We’re all familiar with the peaceful sound of a “chorus” of crickets chirping away on a warm summer evening. But as one composer discovered when he slowed down a recording of chirping crickets, the insects’ songs bare an uncanny resemblance to an actual human choir. Take a listen below:The recording contains two tracks played simultaneously. One is an un-manipulated recording of the insects. The other is the same recording slowed way down, highlighting the transformation from bug sounds to beautiful harmonies. Explains composer Jim Wilson, “I discovered that when I slowed down this recording to various levels, this simple familiar sound began to morph into something very mystic and complex…almost human.”You can purchase a copy of the project, titled God’s Chorus Of Crickets, here.
The Allman Brothers Band were broken up for most of the 1980s. The band fizzled out in 1982, two years after firing beloved original drummer Jaimoe, and no one knew if they’d see the famous band play together again. That all changed in 1986, when the band were invited by the Charlie Daniels Band to play at their annual Volunteer Jam, which took place that year at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, TN.Daniels himself introduced the band, before Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe took the stage, flanked by Dan Toler and Chuck Leavell, as well as Bruce Waibel and Jerry McCoy. The reunited Allman Brothers Band then turned in an electric sixty-minute set that marked their first performance as a band in over four years.The night turned into a veritable greatest hits show, opening with their classic cover of “Statesboro Blues” before performing gorgeous versions of “Blue Sky” and “One Way Out”. They took on the exploratory “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”, before the dream set continued with “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica”. The night concluded with a raucous take on the band’s traditional show-closer, “Whipping Post”.Thanks to Music Vault‘s dedicated Allman Brothers YouTube channel, you can watch this set below, in all of its glory. The band are still young and full of energy, with Betts standing out for his absolutely incredible guitar playing. Check out the video below, and enjoy the 1986 reunion of the Allman Brothers!
The Mad Tea Party Jam 6 has just emerged with their 2017 lineup, and it’s looking great! Returning to Four Quarters Farm in Artemas, PA from June 15th through the 18th, the festival has revealed a lineup that includes Papadosio performing three times as the headliners, with TAUK (x2) and BIG Something (x3) each topping the bill as well.There’s plenty to love about the lineup, which now includes Spafford (x2), Aqueous (x2), Electric Love Machine – Led Zeppelin Tribute, LITZ (x2), The Fritz (x2), After Funk, Isaac Teel & Mike Healy Drum Shed, Erothyme, Earphorik, Spaceship Earth, Teddy Midnight Presents Saturday Late Night All-Stars, and many more!Scope the full lineup announcement below, and head to the Mad Tea Party Jam website for all the details.
Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead-fame celebrated the start of Passover on Monday at his iconic venue Terrapin Crossroads. The venue is hosting a two-night of celebration, last night and tonight, for the Jewish holiday, where participants are invited to share in a traditional meal and seder, and an intimate musical performance featuring Phil Lesh, Dan ‘Lebo’ Lebowitz, Ross James, Scott Guberman & Ezra Lipp with Jeannette Ferber.Honoring the special tradition, on Monday evening, Phil read from Terrapin Crossroads’ custom Terrapin Nation Haggadah and recounted the story of the Passover. You can watch a video of his telling below, courtesy of MarkoVision Films. [H/T Relix]
Yesterday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their ongoing weekly “RAD TRACKS” video series with a brand new pro-shot video from the band’s March 18th, 2017 performance at Brooklyn Bowl with Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge filling in while regular bassist Dave Dreiwitz was pulling Ween duty in Chicago.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Tribute Chuck Berry, Cover “Liz Reed” And More In Brooklyn Finale [Photos/Review]The band has previously shared footage of their cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” from the same performance as part of the RAD TRACKS series, and this week they have added another selection from their 3/18/17 performance to the list: their set-closing “Duo Jam” (from Joe Russo and Marco Benevento) -> “Ruben & Cherise” -> “Viola Lee Blues” (featuring a pronounced “China Cat Sunflower” tease) with help from tenor sax man Stuart Bogie.The three Brooklyn Bowl shows featuring Oteil proved to be the beginning of a potent musical partnership between the Almost Dead crew and the veteran bassist. Later that month Burbridge and fellow Dead & Company member Jeff Chimenti joined the band for an unforgettable “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (& Company)” set at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. Later, after weather forced the band to move their Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut inside to 1st Bank Center (making it their arena debut instead), Russo and company announced a rescheduled Red Rocks date for later this year, once again featuring Oteil subbing in on bass.The video marks the 94th edition of “RAD TRACKS,” shot and edited by Sean Smith of Foggy Notions Productions. You can download the video here or watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s full Duo Jam jam with Oteil Burbridge and Stuart Bogie from Brooklyn Bowl on 3/18/17 below, via the band’s YouTube page:Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a performance at Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA on July 16th. For a full list of upcoming dates, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via Andrew Blackstein]
It looks like The Rolling Stones‘ follow-up to their 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome, sooner rather than later. In the most recent installment of Keith Richards‘ fan Q&A web series, “Ask Keith Richards,” the legendary Stones guitarist let slip that the band will be heading back to the studio “very shortly,” and will “cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next.” This spells good news for fans of the band, as it seems to suggest that they are working on their first set of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.The Rolling Stones Tap Into Their Blues Roots With Eric Clapton On “Blue & Lonesome” [Album Review]In addition, Richards alluded to the surprisingly enjoyable experience of making Blue & Lonesome, explaining that it “caught [us] a little by surprise,” and significantly raised the odds for a second blues installation. “I don’t think we’re going to sucker into that straight away,” the guitarist stated. “But then it wouldn’t take a twist of the arm to do some more of that. It’s such fun to record, and there’s plenty more where that came from. I just think the Stones have used it as a boost to their energy and viability in this day and age and see what we can come up with next.”While we wait for more news on this, fans of The Rolling Stones can get excited for the coming release of Rolling Stones on Air in the Sixties, a new book/DVD package set that collects all of the group’s radio and TV spots from the influential decade.[h/t – Rolling Stone][Cover photo via Getty Images/Michael Hickey]
At the end of August, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead announced the majority of their 2017 fall tour dates ahead of their headlining debut at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The group announced a string of runs, including a six-date residency at Brooklyn Bowl in October, a three-night run across California in November, and a two-night stand at Boston’s House of Blues in December. With the earlier announcement, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead also said to expect two more show announcements to round out the band’s dates for 2017—bringing their remaining shows up to thirteen (or fifteen including the band’s festival appearances at Suwannee Hulaween and Dominican Holidaze). Now, the wait is over for fans who’ve been speculating what those final two shows of the year will be with the announcement of two shows at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania falling around the Thanksgiving holiday.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Makes A Grand, Phish-Laced Red Rocks Debut With Oteil Burbridge [Video/Photo]Tickets for the Friday, November 24th, show are available here, while tickets for the Saturday, November 25th, show are available here. The band Facebook pre-sale begins Thursday, September 7th, at 12 p.m. (EST), while the venue pre-sale begins Friday, September 8th, at 12 p.m. (EST). The regular on-sale begins the following day on Saturday, September 9th, at 12 p.m. (EST). Thursday’s Facebook pre-sale will be password protected, with the password going out on Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Facebook page at 12 p.m. (EST) here. Don’t miss out, and see you there![Photo: Bill McAlaine]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Upcoming 2017 Tour DatesOctober 5, 2017 Thu – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 6, 2017 Fri – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 7, 2017 Sat – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 12, 2017 Thu – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 13, 2017 Fri – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsOctober 14, 2017 Sat – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY – ticketsNovember 9, 2017 Thu – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA – ticketsNovember 10, 2017 Fri – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA – ticketsNovember 11, 2017 Sat – Fox Theater, Oakland, CANovember 24, 2017 Fri – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PANovember 25, 2017 Sat – The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PADecember 8, 2017 Fri – House of Blues, Boston, MA – ticketsDecember 9, 2017 Sat – House of Blues, Boston, MA – tickets
One of the most talked about moments of Tuesday’s BET Hip Hop Awards was Detroit rapper Eminem’s controversial freestyle rap that took aim at President Donald Trump. Soon after its airing, the four-and-a-half-minute clip went viral, taking over news and social media, racking up millions of hits across the web, and eliciting responses from a whole slew of celebrities ranging from LeBron James, Ellen Degeneres, T-Pain, and more. In the rap cypher, Eminem runs down a list of criticisms of Donald Trump, briefly touching on issues such as immigration, corruption, hypocrisy, white supremacy, the NFL, gun control, environmental disasters, and much more during the short clip.Eminem Takes Aim At Donald Trump In Fiery Freestyle From The BET Hip Hop Awards [Video/Lyrics]Predictably, in the nights since its initial broadcast on Tuesday, a number of TV personality have riffed off Eminem’s freestyle rap from the BET Hip Hop Awards, with late-night TV hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers each offering their own comedic responses to the video. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show produced a scripted skit showing a couple trying to leave a parking garage and being blocked by the rapper, with the oblivious duo confusing him for Macklemore. Jimmy Fallon aired a hilarious imagining of Trump’s freestyle response, while, in reference to Eminem’s ultimatum to his Trump-supporting fans, Meyers offered his own ultimatum to his own viewers, jokingly quipping, “Do you support [Trump] or do you support this show… that constantly mocks and denigrates everything about him?”You can check out these late-night TV hosts’ parodies of Eminem’s freestyle rap directed toward Donald Trump below, plus check out the original freestyle rap cypher that aired during the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night.Stephen Colbert Seth Meyers Eminem’s Anti-Trump Rap Cypher Jimmy Fallon
[Video: Jarrett Morgan]With just a few of the many artists performing at Frendly Gathering this year, it’s clear why the lauded music festival has become such a staple of the Northeast. Its lineup boasts a staggering array of artists from a number of genres, tapping nationally renowned and critically acclaimed artists to head the bill. Moving down the lineup, there’s no sacrifice in quality, with the musicianship across all the artists on the bill sure to delight any music fan. Frendly Gathering will return to Sugarbush (Mt. Ellen) in Waitsfield, Vermont, this summer from June 28th to 30th. The long-running, fan-favorite festival will host the return of Twiddle, in addition to performances by Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Kamasi Washington, Trevor Hall, Emancipator, Kat Wright, Spafford, and many, many more. For more information and tickets, head to Frendly Gathering’s website here. Frendly Gathering has become a fan-favorite music festival in the Northeast, with the event returning this year to Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield, Vermont, from June 28th to 30th. This year, the long-running festival will host the return of Vermont’s own Twiddle, in addition to performances by Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Kamasi Washington, Trevor Hall, Emancipator, Kat Wright, Spafford, and many, many more. Highlighting the festival’s meticulous attention to curating a diverse, quality lineup, from top to bottom, its selection of artists in 2018 excels. (For more information and tickets, head to Frendly Gathering’s website here.)Vermont’s homegrown jam gurus of Twiddle will be heading Frendly Gathering’s bill on Friday, June 29th. Furthermore, on Thursday, June 28th, the festival will host a collaborative performance featuring Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis and Nahko Bear of Nahko and Medicine for the People during a special headlining set. Plus, given the ties between Frendly and Twiddle, the festival is likely to see the members of the group sit-in across the weekend, like when Mihali sat in with Big Gigantic in 2016.[Video: Frendly Presents]The band has become a staple of Frendly Gathering over the years, with the members of Twiddle becoming close to the festival’s founders, pro-snowboarders Jack Mitrani and Danny Davis. Twiddle has grown with the festival, slowly rising the ranks of the jam scene as the festival has consistently expanded each year. Most recently, Twiddle has been gaining increasing renown for their ties with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh—Lesh and his son Grahame sat in with Twiddle during the band’s first-ever headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and the next night, Mihali returned the favor, coming out to join Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band for encore.[Video: Josh Woodby]While Twiddle is a staple of Frendly Gathering, the festival’s headliners are primarily artists who have not previously performed at the lauded Northeast event. For example, on Saturday, June 30th, the boys from Greensky Bluegrass will make their debut at Frendly Gathering, closing out the event with their own headlining performance. The band has become one of the most famous and loved modern, progressive bluegrass acts in the country, with a rabid contingent of fans nationwide. Much of this comes from the band’s adventurous spirit and defiance of tradition, highlighted in their fiery improvisation and genre-spanning influences. In addition to their extensive songbook of originals, the band frequently incorporates tastes from other genres, crafting bluegrass-inspired renditions of songs from beloved artists like Phish, The Grateful Dead, Dawes, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.Greensky Bluegrass – “When Doves Cry” – <[Video: Hyphytek]Another headliner new to Frendly Gathering is Kamasi Washington, the contemporary jazz saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader. Washington is the face of a new wave of modern jazz artists, who have earned critical acclaim and reignited mainstream popularity for the genre. The depth and complexity of his sound is highlighted on albums like 2017’s audiovisual masterpiece, Harmony of Difference, and his sprawling 2015 effort, The Epic. However, outside of his own solo work, Kamasi has gained renown for his many collaborations, which range from sit-ins with String Cheese Incident and Vulfpeck at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre to studio work with Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, and others.Kamasi Washington – “Street Fighter Mas”[Video: KamasiWashington]While Frendly Gathering boasts an exceptional lineup of headliners—also including Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Devil Makes Three, and Trevor Hall—the festival truly shines with its collection of artists as a whole. The festival has pulled artists from a huge range of genres, ensuring that there’s a little something for everyone. With everything from jam to soul to electronic to funk and the many spaces in between represented, this year, the independent festival has curated a truly diverse lineup from top to bottom.Kat Wright, the sultry and soulful songstress, will represent the local contingent, returning to the festival along with other regional acts like Twiddle and others, during her set on June 29th. Previously described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse,” Wright has consistently astounded audiences with her powerful vocals. A captivating performer with a dynamic songbook, her catalog is rooted in soul though draws influence from good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll and funk, as well as less suspecting genres, like hip-hop and jam.Kat Wright – “All About You” & “Come Dance” – Otis Mountain Get Down 2016[Video: Otis Mountain Get Down]Another exciting addition to Frendly Gathering’s lineup is Spafford, the Arizona-based jam act. In recent years, the band has witnessed a truly astounding rise within the jam scene—the group’s meteoric ascent is made all the more astonishing given that the group only recently began touring outside the Southwest, yet continues to sell out increasingly larger venues each tour. Best known for their immense improvisational abilities, Spafford has gained fans for their fearless and relentless jamming, setting themselves apart with their extended, unrehearsed jams that can span an hour in length.Spafford – “The Postman” – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI – 2/4/2017 [Video: SpaffordMusic]While Frendly Gathering’s lineup consists of many incredible live bands and artists, the festival has ensured that electronic music is represented. However, keeping in the lineup’s attention to musicality above all else, the festival has tapped Emancipator for a Saturday performance. Emancipator is one of the most lyric producers of our time, offering sonically rich, thoughtful, and complex tracks that range from downtempo and ambient to trip-hop and beyond. A musical mind through and through, Emancipator frequently works live instrumentation into his performances, inviting violinist Ilya Goldberg to tour with him in the past and forming his live band, Emancipator Ensemble.Emancipator Ensemble – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 5/27/2018
Back in 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp joined forces and organized the first-ever Farm Aid, with Dave Matthews joining the organization in 2001. The long-running nonprofit concert series seeks to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to support farming families, and since its inception has raised more than $50 million dollars. Following the highly successful 2017 edition of the event, today, Farm Aid has revealed its initial lineup and venue for 2018.This year, the 33rd-annual edition of Farm Aid will be held at Hartford, Connecticut’s Xfinity Theatre on September 22nd. In addition to festival staples Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews (who will perform with frequent collaborator Tim Reynolds), Farm Aid will also see performances by Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, and Particle Kid. The festival is also slated to announce additional performers later in the year.“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson said in a press release. “But today, they are endangered. Whether we live in cities like Hartford or the rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive, lasting change in our farm and food system and strengthen farm families to help them stay on the land for generations to come.”Tickets for Farm Aid go on sale on Friday, June 29th, at 10 a.m. (ET) online here and via phone at (800) 745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be also be sold, with their sale beginning on Tuesday, June 26th, at 10 a.m. here. For more information on Farm Aid 2018, head to the event’s website here. Farm Aid 2018 Initial Lineup:– Willie Nelson– John Mellencamp– Neil Young– Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band)– Chris Stapleton– Sturgill Simpson– Kacey Musgraves– Margo Price– Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats– Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real– Particle KidView Full Lineup