A full gallery of Andrew Scott Blackstein‘s photos can be seen below: Load remaining images Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/25/16Set I: Pygmy Twylyte-> Spraypaint-> Rainbow Song, Spectacle, Helicopters-> SpraypaintSet II: Mindless Dribble-> Crystal Ball, Highwire-> She’s a Bad Mama Jama-> Mindless Dribble-> Orch Theme-> HighwireEncore: Frog LegsSetlist: The Disco Biscuits at the Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/26/16Set I: Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Bombs-> Shelby Rose (inverted)-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted)-> Bernstein & ChasnoffSet II: Hope-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> Mr. Don-> Home (LCD Soundsystem)-> HelicoptersEncore: Caves of the East (w/ “Check the Rhyme” by A Tribe Called Quest sample)-> Mr. DonFortunately, photographer Andrew Blackstein was on hand to cover the event. Check out some of his images below, and head down for a full gallery: Home. #lcdsoundsystemPosted by The Disco Biscuits on Saturday, March 26, 2016 For the last two nights, The Disco Biscuits set up shop at the absolutely beautiful Port Chester, NY locale, The Capitol Theatre. For fans of a band that is playing at the top of their game, tDB’s two-night stand at the Cap could not have come sooner, as folks traveled across the country for the group’s entrancing blend of jamtronica joy.After night one, bassist Marc Brownstein reflected about their performance at the venue. “Wow that’s a great venue! The Capitol Theatre was one of Jerry Garcias favorite venues in the world. I can see why. Beautiful.” The shows themselves were jam-packed with some of the band’s finest, inciting an all out dance party for two straight nights.Watch the band bust out LCD Soundsystem’s “Home” for the first time since Camp Bisco, below:
With the Dead & Company summer tour just two days away, the Grateful ensemble has announced an exciting new partnership with nugs.net to provide high quality downloads of each and every show from the tour! Fans will remember that quality recordings were notably absent from Dead & Company’s debut fall tour in 2015, so these recordings look to be esteemed items for any collector of Grateful Dead music.The new website for all Dead & Company show media is LiveDead.co, which already has audio posted for the band’s 2016 debut at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. Expect recordings from each and every tour date to be archived on the Nugs.net-powered site.In addition to the downloads, Dead & Company has announced a live stream for their upcoming performance on June 21st at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. More information about that webcast can be found on the website as well.Dead & Company tour kicks off on Friday, June 10th at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC. We can’t wait![H/t JamBase]
With GanjaWhiteNight’s recent resurgence in the US, the band continues to impress fans with their electronic/hip hop hybrid sound at venues and festivals nationwide. GWN’s music speaks for itself, but their newest release takes things ever farther. Teaming with famous Belgian street artist Ebo, the band has released a bewildering video of their song “Wobble Monster.”Check out the exceptional animated video from the band, streaming below.
Beloved rockers Pearl Jam kicked off a two-night run at Fenway Park yesterday, bringing their 25th anniversary tour to the acclaimed Boston, MA stadium for a sold-out monster performance. The show itself was chock full of highlights, getting started with an emotional opening “Release” before hitting big jams like “Long Road,” “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town” and more. One of the most fun highlights from the show came during the main set, when the band welcomed out Bronson Arroyo to lend a hand on the song “Black.” Later on in the show, the band also asked if anyone had a “uke” in the audience, leading to the brief appearance of Kevin Youkilis. You can watch Arroyo and Pearl Jam together, courtesy of mkdevoPJ below:The show also featured its fair share of unique song selections, including a pair of bust out covers: Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” (first since 2008) and The Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling” (first since 2004, played as a request for a fan’s late Father). The band also debuted a new cover, performing Aerosmith’s “Draw The Line” for the first time ever as a dedication to Joe Perry who recently was hospitalized during a performance last month.Watch videos of these three great song selections below:Masters Of War (by mfc172 on YouTube)I’ve Got A Feeling (by VideoGremmie on YouTube)Draw The Line (by smashedgourd on YouTube)Mixing these great covers with the Pearl Jam catalog made for a magical musical evening, and it’s only night one of two! You can check out the full setlist below. Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
Phish’s fall tour kicks off this Friday, October 14th, in Charleston, SC. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see more shirts from Trey… Last night, beloved jam band Phish made their return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, playing the late night show in support of their recently-released Big Boat album. Two years after the band took the same stage to play a track of their then-new album Fuego, the Vermont jammers returned with some breezy cuts for late night audiences everywhere.Anyone who’s listened to Big Boat by now will notice the album’s apparent horn section, played on the record by members of the Trey Anastasio Band. For this live performance, those horn parts on “Breath And Burning” were played by members of The Roots, who serve as the house band for The Tonight Show. The horn section included saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith and trumpetist David Guy.After appearances from guests Taraji P. Henson and David Harbour, Fallon introduced the group as one of the most “epic live bands ever.” Phish then came out and played a rousing version of their new song “Breath and Burning.” The band also treated the audience to one additional song, “Blaze On,” though that was released as a web-only video.Fortunately, you can watch videos of them below. (We’ll be updating the “Breath and Burning” video when it’s officially released, but the “Blaze On” was just put out by the show).
Just yesterday, The String Cheese Incident announced a tour that featured a number of exciting festival appearances. Of course, each of those festival appearances are their own unique experiences, and the Summer Meltdown looks to be an incredibly fun event in the heart of the summer festival season.Returning to Darrington, WA from August 10th through the 13th, the festival has revealed that The String Cheese Incident (2 Shows), Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Polish Ambassador and The Floozies will all be headlining. Additionally, the festival will include sets from The Infamous Stringdusters, G Jones, Opiuo, Elephant Revival, The Wailers, The Grouch, TAUK, Russ Liquid Test, Brasstracks, The Main Squeeze, Flowmotion, Polyrhythmics, The Dip, Polecat, Acorn Project, Yak Attack, SGB, Decent at Best, and Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers.You can see the full lineup announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for further information.
The Cream Cheese Accident and Kyle Hollingsworth Band shared a stage playing back-t0-back sets on Thursday night at Head for the Hills in San Marcos, Texas. The String Cheese Incident cover band was performing their regularly scheduled set when the SCI keyboardist arrived toward the end and watched on from backstage. Keyboardist Zack Morgan took the opportunity to tell Hollingsworth that the band would close their set with “Rollover,” asking if he’d want to sit in with the band.He did, and the musicians jammed through “Rollover” together to the end, making the dream come true for the band members on stage.Setlist: Cream Cheese Accident | Head For The Hills | San Marcos, TX | 3/23/17Country Road Blues, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Black and White, Bigger Isn’t Better > Best Feeling, Sirens, Barstool, Black Clouds, Johnny Cash > Kiss From A Rose* > Johnny Cash, Rollover^* Seal cover^ with Kyle Hollingsworth on keys[Photo by Christopher Paul Cardoza]
Anderson .Paak is currently on tour as support for Bruno Mars for his 24K Magic tour. The two make for an appropriately good fit, as the funk-pop superstar brings the emerging hip-hop artist throughout Europe and beyond. It seems that aside from wow-ing large audiences, the two also had plans to bring an exceptional crew of musicians together for a recording session at the legendary Abbey Road studio in London.Chic frontman Nile Rodgers and Disclosure producer Guy Lawrence joined Mars, .Paak, and his band The Free Nationals in the studio for what looks to be an exciting collaboration. The proof is in the video, though there’s no new music to supplement what looks like a damn good time amongst these guys.Instead, the clips, taken by British photographer Felix Dickinson who is currently on tour with them, features another .Paak collaboration: the NxWorries‘ Yes Lawd! track “Khadijah.” In addition to the teaser video, Dickinson also posted several candid shots on his Instagram. Check them all out below: We can’t wait to hear more of this exciting collaboration, and have our fingers crossed for a new album from Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals!
Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment have announced a joint campaign to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stax Records, Memphis-bred studio and home to the sounds of Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Mable John, The Mad Lads and many more.For the love of the music, this marketing collaboration will mark the first since Atlantic Records split with Stax Records in 1967. In honor of Soulsville, USA, curated collections of some of the greatest Stax music will be released on new hits compilations, vinyl LPs, digital hi-resolution remasters and deluxe boxed sets.The campaign kicks of May 19th with the launch of the Stax Classics series, which consists of “ten wallet-friendly collections, each highlighting one of the label’s biggest stars with 12 choice tracks and insightful new liner notes,” according to the press release. “Available on CD and at all digital retailers and streaming services, these albums will celebrate the prolific Stax careers of Otis Redding, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, The Dramatics, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers,” respectively.Additionally, both Concord and Rhino will reissue a variety of iconic Stax albums on vinyl throughout the year, including a 50th anniversary pressing of Otis Redding, and Carla Thomas’ King & Queen (Rhino), Melvin Van Peebles’ soundtrack to the groundbreaking Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Concord), rarity John Gary Williams from The Mad Lads front man (Concord) and Otis Redding’s 1965 classic The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (Rhino).Also, the forthcoming 4-CD anthology Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) will be released in August, 2017 to coincide with the multitalented artist’s 75th birth anniversary.In addition, both labels will collaborate on a three-CD Stax 60th set, plus a new installment in the critically acclaimed Complete Stax Singles boxed set series. Volume Four will focus on the diverse nature of the label’s catalog, featuring singles released not only on Stax and Volt, but also Enterprise, Hip, Chalice, Gospel Truth and more.For more information, head here. Listen below:
If you’ve spent any considerable time around the Phish from Vermont over the last 34-odd years, you’re no doubt familiar with the “never miss a Sunday show” adage. And if you’ve spent even one night on the musical game-board that is Midtown Manhattan over the past week and change, you’re becoming familiar with a newly forming adage, though one that’s no less true: For The Love Of Icculus, Never Ever–EVER–Miss A Baker’s Dozen Show. Especially if that Baker’s Dozen show happens to fall on a Sunday…Following Saturday night’s “Cinnamon” show, which saw more fingers in the air than at any show in recent memory, extras were plentiful outside the Garden early Sunday evening. But just because the tickets were there for the taking, doesn’t mean the excitement was any less palpable among the New York masses. The gravity of this historic residency has begun to fully register for everyone within the Phish universe (and even for those outside this beautiful bubble). The excitement and creative stimulus afforded by the nightly themes, the out-of-the-blue covers and rarities dredged up by the band’s commitment to no repeats over the run’s 13 shows; it’s all continued to raise the stakes each night, and the band has continued to exceed the ever-rising expectations. We’re now on the back half of the Baker’s Dozen, which means the band is not only fully settled and in a groove, but also crossing ever-more songs off the list, necessitating deep dives into their 30+ year-long catalog. On top of all that, Phish announced that the flavor of the day was “Jimmies”–understandably setting the rumor mill ablaze. Jimi Hendrix. Runaway Jim. And, of course, every Phish fan’s favorite Jimmy–that blissfully ignorant owner of an eternally unlucky feline by the name of Poster Nutbag…Phish took the stage at just about 10 minutes past 8, and proceeded to deliver an immaculate opening set filled with “white whale” song selections, big Type-1 peaks, and thoroughly dialed-in musicianship across the board. The band got the show on the road with the summer’s first “The Curtain,” prompting ecstatic cheers from the audience. The first of a litany of Phish classics to appear during Sunday’s performance, the fan favorite was played to perfection, before moving into a delicate yet rapturous “With” jam. Nailed it.A theme-appropriate “Runaway Jim” got the call in the two-spot, with Mike Gordon leading the foursome into a funky groove before passing the ball to Page McConnell for an impressive dual synth/organ keyboard run, simultaneously holding down the sonic texture and pushing the story forward melodically. Trey Anastasio hopped out front from there, getting dark and gritty before leading the song to a classic white-light peak. Nailed it.Gordon-penned Big Boat composition “Waking Up Dead” followed, making its first appearance since Mexico this past January. After just a handful of performances of the complex new composition—many of them somewhat botched—this version sounded fantastic, Page shining the brightest with his unhinged organ funk fills. It’s clear they’ve been practicing it, and it paid off handsomely last night. The song’s haunting slither seemed to portend the imminent post-Night 8 morning that awaited us all today, and its weirdness foreshadowed the dark, shadowy jamming that was coming in set two. Nailed it!The ominous atmosphere continued with a rare rendition of creepy carnival-kidnapping caper “Esther,” just the fifth since 2010 and the first since the memorable bustout-filled first set on 8/9/15 at Alpine Valley. After a raucous, peaking “Home” (which is rapidly becoming one of the best Big Boat tunes in the live arena) and straightforward renditions of “Brian and Robert” and “Nellie Kane,” Phish incited the loudest screams yet as they kicked into yet another pair of beloved early-years rarities not played since 8/9/15: “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” > “Fly Famous Mockingbird!” “Forbin’s” was joyous and filled with laughs (especially as Trey “censored” the “weary shit-ass” line to “weary carcass”), and the notoriously difficult-to-play “Mockingbird” was absolutely, confidently, emphatically nailed.The “Mockingbird” narrations also featured more amusing nods to the evening’s theme. First, Trey quoted the “Jimmy” lyrics from “Squirming Coil,” reciting them a la medieval poetry—”The words of the Helping Friendly Book are powerful, but you don’t need many of them, for lo, it is written: Lo…’Jimmy holds the Tannis Root, The forest’s tasty nectar shoot, The sun tips off the monarch’s suit, From sequined sash to shiny boot…” But of course, he just told us that so he could tell us this (taking inspiration from The Beatles‘ “Glass Onion”): “Here’s another clue for you all: The monarch was Wilson!…And here’s another clue for you all: The Walrus was Jimmy!!!”From there, the crowd already thoroughly delighted, the band launched into the summer ’17 debut of “David Bowie,” highlighted by sparse, focused jamming with Gordon’s bass and Trey’s piercing guitar leading the way. Chris Kuroda made spectacular use of his new toys on his well-documented favorite Phish song, putting an exclamation point on a nearly too-good-to-be-true set one. Throughout the set, Phish was a hammer, and every song they queued up looked just like a nail. All that was missing was a “Bittersweet Motel” to validate the metaphor—though there was nothing “bitter” about Sunday’s first frame.After a break, Phish came out for set two and lit into The Who‘s “Drowned,” a song originally sung by Quadrophenia‘s young protagonist: Jimmy. This “Drowned” marked the second time a big version of the song has opened a second set at MSG, the first being 12/31/95—one of the closest things the notoriously picky Phish fan base has to a consensus “best show.” The song continued the trend it set on New Year’s ’95, wading deep into the waters with a submerged “echolocation” jam, each musician tossing up lines for each other to catch and land with smoothly. Fish-powered bliss led to swelling Trey flourishes, floating across the sound mix side-to-side, the light rig never more appropriate in its “underwater marionette”-like splendor. The jam touched briefly on “Mountain Jam” before riding an unrelenting backbeat from Fishman and whale calls from Trey to a beautiful piano lead (cleverly juxtaposed with a cacophonous feedback loop) and, finally, dissolving into a billowing mist.“A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” followed, continuing the dark, brooding improv that had already been established throughout the show. This ocean song got some swanky lounge style jamming, evoking the same Genesis-type vibe they’ve hit with precision on several jams this run. Trey laid down funky rhythm fills while Fishman applied the gas and Mike and Page colored in the lines—really taking it out there, loose and open, catching connections. After a dissonant build, the band broke the vamp down to virtually nothing, bobbing on soft ghost notes before growing into tension-building minimalist weirdness. Riding the jam’s final waves, Trey locked into an ascending riff, accenting a drum-and-bass groove with a quick “Jimmy!” delay loop jam. “Jimmy” echoed through the room, and a single word crept into the audience’s heads—“Harpua??”—before the endlessly-chased song’s “oom-pah-pah” intro delivered on that suspicion, the Garden delirious with excitement.“A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”As the song started, stagehands brought out chairs for Mike and Trey, who sat down, crossed their legs, and proceeded to grab their newspapers and read. Trey broke the silence with a thoughtful exclamation: “Wow, there’s lumps in the cosmic gravy. No seriously, there’s lumps in the cosmic gravy!” With comically scholarly, “Schoolhouse Rock!” matter-of-fact-ness, the band went on to explain—in what appeared to be mostly Phish-y nonsense—a thorough reasoning of why in actuality, and according to science, The Universe is, in fact, a donut. The “Harpua” narration saw each of the band members joke and pontificate about the “cosmic fireballs,” “large-scale radiations,” “squishing,” “topology,” “submicroscopic loops,” nods to various Phish lyrics, and other silliness in service of explaining why, obviously—”DUH”—The Universe has to be a donut!It wasn’t until after the show was over and the Internet was surfed that fans seemed to discover that this amusing “Harpua” skit wasn’t gibberish at all. It was, in fact, pulled almost word-for-word from a 2003 article in the New York Times, titled The Universe As Doughnut, which presents a sincere, science-backed astrophysical argument for why The Universe is actually shaped like a donut. So it wasn’t “distress tubes” and “solar garlic” and “slicing nipples.” It was science. Data. Phish wouldn’t lie to us, of course—The Universe has to be a donut. And during this incredible Baker’s Dozen run, donuts have been our universe.[Video: djmaffi]After completing the “Harpua” composed section with a hilariously-altered refrain (“Poster is Dead, and the universe is a donut”), the band dropped into a down-and-dirty “2001,” featuring still more dark jamming augmented with smoke machines and “Harpua” teases from Trey. Finally, they finished the set off with a sing-along “Golgi Apparatus” and an a cappella “In The Good Old Summer Time,” which featured Fish lyrical flubs that only further excited the grateful crowd.For the encore—during which Trey wore an “Is This Still Lawn Boy” shirt, a nod to Jam-Filled night 4—a Jimi Hendrix cover seemed like a strong bet. “Bold as Love,” “Fire,” and even the rare “Izabella” were thrown around as guesses, but the band instead opted for another unexpected turn: their debut of Are You Experienced? classic “The Wind Cries Mary.”Wow. Just…wow. Just when you think it can’t get better on this incredible run, Phish exceeds your wildest imagination once again. “The Curtain With,” “Esther,” “Forbins” > “Mockingbird,” “Bowie,” “Harpua” all in the same show?! Lots of dark, dirty, weird improv? Barely a single note misplaced throughout the night? And a Hendrix cover debut taboot? The Baker’s Dozen refuses to disappoint. The band is on an incredible hot streak, making magic at every turn—and we’ve still got 5 more nights to go! What a time to be a Phish fan…[cover photo by Instagram user type2photography]Hot Takes:Repeat Watch: Ok, at this point I think we can all agree that “repeat watch” is pretty much on auto-pilot. But for posterity’s sake: Over the course of the first 8 nights of the Baker’s Dozen, Phish has played 145 different songs, and hasn’t repeated a single one.Today’s Donut: “Jimmies” [“Runaway Jim”; “Fly Famous Mockingbird” (“The Walrus was Jimmy!“); “Drowned” (sung from the perspective of Jimmy in The Who’s Quadrophenia); “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” (“Jimmy!” delay loop quotes from Trey); “Harpua”, “The Wind Cries Mary” (by Jimi Hendrix)]We Tired Yet?: Going into Sunday’s show? Sure. Coming out? Never felt more energized. Almost upset that we don’t have a show tonight. But then again, there’s a mountain of laundry building up and the new Game of Thrones burning a hole in the DVR…maybe a day off isn’t such a bad idea. See you Tuesday!SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 8 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/30/17SET 1: The Curtain With > Runaway Jim, Waking Up Dead, Esther, Home, Brian and Robert, Nellie Kane, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > David BowieSET 2: Drowned, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, Harpua > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Golgi Apparatus, In The Good Old Summer TimeENCORE: The Wind Cries Mary Phish debut.