowd flowed with ease as blaring trumpet notes fluttered throughout the room. As if the crowd was not hyped up enough, Russ took to the mic and urged, “who’s ready for some drum and bass?!” With raised arms and begging voices, Alvin Ford Jr. then took to the stage. With a confident swig of champagne, the mogul took to the drums as if the room would shatter with sound.Russ then introduced vocalists including Joseph and Nichols, bringing some serious traditional groove to the stage. As Joseph swayed and belted deep soul-rich chords, Nichols took center stage commencing “Let Me Stand,” a track from the recent Russ Liquid Test album. This is a track laced with the Russ Liquid traditional, trippy synth yet caressed with velvet vocals. Rappers including Manic Focus’s JuBee then took to the stage laying down hot and heavy hip hop and spitting bars of pure mastery. Tracks such as “King Kunta (Kendrick Lamar)” were thrown into the mix as well as “FNK FWD (Feat. Steve Swatkins)”. The evenings end drew close as The Acid Test dove into “1984 (Feat. Ivan Neville)” synchronizing the crowd in dance and vocals. With heavy and finessed vocals from the stage, and a final epic freestyle, each member of the crowd left the Howlin’ Wolf absolutely memorized.With the finale leaving both crowd goers and artists alike entranced, The Kool-Aid Acid Test was a blaring success. Although a sense of euphoric sobriety was carefully threaded through the atmosphere, it was as if the crowd did in fact drink the Kool-Aid.Don’t miss this band when they make their debut performance in New York on Saturday, February 18th. More information can be found here.last_img read more

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Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation To Honor A Tribe Called Quest, Nelson Mandela, And Dikembe Mutombo

first_imgWe Are Family Foundation, a charity founded by Niles Rodgers, the renowned musician and producer of CHIC fame, will be hosting a gala in late April of this year honoring A Tribe Called Quest, Nelson Mandela, and Dikembe Mutombo. We Are Family Foundation is an organization dedicated to promoting cultural diversity and cultivating leadership among today’s youths, and will handing out three awards to this year’s honorees.Nelson Mandela posthumously will be receiving the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, a prestigious award that honors those who have worked fiercely to promote peace in our society and that has previously been given to Jimmy Carter, Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, among others. The Unity Award, which has previously honored artists, such as Kool and the Gang and Adam Lambert, who use their work to better the conditions for others, will go to A Tribe Called Quest for using their music as a platform to highlight and address social and political issues and advocate for change. Finally, the organization’s Humanitarian Award will go to former NBA athlete Dikembe Mutombo for his organization’s work focused on improving living conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The We Are Family Foundation gala, in addition to presenting these special awards, will also hold a concert during which Niles Rodgers, A Tribe Called Quest, and a number of special guests will play. The event is slated for April 28th at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. You can check out more information about Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation and their gala here.last_img read more

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John Mayer Thanks Fan For Unlimited Dead & Co Devotion During Solo Show [Video]

first_imgAfter wrapping up his finest tour to date with Dead & Company this summer, John Mayer is back on the road continuing his The Search For Everything World Tour in promotion of his recently released solo album of the same name. While Mayer has switched gears and is tapping back into his more mainstream pop sensibilities, the guitarist and singer/songwriter continues to prove that he’s cognizant of the fact that he now serves as an ambassador for the Grateful Dead. Over the weekend, Mayer teased Grateful Dead tunes at all three of his concerts in the Northeast. During last night’s performance at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, he continued this theme, teasing “China Cat Sunflower” and later showing some serious love to a dedicated Dead & Company fan.John Mayer Teases “Fire On The Mountain” In Hartford [Audio]Mayer teased “China Cat Sunflower” during “Something Like Olivia”, a song off his 2012 release Born and Raised, which came as the third song of the night during the show-opening full-band portion of the evening. While the tease may not have been recognized by all the attendees at his solo concert, it was a subtle nod of acknowledgment to any new fans he might have picked up through time spent with Dead & Company. However, a truly special moment came during the banter right before his set-closing rendition of “Why Georgia”, when Mayer took the time to individually acknowledge and thank a fan who he’s seen at every single Dead & Company show.After thanking the audience at large for “making my music feel like usable music.” After catching a t-shirt a fan threw to him on the stage, John pointed out a member of the crowd, saying, “I’d actually like to thank this gentleman right here in the headband. This gentleman has been at every Dead & Company show. He’s been to every show—not almost every show. There’s maybe four or five people that I saw at every show, and I’ll tell you something: I’ve looked to you at times when I wasn’t sure that I really knew what was going to come next or whether I was on the right part of the guitar neck or whether I was making any sense at all, and this gentleman would just go like this [pumps fist in the air]. He would bring me right back to the confidence to continue sort of exploring and searching. What a great surprise to see you, and I just want to thank you. I want you to follow me around in life!”You can check out a video of this sweet shout out and his “China Cat Sunflower” tease in “Something Like Olivia” below, courtesy of ShoestringRacer.“Why Georgia” This special moment isn’t been the first time that John Mayer has acknowledged Grateful Dead fans during this leg of his tour, though it was his first thank-you to a specific individual. Earlier in August, Mayer gave a hilarious shout-out to the men in the audience—most of whom can be assumed to be fans of the Grateful Dead or his trio over his work as a pop artist—at his show at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte in the middle of “Your Body Is Wonderland.” During his cheeky interlude during the lady-oriented song, which you can listen to below, courtesy of NSL, Mayer said, “Guys, we’re halfway through the song. I’m speaking to the men only for a moment. Men, we’ve made it halfway through, it’s almost over. All the guys with Grateful Dead shirts, all the guys who want to hear the Trio and don’t know what to do with their gaze…Don’t know what to look at during the song lest I look up and make eye contact with them. Fifty percent of the song is over. Hang in there!”[Photo: Carol Spagnuola; H/T: Jambase] “Something Like Olivia” and “Who Says”last_img read more

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An Inside Look At Some Of Our Favorite After Parties For North Coast Music Festival This Weekend

first_imgChicago’s now-annual Labor Day Weekend gathering, North Coast Music Festival, is right around the corner, with Grant Park once again ready to play host for the celebration falling from September 1st through 3rd. North Coast already boasts an enviable and diverse lineup, pulling some beloved names from the electronic, jam, hip-hop, and reggae scenes and beyond for one of their most eclectic and can’t-miss lineups to date. Given its lineup, the festival itself is already set up to be quite an experience in its own right, with its internationally renowned headliners—Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz, STS9, Primus, Ween, Gucci Mane, Bonobo, Damian Marley, Carnage, Tipper, and Big Boi—drawing just as many fans as its stacked down bill, which includes Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bob Moses, Ganja White Noise, Autograf, Lettuce, BadBadNotGood, Tank and the Bangas, SunSquabi, Spafford, The Russ Liquid Test, and Manic Focus, just to name a few. (Ticket for North Coast Music Festival are available here.)L4LM’s Top 10 Acts To Catch At North Coast Music FestivalHowever, the festivities in Chicago won’t end once the music stops at Grant Park. There are a number of official after-parties planned to keep the party going each night. We’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on a few of our favorites, and we’ll see you there!Friday — Manic Focus & Russ Liquid at Bottom LoungeOriginally from the Twin Cities but based in Chicago, John “JmaC” McCarten, better known as electronic producer Russ Liquid, is known for his dynamic sound that perfectly synthesizes soul, dubstep, hip-hop, blues, funk, and more. Over the past few years, the producer has been blowing up as a must-see live act, with his shows always offering his patented hard-hitting bass lines juxtaposed with thrilling vocal samples pulled from a wide range of genres. As the years have gone by, Manic Focus has continued to be on the forefront of innovation, frequently enhancing his performances with live instrumentation, including frequent collaborator, drummer Jacob Barinholtz, in addition to special cameos from the likes of Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli, GRiZ, and The Floozies’ Matt Hill.For this special Friday performance at Bottom Lounge, Manic Focus will team with Russ Liquid (a.k.a. Russell Scott), the electronic producer and classically trained pianist, saxophonist, flutist, and trumpeter. Russ Liquid in his own right is something special, heading the electrofunk powerhouse The Russ Liquid Test, which sees Scott joined by guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair. As collaborators on GRiZ’s All Good Records, Russ Liquid and Manic Focus share a common sense of musicality and interest in pushing the boundaries of electronic music as its known today. Listen to Manic Focus’ “Habit” featuring Russ Liquid below to get a taste of what’s to come on Friday night, and swoop your tickets here. You can find the daily schedule and a limited supply of 3-Day, VIP and single day tickets for North Coast Music Festival on the event’s website here. You can also check out the full line-up for official North Coast after-parties below.FRIDAYManic Focus & Russ Liquid – Bottom Lounge – Tickets available HERE (17+)Eric Prydz – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+)Gucci Mane – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available HERE (21+)SATURDAYSpafford – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available HERE (18+)EOTO – Bottom Lounge – Tickets available HERE (17+)Don Diablo – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+)Carnage – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available HERE (21+)SUNDAYSTS9 – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available HERE (18+)Destructo – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+)Elephante – Sound-Bar – Tickets available HERE (21+)MONDAYPorn and Chicken – NCMF Official Closing Party ft. Special Guest TBA – the MID – Tickets available HERE (21+) Saturday — Spafford at Concord Music HallSpafford is undoubtedly one of the biggest rising stars on the jam scene right now. Since the group’s inception in Prescott, Arizona, in 2009, the quartet featuring Brian Moss (guitar/vocals), Jordan Fairless (bass/vocals), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys/vocals), and Cameron Laforest (drums/percussion/vocals) has been on a non-stop upward musical trajectory, with this past year or so seeing the group support Umphrey’s McGee, headline their own national tour, and consistently rise higher and higher on the numerous festival bills they’ve been featured on this summer. Known for their wildly diverse sound, tight transitions, and attention to extended jams, the group has become a sweetheart of the jam scene, and people can’t get enough of them.In fall of last year, Spafford made their debut in the city of Chicago after fans across the country called for the group to leave the Southwest and make their way east. For the Chicago debut in September of 2016, the group quickly sold out The Tonic Room, leaving many eager fans boxed out of their Chicago debut and forcing the group to add a second show last minute to keep up with demand. In April of this year, the group came back to Chicago, similarly selling out the show coming off of a number of sold-out performances in Denver, Phoenix, and beyond. The Windy City clearly can’t get enough of these up-and-comers and tickets will undoubtedly move fast, so make sure to grab your tickets here before it’s too late.center_img Sunday — STS9 at Concord Music HallSTS9 really doesn’t need any introduction. The jamtronica heavyweights are headlining North Coast Music Festival on Saturday night and have been a huge name in the scene for the majority of the two decades they’ve been together since the group’s inception in Georgia in the late 90’s. Their list of festival experiences and sold-out venues is expansive, and pretty much all fans in our scene are familiar with Sound Tribe Sector 9 in some capacity. While the group has a longstanding history and a dedicated fan base already, Tribe is particularly on fire this year as they round into their 20th year. They’ve been sounding tighter than ever, and just last week, the group released a brand-new single, “Real & Imagined,” which was recorded during the Artifact sessions, a period of time between 2001 and 2004 that eventually bore STS9’s critically acclaimed and beloved 2005 album.While the group will be front and center at North Coast on Saturday, fans who want to get a second helping of the innovative five-piece outfit will get the chance on Sunday night, when STS9 hits Concord Music Hall for a more intimate performance than their festival appearance offers. You can snag tickets to STS9’s Sunday hit at Concord Music Hall here.last_img read more

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HD VIDEO RECAP: Dopapod Covers Pink Floyd, Encores With “I Believe I Can Fly” At The Vogue

first_imgLoad remaining images Last Saturday night, Dopapod continued their current tour with a performance at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. With the announcement of a heat-long sabbatical at the end of 2017, Dopapod has been bringing an added energy and sense of significance to every performance on their lengthy Fall run, and the Indianapolis show was no exception.Dopapod Announces New Album, Fall Tour, And Year-Long HiatusIn addition to tried-and-true Dopapod jam vehicles and selections off the band’s recently released album MEGAGEM, guitarist Rob Compa, keyboardist Eli Winderman, bassist Chuck Jones, and drummer Neal “Fro” Evans bookended the entire second set with Pink Floyd‘s “Echoes”, and encored with a fan-favorite cover: R Kelly‘s inspirational 1996 hit “I Believe I Can Fly”.Thankfully, Phierce Photo‘s Keith Griner was there to capture the the magic–from vivid shots of lighting director Luke Stratton‘s beautiful light rig at work to an official HD recap video. You can check out both below:Watch Phierce Photo‘s official recap video of Dopapod’s 11/4/17 performance at The Vogue in Indianapolis below, via Keith Griner:Listen To Dopapod’s New Album, ‘MEGAGEM’ [Stream]Dopapod continues their tour tonight, Thursday, November 9th, at Milwaukee, WI’s Turner Hall, and rolls on through the weekend with shows in Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, and Morgantown, WV on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dopapod tour dates, or to grab tickets to an upcoming show, visit the band’s website.EXCLUSIVE: Dopapod’s Rob Compa Talks Allman Brothers, Phish, And Future Dopapod PlansPhierce Photo | Keith GrinerPhierce Photo | Keith GrinerPhierce Photo | Keith GrinerSETLIST: Dopapod | The Vogue Theatre | Indianapolis, IN | 11/4/17Set I: 8 Years Ended -> Bubble Brain, Mucho, Bahbi, Sleeping Giant -> BraindeadSet II: Echoes* -> Dracula’s Monk -> Freight Train Filled with Dynamite > Trickery, Plaese Haalp, New James -> Echoes*E: I Believe I Can Fly^*Pink Floyd cover^R Kelly Cover[Photos/Recap Video courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith Griner; Instagram: @phiercephoto]last_img read more

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As The Crow Flies Offers A Peak Performance In L.A. [Photo]

first_imgPhoto: Steve Rose Photo: Robert Forte Photo: As The Crow Flies | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, LA | 5/9/2018 | Credit: Robert Forte Load remaining images On Wednesday evening, As The Crow Flies rolled through Los Angeles, making a stop at the legendary Wiltern Theatre for a highly anticipated performance. As The Crow Flies is a relatively new project from Chris Robinson, formerly of The Black Crowes, which is in the midsts of its inaugural tour that kicked off at The Capitol Theatre on April 17th. The band also features Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as young famed guitarist Marcus King.Largely lauded as one of the unit’s best shows to date, As The Crow Flies has found itself loosening up and getting comfortable as it begins to settle fully into the tour. Like many of the other shows they’ve laid out this tour, the band followed its traditional format, offering up the band’s traditional tour openers, “Remedy” and “Sting Me” off the group’s sophomore album, 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, to start the show.Similarly, in Los Angeles, the group laid out a large swath of classic Black Crowes tunes at the start of the show, breaking up this chunk of tunes with a take on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Almost Cut My Hair”. With the band seeming to truly feel comfortable as a working group, the band’s chemistry on stage was a highlight of the night. To close out the show, the band offered up covers of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle” and Joe South’s “Hush”, though deviated from past performances by closing the night with an encore of The Doors’ “Peace Frog”.You can check out photos from As The Crow Flies’ Wiltern Theatre debut below, courtesy of Steve Rose and Robert Forte.Setlist: As The Crow Flies | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, LA | 5/9/2018Set: Remedy, Sting Me, Hotel Illness, Nonfiction, By Your Side, Sometimes Salvation, High Head Blues, Good Friday, Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover), Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride, Jealous Again, Hard to Handle (Otis Redding cover), Hush (Joe South cover)Encore: Peace Frog (The Doors cover)center_img Photo: Steve Rose Photo: As The Crow Flies | Wiltern Theatre | Los Angeles, LA | 5/9/2018 | Credit: Steve Rose Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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