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Exciting Jam Group Spafford Announces Free Show At Dockside Bar & Grill

first_imgThe more we hear from Spafford, the more we like. Fortunately, the band is giving us a fresh new opportunity to hear even more!Today, Spafford has announced an exciting free performance at Dockside Bar & Grill in Ottawa, IL. The show will come as part of the venue’s Oktoberfest series, kicking things off on October 1st. It will also come at the end of an exciting “Breakout Tour” schedule, which sees the band hitting venues in Colorado, Milwaukee, Chicago and more! Check out information for the newly-announced show in the image below.You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for more details about all things Spafford.last_img

Phish Shares Jammed Out “Harry Hood” From Nashville In New Pro-Shot Video

first_imgWith Phish kicking off their Vegas run last night, anticipation is riding high as the band makes their way towards Halloween. This whole fall tour run has been filled with highlights, including a memorable two-night stand at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. While that run will be most remembered for the band’s collaboration with Bob Weir, the second night provided a number of fireworks of its own.One of the big moments in that show’s second set was a big “Harry Hood” as part of a six song second set. Fortunately, Phish has shared an official pro-shot video of the big “Hood” from that show.Watch Phish’s new pro-shot “Harry Hood” video, streaming below.Phish continues their run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight, October 29th. Check out the setlist from this Nashville show, below.Setlist: Phish at Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN – 10/19/16Set 1: Theme From the Bottom, Camel Walk, My Soul, Petrichor, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, My Sweet One, Waking Up Dead, Halfway to the Moon, Running Out of Time[1], Tube, Shine a LightSet 2: Golden Age > Tweezer > No Men In No Man’s Land > Plasma > Harry Hood > Suzy GreenbergEncore: Walls Of The Cave > Tweezer Reprise[1] Debut.last_img read more

Big Mean Sound Machine & Jimkata Rocked Rough Trade [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Big Mean Sound Machine and Jimkata teamed up for BigKata, an awesome double bill that rocked New York’s Rough Trade on Friday, December 9th. Big Mean Sound Machine’s groove-oriented songs, heavily influenced by world music, is a perfect match for Jimkata’s swirling electronic rock and catchy lyrics.Both bands brought the heat to Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, and thankfully photographer Capacity Images was there to capture all the action. See below for a gallery of his images, and check out how it all went down at BigKata!last_img

Watch Railroad Earth and Greensky’s Monstrous 30-Minute Joint “LeapHead” Encore In The Poconos

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass & Railroad Earth | Pocono Mountain Carnival Grounds | Mount Pocono, PA | 8/25/2017 | Photo: Sam Watson On Friday, August 25th, the Pocono Mountains echoed with incredible music delivered by Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. The event coordinators of the Sherman Theater Summer Stage created a two-day mini-festival entitled Summer’s End Fest. Friday was used as a focused co-headlining evening for the two jam-grass titans, while Saturday was reserved for local acts.No tour is complete without a few unfortunate hiccups, as many fans in attendance purchased tickets to see the original co-headlining bill of moe. and Railroad Earth. After moe.’s beloved bassist, Rob Derhak’s, devastating cancer diagnosis forced the band to take an indefinite hiatus, Greensky was summoned from the mountains as traveling companions to Railroad Earth. Adding insult to injury, RRE’s multi-talented Andy Goessling was also taken out of the lineup due to recent medical treatments and was replaced by the genre-eclectic Matt Slocum on keys for most of the tour, though Goessling triumphantly returned to the stage last week. The overwhelmingly grassy engagement and newly formed bill has been a stellar example of musicians stepping up to the plate to help one another in times of need and unifying in the name of good music.Greensky Bluegrass opened the show with “Burn Them” and “The Four,” which are both found on the 2014 album, If Sorrows Swim. As the sun dropped behind the Poconos creating a stellar sunset painted by the gods, the group moved into “Run or Die,” and attendees began to realize that this lightly attended tour finale would be an extremely intimate affair. Greensky’s comedic relief and dobro aficionado, Anders Beck (or “Ders” for short), commented on how meaningful it was to tour with “the band that taught them everything they know”—Railroad Earth.The opening track to 2011’s Handguns, “Don’t Lie,” took the eighth spot of the set and showcased Greensky’s improvisational talents, with the group transforming the five-minute studio tune into a twenty-minute live monster. Founding members Dave Bruzza and Paul Hoffman went on a cosmic journey with their guitar and mandolin as the infamous light show shocked and awed first-time viewers. The quintet momentarily slowed things down with two numbers off their critically acclaimed 2016 release, Shouted, Written Down and Quoted—“Fixin’ to Ruin” and “Past My Prime”—only to launch into an energetic and extended “Kerosene.” As if the “Kerosene” wasn’t enough to ignite the fire on the lawn, Phish’s “Chalk Dust Torture” was covered in outstanding fashion to close out the set.  Greensky’s love for Vermont’s fab four is no secret and their ability to bring the heat with the lack of Jon Fishman (or any drummer for that matter) is most impressive.During the brief stage transition, fans buzzed in anticipation for the Railroad Earth set. The New Jersey natives have developed a huge following in their seventeen-year run, and many of those early fans had found themselves in the Poconos, which is only a short drive from the Garden State. “Storms” started things off and seemed oddly placed as lead singer and principle songwriter, Todd Sheaffer, sang about thunder, rain buckets, and rumbles under a clear August night sky in Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, the emotional lyrics and crisp playing hit the fans in the soft-spot that only RRE can conjure.After a straightforward “Walk Beside Me,” the six-piece floated into “When the Sun Gets in Your Blood” from the 2014 album, Last of the Outlaws. This particular rendition saw violinist Tim Carbone make his exceptional playing look easy, while mandolinist John Skehan plucked and shined. The sun has been a topic of discussion over the past week due to the total solar eclipse casting its shadow over the land of the brave and free on Monday, August 21st—therefore this tune held a special feel on Friday night. Monday saw tens of millions of people standing together in unity to watch as the sun disappeared from the sky, giving us the feeling of togetherness that is so relatable at a Railroad show.After a spiritually uplifting “Happy Song” and the newly released “Addin’ My Voice” off the Captain Nowhere EP, Sheaffer dedicated the fan favorite “Lovin’ You” to Melissa and Johnny Grubb on their 11th wedding anniversary. Old-school fans remember Grubb as an influential bassist in the group before playing his final show on 12/31/09. While RRE has found a strong replacement in Andrew Altman since 2010, Grubb always holds a special place in their hearts and minds of fans and members alike. Picking up steam after the emotional dedication, “Colorado” led into “Face with a Hole” into “Seven Story Mountain” to the delight of the friendly and engaged crowd. The enlightened story-telling of “Seven Story Mountain” fit perfectly in the mountain setting of the Poconos before “Everything Comes Together” closed the set and literally helped everything come together in the encore.The Greensky “camp” and Railroad Earth “hobos” can both agree that the dual encore was instantly legendary. After driving through the majestic Delaware Water Gap during the day to arrive at the Poconos Carnival Grounds just before sunset, there was a feeling that this tour finale would be a special one before the first string was plucked.  Both bands unified on stage to create the “LeapHead” mash-up, which weaved together Greensky’s “Leap Year” and Railroad’s “Head” for over a half an hour of continuous blissed-out bluegrass. Channeling a higher power, the twelve-piece band also welcomed the aforementioned Johnny Grubb on stage as the third bassist of this insane conglomeration of talent.  While the waves of jamming sounded choppy at times with all those strings on stage, the energy given off by the gathering will be remembered and discussed for years to come.Where one road ends another begins.  Railroad Earth will be making appearances at four different music festivals before their three-night New Year’s Run in Colorado. Greensky Bluegrass also plans on keeping their wheels in motion with an extensive fall tour before raging in Chicago for their NYE festivities. You can check out photos from Friday’s performance in Pennsylvania below, courtesy of Sam Watson.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Pocono Mountain Carnival Grounds | Mount Pocono, PA | 8/25/2017Set: Burn Them, The Four, Run or Die, Room Without a Roof, Bringing in the Georgia Mail, Merely Avoiding, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, Don’t Lie, Fixin’ To Ruin, Past My Prime, Nine Days, Kerosene> Chalkdust TortureSetlist: Railroad Earth | Pocono Mountain Carnival Grounds | Mount Pocono, PA | 8/25/2017Set: Storms, Walk Beside Me, When the Sun Gets in Your Blood, Happy Song, Addin’ My Voice, Lovin’ You*, Farewell to Isinglass –> Chasin’ a Rainbow, Colorado –> Face with a Hole –> Seven Story Mountain –> Everything Comes TogetherJoint Encore^: Leap Year –> Head –> Leap Year –> Head –> Leap Year –> HeadNotes: * Played in honor of Johnny and Michelle Grubb’s 11th wedding anniversary | ^ Joint encore included all members of both bands, with a rotating trio of bass players, including Johnny Grubb. | Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Fan Starts Petition To Replace Minnesota Christopher Columbus Statue With One Of Prince

first_imgIf there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Minnesotans (and pretty much all people) love Prince. The late and legendary musician was a native of the state, and he died at Paisley Park, his iconic estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, in April of last year. The legendary late musician has been honored by the state in various ways since his untimely death last year, with the Minnesota legislature designating an annual “Prince Day” and the Minnesota Vikings paying tribute to the singer in various ways over the past year. Recently, one Prince fan has started a new campaign to replace an existing statue of Christopher Columbus in state capital St. Paul with a statue of the Purple One as yet another tribute to the musician’s greatness and his everlasting cultural importance within Minnesota.The Prince Estate Teams Up With Pantone For Official “Love Symbol #2” ColorOn the campaign site, Wintana Melekin notes, “Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. Here in Minnesota, communities are reigniting the demand to bring down state’s monument to Christopher Columbus, a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Black and Native peoples in the Americas. We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational.”Listen To Prince’s Newly Released Track “Father’s Song” Off The Upcoming ‘Purple Rain’ ReissueThus far, the petition has secured over 4,000 signatures out of its goal of 5,000. You can check out the campaign site here. [H/T Pitchfork; Photo (Prince): Chad Anderson]last_img read more

The Heavy Pets Build Tasty Psychedelic Funk Paradise On New LP, “Strawberry Mansion”

first_imgFor The Heavy Pets, Strawberry Mansion is simply the next step in their decade-plus journey to hone their sound to the ultimate edge. Since their founding in 2005, the Florida-based jam aficionados have experienced exponential progression as musicians, though their recorded output over the last several years was restricted to three EPs, Two Horses (2012), Rags and Aces (2014), and Stolen Smile (2015). Luckily for their many fans across the nation, The Heavy Pets have recently emerged from the studio with a strong set of fresh, nuanced original material set to be released on Friday, February 23rd as Strawberry Mansion, the band’s first full-length studio album since 2011’s Swim Out Past The Sun.Strawberry Mansion kicks off with the harmony-laden guitar and island flow-tinged track called “Higher”, which quickly inspires wide smiles and lays down irresistible grooves. Twin guitarists Mike Garulli and Jeff Lloyd manage to merge so seamlessly that the track qualifies as both a treat and a feat. With the sunshine soaked vibe set, the second track, “Shahryar’s Rage,” is based around a funky organ lead that comes straight out of the mid-seventies funk renaissance. After The Heavy Pets utilize distinctly different styles for the first two tracks it should come as no surprise to listeners that the third song in this collection goes in yet another direction. “Second Sky” uses a laid-back acoustic guitar line to take everything down a notch for a slow-burner that still manages to inspire repeated listening.Saving the title track, “Strawberry Mansions”, for the middle of the disc again shows a mastery of the easy, breezy soul & funk of the seventies. The Heavy Pets manage to evoke the era without sounding derivative, thanks in no small part to the flair of keyboard payer Jim Wuest. That seems to be the theme of the disc: building something new using the tools and materials of the past. Whether showcasing crisp, sharp-edged, southern style guitar chops on “The Ibis” or the bubbling “Rainy Days”, there are flashes of the familiar throughout, but the whole always feels like something new and entertainingTo close out the album the Heavy Pets clearly assert that they still have some straight-ahead rock potential to tap into with the track “Invisible Coyotes,” premiered last week via Live For Live Music. Drummer Jamie Newitt and bass player Tony D’Amato, who provide crisp and popping rhythm throughout the entire disc, certainly relish the opportunity to get a little out of hand for once, and the results show their enthusiasm clearly. The song’s menacing, underlying beat and bombastic guitars cry out to be turned loose on a darkened live stage sometime soon Finishing Strawberry Mansions with a flourish, “Holy Holy” is an arching instrumental that seem to beg to be let free and soar.The big takeaway from Strawberry Mansion is the proof positive that The Heavy Pets still have the capability to produce stellar original material. The road warriors have already announced an ambitious slate of gigs in support of the new album. With a fantastic new album on its way and an extensive album release tour on the docket, now is a great time to be a Heavy Pets fan…let’s just hope the wait for the follow-up to this wonderful album isn’t as long as last time.You can now purchase ‘Strawberry Mansion’ on Bandcamp or stream it via Spotify.The Heavy Pets will officially celebrate the release of Strawberry Mansion with an official hometown LP Release Party at Ft. Lauderdale’s Culture Room on Friday, February 23rd. The band will set out on an extensive tour from there. For a full list of upcoming Heavy Pets dates, or to grab your tickets, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Buddy Guy, Billy Cox Perform Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ [Watch]

first_imgIn celebration of the release of a new Jimi Hendrix compilation, blues guitar legend Buddy Guy called upon Billy Cox and the Experience Hendrix Band to perform on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guy and company delivered a rendition of “Red House”, originally written by Hendrix for the Experience’s 1967 debut album, Are You Experienced?Every few years, rock aficionados are treated to another collection of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. 13 new studio compilations have been released since the incomparable guitarist’s untimely death, which is ten more than the three albums he released with the Jimi Hendrix Experience during his lifetime. The latest addition to his posthumous catalog—and the third volume in a trilogy of releases that includes 2010’s Valleys of Neptune and 2013’s People, Hell and Angels—is a compilation titled Both Sides Of The Sky, released last week via Legacy Recordings.Bassist Billy Cox, who was a member of several of Jimi Hendrix’s bands including Band of Gypsys and is featured on Both Sides Of The Sky, led the Experience Hendrix Band through the blues number with perfection, while Buddy Guy added his signature wail and guitar stabs throughout. Listen to Buddy Guy with Billy Cox and the Experience Hendrix Band perform “Red House” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below:Buddy Guy w/ Billy Cox and the Experience Hendrix Band – “Red House” – Jimmy Kimmel Live![Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]Both Sides Of The Sky was compiled from a number of studio outtakes recorded while Hendrix was working on a follow-up to Electric Ladyland between January 1968 and February 1970. Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies collaborators Buddy Miles (drums) and Billy Cox (bass) join him for most of the tracks, though his Experience bandmates Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Noel Redding (bass) can be heard on one of the tunes.Additionally, the release features appearances by Stephen Stills—who joins Hendrix for his own “$20 Fine” as well as a rendition of Joni Mitchell‘s “Woodstock”—and another effort with Johnny Winter, who contributes his chops to a cover of Guitar Slim’s “Things I Used To Do”. Saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood also helps out with a lengthy take on the Hendrix rarity “Georgia Blues”. Learn more, and listen to the full album here.last_img read more

Galactic Announces 2018 NYE Show In New Orleans

first_imgFunk and jazz jam act Galactic has announced plans for a New Year’s Eve show in their hometown of New Orleans, as the band will play Tipitina’s on December 31st. The announcement comes as a stand-alone show, with no other plans for an extended NYE run as of press time. Frequent Galactic collaborator and vocalist Erica Falls will join the band for their NYE celebration.Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 9th, here.Over the summer, the late Galactic co-founder and former vocalist, Theryl “The Houseman” Declouet, passed away at the age of 66. The singer had long faced medical issues, forcing him to quit the band in 2004 given Galactic’s heavy touring schedule. “The Houseman” met bandmates Robert Mercurio and Jeff Raines in 1990 before the duo had started Galactic. The trio’s longstanding friendship continued throughout Galactic’s early career, with DeClouet serving as the band’s primary vocalist.Following his death, Galactic released a new single featuring the late Theryln Delcouet on vocals, “Can’t You Believe”. In a statement the band released, they decided to release the recording of the song they had been working on together this past year. The song features background vocals from Ivan Neville and Erica Falls, Shamarr Allen on trumpet, and Cory Henry on trombone.Listen to “Can’t You Believe”, Galactic’s tribute to Theryl “The Houseman” Declouet below:Galactic – “Can’t You Believe”[Video: Various Artists – Topic][H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Kiss Announces Second Leg Of North American “End Of The Road” Tour

first_imgKiss has officially announced the second North American leg of their “End of the Road World Tour”, which they say will be their last ever. The band’s current lineup features original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons as well as Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. After a 45-year career, the band’s initial retirement announcement was made on an episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent after performing their hit “Detroit Rock City” to open the show’s season finale.The second leg of Kiss’s “End of the Road World Tour” will span from August 6th through September 16th, 2019 across all of North America, following previously announced shows in the U.K., Europe, and Russia. The original announcement stated that their final shows will be part of a multi-year “End of the Road” world tour, so stay tuned for even more tour dates. So far, according to a press release, the first leg of the farewell tour has sold over half a million tickets.Pre-sale tickets will open up tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time, with a general on-sale this Monday, December 3rd at 10 am local time. Head to the band’s website for more information.Previously, Kiss expressed in a press statement:All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.Don’t forget, though, that this is actually the second time that Kiss has called it quits. The band had their first “farewell tour” in 2000 and 2001. As Rolling Stone previously pointed out, bassist Gene Simmons said in 2000, “There just aren’t any more mountains to climb. We want to go out in style with the people that put us here, the fans.” While band members returned to the road a mere two years later under the Kiss moniker, that was the final tour that featured all four original members.In 2002, guitarist Paul Stanley said: “People change their minds, and in this case that goes along with being a living, thinking person. What one says one day with total commitment may at another time turn out not to be so. Am I doing this for the money or the fans? Both, and let’s not forget I’m doing this for me.”The four original members, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley, appeared together in 2014 for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though they did not perform together.However, Stanley seems to think a real reunion is not out of the question. As Consequence of Sound reminds us, Stanley recently said, “This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”KISS 2019 Tour Dates:01/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena02/01 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center02/02 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome02/04 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena02/07 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena02/08 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Arena02/09 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center02/12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center02/13 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena02/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena02/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum02/19 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center02/21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center02/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center02/23 – Memphis, TN @ Fedex Forum02/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena02/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center03/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum03/02 – Chicago, IL @ United Center03/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center03/06 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center03/07 – Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center03/09 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena03/10 – Moline, IL @ Taxslayer Center03/12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC! Yum Center03/13 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena03/16 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena03/19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre03/20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre03/22 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum03/23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun03/26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden03/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden03/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center03/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena04/02 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron04/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre04/06 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena04/07 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena04/09 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena04/11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena04/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena04/13 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena05/27 – Leipzig, DE @ Leipziger Messe05/29 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle05/31 – Munich, DE @ Konigsplatz06/02 – Essen, DE @ Georg Meiches Stadium06/04 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne06/05 – Hannover, DE @ Exo-plaza06/07 – Norje, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival06/11 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Ice Arena06/13 – Moscow, RU @ Dinamon Stadium06/16 – Keiv, UA @ NSA Stadum06/18 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena06/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome06/27 – Oslo, NO @ Tons of Rock06/28 – Trondheim, NO @ Trondheim Rocks07/02 – Milan, IT @ Ippodromo Snai San Siro07/04 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion07/06 – Iffezheim, DE @ Reenbahn07/09 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Arena07/11 – London, UK @ O2 Arena07/12 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena07/14 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Arena07/16 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro08/06 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center08/08 – Charleston, NC @ North Charleston Coliseum08/10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion08/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live08/13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater08/14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center08/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre08/17 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena08/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center08/21 – Hershey, PA @ HersheyPark Stadium08/23 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater08/24 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center08/27 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview08/29 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center08/31 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center09/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre09/03 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena09/05 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena09/07 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center09/08 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center09/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center09/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater09/12 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center09/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre09/16 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle ArenaView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig Praises Twiddle During ‘Time Crisis’ Radio Show

first_imgIndie-rock heroes in Vampire Weekend have spent the last few days starting to tease out some hints about their next studio album, FOTB. The forthcoming album, which has yet to receive an official release date, will be the rock band’s first studio effort since the 2013 arrival of Modern Vampires of the City. The band’s frontman and primary songwriter, Ezra Koenig, will presumably have plenty to talk about when their first new album in five years arrives in the coming months. Interestingly enough however, Koenig recently spent a decent amount of time discussing his love for Twiddle during a newly published episode of his “Time Crisis” radio show.For all the indie pop/rock fans out there who curiously glimpse over the fence at the at the jam scene every now and then, Twiddle is a four-piece jam/rock outfit originally from the Vermont area. We could spend hours discussing how fun the band’s performances can be and why you should totally get tickets to their upcoming Tumble Down Festival this July, but why waste your time when Mr. Koenig has already shared his love for the band during a portion of last Sunday’s broadcast.Koenig made a point in bringing up the band and their song “Jamflowman” starting around 21-minutes into the episode.“Are we finally going to talk about Twiddle?” Koenig can be heard asking co-host Jake Longstreth with a laugh. “There’s a song that Jake and I have been talking about for a long time,” he continued when introducing the song from Twiddle’s 2007 Natural Evolution of Consciousness LP. “Look, we gotta be delicate talking about this because we first heard about this song in the context of people being hard on it.”The two go on to explain how they heard about the song from other friends, whose knowledge of the jam scene well exceeds their own. They also touch on how the online discussion boards within the scene can be a little confrontational, which should not come as a surprise considering the level of uber-fandom that exists within the realms of bands like Phish and the Grateful Dead.Fans can click here to listen to the entire episode in full.Speaking of Twiddle, the band announced five new northeast tour dates for their 2019 concert calendar alongside Lespecial and Gatos Blancos on Tuesday morning, so they’ve also got that going for them, which is nice.last_img read more