TomorrowWorld Officially Cancels 2016 Festival With Open Letter

first_imgAmid many rumors that the festival would not be returning, TomorrowWorld officially announced today that they would not be returning to 2016. While the message posted offers a vague reasoning, a major contribution to TomorrowWorld’s demise was the financial woes of SFX Entertainment, who filed for bankruptcy one month ago.SFX was a principal investor in TomorrowWorld, and, combined with the heavy rains that forced cancellations at the 2015 event, it makes perfect sense that the popular festival would shut their doors for a year. No future plans have been announced, but the message posted does indicate that “this is not farewell.”Read the full note below:Dear Friends,It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you, TomorrowWorld will not take place in 2016. Unfortunately in the current environment, it is not possible to give you the best and unique experience you deserve.We will miss seeing each other in September and experiencing the magic of TomorrowWorld as one. You, the People of Tomorrow, the foundation of TomorrowWorld, are our inspiration.Let’s lock and cherish all the magnificent memories in our hearts, this is not farewell…TomorrowWorldTomorrowWorld is the US offshoot of the wildly popular Tomorrowland Festivals, and those are still going on as scheduled. You can relive TomorrowWorld with our photo recap from last year’s festivities, and with the video that TomorrowWorld shared alongside the above announcement. Watch below: TomorrowWorld – AnnouncementDear Friends, It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you, TomorrowWorld will not take place in 2016. Unfortunately in the current environment, it is not possible to give you the best and unique experience you deserve.We will miss seeing each other in September and experiencing the magic of TomorrowWorld as one. You, the People of Tomorrow, the foundation of TomorrowWorld, are our inspiration. Let’s lock and cherish all the magnificent memories in our hearts, this is not farewell… TomorrowWorldPosted by TomorrowWorld on Wednesday, March 2, 2016last_img read more

Watch Full Video Of String Cheese Incident’s Surprise Acoustic Set In Vegas

first_imgLast weekend, The String Cheese Incident concluded their March Madness tour with three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV. Not to say that the Friday and Saturday shows were anything short of spectacular, but the final night had a little extra oomph, as the band played a special acoustic set to start the show.The acoustic set was prompted by the visit of mandolinist Jack Rajca, the writing partner for SCI guitarist Bill Nershi from the early days of music. Rajca and Nershi wrote songs like “Lester Had A Coconut” together, which wound up being the first song of the set. With a four man band comprised of Nershi, Rajca, Keith Moseley and Michael Kang, the group spent just shy of a half hour warming up the crowd with acoustic joy.Interestingly, Nershi recently spoke to us about wanting to do an acoustic tour, saying “I’m still pushing for an acoustic tour, ’cause I think right now we could do it.  We have the two drummers that can play congas and pull out all kinds of percussion instruments that don’t involve the full drum kits.  Mike’s got a great sounding acoustic mandolin now and his fiddle.  Keith has gotten really good on his upright bass and I’m always playing acoustic anyway, so for me it’s like falling off a log.”While this was only one set, it’s certainly quite the treat to watch. Thanks to YouTube user Scott Fraser, we have full video of the acoustic set. Enjoy it!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/20/16Set One: Lester Had A Coconut1, Blue Ridge Cabin Home1, Crosseyed Possum1, Temperance Reel1Set Two: Just One Story, Sometimes A River, Little Hands, Yo Se, Falling Through the Cracks, It Is What It Is, Let’s Go OutsideSet Three: Birdland, You’ve Got the World, Hotel Window, Joyful Sound > Rumble > Howard, BollyMunster, Outside and Inside > JessicaEncore: Late in the Evening, Restless WindNotes:1 acoustic, with Jack Rajcalast_img read more

Daft Punk To Perform For First Time Since 2014 At The Upcoming Grammy Awards

first_imgToday, The Recording Academy announced that renowned electronic duo Daft Punk will return to the stage for their first time since 2014 for a performance with The Weeknd at the 2017 Grammy Awards. According to Pitchfork, the French “robots” and the R&B crooner will perform their 2016 smash hit “Starboy,” the title song off The Weeknd’s 2016 album. The track marked Daft Punk’s first-ever Number 1 single. Daft Punk also worked with the Weeknd on a second track on his album, “I Feel It Coming.”Daft Punk’s last live appearance came at the 2014 Grammy Awards, where they played their worldwide smash “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder. That year, the robots won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year (Random Access Memories) and Record of the Year (“Get Lucky”). You can watch their 2014 Grammy Awards performance below, via YouTube user iambradk:Neither Daft Punk nor The Weeknd are up for any awards for their own releases this year, although The Weeknd is nominated for his contributing role on Beyonce‘s Lemonade.[h/t – Pitchfork]last_img read more

The Revivalists Throw Down For Sold Out Show At The Fillmore In San Francisco [Gallery]

first_imgIt’s been an exciting time for The Revivalists, who continue to grow through their hard work and beautiful music. That ethic was on full display in San Francisco, CA last weekend, as The Revivalists rolled into The Fillmore for a sold out show along their Still Feeling Good From Yesterday tour! The band has been on fire of late, and they held nothing back for a smile inducing musical celebration last Saturday night, February 11th.Check out the full gallery of images from the show below, courtesy of Christopher Baldwin. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Human Experience Shares New Album “Broken Open” On Valentine’s Day [Review]

first_imgReturning with Broken Open, his sixth full length album as a solo artist, is The Human Experience. Appropriately delivered to the people on Valentine’s Day, it is a an age old story, of a man once a boy, and his journey inward; in his words the document “examines the depths of the most difficult of human emotions.”  Being in love, letting go of love, and learning to love oneself, these themes establish an ornate fabric that runs throughout the record, as David Block explores the annals deep within his own heart. This record is the first official release from Block’s Slow Down collective.On Broken Open, the title track is an amalgam for this entire expedition; as Block marries the best of his patented electronic flourishes to a newfound penchant for lush, minimalist instrumentation. Ably assisted by Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident), “Broken Open” is the first of two songs in tandem with vocalist Kat Factor. The entire record is fueled by the masterful contributions of several female singers, each lending their own vibe and energy to Block’s sensual serenades. “Traveling Blues” is slinky reggae propelled by a magnificent trombone lead courtesy of Mal Webb. A fan-freaking-tabulous rewiring of The Police’s “Walking on the Moon,” has been a staple of his live sets in recent months. This meditative dose of unadulterated eroticism is bouyed by the supple vocal tones of Bee Born, and a smooth sixteen bars from Bay Area underground hip-hop legend The Grouch.As the sojourn continues, British Columbia shaman-in-shwirl Goopsteppa teams with Kat Factor for an emotional dirge; “Slips Away” is a somber, soothing piece that lives somewhere betwixt The Sugarcubes-era Bjork and Tracey Thorn. Goop’s whistling organs and understated drum beats are the perfect foil for Kat’s IT factor. On the soaring, juicy “Amber Glow,” KR3TURE and Heather Christie (Feral Fauna) manifest some of the most heart-filling tones in David Block’s already storied career.  Here, Block has nearly perfected his dalliance between organic and electronic, as trap-kit percussion and synths are propelled by a digitized, pulsing bass groove atop the floor toms. Electronic ornamentation embellishes this anthem, as it builds to a crescendo with Christie’s mesmerizing vocals and tasteful sax from KR3TURE. This massive slab is followed by David’s reconnection with Kalibri, on a unique cover/remake of Alicia’s Keys first massive hit “Fallin.”Given the tenor of the album, “Two Tigers” at first feels overwhelming, when the big bass and frenetic pace awakens the listener from their snuggly cocoon. Late in the exploration, we arrive at “La Maricuya”, its acoustic guitars and Spanish verse from Block bely the song’s true intentions, passion-flower seduction . Propelled by Phutureprimitive-esque synth builds and a helping hand from bass goddess ill-Esha, “La Maricuya” is vintage The Human Experience, yet like the album as a whole, it sounds nothing like any material he has previously released. First single “Unharnessed” is four years old, as Block was just waiting for the perfect songbook to place it. A slow, deep, and tear-jerking opus, Leah Song of Rising Appalachia channels the soul, and those visions emanate throughout an exquisite duet with her longtime friend.Stream the album in full, here.“Broken Open explores the full spectrum of love; Birthing from innocence to heartbreak to love in the other to breaking free to finding love in oneself.” The Human Experience- David BlockWords by B.Getzlast_img read more

King Crimson Announces 2017 “Radical Action” Summer Tour

first_imgEnglish prog-rockers King Crimson have announced a full slate of highly anticipated summer tour dates, coming off a recent statement in which guitarist Robert Fripp discussed the pending North American tour, along with the return of drummer Bill Reiflin from sabbatical, making the current lineup a Double Quartet formation. “Existing repertoire will be re-calibrated for the about-to-be-becoming King Crimson Double Quartet Formation….Jeremy (Stacey) and Bill are both multi-instrumental, so King Crimson is likely to be making a lot more noise than before. Even.”The group will begin their summer jaunt along the West Coast with a tour opener on June 13th at Seattle, WA’s Moore Theatre, followed by dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Mexico City, and more. According to King Crimson’s website, the group will also play New York City and other cities in the Fall, dates and venue pending.King Crimson 2017 Summer Tour Dates13th June – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre15th June – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery17th June – San Francisco, CA – to be confirmed19th June – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s21st June – Los Angeles, CA – to be confirmed24th June – Denver, CO – to be confirmed26th June – Minneapolis, MN – to be confirmed28th June – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre30th June – Rochester, NY – Kodak Hall3rd July – Montreal QC -Montreal Jazz Festival5th July – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall7th July – Quebec, QC – to be confirmed9th July – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre14th July – Mexico City – to be confirmed15th July – Mexico City – to be confirmed** There will be further dates in the autumn, to include New York City.[H/T DGM Live]last_img read more

moe. Dusts Off Allman Brothers Cover At The Sinclair [Photos]

first_imgmoe. is currently in the midst of their spring tour, delivering their rock heavy jams all over the country. Last night, they played their second night at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA, rocking through mostly originals and an exciting cover of “One Way Out” by the Allman Brothers Band. The band hadn’t played the ABB tune since January 1, 2015.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente.Setlist: moe. | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 4/06/17 I: Crab Eyes > Threw It All Away > Crab Eyes > The Ghost Of Ralph’s Mom, Runaway Overlude, The Road > head. > The Road, Wind It UpII: White Lightening Turpentine >(nh) Cornflake Girl, Cathedral, Yodelittle > Don’t Fuck With Flo > Siver SunEnc: Kyle’s Song, One Way Out#{# LTP > 1/11/15} Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Living Colour Releases Rocking New Single After Eight Years

first_imgAfter eight long years, Living Colour is back with new music in the release of “Come On,” the first single from a full-length album due out September 8. The forthcoming record Shade marks the band’s sixth album, following 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway. Frontman Corey Glover says the band has been busy perfecting this new work of art for quite a while, and that the result is “a long look at the blues and its incarnations, musically as well as emotionally.”Living Colour Tributes Chris Cornell In Australia [Video]Glover continues, in an interview with Billboard, “It’s Living Colour’s blues. To do a song like ‘Who’s That’ up against something like ‘Invisible,’ it’s the blues; One is more distinctly the blues than the other, but it’s all the blues — our version of Chicago blues, our version of Delta blues. The blues evolved in various ways for various people. For some people the blues turned into hard rock and heavy metal, for some people the blues turned into hip-hop, for some people the blues turned into R&B and soul music. But it all comes from the same place.” Read the full interview here.Living Colour’s music bends back and forth between heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip-hop, country, and alternative rock, inviting a variety of listeners to enjoy their music since 1984. The first sounds of Shade can be heard below, via Billboard:“It’s the times more than anything else; Where are you mentally at that particular point?” Glover explains about “Come On.” “Even when we started this record there were a lot of things going on in the world, period, that needed to be talked about, and it just sort of ratcheted up as we progressed. That made us have to really look at this stuff and go back and make sure it really did emphasize certain things, make sure it was working.”In addition to the originals, the new Blues-inspired album also includes covers of Robert Johnson‘s “Preachin’ Blues,” The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Who Shot Ya,” and Marvin Gaye‘s “Inner City Blues.” Tour dates to support Shade are forthcoming.last_img read more

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Airs On Bluegrass Underground And Starts Fall Tour [Video/Photo]

first_imgThis past week, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood kicked off their extensive fall tour with a string of shows across the South. The tour started off with a two-night stand at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday and Friday before the group hit Macon, Georgia, on September 16th and New Orleans last night. During the group’s second night at the Variety Playhouse, the band was in proper form, playing a characteristic mix of covers and originals, including from their recently released album, Barefoot In The Head. During Friday’s performance, one of the highlights of the evening was The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s debut of “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”, a cover written by Jimmy Bryant and made popular by Waylon Jennings in 1968.EXCLUSIVE: Betty Cantor-Jackson Rekindles Her Love Of Taping Through The Chris Robinson BrotherhoodAhead of their fall tour that kicked off on September 14th, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood also appeared on PBS’ beloved bluegrass program, Bluegrass Underground. The show is recorded in the Volcano Room of the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee, and the Brotherhood’s segment was recorded back in March. Like the majority of their touring this year, the program served as promotion Barefoot In The Head, with the group opening their Bluegrass Underground set with “Behold The Seer” off their latest album—at the time, it was the live debut of the tune, though now the number has become a staple of their recent live shows. After moving through “Shadow Cosmos” and another live debut, this time of “Good To Know” also off Barefoot In The Head, the band wrapped up their mini television appearance with the fan-favorite “Rosalee.”Bluegrass Underground Finds Permanent Home In Monteagle’s CavernsYou can watch The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s segment on Bluegrass Underground below, plus check out a gallery of photos from the second night of their Variety Playhouse run over the weekend, courtesy of Emily Butler. Setlist: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA | 9/15/2017 Set One: Lazy Days (The Byrds cover), High Is Not the Top, Reflections on a Broken Mirror, Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line, (Waylon Jennings cover), Star or Stone, Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor (sans ‘The Good Doctor’ verse), Rosalee, Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham (Delaney Bramlett cover)Set Two: Behold the Seer, Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks, She Shares My Blanket, Forever as the Moon, Little Lizzie Mae, Little by Little (Junior Wells cover), Good to Know Narcissus Soaking Wet, I Ain’t HidingEncore: Bye and Bye (Charles Albert Tindley cover) Load remaining images Photo: Emily Butler The Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA | 9/15/2017  | Emily Butlerlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Scott Metzger Talks Practicing With Trey Before ‘Fare Thee Well’, Meeting Dave Dreiwitz, & More

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has left an undeniable mark on the Grateful Dead‘s legacy, favored as one of the top post-Jerry act to see live. In 2017, the band, led by Joe Russo and featuring Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger, celebrated many momentous occasions, including performing their 100th show in May at Brooklyn Bowl, selling out their headlining Red Rocks debut in August, and welcoming an enviable list of musicians from John Mayer to Jim James to Bob Weir on stage across the year.Over the weekend, the band kicked off their 2018 in style, laying out a spectacular three-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Ahead of these shows, Live For Live Music got the chance to speak to longtime friends and collaborators and current Almost Dead bandmates, Scott Metzger and Dave Dreiwitz, about another performance they have on the books—a co-billed show on Friday, February 9th, featuring Metzger’s WOLF! and Dreiwitz’s Crescent Moon at Garcia’s at The Capitol. (Tickets and more information available here.)For the first of this special two-part interview series, our own Sam Berenson was lucky enough to get to sit down with guitarist Scott Metzger. During their conversation, aside from heaping praise on his bandmates in Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Metzger discussed his side project WOLF!, his favorite guitarists, and helping Trey Anastasio practice for the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows. Read on below to learn more, plus stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Dave Dreiwitz later this week!Live for Live Music: Tell us a little bit about WOLF! to start out.Scott Metzger: WOLF! is a trio of guitar, bass, and drums. I play guitar, Taylor Floreth plays drums, and Jon Shaw plays the bass. We’re three guys that got our start backing different singers around New York City. One night, the singer we were supposed to perform with didn’t show up to the gig, and we were stuck with no singer and a club owner who was demanding music. So we went out and performed about an hour’s worth of instrumental music to just fill the time really, and it went over well, so that was the band’s first gig. That was about five-six years ago. Up until now, we’ve just been playing around New York and keeping it local, but as of recently, we decided to act like grownups, and we’ve gotten management and a booking agency and are taking it more regionally.WOLF! at Brooklyn Bowl, 3/22/2014[Video: Barry2theB]L4LM: How have Pete Shapiro’s venues played an important role in your career?Scott Metzger: Oh man… (laughs), that’s a great question. Pete’s venues between The Wetlands and then Brooklyn Bowl and now The Capitol Theatre, have all been places where most of my most important musical connections have been made. The Wetlands really was the jumping-off point for a lot of us. A lot of the guys who are playing together now met there and played together for the first time there. The Wetlands really gave all of us musicians the sense of hope that it was worth being a musician.Brooklyn Bowl and all of Pete’s venues offer a very special thing: the way he interacts with the bands he books. He offers the opportunity for a band to grow and find themselves. You don’t find many promoters like that. Pete Shapiro has changed a lot of our lives by giving us the opportunity to play at his clubs.L4LM: It’s hard for me not to think of you and Dave Dreiwitz’s friendship over the years, especially with your bands co-billing a show together Friday, February 9th, at Garcia’s, another one of Pete Shapiro’s magical endeavors.SM: I met Dave Dreiwitz when I was like eighteen in Lambertville, New Jersey. I was working a summer job at a health foods store, and there were never a lot of people coming in so I would bring my guitar in. I’d sit there and practice at work, and one day, Dave said, “Oh, that’s great. You play guitar and seem like such a nice and humble guy.” And then he says, “You know, I’m playing with Ween?”I was just like, “Oh my god, this guy is a rockstar.” Where I come from, Ween is like the biggest thing ever. Over the years, Dave has just been so encouraging to me about my music and starting up new stuff.  Through the years, we’ve always been together stage-left, with Bustle in Your Hedgerow and then all of the Chris Harford “Band of Changes” gigs that we’ve done. It’s like Dave’s family. I have to add that his band Crescent Moon is the absolute shit!Chris Harford’s Band Of Changes (ft. Gene Ween, Dean Ween, Dave Dreiwitz, & Scott Metzger), “What We Do Not Know”[Video: BandofChanges]L4LM: What is the top-secret ingredient to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s ever-growing popularity?Scott Metzger: I really give Joe [Russo] all of the credit. Joe was very well steeped in the Dead community and was familiar with the music and the audience. A big part of it is Joe’s commitment to encouraging us to make each song wildly different than the last time we played it. As a bandleader, he puts total trust in his band and encourages going out on a limb, each and every time we play a song. To me, that’s really what’s made it special.I honestly don’t know the reason why it’s caught on like it has. I think that it’s a combination of a few things though, and Joe is a huge factor in that. I also think that the five of us having different configurations with each other for twenty years is another huge part of it.L4LM: You and Tommy [Hamilton] have become such complimentary guitar players together. Does it just come naturally, or is it something that’s progressed over the years?SM: I’ll put it this way; it’s kind of a combination of your question. It’s progressed naturally (laughs). You know, it’s never been discussed. We’ve never sat down backstage and been like, “Ok, you do it like this, so I’m gonna do it like this.” It just works the way that it works. File it under a happy accident!L4LM: What is your favorite Grateful Dead show?SM: Unfortunately, I never got to see Jerry [Garcia]. I’m a big fan of the 1983 New Years Run, but that’s really just through the research I’ve done for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. For me, my favorite show is Barton Hall ’77. It has particularly special meaning to me because I got to play that show when Phil Lesh did a recreation setlist of the show at Terrapin Crossroads. That was actually one of the few Grateful Dead shows I knew before Joe Russo’s Almost Dead started and became what it is. If you had told me fifteen years ago, when I was in college or whatever, that I’d be playing that same set with one of the guys from the Dead, I wouldn’t have believed you. This was also the first show that John Mayer played any Dead music onstage with a remaining member of the band. There were so many guitars onstage that night!Phil Lesh & Friends, Terrapin Crossroads, 6/12/2014[Video: Samwise Gamgee]L4LM: So I need to know. Did Trey soundcheck with you guys at Red Rocks?Scott Metzger: (long pause, then laughs) I don’t know, but Joe, Dave, and I rehearsed with Trey [Anastasio] for a couple days before the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows. What happened was Trey was getting ready for the Fare Thee Well shows—which is like the most massive call that anyone could get—to fill the shoes of Jerry Garcia. So, he calls Joe to rehearse with him and go over all of the Dead tunes. Joe then recommended that me and Dave come in, and then there was a friend of Trey’s there playing piano. There were five of us there total. It was like being a sparring partner for the heavyweight champ before the big fight. I think we went in for like three full days of doing that.L4LM: One last question. You get to play with any guitar player that’s still alive that you haven’t already played with before. Who is it, and why?SM: That’s a very tough question. There would be a list of guys. The guys I haven’t played with yet would be Derek Trucks, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, and Julian Lage—those would be the four. Now, three out of those four guys are considered jazz players. And then Derek, he’s just an all-around mature musician—he goes beyond a great guitar player. That guy’s just like, I feel if that guy played tuba, he would give you goosebumps. The way that he is so musical, it’s unbelievable. And he’s so emotional, yet so controlled at the same time. That, to me, really stands out.[Photo: Steve Olker]last_img read more