Just one day after the shooting of “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie at The Plaza Live Theater in Orlando, tragedy has once again struck the Florida city as news broke in the early morning with regards to a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub, that has left 50 dead, and at least 53 injured. According to reports, at around 2am, an officer responded to shooting outside of the club, and engaged the shooter.‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie Shot And Killed At Orlando ConcertOrlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said the shooter then ran into the nightclub, which turned into a hostage situation in which the shooter, identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, opened fire inside the club. “It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” detailing that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.”Police responded to the scene and a standoff ensued, with SWAT teams making the decision at 5am to rescue the hostages. Authorities broke down the door with an armored vehicle, assisting 30+ people escape the scene, at which point a shootout with Mateen broke out, who was shot and killed, but not before the worst mass shooting in U.S. history occurred.Mateen has been “on the radar” of U.S. officials, but was not under a specific investigation at the time of the shooting. FBI assistant agent Ron Hopper said that investigators are “looking at all angles right now” in search of a motive behind the shooting, which has all the makings of a homegrown terror attack.We send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the victims and families of this terrible tragedy.[via CNN and ABC News – image via Getty Images]
After four years of touring the country, playing a ton of festivals, and supporting some of the biggest acts in the jam/livetronica scene, Turbo Suit (formerly known as Cosby Sweater) is calling it quits. The Indianapolis, IN-based trio, made up David Embry (guitar/vocals/live mixing), Nicholas Gerlach (sax/EWI/keys) and Jeff Peterson (drums), with the “sensual sax melodies and ultra-accessible beats” has decided to part ways. They have announced their appearance at Electric Forest will be the group’s final performance. We wish each member the best of luck in their future endeavors. Here is a statement the band released via their Facebook page:Over the last 4 years, we have had the opportunity to do some amazing things. We started this project with no intentions of ever going as far as we did with our little group. We’ve played countless festivals, venues that we could only dream of playing, and have opened for bands that we’ve looked up to for years. We made lots of friends and fans over the years and are so grateful for all the opportunities that we were given to make you forget about this crazy world we live in, even if for just an hour or two.Without going on and on and dragging this whole thing out, we would like to announce that next week at Electric Forest will be our last show. So please, let us not be sad that this is ending, but celebrate that it even happened in the first place. Thank you guys so much for letting us do what we do. We love you.Turbo Suit – Asheville Music Hall – 2/6/16, courtesy of I Am Asheville:
Beloved Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals has had a banner year, culminating in his first-ever appearances with Phil Lesh & Friends back at the Capitol Theatre earlier this year. Now, he’s announced another truly exciting performance, honoring his former bandmate Jerry Garcia by joining up with Warren Haynes for his Symphonic Celebration performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 1st. August 1st is, of course, Garcia’s birthday, only adding to the magic of the occasion.With Haynes and Seals performing honoring Jerry in front of the Colorado Symphony, this is sure to be a moving performance. We can’t wait.
The Infamous Stringdusters have announced some big plans for this coming Halloween. With a two-night run scheduled at Denver, CO’s The Fillmore Auditorium on October 28th and 29th, dubbed Big Top Halloween, the Stringdusters will play host to what is looking to be quite the extravaganza.Scheduled to play support on the 28th will be the Funky Meters and The Magic Beans, while Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and The Lil’ Smokes will serve things up for the Stringdusters headline set on the 29th. It has been also been announced that the Stringdusters will play as Williams’ backing band for a portion of his set.Fan pre-sale tickets are currently available and can be purchased HERE, with a general onsale beginning this Friday, July 15th.
Last weekend marked the return of the annual Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, bringing together an elite lineup of talents for a true festival for live music fans. One of the themes of the event were top notch collaborations and jam sessions, including one with Medeski, Martin, Russo & Benevento that you can watch here. Another occurred during a performance from Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, which saw the band welcome three different keyboardists at various points and the full horn section of Snarky Puppy.Hamilton first welcomed out Holly Bowling, who sat in on an opening run that included “Synth Driver,” “This Thing Ain’t Goin Nowheres” and the Grateful Dead’s “Cumberland Blues.” The Disco Biscuits’ own Aron Magner followed suit, joining in for the “Cumberland Blues” and staying on for “An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark.” Magner would remain on stage, while the band brought back Holly Bowling and also introduced Hamilton’s JRAD bandmate Marco Benevento for a rousing rendition of “At The Show.”At that point, Bowling left the stage, but the band wasn’t done with their guest stars! The Snarky Puppy horns were then introduced, and they accompanied American Babies (with Benevento and Magner) on a rendition of “Old Time Religion.” Finally, the set closed with the Puppy horns and Marco Benevento joining Tom Hamilton’s American Babies for one remarkable rendition of “Fever Dreams.”You can watch this all-star set-closing jam session below, thanks to American Babies!Do not miss Tom Hamilton’s American Babies on tour, especially for their exciting Masquerade Balls stopping in major cities across the country. With a Beatles tribute set for Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room (get tickets here) and a David Bowie tribute set for the following Saturday, November 5th at NYC’s American Beauty (get tickets here), there’s no reason to miss out! More information about these special shows can be found here.Check out the full Tom Hamilton’s American Babies setlist and audio from Luna Light, below![via taper Rich Steele]Setlist: Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at Luna Light Music & Arts Festival, Darlington, MDSet: Synth Driver*, This Thing Aint Goin Nowheres*, Cumberland Blues*^, An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark^ > At The Show*^#, Old Time Religion^#$ > Fever Dreams#$* with Holly Bowling^ with Aron Magner# with Marco Benevento$ with Snarky Puppy Horns
As The Disco Biscuits prepare to once again descend on their hometown of Philadelphia from February 2nd-4th at The Fillmore with support acts Aqueous, Swift Technique, and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies in tow (purchase tickets for the upcoming run here), we decided to re-listen to their first jaunt at the venue – which opened in October of 2015 – from last February, to whet our appetites. The Biscuits are no strangers to bringing the party to Philly, and their three night run just months after the venue opened was certainly something special, to say the least.Starting the 2/5/16 show off with “Pilin’ It High” was a the right choice, as you could tell Barber was feeling it from the get-go. “Strobelights & Martinis” got the dance party started, which led into a monster “Air Song” that eventually dropped into a super edge-y “Vassillios,” to be followed by a “Moshi Fameus” jam that had those in attendance amped up. The sudden break into what turned out to be a 30-minute “Magellan” was essentially the icing on the cake for this most ridiculous of first sets.The Disco Biscuits – 2.5.16 The Fillmore, Philadelphia PA – Set 1:I: Pilin’ it High, Strobelights & Martinis > Air Song > Vassilios > Moshi Fameus > MagellanThe second set on 2/6/16 was like one of those late 90’s / early 2000’s Biscuits sets of lore, where the band was firing on all cylinders and just making your head spin with their mind-bending style of jam. “Little Betty Boop” to start the set melded into one of those trance-fusion jams that are almost too difficult to keep up with, that eventually meandered into an inverted “Crickets.” Basically, the set was like all-out-war with Barber shredding and some truly unique Magner flourishes on the keys, and the nod to Ozzy Osbourne with a wild “Crazy Train” jam was pretty, pretty, prettyyyy fresh (check the 38-minute mark of the video).“Story of the World” followed “Boop,” and saw a nice, extended segment before a fire “House Dog Party Favor” ended the set in proper form. “Magellan Reprise” saw a nice sing-along from the rabid, and very loyal tDB fanbase in one of the more laid-back moments of the set. And then a 24-minute “Basis For a Day” happened….20+ years into it, and tDB are still proving why they are the in the elite category of the jam scene. Just some seriously epic stuff from the Philly-bred band.The Disco Biscuits – 2.6.16 The Fillmore, Philadelphia PA – Set 2:II: Little Betty Boop > Crickets (inverted) > Little Betty Boop > Story of the World, House Dog Party Favor E: Magellan Reprise, Basis for a Day***Purchase tickets to the show here. For updates and additional show information, check out the Facebook Event page.***[cover photo courtesy of The Disco Biscuits and Adam Winokur]
Last night, Twiddle kicked off their early 2017 tour with Buffalo groove-rock favorites Aqueous with the first of two nights at Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO. If night one is any indication, this potent pairing is poised to take the nation by storm on this run of shows.Aqueous started the night with a bang, opening with a medley of the various theme songs from the classic Super Mario Bros video games. The Mario medley segued into 2012’s “Warren In The Window,” followed by their second-ever performance of new tune “Second Sight.” Next, the band tore through The Beatles‘s “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” before wrapping up their set with “They’re Calling For You” and “Triangle.” Watch Aqueous crush the theme to Super Mario Bros to open their set in Boulder, via nugs.tv:After Aqueous finished their performance, Twiddle took the stage and wasted no time before diving into improvisational journeys, delivering a fantastic 3-song (?!) first set featuring favorites “Gatsby The Great,” “Lost In The Cold,” and “Jamflowman.” Watch the band’s 20+ minute “Gatsby” opener below, via nugs.tv:Twiddle continued to deliver the goods in set two, with a beautiful opening “Subconscious Prelude,” followed by “Moments” and an “Apples” > “Mamunes The Faun” > “Apples” jam sandwich, before being joined by Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer for a set-closing “Indigo Trigger.” Finally, the band returned for a “Hattibagen McRat” encore to put an exclamation point on a great evening of music. You can watch Twiddle’s second set opener below via nugs.tv:Twiddle and Aqueous will be back at the Boulder Theater tonight for night two of the run. Head to the band’s website for tickets.Setlist: Aqueous | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 2/10/17Set: Super Mario Bros > Warren In The Window, Second Sight, I Want You (She’s So Heavy)*, They’re Calling For You, TriangleNotes: Opened for Twiddle; *Beatles coverSetlist: Twiddle | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 2/10/17Set 1: Gatsby The Great, Lost In The Cold, JamflowmanSet 2: Subconscious Prelude, Moments, Apples > Mamunes The Faun > Apples, Indigo Trigger*Encore: Hattibagen McRat* w/ Mike Gantzer from Aqueuos on guitar
David Byrne of Talking Heads fame took to Reddit today and hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to promote the new edition of his book How Music Works and its respective release party in New York city at Town Hall on June 1st. In the forum, David Byrne confirmed that fans could expect a new solo album from the iconic musician sometime “early next year.” Byrne also noted that Brian Eno helped him “a LOT” with this latest album. David Byrne also hinted at an upcoming collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin, stating, “Last week, I wrote words and a melody over a track that Daniel Lopatin sent me.”Watch David Byrne Join Angélique Kidjo For “Once In A Lifetime” At Carnegie HallDuring the AMA, Byrne was prompted about his creative process. This was his response: “At first, I may have sat down with lyrics and tried chords, etc. Very traditional, though the material was not. Then, I learned I could write over pre-existing grooves and chords — which was liberating — but I eventually discovered that process led one down certain paths and made other routes less likely. More recently, I wrote some musicals —which is all about character, emotional moments, and storytelling — which meant words once again came first. I go back and forth. . . . Lyrics are best when the writing is not obvious — when they appear to be naturally occurring (even though that might mean they are the result of lots of work and editing).”Watch Stephen Colbert Channel His Inner David Byrne And Cover The Talking HeadsWhen asked about music he’s been listening to, Byrne shouted out Sinkane, Weeknd, Lorde, Lambchop, Bon Iver, Sampha, and PJ Harvey. You can check out the full Reddit post here to read more answers from David Byrne.[H/T Fact Mag]
The upcoming Phish Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden is destined to go down as a truly monumental run, making New York City the place to be mid-summer. As the inevitable late-night show announcements pour in, you can add this one to your must-attend list. Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal is bringing his marveled Circles Around The Sun project to the Gramercy Theater on Saturday, July 22nd. (Purchase tickets here with presale code “LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC”.)The history of the band is beyond fitting, as the band’s first introduction was at the Grateful Dead‘s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows. The frequent Phil Lesh & Friends collaborator was tapped to create the setbreak music, eventually giving birth to a band that would fittingly be called Circles Around The Sun. The psychedelic rock grooves that Casal, along with the help of keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne, and drummer Mark Levy create will be the perfect concoction to help fans “Hallucinate a Solution” late into the night. [courtesy of Greg Crist]With that music released as its own album, Interludes for the Dead, the band was gifted a proper stage. The band made their live debut at LOCKN’ Festival in 2016, and it was one of the weekend’s most glorious sets. Having only performed a handful of times since, we can’t wait for Circles Around The Sun to make their NYC return on July 22, paired with the sensational after-show glow that comes along with the Phish from Vermont.Tickets for the show are currently on-sale and can be purchased here with presale code “LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC.” For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook event page.– SHOW INFO –Show: Live For Live Music Presents: A Baker’s Dozen Late-Night With Circles Around The SunWhen: Saturday, July 22ndVenue: The Gramercy Theatre –127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010Ages: All Ages (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)Price: $23.00 adv / $26 dos (purchase tickets here)Pre-Sale: Thursday, June 1 @ 10AM with p/w: “LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC”Time: Doors 11:30 PM / Show 12:00 AM (technically early AM)Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix)July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2x Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix / late tix)July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix)July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)
Some called him “The Ox.” Some called him “Thunderfingers.” No list of the best bassists in rock and roll history would be complete with a mention of John Entwistle, who held down the low end of The Who from their earliest days in England until his death on June 27th, 2002. The Ox was an integral component of The Who’s sound, pioneering a new style of bass that would go on to influence just about everyone to follow.One of Entwistle’s earliest contributions to rock lore was on the song “My Generation.” It’s impossible to listen to that classic Who song without picking out Entwistle’s iconic bass groove, as his solos define the instrumental sections of the rock anthem. Entwistle’s role only expanded on The Who’s more ambitious works, like Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia.[Video: The Best Of – Home Of Classic Music]On stage, Entwistle provided the ever-important anchor for The Who’s wild performances. While singer Roger Daltrey would twirl his microphone and belt vocals, and guitarist Pete Townshend and drummer Keith Moon rocked to the point of instrumental destruction, it was Entwistle that steadied the group. Bassist Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones called him “the quietest man in private but the loudest man on stage.” He would rarely talk, though Entwistle did write a series of great songs that includes “My Wife,” “Boris The Spider” and more.[Video: Grafietstift]Entwistle often dressed in a full-on skeleton suit for live performances, only adding to his undeniable charm on stage. Still, Entwistle’s biggest claim to fame is his unparalleled abilities on the bass guitar. No one played the instrument like him. His lines often act as leads for various songs in the Who’s repertoire, and some isolated bass tracks showcase his talent. Be prepared for some serious bass work on this isolated track from Quadrophenia classic, “The Real Me.”[Video: trax]Unfortunately, Entwistle’s story came to a sad end on this day fifteen years ago. Just one day before a major Who tour in 2002, Entwistle passed away after a night of partying in his hotel room. Coroners confirmed that it was a cocaine-induced heart attack that killed the bassist, putting an end to an incredible legacy of rock music.Fifteen years later, Entwistle’s tone and technique still stand out as some of the best bass playing in all of rock and roll. We’ll leave you with a personal favorite, The Ox’s bass solo in the band’s classic song, “5:15.”JOHN ENTWISTLE — 5:15 BASS SOLO by SALTME3