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Steely Dan are notoriously fussy when it comes to their pristine funk sound, so their performance at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend is all the more special. For their appearance at the historic venue, Steely Dan will team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for their first-ever performance with an orchestra.In an interview with the LA Times, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker talk about the decision to team up with the orchestra for new interpretations of the old favorites. “It’s gonna surprise us as much as anyone else, really,” said Fagen. “We talked to the arranger, Vince Mendoza, and we tried to give him some clues as to what might work and what might not work.”The Steely duo were then asked about how this collaboration came to be, since they are notorious for their particularity. That notoriety was mentioned to the pair, and Becker replied, “That’s why we haven’t done this type of thing before. I don’t know if we’ve ever been offered one, frankly. But for some reason we decided we were gonna do this one. I’m not sure why or why not. I guess at this point we feel like —”Fagen chimed in, saying, “We just like to live on the edge.” Becker continued, saying “And we feel like our band is our band. It’s very solid; they can’t take that away. So basically you’re talking about some fiddle players et cetera.”Still, an orchestral Steely Dan concert would be quite intriguing, and it’s all going down this Saturday, June 18th at the Hollywood Bowl. The remainder of the LA Times interview talks about Coachella (“It was funny to see all these kids wearing these designer versions of the Pocahontas costumes that the girls were wearing in 1966,” says Fagen), Desert Trip (“There was some talk of us doing it next year.”) and more!
Singer Emily Clark will be performing a special tribute to legendary blues singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt tomorrow night in Denver, CO at Cervantes Other Side. “Tangled & Dark” – A Tribute To Bonnie Raitt will feature Clark bringing along drummer Dave Watts (The Motet), bassist Todd Smallie (JJ Grey & Mofro), guitarist Sasha Brown (Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds), and singers Tanya Shylock, LaDamion Massey and Phil Johnson.Satsang will provide opening support, while Hymn For Her will keep the night rolling along after the tribute set, for what is sure to be a special dedication to one of the most iconic female musician’s of the 20th century. Tickets for the show are $10.To purchase tickets, click here.Check the Facebook Event Group here.
It’s been a rough week, and our friends at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong decided they wanted to give everyone all the smiles. That’s exactly what you’ll find when you watch this new animated music video for their happy-go-lucky song “Penguins”.The video features a pair of paper cut-out penguins having the time of their lives. Watch the penguins as they jump into water, play soccer, walk hand-in-hand, fly through space, ride the rings of Saturn, use each other as skateboards, tumble through the snow, and generally have the best time ever. Eventually, the penguins come across some Penguins Playing Ping Pong and they all rock out together on stage. It is silly and fun and just what the doctor ordered in these dark times.Says Greg Ormont, “We’ve had this music video in our back pocket for a while now, and now seems like the perfect time to give people something to smile about!!”Check out the video for “Penguins” by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong below.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continue their tour with Dopapod tonight in State College, PA, before moving on to Charlottesville, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Stroudsburg, PA. For full tour information for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, check out their website.
As we inch closer to The Russ Liquid Test‘s New York City debut on February 18th, the NOLA trio has announced that LowTemp favorites Exmag will join the bill as special guests for the American Beauty NYC performance.Russ Liquid & Andrew Block Dig Deep Into The Debut Russ Liquid Test EP [Interview/Stream]With the recent release of the 80’s-infused electro/funk album 1984 back in October, The Russ Liquid Test continued their voyage of exploration into modern dance music, all the while retaining a touch of that laid back New Orleans vibe. Along with guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair, Russell Scott (a.k.a. Russ Liquid, producer and accomplished brass player) delivers a groove-oriented sound that evokes classic funk/soul/R&B sounds with a futuristic spin that compliments the evolution of those styles in creative and tasteful ways.Exmag, the Brooklyn-based downtempo electronic and soul and funk trio made up of Eric Mendelson, Tyler Dondero, and Branx, has been wowing audiences nationwide since garnering critical acclaim within the electronic scene for their debut single “Creep Steady (Pt. 1)” in late 2013. Since then, the group has released their full-length debut (2014’s Proportions) and toured extensively behind it. Exmag recently opened for Break Science Live Band at Brooklyn Bowl.Purchase tickets here, or enter to win them below.
Following the most recent episode with Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick, Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth is back with a new episode featuring a rundown of the 2017 Shaky Knees Festival and a conversation with the three core members of new wave-inspired outfit Zipper Club.Turner and Seth discuss in length the Shaky Knees Festival, which takes place in Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA, and this year featured headliners from LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, Ryan Adams, next tier acts such as Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, Sylvan Esso, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dr. Dog, Saint Motel, and up and coming acts such as The Record Company, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Con Brio, and the aforementioned Zipper Club. The festival, now in its fifth year, is hitting its stride as it continues to expand on a diverse lineup of acts from across the musical spectrum.You can listen to the new episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth below:During the formal interview section of the podcast, Turner and Seth discuss Mason James‘ former band Cerebral Ballzy, a NYC punk rock act that saw a fair deal of success over the years, and how James made the transition from a style with plenty of edge to a band that, as Turner describes it, “what happens when you have the sophistication of fine art meeting the raw passion of punk, and you throw in a little bit of synth-pop.”The group goes on to discuss working with former Smashing Pumpkins member and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha, who produced a number of tracks on their upcoming debut album. The first time they worked with Iha was in a dingy basement in Brooklyn, NY, and had an immediate connection which continued as the band wrote additional tracks for their forthcoming album.Zipper Club also opened up for Tears for Fears on their first tour ever, as the band had played with Curt Smith at Coachella, had become close friends with the band, and the opportunity to come out as the support act happened rather organically.Lissy Trullie, who grew up in New York City, and was an art and film student at Parsons and The New School explained, “For the record, I was a huge fan of punk….The Queers, The Exploited….I was a little punk.” With drummer Damar Davis, the trio was complete, and moved forward with James’ vision of exploring diverse musical genres outside of the punk universe.In the live setting, Zipper Club is making a point of creating a multi-sensory performance, with a full-on light show, as well as stretching songs out while on stage from an improvisational standpoint. James explains, “Look out for the future, we have been improvising a lot recently….we are trying to expand beyond that. You try to take it to different levels, you try to do different solos, and make it a unique experience for every viewer. Sometimes it goes wrong, sometimes it goes beautiful, it’s that weird awesome thing you get at a live rock n’ roll show.”James discusses why he was amped to play Shaky Knees, as Turner and Seth began to throw some jabs at other non-festival festival’s such as Coachella, which are more of a scene than anything else, “[Shaky Knees] is full of people that want to see music. It has been really refreshing. Everybody was so nice.”Explaining one of the craziest gigs James ever played at a punk show, he says, “So I was in the UK, and we did an entire photo shoot of us puking into Christmas things….puking into Santa hats. So I used to have to fucking puke on cue. That was our thing. It is not a cool thing, everybody listening, don’t do this, please. It’ll just give you acid reflux and fuck you up later in life. But, that was our shtick, so we had a whole photo shoot of us [Cerebral Ballzy] puking on Christmas in the UK.” Nobody said the punk life was easy.Turner also attempts to get the band to divulge the ultra secret information of how they came up with the band name. You’ll just have to listen to find out….**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:Jen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & More
Electric Daisy Carnival kicked off on Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with 136,000 attendees hitting up the electronic music festival and making it the largest weekend music festival in the United States. Though the festival is wrapping up today with sets from Gramatik, Excision, Diplo, Marshmello, and more rounding out EDC’s Sunday lineup, the event got off to somewhat of a rocky start. On the first day of the festival, 3 News Las Vegas reported that 443 medical calls were made, with 29 individuals booked on felony narcotics charges and 118 attendees ejected from the show. Cheerfully, the following day, the numbers of misfortunes dropped significantly, with 305 medical calls, 27 felony narcotics charges, and 77 ejections out of the 135,000 Saturday attendees — bringing the totals up to 748, 56, and 195, respectively. While these numbers do seem high, considering the large volume of people in attendance across the past two nights, statistically, the number of medical calls, arrests, and ejections are relatively small.Electric Daisy Carnival Will Not Return To New York In 2017These numbers also come in addition to issues with traffic and festival lines, which left many concertgoers stuck outside and frequently dehydrated for upwards of two or three hours on Friday night. Yesterday, festival organizer Pasquale Rotella addressed these complaints with a formal statement apologizing and noting that changes were being made to cut down on wait times. Luckily for us, Redbull.tv has been streaming select sets from the event and will continue to stream EDC tonight, so we can catch the final night of Electric Daisy Carnival without ever having to stray too far from the couch. You can head over here to check out the show, ideally without racking up a felony while doing so. [H/T Dancing Astronaut]
You’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion in the last couple weeks after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, merch, and other valuables–were stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors, we piled up in a hatchback and drove six hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”Watch Mungion rip an amazing live in-studio version of “Schvingo” from 2016’s Scary Blankets below via the band’s Facebook page:A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. In the latest twist of this bizarre story, security camera footage of an armed robbery executed by five men in Dearborn, MI, just a few miles from where Mungion’s van was stolen, showed several of the suspects wearing official Mungion hats—the same ones that were taken with the rest of their belongings.Stolen Mungion Merch Worn In Armed Robbery Of Beauty SalonWhile the band still has a ways to go (donations are still open for the next couple days), thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion has hit the road for their first headlining tour as planned, including a pair of stops in Colorado, on 9/7 at Globe Hall in Denver and on 9/8 at the first-ever Canyon Jam festival at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.The Main Squeeze, Mungion, and More Ruled The World at Canyon Jam [Videos]On Wednesday, November 15th, Mungion will make their way to Manhattan for a performance at American Beauty NYC. After the crazy up-and-down saga of the stolen tour van, fans are eager to catch the Chicago quartet live, and the band will surely imbue their performance with the excitement and emotion of their current and ongoing predicament, because as the band says, “the show must always go on!”You can purchase tickets to Mungion’s New York City performance at American Beauty here.[Cover photo via Gary Sheer]
U.K.-based artist-to-fan ticketing service Songkick has announced that it will close its doors on October 31st. After a long-running lawsuit with Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the company has essentially been put out of business by its ultra-powerful market competition. In a press release, Songkick CEO Matt Jones made clear that the company is being blocked from doing business by Ticketmaster/Live Nation, and that, while Songkick is now being forced to close its doors, the legal battle will rage on.Songkick worked with artists to sell tickets directly to fans before they went on sale on major ticketing platforms like Ticketmaster/Live Nation. The giant ticketing conglomerate seemingly did everything they could to block the upstart company from making an impactful entry into the U.S. ticketing industry. Eventually, Songkick filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster/Live Nation, claiming antitrust violations and anticompetitive practices, a suit that Jones insists “will continue unabated.” The other side of Songkick’s business—a concert discovery app and calendar—recently split off from Songkick and was purchased by Warner Music Group. That brand will “continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.”Ticketmaster Will Now Be Selling Their Tickets Through SpotifyIn other somewhat-related though possibly coincidental news, Songkick competitor Bandsintown has announced a partnership with Facebook that will allow them to scan Bandsintown once a day to auto-generate Facebook events for any new tour dates. Songkick also has their own Concerts app on Facebook and has a similar app called Tourbox that works with Spotify, Bandcamp, and Hype Machine. It seems that Songkick is fighting this uphill battle on all fronts.See below for the full statement from Songkick CEO Matt Jones.Before I say anything, let me say thank you.Thank you to the artists and managers who entrusted us with their tickets and audience; to the agents, labels, promoters and venues that partnered with us to make artists’ visions into realities; and to the many – always committed and now nearly all former – employees of CrowdSurge and Songkick who worked tirelessly over the last 10 years with nothing short of a remarkable passion to better the live experience for artists and fans.With that said, I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist webpages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business. Songkick’s concert discovery app, which was sold to Warner Music Group in July, will continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated, with trial currently scheduled to begin in the second week of November, just a month from now. Many of you receiving this note have helped us immensely as we prepare for our day in court, and even as we shutter our business, we will remain focused on pursuing a legal victory and making the live music industry better for artists and fans.If you are an artist, promoter or venue for whom we have sold tickets to a show occurring on a future date, you will be contacted individually over the following three business days to arrange for payment. All outstanding amounts will be paid in full.If you are an artist, promoter or venue currently using our services to sell tickets, list shows, store customer data or power parts or all of your website, these services will become unavailable on October 27. On behalf of myself and all of my colleagues, it’s been a pleasure to work with you. Once again: thank you, for everything.All the best,MJ
In November of last year, the beloved soul singer Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60, leaving music fans around the world crushed. Jones’ story was one of triumph, getting her first big break at the age of 40 and, years later, overcoming cancer and returning to the stage. Throughout her life, Jones was a longtime member of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders, at New York City’s Universal Church of God, writing a number of songs for the group throughout the years. Today, Daptone Records has released a brand-new tune by Sharon Jones, “Call On God”, which was completed posthumously and features members of her lifetime choir on back up vocals.Sharon Jones’ Final Album With The Dap-Kings To Be Posthumously ReleasedThe beloved songstress wrote “Call On God” in the late 70s for E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders; the song was originally recorded by Jones and the Dap-Kings during the sessions for their 2007 album 100 Days, 100 Nights, with Jones laying out the vocals live with her band as well as the piano parts. Jones’ vision for the gospel number was so inspiring that the group decided to record a full gospel album, setting aside “Call On God” for the project, though the gospel album unfortunately never came to fruition.During Jones’ memorial service in December of last year, Pastor Margot Fields, the widow of Jones’ longtime gospel choir leader E.L. Fields, presided over the ceremony, and original members of the Gospel Wonders flew in from all around the country to attend the service, with Jones’ former choirmates performing a special tribute during the ceremony in her honor.Following the service, these singers joined Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings at the Daptone House of Soul studios, lending their voices to finish Jones’ gospel track that had fallen by the wayside, “Call On God”. Jones had always been adamant that she wanted background vocals on the track, so during this studio session, the members of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders sang with Sharon Jones once again, marking a truly cathartic moment as they adding their background vocals to Jones’ song that she had written for them back in the 70s.Take a listen to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Call On God” below.