This weekend, rock fusionites TAUK are teaming up with future funk’s finest Naughty Professor for a one-stop shop at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. While both bands are completely instrumental, they offer extremely different attitudes that complement each other in a profoundly tasteful way. The night will begin with the jazz-influenced party culture of Naughty Professor, in their core, weaving together complex compositions and loose individual improvisation in their hometown. Then, revealing both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece will push into new sonic terrain in their own richly textured soundscape.To get acquainted with the vibes you are about to receive, get pumped with these videos:Newly shared video of TAUK performing “Times Up” Live From The Lab:Naughty Professor performs “Brain Storm” from their recent “Out on a Limb” at One Eyed Jacks:On November 12, it’s going down at the Howlin’ Wolf. Tickets are currently on-sale here. Don’t miss out on the funk & jams.
Derek Vincent Smith, otherwise known as Pretty Lights illuminated New Orleans in an epic, highly anticipated two-day New Year’s Eve event. Held at the Mardi Gras World Ballroom, Smith was joined by live band mates Chris Karns (turntablist), Borahm Lee (keyboardist), Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), and famed lighting designer Greg Ellis (TheLazerShark). The event also featured acts such as Curren$y & The Soul Rebels, Manic Focus, Emancipator, Maddy O’Neal, and an exclusive Chris Karns set.Pretty Lights has one of the largest followings in the electronic music scene. Fans, who refer to themselves as “The Pretty Lights Family,” or “PLF”, have traveled far and wide to attend Smith’s episodic tour that took place in the late summer and early fall of 2016. The intense passion shared amongst PLF drives fans to great lengths in order to witness the spectacle that is the Pretty Lights Live experience. New Year’s Eve was no exception to this as fans from across the country gathered in NOLA for the event, filling the Mardi Gras Ballroom to the brim. Fans were undoubtedly anticipating a spectacular production, but were awed as their expectations were surpassed by a milestone.The event offered two ticket options, general admission and VIP, referred to as the “PLF” pass. The venue was enough to amaze concert goers, however those with PLF passes were given an experience like no other. PLF passes included access to the so called “Pretty Lights Mansion,” that featured an open bar and exclusive sets. The Mansion was beautifully styled and fit to the New Orleans aesthetic. Upon entering, crowd goers were presented with mirror-decked hallways and white-washed pillars. These vintage style hallways led to an outside area shrouded by a dome cover, designed to mimic the deepest and clearest starry night sky. The heavenly aesthetic of the dome included bubbling ponds with lily pads, trees laced with Spanish moss, cobble stone pathways, and old-style shacks for fans to rest and have a drink. With outgoing staff members, merchandise pick up, and exclusive sets, those with access to the Mansion were given the royal treatment. Although the Mansion was a spectacular addition to the event, everyone in attendance was graced with an unprecedented production entirely unique to the Pretty Lights Live Experience.Ellis, “TheLazerShark”, famous for his unique lighting design and ephemeral touch to stage production, graced The Ballroom with a five-dimensional visual experience. With the integration of advanced physics, the Pretty Lights Team exceeded traditional 3-D visuals through the use of holograms, sublime strobe lights, and crystal induced diffraction, the stage production transcended beyond audio-visual comprehension. PL live events are notoriously equipped with Ellis’s “Lazer Cage”, a series of horizontal laser beams that create a glowing illusion of a cage around the stage. Production took the famed laser cage to new heights with a feature that has yet to be used in any PL event, a waterfall that flowed gracefully in front of the stage. This waterfall expanded to nearly 6 stories and bubbled down in an ephemeral mist adding a multi-dimensional visual experience.The allure of the Pretty Lights live experience is marked by its mystery and the tracks that will be played. Fans debate over upcoming setlists, and requests are posted online in hopes of receiving the gift of a rare song. Many music artists have a rolodex of tracks that get recycled throughout various shows, however Smith has a completely different method. As he insists he is not a DJ, Smith puts his skills to test with the help of his bandmates. With each set being so different, fans rejoice with each song that is played for it is is rare and its renditions can only be heard in a live setting.Night one was fit to tease the crowd, including both tracks that are trademark to a PL set and those that are rarely heard as well. As many tracks surfaced and teased fans, the production induced such visual stimulation to take center stage. PL played many of his trademark tracks such as “Out of Time” and “Done Wrong”, while also teasing rare tracks throughout.New Year’s Eve was charged with the yearn to leave 2016 behind and enter the new year. A new energy was amongst the crowd and the basis of family was evident. As the ballroom was decked with glitter and fluorescent sequins, the crowd came together to fill the air with love. The end of 2016 reared its head as Smith filled the room with energy. Throughout rarely played tracks such as “Country Roads”, and “After Midnight”, Smith took to the mic to proclaim “We are in 2016 about to move into 2017, we are trying to charge you up, charge ourselves up, we are trying to get by.” This proclamation along with the ephemeral rain wall charged the room with a unique energy, this energy was pulsating with static love. On the cusp of midnight, Smith paused a heavy jam of “I Can See It in Your Face” to begin the final countdown into 2017. While the crowd anxiously belted the countdown, the seconds leading into 2017 were gloriously relieving. As the clock struck midnight, balloons fluttered from the sealing while misty cannons blared in rejoice. The Pretty Lights Family shared love to everyone, exchanging hugs and kisses to all those around. PL rang in the new year with a jam of “Future Gospel” led by Lee’s progressive synthesis as the rain wall washed away the negativity of 2016. The set came to a close as “Finally Moving” came on, a PL staple laced with soulful violin. Smith took moments to allow the crowd to belt the famous lyrics and as rain poured down the room was filled with bliss. The set ended with a bolting rendition of “I Know the Truth” and the crowd was wild with excitement.Moments of question passed, and as the crowd grew doubtful, Smith and his bandmates took back the stage for a high energy encore. Tracks such as “My Only Hope” were laid down in addition to rare renditions of Nirvana, “Anytime (Love You Left Behind)”, “Cream State of Mind”, and finally “Yellow Bird.” Ending his finale with “Yellow Bird” set the tone for the rest of the evening; fans were filled with the glowing warmth of love as hugs were exchanged in the midst of delightful sways.As the night came to a close, the crowd exited the venue and into a heavy monsoon. The Mississippi river was boiling as a deep fog began to surface. Crowd goers danced in the rain, while some ran for cover. Regardless of action, Pretty Lights continued to wash away troubles as the sky released its own waterfall.Pretty Lights 12/30/16: New Episodic Jam 1, Out of Time, Easy Way Out, transitioned into Gotta Stay Fly (Jim Jones), Laser Rain Put Me Up, Where I’m Trying to Go, A Million Tomorrows, Hot Like Dimes, Drift Away, Freestlye, Make You Feel, There is a Light, Fly Like an Eagle, More Important Than Michael Jordan (MITMJ), Only Yesterday, We Must Go On, If I Could Feel Again, More Important Than Michael Jordan (tease), Done WrongPretty Lights 12/31/16: One Day They’ll Know (Odesza Remix), Country Roads, Time (Remix), Prelude 3 into Freestyle, Total Fascination, Hot Like Sauce (Rustified Remix), I Can See It in Your Face, Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1., Prelude 4 into Wayfaring Strangers, Ladies of the Canyon Sample, Solar Sailor into I Got 5 On it, After Midnight, Low Orbit, Wisdom of Antiquity, Brain Reaction (Teaser), Color of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix), Solamente, Freestyle into Maybe Tomorrow, King of Rock, Rush Jam, Future Gospel, Understand Me Now, Looking for Love (but not so sure), Prophet & Culprate, Hip Hop Hooray (SuperVision), Finally Moving (Slow), I know the truth (Closer)[Photos by Djivan Schapira] Load remaining images
On Thursday night, prog-jam quartet Dopapod arrived at Brooklyn Bowl for their first of three nights at the Brooklyn, NY venue this weekend. While the room was well below capacity for the weeknight set, the band delivered handily, tackling a selection of their technically complex, mind-bending compositions. After opening the show with “Turn by Turn” and “Cloud World,” the and kicked into a particularly funky take on “Black and White,” followed by “Sleeping Giant,” of 2014’s Never Odd Or Even.The segment that followed would prove to be the highlight of the show: First, the band launched into a super “Sonic,” which they took for a 20+ minute ride before bleeding into “Give It A Name.” After starting into the “Give It A Name” structure the band took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Chuck Berry, segueing into and back out of an appropriately rocking rendition of “Johnny B. Goode.” Technical composition “Trickery” came next, building slowly to a raucous peak before giving way to Drawn Onward track “Flipped.”The “Onionhead” that followed was packed full of surprises, as the band teased Pink Floyd‘s “Set Controls For The Heard of the Sun” and quoted “Johnny B. Goode” during an Eastern-inflected jam, substitution the line “play the sitar like ringing a bell” for “play the guitar like ringing a bell.” The jam even included a pronounced tease of Israeli Folk song “Hava Naglia,” a tune ubiquitous at Bar Mitzvahs, but not so often rock concerts. Finally, Dopapod closed the set with fan-favorite “Present Ghosts.”When the band returned for their encore, they congratulated a fan in the front row on his 30th Dopapod show last night, and helped the ecstatic fan celebrate the milestone by letting him decide the encore. The fan went with “Turning Knobs,” which the band performed with gusto before thanking the crowd and taking their bowsCheck out a gallery of photos from Dopapod’s Thursday night show at Brooklyn Bowl below, courtesy of photographer Andrew O’Brien.You can also stream full audio of the show below, thanks to taper Matt Moricle via archive.org: Load remaining images Dopapod returns tonight for their second of three nights at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend. To purchase tickets to either of this weekend’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Dopapod | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/23/17 (setlist via Phantasy Tour)Set 1: Turn by Turn, Cloud World*, Black and White, Sleeping Giant, Sonic** > Give It A Name> Johnny B. Goode**> Give it a Name, Trickery, Flipped, Onionhead3, Present GhostsEncore: Turnin’ Knobs4* contained Bluetooth tease** unfinished^ contained teases of Set Controls For the Heart of the Sun, Johnny B. Goode (Indian-style jam, substituted “play the sitar like ringing a bell” for “play the guitar like ringing a bell”), and Hava Nagila^^by request from the audience for a fan’s 30th showDopapod | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/23/17
This August, moe. and Railroad Earth will appear together for a run of shows presented by Live For Live Muisc. The nine-show run will take the longtime live jam favorites through the Northeast and the Midwest, stopping in Papillion, NE; Peoria, IL; St. Louis, MO; West Lafayette, IN; Grand Rapids, MI; Hampton Beach, NH; East Providence, RI; and Mt. Pocono, PA before finishing with a tour-closing celebration at Atlantic City, NJ’s Boardwalk Hall.The run of dates is sure to produce innumerable highlights, as the two bands make for a potently complementary pairing. Says guitarist Al Schnier, “Railroad Earth are kindred spirits to moe. in many ways. The diversity of their music, along with their eclectic approach sets them apart from other Americana rock bands. [Their organic sound] makes a great compliment to our more “electrified” approach. Although we get to play events together from time to time (like Summer Camp & moe.down), it’s been several years since we toured together.”Adds moe. drummer Vinnie Amico, “I am looking forward to our summer tour with Railroad Earth. It is always fun to go on tour with a great band to give the fans a great show and to collaborate with such great musicians, and hang out with our old friends.”You can get excited for moe. and Railroad Earth’s summer run with footage of the backstage pop-up jam featuring members of both bands from last weekend’s Summer Camp Music Festival below:Tickets for moe. and Railroad Earth’s joint summer run are on sale now. For tickets to any of this August’s moe./Railroad Earth shows, or for a full list of upcoming moe. performances and festival dates, head to the band’s website.[Cover photos via Daniel Ojeda (RRE) and Dave DeCrescente (moe.)]
Load remaining images Umphrey’s McGee | Express Live! | Columbus, OH | 2/1/2018 | Photo: Phierce Photo Photo: Keith Griner Last night, Umphrey’s McGee hit Columbus, Ohio’s Express Live! ahead of the group’s two-night stand at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, over the weekend. With support from the quickly rising Marcus King Band, the show was a powerhouse from start to finish.Umphrey’s McGee’s high-octane performance saw the group in truly proper form, focusing on segueing through their songs with a standout energy. One major highlight of set one was “Professor Wormbog”, which saw Jake Cinninger perform on the keys and the band run through the group’s “turbo” ending of the song, which took on an almost punk-rock feel and was greatly accelerated. Another highlight of the show was Umphrey’s McGee’s rare encore of “Andy’s Last Beer”, marking the song’s first appearance in 2018 and fourth performance since June of 2016.During the show, the group also played Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” and teased a lot of fun covers, including The New Deal’s “Glide”, Weather Report’s “River People”, and the “Underworld Theme” from Super Mario, originally by Koji Kondo.You can check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Express Live! | Columbus, OH | 2/1/2018Set 1: Gurgle > Speak Up > In The Kitchen, Room to Breathe, Professor Wormbog > Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > In The KitchenSet 2: Looks, Domino Theory, Loose Ends > 1348, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Syncopated Strangers, Hajimemashite > Miss Tinkle’s OvertureEncore: Soul Food I -> Andy’s Last Beer
[H/T Architectural Digest] Load remaining images John Mayer and Adam Levine have a fair amount in common professionally. Both singer/guitarists were born in the late 70’s. Both began playing gigs at an early age and eventually rose to mainstream success in the early 2000’s on the back of smash-hit pop records. Both of them won Grammy Awards in 2005 (“Song of the Year” for Mayer, Best New Artist for Levine and his band, Maroon 5). Both have also used their pop music success to take their career trajectories new different directions, with Levine carving out a TV career as a longtime coach on NBC‘s The Voice and Mayer diving into the world of the Grateful Dead as the guitarist for Dead & Company. Plus, you know, there’s the fact that the two artists look, like, uncannily similar…Now, you can add another item to the list of similarities between Adam Levine and John Mayer–their taste in real estate. According to a report in Variety last week, Levine’s 7,100-square-foot, $15.9M mansion in Beverly Hills, CA is currently in escrow, and sources say Mayer is the buyer.As Architectural Digest explains, Adam Levine and his wife, Namibian Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, originally purchased the place in the fall of 2012 for $4.83 million, and it marks the latest in their series of real estate buy-and-sell interactions in recent years. AD also notes that the home was substantially renovated since Levine and Prinsloo purchased it, with help from acclaimed designer Mark Haddaway. Variety notes that Mayer hasn’t owned a home in the L.A. area in several years, instead choosing to spend most of his time at his secluded compound outside Livingston, Montana.Below, you can take a look at some photos of the luxurious Beverly Hills home from a spread that ran in Architectural Digest when Levine first purchased the house back in 2012:
Last month, the String Cheese Incident dazzled Red Rocks Amphitheater with a three-night run, with the band throwing down some of their most well-received shows over the past few years. The quintessential Red Rocks hometown throwdown concluded a seven-night Colorado run. The Barefoot Boys got things started off with two-nights at Telluride’s The Ride Festival before moving to two-midweek shows at the newly renovated and re-opened Dillon Amphitheater, in Dillion, Colorado, finally concluding with three creative masterpieces at Red Rocks.Perhaps the most exciting part of the weekend went down first set Saturday night, as the String Cheese Incident ripped through a massive sandwich of Weather Report’s “Birdland”. Starting off with the main theme of the 70’s jazz hit, the band smoothly transitioned into Pink Floyd’s “Fearless”, with drummer Michael Travis taking a rare lead on vocals. Travis’ tone and pitch were perfect for the Floyd cover, accompanied by smooth surrounding harmonies. Propelled by a scorching mandolin solo, Michael Kang led the band back into “Birdland”, giving keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth a chance to initiate a funky groove with his synth. Moving forward, the band picked up the pace, as Kang switched over to fiddle and coasted into aggressive bluegrass territory. Continuing on, String Cheese segued into “Freight Train Boogie”, the classic Doc Watson tune, with more impressive fiddle work by Kang. On the drop of a dime, Bill Nershi yelled out, “Wheel Hoss”, with Kang kicking the tempo up and torching Red Rocks, finally steering the ship back into the main theme of “Birdland”.Today, the String Cheese Incident has shared pro-shot video of their “Birdland”> “Fearless”> “Birdland”> “Freight Train Boogie”> “Wheel Hoss”> “Birdland” fiasco for everyone to relive in all its glory. Check it out below:String Cheese Incident-“The Birdland Jam Sandwich” [Pro-Shot][Video: The String Cheese Incident]Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO | 7/21/18Set One: Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Betray The Dark, Birdland > Fearless > Freight Train Boogie > Wheel Hoss > Birdland, Big Shoes, RosieSet Two: The Other Side , The Big Reveal, Joyful Sound > Rumble, Love Is Like A Train > Nothing But Flowers, Desert Dawn > Impressions > Desert DawnEncore: Kashmir Notes: 1 with Ruby Chase, 2 with Ruby Chase and The Main SqueezeFor an upcoming list of the String Cheese Incident’s tour dates and ticketing information, head to their website.
With only two dates on their calendar this fall, the New Mastersounds have announced plans for their 2018 New Year’s Eve. The New Mastersounds will ring in the New Year on December 31st, 2018, at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. Starting today, there will be an exclusive presale for NOLAFUNK subscribers, with a presale for CEG Presents subscribers on Wednesday, August 22nd, at 12 p.m. (ET). Fans can sign up for the CEG and Nolafunk email list at www.cegpresents.com and www.nolafunk.com for exclusive access to the pre-sale. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 24th at 12 p.m. (ET).The New Mastersounds will play two U.K. shows, September 21st at Leeds’ The Domino Club, and September 22nd at London’s Jazz Cafe. The New Mastersounds only other plans as of now is an appearance at moe.’s Tropical Throe.Down in picturesque Runaway Bay, Jamaica.For information on upcoming shows and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
Guns N’ Roses were forced to cut their concert in Abu Dhabi short on Sunday night. Unlike the famous rock band’s early years when their concerts would abruptly (or start extremely late) due to egos and band infighting, Guns’ performance at Du Arena last night didn’t quite make it all the way to the scheduled end due to singer Axl Rose apparently being “severely ill,” according to his bandmate and guitarist, Slash.“Axl was severely ill. But you all were hugely supportive. Thanks for that,” Slash told fans in a statement shared to his Twitter following the 17-song performance, which probably seemed like an eternity for his sick bandmate. According to reports, Axl made it about two-thirds of the way through their scheduled set before having to call it a night, but not before powering through a setlist that included “Mr. Brownstone”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, and even a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here”. The performance would come to an end following the band’s performance of their 1992 power ballad, “November Rain”.“They’ve got me on IVs and a bunch of injections, ’cause I got sick today, I’ve been throwing up for about the last five hours,” Axl confessed onstage. “So, instead of cancel, I’m gonna do the best show we can do for you.” You can watch a clip of Rose’s announcement below:Axl Rose Addresses Audience in Abu Dhabi – 11/25/18[Video: BBQBall Variety]Bassist Duff McKagan also chimed in with kudos for his tough singer, adding, “[Axl] pulled a damn miracle…the man was beyond ill, and pulled off something I’ve never seen in my 40 yrs of playing. You all pulled him thru.”The veteran rock band has been touring across much of Asia throughout most of November. The fall 2018 leg of their ongoing Not In This Lifetime Tour is set to come to an end following scheduled performances in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 29th, and Aiea, Hawaii on December 8th. With the band now having a few days to rest before taking the stage again later this week, Axl should be refueled and back in proper health by the time Guns N’ Roses hits Johannesburg.Guns N’ Roses have not shared any new material since Slash and Duff rejoined the band back in 2016, but they did release a deluxe reissue box set of their debut album, Appetite For Destruction, back over the summer.
Relix has announced their third annual Live Music Conference, set to take place on Tuesday, May 14th, and Wednesday, May 15th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York. The two-day event will bring the leading figures in today’s industry together to shed light on the fast-paced and ever-changing live music business. The Relix Live Music Conference will feature panels and discussions covering subjects related to venues, festivals, publicity and management, and presentations on technology and non-profits. The conference will serve as the coming-together of all the pieces and people that help bring a live show to life, while also providing opportunities for networking, discussion and education. Last year, Relix Live Music Conference speakers and presenters included Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, Blue Note Records head Don Was, The Bowery Presents’ Johnny Beach, YouTube’s Ted Kartzman, Atlantic Records’ Nick Harvey, Live for Live Music’s own Kunj Shah, and many more. Representatives from Live Nation, AEG Presents, Superfly, Red Light Management, Atlantic Records, Ben & Jerry’s, HeadCount, nugs.net and, of course, Relix were among the 2018 event’s speakers.Tickets for the two-day event go on sale this Friday, January 11th at 11 a.m. (EST) here.