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Just a few weeks ago, The String Cheese Incident hit the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV for three glorious Sin City Incidents. The run was jam-packed with tons of highlights, including a glorious cover of James Brown’s soul anthem, “Cold Sweat.” Cheese has brushed up on their soul covers during last year’s Halloween “Ghoul Train” set at Hulaween, and were primed and ready to deliver the classic in Vegas.Thankfully, the band has shared some pro-shot footage of the “Cold Sweat” cover, which was played right out of the group’s original “Turn This Around.” Dig it below:Cheese’s next performance is at the Rothbury, MI festival, Electric Forest. Check out the setlist from the Sin City performance below: Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/19/16Set One: Sweet Spot, Rhum N’ Zouc, Eye Know Why, Midnight Moonlight, Smile, Turn This Around > In a Cold Sweat > Turn This AroundSet Two: Desert Dawn, Bumpin’ Reel, I Wish > Piece of Mine, Until the Music’s Over, Miss Brown’s Teahouse > I’m Your Boogie Man > Miss Brown’s Teahouse > Colorado Bluebird SkyEncore: Shaking the Tree
Beloved Phish drummer Jon Fishman will speak on behalf of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Portland, ME, according to a new report in the Associated Press. This Saturday, May 7th, Fishman will appear at the Maine Democratic Party convention, marking his latest appearance in a string of several campaign events for Sanders.Meanwhile, former Maine Representative Barney Frank will speak on behalf of Hillary Clinton, and former Maine State Senator Troy Jackson will also be on hand to discuss Bernie Sanders. Fishman’s most recent appearance in support of Sanders came at a benefit concert in Brooklyn, NY, where he performed with Kung Fu, Oteil Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Jason Hann, DJ Logic and more.You can watch that show here:Fishman’s ties to Bernie Sanders run deep, as Sanders is a Vermont Senator and a former mayor of Burlington, VT, where Phish got their start. Fishman even joined Twitter just to campaign for the presidential hopeful. Since then, we’ve seen him perform at a number of campaign rallies, and Sen. Sanders has called Phish “one of the greatest bands in the country.”[H/T JamBase]
When you bring Twiddle to a festival that features bluegrass music predominantly, it’s only logical to let the jammers go to work in the wee hours of the night. The group is known for their exploratory improvisation, and the electric-fueled jams are best set to those wired for the after hours experience. After a full day on the main stage that featured Cabinet, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth and more, it was up to Twiddle to bring it to a close. They delivered an impeccable two hour set, ripe with their improvisational prowess.With a schedule labelled “12:30 – ??,” anticipation from the band’s loyal fans was running high. Twiddle got to work on their song “Wildfire” before winding into tunes like “Daydream Farmer” and “Apples.” Of the eight songs the band performed, six of them cracked the 10-minute jam milestone, and four stretched to the 18-minute depths of perfection. The time markers are merely indicators of the band’s free-flowing supremacy, as Twiddle continues their pace as fastest growing jam groups in the scene today.Thankfully, taper Keith Litzenberger captured this glorious performance for all to hear. Tune in below.Stay tuned to L4LM for more coverage from Susquehanna Breakdown, and check out the full setlist below via uTwiddle.net.Setlist: Twiddle at Susquehanna Breakdown @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA – 5/21/16One Set: Wildfire, Daydream Farmer, Apples, Doinkinbonk!!!, Indigo Trigger > The Box, Frankenfoote, The CatapillarShow Notes: This show was the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour opener. The set closed out the second day of the festival. The set was played on the Susquehanna Stage.[Photo by Dave DeCrescente]
After wowing fans over two nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with his band My Morning Jacket, frontman Jim James made his way to New York, NY for a surprise free performance in the SoHo neighborhood, celebrating the opening of a new Cadillac House. The outdoor show focused mostly on James’ material from his 2013 solo release, Regions Of Light And Sound of God, with five songs from that album being played.James also snuck in a couple covers that he’s been playing with MMJ of late, including Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.” Thanks to Charles Watson and Jeremy Braunstein, we have videos of the covers and more of the performance!Check out the clips and the full setlist below.Raspberry BeretFade Into YouKnow Till NowCheck out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Jim James setlists[H/T Jambase]
Moshi Moshi was an early electronic side project of Aron Magner and then-drummer Sam Altman of The Disco Biscuits. As Magner noted in a recent Facebook post about the origins of this old side project, “Back in the beginning of the Oh-Oh’s, The Professor Sam Altman and I began tinkering around with a very infantile version of Ableton and Reason. We put out some cool music for that time, a vinyl mix, and played some shows as a duo under the moniker, ‘Moshi-Moshi’. Sammy played some drums and some bass, but mainly he ‘played’ his computer, which in those years of the early millennium, was not a common thing to see. Even less common was that his computer was a desktop, one of those ‘vintage’ turquoise iMacs.”Moshi Moshi also served as a way for other members of the Biscuits to deal with technical issues or to take breaks during shows, though the side project played its own solo shows as well. Thirteen years ago today, on January 31st, 2004, Moshi Moshi hit The Northstar Bar in the Biscuits’ hometown of Philly. A recording from that night (which can be found below) is pristine and features the duo taking on The Disco Biscuits’ “Sound One” and “Onamae Wa.” Via his Facebook page, Magner had this to say about that evening’s performance.You can listen to Moshi Moshi’s full show from back in 2004 below, courtesy of uploader cookedw.You can also read Aron Magner’s full comments about Moshi Moshi, in anticipation of his collaboration with Allen Aucoin during this year’s Beanstalk Music And Arts Festival in Colorado, below. More information and tickets for the festival can be found on its website.
After many years working together with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, John Medeski and John Scofield will once again join forces, this time with a new group bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The project’s name–Hudson–is a tribute to New York’s Hudson Valley, which all four members of the band call home.The quartet finished recording a studio album (slated for a summer 2017 release) and has announced a run of tour dates. Stops include club shows across the U.S. and Canada, as well as sets at Playboy Jazz Festival in L.A., Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, and more. You can find a full list of upcoming Hudson dates here.The members of Hudson originally came together in 2014 to perform at the Woodstock Jazz Festival. According to DeJohnette in an interview with DownBeat, “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley. There are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.”Adds Medeski, “The Hudson Valley puts the gentle beauty and power of very old mountains and an incredible river estuary within reach of one of the most powerful, international, creative centers in the world—New York City. I think each of us, in our own way, uses these forces as tools to keep us creative and growing.”“The musicians who migrated up this way from the City were not escaping the music,” explains Grenadier, “They were looking for a way to go deeper into it. The space and the atmosphere of the area create an ideal place to find the music within. We all travel and play so much around the world that when we are home, we’re in a place that’s full of quietude and we have room to search for the beauty and space within music.”[h/t – DownBeat]
There’s no denying that Robert Randolph & The Family Band got soul; it is the title of their newly released album, after all. The group continues to turn head with their energetic performances, and were recently featured on the NPR program World Cafe. There, the band not only plays tracks from the new album, but honors Black History month by laying down tracks from the history of the “sacred steel” genre.Primarily a device of gospel music, sacred steel was passed down through religious traditions throughout the 1900s. It can be heard through a number of tracks that Randolph and his band performs on World Cafe, including Willie Eason with the Campbell Brothers‘ “When The Saints Go Marching In,” Calvin Cooke‘s “No Ways Tired” and Ted Beard‘s “The Train.” Though Randolph has vitalized the tradition for popular consumption, his style never wanders too far from his forefathers, and he certainly relishes the opportunity to explore his roots in the new episode.The episode ends with a performance of “Heaven’s Calling” from the new release, a blistering expression of modern sacred steel. Listen to the full recording below, courtesy of NPR Music.
Load remaining images Last night, Umphrey’s Mcgee made their way to Oakland, CA’s The Fox Theater for their second performance in a run of six performances with rising Arizona jam quartet Spafford. The Spafford guys got the crowd warmed up, as always, with a jam-heavy opening set including fan-favorites “Slip and Squander,” “Todd’s Tots,” “Electric Taco Stand,” and “Leave The Light On.” Check out some fan-shot video:Following Spafford’s set, Umphrey’s hit the stage with a “There’s No Crying In Mexico” > “Attachments” opening segment, before laying the foundation for a “Bridgeless” sandwich that would encompass the rest of the set. After “Bridgeless,” the band segued into “2nd Self” before delivering a one-two punch of “Wappy Sprayberry” > “Rocker Part 2.” Next the band served up a cover of Steely Dan classic “Kid Charlemagne,” before making their way back to “Bridgeless” to close set one. You can watch pro-shot footage of “Attachments” below, courtesy of TourGigs, via the band’s Facebook page:The band opened set two with “Hurt Bird Bath” > “2×2,” before launching into a top-notch segment that saw “1348” flow into “Hajimemashite” and “Ringo” before returning to “1348.” After the “1348” reprise, Umphrey’s busted out “…And Justice For All” for the first time since 8/1/14 in Baltimore (252 show gap) to close the show’s second frame. Finally, the band returned for a “Day Nurse” > “The Floor” encore to send the Oakland crowd home with smiles on their faces.Umphrey’s and Spafford will return to the stage this Thursday, March 16th, for a performance at Tempe, AZ’s Marquee Theatre. For more information, or to purchase tickets or a Couch Tour stream, visit Umphrey’s McGee’s website.Setlist: Spafford | The Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 3/11/17 [setlist via Spaffnerds]Slip and Squander, Todd’s Tots, Electric Taco Stand, Leave the Light OnSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fox Theater | Oakland, CA | 3/11/17 [setlist via allthingsumphreys]Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Attachments, Bridgeless > 2nd Self, Wappy Sprayberry > Rocker Part 2, Kid Charlemagne > BridgelessSet 2: Hurt Bird Bath > 2×2, 1348 > Hajimemashite, Ringo > 1348, …And Justice for AllEncore: Day Nurse > The FloorEnjoy the photos below, courtesy of Zack Blum, Chris Baldwin, and Dave Vann!
Photo: Chad Anderson Photo: Dave Vann Photo: Chad Anderson Photo: Chad Anderson Load remaining images Photo: Chad Anderson Panorama returned to New York City this weekend, and it featured one of the most eclectic and interesting festival lineups in the country. The festival boasted a little bit of something for everyone, with festival producers Goldenvoice delivering a mix of the reclusive Frank Ocean, Australian psychedelic powerhouse Tame Impala, British alt-groove heroes Alt J, modern pop icon Solange, 1990s juggernauts Nine Inch Nails, and A Tribe Called Quest for year two of the still-new-feeling NYC festival. Of course, the likes of MGMT, Justice, Nicolas Jaar, Tyler The Creator and Spoon were on hand to continue the festival’s diverse tone.The festival focuses on a more technology-driven experience, with several huge, lit-up installations by HP and American Express on site to help create a more festive vibe. The centerpiece of the festival is actually not anything related to music, however, it’s a huge space that can only properly be described as a pop-up museum dedicated to interactive, technology-based art known as The Lab, a collaboration between META and HP. The Lab, which returned as a bigger, better, more realized version from last year’s first edition of Panorama, featured multiple installations that all required some level of interaction with the technology and art. It was truly a sight to behold, and worth the price of admission for the festival alone.Outside of The Lab, there was plenty to experience at Panorama. The Point was an open-air club that allowed festival-goers to dance themselves clean, those who were 21+ could hang in a private area called The Grove with some higher end cocktails and lots of shade (sidebar: the average age at Panorama was noticeably higher than most other festivals, the whole venue felt like a 21+ area). The festival also featured some of the best foods that New York City has to offer, with favorites like Roberta’s Pizza, Salvation Taco, Oddfellow’s Ice Cream, and Matchabar being offered alongside festival favorites like Spicy Pie.Of course, the music at Panorama was amazing. Nine Inch Nails stunned the audience with their high-octane live show, A Tribe Called Quest threw themselves a huge sendoff for their final ever (probably?) NYC-area show, and Tame Impala melted faces with their comically psychedelic light show. Acts like Vince Staples and Glass Animals made the most of their big stage experience, getting broadcast across Randall’s Island on the festival’s huge, panoramic LED screens, giving these somewhat smaller artists the headliner treatment.While the festival did experience some production difficulties–namely, the collapse of the floor of the stage known as The Parlor, which led to several cancelled sets by artists like Breakbot and DJ Shadow–the festival once again boasted a relaxed vibe with plenty of space to sit and hang out with friends, short lines at almost every vendor, and great site lines from almost anywhere on the concert field.See below for a weekend’s-worth of photos from the great Chad Anderson!Panorama 1017 | Photos by Chad Anderson Photo: Chad Anderson