By Justin CharlesLights All Night, the annual Dallas based New Years Eve electronic music festival, has announced it’s line-up for this years event. Each night will have two legitimate headliners; Tiesto and Avicii on the 29th, Bassnectar and Calvin Harris on the 30th, and Axwell and Ghostland Observatory on the 31st, among other top notch talent like Diplo, NERO, and Alesso.Lights All Night takes place in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, and promises a dynamic light show, live dancers, art installations, and New Years celebrations in addition to a stacked line-up. The festival will also expand to Australia in 2013. Check out below for the full line-up:3LAU12th PlanetAbakusAdventure ClubAlessoAlvin RiskArchnemesisAt Dawn We RageA-TrakAviciiAxwellBassnectarBingo PlayersBreak ScienceCalvin HarrisCookie MonstaCrizzlyDiploDoorlyFeed MeFigureFlux PavilionFuntcaseGareth EmeryGhostland ObservatoryGrizKeys N KratesLA RiotsMadeonMarkus SchulzMinnesotaMord FustangNero DJ SetNervoNobody Beats the DrumPlay N SkillsPopeskaRhythm MonksSander Van DoornSupervisionTiëstoTommy TrashWhite PandaZeddZeds Dead
The 5th Annual Snoe.Down Winter Music & Sports Festival, headlined by jam-circuit stalwarts moe., has announced several additions to their lineup. Marco Benevento, jazz/funk/pop quartet Tauk, electro-rock band Jimkata, and brasstronica quintet The Primate Fiasco have been added to a lineup that already includes:moe. Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk Strangefolk Floodwood Eastbound JesusSnoe.Down is set to take place in Killington, VT from March 21st-24th, for 4 days of music and activities, which will feature two special nights of headlining sets from moe. Artists will perform over the weekend in six venues from afternoon to late night, including a free outdoor concert on Saturday afternoon right on the slopes at Killington Resort.If you are looking for a great ski/snowboard trip with some apres ski fun, this is the place to be. Early-Bird tickets have sold out, but second tier pricing is still available. VIP tickets are also available. For all information, visit the Snoe.Down website here.
Weezer posted a 20-second video clip on their social media pages of themselves making a new recording! The band recently got back from The Weezer Cruise where they debuted a new song called, “Back To The Shack” where Rivers Cuomo sings about losing his way as an artist. Luckily, this extremely short new clip is reminiscent of Weezer from the 90’s that we know and love. The band is reported to be working with Ric Ocasek again, producer of Blue Album and Green Album.Weezer is set to play Firefly Music Festival June 19th-22nd. It’s been four years since the band released their last album entitled, Hurley. The album cover of Hurley depicts a photo of Jorge Garcia, Hurley from the hit show LOST, which ironically, aired for the first time ten years ago today.[via Spin]-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstella
The Endless River is the 15th, and supposedly final, record from the legendary Pink Floyd, created as a posthumous tribute to the late Richard Wright, the band’s long time keyboardist. David Gilmour and Nick Mason put the album together, drawing from six hours of extra instrumental recordings that had been left over from the Division Bell sessions from 1994. The album is created from various pieces of music from the tapes, as well as new material from the surviving members and studio musicians. Wright passed away in 2008, which naturally started speculation of some type of tribute from the remaining members of the band. However, time passed and no music came, so the world moved on, making the sudden release of The Endless River a bit of a surprise. The album is arranged in four unnamed pieces, one per record side, split into multiple tracks or movements, much like a classical work. This makes for an interesting listening experience, as the four works are fairly distinct. It seems best to approach them one side at a time. Side one opens with “Things Left Unsaid,” a clear reference to the deceased and Floyd’s discordant history. It’s a sweeping and delicate track, leaning heavily of Wright’s synth to create the canvas on which David Gilmour paints with soft, gentle guitar work. It’s an expansive, beautiful introduction to the album.“It’s What We Do,” a seemingly tongue in cheek reference to the band’s signature sound, is highly appropriate for what’s to come. Wright’s heavy organ work leads into classic Floyd themes, heavy synth lines set the scene, Mason holds it all all together with seemingly effortless, simple drumming, while Gilmour wanders confidently between the lines, laying down his signature guitar sound, a mix of powerful chords and loud blues influenced passages, and delicate emotional riffing. This is classic Pink Floyd, sounding like a track that didn’t quite make the cut on Wish You Were Here.“Ebb And Flow” is a short, quiet outro of sorts to the whole piece of music. It feels like release after the musical tension of the song prior, resolving the emotions created. Beautiful work on what sounds like a Hammond B3 organ to end the side. “Sum” is proudly weird and trippy, showing a band making music for themselves rather than a wider audience, which is the truest form of expression. Mason pounds out a huge beat, framing the track larger than life, Wright paints the backdrop, while Gilmour’s explosive guitar work plays out front and center. “Skins” continues to showcase Nick Mason’s chops, keeping that wide framework open, beating out an intense rhythm, while Gilmour plays spacey noise rock and Wright creates texture. “Unsung” is immediately tense and powerful, Gilmour’s piercing guitar shrieks through Wright’s fat piano chords and light synth. The intro resolves into a piano heavy track, “Anisina,” which is much more acoustic than anything else so far. The song is highly reminiscent of the B-side of Dark Side Of The Moon, especially with the saxophone solos. Perhaps a bit campy, but somehow comforting and welcome, like an old friend. The third side of the album is made up of several shorter pieces, rather than a few long tracks. “The Lost Art Of Conversation” opens on delicate guitar and piano work, the sound of falling water in the background. This is Wright at his finest, in terms of acoustic piano work. Mason comes in, along with some vibraphone type synth leads, and “On Noodle Street” has started. Unfortunately, this feels like a filler track of little substance. “Night Light” changes tone entirely, to a more grandiose, sweeping sound much like the first side of the album. It’s very pretty, but feels out of place with the rest of the side so far, leaving things somewhat disjointed. “Allons-y (1)” cranks out the big power chords and picked guitar sounds so distinct to The Wall, this again feels like a song left off at the last second. “Autumn ‘68” is a brief organ vignette, in heavy minor tones, with Gilmour joining at the end. “Allons-y (2)” brings us back around to the heavy “On The Run” style guitar work. The final track on the side is the poorly named “Talkin’ Hawkin’,” featuring narration from, you guessed it, Stephen Hawking, the physics genius, a reference to the fact that his voice was also featured on the song “Keep Talking” from The Division Bell.The final side opens with “Calling,” which is immediately weird, laced with sound effects and creeping synth. The bass rumbles unsettlingly. This track is downright creepy and unnerving, like something out of the score the the Myst game series. “Eyes To Pearls” is oddly bass-centric, featuring Andy Jackson, one of the bands recording engineers. “Surfacing” brings us back toward the stadium rock sound of The Wall, bringing in some vocals for the first time on the record, in the form of subtle background support vocals, no real lyrics.The first and only lead vocals on the album show up at last in the final track, “Louder Than Words.” The lyrics, opening with “We bitch and we fight, diss each other on sight,” are clearly directed at former bandmate Roger Waters, who left the band many years earlier after long years of infighting and anger. It’s a larger than life song, and almost seems like Gilmour and Mason are trying to burry the hatchet. A gorgeous, uplifting track, and a fitting end to an album like this. The public response to this album has been decidedly mixed, which may be partially due to the nature of the album. But, it seems unfair to view this like you would any other new album from any other band. This is Pink Floyd’s farewell, a grandiose work that reaches back across the band’s greatest musical achievements, ignoring the lines in the sand from years of fighting to create a final statement. This is a way of looking back fondly on a career of ups and downs, a fitting thank you to fans and each other. “Louder Than Words” feels like a genuine attempt at ending the fighting. The group is effectively dissolving, and with it decades of joy and pain. In that light, this is absolutely a monumental success.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith came out to Little Kids Rock’s Family Jam held at Facebook’s headquarters last week. Smith received the “Livin’ the Dream” award and helped raise over $85,000 to help provide music education for students.The award was created in honor of former Facebook head chef Josef Desimone, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2013.Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit that provides free music lessons and instruments to underprivileged children in public schools throughout the US. They serve more than 400,000 students at over 1,700 schools in 29 cities nationwide.“Music has been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember, and it’s pretty cool to be in a position to give back,” Smith told Rolling Stone. “Thanks to Little Kids Rock for taking the lead and building such an amazing organization.“It’s so important to keep music education alive in our schools, and to dedicate resources to giving back to the next generation of music makers,” he continued. “I’m committed to doing everything I can to support this effort, and Saturday’s event at Facebook was an absolute blast. Who knows — maybe some of the kids we jammed with will be the next Red Hot Chili Peppers!”Smith previously raised money for Little Kids Rock when he squared off with his doppelgänger Will Ferrell on the Tonight Show in an epic drum-off.Check out footage from the Family Jam with Chad Smith below.
After Bill Kreutzmann’s second to last stop on his book tour, at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA, the Grateful Dead drummer was greeted by some surprise visitors: former bandmate Bob Weir, as well as Steve Kimock and Reed Mathis.The brief set opened with some improv which lead into “The Other One” and concluded with “Cassidy.”Bill Kreutzmann Tells Amazing Story About Dosing The Crew Of ‘Playboy After Dark’ With LSD On ConanIt was Weir’s second appearance at the venue in two days, as he performed with Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson the previous night.Amongst other projects Mathis plays with Kreutzmann in Billy & The Kids. Kimock’s Grateful Dead roots go way back, playing with Kreutzmann in the Rhythm Devils and more recently Weir in RatDog.Kreutzmann will wrap up his book tour with co-author Benjy Eisen at The Chapel in San Francisco this Sunday, May 31.Check out fan-shot footage from YouTuber nowiknowuryder:
Phish has shared pro-shot footage of the extended “Twist” and “Light” jams from the recent performance at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Taking place on July 24th, the two tracks were highlights of an improvisational-heavy second set.A number of fans have suggested that there are teases of “I Know You Rider” around the 26-minute mark in “Light”, though whether they were played intentionally is up for debate. You can check out the video here. Read the full recap of the show here, and be sure to get info about the upcoming webcasts as well!If you’re heading out on tour, don’t miss any of these awesome afterparties:Philly, 8/11: Stratosphere All-Stars ft. Dave Murphy (formerly STS9), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Steve Molitz (Particle) & Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine)Colorado, 9/3-6: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Four of the most powerful voices in the world of modern Southern rock came together for another special installment of the truly special Southern Soul Assembly on Jam Cruise 2016! When JJ Grey‘s manager suggested he take part in the proposed singer-songwriter round table, Grey was quick to ask…”Who else ya got in mind?” The three other names he heard, Anders Osborne, Luther Dickinson and Marc Broussard instantly sealed the deal, and a dream team was formed. The four distinct, deeply talented voices joined as one for a few shows, including a blistering set on Jam Cruise. Taking turns with the lead, the four shared stories and songs from all stages of their careers, and gave performances that are sure to stand the test of time.Below are three songs, one each from Anders Osborne, JJ Grey and March Broussard, that showcase each member’s unique approach, and the similarly incredible results that they reaped. Anders OsborneLuther DickinsonMarc BroussardDon’t miss more of L4LM’s exciting Jam Cruise coverage:Brown Sabbath performs “The Wizard”Karl Denson and Nicki Bluhm jam on “My Baby Does It For Me”Nigel Hall Piano set: “I’ll Never Know”The Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm: “Not Fade Away”Cabinet with Ron Holloway: “Susquehanna Breakdown”Nathan Moore, Marco Benevento, Jay Cobb Anderson and more jam out “Maybeline”
Last night marked the final performance at Freebird Live, a venue Jacksonville Beach, FL venue that closed its doors after 16+ years of business. The venue was owned by Judy Van Zant, the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ronnie Van Zant, who passed away in a devastating plane crash in 1977.Galactic was on hand for the final musical celebration at Freebird Live, a fitting choice considering the band’s penchant for feel-good dance party funk music. The band has performed nearly every year at Freebird Live, but this final night had some special magic in the air. The whole thing came to a head when Galactic brought out JJ Grey for a cover of “Free Bird,” the Lynyrd Skynyrd song and venue’s namesake.Watch fan-shot footage of “Free Bird,” courtesy of Brett McInerney, below:[note: Trombone Shorty is not featured in this video as the title suggests, but Corey Henry is playing the trombone]You can also bask in the nostalgia of this storied venue with an open message from Judy and Melody Van Zant, as copied below:A MESSAGE FROM THE OWNERS OF FREEBIRD LIVEJanuary 19, 2016A Message From Melody Van-ZantOwner of Freebird LiveIt’s hard to believe that in less than 24 hours we will walk through the doors of the Freebird and set up for one last show! The last few weeks I have spent countless hours cleaning up and clearing out. It has been an emotional roller coaster. I have laughed, I have cried, I have used some really horrible language and have smiled at memories that have been made. I want to say that even though the years of work haven’t always been easy…….it was worth it. I have made some amazing friendships along the way and many of those people I now consider family.I want to say thank you 1st to my father for the inspiration, to my children for putting up with a tired and stressed mother, my family for standing behind me and my staff for their hard work. I also want to thank the bands and fans, without your love of music we never would have survived. Last but not least I want to thank my mom for her dream and the amazing journey it took us on.I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Now let’s get in there one last time and give them what they came for!Melody Van-Zant—————————————–January 20, 2016A Message From Judy Van ZantOwner of Freebird LiveFreebird was a dream that came true. It was a labor of love and that love evolved into a great live music venue that brought so much joy to me, my family, musicians and fans from all over the country.Freebird will host it’s final show tonight with Galactic, a fan favorite that has performed there almost every year since it opened.I have not worked at the “Bird” in some seven years or more but I always know what is going on there, I stop in for shows and I am so proud of what it has accomplished.I must thank Melody Van-Zant for believing in my dream and making it her own, Matt Grondin for his inspiration and input, Aria Todd and Kodin Todd for their patience, the many great musicians that have graced the stage and the loyal lovers of live music that have supported it over the past 16 years.Farewell Freebird! I will miss you!!Judy Van Zant
Summer Camp Music Festival has released another video from their Summer Camp Sessions, this time from Widespread Panic’s May 25, 2015 performance and their scorching first set closing cover of J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light.” Take a watch below:Widespread Panic heads south next for their annual Panic En La Playa hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Riveria Maya, Mexico beginning February 2 and running through February 6.Edit this setlist | More Widespread Panic setlists