Ithaca, NY trio Jimkata brought their brand of anthemic electro-rock to Denver’s Larimer Lounge this past weekend, as they tour the nation heavily in support of their latest album, In Motion. The trio, made up of childhood friends Evan Friedell (guitar/vocals), Aaron Gorsch (bass/synth), Packy Lunn (drums) has a penchant for writing catchy, synth-driven rock with plenty of melody and pop sensibilities that will find you happily singing along. Their show at Larimer Lounge saw the group showcase new tracks from In Motion, including “Build Me Up,” “Wild Ride”, and the funky groove of “In The Moment,” among others. Jimkata also sprinkled in songs from 2014’s Feel In Light (“Beat The Curse”, “Feel In Light) and 2012’s Die Digital (“Die Digital”, “Electronic Stone”, etc) into the setlist. While the band is a fixture in the Northeast livetronica/jam scene, it is not far-fetched to see them taking a successful leap into the indietronica/synth-pop realm with their ability to write songs that have plenty of structure and catchy choruses, all the while allowing the songs to breathe with some improvisation.Take a listen to Jimkata play “Electronic Stone”, “Build Me Up” and “Nightshade”:Setlist: Jimkata at Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO – 4/22/16:Set: Electronic Stone, Build Me Up, Night Shade, ?, Jumping Out Of Airplanes, Die Digital, Feel In Light, Innocence, Ride The Wave, In the Moment, Lego Land, Wild Ride, Chain StoreEncore: Beat The CurseGive a listen to “Wild Ride” from In Motion:
The recently-formed supergroup The New Stew has been captivating audiences with their all-star tribute to the great music of Bill Withers. Comprised of greats from bands like Living Colour, The Lee Boys, The Aquarium Rescue Unit and more, the star-studded affair made its way to the Ardmore Music Hall last Friday, May 6th, bringing out some of Withers’ classics like “Use Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and more.The band features a lineup of Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic) on vocals, Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) on Lap Steel/ Pedal Steel, Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood) on percussion, Dave Yoke (Susan Tedeschi Band, Dr. John, Scrapomatic) on guitar, Jared Stone (Stone’s Stew) on drums, and Matt Slocum (Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Lee Boys) on piano. Together, they’ve been performing Withers’ 1972 album Live At Carnegie Hall in its entirety!Check out some great footage of “Lean On Me” from the Ardmore show, courtesy of Chris Cafiero:The New Stew has three more tour dates left, including stops in DC, Asheville, and Atlanta throughout this week. Don’t miss out!The New Stew Tour Dates5/10 Tue – The Hamilton Live – Washington, DC5/11 Wed- The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC5/12 Thu – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Nahko Bear, who was born in Portland, Oregon with Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino bloodlines, formed the beginnings of his medicine tribe in Hawaii. These roots are evidenced not only in the prevalence of Hawaiian words and phrases in the lyrics, but also in the group’s fight for the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas and abroad. Nahko and Medicine for the People have a clear mission of creating global awareness and accountability, hoping to serve as a catalyst that inspires environmental and societal change. Partnering with several different charities and performing at events like the Healing Music Festival in Israel (a fest aimed at uniting Israelis and Palestinians through music), these musicians take great strides to practice what they preach. And what exactly are they preaching? That, together, we can be the change the world needs. That we all have a voice and, collectively, power. Perhaps, it is best summed up in the call to action of “Manifesto”: “Don’t waste your hate Rather gather and create Be a service, be a sensible person Use your words and don’t be nervous You can do this, you’ve got purpose Find your medicine and use it”The crowd, no doubt fully medicated, was hopefully inspired by the musical message to activate change, or at the very least be aware of its global necessity. As Ribner noted, even if only one person in the audience was influenced to make a change, then their daily mission was accomplished. Mahalos were exchanged at the end of the show and Nahko, again, thanked the crowd for making their New York debut a sell-out.After this tour wraps, Nahko and team will be hitting the summer music festival circuit, including scheduled performances at Hangout Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and Electric Forest. A full list of their upcoming gigs can be found here. Be sure to check them out to get your summer dose! On the final leg of their “Make A Change” spring tour, socially-conscious Nahko and Medicine for the People wowed a sold-out crowd at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl for their debut New York City performance. The band’s excited energy could be felt throughout the evening, with frontman Nahko Bear announcing, “It’s (bassist) Pato’s first time in New York!” and later explaining that they felt Brooklyn was an appropriate place to showcase new material off their upcoming album HOKA. In true New York City fashion, the crowd ate up every drop of these special treats – “Make A Change,” “On Time,” and “The Wolves Have Returned,” the latter of which beautifully highlighted the vocal abilities of drummer Justin “Chitty” Chittams and guitarist Chase Makai.This soul-filled performance featured the beloved “Black as Night” and prayer-like anthem “Aloha Ke Akua,” and the adoring “Tribe” of fans turned every song into a sing-a-long, bringing glorious harmony to the depths of each song’s lyrics. The tremendous amount of musical talent within this diversified six-piece was obvious, from violinist, Tim Snider, to trumpet and flugelhornist, Max Ribner. When Snider welcomed special guest Max ZT, who crushes it on the hammered dulcimer, he was playing with such fervor during “Great Spirit” that the strings of his bow began to break. Ribner dominated his extended solos and masterfully accompanied the acoustic encore performance of “Love Letters to God,” and also took a few minutes to call attention to the need for clean, filtered water both locally and globally. The group later welcomed soul-sister duo Climbing PoeTree, for a spirited rendition of “Warrior People.” On top of all of this, the band somehow managed to interlace a medley of covers throughout the show, including Adele’s “Hello,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall,” Flobot’s “Handlebars,” TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” – just to name a few. What an exhilarating performance!
Beloved Southern rockers Widespread Panic have said that they intend to have 2017 be a lighter touring year for them, a decision made after spending decades on the road together. Though they have a handful of festivals booked next year, the band’s three night New Year’s run was sure to be an emotional celebration of all things Panic. The first night of the run certainly lived up to those expectations, as the band decided to play two full acoustic sets at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.The Ryman has a long history of remarkable performances, and Widespread Panic inked their name in that history with their show. Through mostly original music and choice covers like “No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature” and the finale of “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Widespread Panic confidently played within the intimate setting.Check out a video of “Gradle” from the first set, courtesy of MrTopdogger.The show was also a benefit held for Tunes For Tots, only adding to the ceremony of the occasion. Panic will pick back up at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for two nights beginning tomorrow, which promises guest appearances from string, horn, and vocal sections throughout.You can check out the PanicStream setlist below, and can download the show here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 12/29/16Set 1: City of Dreams, The Take Out, Wondering, Chunk of Coal, Gradle, Who Do You Belong To?, This Part of Town, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Nobody’s Loss, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature (53 mins)Set 2: C. Brown, Don’t Be Denied, Tickle The Truth, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Trouble, Imitation Leather Shoes*, Jamais Vu, Jack, Ain’t Life Grand (57 mins)Encore Many Rivers To Cross, Can’t Find My Way Home (10 mins)Notes: * JoJo only[Entire show seated acoustic]
Though Natalie Cressman just performed at Madison Square Garden, the beloved Trey Anastasio Band trombonist will hit the arena once more at the end of this month. Cressman will be bringing her band to MSG for a performance at halftime for a New York Knicks game coming up on January 27th, but that’s not the only exciting news coming from Cressman and her crew!The accomplished jazz musician will release a brand new EP, titled The Traces EP, due out on March 3rd. Not only that, but she’ll be releasing the first single “Radio Silence” on January 24th, so fans can get a taste of the new music to come. Cressman talks about the inspiration for her powerful upcoming single in a new press release:I wrote Radio Silence about the trials of being a female instrumentalist in the man’s world that is the music business. I often feel a lot of frustration about being being pre-judged because I am a woman playing trombone. The discrimination shows itself in many ways: either by people under-estimating my abilities, or hiring me just because of my gender and looks, as the “token” girl in the band or part of a miniskirt-clad chick horn section, not because of what I can do musically.I’ve been kicked out of backstage multiple times at a gig because the assumption has been made that there was no way that I was one of the performers, because the prevailing and sometimes subconscious assumption is that being a musician is a “man’s job” if you’re not a singer.This song was about not really feeling “seen” or “heard” for who I really am and for what’s really important, the music. And that one day people would come to regret their small-mindedness and prejudice. I think many women both in music and beyond encounter sexism at work in their day to day lives so I wanted to put these feelings into a song in the with the hope that it might contribute to better treatment of female musicians in the future.Cressman will also be on hand for the upcoming Trey Anastasio Band tour dates, which are coming up in just a few months. It’s already shaping up to be an incredible year for Natalie “Chainsaw” Cressman, and we can’t wait for more!
California-based indie rock outfit Foxygen is getting ready to release their latest effort, Hang, on January 20th. The duo, made up of Jonathan France and Sam Rado, have released the third single from the album, On Lankershim. The video for the track is made up of various homemade film style clips, featuring the two roaming around their hometown of Los Angeles.Hang is the band’s third album has a number of guest spots including Flaming Lips‘ Steven Drozd and both Brian and Michael D’Addario of the Lemon Twigs. The album also features a 40-piece symphony orchestra throughout the album, with Foxygen receiving help from Spacebomb‘s Trey Pollard and Matthew E. White. To pre-order Hang, click here.[H/T Jambands]
While most of the record industry has moved away from physical units and toward streaming and other digital platforms, vinyl sales numbers have grown substantially in each of the last six years, according to The Vinyl Factory. New research compiled by Deloitte and reported by the Financial Times shows that the vinyl revival is alive and well, and looks to continue its rapid growth in 2017. This aligns with the findings recently published by BuzzAngle Music in its year-end report on record consumption in the United States, which revealed that sales of vinyl records had risen by an astonishing 26% in 2016.Weekly Vinyl Album Sales Beat Digital Downloads In The UK For The First TimeWhile vinyl’s modern-day comeback is not exactly news, the new report features a particularly salient new piece of data: Based on current trends, Deloitte projects that nearly 40 million records will be sold in 2017, which will make vinyl a billion dollar industry before the year is out. The vinyl record industry has not cleared this mark in nearly 30 years. As Paul Lee, Head of Technology, Media, and Telecoms at Deloitte explains in the report, “Consumers are choosing to buy something tangible and nostalgic and at a price point that provides record companies with significant revenues.”[via The Vinyl Factory]
It is hard to believe that Phil Lesh‘s hometown venue, Terrapin Crossroads, is already coming up on its 5th anniversary. Since opening, the San Rafael venue has hosted some epic performances from musicians across the spectrum. The anniversary shows will follow suit, as the elder statesman will invite some very special friends along to ring in the celebration.On Monday, March 6th, Lesh will be joined by the Terrapin Family Band, which will be a free show. March 7th, the venue will host a free Terrapin Trivia Night in the Living Room that will see Phil and Team Terrapin ask questions about the venue and it’s history. Thunder & Lightning, featuring Phil, Stu Allen, Scott Law, Alex Koford and Scott Guberman will play a ticketed show in the Grate Room following Trivia Night.On March 8th, Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang will welcome a bevy of special guests to include Lesh, Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, Jason Crosby, Barry Sless, Cass McCombs, Mark Levy and more will perform in the Grate Room.March 9th will be a classic Phil Lesh & Friends show with Sless, Crosby, and Levy, joined by Chris Robinson on vocals. Bringing the celebration to a close will be a Phil & The Family Band set on March 10th on the Terrapin Backyard stage. The final performance will be a free Songs To Fill The Air set.For tickets and additional information, check out the Terrapin Crossroads website.[cover photo courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein – video courtesy of Samwise Gamgee][H/T JamBase]
An exciting tribute to one of the Grateful Dead‘s most popular albums featuring seasoned Dead musicians is coming to a city near you. LIVE DEAD ‘69, a special live tribute to The Grateful Dead‘s classic 1969 live album “Live/Dead,” kicks off their US tour this week. The skilled lineup features early Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten, who was the keyboard player for all of the recorded performances on Live/Dead, as well as Rat Dog/The Other Ones lead guitarist Mark Karan, Jefferson Starship/David Crosby Band guitarist Slick Aguilar, and bassist Robin Sylvester. JGB’s Pete Lavezzoli will handle drum duties for the first week of the tour (5/3 – 5/10) while Rat Dog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane will take over for the tour’s final run (5/12-5/16).The tour will make stops throughout the east coast, including in D.C., Brooklyn, Providence, Buffalo. Philly, New Haven, and Syracuse. You can watch video of LIVE DEAD ’69’s performance of “St. Stephen” > “Turn On Your Love Light” > “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (in two parts) from their 3/18/17 performance in at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA below, courtesy of YouTube user Philip Gangi: You can check out a full list of tour dates for LIVE DEAD ’69 below:LIVE DEAD 69 Tour Dates5.06.17 Salvage Station – Asheville, NC5.07.17 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC5.09.17 Bright Box – Winchester, VA5.10.17 Gypsysally’s – Washington DC5.12.17 The Hall at MP – New York, NY5.13.17 Toads Place – New Haven, CT5.14.17 The Met – Providence, RI5.16.17 The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY5.18.17 The Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA*5.19.17 Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center – Plymouth, NH*5.20.17 The Cabot – Beverly, MA** w/ The Airplane Family LIVE DEAD ‘69 is an all-star band performing the classic “Live/Dead” (recorded at various shows in 1969) in its entirety. They are the only touring entity that applies Grateful Dead’s classic zeitgeist of extemporization and interpretive improvisation beyond an ever-expanding repertoire, much of which is created entirely ‘in the moment’ – without rehearsal or traditional preparation. The players’ unique history & pedigree offers a familiarity with Grateful Dead’s halcyon material, and by their association implies an improvisational prowess beyond merely playing the songbook or re-creating old Grateful Dead shows. Rather, LIVE DEAD ‘69 is sampling the philosophy, technique & approach and crafting their own modern interpretations to great effect. To get more information about these shows, head here!
Gearing up for their 2017 event, Otis Mountain Get Down has released spectacular video footage from last year’s festival. Khruangbin, a thai funk, surf soul trio from Texas, made quite the impression, as Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald Johnson (drums) presented their 1960-esque psychedelia-infused sounds at the 2016 event. The festival has shared pro-shot footage from their performance, which you can watch below.Watch Khruangbin perform “People Everywhere (Still Alive)”, “The Number 3” and “The Number 4” below at Otis Mountain Get Down:Performing at this year’s festival are: Jojo Abot, Delicate Steve, Overcoats, Sam Evian, Landlady, The Go Rounds, LuxDeluxe, Upstate Rubdown, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, smalltalker, Kepa, Stuyedeyed, Iron Eyes Cody, Sam Moss, Common Holly, Ada Lea, Le Grotto, The Ladles, T.O.Speers, Glenn Echo, and The Wormdogs. More information is available on the festival website.[Photo by Malcolm Watts]