The annual Bumbershoot lineup is here! Taking place from September 2-4 in Seattle, WA, the festival has revealed dozens of musicians, comedians, artists, and writers for their 2016 event.The full lineup features a number of headlining sets, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab For Cutie, KYGO, Tame Impala, G-Eazy, Pretty Lights, Halsey and DJ Snake. The billing continues with Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Bryson Tiller, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Run The Jewels, Billy Idol, ZHU, Marshmello, Father John Misty, Explosions In The Sky, Third Eye Blind, Logic, and Andrew Bird.Some great musicians are featured in the full lineup, like Tyler. The Creator, Reggie Watts, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Kamasi Washington, Cashmere Cat, The Motet, White Denim, and so many more.You can see Bumbershoot’s full lineup below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29th, and more information can be found here.
After nearly 3o years, Donna The Buffalo has seen an entire generation of fans grow up dancing to their music. Their mix of rock and roll, bluegrass and Americana has won them a nationwide fanbase of devoted followers, affectionately known as The Herd. Those same fans recently showed how quick they are to circle the wagons and help out their idols when needed.When DTB’s beloved tour bus gave up the ghost recently, a GoFundMe raised over $90,000 to help get the band a new one, in just three weeks! We caught up with the band in Orlando. FL to talk about the new bus, the upheaval in American politics and their record setting upcoming 41st appearance at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park.In the first half of our interview, we focused on their love of Suwannee and the artists and fans who make it a symbiotic love fest. Guitarist Jeb Puryear and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins tell tales of late night hijinks and the ways to plan jam sessions on the fly as they prepare for the upcoming Suwannee Family Reunion. Feel the love in the clip below.Even Donna The Buffalo could not escape the specter of the new president and the atmosphere of insanity that has surrounded the new administration. Musicians are just as dismayed as the rest of the nation, though they do manage to find some hope in the situation. Check out their thoughts in the video below:Donna The Buffalo didn’t manage to last nearly three decades without weathering some crazy storms, literal and metaphorical, along the way. While no one can say what the future will bring, it does seem that whatever life throws at the band, the will carry on. Lucky for them, when the road gets a little bumpy they have an army of supporters ready to make sure the band can keep riding into town to make the music that helps make even the scariest of times just a bit better.
It’s been one year since Prince joined the great gig in the sky. In celebration of the Purple One’s life, New York City’s Cutting Room is hosting an intimate gathering on Friday, April 21, for fans to join in and dance through the pain on the anniversary of his death. The venue will be screening Prince’s iconic masterpiece, the 1984 classic film Purple Rain, then, they will pay tribute to his life in music with DJ Quincey Velvet.Let’s party like it’s 1999! More information about the FREE event can be found here.
Load remaining images Load remaining images This weekend, resident guitarist extraordinaire of The New Mastersounds, Mr. Eddie Roberts, honored jazz guitarist Grant Green with his tribute to the pioneering musician dubbed “Green Is Beautiful” after Green’s 1970 release by the same name. Roberts invited other friends to join him in celebrating Green’s work, tapping Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) on drums, Chris Spies on keys, Alex Scott on bass, and Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit) on sax to round out the crew, with Thievery Corporation’s Jeff Franca sitting in on bongos following his own performance at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday night. On the heels of 4/20, the name of the tribute might have seemed tongue-in-cheek to some, but together, the collection of enviable musicians went above and beyond in showcasing the beauty of Grant Green’s music.Roberts’ “Green Is Beautiful” tribute first debuted in September of last year as part of the line-up for Bear Creek Bayou in New Orleans. After its success in the fall, Roberts brought the project home to Denver and, in addition to rotating in new musicians to share in commemorating the frequently unsung jazz guitarist of Blue Note Records, expanded it to two nights, hitting Cervantes’ Other Side this past Friday and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox on Saturday. In seeing the group perform, it’s immediately apparent that this is a passion project for Roberts. His love of Grant and his work is undeniable, shining through both in his meticulous playing and stage banter. It’s charming to see the acclaimed guitarist so excited to share Grant’s music with others, readily dropping bits of knowledge and instructing listeners to carefully pay attention to specific elements of certain songs.For Friday’s performance at Cervantes’ Other Side, the setlist primarily focused on Green’s work from the late 60’s and 70’s during which Green’s style was reinvented with a more funk-inflected sound, all of which are perfectly suited for an ensemble featuring members of the New Mastersounds and Soulive. From the first songs, “Upshot” off Green’s 1969 release Carryin’ On and “The Selma March” off 1965’s His Majesty, King Funk, the band was in proper form, easily settling into the slinky, laid-back grooves of both numbers. “Latona” was a slow burner from Big John Patton’s Let ‘Em Roll (featuring Green on guitar), gradually building throughout with Eddie Roberts’ mercurial guitar dancing over the song’s latin base and kept together by Alan Evans’ tight work behind the kit (eliciting Roberts to note that Evans “is the only drummer that I’ve heard play this right” outside of Otis “Candy” Finch on the original album).“Farid” was another number that stood out, as the group was clearly enjoying themselves (“I’ll have to add this to every set I ever play,” said Roberts laughing after the number), with the song steadily propelled forward by Alex Scott on bass and Evans’ cascading drum rolls, ultimately culminating in a drum solo for Evans where he let loose to show off his chops. It was followed by a stellar rendition of “Windjammer,” a buoyant and pulsating tune for which Roberts’ explosive guitar stylings led the way.After a break, during which special guest DJ Marcos Boricua returned with his funk-focused vinyl-spinning after kicking things off for the night, “Green Is Beautiful” picked up right where they had left off, this time with the addition of Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation. Their first song, “Hey Western Union Man,” kept the crowd dancing after Boricua’s intermission music came to an end, with Nick Gerlach and Chris Spies building the melodic, groovy track to its climax. Gerlach again lent his expertise on sax in building up the next song, “Fancy Free,” working in and out of Roberts’ whorling guitar licks.During “Ain’t It Funky,” the title of the song rang true, with Chris Spies fiery stand-out performance behind the keys leading into a brief drum break giving Franca and Evans a moment to shine on percussion with one another’s company. The drums taking the spotlight recurred again in “Walk In The Night,” with the dark, grinding drums eventually dropping in volume to allow a dramatic return to the song’s main theme showcasing Eddie Roberts’ pristine and decisive guitar. Perhaps one of the crowd’s favorites of the night was “Day In The Life,” a nostalgic and happy-go-lucky carried by Eddie’s energetic playing.Friday night’s show at Cervantes’ was a stellar showcasing of both Grant Green’s work and the immense talent of those playing throughout the night. The audience members lucky enough to be in attendance at these intimate shows witnessed something special on Friday and Saturday night, something that we can hope will continue to be shared with the world with more future performances of Eddie Roberts’ “Green Is Beautiful” tribute. You can check out galleries of photos from Friday night’s performance at Cervantes courtesy of Gary Sheer (first gallery) and of Saturday night’s performance at Ophelia’s courtesy of Alan Westman (second gallery).
The funk-fusion masters in Kung Fu have mastered the art of blending high-caliber composition with danceable grooves. This year, the band has been hard at work in their funk dojo, practicing their musical martial arts and working on some new original material to deliver to the masses. What has come out of those sessions is a collection of singles in a series dubbed Ninja Cuts. In lieu of releasing a proper album, the band will release random singles via the Ninja Cuts series throughout the remainder of 2017. Ninja Cuts is set to provide fresh, exciting original music to the scene in small but powerful doses, and its tracks are action-packed funk-fusion at its finest.The first song up is “Sfvendago,” a track written by drummer/percussionist Adrian Tramontano and guitarist Tim Palmieri. The song was recorded at The Boatyard in Cromwell, CT. It was engineered by Matt Zeiner and was mixed by Tim Walsh. The band explained, “The song was written by our drummer Adrian, our guitar player Tim, and arranged together as a band. The audio and video were recorded live at the same time with the only overdubs being the extra percussion tracks that Adrian recorded. The idea was to capture the essence of what we do live up close and personal for people.”You can check out Kung Fu’s upcoming tour dates on their website here or below. Take a listen to the inaugural Ninja Cut, “Sfvendago,” below in the official video shot by MKDevo.Kung Fu Tour Dates:7/14 Sterling Stage Ameribeat Festival of Arts – Sterling NY7/21 Ocean Mist – Matunuck RI*7/22 Jerry Jam – Bath NH8/11 Wild Woods Music Festival – Croydon NH8/18 Rock On! Concerts Boat Cruise – Boston MA8/19 Hop Jam – Bolton VT8/26 Infinity Hall – Hartford CT*9/7 Ardmore Hall w/ Naughty Professor – Ardmore, PA9/16 Wormtown Music Fest – Greenfield, MA*w/s/g Hayley Jane & The Primates
On January 24th, 2018, New York City’s City Winery will host a special tribute to the late Gregg Allman dubbed Southern Blood, which was also the title of Allman’s final record that was released posthumously this year. The Southern Blood concert will serve as a benefit show for the GRAMMY Museum as well as in collaboration with Rounder Records. Thus far, family members, friends, and collaborators close to Gregg Allman have been tapped for the show, including Devon Allman, Warren Haynes, Graham Nash, Bill Gibbons, Alison Krauss, Luther & Cody Dickinson, Tommy Emmanuel, and Jackie Greene.Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’You can find out more information about ticketing for this special tribute event here.[Photo: Phierce Photo]
Today, it was announced that rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar won the prestigious award for his latest studio album, DAMN., which was released on April 14th of 2017. As the organization behind the prize described DAMN., the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”For the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Kendrick Lamar went up against Michael Gilbertson for his string quartet composition and Ted Hearne for his five-movement cantata for chamber choir, electric guitar, and percussion. Given Lamar’s competition for the 2018 Pulitzer, it’s not necessarily surprising that the rapper’s win is historic—Kendrick’s win this year marks the first time the Pulitzer has been awarded to a non-jazz or non-classical artist.However, since DAMN.‘s release in spring of last year, the album has received praise from fans and critics alike. The album was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and it took home the prize for Best Rap Album. Furthermore, Lamar has become recognized as a brilliant cultural force, it was recently announced that a cultural biography of the rapper is in the works.[H/T Pitchfork]
This winter, STS9 will return to Denver, Colorado’s Fillmore Auditorium to ring in the new year. Recently, the band has detailed their support for their upcoming four-night New Year’s Eve run, which spans from December 28th to December 31st.On Friday, December 28th, STS9 will be supported by Pnuma Live, no doubt a reference to at least some of the members of the Pnuma Trio, the Southeast-born, fan-favorite livetronica project that extensively toured the U.S. from 2005 to 2010. Originally named just Pnuma, since STS9 has announced this supporting act, fans have been heavily speculating about the composition of this supporting act, which will undoubtedly feature some combination of Pnuma Trio’s Alex Botwin, Ben Hazlegrove, or Lane Shaw.The following night, on December 29th, producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA will serve as support for STS9. The jamtronica favorites will follow up their December 29th at the Fillmore showing with at Denver’s intimate downtown music venue, Summit Music Hall, on December 30th. For this special performance, the band will offer up a special improvisational performance dubbed ‘Wave Spell’, which draws its name from the band’s recently released improvisation-focused album as well the group’s debut Belden Town, CA music festival in August. Finally, to ring in 2019, STS9 will be joined by Mark Farina and Mushroom Jazz for their New Year’s Eve proper performance, which will find the band returning to the Fillmore Auditorium on December 31st.For more information or for ticketing, head to STS9’s website here.
Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood recently reissued his score from the 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson film, There Will Be Blood, on vinyl for the first time ever via Nonesuch Records. The release came with a pair of previously unreleased tracks, “Proven Lands (Intro)” and “De-Tuned Quartet”, which were not included on the original score.The music for There Will Be Blood, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 2008, was the first of a series of collaborations between Greenwood and director Paul Thomas Anderson. Greenwood went on to produce music for Anderson’s The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014) and Phantom Thread (2017).Listen to the two previously unreleased tracks below:Johnny Greenwood – “Proven Lands”Johnny Greenwood – “De-Tuned Quartet”In other Radiohead film-related news, Thom Yorke recently composed the score for the remake of cult-classic horror film, Suspiria. Marking his debut in composing a movie score, Yorke’s highly anticipated soundtrack was officially released on October 26th, 2018. The collection consists of 25 original compositions written by Yorke, comprised of “a mix of instrumentals, interstitial pieces, and interludes, and more traditional song structures.”Suspiria‘s soundtrack was written and arranged by Yorke, and recorded and co-produced by Sam Petts-Davies. It also features special guest contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, flutist Pasha Mansurov, as well as Yorke’s son, drummer Noah, who appears on two tracks.
Anderson .Paak tribute to Mac Miller & Nipsey Hussle Last week, Anderson .Paak officially released his latest album, Ventura, via Aftermath. Executive produced by Dr. Dre, the new record comes as a quick follow-up to .Paak’s acclaimed late-2018 release, Oxnard, which was recorded during the same session. .Paak’s new album boasts a number of exciting featured artists including hip-hop heavyweight André 3000 (Outkast), iconic soul singer Smokey Robinson, Lalah Hathaway, the late Nate Dogg and more.On Friday, Anderson. Paak & the Free Nationals performed at Coachella for their weekend two kickoff, and enlisted some notable guests to help out throughout his set. First, .Paak invited up R&B vocalist Brandy to offer a helping hand on “Jet Black”, off of his Ventura album. Anderson .Paak later called on Jay Rock to assist on “King’s Dead”, a tune off of Black Panther which was originally performed by Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake, and Mike Will Made-It. Jay Rock also performed his Redemption track “Win” alongside .Paak.Anderson .Paak would go on to perform a plethora of select Malibu, Ventura, and Oxnard cuts, as well as a tribute to the late Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. .Paak offered up a moving performance of “Dang!”, his collaborative track with Miller.Watch videos from Anderson .Paak’s weekend two Coachella performance below:Anderson .Paak ft. Jay Rock – “King’s Dead”[Video: Kendrick Lamar News]Anderson .Paak ft. Brandy – “Jet Black” For a full list of his upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Anderson .Paak’s website here.