WXPN Philadelphia has announced several additions to the bill for their 2016 XPoNential Music Festival, set to take place July 22-24 at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Colvin & Earle, The Revivalists, White Denim, Songhoy Blues, Billy Hector, and Esmé Patterson, along with Philadelphia-based favorites Ben Arnold, Kississippi, Eliza Hardy Jones, RoseMary Fiki and Queen of Jeans will join Ryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., and many more to round out the lineup for what promises to be an incredible weekend on the Camden waterfront!Additional information about the festival can be found on their website. Check out the full lineup below!
With the primaries nearing completion and the general election setting in, it’s becoming increasingly important for citizens to fill out their voter registrations. Fortunately, the non-profit group HeadCount will be on the scene at venues throughout the summer, touring with some of your favorite artists and encouraging people to update their voter registration.Today, the group has announced an exciting initiative to increase their volunteer efforts, by launching an eBay auction series selling tickets, signed concert posters and more from Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and The Dixie Chicks. The funds from these auctions will help HeadCount send volunteers to various venues to run registration drives. All Dead & Company auction will also benefit the Rex Foundation.Tickets were donated by bands from their “friends and family” allotments, so they’re all really great seats. Not only are tickets on the docket, but signed posters and a special meet and greet with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi can also be purchased for the cause. You can find this special auction here, as well as a special signed guitar and a Kings of Leon meet and greet.All of the other auctions can be found here. With the first-ever HeadCount-Dixie Chicks partnership, the first touring HeadCount drive for Tedeschi Trucks, and tours set up for bands like Phish, Dave Matthews Band and more, this is going to be a great summer for celebrating music and the right to vote!Come November, be sure to get out and vote!
Railroad Earth started off their 3-night run at The Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO with a fantastic show. The Scott Pemberton Trio opened up the evening and the crowd began to settle in nicely. The boys came out with a ripping “Jupiter and the 119” and it was clear early on that the night was going to be a fun one. Railroad kept the people dancing with tunes like “Bread and Water” and “Morning Flies” as the set progressed, leaving the crowd wanting more.The second set kept the energy going with “Lordy, Lordy” and “Cold Water.” The jams started to pick up and the band got into the groove with “Mighty River.” The somber mood from the days events were almost completely forgotten during the dance party that ensued. A feeling of pure joy emanated throughout the room as the tunes continued to please everyone’s ears. The band treated the crowd to a brand new song, penned by Todd Sheaffer. During the first listen, “Addin’ My Voice” seemed a fitting statement to go along with the demonstrations planned for Saturday morning.The crowd was hanging on every note and the room lit up when the boys came back out for a “Powder Finger” encore, which witnessed Scott Pemberton joining Railroad Earth on stage, sending the crowd off into the night with smiles from ear to ear. The band continues their run at the Ogden this evening.Enjoy this clip of “Mighty River”, courtesy of YouTube user teamrado:Setlist: Railroad Earth | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 1/20/17Set 1:The Jupiter and the 119 –>Stillwater GetawayStormsReuben’s TrainBread and WaterMourning FliesMountain TimeWalk Beside MeSet 2:Lordy, LordyCold WaterCarrying Coal to Newcastle –>River Intro Jam –>Mighty RiverCrossing the GapThe CuckooAcadian DriftwoodFace with a HoleWay of the Buffalo –>Cuckoo Medley12 WolvesAddin’ My Voice (A)Encore:Powder finger (B)(A) First time played,written by Todd Sheaffer(B) With Scott Pembertonon electric guitar[words by Chris Herrmann]
Kamasi Washington just released a brand-new movement off his latest EP due out in summer of this year. This new album titled Harmony of Difference contains six suites, one of which is the fourteen-minute-long “Truth,” which explore “the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as ‘counterpoint,’” something which Washington considers “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.”In addition to the release of “Truth,” Washington has also debuted a short film to accompany the fourteen-minute-long movement, which was directed by A.J. Rojas. The video is visually stunning, juxtaposing glimpses of life across Los Angeles perfectly to the transcendent jazz tune and further translating Washington’s ideas about counterpoint to a different medium. You can listen to “Truth” and watch the short film below.
On Saturday night in Los Angeles, the Weeknd performed at the Forum. Fans were treated to a surprise guest appearance from Kendrick Lamar, who emerged from beneath the stage and immediately into his verse on the Weekend’s “Sidewalks” from the 2016 Starboy album. From there, Lamar performed “HUMBLE.” from his most recent masterpiece DAMN.A compilation of video clips can be viewed below:If you haven’t yet listened to Kendrick’s new album, sleep no more. It’s artistic, it’s complex, it’s got a few surefire radio hits to boot, and will undoubtedly be on repeat for the foreseeable future. The album’s contributors include Rihanna, U2, and LA-based Zacari. Additionally, James Black, BadBadNotGood, and The Alchemist have all received credits, with production credits to Mike WiLL Made It on a number of tracks.Now, bow your head and listen to the King:Catch him on tour in 2017:
Last week, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced the dates for their celebrated annual return to the Beacon Theatre in New York City. With six performances planned across October 6th through 14th this fall, the upcoming run will mark Tedeschi Trucks Band’s seventh consecutive year performing at the legendary venue that is the Beacon Theatre. Today, the band had more announcements on the way, with the group detailing the special guests who will be joining them during the week.For the first night of the run on October 6th, Texas’s Greyhounds will help Tedeschi Trucks Band kick off their week. October 7th will see a solo performance by TTB, followed by a date with the glory that is The Wood Brothers on October 10th. On October 11th, North Mississippi Allstars will perform with Tedeschi Trucks Band for a special performance dubbed Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends celebrating TTB’s 25th show at the Beacon. The two remaining dates on October 13th and 14th will both be solo performances, taking the label of “An Evening With TTB.”We’re all beyond excited for the twelve-piece band led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks to return to the legendary Beacon Theatre. Pre-sales for the shows start tomorrow, May 9th, and 10 a.m. EST via the TTB Tour Page (there’s no code or password needed for the pre-sale). For the general public, the shows go on-sale Friday, May 12th, at 10 a.m. EST. You can find out more at the Beacon run, including special rates for hotels by the venue, here on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website.[Photo: Chad Anderson]Tedeschi Trucks Band October Beacon Theatre RunOct 6 – Beacon Theatre (with Greyhounds)Oct 7 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)Oct 10 – Beacon Theatre (with The Wood Brothers)Oct 11 – Beacon Theatre (TTB & Friends – 25th Beacon Show Celebration ft. North Mississippi Allstars)Oct 13 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)Oct 14 – Beacon Theatre (An Evening With TTB)
Since officially breaking onto the scene a little over two years ago with his debut album Soul Insight, guitarist Marcus King has become highly regarded as the heir apparent to the southern blues and rock throne. With the endorsement and support of veteran axe men like Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (both artists appear on 2016’s The Marcus King Band, and the latter produced every track), King’s ascension through the ranks of the live music community has been swift. The young guitarist plays with maturity well beyond his years and a keen sense for showmanship that simply can’t be taught. With a well-oiled and polished machine backing him, The Marcus King Band will be making their way to Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre for a special Dead & Company pre-party on Thursday, June 8th, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies rounding out the bill (purchase tix here).The Marcus King Band Reintroduce Themselves With Stellar Self-Titled Second Album [Review/Stream]While Soul Insight gave the masses their first taste of Marcus’ abilities, The Marcus King Band’s self-titled 2016 album (the first with their current lineup) serves as a bold mission statement for the band. King’s natural ability to take deeply personal experiences from his own life and put them out into the universe in song form is on display throughout the LP. Take a listen to tracks like “Devil’s Land” and “Guitar In My Hands” and you will quickly realize the vivid storytelling abilities of this young musician. Backed by Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and organ, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone and backing vocals, The Marcus King Band is truly a force to be reckoned with, and for many years to come at that.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton could very easily be described as one of the hardest working musicians in the scene today. With Almost Dead taking on a life of its own since its initial inception, Hamilton’s own American Babies is the project that allows the former Brothers Past lead man to showcase his own uniquely creative songwriting side. The group’s latest album, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, sees Hamilton backed by Justin Mazer (guitar), Al Smith (drums), Raina Mullen (acoustic guitar, vocals), and Mark Sosnoskie (bass), and taking on everything from Americana, to prog-rock, to indie-rock (think The War on Drugs). The band sounds tight and cohesive, and the material feels primed to breathe and take on new life onstage.Tickets for the show are $10 in advance, currently on-sale and can be purchased via the venue website. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. You can also check out the other Dead & Company pre-shows and post-shows presented by Boulder Theatre and Fox Theatre here, which will also see performances by Easy Star All-Stars (performing Radiodread), White Denim, Circles Around The Sun, Shakedown Street, Boombox, Dopapod, and Hudson (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield).[cover photo courtesy of Emily Butler Photography]
EXCLUSIVE: Katharsis, Featuring Members Of The Motet, Dopapod, And RAQ, Debut Lead Single Off New Album
Earlier in the year, a new supergroup side project was born in Denver, Colorado. Katharsis—consisting of Dave Watts of The Motet on drums, Chuck Jones of Dopapod on bass, Todd Stoops of RAQ on keys, and Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine on guitar—made its formal debut back in early May, with the four lauded musicians coming together to create funk-rooted, psychedelic jams. With a focus on improvisation and innovation, the longtime friends formed Katharsis as a way to tap into their shared musical sensibilities while using their special blend of psychedelic funk to expose the cathartic experience of seeing music live and in person.As Dave Watts noted to Live For Live Music earlier in the year, “I’ve been wanting to start a project with Todd and Marcus for a long time. When I found out that Chuck was moving to Denver, it seemed inevitable that we would put something together. These are three of my favorite guys to hang with, and they all happen to also be absolute monsters on their instruments.” He continued, “Katharsis is the ancient spelling of a word that means the act of releasing a strong emotion through artistic expression. That emotion is the pure joy we feel when get to play together!”After their formal debut earlier in the year, more good news is on the way from the Katharsis camp, especially for those who were unable to catch the group in action in Colorado. In July of this year, the band spent three intensive sixteen-hour days writing, recording, and improvising at Mountain Star Studios in Rollinsville, Colorado. Katharsis has given Live For Live Music the privilege of getting a sneak-peek of what to expect from these sessions and the subsequent album that is due out later in the year.“Diabolical” off Katharsis’ upcoming album was written and produced by Watts and engineered by Andrew Lundsford and perfectly encapsulates the vibe of this new act. With the powerful rhythm section propelling the song forward from its onset, the song presents a darker side of funk, all the while remaining deeply danceable. As the song progresses, the song embarks on an improvisational journey, becoming explicitly more psychedelic as it unfolds, complete with trippy ornamentations from the guitar and keys. You can check out Katharsis’s “Diabolical” below, and stay tuned for more information about the group’s upcoming release. You can also catch Katharsis live in September during their three-night run across Colorado. Upcoming Katharsis 2017 DatesSeptember 27th – Barkley’s Ballroom – Frisco (free show)September 28th – Aggie – Fort Collins, CO (opening for G. Love)September 29th – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, COOctober 5th – Emporium Arcade Bar – Chicago, IL
[h/t – Billboard][Cover photo via The Independent] Late last month, Tennessee-native singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and all-around superstar Dolly Parton made the latest addition to her 50-year catalogue of studio albums. The new project, I Believe In You, her first-ever album specifically targeted to children. In typical Dolly fashion, she didn’t let the occasion pass without taking an opportunity to give back to the community and champion the bright futures of Tennessee kids. As Billboard reports, Parton recently donated $1 Million to the Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital in Nashville.Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” Slowed Down To 33 RPM Sounds Like The Best Neil Young SongAt a recent visit with patients at the hospital, Parton took some time to sing and to talk about her love of children and how it’s affected her philanthropy as a public figure: “I love children. I’ve always been involved in one way or another with children’s charities or with children in general, because I love little kids. I’m from a big family of children.”Parton also heads the Imagination Library, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote early childhood literacy by giving children age-appropriate books to read. A portion of the sales of I Believe In You is benefiting the Imagination Library.Watch Dolly Parton visit the patients at Vanderbilt University’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children HospitalYou can also stream “I Believe In You” for your little ones below via Spotify:
WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is going down a week later this year, April 6-8, 2018, at the base of Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, California. The lineup includes The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters. Also included in the stacked lineup are The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The Brothers Comatose, Shook Twins, The Lil Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Grant Farm, Pickin’ on the Dead, Jon Stickley Trio, Old Salt Union, The Kitchen Dwellers, The Drunken Hearts, and so many more. Artists-at-Large include Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival), and special guests TBA. The WinterWonderGrass All-Stars are also pending an official announcement.WinterWonderGrass Colorado Announces 2018 LineupThe festival surrounds music, brews, and mountains, and is shaping up to be a beautiful entrance celebration to spring in California. The location is a gorgeous result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, in particular, is a stunning 180 degree panorama that vividly narrates the impact of that ancient earth shaping.Tickets are currently on sale, and we recommend that you get them early here.