The sounds of sexy sax and banging drums filled Terminal 5 this past Saturday as Big Gigantic took the stage. This sold out show generated plenty of buzz and excitement and absolutely satisfied all that hype.The Colorado duo came on around 11 with full force. Think of their style as a delicious cocktail, part jazz, some hip-hop, throw in a bit of dubstep, some electro and voilà! A bit of something for everyone! It was practically impossible not move your feet once Dominic Lalli started ripping it on the saxophone and Jeremy Salken began shredding it on the drums. The blend of the live music with the electronic made the crowd sway and jump endlessly. The smooth Jazz hits the soul, the bass moves the feet, and the beat sings in the mind. The energy in the room was only something that could be described by being there. Though the show was completely sold out, it felt rather personal and intimate.Big G dropped some album hits as well as a couple that are yet to be ID’d. They even tossed in various renditions, like Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar.” If there is one thing to be said about the two (besides that they’re ridiculously talented) is that they love their fans, A LOT. They made several shout outs and the love bounced from the ceiling to the floor. Immediately after they played their last song, the crowed uproared with the demand of an encore. Big G did not disappoint and came out for one more tune. What also did not disappoint were the visuals for the encore, which included cats shooting laser beams causing mayhem. Good music + groovy vibes + cats with laser beams = a night not be forgotten. We predict many more sold out shows for this unique pair. Big ups Big G!
The Mad Decent Block Party is back once again, and hopefully ready to redeem itself after last year’s event in brooklyn was cut short due to an absolutely absurd lightning storm that left everyone stuck in the rain. This year, to make things easier, it’s a paid event, rather than being completely free like previous years. Although there have been many complaints, well, you fuckers have to deal with it because the events were getting packed. That much talent, in a free open space, in this day and age, is just logistically impossible. So open your wallet, throw down some cash, and guarantee your entry into this wild block party – you wont regret it.This year’s line up in New York City includes Mad Decent head honcho Diplo’s Major Lazer project, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Rockie Fresh, Destructo, Keys N Krates, and DJ Sliink. So, yeah, expect a lot of trap music and then a dance hall throw down by Diplo and the boys the close it all down.Lineup Announcement Video:Tickets, more information, and line up for other cities can be found at the festival’s official website.Mad Decent Block Party Lineup By Cities 20137/19: Calgary, TBAMajor LazerZeds DeadDillon FrancisFlosstradamusBig GiganticPaul DevroSmalltown DJs7/20: Las Vegas, Encore Beach ClubDiploZeds DeadDillon FrancisETC! ETC!Torro TorroPaul DevroMORE TBA7/26: Toronto, Fort YorkMajor LazerZeds DeadRiFF RAFFGrandtheftThugliMORE TBA7/27: Philadelphia, The Great Plaza at Penn’s LandingMajor LazerDillon FrancisFlosstradamusRiFF RAFFNadastromDJ SegaDirty South JoeSwizzymackJahan Lennon8/2: Washington DC, Merriweather Post PavilionMajor LazerZeds DeadSBTRKT DJ SetSkreamRiFF RAFFLuniceGrizMORE TBA8/3: Ft. Lauderdale, Revolotion OutdoorsMajor LazerZeds DeadFlosstradamusBig GiganticRiFF RAFFMORE TBA8/9: Atlanta, Masquerade Music ParkMajor LazerDillon FrancisFlosstradamusRL GrimeRiFF RAFFHeRobustSasha Go HardMORE TBA8/10: Brooklyn, Williamsburg ParkMajor LazerDillon FrancisFlosstradamusRockie FreshKeys N KratesDestructoDJ SliinkMORE TBA8/31: Dallas, Club Zouk OutdoorsMajor LazerDillon FrancisBaauerFlosstradamusGrizNadastromMORE TBA9/6: Detroit, Elektricity Festival GroundsMajor LazerDillon FrancisBaauerSamo Sound BoyMORE TBA9/7: New Braunfels, Whitewater Music AmphitheaterMajor LazerBig GiganticDillon FrancisBaauerFlosstradamusMORE TBA9/14: Los Angeles, TBAMajor LazerMatt & KimBig GiganticRiFF RAFFSamo Sound BoySasha Go HardMORE TBA9/15: San Diego, Petco Park LotMajor LazerZeds DeadJack UBig GiganticSamo Sound BoySasha Go HardSmalltown DJsMORE TBA—
After successfully launching Sensation USA with two sold out shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last year headlined by Fedde Le Grand, the event will return to the United States for an extended tour this fall, hitting Miami, San Francisco, and Las Vegas in addition to Brooklyn. Sensation promises top notch talent in addition to over the top theatrics, creating a one of a kind experience that has seen over 80 events world wide.Sensation also revealed they have begun accepting applications for ‘Club Members’, who will receive pre-sale access and exclusive updates from Sensation. All you have to do is sign up, here.You can also watch the preview video below: Recap From Last Year:
Although its weight isn’t as comparable to Mumford and Sons’ absence at Bonnaroo, The Lumineers’ sudden cancellation at this weekend’s Firefly Festival will be felt by many. But like Bonnaroo’s Jack Johnson substitution, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are stepping in to Dover, DE to save the day. Although the exact details of the cancellation aren’t clear, The Lumineers released a statement earlier today:It is with great regret that we have to announce that due to an illness in the band, The Lumineers will not be able to perform at the Firefly Music Festival this coming weekend. We were all extremely excited to be a part of this great event and share our music with you, but the health and well-being of the band along with giving the fans the best possible performance remain our top priority. Unfortunately given the circumstances, both of those things would be in jeopardy if we went ahead with our set this Sunday. We hope everyone enjoys the festival and we will be back to see you all as soon as humanly possible.Although the cozy acoustics and sweet melodies of the folk trio will be missed, the Harper Musselwhite duo will surely bring a more rooted, flavorful act at the festival. They are currently on the road touring their collaborative effort, Get Up!, which features a heavy dose of Musselwhite’s epic harmonica playing, and Harper’s always organic perspective. The powerful Chicago- bluesy spirit will surely do The Lumineers great justice. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jim, James, Edward Sharpe, and many more incredible acts are still set to fill up the roster in Dover, Delaware this weekend.
Next week, the electro-funk artist, Griz, is set to kick off his North American tour alongside Michal Menert, Late Night Radio and of course, his sax. Griz will be stopping by a number of cities beginning on April 3rd at Northern Michigan University and traveling into May, ending in Texas. Check the full list of tour dates below and be sure to catch Griz live in a city near you!4/3/14 @ Marquette, MI | Northern Michigan University4/4/14 @ Fargo, ND | The Venue4/8/14 @ Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre4/9/14 @ Iowa City, IA | Blue Moose4/10/14 @ Milwaukee, WI | Eagles Ballroom4/11/14 @ Grand Rapids, MI | Intersection4/12/14 @ Athens, OH | #Fest 4/15/14 @ Pittsburgh, PA | Rex Theatre4/16/14 @ Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theatre4/17/14 @ Charlotte, NC | Chop Shop 4/18/14 @ Charleston, SC | Music Farm4/19/14 @ Orlando, FL | Firestone Live4/20/14 @ Miami, FL | Grand Central4/23/14 @ Tampa, FL | The Ritz Ybor4/24/14 @ Jacksonville, FL | Freebird4/25/14 @ Pensacola, FL | Vinyl Music Hall4/26/14 @ Counterpoint Music Festival | Kingston, GA 4/29/14 @ Fayetteville, AR | George’s Majestic4/30/14 @ Columbia, MO | Blue Note5/1/14 @ Tulsa, OK | Cain’s Ballroom5/2/14 @ Dallas, TX | JMBLYA 5/3/14 @ New Braunfels, TX | JMBLYA – Amanda Cowan
If you haven’t already heard of the band Lake Street Dive, it won’t be long. The dynamic group of former New England Conservatory students from Boston is winning the hearts of listeners from all over. Lake Street Dive’s most recent album, “Bad Self Portraits,” was released by Signature Sounds Recordings this past February and has received positive reviews, earning them huge performances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Colbert Report”, “Late Show With David Letterman” and more.The album is a masterful blend of jazz, folk, and pop, incorporating lead singer Rachel Price’s incredibly soulful vocals with the rest of the band’s musical versatility. The other members are Bridget Kearney, who brings a tasteful upright bass to the group, trumpet-playing guitarist Mike Olson, and drummer Mike Calabrese. Each track on the eleven-song record has its own feel, groove and moment that makes you stop and say “Wait, play that part again!”The upbeat “You Go Down Smooth” is sure to grab any listener’s attention. The song is set on a rising trajectory from the very beginning, building slowly until the final refrain, which adds a chilling chorus of backup vocals to Price’s strong performance, horn harmonies, and a quarter-note bass pulse that pushes through to the end of the song. The band chose to play “You Go Down Smooth” for Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Colbert.“Rental Love”, the short (2:37) but incredibly sweet song that concludes the album, is an opportunity to fully appreciate Price’s raw talent. In this track (and many others on the album) Price makes you feel the lyrics she is singing, talking about a love that, despite all of the effort and heart put into it, didn’t work out. The powerful ballad rounds out the album with Price belting, “I wanted to be your whole world, I wanted it all, I wanted it all.”With the voice that Price has, it would be easy for Kearney (bass), Olson (guitar) and Calabrese (drums) to play in the shadows. This is not the case. All three instrumentalists wrote songs for the album, and all are featured at one point or another. Kearney’s groovy bass opens “Use Me Up”, Calabrese takes lead vocals for a verse in “Seventeen,” and Olson shows off his jazz trumpet chops in the slow and jazzy ballad, “Better Than.”.“Bad Self Portraits” has put Lake Street Dive on the map. And with huge performances in the coming months like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Red Rocks with Grace Potter, and their own headlining tour, their climb will only accelerate. The album is fun, funky, and feisty. Think Amy Winehouse meets the Beatles for a date in Motown. Listeners from any genre, or generation, for that matter, will enjoy these charismatic jazzers and their unique jazz-pop sound. Pick up “Bad Self Portraits” and get acquainted with the group that Rolling Stone has called “The Year’s Best New Band.”You can stream the album in full below!<a href=”http://shop.signaturesounds.com/album/bad-self-portraits”>Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive</a>-John Nowak (@jowak93)
Traffic/Blind Faith/Spencer Davis Group multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood will embark on a solo tour in 2015, playing a handful of dates across the US with his backing band. The musician has a long and storied career, with hits like “Gimme Some Lovin,” “I’m A Man,” and “Can’t Find My Way Home.”Winwood’s tour kicks off April 17th in Minneapolis, and wraps up on May 2nd in Birmingham, AL. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, December 12th, and can be found via Winwood’s website.April 17 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre April 18 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre April 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre April 21 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore April 23 – Westbury, NY – Space At Westbury April 24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theater April 27 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre April 28 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theatre May 2 – Birmingham, AL – U of A at BirminghamAlso, this is a really good song:
The bluegrass genre is experiencing a resurgence in today’s music scene. From someone who has been listening to the genre for decades, it is very gratifying to see bands like Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth continuing the time-honored tradition of bluegrass music. Not to mention the role that it plays in the work of Phish, String Cheese, and more.Bluegrass is one of the most beloved American musical art forms, taking root as settlers began to spread into the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. The pioneers wrote simple songs about daily life, but what started as mountain country music developed into an intricate art. With complex melodies played on mostly-acoustic instruments, the music is intoxicating. Check out these ten essential songs that typify the history of this essentially American genre.1. Bill Monroe – “Uncle Pen” Legendary performer Bill Monroe is often nicknamed the father of Bluegrass Music. Bluegrass came into its own in 1939, when Monroe parted ways with his brother to form Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. Monroe, a Kentucky native, named his backing band by the state’s nickname, “The Bluegrass State.” Monroe created a distinct sound, distinguishing bluegrass from country in a way that still influences Bluegrass artists today. Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys mixed guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo, and the resulting sound still thrives today. Monroe himself was an expert singer, mandolin player, and song writer, penning dozens of hits including the enduring classic, “Uncle Pen.” 2. The Stanley Brothers – “Man Of Constant Sorrow”The Stanley Brothers were the first of many to follow in the footsteps of Bill Monroe. Started in the late 40s and into the 50s, with brothers Ralph on banjo and Carter on guitar, the duo developed a unique sound with strong emotions with deceptively simple lyrics. The song “Man of Constant Sorrow” is perhaps best known from the soundtrack of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” but the song is deeply rooted in bluegrass tradition. According to Ralph Stanley, the tune was already hundreds of years old when he was a child, and both he and his father added some words to complete their interpretation of the classic. Listen:3. Flatt and Scruggs – “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”Lester Flatt, who had been the guitarist for Bill Monroe’s band, broke away and formed the Foggy Mountain Boys with the banjoist Earl Scruggs. By the 50’s and 60’s, Flatt & Scruggs, with a rotating cast of musicians, easily became some of the most notable bluegrass musicians in America. Scruggs was one of the finest banjo pickers to have ever played, and Flatts’ smooth vocal and great guitar playing elevated the pair to greatness. While they are noted for their TV show theme songs, like “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” and “Petticoat Junction,” a more apt example of their incredible acumen is “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” Listen to those two flying: 4. Ricky Skaggs – “Can’t You Hear Me Calling”Master mandolin player Ricky Skaggs is no doubt one of the finest mandolin players to have ever graced the music scene. Active since the 1960’s, Skaggs’ dedication to promoting bluegrass music is unparalleled. His cover of Bill Monroe’s classic “Can’t You Hear Me Calling” exemplifies the genre: great harmonies and tight musicianship.5. Charlie Daniels Band – “Devil Went Down To Georgia”One of the most famous bluegrass songs ever, “Devil Went Down To Georgia,” skyrocketed the career of singer/guitarist Charlie Daniels in 1979. However, Daniels had been writing, performing, and producing since the early 1950’s. Before “Devil” was even created, Daniels played bass on three Bob Dylan albums, wrote a song that was later recorded by Elvis Presley, and played fiddle with Hank Williams Jr. From that standpoint, it seems his Grammy award for “Devil” was inevitable. Check out the classic tune below:6. Del McCoury – “Mountain Song”Like Lester Flatt, Del McCoury got his start as the guitarist for Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, performing with them at the Grand Ole Opry. However, it wasn’t until his sons Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury started playing with him, in the 1980s, that The Del McCoury Band really got off the ground. Since 2008, McCoury has hosted his own festival, DelFest, which continues to breathe life into the bluegrass scene.Listen to one of the most beloved Del McCoury Band originals, “Mountain Song,” below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldnZnjGBGXw7. Doc Watson – “Stagger Lee”Countrified Bluegrass performer Doc Watson, winner of eight Grammy awards, was born in North Carolina in 1923 and came into prominence in the 50’s and 60’s. Blinded by an eye infection when he was an infant, Watson was a wonderful storyteller with a smooth tenor voice. His song, “Stagger Lee” is considered one of the great American folk songs. 8. New Grass Revival – “Can’t Stop Now”Mandolinist Sam Bush is often considered the founder of “New Grass,” a genre that blends bluegrass traditions with progressive elements of rock and jazz music. The term “New Grass” actually comes from Bush’s former band, The New Grass Revival, which included luminaries like Bela Fleck, Ebo Walker, and many more. The band was active from 1971-1989, and has since influenced countless groups, including String Cheese, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Cabinet, and more. Sam Bush is still active, performing worldwide, as is Bela Fleck. 9. Alison Krauss and Union Station – “Every Time You Say Goodbye”Over the past 20 years, Alison Krauss’ sweet soprano voice continues to captivate many. An exquisite fiddle player, it’s no wonder that Robert Plant approached her with an interest to record a collaborative album. Her catalog speaks for itself; she is one of the greatest Bluegrass performers in the business today. Listen to her beautiful song, “Every Time You Say Goodbye,” below:10. Jerry Garcia and David Grisman – “Friend of the Devil” Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia very influenced by folk/bluegrass music, adding an eclectic part to the band’s mish-mosh of stylistic inputs. Only later did Garcia go back to his roots, teaming up with mandolinist David Grisman for several Bluegrass albums in the 1990s. Grisman’s roots are not typical of bluegrass artists, growing up in a Jewish household in Hackensack, NJ. Grisman and Garcia met at a Bill Monroe concert (go figure!), and the rest was history.The bluegrass version of the classic “Friend of the Devil” is a haunting and wonderful interpretation from the Grateful Dead beloved classic. Of course, countless bands continue to uphold this pastoral tradition today. Bluegrass music is booming in the 2010’s, with bluegrass-centric festivals popping up, and bluegrass bands performing at major US festivals (like the Infamous Stringdusters at Bonnaroo). So grab that fiddle and get dancing!-Written by Rick “The Jamfather” and Dave Melamed
The Disco Biscuits will return to Colorado this April for Bisco Inferno, featuring three shows at Denver’s Ogden Theatre and most notably, one show at Red Rocks with special guests Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. The shows are set to take place April 15-18, the 17th being the show involving the Rhythm Devils at Red Rocks.The announcement signaled the growing relationship between the Biscuits and Kreutzmann and Hart, especially for Bisco keyboard player Aron Magner, who has been involved in several of Kreutzmann’s recent projects, including Kreutzmann’s LockNStep Allstars at LockN’ Festival, Billy & The Kids at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam, well as the Biscuits/Rhythm Devils’ performance at last summer’s Gathering Of The Vibes.Presale tickets for the shows are available here.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman and longtime wrestling fanatic Billy Corgan has been hired as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. Corgan will be responsible for developing characters and story lines for TNA’s flagship program Impact Wrestling.“Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true,” he said in a statement. “What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to Impact Wrestling, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.Billy explained in an interview with Variety that he wishes to break down traditional wrestling stereotypes and explore race and gender issues. “There is a tremendous opportunity to go into really fresh, new directions,” he said. “There are ways to explore those themes in ways that are productive, create new stars and show that value-based ‘babyfaces,’ no matter what their background, no matter where they come from, can draw new audiences and inspire people in new ways.”Corgan recently called Smashing Pumpkins’ future “kinda murky,” claiming in an interview with Radio Oasis that at the end of the year he would “see how it goes.”