Listen To SunSquabi’s Super Funky New Single, ‘After The Rain’

first_imgAll Good Records continues to spread its brand of soul, funk and groovy Motown vibes with another week chalked full of surprises. SunSquabi leads the charge with ‘After The Rain’, released today as the band’s third single off their forthcoming ‘Odyssey’ EP. The three-piece outfit has experienced nothing short of a musical resurgence since debuting ‘SquabCat’, a fitting choice for past supporters and new listeners alike. SunSquabi followed up with the EP’s title track, which saw All Good Records’ head honcho GRiZ jamming along on the decidedly old-school throwback.Listen to the new groove, “After The Rain,” below:Odyssey is now available for pre-order via iTunes, with the album dropping on April 1st. Early birds who order the album have the chance to check out ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ featuring Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic ahead of its release. In an interview with Inquisitr, SunSquabi shed a bit of extra light on the previously teased collaboration.“Tequila Mockingbird” is the longest song on the album, so we really wanted to send it into space with a big solo in the middle. We’ve known Dom since our first show at Global Dance Red Rocks in 2011. We caught up at The Floozies show last year, it just worked out that we both had time and we had this song completely finished to work on together. He is a hell of a player and a master at telling a story with a solo.”Get funky!last_img read more

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Bruce Hornsby Will Sit In With The Roots On Tonight’s Fallon Episode

first_imgWith a new album due out this Friday, beloved pianist Bruce Hornsby is making a unique appearance on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Hornsby, along with Noisemakers drummer Sonny Emory, will be sitting in with the house band for the entirety of the program. Of course, that house band is known far and wide as The Roots.In the meantime, be sure to check out a streaming version of Hornsby’s new album, Rehab Reunion, as well as the first-ever Hornsby curated festival, Funhouse Fest. More information on the festival can be seen here.Tonight’s Tonight Show episode will also feature Jay Leno, Jeff Goldblum and Wale.[H/T JamBase]last_img

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The Nth Power Reveal Extensive “To Be Free” Winter 2017 Tour Dates

first_imgFresh off their recently released live album To Be Free (read the review here!), The Nth Power have announced a fresh batch of tour dates leading into 2017. The new shows include an exciting run through the Southeast, where they’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve, before cruising through the South and along the West Coast!This fearsome foursome may be eyeing 2017, but there’s still an Abundance of Nth Power love in 2016 too. Among many exciting shows, the band will be performing two very special late night performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, NY. Nth is scheduled to go on after a super group that includes Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Victor Wooten and Lenny White, bringing their high-energy brand of soul love to those who want more music. Details, as well as an opportunity to win tickets to these Nth Power shows, can be found here.You can also see the band’s new tour announcement in the poster below.last_img read more

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Watch Umphrey’s McGee Crush Two Sets At Suwannee Hulaween

first_imgSuwannee Hulaween seems to bring out the best in the bands that play there. The String Cheese Incident always delivers special themed sets at the festival, while acts like My Morning Jacket, STS9, Anderson .Paak, and more all turned in classic sets at the 2016 edition of this special Halloween-weekend event. Fans seem to really connect with the festival, and it creates the perfect atmosphere for bands to come in and absolutely dominate their performances. That they turned to progressive-jam titans Umphrey’s McGee to open the festival with two huge sets is a testament to the festival’s commitment to bringing in high-quality headliners for their audience.Umphrey’s McGee are one of the best touring bands in the country, delivering night-after-night of intense and precise rock music. They are a band that simply knows how to bring it, and when to bring it, and at Suwanee Hulaween they pushed all the right buttons. Headlining the festival’s opening Thursday night, the band wasted no time, opening with a fiery “Bathing Digits” > “Rocker Part 2” that set the tone for the rest of the evening. The band peppered their show with classics, with older tunes like “Blue Echo”, “Resolution, and “Wife Soup” all getting trotted out in the first set, before “Cemetery Walk”, “Mulche’s Odyssey”, “Nothing Too Fancy”, and “Ocean Billy” all ruled the second set.Now, thanks to YouTube user TheSoberGoat, we can re-live Umphrey’s McGee’s impressive performance at Suwannee Hulaween in all of its glory. See below for the full video of both sets from this awesome night.Umphrey’s McGee | Suwanee Hulaween | Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park | 10/27/2016Set 1: Bathing Digits > Rocker Part 2, Blue Echo > No Diablo, Resolution > Robot World, Make It Right, Wife SoupSet 2: Cemetery Walk, Bad Friday, Mulche’s Odyssey, Let’s Dance, Nothing Too Fancy > Speak Up, Ocean Billy > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Slacker > Ocean Billylast_img read more

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Perpetual Groove Offers Free Show Download In The Spirit Of Thanksgiving

first_imgPerpetual Groove recently wrapped up their first major tour in years, hitting venues nationwide for a run throughout the fall. In celebration of that tour, and certainly with Thanksgiving in mind, the band has posted up a free download from one of their more memorable nights on the road at The National in Richmond, VA.The free download can be accessed by heading to the band’s Bandcamp page, where they’ve set Live at The National as a “name your price” download. If you want the show for free, just enter $0.00! It’s that simple.The show itself is a two set masterpiece by P Groove, with extended jams on tracks like “TTFPJ”, “Playground”, “Teakwood Betz” and more! Check out the full show, downloadable by heading here.last_img

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Celebrating The Late Phife Dawg’s Life With Live Performances From A Tribe Called Quest’s Heyday

first_imgIn 2016, hip-hip legend Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45. Phife (born Malik Izaak Taylor) died on March 22th due to complications resulting from diabetes, making him one of an unreasonably long list of incredible artists to leave the world during 2016.Phife Dawg co-founded universally renowned hip-hop crew A Tribe Called Quest with MC/producer Q-Tip, DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White (who bowed out after their first album) in 1985 in Queens. Along with groups like De La Soul and Jungle Brothers (known collectively as Native Tongues), A Tribe Called Quest helped shift the hip-hop zeitgeist heading into the genre’s 90’s golden age. Known for their positive-minded, Afrocentric lyrics and pioneering use of eclectic sampling, Phife, ATCQ, and the rest of the Native Tongues flipped the script on rap’s then-inseparable tie to street cred and defiant, gangster bravado, making infectiously chilled-out, intelligent, feel-good hip-hop.Phife was a creative force up until the very end: Along with contributing excellent work to A Tribe Called Quest’s newly released final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, it was Phife who came up with the album’s name. According to an article in the New York Times last year, the other members didn’t know what Phife’s title was supposed to mean but kept it in place as a tribute after his death. Whoever Phife had been trying to thank, Tribe co-opted the message of gratitude to apply to their fallen brother.Phife, known as the “The Five Foot Assassin” and “The Funky Diabetic,” left an indelible mark on hip-hop and the lives of many fans during his time on this earth. You can feel his incredible presence and characteristic “self-deprecating swagger” on all of his recordings, and especially during Tribe’s legendary live performances. Celebrate the life of Phife Dawg today, on the anniversary of him leaving this world, by watching these classic live performances from A Tribe Called Quest’s heyday.Phife rocks the Arsenio Hall Show stage with Tribe and Leaders of the New School in this performance from 1992, courtesy of YouTube user elkashel:A Tribe Called Quest performs “Can I Kick It” on Showtime At The Apollo to an ecstatic audience, from ATribeCalledQuestVEVO:And, finally, you can watch some prime vintage Phife in A Tribe Called Quest’s 1989 concert film The Art Of Moving Butts In Europe below (when Jarobi White was still part of the Tribe), courtesy of YouTube user StyleTrial.Rest in peace, Phife. Thank you for your service.last_img read more

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Neil Diamond Officially Retires From Touring Due To Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

first_imgToday, longtime pop hit-maker Neil Diamond announced that he has officially retired from touring after receiving word that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. According to the official statement from Diamond’s camp, “The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects. Based on his doctors’ advice, the third leg of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been cancelled.”You can read Diamond’s comments on his retirement below:“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” said Neil Diamond.”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”In making the announcement, Paul Dainty, President and CEO of promoter TEG Dainty stated: “I am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil’s illness and his retirement from touring. I have had the honour of promoting Neil’s numerous tours in Australia and New Zealand, he is one of the world’s greatest artists and we and his thousands and thousands of fans here will miss seeing him tour down under.”On January 24th, Diamond will celebrate his 77th birthday and on January 28th The Recording Academy will honor him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards.For information of ticket refunds for the cancelled tour dates, head here.We wish Neil the best of health and the best of luck in all his future endeavors.Below, watch Neil Diamond sing “Sweet Caroline” at the Boston Red Sox’s iconic home field, Fenway Park, where the song has become immortalized as a team anthem, via the MLB YouTube page:[h/t – Pollstar][Cover photo: MLB YouTube]last_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Dusts Off George Harrison’s “Wah-Wah” For His Birthday In Nashville [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Ryman Auditorium stage for their second of four performances in the storied Nashville room on their current tour. The band began with the twang of Let Me Get By cut “Don’t Know What It Means, followed by the band’s first 2018 rendition of The Box Tops‘ “The Letter”. Another song from Let Me Get By, “Right On Time”, came next, followed by staple Leonard Cohen cover “Bird on the Wire”.The first older original of the evening came next, as the band ran through frequently-played Revelator tune “Don’t Let Me Slide”. Derek and the Dominos classic “Keep on Growing” came next, the Eric Clapton guitar part allowing Derek Trucks let loose and flex his continually-impressive chops. Fan-favorite “Midnight in Harlem” followed, placing a smooth spotlight on Susan Tedeschi for a lush performance of one of the bands more beautiful numbers. Finally, to close out set one, Tedeschi Trucks Band broke out George Harrison‘s “Wah-Wah”, their first rendition of the All Things Must Pass tune since almost exactly one year prior (2/25/17). That, of course, was no accident: Today, February 25th, marks Harrison’s birthday, and “Wah-Wah” served as a fitting tribute to the late Beatle on both occasions, even though this year’s tribute fell the day before Harrison’s actual birthday (there’s no show tonight).Set two began with the band’s new cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “Love Having You Around”, making its 7th live appearance after being debuted in January at the Sunshine Music Festival. The band followed with originals old and new, pairing Let Me Get By‘s “Just as Strange” with Revelator’s “Ball and Chain”. Next, they mixed it up with a couple of well-worn covers: Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” and Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”.The title track from 2013’s “Made Up Mind” got the call next, before a fantastic run of tunes closed out the set, including a trio of fan-favorite covers (John Prine classic “Angel From Montgomery”, soulful Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter go-to “Sugaree, and The Coasters‘ irreverent “Let’s Go Get Stoned”) as well as a powerful concluding “I Want More”. Finally, the band returned to the stage for a final number–Joe Cocker‘s “Space Captain”–to send the Music City crowd home humming and satisfied.Below, you can view a selection of videos from the performance. Tedeschi Trucks Band tour continues this week with performances in Lafayette, LA on Tuesday and Jackson, MS on Thursday before the band returns to Nashville for two more Ryman gigs next weekend. For a full list of upcoming dates, hit the band’s website.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Midnight In Harlem”[Video: Go See Live Music]“Volunteered Slavery” (jam>ending)[Video: karmacare1]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Angel from Montgomery”/”Sugaree”[Video: karmacare1]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Space Captain”[Video: Go See Live Music]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 2/24/18Set One: Don’t Know What It Means, The Letter*, Right On Time, Bird on the Wire^, Don’t Let Me Slide, Keep On Growing**, Midnight In Harlem, Wah-Wah^^Set Two: Love Having You Around&, Just As Strange, Ball and Chain, Leaving Trunk%, Volunteered Slavery$, Made Up Mind, Angel From Montgomery#, [email protected], Let’s Go Get Stoned+Encore: Space Captain=Notes:*The Box Tops cover^Leonard Cohen cover**Derek and the Dominos cover^^George Harrison cover, played for his birthday on 2/25&Stevie Wonder cover%Sleepy John Estes cover$Rahsaan Roland Kirk cover#John Prine [email protected] Garcia cover+The Coasters cover=Joe Cocker cover[Cover photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein, Capitol Theatre 2/21/18]last_img read more

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Ringo Starr Has Finally Received His Knighthood

first_imgNearly three months after Queen Elizabeth II announced that Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey would be named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, the iconic Beatles drummer finally received his knighthood in a ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace.  The honor comes 53 years after all four members of The Beatles were named Members of the Order of the British Empire and 21 years after Paul McCartney became the first member of the band to be knighted.Evidently, The Beatles’ 1965 honor was a somewhat scandalous event in its day. A few previous honorees returned their medals in disgust at the time, as rock and roll was still viewed negatively by a substantial portion of the citizenry despite the Fad Four’s unprecedented success.Things have changed in the last half-century, so Ringo’s knighthood was universally considered a celebratory occasion this time around. There was even some levity, with the drummer declaring, “I’ll be wearing it at breakfast!” after receiving his medal.“It means a lot actually,” Starr told the BBC. “It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.”Still, the rock icon wasn’t exactly sure how much his new status would change his relationship with the commoners. When asked if he’d like to be called “Sir Ringo” going forward, the drummer said, “I don’t know yet. It’s new and I don’t know how you use it properly.”[H/T – BBC]last_img read more

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Grateful Dead Perform Longest Song Of Their Career, On This Day In 1974 [Listen]

first_imgAnyone who has ever perused their way through the Grateful Dead‘s Wikipedia page can tell you that the rock band was known for their extended jams during shows. There’d be some nights when the Dead found themselves taking jam-friendly songs like “Shakedown Street”, “Playing in the Band”, or “The Other One” well into the 15 to 20-minute range.There was one show, however, which took place on this day in 1974, which heard the Dead take attendees on a wild ride through a 46-minute “Playing In The Band”, making it the longest single-song performance of their career.You read that correctly–46 minutes of prime Grateful Dead. The performance that night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA began with a 15-song first set–only in the Grateful Dead world is that not the headline. When the band returned to the stage to start the second set with “Playing In The Band”, fans had no idea what was about to hit them.Related: The Grateful Dead Launch ‘All The Years Live’ Video Series, Share 1974 “Morning Dew”It’s no surprise that the band’s longest single-song performance of their career took place at this time of their long, strange trip. The Dead were really rolling through the early 1970s with excellent creative juices flowing night in and night out. The band was also just months away from putting their performance schedule on pause for a two-year hiatus following nearly a decade of consistent touring around the country. Relentless tour schedules year after year did manage to form the band’s on-stage chemistry to the point of mastery where they could dish out a 46-minute song on any given night.Fans can listen to the audio player below to hear the entire 5/21/74 performance in full, including the 46-minute “Playing In The Band”. The official run time of the song that night clocks in at an impressive 46:43.Grateful Dead – Hec Edmundson Pavilion – 5/21/1974[Audio: Matthew Vernon]last_img read more

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