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When presidential hopeful Donald Trump visits New Orleans, LA this Friday, March 4th, he’ll have some very loud company. A new group, calling themselves Trumpets Trump Drumpf, are planning a second line parade to correspond with the Trump rally at Landmark Aviation tomorrow afternoon.The name is a reference to a recent clip aired on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, where the host points out that Donald Trump’s family changed their name to Drumpf. If you haven’t watched this top-notch piece of journalism from Oliver, tune in below:“We as musicians feel Donald Trump is the ultimate salesman,” says saxophonist Quay Frazier in an interview with OffBeat. “We refuse to be sold blanket statements and lies. People are angry because their wages have not risen in a generation, and they’re looking for a way out. Donald Trump is trying to capture this anger by putting the blame on Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, etc, but America is about love and was built by people of all shades and colors. Our music does not discriminate. Our mission is to trump Drumpf with trumpets, to overpower his hate speech with music of love. Let’s show him how it’s done!”More about the second line can be found here. Louisiana primaries are held this Saturday, March 5th, so be sure to get out and vote![H/T OffBeat]
Next Monday, May 2nd, My Morning Jacket will head to Austin, TX to tape their episode of the famed series, Austin City Limits. The longest-running music program has hosted MMJ twice before, in both 2006 and 2008; so this will be their first trip back to ACL in a full eight years. With the power of their newest release, The Waterfall, behind them, expect nothing short of greatness for this beloved rock band.For fans who can’t make it out to Austin for the taping, the program has announced plans to live stream the broadcast. Beginning at 8 pm Central on May 2nd, My Morning Jacket will stream right to your couch, courtesy of this YouTube embedded below:MMJ was also just announced as a headliner for the Suwannee Hulaween festival. You can scope that full lineup here.
Laurie Shook knows full well the rewards and challenges inherent in the life of a traveling musician, thanks to the success of her band Shook Twins. For every audience roar and smiling face, there is a moment of staring out a window, as endless miles of landscape slowly scroll by. Sure, she has a sister and band and crew to talk with, but the road between shows is often long.Laurie, her twin sister Katelyn, and the rest of the band and crew, are heading out on one of their busiest schedules ever, with a recent Red Rocks opening slot for her idol Ani DiFranco providing a strong tail wind for the tour. In the midst of the craziness, Laurie took time to answer some questions from our own Rex Thomson about the ongoing tour.L4LM: First off, we hope you and the band are doing well at the start of a long run of shows! How is the mood holding up among the Shook Twins crew?Laurie Shook: The mood is holding up indeed. Somehow it always does. We find a lot of comedic relief while living in a van with 6 people. We have such an amazing team, and we are truly good friends. We all have really great senses of humor, which is key. We do get down though, not going to lie. Sometimes it gets hard out here… when we spend 12 hours a day driving through Nebraska, or when we have a low turn out for a show, and the opener talks loudly through your whole set. But we always find a way to shake it off and come back to remember that this is actually an amazing job and we are lucky to get to do it. L4LM: Have you learned any life hacks to help keep yourself healthy and sane on the road you could share with us?LS: Humor is huge. Like I said, these boys are hilarious! Laughing a lot is always good. We also are huge fans of wild organic medicinal mushrooms called Stemets 7. Immune support, that help us stay healthy.L4LM: There’s a certain responsibility to what you do, creating a much needed break from the day-to-day for people. Besides wanting to give folks the best show possible, do you ever think about the societal need for art and music that inspires and your part in that chain?LS: Thankfully there really is a need for music. There is job security in that… HA! I guess we don’t really feel the “responsibility” so much. For us, it is better not to feel any pressure while making our art. It comes easiest without much thought rather just the feeling that it gives us. If it makes us feel things, then hopefully it makes others feel things too. You know, that feeling of wonder or inspiration that happens while listening to music is what we are after and what is important to the world.L4LM: Fans of Shook Twins know that whenever they are having a bad day. they can turn to your music to give them solace and smiles. What do you turn to when you need to shake your blues away?LS: Awww. We sure hope that we can provide that for fans! When I need solace, I listen to Gregory Alan Isakov. He is healing and calming. Or in the van during traffic, Katleyn and I like to listen to Enya! But while Niko is driving he likes to listen to Tuvan chanting… “Everyone deserves their own Enya” as we say!Here’s one of Shook Twins’ crowd favorites, “Rose,” from this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival:L4LM: You’ve got some new music on the way next year. Is the material for that album completed, or is there still time to slip in a last minute song or three?LS: We still need to write a couple more songs! They come slowly, but we have been making time on tours to write lately. We often have 3 days off, so we have been renting Airbnbs and writing, which is awesome! After I finish this interview we are going to work on some tunes in fact…L4LM: You have a new single out. Is this part of the upcoming album, or are you just giving the fans a wee gift?LS: We do! “Call Me Out” is now available for your download and streaming pleasures. We aren’t entirely sure if this will go on the album because it’s a bit of a new direction from the rest of the album as far as production goes. We recorded “Call Me Out” in Santa Cruz at Indigital Studios and it’s a collaboration between producer Brody Bergholz and Niko Slice. The song has mostly electronic sounds, electric guitar, bass with a hint of acoustic guitar and banjo and our vocals. We were aiming to portray our “electronic” side of our live show. It has a real pop vibe-y tone with the message of calling your friends out on their shit. Holding each other accountable in this world and aiming to be awake and humble. The rest of our album is being recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR with Justin Phelps engineering. We got to do a lot of the songs live all together but isolated in the studio, so it really has that cohesive together sound.Check out the new tune, “Call Me Out,” below.L4LM: You recently played a special show at the Hallowed Red Rocks venue opening for your friend Gregory Alan Isakov along with one of your idols, Ani DiFranco. That had to be pretty special for you, didn’t it?LS: These are probably two of our favorite and most influential artists. It was beyond special to share a stage like Red Rocks with our idols. We have been listening to Ani since we were in 7th grade when our big sister introduced us to her, and our little musical minds were forever opened to poetic lyrics, powerful women and folk music.We have been Gregory fans for about 8 years and have become close friends. It’s such an amazing thing watching your friend play your favorite songs at such an epic venue, and the entire audience is hanging on every word. That was the best night of our musical lives. I took a moment at the end of the night and stood on stage looking out at the empty amphitheater, remembering what it felt like to have 8.5 thousand music respecters listening to us sing. It’s hard to take it all in while in the moment, you have to filter so much out so that you can focus on what you’re playing. There were many moments during our 35 minute set where I held back tears of joy.Watch the Shook Twins play a relaxed cover of Ani DiFranco’s “Overlap.”L4LM: In the studio, the temptation to perfect every single note is there, though time is always a factor. How do you decide a song or an album is done and move on to the next thing?LS: This is always a challenge because our standards change so quickly. When I listen to our old albums, there are many things that I would change. It’s really stressful to make permanent decisions on our art, but we always keep this Ani Difranco quote in mind while doing so, “People used to make records, as in the record of an event, the event of people playing music in a room” We just have to do what feels right in the moment even though it may not satisfy us in the future.L4LM: With all the instruments you play do you find yourself gravitating to one more than another?LS: The banjo is my heart instrument and I gravitate to it mostly, and for Katelyn it’s the guitar.L4LM: When you are kicking back and composing a song, do you reach for a particular instrument, or are your accompaniment choices driven by song inspiration?LS: I usually reach for the banjo because i know its language the best. but sometimes it’s easier to write on a guitar.L4LM: No one wants to pick favorites among their children, but are there any songs in the upcoming batch that you are particularly proud of?LS: We are really branching out on this new record. We have a folk disco song, a folk blues/funk song, and some folk soul. I am really enjoying all the new sounds we are making, and how we are incorporating more textures and ambience. I think I like the folk disco one the best so far.L4LM: Obviously you and your sister are going to sound a certain way when you harmonize, but you seem to do what you can to stretch the boundaries of Shook Twins sound. From light hearted rap to experimental sampling to the beautiful vocal melodies that caught listener attention you hop around the music spectrum almost at will. Any tips on what new directions you’ll be trying next?LS: As I mentioned earlier, we are reaching even farther with the genres on this new album. We like to be genre-less, and diverse. But always keep the eerie folk-twin harmonies to tie it all together.L4LM: Have you ever tried to embrace a sound and found it not a good match for what you do?LS: We never could pull off the folk Metal vibe as much as we tried….hahaha!L4LM: The band carries a giant egg that is constantly being fed love and good vibrations during your shows. Ever given any thought to what could hatch from it?LS: Hopes and dreams…hopes and dreams.L4LM: You’re one of the founding members of the Northwest String Summit based super group Sideboob, along with your sister, Mimi Naja of Fruition and Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain String Band among others? How much fun is it, getting silly with the girls?LS: SIDEBOOB! SIDEBOOB FOREVER! This was such a fun project. We really challenged ourselves too! Those 90’s pop tunes are not easy, and were obviously not meant to sung and played at the same time (which none of them did) so we felt proud of ourselves to be able to pull it off. Every practice was spent encouraging each other and laughing! We have all felt a shift in the mindset of women in music and at festivals and it felt good to be a part of fueling women power in music. L4LM: Any hopes of an album, or at least some original tunes from that band?LS: We would love to keep playing together and gathering bad ass women especially at festivals! It’s just so hard to get us all together with three full time touring bands’ schedules to work around! A cover album would be so rad, and yes we have some original song dream titles like “He’s Always Never Gonna Bone Me” (Kat Fountain) That would be so amazing! Perhaps someday!L4LM: Well, it looks like you have a busy schedule ahead of you! Thanks for taking the time to catch us up on your comings and goings!LS: Thanks for having me!
The beloved New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is here with their 2017 lineup, and what a billing it is! Taking place in New Orleans, LA from April 28th to May 7th at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, the festival is jam packed with some incredible performing artists. Headliners for the two-weekend festival include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings Of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick Jr. and more.The full lineup is stacked with talented artists, such as Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, NAS with the Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters. Dr. John, Aaron Neville, George Benson Irma Thomas and so many more.For the full lineup breakdown, including daily rosters and more, head to the festival’s official website. Watch the psych-up announcement video below, and catch the full lineup poster below.
Ween returned to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last night for the second night of their three-night stand, and they turned in a set aimed at their hardcore fans. Ween is certainly an acquired taste, but if you like Ween, you loved last night’s ridiculously “brown” journey through the band’s expansive catalog.After opening with “Did You See Me?”, Ween delivered a twenty-five song set that showcased their diversity. Songs like “Exactly Where I’m At, The Stallion pt 5”, and “The HIV Song” acted as the ultimate contrast to “hit” songs like “The Mollusk”, “Bananas and Blow”, and “Roses Are Free”. Ween doesn’t pull any punches, so songs like “Waving My Dick in the Wind” and the night’s encore, “She Fucks Me”, come off as punk rock moments where the band is actively trying to offend those who don’t get their style. It’s a bold move that pays off for Ween time and time again, as they and their hardcore fans are all in on the joke and cherish making those who aren’t in on it uncomfortable. Last night, Ween once again proved that they are fearless.See below for a full setlist from last night’s Ween show at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, and check videos of “She’s Your Baby”, “Dr. Rock”, and “Puerto Rican Power” from the show as well, courtesy of Fatah Ruark’s Live Music Archive“She’s Your Baby”“Dr. Rock”“Puerto Rican Power”You can see a full photo gallery below, courtesy of © Paul Citone / KabikPhotoGroup.Com..Setlist: Ween | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 2/18/2017Set One: Did You See Me?, Exactly Where I’m At, Mutilated Lips, Take Me Away, Up on the Hill, The Stallion pt 5, Happy Colored Marbles, The HIV Song, Boy’s Club, Doctor Rock, Frank, She’s Your Baby, The Mollusk, Bananas and Blow, Even If You Don’t, Pandy Fackler, Fat Lenny, Puerto Rican Power, Sorry Charlie, How High Can You Fly?, Roses Are Free, Baby Bitch, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy), Captain FantasyEncore: She Fucks Me Load remaining images
Hit up GRiZ’s website to check out a full list of upcoming dates and projects.Don’t miss ProbCause performing in a wide range of diverse sets at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd – 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Muzzy Bearr, The Russ Liquid Test, KJ Sawka (of Pendulum and Destroid), DJ Premier & The Badder Band, and so many more!For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. Two-day and single-day GA and VIP tickets are available now. Today, saxophone-wielding DJ/producer GRiZ has shared a brand new track, “Smoke That,” featuring fan-favorite Chicago MC ProbCause and vocalist Jaye Prime. Described by GRiZ as “the ultimate weed smoking song,” the minimalist jazz keys/sax-led beat lays the perfect groundwork for ProbCause’s characteristically clever yet nonchalant flow, and Prime’s silky, understated vocals act as the perfect garnish to set the jam off right.ProbCause Added To Brooklyn Comes Alive LineupAs GRiZ muses in his post sharing the track, “We wrote it on 420 so u know it’s official :), roll up and smoke that.” If you’re looking for a fresh new soundtrack to your next sesh, look no further–with “Smoke That,” GRiZ, ProbCause, and Jaye Prime set the cypher off right.You can listen to “Smoke That” by GRiZ ft. ProbCause & Jaye Prime below via GRiZ’s SoundCloud page:
As the seller explains the strange piece of memorabilia in their Ebay post (which, surprisingly, comes with what appear to be actual photos of them, because this is somehow actually a thing): “The Donut was immediately frozen, then freeze dried. Treated with color preservatives and clear vinyl compound then set in a polyester plastic compound. Total of 4 week process. The majority of these donuts were eaten immediately. This is a very rare piece and will last… forever.”Still not exactly sure how we feel about this one. It’s definitely super weird, but also kinda cool? Either way, we’re pretty sure that some crazy enthusiastic Phish fan is gonna end up buying at least one of them. People are strange…don’t think too much about it.[h/t – SPIN] Phish fans loved the Baker’s Dozen. They loved the themed setlists, and the no repeats and, of course, they loved the donuts. As we all know, Phish gave away a different flavor of donut to the early arrivers at each of their 13 performances at Madison Square Garden, and then catered that evening’s setlist to reference the donut du jour.Watch Phish Debut “Sunshine Of Your Feeling,” The Boston/Cream Combo That Inspired The Baker’s DozenThose who attended the Baker’s Dozen know how rare and coveted these official pastries were each night. And a lot of people didn’t end up getting one. That’s just how it goes. But one fan apparently really loved the Baker’s Dozen donuts, so much so that they went to great lengths to procure and preserve them, and are now selling them for a pretty penny online.According to a new set of posts on Ebay, user mstrjollo is selling actual Baker’s Dozen donuts encased in a plastic see-through shadow-box complete with engraved plinths bearing the date and “flavor” of the show–for hundreds of dollars.
On Sunday, November 12th, and Tuesday, November 14th, Dead & Company begin their 2017 Fall Tour with a pair of shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the band’s first shows at The World’s Most Famous Arena since their debut run as a group back in 2015. As the band gets their latest run of shows on the rolling, they’ll also be stopping by the historic Ed Sullivan Theater to perform as musical guests on CBS‘s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.Two Years After Their First Shows, Dead & Co Will Return To The Garden A Band Evolved [Videos]According to a weekly schedule press release circulated today via CBS, Dead & Company–comprised of original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart as well as John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti–will be The Late Show‘s musical guests for their Thursday, 11/16 and Friday, 11/17 broadcasts. Both the Thursday and Friday performances will be pre-taped in a session earlier in the week.Dead & Company Kicks Off Final Run Of Summer Tour At Wrigley Field [Photos/Videos]For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website. [UPDATE – 11/16/17: Tune in to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight to catch Dead & Company! 11:35 pm ET/10:35 pm CT on CBS; new cover photo via Oteil Burbridge on Facebook]
On Saturday night, Lotus finished off their annual winter Colorado run with a performance at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium. Following two fiery nights at the intimate Belly Up in Aspen, the five-piece jamtronica act was dialed-in for the performance, offering up a mix of old-school tunes, tracks from their newer releases, and well-developed jams throughout. Notably, during the second set, the band invited out past collaborator and vocalist Gabe Otto for a take on Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House” and original tune “Eats The Light” off their similarly named 2016 album.Following a performance by Marvel Years, Lotus took the stage around 9:15, leaving plenty of space for the band’s two-set show ahead of the venue’s strict 1 a.m. curfew. With an entrance line winding more than a block as Lotus’ set began, fans slowly trickled in (pro-tip: when the entrance line is long at the Fillmore, the venue frequently opens a second entrance on the east-facing alley), and the room significantly filled out during the first few songs of the night.“Grayrigg”, a tune off the band’s 2009 duel EP release Oil On Glass/Feather On Wood, served as the band’s show opener, marking a melodic start to the show before the song built to its grittier climax. Build‘s funky and sample-heavy “Middle Road” came next, and Lotus used the tune as a launch pad for an extended, high-octane jam. “Destroyer” offered a slow build to its peak, with the tune’s ambient beginnings becoming increasingly propulsive as it unfolded.After a quick word of welcome from Luke Miller and an apology that he was fighting a cold, Lotus launched into their cover of Tom Misch’s “ClapClapClap”. The laidback tune featured heavy bass from Jesse Miller and a slinky guitar riff from Mike Rempel, though it was the percussion section of Chuck Morris and Mike Greenfield who shined during the song’s jam. The drummers led the band in moving the song to a more bouncy and ebullient tone, with the jam beginning to gallop as the transition led into fan favorite “Shimmer And Out”.An old-school classic, “Shimmer And Out”, was the first set’s peak, with the crowd super responsive as the feel-good tune hit its resounding climax. Closing things out, Lotus offered up a “Bellwether” sandwich housing “Sift”. Compared to the distinctly joyful tone of “Shimmer And Out”, Hammerstrike‘s “Bellwether” was grittier and darker and featured Luke offering up effect-heavy vocals. A percussive and extended outro jam served as a rumbling transition into the well-loved older track “Sift”. More funk-oriented and featuring dynamic interplay between Rempel and Jesse, “Sift” was a glorious interlude before the band returned to “Bellwether”, marking an energetic close to the set.For set two, Lotus came out swinging with the infectious grooves of “Cold Facts”, a relatively new song that the band debuted in Boston in early 2016. Drawing on mid-70’s funk, the tune saw vocal ornamentations by Luke and a prominent bass line from Jesse. Next up, the band welcomed vocalist Gabe Otto for Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, a cover the group has only played once before when they debuted it in Richmond, Virginia, in October of last year. A synthy jam during the Talking Heads tune offered Rempel the chance to come forward, unleashing a spirited guitar solo. Otto, who the band tapped for their 2014 “Talking Heads Deconstructed” set at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, stuck around for a crowd-pleasing and jammed-out rendition of “Eats The Light”, his collaboration with Lotus off their newest album, Eat The Light. Most notably, during the jam within “Eats The Light”, the group heavily riffed on the gorgeous tune “Marisol” off Oil On Glass/Feather On Wood, and the contrast between the vibes of the two songs took the performance to the next level.“Eats The Light”, “Livingston Storm”, “Behind Midwest Storefronts” [Video: Joel Thompson]After Otto departed from the stage, the band offered up the melodic classic tune “Livingston STorm” off Nomad. A shift in tone following the sit-in that preceded it, the song’s groovy and mellow tone eventually made way for a high-energy and forward-moving jam. Hammerstrike‘s fan-favorite tune, “Behind Midwest Storefronts”, came next, with its placement in the middle of the set surprising many. Almost like a breather, the soulful song served as a way to decompress and slow down before the band launched into their closing combination of “Plant Your Root” into “Jump Off”, both tunes off Nomad.“Plant Your Root” offered effervescent guitar riffs and accelerated drum beats ahead of the song’s dramatic slow down to a more ambient jam. The more spacious jam eventually dissipated, picking up right where the group left off at the song’s peak before a more discordant section during which the keys stood out. The extended transition into “Jump Off” was well played, making Lotus’ landing into their final song of set two all the more triumphant. The cascading and crisp guitar aided the song’s gradual transition to a more fast-paced and energized set closer.For their encore, Lotus first offered up “Bug Love”, which the band debuted at their own music festival, Summerdance, in 2017. The jazzy tune, which the group coincidentally played a few nights prior during their run at the Belly Up, eventually made way for “Hammerstrike”, the title track off their 2008 album. A shreddy end to the show, the thumping tune was a perfect way to cap off the night.Lotus continues their ongoing tour with a performance in Kansas City, MO tonight marking their first time back in the city since Dancefestopia back in 2013. For a full list of upcoming Lotus dates, head to the band’s website.You can check out a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Andrew Rios below.Setlist: Lotus | Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 2/24/2018Set One: Grayrigg, Middle Road, Destroyer, ClapClapClap > Shimmer and Out, Bellwether > Sift > BellwetherSet Two: Cold Facts, Burning Down The House*, Eats The Light*, Livingston Storm, Behind Midwest Storefronts, Plant Your Root > Jump OffEncore: Bug Love, Hammerstrike*With vocalist Gabe OttoLotus | Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 2/24/18 | Photos: Andrew Rios Photo: Andrew Rios Photo: Andrew Rios Photo: Andrew Rios Load remaining images