Over the weekend, Pretty Lights released a stunning new video, indicating that he was embarking on a “new era” of music. With the video came a quiet announcement of a return to Telluride, CO on August 26 & 27. There are no details of whether Pretty Lights will be bringing the Analog Future Band, but the live act performed there with PL last year, and are featured in the new video, which was shot at Telluride.Derek Vincent Smith commented on the announcement, saying, “Pretty Lights in Telluride 2015 was more than I ever hoped it would be, and I was not the same person when I left. The energy of that place and the people and the music literally had me feeling like I was struck by a lightning bolt… And we get to do it again!! I can only imagine what might happen in 2016. See you in August.”There will be two-day GA and VIP tickets as well as camping and travel packages. Pre-sale tickets open today at 10AM MST here and go on sale to the public on Wednesday, March 9 at 10AM MST here. Additionally, CID Entertainment will be offering VIP and travel experience packages. Don’t miss out!
With most of the international world still reeling from the news of Prince’s passing last week, full video has surfaced of a particularly rocking Prince and the Revolution performance from Syracuse’s Carrier Dome on March 30th, 1985. Packing out the near 50,000 seat arena, even back in ’85, Prince was already an international star, coming off the heels of Purple Rain (both the album and film) the year prior.Prince Has Passed AwayA review of the show from Syracuse Herald American the day after reads, “As the Unitel cameras followed, on stage, it was sheer Prince: The crafty dance moves – pirouettes, body slams, full splits – reminiscent of rhythm-and-blues-funk greats James Brown or Sly Stone, the look of ’50s rocker Little Richard, the Jimi Hendrix-style guitar playing but the roaring ’80s music that is definitely Prince.”This is truly Prince at his prime, wailing on the guitar and bursting with enthusiasm in every note. Enjoy full video of the show below, and you can navigate between songs by clicking the icon in the top-left corner:Setlist: Prince at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY – 3/30/85Let’s Go CrazyDelirious1999Little Red CorvetteTake Me With U Do Me, Baby Irresistible Bitch Possessed How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore Let’s Pretend We’re Married International Lover God Computer Blue Darling Nikki The Beautiful Ones When Doves CryEncore: I Would Die 4 U Baby I’m a StarEncore 2: Purple Rain
Load remaining images Lettuce hosted their annual New Orleans funk gathering last night, dubbed “RageFest,” at The Joy Theater. The room was packed with friends and family, with an opening set from The Nigel Hall Band and a late-night throwdown from Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee‘s Break Science.The Nigel Hall Band kicked off the night with some soul-satisfying originals from his debut album, Ladies & Gentlemen, including “Don’t Change For Me,” “Gimme A Sign,” and “Lay Away.” Hall’s smoking hot band consists of Derwin “Big D” Perkins on guitar, Eric Vogel on bass, Donnie Sundal on keys, Jamison Ross on drums, and featured Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff on guitar.The modern funk kings descended upon the stage for ninety minutes of full-on-rage. With special guests Oteil Burbridge and Cyril Neville in the house, Lettuce’s set was particularly on fire.Oteil joined in for Lettuce originals “Breakout” > “Relax,” where he provided his bass-thumping, scat-singing soulful talents. Then, the legendary Neville brother joined in for a cover of The Meters’ “Doodle Oop (Under the Weather)” and “Okey Doke,” bringing up the energy to an all time high. Nigel Hall brought the power for “Squadlive” and “Do Your Thing,” before Lettuce closed their show with three songs from their most recent album Crush, “Trillogy,” “The Force,” and a dance-heavy “Phyllis” for the encore.Here’s a fan-shot clip of Cyril Neville sitting in with Lettuce for The Meters’ “Doodle Oop (under the weather)”:Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Jeremy Scott:Setlist: Lettuce at The Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA – 4/29/16:Set: Dr. Digglesworth, Yakatori, The Dump, Go-Go, Pocket Change, Breakout# -> Relax#, Chief, Doodle Oop (under the weather)*, Okey Doke*, Squadlive+, Do Your Thing+, Trillogy, The ForceEncore: Phyllis*with Cyril Neville+with Nigel Hall#with Oteil Burbridge
After news broke that longtime AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson would be unable to perform without risking total hearing loss, a vast number of replacement singers were suggested. The band postponed a number of tour dates, promising to return to both Europe and America and fulfill their touring plans. With much anticipation, AC/DC chose singer Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses fame, bringing the worlds of two classic rock groups together.While there was some skepticism about Rose’s recent gigs, the singer has lived up to his claim to fame with GNR over that band’s reunion at Coachella and more. How would he fare filling the shoes of Brian Johnson?The band just finished their first show back at the Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Oeiras, Portugal. Judge for yourself with some videos below:For Those About To RockThunderstruckShoot To ThrillHighway To HellHell’s BellsBack In BlackCheck out the full setlist below:Edit this setlist | More AC/DC setlists
In the family tree of bluegrass, we start out with the early settlers of the Southern states who brought an array of stringed instruments on their voyage to the New World from the British Isles. Down the tree a few many years, we find the rural spirituals of famous pickers such as Bill Monroe or Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt of Southern Appalachia. In the 1960’s, the family tree expanded—moving westward—growing with America. Follow this line far out to San Francisco on a VW bus where the banjo found its way into the three-fingered hand of Jerry Garcia. Garcia and David Grisman’s work in the genre would inspire a young punk rocker we find playing guitar under the shade of their branch. His name is Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band.I had a chance to catch up with Aijala on the phone prior to the 15th Annual Northwest String Summit, which kicks off this Thursday, July 14 at Horning’s Hideout (North Plains, OR). I asked how he reconciled his heavy influences, like Black Flag, with the ambient sound of bluegrass, the trademark genre of his career.“Even though they don’t sound the same, there’s an energy similarity. I can get into the same zone with both kinds of music in my head. What I loved about bluegrass was how people could do so much with just microphones and no amps or anything.”While the guitarist and vocalist admits that in his younger years he grew up as a skateboarder, listening to metal and punk rock, he went on to listen to nothing but bluegrass for awhile. “It wasn’t until they came out with the iPod that I just started listening to everything again.” Aijala is influenced by a wide array of music. On his band’s 2015 release, Black Sheep, they covered punk rockers, the Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love.” While admitting that he wasn’t crazy about putting a cover song on a studio album, a little convincing from his bass player, Ben Kaufmann, was just the nudge that he needed.“It was just something that we’d been teasing around for a few years now—playing it back stage, but never really trying it on stage. It was Ben’s suggestion to put it on the album, which is funny because he didn’t grow up listening to any of that stuff.”Aside from YMSB’s 2003 release, Old Hands, which featured songs entirely written by or in collaboration with the band’s friend, Benny Galloway, a.k.a. Burl, the Buzzcocks’ song is the only cover appearing on one of the band’s studio releases. This does not hold true for live releases which include such fun-loving numbers as the theme song from The Muppet Show.A Massachusetts native of Finnish descent, Aijala now lives in Colorado, and the former punk rocker has traded his skateboard in for golf clubs. The self-described “Bogey man” has lived through a number of changes in his band and his genre, especially of late. After losing founding member and mandolin picker, Jeff Austin in 2014, YMSB has brought on some new, younger talent to the band including mandolin prodigy, Jake Jolliff along with fiddle player and vocalist, Allie Kral.“He actually really loves Jake,” Aijala explained when I pried about playing with legendary mandolinist, Sam Bush. “Jake is pretty heavily influenced by him in his own playing.”Aijala elaborated on the adventure of bringing on new talent, which includes the band’s first ever fiddle player.“It adds more to the dynamic having a fiddle in the band. The music we’re creating has a different feel, because, obviously we’ve got new musicians. Jake’s a pretty amazing musician, and so is Allie [Kral]. They’re considerably younger than us, too, which is cool, because it lights the fire in me a little bit—to keep up with these little whippersnappers.”I learned that Yonder Mountain String Band, in its 2.0 incarnation, is now working on a studio album to follow up the 2015 release Black Sheep. Aijala revealed that he has been increasingly involved in editing, recording and engineering on his band’s work.“It feels like a forward movement. As far as receptions—I’m not really concerned about that. I’d love to have people really like it, but ultimately, we’re doing this just to have new music to play on stage.”Aijala spoke to the reality that musicians such as himself do not make a living off of studio albums anymore.“Our bread and butter is the live show.”Further to that point, I asked the veteran bluegrass picker how he felt the emergence of more bluegrass bands has effected the overall economy of the genre. He has obviously put some thought into the topic, since he explained that if a festival is looking to hire one bluegrass band—one of them is going to get it and the other one won’t. The guitarist remembers a time when his ensemble was the only group playing a non-bluegrass festival without a drummer. Today, plenty of bands at non-bluegrass festivals are picking without percussion.“I feel like we’re in this together. I think we can coexist and everybody benefits—at least that’s what I’d like to believe.”“When we first started out, we wanted to sound like a trad bluegrass band,” he admitted that influences like Phish, The Grateful Dead, and even Frank Zappa lured YMSB over to the jam side of bluegrass in the early days. “I know a lot of people who never got into trad bluegrass at all, and when they think of bluegrass—they don’t even think of Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin, Jim and Jesse—they think of YMSB or the Stringdusters…”There’s no question that Adam Aijala was a major player bridging the bluegrass of old to the thriving bluegrass scene we see picking its way across America now. You can see him live on tour this summer.[Photo credit: Jay Blakesberg]
Catch The Nth Power at The Blue Note NYC on 12/9-12/10 as the official Chick Corea/John McLaughlin late night shows. Get tickets here. This past August, The Nth Power performed two shows at The Bridge Sound & Stage in Boston, MA and one show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY that would debut their new material in a live setting. The shows were recorded live and will appear on To Be Free – Live when it is released this Friday, November 11th. The album comes after their 2015 studio release Abundance and is inspired by the band’s commitment to promoting love and togetherness in the otherwise divided world.The timing for the release is meaningful, as The Nth Power believes that music “can heal, connect, and strengthen individuals and community.” The band went on to explain that they “feel a sense of urgency to spread that [message] now more than ever.” The songs were written and recorded within a three month period, and are true representatives of the band’s collective efforts to translate their core values in a live setting.The Brooklyn show featured veteran studio owner and engineer Paul Diaz (Outkast, Elton John, Whitney Houston) from Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA to record the shows. The record was mixed by Paul Diaz and drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie at Tree Sound Studios.You can stream To Be Free – Live below via singersroom, and download the album on November 11th.
10-piece Afrobeat funk behemoth Big Mean Sound Machine proudly presents “Seeing the Bigger Picture,” the first single from their fourth studio album Runnin’ for the Ghost, to announce a Kickstarter campaign for raising the remaining capital needed to release the album in early 2017. Building on the success of three previous albums, Runnin’ for the Ghost captures the band’s renowned, highly-energetic and transcendent live show with the extra refinements of a studio masterpiece. Now, with the album finished and ready for release, the band is reaching out to their fans and the greater live music community to join them in their mission of rejuvenating and healing through the power of music by helping fund its release.To get fans excited about the launch, the band has shared the exclusive premiere of “Seeing the Bigger Picture” with us at L4LM. Listen in below!In true Big Mean style, the band is planning multiple interactive Facebook live events to take place on Saturday December 17th and the final countdown on Thursday December 29th featuring intimate in-studio broadcasts from the band, special guests, and a few other tricks they’ve got up their sleeves. Enjoy the track and find more information about supporting the release of the album via their Kickstarter campaign here.You can catch Big Mean Sound Machine on the road! See the full tour schedule below.Big Mean Sound Machine Upcoming Tour Dates12.9 | Brooklyn, NY | Rough Trade12.10 | Philadelphia, PA | World Cafe Live12.30 & 31 | Ithaca, NY | Lot 101.13 | Stowe, VT | Rusty Nail1.14 | Greenfield, MA | Root Cellar1.20 | Oneonta, NY | B Side Ballroom1.21 | Buffalo, NY | Iron Works1.27 | Syracuse, NY | Funk ‘N Waffles1.28 | Rochester, NY | Flour City Station2.2 | Killington, VT | Pickle Barrel2.3 | Boston, MA | Thunder Road2.4 | Manchester, CT | The Main Pub2.10 | Albany, NY | The Hollow2.11 | Londonderry, VT | Stratton Mountain
If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.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 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix) #July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (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)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)# (L4LM & Brooklyn Bowl Presents) Phish is performing Madison Square Garden tonight for their first of thirteen shows. The “Baker’s Dozen” run, as they call it, will see the Vermont quartet break the record for most consecutive shows performed at the New York City venue. Sorry, Billy Joel! Three weeks at the New York City venue will undoubtedly allow for the band to explore new territories. If the last week’s shows are any indication, Phish is ready to rock.Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsTo celebrate the “Baker’s Dozen,” the venue will be giving out free donuts from Federal Donuts each night of the run. Supplies are limited and will be offered to ticket holders when doors open (first come, first served). Tonight’s flavor is coconut cream glaze with toasted coconut topping, indicating that each night will bring a new flavor to our mouths. What else does Phish have in store? We can’t wait to find out.
After an incredibly successful summer tour, Dead & Company have finally revealed their fall plans. Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, veteran Jeff Chimenti, and firmly-welcomed newcomers John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge will embark on a 15-date tour this fall, starting with two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12 & 14. From there, the band will make stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Hartford, Detroit, Columbus, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, Orlando, and Sunrise, Florida to close out on December 8th. Without any multi-night runs scheduled beyond MSG, Dead & Company will head south of the border early next year (February 15-18) for their first-ever destination event, dubbed Playing In The Sand.Ticket and VIP presales kick off Tuesday, September 12 for Fall Tour 2017 with general on sale for most dates on September 16. Head here for more details.To ensure the real fans get tickets, Verified Fan Registration will be available for all tour dates beginning today. Supplies are limited, so register today to become a Verified Fan to get access to presale tickets. Registration closes Sunday, September 10 at 10PM PST.Dead & Company 2017 Fall Tour DatesNovember 12 New York, NY – Madison Square GardenNovember 14 New York, NY – Madison Square GardenNovember 16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo CenterNovember 17 Boston, MA – TD GardenNovember 21 Washington, DC – Verizon CenterNovember 22 Hartford, CT – XL CenterNovember 24 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars ArenaNovember 25 Columbus, OH – Nationwide ArenaNovember 28 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum CenterNovember 29 Atlanta, GA – Philips ArenaDecember 1 Dallas, TX – American Airlines CenterDecember 2 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin CenterDecember 5 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King CenterDecember 7 Orlando, FL – Amway CenterDecember 8 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Setlist: Spafford | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 10/3/2017Set One: Lonely, The Postman, Leave The Light On, Slip And SquanderSet Two: Todd’s Tots, All My Friends, Walls, Electric Taco StandEncore: Learning To Fly*, Breakdown*, You Don’t Know How It Feels*Notes: * Tom Petty cover, First time played [Audio: Mike D (VT)][Photo: Bill McAlaine] Last night, the jam-band rising stars of Spafford continued their extensive fall tour, hitting the Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday as they continue to work their way across New England. For their show at the Higher Ground yesterday, Spafford put together a special setlist, with the Arizona-born band treating the crowd to a show with each set containing only four songs. Following this jam-heavy performance, Spafford returned with three debut covers honoring Tom Petty, the iconic rock star who died on Monday at the age of 66.Mike Gordon Covers Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” In Michigan [Video]Petty’s death made waves within the music community, as he’s largely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of the past half-century. To honor Tom Petty, Spafford opened their encore with “Learning To Fly,” a number off Petty’s 1991 Into the Great Wide Open that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. From there, the group laid into a cover of “Breakdown”, the first single off of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album from 1976, which launched Petty into the mainstream and kick-started his career as cultural icons. To close out the show and their tribute encore, Spafford closed their show at the Higher Ground with “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, the lead single off of 1994’s Wildflowers.Watch Emotional Footage From Tom Petty’s Final Live Show At Hollywood Bowl, 7 Days Before His DeathYou can check out the setlist from Spafford’s show at the Higher Ground last night, plus check out video of Spafford’s rendition of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and full audio of Tuesday’s show below.