Just three days before his passing, David Bowie left us with ★ (pronounced Blackstar). It has since been revealed that there is a “long list” of more music for future releases. As a supplement to his most recent artistic masterpiece, the pop icon assigned the creators of InstaMiniSeries to “create our own visual interpretations of his songs, with no limits or preconditions on his part,” producers wrote in a press release. The result premiers February 25th, and is called Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries. A Lyrical Interpretation Of ★ As David Bowie’s Final MasterpieceAccording to @InstaMiniSeries, the 16 episodes take “the audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album’s music, lyrics and artwork… Each episode of the series is sure to capture the imaginations of all who experience it and will undoubtedly lead to endless speculation and discussion of meaning, metaphor and intention.”You can follow the new episodes, which will be posted every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, on the @InstaMiniSeries Instagram account.Carolynn Cecilia, the writer and producer of Unbound, describes Bowie as “a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling.” She continues, “Whether through lyrics, melodies, film, theater or mythical persona he never fails to transcend WHAT WAS and set the tone – and the bar – for what CAN BE. As storytellers and music lovers, who better for us to be inspired by than David Bowie?”Watch the full trailer for Unbound: A ★ InstaMiniSeries below: [H/T Rolling Stone]
Following yesterday’s Super Tuesday contests for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations, the Senator from Vermont and Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders hosted “A Future To Believe In” rally this afternoon at the State Theatre in Portland, ME. Among those to perform were local favorites the Kenya Hall Band and Jon Fishman, the drummer of Phish and outspoken advocate of the Vermont Congressman.Wednesday’s appearance at the “A Future To Believe In” rally marks the second time in a month that Fishman has played at a Sanders event, the other coming ahead of the New Hampshire primaries in early February. Fishman has also recorded a video for the Sanders’ YouTube page recently expressing his support for the candidate and has stated that a vote for Sanders is politically akin to drafting Michael Jordan out of the University of North Carolina.Just this afternoon, Sanders recognized Fishman for his great work, remarking that Phish is “one of the great bands in this country.”Jane Sanders Likes The Dead And Phish, But She’s A Total Noob About ItTake a look at several voter postings from the Sanders rally via social media below:
Neo-soul group The Revivalists have a lot to look forward to, as the New Orleans band gets geared up for the Jazz Fest season. Touring on the heels of their recently released Men Amongst Mountains, the band had a unique opportunity last week, when they performed “Wish I Knew You” on The TODAY Show.The Revivalists’ Guide To Surviving Jazz FestWe reached out to the band to hear about their national television debut, and luckily saxophonist Rob Ingraham had planned to write about it all along. Ingraham is the chosen one who keeps up with The Revivalists Tour Blog, which he updates sporadically with stories from the road. A group of seven young men facing the world from their car seats, chasing dreams down the highway, and rightfully landing themselves in places like The TODAY Show are of the monumental stories you will read. The most recent post, “THEY LET US KEEP THE CLOTHES/A STUDY IN PURPLE,” was published on the day of Prince’s death. Enjoy “THEY LET US KEEP THE CLOTHES/A STUDY IN PURPLE,” by Rob Ingraham:Studio 1A, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY. Tuesday, April 12, 2016. 8:30 AM.We take up entirely too much space.It’s not really our fault. We’re a seven-piece band. There isn’t much we could do short of firing someone. Our actual dressing room, a 5’x5′ nook with two chairs and four coat hangers through a door across from one of the makeup stations, can barely accommodate our jackets and backpacks. As is our custom, we have spilled into the common area between all of the various dressing rooms. This is the crossroads, the Great Nexus, the place where all paths converge. Hoda Kotb breezes through the common area and into make-up, easing her pace just long enough to look us over and remark that we “look like trouble.” A few minutes later, she wafts back through the room singing “Love Will Keep Us Together” in honor of Toni Tennille, who has finished her interview and is in her own 5’x5′ nook with two chairs and four coat hangers through a door across from one of the makeup stations waiting for a car to arrive. On my way back from the part of the room where there are bagels, a cameraman waves me through an interview with a woman whom I only later realize had been controversial former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal. At one point, a production assistant approaches us:P.A.: “Are you all with keeping up?”Revs: “[collective hesitation, general confusion]”P.A.: “‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians?’”They didn’t have enough 5’x5′ nooks with two chairs and four coat hangers through doors across from the makeup stations for all of their guests, so “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant and the “second-chance” shelter dogs from the ASPCA both have to make do with sections of the grand foyer just outside of the common area that have been partitioned off with black sheets hanging from tall metal frames. It’s like an off-puttingly cheery version of a scene from a World War II movie at the triage station of a makeshift hospital in a shelled-out cathedral.The program is scheduled down to the minute. At 3:30 AM, our anointed two-man crew heroically ventures to Studio 1A to touch base with the production team and begin setting up our gear. At 5:15 (which, as a rare, bitter twist, is too early for hotel breakfast), we amble over and finish setting up. At the prompting of the ground-level studio’s stage manager, we perform a brief sound check and rehearse an abridged version of “Wish I Knew You” in the gaps between live segments. After this we have an hour or two to nap, eat, or just sort of take up space somewhere and try to make sense of it all. I return to our hotel, a mercifully short walk away, and spend the time doing a crossword puzzle (my new morning ritual when we stay in hotels that stock complimentary copies of USA Today). At 8:00, I get dressed. From the waist down I am wearing clothes I brought with me, and from the waist up I am wearing clothes chosen for me by Robyn Victoria, our stylist for the day.Come to think of it, the most surreal aspect of this whole experience may very well have been the stylist. Not that there was anything particularly odd or unbelievable about Robyn, or her assistant, Jeremiah- they were just two hip young folks who, over the course of about about thirty minutes per band member and armed with two large racks of apparel in an already economically sized hotel room, did a fantastic job of making us look like crisper, more cohesive versions of ourselves. The surreality came from the simple fact that we had a stylist at all. On Saturday, we were playing a frat party in Auburn. On Monday, we were flying into New York early to meet with our stylist. I like to act all cool and unflappable whenever possible, but how could I not be flapped by this?Which brings us back to the beginning of the story. By 8:30, we are all in the common nexus of the green room area, eating bagels and ducking through other people’s interviews and taking up too much space and answering production assistants’ questions with puzzled stares. At some point during this nebulous period we are summoned two or three at a time to makeup, where skilled tradespeople use powdered brushes to disguise the fact that we’re all running on about four hours of sleep. At 10:00 we return to the studio and set our instruments back onto marked positions on the floor, pausing briefly so Kourtney Kardashian can sit down with Kathie Lee and Hoda to talk about a new line of smoothies and the status of her relationship with her sometime-partner Scott Disick (they’re not currently together, but they’re on good terms and they just went on a nice vacation with their children).If, throughout the whole Today experience, I had taken a sip of beer every time I thought to myself “is this real life?” I’d have been too drunk to stand come performance time.At 10:20 Zack and Dave give a brief interview. During the following commercial break, we do a final run-through of the song. At 10:38 (pushed up from 10:48), we do the thing. Our phones explode. The internet trembles. We pack up our gear and decamp from the common area of the green room. We have a celebratory meal nearby with some close friends and a few representatives of our management posse. I curse myself for forgetting to stop in the Nintendo store next to the studio. By 2:30 PM, we and our things are smushed into two SUVs bound for LaGuardia. Two hours later, we’re in the sky, heading home. All told, our trip to New York will amount to roughly twenty-four hours.In the end, despite the vague sense of pressure, the rough hours (even rougher on the real heroes of this story: our crew), and the intimidating, down-to-the-minute schedule, our first foray into national television was a pretty fun adventure. The on-screen personalities at The Today Show were all very good at making us feel at ease, and the behind-the-scenes staff were utterly remarkable in their efficiency, professionalism, and geniality. Plus, it was just kind of cool to get swept up in the pace of this huge, incredible machine and to see what it’s like being a small part of a massive system.These days, most of our shows are just that- our shows- in the sense that when we headline a club, for a brief time our music and our performance becomes the center of a tiny universe. Not that this is a particularly good attitude for any professional to have, but to some degree, if we’re behind schedule, the world is behind schedule. If our time is up but the audience begs for more music, we can play more music. The house lights stay down. The bar stays open. The more we grow as a band, the more things flex and move to accommodate us. Our time on Today was an enjoyable reminder that we, not just as musicians, but as people, are part of a much greater ecosystem; one to which we owe both deference and stewardship.Wardrobe: 5/5Catering: 4/5Hosts: 5/5Crew: 10/5Hours: 3/5Unexpected Philosophical Implications: Numbers are just like, a construct, man…/5Accommodations: 5/5Overall Rating: 5/5 would recommend to others. Special thanks to tastemaker and erstwhile New Orleanian Elvis Duran for showing us so much love.EDIT: Well, shit. I wrote this entry this morning, left my house for a few rehearsals, and by the time I got back home to edit and post it, Prince was dead. What a year. So many heroes are gone. As with David Bowie, part of what I always found inspiring about Prince was how he never compromised. He was perfection personified. Not many people ever have as much control over their own worlds as he did, and even fewer actually manage to do anything good with that kind of authority. Prince was a hundred-year-storm of talent, drive, grace, and authenticity. To paraphrase a quote from Picasso: If he had been a soldier, he would have become a general. If he had been a monk, he would have become the Pope. Instead, he was a musician, and became Prince.Sleep well. Thank you for showing us the way.——————————————————————————————————If you haven’t already, check out the song Rob and David Shaw co-wrote for David Bowie after his passing. Also, watch some of The Revivalists’ most recent tributes to Prince, which will surely continue in the months to come.You can catch the septet performing live in their own city during Jazz Fest both at the fairgrounds and during the late-night shenanigans. While they are scheduled to play the Orpheum Theatre with Vulfpeck and The Soul Rebels on Saturday, April 23, at 9pm (tickets) and at the Gentilly Stage on Friday, April 29 at 3:40pm (tickets), you never know where else the guys will show up masking the spirit of Jazz Fest-ivities. [Photo via The Revivalists Facebook]
Acclaimed Riot Fest has just released crazy fun lineups for their Denver and Chicago editions, bringing a bounty of artists out from September 2-4 in Denver, CO and September 16-18 in Chicago, IL. As promised, the late summer festival will see the reunion of Misfits, performing with Glenn Danzig for the first time in over 30 years.The full Riot Fest Denver lineup features Ween, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, Nas, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Descendents, NOFX, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thursday, Tyler the Creator, Pepper, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Wold Parade and so many more.Meanwhile, the Chicago edition features Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Brand New, Nas, The Specials, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums, Jimmy Eat World, Descendents, Refused, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, Underoath, Motion City Soundtrack, Thursday, Jake Bugg, The Hives, Death Grips, Chevy Metal and many more.There are also some intriguingly placed question marks on each lineup, suggesting a handful more big-name bands to be added to both. You can see both lineups below, and head to the fest’s website for details.
Pretty Lights has been rocking it with his Live Band of late, and the jams will continue! The famed Colorado DJ has announced a new run of tour dates throughout the West Coast, with stops in Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles from November 10-13.You can see the full announcement below, and head to the PL website for ticketing details.Pretty Lights Live Band Tour Dates11/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl *11/11 San Jose, CA – City National Civic *11/12 San Diego, CA – SOMA ^11/13 Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival* = with Big Wild and Chris Karns^ = with Chris Karns
As the mainstream media continues to largely ignore the protests going on in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline, many artists and bands (both big and small) are using their voice to assist the Native Americans, specifically the Sioux people, and other protestors that are currently on-site at Standing Rock, peacefully protesting the the building of a pipeline that will not only threaten sacred burial sites, but could very well pollute the Missouri River, a major water source for millions and millions of Americans with just one potential accidental leak.Chicago-based funk/jamband The North 41 have announced their own benefit show, set to take in their hometown at Schuba’s on Friday, December 16th (purchase tickets here). With protestors being blasted with water cannons, along with being pepper sprayed by militarized police forces in now freezing temperatures, they need all the help they can get. The #NODAPL benefit concert will donate ALL ticket proceeds directly to protestors, who are in dire need of supplies, ranging from blankets, warm clothes, canned food, and more.The event will also feature sit-ins from a number of local musicians, Joey Pettrone & The Scarecrow Army, Katie & Les Bates, several guest speakers that will discuss the issues facing those at Standing Rock, and of course, plenty of positive music. A full list of in-demand items can be found at www.sacredstonecamp.org. Regardless of whether or not you can make the show, any donations and assistance to the protestors would be extremely helpful.
Producers Cofresi and Flamingosis have just released an exciting new collaboration! Titled “Voodoo,” the song captures the live elements that both producers incorporate into their unique music.Cofresi, being a drummer and instrumentalist, has continued to push the boundaries of electronic music with his one-of-a-kind style. His live performances are something to behold, and you can catch him performing at the Russ Liquid Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, on Thursday, December 29th at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, LA. Details here.Meanwhile, Flamingosis is rooted in both disco and hip hop genres, and has used those insatiable beats to amass an impressive following in a short period of time. Both Cofresi and Flamingosis continue to toe the line of electronic music’s potential, and their work together is equally as groundbreaking.Check out their new track “Voodoo,” streaming below.
Donna The Buffalo used their opening night headlining set at the Suwannee Spring Reunion to welcome music lovers to the unofficial start of the camping festival season. The warm Florida weather welcomed members of their fan base, known as “The Herd,” back to the scene of some of their most cherished shows. After all, Donna The Buffalo has been rocking Suwannee’s beloved Amphitheater for twenty years now!Multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins used the crowd favorite tune “I Love My Tribe” to sum up their appreciation for the rabid devotees who had packed the front row a full hour before the first note of their set was sounded. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to catch the love fest between The Herd and their beloved leaders. Check out “Tribe” and a bit more of their boot scootin’ jam fest from last night’s show below: With two more days of tunes to come, and more from Donna on the way, as well as sets from Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Peter Rowan and more, there is still lots of love to come for everyone at the Suwannee Family Reunion.
Load remaining images Photo: Adam Straughn Photo: Adam Straughn Electric Forest boasts one of the most diverse festival lineups around, perfecting the Venn diagram model of bringing together the best in jam, electronic, funk, crossover acts, and everything in between. Beyond the music, Sherwood Forest is filled with all sorts of magical, bizarre, and unique musical experiences that one would never find anywhere else. With a little bit of something for just about everyone, we decided to break down our favorite sets from this past weekend by category. Presenting: your 2017 Electric Forest Weekend Two Festy Awards!Best Dance PartyThe String Cheese Incident graced the Ranch Area on Saturday night with a roaring dance party dubbed, “The Big Shebang.” String Cheese tore through the evening with a glistening matrimony of production and sound. The upbeat set touted both Cheese originals and covers, such as “Dear Prudence,” and spectacular collaborations. Artists Matisyahu and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, to name a couple, graced the stage for soul heavy, electronic jams. The four-hour long dance party was vast and impressive, transforming the Ranch Arena into an enlivening ballroom, leaving spirits upbeat and entranced.Best Rock and RollLotus rears a sound that is instrumental based, while it yet teeters on peculiar electronic synthesis. Lotus presented a Friday night set at Sherwood Court, boasting their archetypal confidence. Their sound was profound and cumbersome, while it threw nods to traditional rock and roll. The crowd was immersed in immense instrumentals and the upbeat vibe that ensued. Lotus’ set included established songs, “Flower Sermon>,” “Greet the Mind,” and “Move Too Fast,” while they included impressive takes on non-traditional content as well.Best JamsJam-heavy powerhouse, Lettuce, consumed the Forest once again for a lively set that boasted their unique sound, filled with blissfully intoxicating beats. With psychedelic undertones, the band encompassed attendees in rhythmic groove and upbeat energy. The marriage of synthesis along with tried and true instrumentals are what construct the band’s’ signature vibe. Those in attendance were not left disappointed to say the least, as the set commenced with powerful jams led by melodic melodies.JamtronicaJam band quartet TAUK undoubtedly brings the heat when it comes to the synthesis of electronic music and sweet, organic jams. Members Isaac Teel, Matt Jalbert, Charles Dolan, and Alric “A.C.” Carter have embedded their sound into the modern, progressive jam band era. Together, band members utilize an impressive array of instrumentals while they infuse electronic elements as well. This sets the stage, quite literally, for a unique presentation of sound that is truly glorious when seen live. Here, there are soulful elements with the principal features of rock and a glistening silver lining that dances on the border of electronic music. Any set touted by TAUK transcends what can be expected of live music, and their presentation at Electric Forest was no exception to that. Each member of the audience was entranced as the group constructed organic improvisations and band classics as well.Best Group CollabAlix Perez and bass-music heavyweight, EPROM, have joined forces to present, “Shades.” Individually, the artists are deeply rooted in bass-culture. EPROM crafts a sound that is deep, dark dance music material. Production on previous EP’s play around with the depths of bass music and emulate commendable manipulation of electronic synthesis. With the newest release of the 5-track EP, “Pineapple,” the artist evinces pure skill in the intertwining of bass with a high energy vibe, The production, Shades, with the help of Perez delves deeper into the depths of bass music shining a light on the work that is true head-banging music. The artists immersed the Tripolee stage in a dub-filled, glitch-laced fog.Best ElectronicNora En Pure is a hidden gem when it comes to electronic music. The petite blonde boasts a sound that bubbles with progressive delight and delivers the euphoric bedrock that shapes electronic music as a whole. The artist decorated her set with contemporary anthems and later blessed the crowd with her remix of “Hope.” Overall, the Nora En Pure takes the cake for best electronic artist of the weekend with her beautiful, light-hearted sound that penetrates each listener with great elation.Best DowntempoWhile the weekend was anointed with a plethora of smooth instrumentals, downtempo aficionados turned their heads to Conspirator. The duo, The Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner blend groovy acoustics with smooth beats that flows into the depths of smooth rhythms. The duo undoubtedly brought the heat for weekend two, with a high-energy feel and soul soothing euphoria. The downbeat vibe in conjunction with their unique craft shrouded the audience in bliss and marked them one of the weekend’s’ best acts.Most Genre-Binding SetArtists Ott and Russell Scott of Russ Liquid both approach electronic music with a unique touch. Ott’s music generates a sound that is psychedelic and electronically oriented, and while Russ Liquid has a similar foundation, Scott integrates traditional funk. The two came together to produce one of the most genre-binding sets of the weekend with a psychedelic groove. Ott has been a long awaited artist at Electric Forest as his set was canceled in 2016, but he evidently arrived this year with a boom, leaving the audience entranced.Best Act You Might Have MissedNahko and Medicine for The People closed out the Jubilee tent on Saturday night with a set that was not to be missed. The collective, reared by Nahko Bear, presents a take on organic acoustics, intertwining multicultural roots and an uplifting sound. The crowd was graced with tracks such as “Budding Trees,” a song that touches on manifesting dreams into reality. Overall, if you were lucky enough to be in attendance for this set, your spirits were undoubtedly in high spirits. This set was truly a treasure waiting to be found.Funkiest Electro/DiscoOpiou closed out the Jubilee tent on Saturday night with a funk-filled bang. The Australian-born is no stranger to electronica and funk with his integration of bubbling synthesis and prominent horns. The artist integrates glitch, funk, and jazz with an electronic take on traditional sound. Simply put, Opiou’s sound is a marriage of transcendental funk and an electronic kick. While his music boasts funk off of the stage, his lively set took it one step further. In exploring the dimensions of funk from a modern perspective, his set was one of the weekend’s funkiest.Weirdest Thing We SawKnown for constantly reinventing the wheel, a relatively new addition to the festival is the Hangar Stage — a trippy, 1940s-style saloon complete with a beauty parlor, buffing/massage station, fake tattoo parlor, bowling alley, barber shop, and more oddities. Hidden within this magical world is a secret speakeasy, only accessible to those gifted a special dog tag by someone “in the know.” Once inside, guests are greeted by early 20th century stewardesses who remain firmly in character and guided back to a special bar and lounge where a burlesque dancer and singer exhibits her “bare” talents for an unknowing audience. Someone even proposed on stage inside this spectacular secret hideaway!Trippiest Place to SeeWhile the festival’s lineup is not to be discredited, the music alone is not what keeps guests returning to Electric Forest year after year. Attendees seek weird and wonderful experiences inside the magical, mysterious world of Sherwood Forest. One welcome newcomer to the neighborhood this year was a psychedelic church, complete with pews, an alter, and a trippy backdrop centered around a third eye. At any given time of the day or night, you could find yourself at church in the midst of a wild dance party, game show, or some bizarre form of performance art.Dirtiest House MusicBlack Tiger Sex Machine graced Sherwood Court on friday night with their trademark sound. The trio boasts a high energy vibe that defines genres and delves into the depths of bass music. Their big-room sound was laced with hefty synthesis and attracts a crowd keen to the undeniable dirty house.See below for a full gallery from both weekends by photographer Adam Straughn!Electric Forest 2017 | Photos by Adam Straughn
On Saturday night, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age made news after he intentionally kicked the camera of Shutterstock photographer, Chelsea Lauren, causing the to hit her in the face—Lauren was hospitalized for injuries. During the performance, Homme also caused a security guard in the pit to go to the medic after kicking him in the back of the head, cut his own face with a knife, yelled “Fuck Muse” to the crowd, and called the audience “retards.” In the day since, the incident has caused an uproar.QOTSA’s Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer, Slices Open Own Face At Christmas ConcertOn Sunday, Josh Homme issued a brief written apology via the Queens of the Stone Age Twitter. He justified his behavior because he was “lost in performance,” apologizing to Lauren and noting he would “never cause intentional harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows.” However, many fans and industry folks found the apology lacking, particularly because of its short and impersonal tone and because man viewed its opening line regarding being “lost in performance” as an excuse.Today, Josh Homme issued yet another apology, this time in the form of a video blog. In the video, Homme admits that he “was a total dick” after noting “I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did.” During the apology, Homme directly apologizes to Lauren as well as to his bandmates, parents, wife, brother, and kids, explaining, “I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me.”On Sunday, Lauren told the press that though she initially was not considering pressing charges, she had been convinced to file a police report on Monday. Homme’s tone is reflective, closing the video with, “I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff,” before addressing Lauren for a final time, “I understand you have to do whatever you have to do.” pic.twitter.com/LUdxsTQE6P— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 11, 2017