Come next weekend, the psychedelically inspired LEVITATION Festival will take over Austin, TX for three full days, April 29-May 1st, bringing artists like Brian Wilson, Flying Lotus, The Arcs, Ween and more! The festival has made an intriguing announcement today, sharing that the entire event will be live streamed using 360-degree technology for a virtual reality experience.The festival has partnered with a company called VRLIVE, allowing fans worldwide to enjoy the festival in a truly immersive technology. While the stream will be available for any device, a VR headset will create the most engaging experience, as you can literally watch the festival in all directions.Virtual reality is quickly rising to the forefront of music streaming technology. With the recent announcement that the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows in Santa Clara were captured in VR, and a recent Umphrey’s McGee show as well, it’s clear that these cutting-edge groups are on to something. If you try a VR headset, you’ll quickly understand why.Tickets for the 360-degree stream run only $20 and can be found here.
This past weekend’s River City Music Festival saw two of its three headliners pull out of the festival at the last minute. Set for Saturday, June 18th, the Nebraska festival saw George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Keller Williams drop out at the last minute, while third headliner Matisyahu did actually perform.As reported by Brooklyn Vegan and local news network WOWT, the festival did at some point post an apology on its Facebook page, only to fully delete their website and social media presence in the wake of extreme anger shown by several disappointed fans.While the festival promoters seem to be hiding, Keller Williams, however, did release a statement on his Facebook page that pulls back the curtain on some of the reasons why this festival had so many problems, and the difficult decisions that artists face when put in tough situations like what he experienced at River City. He talks about how he “love[s] to play festivals” and how he is “grateful to get to play so many,” yet that “with this particular festival, my team and I had to follow our guts and pay attention to the red flags that the producers started to raise.”Read the full statement from Williams, below:I’m truly sorry for canceling the Nebraska festival. I feel like shit and that’s a feeling that I’m not used to feeling. I love to play festivals. I’m so grateful to get the opportunity to play so many. Over the years, my team and I have finally learned to follow our guts. The first couple bad checks we received, we got mad. Lawyers were hired and more money was spent and it ended in a head shaking lesson learned. Who wants to admit that they don’t have the money to pay you? Not me. I admire all promoters and festival producers because they take a HUGE risk for all of our good times. Also because I could never do it. Where would my world be without them? Probably in a van down by the river.So with this particular festival, my team and I had to follow our guts and pay attention to the red flags that the producers started to raise. To all the folks I inconvenienced with this decision, I’m truly sorry and hope I can make it up to you,personally…..some how. Kw.
Load remaining images Rising Ethno-fusion/Glitch-hop/Downtempo star CloZee stopped by Stella Blue’s in New Haven to play an intimate show with friends Rasp5 (trip-hop lyricist) and fellow producer Nocturnal Status before catching a plane back to France, capping off a busy and successful two-month tour across the country. Fans in the area were eager to catch show, her last scheduled in the northeast for the time being. Appreciating the intimacy and energy in the small venue, she brought a high energy set awhile also sharing moments with everyone in the crowd around her.CloZee will be playing shows in her native country of France until July 22nd, when she returns to the states for Camp Winnarainbow in CA.
On the heels of CID Entertainment being acquired by PrimeSport, the elite travel and VIP company has announced another all-inclusive event at the Barceló Maya resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico. Adding to the already-existing roster of Phish, LCD Soundsystem, Luke Bryan, and Mad Decent destination festivals at the Barceló, this newly-announced four-night event will feature Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds.The beloved acoustic duo will perform three sets throughout the event, which will take place February 23-25, 2017. Dave Matthews Band recently capped off their 25th anniversary tour and announced that they would be taking at least one year off the road, so this announcement must come as a welcome surprise for all DMB fans.More details about the newly-announced event can be found here.
Last week, the nation looked on as Donald J. Trump was elected to the office of the President of the United States of America. Many supporters of Hillary Clinton were beyond surprised that their candidate did not win, but it seems some Vermont voters were hoping for a different presidential option. A new report published in the Washington Post shows a list of the write-in votes from Vermont, and some of our favorite musicians happen to be on it.Check out this list of musicians who people actually voted for in Vermont.Willie Nelson (7 votes)Alice Cooper (2 votes)Jerry Garcia (2 votes)Bruce Springsteen (1 vote)Les Claypool (1 vote)Henry Rollins (1 vote)Eddie Van Halen (1 vote)Jim Morrison (1 vote)Neil Young (1 vote)Ted Nugent (1 vote)Jimmy “Buffet” (1 vote)Unfortunately, none of those musicians were elected to the office, probably because they weren’t running, or, in some instances, are no longer alive. Of course, this lighthearted article may take a more serious tone in four years if Kanye West makes good on his promise to run for the office in 2020…
For the past few nights, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has been touring with The White Wizard himself, Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring. Herring and Denson have collaborated many times in the past, and they recently joined forces in New Orleans earlier this year. With that show going so well, it was only logical for KDTU to recruit Herring for a full run of shows in the Southeast, and the results could not have been better.Jimmy Herring and Karl Denson are seasoned musical veterans, so it’s no surprise that their collaboration would be so well received. The band hit the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC last Friday, treating fans to a non-stop smoke show. The group got down on some KDTU originals, as well as hit covers like ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid”, David Bowie’s “Young Americans” and Steely Dan’s “Show Biz Kids.”Fortunately, thanks to taper “tonedeaf”, we can listen to a full length stream of the show. Tune in for a recording of Jimmy Herring with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in Charlotte, coming in hot below.Note: Herring comes in for the fourth song, “Chicken Lickin’,” and remains through the finale.Don’t miss this incredible collaboration one last time, as they’ll be performing at the City Winery Nashville tonight to close out the five show run.[Photo via khop98 // Instagtram]
A new event called the Colossal Clusterfest has just been announced, taking place from June 2nd through the 4th in San Francisco, CA. The event is organized by both Comedy Central and Superfly, bringing the comedy titans together with the masterminds of music festival events like Bonnaroo and more. The Colossal Clusterfest has just announced its initial lineup today, with comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr and Sarah Silverman & Friends taking the top line of the billing.The lineup continues with Ice Cube, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo, Hannibal Buress, Broad City, Bob Odenkirk: No Singing!, Chris Hardwick, Lil Dicky, Fred Armisen, Princess feat. Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, Vince Staples, Anthony Jeselnik, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, and more. There’s a Superjam on the lineup as well, dubbed Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz, which is sure to be a jaw dropping performance. SNL’s Pete Davidson is on the lineup, as are Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ty Segall, Escort, Madaila, and more!The festival also boasts interactive art exhibits with It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, South Park, Seinfeld and more. For tickets and more information, head to the official Colossal Clusterfest website. You can see part of the lineup announcement below.
Load remaining images Photo: Keith Griner Photo: Keith Griner The Revivalists | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC | 11/15 & 16/2017 | Photos: Phierce Photo Last week, The Revivalists were hitting it hard, offering up a fiery two-night stand at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club. With singer and frontman Dave Shaw leading the way with his soulful vocals and the band’s tight musicality highlighted across both performances, The Revivalists’ back-to-back performances in Washington DC showed the band at its best. You can check out photos from the group’s two-night run at our nation’s capital below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.The Revivalists Perform Two Songs On Jimmy Kimmel Live
Monophonics are officially back! Today, the band announces their upcoming Mirrors EP and a supporting tour through the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. Mirrors–the band’s first release since 2015’s Sound of Sinning, available now to pre-order–is comprised of six rare covers, fusing the complementary and explosive soul, rock, and funk influences of the Bay Area’s psychedelic soul sound. The first single, “My Heart Cries”, featuring Tiffany Austin, is available today.“We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist, and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explained in a press release. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.” He continues, “It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool.” Even the familiar tunes receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals on Mirrors, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs.As a press release detailed, here is a rundown of Monophonics’ upcoming Mirrors EP:The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invincibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with backup vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul. The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.Listen to “My Heart Cries” below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out this previously-released music video for “My Heart Cries” by The Invincibles, featuring vocals by Nicole Smith:Catch the band on the road this spring to hear some of these songs, favorites, and new tunes from their forthcoming EP. Get hyped with this tour video, followed by a complete itinerary, below.MONOPHONICS TOUR DATES02-06 @ HiFi Music Hall – Eugene, OR02-07 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR02-08 @ Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA02-09 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR02-10 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-11 @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA02-16 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-17 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA02-18 @ Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV02-21 @ The Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT02-22 @ Rialto Bozeman – Bozeman, MT02-24 @ Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO03-02 @ Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar – Steamboat Springs, CO03-03 @ Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, CO03-08 @ Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO03-09 @ Paradise Theatre – Paonia, CO03-10 @ Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, COEnter To Win A Pair Of Tix To Denver + A Copy Of Mirrors On Vinyl!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Load remaining images Photo: Vic Brazen Last night, following their return to the stage with now cancer-free bassist Rob Derhak earlier this month, Buffalo-native jam favorites moe. continued their sparse run of early-2018 dates with their first of two nights at Portland, ME’s State Theatre this weekend. The crowd was thick and lively all night, filled with t-shirts and signs showing love to Rob and welcoming him back to the world of moe. The love in the room was particularly strong on Friday night, as the crowd matched the considerable emotion being created onstage. When the band addressed Rob’s recent cancer battle during the first set, the venue erupted. Rob lives relatively close to Portland, amplifying how grateful this particular crowd was that their man is healthy and playing once more.Highlights of the first set included the extended opening “Bring It Back Home” (a fitting tribute for Rob), the debut of new song “Who You Calling Scared”, and a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Dead Flowers” featuring a sit-in from local pedal steel guitarist Bill Waldron that followed. Set two highlights were ripe for the taking, including a massive set-opening “Big World” > “Ricky Marten” > “Time Ed” segment and a fantastic set-closing “Head”. Finally, the band returned for an encore performance of “Godzilla” to close out night one.moe. returns to Portland’s State Theatre tonight for their second performance of the weekend. Next weekend, on February 23rd and 24th, the band will head to Albany, NY for two nights at the historic Palace Theatre. Head to the band’s website for info on their upcoming performances.You can listen to full audio of the show below, and check out a gallery of photos courtesy of Vic Brazen:moe. – Full Show Audio – Portland, ME – 2/18/18[Audio: Taped by Ted Gakidis]SETLIST: moe. | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 2/18/18Set One: Bring It Back Home > Water > Bullet, Who You Calling Scared*, Dead Flowers^, Mar-DeMa > Lazarus, The RoadSet Two: Big World > Ricky Marten > Time Ed, Puebla, Four, HeadEncore: GodzillaNotes:*new song debut^with Bill Waldron on pedal steelmoe. | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 2/16/18 | Photos: Vic Brazen