The Revivalists made their way home to New Orleans last night, of course, during the most wonderful time of year. The septet hosted Vulfpeck and The Soul Rebels for an evening full of Jazz Fest’s finest fans, friends, and family. With plenty of cross collaborations, the spirit was very much alive in the The Orpheum Theatre.Catapulting off the high energy of The Soul Rebels’ set, Vulfpeck trotted on with a “Funky Duck” into “Outro” opener, welcoming The Rebels’ funk-electrifying horn section to the stage. Their arrival immediately infected everyone in the room with an upbeat, pip-in-the-step, smile-across-the-face, contagious head-bopping energy that Vulfpeck’s music just so happens to provide.When The Revivalists took the stage, the room huddled close for the home team and were immediately satisfied with a Prince cover to start the night off right. The band has been covering the Purple One since Halloween, but last night’s performance particularly struck a chord with the audience. “When Doves Cry” was an appropriate opener, as it lead straight into a heavy “All In The Family” > “Bulletproof” jam-infused rocker. Snarky Puppy’s Nate Werth took off on percussion, adding a distinctly fulfilling presence throughout the rest of the set. The room was treated to an “Amber” “Fade Away” medley, which transitioned into an ever-inspirational “Keep Going” sing-a-long. A heart-pounding, old-school “Upright” smacked the audience with another song from the new album, “Gold To Glass,” as the New Orleans natives brought the audience even higher with a “Stand Up” scorcher.In light of 2016’s most devastating passes, David Bowie, too, was honored last night with an epic “Fame” cover. The dance party continued into three of their most adored tunes, “Criminal,” “Fireflies,” and “Soulfight,” which featured Bobby Lee Rodgers on guitar. The guitar-work between Rodgers and Zack Feinberg impressively brought the set to an end, with spirits and energies at an all time high. As the band exited the stage after an incredibly powerful set, the room held tight knowing full well they’d be back with more.The Revivalists’ Guide To Surviving Jazz FestKeyboardist Michael Girardot and frontman David Shaw returned to the stage for an emotional “Men Amongst Mountains” performance. With the crowd in the palm of his hands, Shaw extended his vocals to a new world, leaving the room breathless before delivering their newest single, “Wish I Knew You.” The dance-heavy tune brought a new aura to the room, as the crowd chanted, “wish I knew you when I was young, we could’ve got so high!” in the arms of their dancing fellow loved ones.Like “two strangers in the bright lights,” Shaw asked for the stage to go completely purple before bringing one last tribute to Prince, an ever-appropriate “Purple Rain.” The crowd came in close for the last time, as the evening closed on a perfect note.The Revivalists’ Rob Ingraham Goes Hilariously In-Depth About TODAY Show ExperienceThe nods to the fallen stars deepened the intimacy of last night’s show, carrying an irreplaceable light that extended deep into the night. Thanks to dedicated fan Todd Neal, you can watch some highlights from The Revivalists performance below:“When Doves Cry” “Purple Rain”“Fame”“Amber”“Upright”“Criminal”“Men Amongst Mountains”Later in the evening, or morning, Shaw made his way over to the Blue Nile and played with fellow New Orleans band, Naughty Professor. They performed a new, unreleased song, “Stray (So What),” which Shaw wrote and produced with the band, hopefully to be included in their highly-anticipated upcoming album. Check it out:The Revivalists @ The Orpheum 4/23/16:When Doves Cry, All In The Family, Bulletproof, Amber, Fade Away, Keep Going, Upright, Gold To Glass, Stand Up, It Was A Sin, Need You, Fame, Criminal, Fireflies, SoulfightE: Men Against Mountains, Wish I Knew You, Purple Rain[Photos courtesy of Josh Timmermans]
Funky Albany, NY based group Formula 5 continues to impress fans everywhere, delivering a power-packed performance with every opportunity. 2016 has seen some incredible shows from the band, whether it was opening for Twiddle, playing at a rally for Bernie Sanders, or their month-long residency at the famed Nectar’s venue in Burlington, VT.The band is currently out on the road for an extensive fall tour, which will see them hit Catskill Chill and the Adirondack Music Festival, as well as their first-ever run in Colorado and a show at Syracuse venue Funk N’ Waffles with Snarky Puppy side-project Ghost Note. To get you in the funky mood for all of these exciting shows, Formula 5 passed along an exciting new pro-shot video – the first of its kind.Captured at a hometown show at The Hollow Bar and Kitchen in Albany, NY on September 9th, Formula 5 has shared with us a killer video of their original tune “Sad Bed.” We’re delighted to premiere this great video, which you can watch below!Formula 5 will keep it funky on the road throughout this fall. Check out their full tour dates below, and head to their website for more information.Produced and Edited by Frank CavoneCamera by Ramon Dario SanchezDirected by Pete MasonCover photo by Dave DeCrescente
Last night, a Frank Zappa tribute for the ages took place at TRiP Santa Monica, as his former band members Arthur Barrow and Chad Wackerman united for the memorable performance. Barrow played with Zappa in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and his work has been featured by the likes of The Doors, Joe Cocker, Janet Jackson and more.Barrow has recently been reviving his time with Zappa by performing with Cosmik Playground, a tribute to the late great guitarist with a rotating lineup. The band is led by the talented Marcus Rezak, who’s careful guitarwork embodies the spirit of Zappa’s performing. Rezak made last night’s performance even more special by recruiting Chad Wackerman, a drummer who worked with Zappa from 1981 through 1988.Joined by Aaron Provisor on the keys, the two set performance saw the band play classics from the Frank Zappa catalog. You can see a gallery from the show, courtesy of Steve Rose Photos, as well as the setlist below.Setlist: Cosmik Playground at TRiP Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA – 11/18/16Set 1: Chunga’s Revenge, Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus, I Ain’t Got No Heart, Inca Roads Solo, Thirteen, Cosmik Debris, Treacherous Cretins, MontanaSet 2: Free Form > Five Five Five, Pygmy Twylyte, Deathless Horsie, Drum Solo, We Are Not Alone, Evil Ways, Village Vamp, Peaches En Regalia, Roadhouse, Muffin Man Load remaining images
A Tribe Called Quest‘s final album, We Got It From Here….Thank You 4 Your Service, has officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album, which sold 135,000 in its debut week, marks the second time the iconic hip-hop group has reached the top spot in their career, and first time since Beats, Rhymes, and Life came out over twenty years ago.Social Consciousness And Racial Inequality Are Front And Center On A Tribe Called Quest’s Surprise Comeback Album [Review]According to Billboard, We Got It From Here…. surpasses Jeezy‘s stint as the longest gap between #1 albums in the hip-hop category, while only Lionel Richie‘s 2012 album, Tuskeegee (which took 25 years for Richie to reach #1 again) surpassed Tribe’s wait among all genres. The new ATCQ album has received accolades from across the musical spectrum, and witnessed the group bring back that socially conscious old-school vibe from the genre’s Golden Era, which has been lacking in recent years.The group recently appeared on Saturday Night Live with host Dave Chappelle for a two-song performance, and has announced preliminary plans for a highly-anticipated final World Tour, with details still to come. Check out the group’s video for “We The People….” below:[via Billboard]
Last night, Eric Lindell played the first of two nights at Hill Country Live for his Holiday Roots Music Show in New York City. The New Orleans-based singer/songwriter debuted his first live Grateful Dead cover, bringing “Casey Jones” to the forefront of his soul-soaking blues-rock performance.Thankfully, Marc Millman was on the scene to record this special moment, along with a stand-out reggae medley that kept the groove going for all those in attendance. Check it out: Tonight, Eric Lindell returns to the stage to close out his two-night Holiday Roots Music Show at Hill Country BBQ, then will head to The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ before heading home to New Orleans to close out the year at the Carrollton Station.
There has been much buzz about the upcoming 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer, with the mysterious “Fitter Happier”-themed and politically charged street art popping up across major metropolitan areas such as London, New York, Amsterdam, and more. While the band has not officially confirmed their participation in the street art campaign, the images also coincided with a more official announcement from the Radiohead camp. Stanley Donwood, the artist and writer behind Radiohead’s album and poster artwork since 1994, recently posted an work on Instagram post featuring the Radiohead logo front and center along with the caption “soon to be real,” thus implying to keep our eyes out for new announcement from the infamous British rock band. Such speculations were confirmed today when the band announced that it would issue an anniversary edition of their seminal album.The 20th anniversary issue of OK Computer is dubbed OKNOTOK, and will be released on June 23rd. In addition to the remastered tracks from the original album, the special edition will also include three previously unreleased tracks—“I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War”—and eight B-sides. Pre-sale for Radiohead’s OKNOTOK is currently under way here. In addition to more traditional formats such as digital download, CD, and vinyl, the group is also offering a boxed edition that includes “three heavyweight 180 gram black 12″ vinyl records,” a special hardcover book filled with unseen artwork and the full lyrics to the tracks on OKNOTOK, a notebook compiling selections Thom Yorke’s notes at the time, a small sketchbook with Donwood and Yorke’s visual plans for the album, and a cassette mix tape containing session archives and demoes from OK Computer. You can pre-order these goodies here, so that you can be the first to have your hands on them when they’re officially release on June 23rd.
Following a tour announcement with Bob Dylan this morning, vocalist Mavis Staples has announced a new album and released the title track, “If All I Was Was Black.” The tune comes from her upcoming If All I Was Was Black, a collection of originals arranged by Staples and Jeff Tweedy, and is due out November 17. The Wilco frontman penned 11 songs from the upcoming album, with three co-written by Staples. The album is focused on the ongoing racial conflicts in the United States, and how they affect her.“I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself – that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on,” explains Tweedy. If All I Was Was Black is their third collaboration together, following 2010’s You Are Not Along and 2013’s One True Vine, and is inspired by “the love I have for Mavis and the desire to be part of some kind of positive change.” Mavis Staples continues, “We didn’t make the songs point to a specific person. If you follow the lyrics it’s about yesterday and today.”In the title track below, Tweedy wrote the music to the lyrics by Mavis. If All I Was Was Black is set to drop November 17 on Anti-Records, and was written to “bring us all together as a people. That’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” Listen to her message below:
Brian Wilson is on track to release Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, a new 18-track compilation of over 30 years of The Beach Boys‘ work, due out September 22. In celebration of Playback, the 75-year-old songwriter shares “Run James Run,” a song recorded in 2017 specifically for the upcoming release. The new original comes after the release of “Some Sweet Day,” another previously-unreleased song, that was written with Andy Paley in the 1990s.Brian Wilson Shares Reflections On 50th Anniversary Of ‘Pet Sounds’In addition to the release of Playback, Brian Wilson is currently on tour in celebration of Pet Sounds‘ 50th anniversary. For more information on the ongoing “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances Tour,” head to Wilson’s website. You can see a full list of the newly-added shows below. Listen to the newly penned original from Brian Wilson below, as well as the previously released “Some Sweet Day”: PLAYBACK: THE BRIAN WILSON ANTHOLOGY // Track Listing1. “Love And Mercy”2. “Surf’s Up”3. “Heroes And Villains”4. “Melt Away”5. “Let It Shine”6. “Some Sweet Day” *7. “Rio Grande”8. “Cry”9. “Lay Down Burden”10. “The First Time”11. “This Isn’t Love”12. “Soul Searchin’”13. “Gettin’ In Over My Head”14. “The Like In I Love You”15. “Midnight’s Another Day”16. “Colors Of The Wind”17. “One Kind Of Love”18. “Run James Run” ** previously unreleasedBrian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances 2017 Tour Extension:May 9 — BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham, ALMay 12 — Revention Music Center, Houston, TXMay 13 — ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TXMay 14 — ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TXMay 16 — Brady Theatre, Tulsa, OKMay 18 — NM Kiva Auditorium, AlbuquerqueMay 19 — Centennial Hall @ University of Arizona, Tucson, AZMay 20 — Harrah’s Laughlin – Rio Vista, Laughlin, NVMay 22 — Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZMay 24 — San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego, CAMay 26 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAMay 27 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAMay 28 — Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CAJune 15 — Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HIJune 29 — Odeon, Odense, DKJune 30 — Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, DKJuly 3 — Carre, Amsterdam, NLJuly 4 — Kursaal Oostend, Oostende, BEJuly 5 — Grote Zaal, Utrecht, NLJuly 8 — BBK Live, Bilbao, SPJuly 9 — Montreux Jazz Fest w/ Bryan Ferry, Montreux, CHJuly 13 — Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, FinlandJuly 15 — Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, ITJuly 17 — Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon, FRJuly 19 — Jahrhunterthalle, Frankfurt, DEJuly 20 — Konzerthaus, Vienna, ATJuly 23 — Galway Arts Festival, Galway, IREJuly 25 — Bord Gais Energy, Dublin, IREJuly 28 — Liverpool Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, UKJuly 29 — Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, UKJuly 30 — Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, UKAug. 1 — Hammersmith Apollo, London, EnglandAug. 2 — Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, EnglandAug. 3 — Kelingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, UKAug. 5 — Glastonbury Extravana, Glastonbury, EnglandAug. 6 — Times Square Newcastle, Newcastle, EnglandSept. 15 — Molson Canadian Centre, Moncton, NBSept. 16 — Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NSSept. 18 — Centre in The Square, Kitchener, ONSept. 19 — Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NYSept. 21 — Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CTSept. 22 — Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MASept. 23 — Radio City Music Hall, New York, NYSept. 25 — American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PASept. 26 — Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJSept. 29 — Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MASept. 30 — Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJOct. 1 — Crouse Hinds Theatre, Syracuse, NYOct. 3 — Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, INOct. 4 — Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OHOct. 6 — Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, ILOct. 7 — Belterra Casino, Florence, INOct. 8 — Civic Center Theater, Peoria, ILOct. 12 — The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CAOct. 13 — The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CAOct. 14 — Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA
On Tuesday evening, As The Crow Flies rolled through Las Vegas, making a stop at the Brooklyn Bowl for a highly anticipated performance. As The Crow Flies is a relatively new project from Chris Robinson, formerly of The Black Crowes, which is in the midsts of its inaugural tour that kicked off at The Capitol Theatre on April 17th. The band also features Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as young famed guitarist Marcus King.Seemingly, it seems as though As The Crow Flies has been offering up fairly standardized setlists with some deviation across towns. For the band’s Las Vegas set, the group opened with a number of classic Black Crowes tunes, with the opening numbers of “Remedy” and “Sting Me” off the group’s sophomore album, 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, followed up by “Twice As Hard”, off The Black Crowes’ 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker.While the band pulled from across The Black Crowes’ expansive catalog, As The Crow Flies also found ample opportunity to lay out a few choice covers. Halfway through the performance, the group offered up a standout cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Almost Cut My Hair”, which followed a take on “Wiser Time”, off The Black Crowes’ 1994 Amorica. The band also closed out their set with a pairing of Otis Redding’s “Hard To Handle” and Joe South’s “Hush”, ahead of their one-song encore offering of Johnny Winter’s “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”.You can check out photos from As The Crow Flies’ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas show on May 8th below, courtesy of Paul Citone.Setlist: As The Crow Flies | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 5/8/2018Set: Remedy, Sting Me, Twice as Hard, Nonfiction, By Your Side, Sometimes Salvation, High Head Blues, Good Friday, Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover), Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride, Jealous Again, Hard to Handle (Otis Redding cover), Hush (Joe South cover)Encore: Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo (Johnny Winter cover)Photo: As The Crow Flies | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 5/8/2018 | Credit: Paul Citone Photo: Paul Citone Load remaining images
George Clinton has been one of the most well-known names in the funk world for decades, carving out a unique space in the mainstream for funk music with Parliament and Funkadelic, often referred to as the collective Parliament-Funkadelic (or P-Funk). While Clinton has been a larger-than-life figure in funk for years, he’s never been too set in his old ways, frequently allowing his approach and his repertoire to include new and innovative collaborators.In recent years, George Clinton has forged a creative relationship with experimental producer Flying Lotus and his L.A.-based Brainfeeder label, which ranks other neo-funk forerunners like Thundercat on its artist roster. During that time, he’s also collaborated with the likes of hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, contributing to the Compton rappers highly lauded 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly, alongside other L.A. scene associates like Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and more. He even welcomed Kendrick and Ice Cube on a remix of Funkadelic’s “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You” in 2016.George Clinton & Funkadelic ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube – “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You”[Video: GeorgeClintonVEVO]George Clinton is not the only legacy artist that’s been influenced by this jazz-funk-hip-hop new guard. Herbie Hancock is notably working on a new album that will feature Kendrick, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kamasi, and other contemporary artists of their ilk.In a recent Reddit AMA session, one fan asked Dr. Funkenstein what it was like working with Flying Lotus. This was his response:He reminds me so much of when Bootsy [Collins] first came around. Thundercat, Steve [Flying Lotus] and the whole crew. Kendrick Lamar, it feels so much like 1975 when Bootsy first came around and started mixing James Brown with P-Funk. The same thing is happening with Flying Lotus, and it’s putting me in touch with so many new musicians. These are the new generation of funk musicians. So, it’s educational working with him. It’s a whole new version of ourselves. George Clinton’s high praise for artists like Kendrick Lamar is nothing new. He’s been praising his abilities for years. When To Pimp A Butterfly came out in 2015, Clinton told Pigeons & Planes,I wasn’t surprised that the album came out sounding the way it did. I could tell from the song I did with him, the way he was talking and his interpretation of funk, that it was going to be something new. Kendrick told me respect was going to be paid to the funk. …He’s number one right now! It’s hard as hell to be in that position with so much attention, but he’s got a good team around him. It’s hard to deal with and still try to be creative at the same time, but he has that in check. The only other person I’ve seen do it like that before is Prince! It’s a crazy amount of pressure, but for me, I learned the value of playing crazy—people think you’re crazy, they don’t bother you as much. Kendrick’s got a mission set out for him, I don’t know if he fully realizes it yet but it’s there.These days, the funk “genre” is thriving beyond the mainstream, with bands like Lettuce, Turkuaz, Galactic, The Motet, and many more continuing to make strides and earn consistently bigger audiences in their respective spaces. Pop artists like Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson have also garnered immense commercial success with their funk-infused brand of pop, and funk pioneers like the surviving members of The Meters still doing their thing on various projects. Most people wouldn’t put artists like Kendrick and Flying Lotus in the “funk” category at all, let alone refer to them as its future.But the way George Clinton has always seen it, funk is less of a genre and more of an approach, a feel. Clinton has always been one to move beyond the comfort zone of his “genre,” and is fully aware of that aspect of music’s evolution, particularly after moving toward psychedelia and away from more traditional “funk” as his career went on. As he noted in a 2015 interview with Noisey,Any time you go pop or cross over, you already begin to lose the audience that you started out with. It just so happened that the black music became the pop music of the next generation. What’s really black for ten years becomes really pop the next ten years. With rock ‘n’ roll, a lot of black people think it’s white music totally. They don’t know about Little Richard and Chuck Berry. The only thing they know is that Jimi Hendrix played some psychedelic. So yeah, you lose your audience if you go from one audience to the next. Most of the black music you get today—hip-hop—it’s totally pop. Considering his experiences and familiarity with “funk music,” its constant evolution, and the artists he notes as representing its new guard, Clinton certainly makes a compelling point about the artists he sees as “the new generation of funk musicians.”[H/T OkayPlayer]