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This past weekend at Stephentown, NY’s Disc Jam Music Festival, Dopapod brought out the West End Blend horns as well as Greg Sanderson (sax), Joshua Schwartz (sax/vocals) and Chris Brouwers (trumpet) of Turkuaz, along with other special guests to play a special Dopapod Orchestra set. Among the great music from the set, the group performed a fantastic rendition of The Band‘s “Ophelia,” which featured Schwartz assisting on lead vocals. Check out video of “Ophelia” into Dopapod original “Roid Rage,” courtesy of Mister Krinkle.
Phish just completed a major run of the Northeast, running through Philadelphia, Saratoga, Mansfield, Hartford and Syracuse in the course of a week and a half. The band continues to impress with big jams, and perhaps none were as transcendental as the version of “Light” performed at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Coming out of a set opening “Ghost,” Phish took “Light” near the twenty minute mark, moving through various themes and coming to a beautiful and melodic conclusion. Though the show itself was plagued by sound troubles, this “Light” was certainly a stand out moment on tour.Despite Sound Troubles, Phish Shines A ‘Light’ On Mansfield [Recap/Setlist]Thanks to Phish’s devotion to sharing pro-shot footage from their summer tour, we now have the band’s professional take on this “Light.” Let it shine on you, via the stream below.Setlist: Phish at Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA – 7/8/16Set 1: Party Time > 46 Days, Poor Heart, The Dogs, Bathtub Gin, Fast Enough for You, How Many People Are You, Strange Design, Fuego, Cities, Space OdditySet 2: Ghost > Light > Wolfman’s Brother, Chalk Dust Torture, Saw It Again > Back on the Train > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: I Am the Walrus, Trey broke a string and switched guitars mid-song, also introducing his guitar tech, Brian Brown. Trey then switched to Marimba Lumina and Mike played Trey’s guitar. Vocal jam, during which the PA cut out and the band left the stage. Unfinished.Notes: During Cities, Trey broke a string, switched guitars, and introduced his guitar tech, Brian Brown; Trey then switched to Marimba Lumina while Mike played Trey’s guitar. Wolfman’s contained a vocal jam, during which the PA cut out and the band left the stage. Wolfman’s was unfinished, and after several minutes the band resumed with CDT.[Cover photo via Phish From The Road/Instagram]
“I’m a Highway One Stratocaster advocate. 22 frets and a rosewood fingerboard. That’s my sound. Currently using some different Seymor Duncan pickups, experimenting on what I like best…The Antiquity’s are great but a little bright for me. The mini-humbucker is great but a little dark. Still experimenting,” he explains of his guitar sound.When asked how he is able to minimize his picking hand movement, while keeping a tight delivery, he responded: “I watched a lot of Law and Order with a guitar in my hands running scales and patterns with all permutations of finger combinations and minimal movement. Practice as slow as you need so it doesn’t look like your hand/fingers are even moving. Same approach with Seinfeld and Breaking Bad.”To get to know Cory Wong a little better, we asked him to provide us with some definitive playlists, to which he replied in detail:CURRENT FAVORITE SONGS:1. Kimbra – “Sweet Relief”This is a seriously intoxicating groove. Top to bottom this is just such an amazing track. The groove makes me want to walk like Jar Jar Binks. Ok that might sound weird but it’s a barometer for me, the first song ever to do this for me was “Fame” by David Bowie, hmm video to follow?…I digress. Her production is insane and her vocal delivery is so convicting. 2. The 1975 – “She’s American” This is a band that I wrote off for quite a while. Truth be told the only thing I ever saw of them was their live SNL performance and I didn’t like it, but I finally checked out their new record and I fell in love. I love their use of modern and 80’s sounds and musical ideas.3. Paul McCartney – “Ram On”Ok I’m obviously several decades late to the party on this one, but I feel like everything that was released before I was born is fair game for me to discover whenever I happen to find it. This song is also one that feels like it could have been written and produced in 2016. It has this great ukulele innocent feel to Paul’s delivery, but there’s also this heavy halftime backbeat that goes in to full time in the turnarounds. I actually thought about doing a remix of this song…still might, unless someone else beats me to it! 4. Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”Anyone who really knows me, knows that I’m a 90’s music freak. I just revisited this album the other day and there are so many little detail things about it that I notice now that I’m all grown up compared to when I was a 4th grader carrying a Discman on the bus. It’s so simple but it also has some really cool little harmonic things happening with Major7th harmony tension and my favorite detail of all is the hi-hat accents. OH MY GOSH. It gives the song such a cooler bounce and groove than if it was just played straight. This song brings back so much nostalgia for me. There’s something about songs that kids really latch on to that can be a sign of a great song. Kids have no bias of whats cool or not, they like something if it’s good to them. Most of the songs I loved as a kid, I’ll love now because they’re great songs. Case in point, my kids LOVE “Funkytown”. It’s one of the greatest songs of all time, but they don’t know or care. They just know it makes them want to dance, sing, and have fun.5. Dean Magraw – “Circuits” I grew up in Minneapolis and spent a lot of my youth watching the local jazz greats. Dean Magraw was the shining example of what I wanted to be like as a guitar player, and still is. He had a couple different trios that BLEW MY MIND as a teenager finding out what was possible with just a Fender Stratocaster plugged direct into an amp, or just a plain acoustic guitar. He’s one of the main reasons that I am a Strat guy. Dave King is one of the most formative and innovative drummers of our time, and he slays this tune. Jim Anton and Anthony Cox split bass duty and are both fretless wizards. ALL TIME FAVORITE ALBUMS1. Prince – “self titled” Prince is the be all end all of guitar for me. I grew up with his music everywhere around me in Minneapolis, so I have a pretty deep connection to it. The Minneapolis feel and sound is a real thing. His playing was so tight, but so human at the same time if that makes any sense. 2. Weezer – “Blue Album”This is another one that shaped my playing. It’s so poppy and so heavy at the same time. Every song has a guitar solo, and they’re all singable guitar solos. I can sing the solos just as easily as I can sing the choruses. This is also one of those albums I just put on and let it roll start to finish. I also loved that these guys were a BAND. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to have a band, it feels like such a kid thing to say, but it’s totally every kid musician’s dream. 3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”Reckless abandon. That’s one of the things that get’s me going in music. This album has so much energy and takes so many risks. John Frusciante also has that super tight but human feel. I actually started out as a bass player, and the first bass tab book my mom bought for me was this book. It took me a long time to learn, but it was a classic example of “you can get it if you really want it”. Most teachers would have told me to start with something way easier, but since this was the starting point, I gave myself a higher standard. This was actually also a transition album for me on guitar too. When I finished going through the bass tab book, I got the guitar tab book and wanted to learn all the guitar parts too so I had a better understanding of the songs as a whole. I was trying to hit the triple 20 instead of just trying to hit the dart board. I have no idea why i just made a darts reference, I don’t even play darts. Wait, Joe Dart?…that must be what’s on my mind. RHCP was a huge influence for him too. 4. Steely Dan (everything)Alright, I know that’s kind of cheating since I’m breaking the format by just saying everything, but really it’s just about everything. Steely Dan is my favorite band of all-time and 95% of their songs get me going in the best way possible, the other 5% are just kind of, eh. 5. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – “Live at the Quick”This album defined my late teen years. I had no idea who these guys were until a friend of mine brought this DVD to my house and we watched it 3 times start to finish. I had no idea that these things were possible in music. There were so many musical boundaries and acrobatics that blew my mind, but in a really musical way. There are plenty of guys who can shred impossible lines and do all of the musical gymnastics, but they don’t always connect “musically”. Normally it just sounds too….”musicy”? the Flecktones get away with so much content but in a musical way. There’s such an improvisational dance between the players at all times. You can tell that the players are all super engaged and their ears are wide open looking for interaction and in the moment fire.Again, be sure to check out the original music of Cory Wong and visit his website. Cory Wong is the jedi-master secret weapon of Vulfpeck‘s most recent studio release The Beautiful Game. New Vulf-fans might recognize his name from the final track of the album, which released on Monday, October 17th, or perhaps from his recent performances with Vulfpeck last month in NYC. Wong’s style blends in perfectly with the originality of the Ann Arbor-bred phenomenons. He’s the subtle hero who can take a guitar part and turn it into his own magical Vulf-y thing.Longtime fans of Vulfpeck are already hip to the name, as Wong made his debut collaboration back in 2013 in their YouTube video “TOUR VLOG 002” when the band had the night off in Tulsa and got funky with the strat-o-master. The jam has since evolved into “Cory Wong”, a song that snuck into Vulfpeck’s live repertoire over the summer and is featured as the final track on The Beautiful Game. Watch the first-ever “Cory Wong” below, and compare it to the version on The Beautiful Game here.Cory Wong contributed to seven of the ten tracks on The Beautiful Game, more than any other collaborator in Vulf history. “Most of the songs that I tracked with them we just did live in Tyler [Duncan]‘s basement. The thing I love about recording with [Vulfpeck] is that it’s all live with no headphones, and I had no guitar amp. I just went direct and had a little bit of volume from the monitors in the room. Everyone’s playing at a very reasonable/listenable level but it’s interesting to listen back and hear more of the nuance that each person put on it,” explains Wong of his experience recording The Beautiful Game. Theo Katzman also recently told us, “we make records that is mostly based on our live studio performances.” This sort of in-the-moment practice is what makes Vulfpeck’s music so unique. The approach they are both talking about can be seen in this video of “Dean Town” that the band released last week, featuring Wong on the strat.But sometimes studio sessions take some planning, especially with so many contributors living all over the country (11 total, not including the band). He tells us, “‘Margery, My First Car’, ‘Conscious Club’, and ‘Animal Spirits’ are songs that Jack [Stratton] sent me via dropbox and just said, ‘do your thing’ on them. So I added all that new guitar stuff to those songs remotely. I remember doing the overdubs for ‘Conscious Club’ when I was on the road with Ben Rector doing a gig at Stubb’s in Austin. I set up my rig before soundcheck and tracked my parts quick. Normally I send a handful of choices for guitar parts, so it was fun to hear which ones Jack used for the actual recording.”Jack’s choice for “Conscious Club” was not what Wong expected to hear on the final product, however. Listen to the recording below:“Fun fact, after I finished recording that song, I took a coffee break and forgot to send the tracks to Jack, but I was hearing this funky guitar groove in my head that I ended up recording in to the same session just so I didn’t forget the idea. I think I accidentally sent it to him along with the other guitar stems. He ended up using that as the outro for ‘Conscious Club’ which hit me by surprise in the coolest way. That’s the brilliance of Jack. He can hear 2 completely different things and make them come together to do something that just…works.”Cory Wong met the band back in 2012 when playing a house gig in Minneapolis at Bunkers with Dr. Mambo’s Combo. “It’s an old school R&B band that has a huge repertoire of the classics but also some obscure deep cuts. The Vulf guys were in town doing a 2 day stint as the backing band for Darren Criss and came to my gig after they finished theirs. I saw a group of dudes really digging on the band and I could just tell by the way they were watching that they were musicians, but also really stoked. I didn’t recognize them so I went up and introduced myself on set break. We started hanging out after that and the rest is history!”Indeed it is. Cory plays on 70% of The Beautiful Game and is referred to as “the album’s Billy Preston.” Wong responds to this claim, saying “I think the reference is that The Beatles called Billy Preston the 5th member, if that were the case, what an honor. Speaking of Billy Preston, check out George Harrison‘s Concert for Bangladesh. He’s got a bright red Coca Cola can on his B3 that just stands out in most of the shots…It looks like the ads that a lot of companies try to recreate now, but it’s legit.”He was even recently included in their Sirius XM Radio performances on The Jam Files, after performing four straight shows in NYC at the Brooklyn Bowl and Central Park SummerStage.“It’s really a blast. I feel like musically and personally I can just be myself when playing with Vulf. They trust my instincts and I trust them to not leave me out to dry either! There’s a spontaneity to everything that really gives it a great feel as a player but I think also as a listener,” he explains emphatically. Vulfpeck performs in the studio just as they would in a live setting, so their records translate their live performances in a way that is crisp, in-the-moment, and funkily fresh. “Whenever I’ve recorded with them, it’s been just a few takes and it’s still capturing the moments of discovering the song and reacting to the way each other are playing. The same thing goes for playing with them live. The band literally never rehearses, so when I started playing live with them they really didn’t know what I was going to do, and I kind of didn’t either in some respects. I played along with some YouTube clips of them from their live show and just kind of learned their arrangements. It was super fun to really be in the moment and have the audience see us all reacting to new musical moments. I think that’s also one of the things that has been fun for me to be able to do with them live is to kind of be the wildcard.”It was of course the playing of Cory Wong that drug him into the Vulf world, so his original music coincides with their arena of greatness. Self-described as “guitar funk”, you can listen to his most recent EP MSP (Part 1) here. Cory also has a collection of multimedia videos that showcase his original music, which you should view below:
Load remaining images Last night, jamtronica favorites Lotus cruised into The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI, bringing along Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for the ride. Both bands brought their familiar brand of high energy jam-fueled music, with Pigeons’ getting in early for some funky rock before Lotus’s headlining set. The 1-2 punch of these two top notch bands was a great night that all could enjoy!Check out a full gallery of images from the show, courtesy of Phierce Photo.
Gorillaz have returned to the public consciousness after seven years of silence, with all sorts of power moves toward their 2017 Humanz. After announcing their first North American show in years at Festival d’été de Québec in Quebec City this summer, the group sent shockwaves through social media when they were announced as a headliner for this summer’s Outside Lands alongside The Who and Metallica. Then, they released their own mixed reality app for fans to get a glimpse inside the weird and wonderful universe of the Gorillaz with the first-ever world’s largest album release party. While additional dates have felt close, you can never be sure with the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-masterminded animated group.Today, Gorillaz have officially announced a North American tour in support of Humanz. Kicking off in Chicago, IL at Northerly Island (!?!) this July, the tour will make stops in favorites venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, DC, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, The Forum in Los Angeles, CA, and more through October, with previously unannounced festival appearances at Meadows Music & Arts Festival, Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival in Las Vegas, and III Points Festival in Miami (lineups forthcoming). This will be their first North American tour since 2010’s promotional Plastic Beach tour.The press release states: “As always, Gorillaz will be joined onstage by a stellar lineup of featured artists—the new album offering such possibilities as Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis, among others.”Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 21. The album drops the following Friday, April 28.While a North American Demon Dayz has certainly been talked about, it was not specified on today’s press release. Though, Chicago’s Northerly Island is certainly a big enough venue to hold an event of that scale. Fingers. Crossed.Gorillaz 2017 Tour Dates:06/10 – Margate, UK @ Demon Dayz Festival07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island07/10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre07/12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion07/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing07/15 – Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Summer Festival07/17 – Colombia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion07/28-30 – Icheon, KR @ Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival07/28-30 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival08/11-13 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival09/15-17 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music & Arts Festival09/18 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre09/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium09/22 – Kansas City, MI @ Sprint Center09/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival09/26 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre09/30 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center10/05 – Los Angeles CA @ The Forum10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center10/13-15 – Miami, FL @ III Points FestivalListen to all five released tracks below:
The DJ and producer Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) has been dropping new announcements left and right this year, with the biggest one yet coming yesterday. Earlier in April, Pretty Lights dropped that a destination event was in the works for December of this year dubbed Island of Light, with more information coming soon. Well, now the wait is over—the Colorado producer has big plans for Island of Light, and he just announced where its going down and who’s coming along with him for the ride.The four-day destination event will go down at El Conquistador – A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Island of Light is scheduled to run from December 7th through 10th this winter, and in addition to performances by Pretty Lights, will also see sets by Thievery Corporation, Atmosphere, Gramatik, Break Science, Cut/Copy, Tycho, French Kiwi Juice, Lettuce, Emancipator Ensemble, The Floozies, Manic Focus, Ganja White Night, Michael Menert, Thriftworks, Late Night Radio, and Maddy O’Neal and more, in addition to the bountiful collaborations that can only go down at these special destination events.Island of Light is set to be a decadent affair, and music will be going all day long with a main stage on a private island that attendees boat to and from (!!!), daytime poolside sets, and late-night ballroom sets. The Island of Light experience is all-inclusive, with concert tickets, buffet food offerings, drinks, lodging, and transportation to and from the airport included with the event, in addition to discounted rates on local excursions, resort amenities, and even swankier restaurants on site.Information about pricing is released this Wednesday, and tickets for Island Of Light on sale on the event’s website here on Friday, May 10th, at 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST; this is going to be an event you don’t want to miss, so snag your tickets fast once they’re up!
In early March, Tool confirmed that they were in the studio working on their highly anticipated follow-up to 10,000 Days, the band’s last studio album, which was released in 2006. In the time since, the members of Tool have been teasing hints about the new album, posting photos and short videos to Instagram to preview what they’re working on.Since there’s no set date for the new album’s release, it seems like music fans might need to practice a little patience before the new album is finally revealed in full. However, fans who are really eager to learn more about the new album and the band’s creative process will have the chance to participate in intimate clinics with the Los Angeles-based rock quartet. Today, Tool has announced that around Tool’s upcoming festival appearances at Northern Invasion on May 13th and at Rock On The Range on May 20th, Tool guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Justin Chancellor will host a series of special music clinics in six different U.S. cities.While it seems that frontman Maynard James Keenan may be opting out of these special sessions, the series still offers fans a truly special experience. Per a press release, the trio will “walk attendees through a handful of the band’s songs, from the process of writing them to playing them live. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via an open discussion, as well as mingle with the band following the session.” The press release also notes that “ticket holders will receive commemorative merchandise, exclusive to the series of events and limited to the number of people in attendance. An accompanying, traveling exhibit will be on display at each event, featuring unique items from Tool’s history.”You can snag tickets for this special fan experience on Friday, April 13th, when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. (local). You can check out Tool’s upcoming music clinic and tour dates below.Tool 2018 Tour Dates:05/11 – St. Paul, MN @ The Myth *05/13 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion05/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic *05/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room *05/16 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *05/17 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! *05/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre *05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range* = Music Clinic with Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin ChancellorView All Tour Dates[H/T Consequence Of Sound]
The Florida Jazz and Blues Jam will return to Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, FL on January 26th, 2019.Headlining the event is founding Allman Brothers Band drummer, Jaimoe, and his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Also playing the 2019 Florida Jazz and Blues Jam will be the Larry Carlton Quintet, led by nineteen-time Grammy-nominated, four-time Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Carlton. Carlton’s long list of studio credits includes Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and more. Larry Carlton’s Florida Jazz and Blues Jam performance will mark his first show Central or South Florida in over half a decade.Slide Guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth will perform a rare and full 90-minute set at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019. Landreth is best known for his slide guitar playing, having developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments by fretting behind the slide while he plays. Landreth plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He is also known for his unique right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. He wears a special thumb pick/flat pick hybrid on his thumb so that he can bear down on a pick while simultaneously using his finger-style technique for slide. Guitarist Eric Clapton has said that Landreth is one of the most advanced guitarists in the world, and one of the most under-appreciated.Fifteen-year-old guitarist child prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will open up the Florida Jazz and Blues Jam, so be sure to get there early. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname “Taz” (after the Tazmanian Devil) amongst fans and peers alike. Taz has benefitted from the experience of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper, and countless others. He has also played with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.Tickets to the 2019 Florida Jazz and Blues Jam are currently available. For more information, head to the event’s website.
Blackberry Smoke is gearing up to release The Southern Ground Sessions, an acoustic accompaniment to Find A Light, due out on October 26th, 2018. The Southern Ground Sessions will feature acoustic versions of five album tracks, as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires (Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit). Today, the band shares a video from that collaboration.“Not long ago, we went into Southern Ground Studios in Nashville to record some acoustic versions of songs from our album Find a Light,” explained Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr in an interview with Rolling Stone. “We had some special guests come in—the Wood Brothers and Amanda Shires — and while Amanda was there, we decided to play a version of ‘You Got Lucky.’ [It’s] just such an incredibly written song; it’s just perfect, as are so many Tom Petty songs.”In addition to the Tom Petty cover, Amanda Shires is also featured on the live take of “Let Me Down Easy”. Other special guests on the album include Oliver Wood on Blackberry Smoke original “Mother Mountain”.As Rolling Stone notes about the video,The expanded version of Blackberry Smoke’s lineup captures “You Got Lucky” in a single live take, with Shires performing Benmont Tench’s signature synthesizer riff on fiddle. The choruses are stacked high with harmonized voices, while the song’s extended ending finds Starr and Shires trading solos. The result is a moving tribute to Petty, who would have turned 68 on October 20th.Blackberry Smoke – “You Got Lucky” feat. Amanda Shires[Video: Blackberry Smoke]For information on upcoming Blackberry Smoke tour dates and releases, head over to the band’s website here.[H/T Rolling Stone]