Matt Butler’s improvisational experiment The Everyone Orchestra, which employs a constantly revolving cast of musicians, has just confirmed a few Northeast dates. Conducted by Butler, each performance creates completely different sets of music through conducted musical exploration and audience participation. Members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., The String Cheese Incident, ALO, and Tea Leaf Green, among others, have all performed with The Everyone Orchestra over the years.We recently had an EO experience while on Jam Cruise 11, and it was extraordinary, to say the least. For this string of Northeast dates, the ensemble includes (via Jambands.com): Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth (Rubblebucket), and Reed Mathis and Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green). For the Philly show, Marco Benevento will open and join the group as well. Expect special surprise guest to be ann0unced for these performances in coming weeks. Dates for these shows are as follows:4/18 – South Shore Music Hall – Quincy, MA4/19 – The Blockley – Philadelphia, PA4/20 – The Cutting Room – New York, NYEveryone Orchestra will also be playing Raleigh, NC’s Southland Ballroom on March 7th and 8th.L4LM’s exclusive interview with Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra.Purchase tickets for these shows here.Here is a video of Everyone Orchestra set from Jam Cruise 11 w/ members of moe., Tea Leaf Green, Pimps of Joytime, Mike Dillon, Jeff Coffin, and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, just to name a few:
Well, this is pretty big rock news. Lead singer of Linkin Park (and still lead singer of Linkin Park), Chester Bennington, played an 8-song set with the brothers DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz as Stone Temple Pilots during a surprise set at the KROQ Weenie Roast this past weekend. And it wasn’t a one-off performance either, as was confirmed during an interview after the performance, and with the release of the new track “Out of Time” which features Bennington on vocals. Scott Weiland was officially kicked out of STP back in February.During the interview, Bennington and the members of STP confirmed that they have “so many good songs in the works”, and will now be able to come up with tour dates as “the cat’s out of the bag”, as they had to keep this union very hush-hush. Bennington also said that he is excited to work with both Linkin Park AND Stone Temple Pilots as the guys in his first band are all very supportive of each other and their side projects.When asked if Weiland was informed of this, everyone just looked up in the air, and finally Dean DeLeo responded with, “Possibly no. He changed his numbers years ago and never forwarded them to us.” Bennington, in truly class act fashion, added, sincerely, “We wish nothing but the best for Scott. He helped build the band….he is a great singer….helped participate in making some of the best records of all time….”Check out “Out of Time” here. It’s got that classic STP sound, but little fresher. We look forward to what comes out of this new formation:Here is the interview with the band from the KROQ Weenie Roast:Video – Here is some video from the performance (via FULLKROQSHOWS):
Music has always had the ability to inspire, empower, and uplift people, even in the most dire of situations. Any true music fan who lives, breathes, sleeps, eats and drinks their music, knows that feeling or sensation that a certain part, peak, or sweeping crescendo in a song can make you feel. Or perhaps the lyrical content parallels something that is going on in your life at a particular moment. Whatever the case may be, it is a feeling that millions of us can understand.In the case of photojournalist Andrew Youssef, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails recently gave him his very own moment. Youssef, a huge music fan that has shot countless bands from Atoms For Peace to the Deftones, Depeche Mode to LCD Soundsytem, and Rage Against the Machine to Van Halen, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2011. He has been receiving treatment for the past three years, has continued to photograph the bands he loves, and started a column called Last Shot, which documents his ongoing battle, along with his concert experiences.However, in September, Andrew wrote that his doctors told him that his disease had taken a turn for the worse, and he had weeks to months to live. Andrew documented the difficulties of coming to terms with this, as well as telling his family and friends the news. In the column, he also discussed how he had been listening to a lot of Nine Inch Nails, in particular “In The Twilight,” and how its lyrics resonated with him, “As the time is running out.. Let me take away your doubt.. We can find a better place.. In this twilight.” You can read that particular column here.Trent Reznor heard of Youssef’s struggles, and began following his column, and even invited him to NIN’s intimate shows at the Troubadour. Reznor and Youssef began to have lunch every day during the band’s rehearsals for their upcoming tour, quickly became friends, and have kept in constant contact since. Facing a “dwindling energy supply,” Youssef cut his schedule down to just two Nine Inch Nails shows, Nov. 8th in LA, and Nov. 16th in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, he was unable to make the Las Vegas show, as he was simply in too much pain to make the trip.While Andrew unable to make the show in person, he was still able to make the show, when Reznor decided to make a phone call to him, explaining to the crowd Youssef’s story and why he appeared to be on his phone when walking out on stage. Holding his phone up to face the packed arena, with the crowd chanting “Andrew! Andrew!” Youssef was able to feel the power of the masses in a truly uplifting moment of love, compassion, kindness, and the beauty of the human spirit as NIN went into “In This Twilight.”These are the moments that we live for, the moments that give you hope, that make you feel like we are all in this fight together, and the moments that you cannot soon forget. Catch a video of the beautiful moment below. Our thoughts go out to Andrew Youssef during these most trying of times.[via Consequence of Sound]
Someone working at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon knows a thing or two about mashing up Brian Williams videos to make him rap. Only a few months ago, the famous anchor dropped some beats on Snoop Dogg’s “Gin N Juice.”Now the master is back in action, with Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” As if Sir Mix-a-Lot playing the song with the Seattle Symphony wasn’t enough…Check out this hilarious video:
After undergoing successful open heart surgery two weeks ago, Primus took to social media to update fans about drummer Tim Alexander’s health. According to the band, the drummer is doing well, but the band has cancelled three of their September appearances as a precautionary measure.They also promise an announcement about their upcoming Riot Fest shows in the message. The band resumes touring on October 22nd at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia.Here’s the post below:
Between official releases, box sets, and archivist David Lemieux‘s series “Dave’s Picks,” the Grateful Dead seem to be releasing more material now than they ever have. Why do they do it? Because we love to hear it! The Grateful Dead’s legacy is timeless, inspiring countless musicians and music fans alike.Dave’s Picks 11 captures the Dead in their prime, at the end of 1972. The band had established themselves as a musical force, touring routinely over the past few years. Their musical catalog reached a creative pinnacle, melding folk, blues, jazz, and psychedelic influences into a live concert experience like none other. Sure, some of their best songs had yet to be written, but tracks like “Sugaree,” “The Other One,” “He’s Gone,” “Sugar Magnolia” (all of which appear on Dave’s Picks 11) proved that the Grateful Dead were serious about their music.The first and only performance in Wichita, on November 17 1972, kicked off with a rocking “Promised Land,” settling in with a few calmer numbers (“Sugaree,” “Tennessee Jed,” “Black-Throated Wind”) before busting out an extended “Bird Song.” Of course, the hometown “Jack Straw” from Wichita made an appearance in the first set, much to the crowd’s delight. The remainder of the set comprised a number of classics, including “Box of Rain,” “Brown-Eyed Women” and a sublime “China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider.”The real meat and potatoes of this show was the second set. From a 14-minute “He’s Gone,” we’ve hit the ground running, as the Dead work their way through an outstanding “Truckin’ > The Other One.” Real spacy jam, showcasing the band’s psychedelic prowess. The transcendent groove settles into a particularly touching “Brokedown Palace.” You can clearly hear the audience’s enthusiasm.Rounding out the set with a “Sugar Magnolia,” “Uncle John’s Band,” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” the Dead prove time and time again that they are the masters of the live performance. Picking tunes that span the length of their career, the band was able to deliver a masterpiece performance.Dave’s Picks 11 also contains bonus material from a concert just two days earlier, in Oklahoma City, including a wholly psychedelic, 30-minute version of “Playin’ In The Band,” a soothing “Wharf Rat,” and a “Not Fade Away > Goin’ Down The Road Feelin Bad > Not Fade Away” jam that showcases some of the band’s popular songs not performed in Wichita. All in all, this is a fantastic archival release.Check out three of the songs from the album via Dead.net.Disc 1 1. Promised Land [3:12] 2. Sugaree [7:01] 3. Me And My Uncle [3:11] 4. Tennessee Jed [7:47] 5. Black-Throated Wind [7:04] 6. Bird Song [11:01] 7. Jack Straw [5:00] 8. Box Of Rain [4:54] 9. Don’t Ease Me In [3:16] 10. Beat It On Down The Line [3:26] 11. Brown-Eyed Women [5:11] 12. Big River [4:39] 13. China Cat Sunflower> [7:10] 14. I Know You Rider [4:46]Disc 2 1. Around And Around [3:55] 2. Casey Jones [6:33] 3. Cumberland Blues [6:31] 4. El Paso [4:17] 5. He’s Gone [14:12] 6. Truckin’> [9:57] 7. The Other One> [19:49] 8. Brokedown Palace [5:57] 9. Sugar Magnolia [8:24]Disc 3 1. Uncle John’s Band [8:07] 2. Johnny B. Goode [3:57] Live In Oklahoma City (11/15/72) 3. Playing In The Band [30:57] 4. Wharf Rat [10:38] 5. Not Fade Away> [7:47] 6. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad> [7:12] 7. Not Fade Away
[Via Dancing Astronaut] Skrillex appeared on a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show, discussing the EDM genre, Deadmau5’s recent shit-talking, Paris Hilton as a DJ, and more. Here are a few choice quotes from the segment, with the full audio streaming below:About EDM Music and popular culture:“I guess naturally because it’s so new, but it’s the cool thing about it. There hasn’t been a genre or platform in music in a long time that’s been so criticized. Because it’s new and people don’t understand it, it makes people look old when they criticize it. The thing about electronic music, as far as the culture goes and the way the kids connect with the music, it’s a lot like a Phish show or Grateful Dead show; we’re constantly producing and making new stuff every single day on the road, and they want to hear all the new records. It’s almost like what a radio DJ does.”About Deadmau5:“The thing about Joel is that he’s kind of in his own lane. His attitude is very specific. He criticizes everybody. He talks shit about everybody. He was posting about me when I was first releasing music and helped a lot, released one of my first EPs on his label. He talks crap about everybody. You can’t take him that seriously or personally. I don’t know what his intentions are, or why he is the way he is. I never felt the need to be competitive with him.”About Paris Hilton:“It is what it is, if people want to go out and pay to see her. I don’t think she makes a million dollars a night I think that’s just a rumor.”The full audio can be heard below:All in all, Skrillex comes across as well-spoken, and attuned to the EDM movement that he represents. What do you think: is the EDM culture a lot like a Phish or Grateful Dead show?The EDM superstar was a panel member at November’s 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference in New York City for a Keynote Case Study on The Grateful Dead.
Wilco has announced a spring-summer 2015 tour schedule, with stops throughout Dallas, Houston, Orlando, St. Louis, and more. The tour will also take the band to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, which has announced several high-profile concerts recently, including String Cheese, Bassnectar, and more.Below, check out the full schedule for Wilco’s upcoming tour.Wilco Tour Dates:April 22 Dallas, TX—McFarlin Memorial AuditoriumApril 23 Houston, TX—Bayou Music CenterApril 26 Tallahassee, FL—Capital City AmphitheaterApril 28 Orlando, FL—Hard Rock Live OrlandoMay 1 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine AmphitheaterMay 4 St. Louis, MO—The PageantMay 5 Cincinnati, OH—Taft TheatreMay 7 Indianapolis, IN—Murat TheatreMay 8 Louisville, KY—Iroquois AmphitheaterMay 9-10 Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees FestivalJuly 14 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreJuly 15 Kansas City, MO—CrossroadsKC
Phil Lesh continued his Grateful Dead 50th anniversary concert series at his own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, honoring the years 1969 and 1970 in the Dead’s history. Lesh has been working through sets that honor each yeah in the Dead’s storied history, having previously played 1965 through 1968.Lesh, along with Scott Law, Stu Allen, Jason Crosby, Cody Dickinson, Alex Koford, Ross James, played two tribute shows this weekend, with the ‘1969’ concert on February 6th and the ‘1970’ concert on February 7th. The first night saw the band follow the Dead’s setlist from 2/22/69, with “Dupree’s Diamond Blues,” “That’s It for the Other One,” “St. Stephen,” “Turn On Your Lovelight,” and more. The full setlists can be seen below.The encore of the 1969 show was a jumble of miscellaneous tunes, including “The Seven,” an alternate version of “The Eleven” that was only played twice ever – once in 1969 and another time in 1970. They concluded the show with a cover of Junior Parker’s classic blues tune, “Mystery Train,” which was only played the Grateful Dead once (it was a staple of the Jerry Garcia Band’s shows though).Phil & Friends followed things up with a 1970 tribute on the next night. The band opened with a brief acoustic set, which included renditions of “The Monkey and the Engineer,” “Friend of the Devil” and “Black Peter.” The electric portion of the show contained a number of Dead staples, including “China Cat/I Know You Rider,” “Not Fade Away,” “Dark Star,” and a handful of American Beauty tracks, including “Attics of My Life” and “Candyman.”Phil Lesh also announced the date of the 1971 tribute show, which will be held at Terrapin Crossroads on March 1st. Check out the setlists below:1969 Tribute: February 6th, 2015Set I: Dupree’s Diamond Blues > Mountains of the Moon > Jam > Dark Star > Cryptical Envelopment > That’s It for the Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Death Don’t Have No MercySet II: Doin’ That Rag > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Love Light > Drums > Turn On Your LovelightEnc: Playin’ Jam > Silver Threads and Golden Needles, High Time > The Seven > Mystery Train1970 Tribute: February 7th, 2015The Monkey And The Engineer*, Friend Of The Devil*, Black Peter*, Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Hard To Handle, Me & My Uncle, Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Attics Of My Life, Good Lovin’ > Drums > Good Lovin’, Cold Rain & Snow, Dark Star > Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Turn On Your Love LightEnc: Candyman, Walkin’ The Dog, Cocaine Blues,*AcousticSource: Philzone.com
Carey is giving updates about this test of endurance via Relevant Magazine: Oh, Nickelback, ever the source of comedic fodder for many of us. In the latest of absurd Nickelback stories (which range from two dudes being arrested for saying “Nickelback”, to crowdsource funding to prevent the band playing in London), Jesse Carey will listen to nothing but everyone’s favorite Vancouver, Canada band for one full week – that is 168 hours, just for the record – in order to raise money to build clean water wells for those without the most crucial element needed for life. The initial goal was to raise $10,000, but has reached almost $19,000 with 5 days to go. God Speed, Jesse!Here is some additional info from the charity:From February 16-23, Jesse will undergo the psychological endurance challenge of listening to the entire Nickelback catalog non-stop for a week straight in an effort to raise money for charity. Yes, that means while sleeping, working, even showering, he’ll be listening non-stop. Only a few days after announcing the idea, already thousands of dollars were raised to build wells through charity: water. Here the guys talk about why he’s doing it, and what he’s thinking now that the initial goals have been surpassed.You can get involved here: https://my.charitywater.org/NBChallengeCarey answered several questions with regards to the challenge, including the following:Question: Why 24/7 of Nickelback?Answer: Because it is the ultimate test of human endurance. I’m willing to put my personal health at risk for the challenge. Obviously, exposure to such a large quantity of Nickelback is very dangerous.Question: Jesse, have you consulted a doctor?Answer: Yes, several in fact. They have all said that such an endeavor could result in irreversible damage to my ears, brain, kidneys and soul.Question: Is listening to this much Nickelback even legal?Answer: To my understanding, most jurisdictions frown on listening to more than 4 Nickelback songs back-to-back. I have retained several lawyers in case some hot-shot prosecutor decides to press charges.