Starting on April 2nd, 1998, Phish kicked off a four-night run known forever as the “Island Tour.” Playing two nights at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY and another two at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI, the four-night run has taken on a legendary status in the band’s rich catalog of performances.With one listen, it’s easy to see why. Opening with “Tube,” the band gets to work on some serious funk, setting the tone for an exceptional run of performances. The set also features a very exploratory “Stash,” crossing thirteen minutes into uncharted jam waters. The set rolls through “Horn” and “Waste” before concluding with a big “Chalk Dust Torture.”You can watch set one in full below, thanks to thegreatboognish:Set two brought more great music, including the debuts of two Phish staples: “Birds Of A Feather” and “Frankie Says.” Lots of exceptional jam segues in the second set as well, including a seamless “Wolfman’s Brother” into “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley.” The music keeps grooving through “Twist,” which breaks the 13-minute mark into deep funk territory. “Sleeping Monkey” and “Rocky Top” close out this monster set, followed by a delightful “Guyute” encore for the ages.You can stream set two as well, courtesy of ErroneousJ. The video is chopped into several sections, but they’re all available via the playlist below:You can also stream the whole show below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium:Check out the full phish.net setlist:Setlist: Phish at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – 4/2/98Set 1: Tube, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, The Sloth, NICU, Stash > Horn > Waste > Chalk Dust TortureSet 2: Punch You In the Eye > Simple > Birds of a Feather, Wolfman’s Brother -> Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley -> Frankie Says > Twist > Sleeping Monkey > Rocky TopEncore: Guyute Unfinished. Debut. No vocal jam.
Fans and scholars of Bob Dylan have been eagerly awaiting the singer’s newest release, Fallen Angels. A follow up to 2015’s Shadows in the Night, Dylan continues to cover songs made classic by the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. While Dylan’s voice is possibly the last that you’d consider for a new take on Sinatra’s smooth ballads, it seems that is what the venerated vocalist wants. As one of the most revered musicians of any generation, Dylan is only shedding light on songs that may have been forgotten.Sinatra was truly an institution during Dylan’s youth, though the youthful Dylan clearly rejected the establishment and the big band sound that Sinatra so truly represented. While not openly condemning Sinatra, Dylan rebelled against political and musical norms and ultimately became a voice of his generation; an idealogue with a guitar and a scratchy voice who railed against the status quo.His recent embracing of the music that dominated the radios of his youth can at least partially be chalked up to his nostalgia. The musical selection shows the touch of an aficionado, with a mixture of the more popular standards and some obscure pieces of Sinatra’s sizable catalog. With so many chart toppers in Sinatra’s ouevre drawing the majority of history’s attention, it’s refreshing and completely expected that an artist of Dylan’s nature would pepper the collection with a truly representative breadth of material.Stream ‘Fallen Angels’ below:The choice of “Young At Heart” to open this album works perfectly as a mission statement for the project. Eschewing the lush orchestration of the original, Dylan strips the song down to its barest bones. What was once a joyous ode to hope becomes a contemplation on chances lost and a warning to future generations. The use of slide and pedal steel guitar adds an even more wistful element to the piece. It’s worth noting that Dylan reteamed with his collaborators from the previous Sinatra homage album, and the ease of their mutual working relationship is apparent throughout the disc. Dylan has worked with so many truly talented players that he has developed a knack for finding those who can bring exactly the styles and sounds he wants to each project.Jazz drums brushes and a lonesome guitar line transform “Polka Dots And Moonbeams” into a nigh mystical tale told to grandchildren on a cold winter’s night. The song also illustrates an inherent weakness of the project, Dylan’s occasional attempts to make some of the same reaches that Sinatra made look so easy decades past. In straining to make the journey from point A to point B musically, Dylan exceeds the limitations of his voice in such a way that breaks the spell to some extent. That said, there are times when the weight of Dylan’s years and the mournfulness of his voice grants the lyrics an amazing power, particularly on songs like “All The Way.” When he sings the words “If I’m going to love you, I’m going to love you all the way” there is no doubt of the utter sincerity behind those words, sung so authentically by a soul who has surely seen and surpassed all the trifles life can put in your way.Two of Sinatra’s most famous songs anchor the second half of tunes, with “It Had To Be You” and “That Old Black Magic” giving the clearest look at the musical juxtaposition between these two American icons’ approach to the art of music. While Sinatra’s take on “It Had To Be You” coasted on a beautiful big band score and his palpable charm, seemingly singing the praises of his new found love to the world Dylan creates an intimate space for an imagined exchange between two lovers. In Dylan’s hands the song becomes a confessional, and the listener a spy in a house built by love.“That Old Black Magic” works in reverse to the previous material, breaking the dreamlike spell the majority of the previous tunes had cast upon listeners, with a sharp turn towards the up tempo that was both welcomed and well needed. Individually, the sparse re-imaginings work; taken together, the songs engender a state of melancholy that, while not in itself a bad thing, eventually hampers the ability for each song to stand on its own. The lift the listener feels when “That Old Black Magic” kicks in is earnest, born of both intrigue and relief. A more varied take on these songs might have produced a more rewarding album, and that realization comes too late for anything to be done.In the end though, it’s Bob Dylan’s show, and he clearly has a vision of what he is trying to say with his take on the works of Frank Sinatra. While impossible to say for certain, it seems like a safe bet that Dylan wanted to use the rock solid foundations laid down by Sinatra and his many big bands to see if he could keep the core spirit alive while bringing an earthy simplicity to the material. A true master of his craft knows when to use color inside the lines and when to break the rules, and with only a few small flaws Dylan has shown once again why he is one of the great voices of our times.
A few days ago, beloved, cannabis-loving Americana icon Willie Nelson needed some extra security while on tour in Boston, MA. Luckily, the Super Troopers – aka the comedy troupe Broken Lizard – were there to lend a hand.The Troopers, who are in the area filming the much-awaited follow up to their cult classic film, tweeted at Nelson to offer him some extra muscle on his way to his show, and the good-spirited musician obliged, inviting the hilarious quintet to tag along. He then invited Thorny, Mac, Rabbit, Foster, and lovable idiot Farva up on stage to help him perform a song, which you can see below, courtesy of Nelson’s YouTube channelThe comedy group then hung out with Nelson on his tour bus, and, if their stories of partying with AC/DC are true, we imagine they have a trip to Jamaica in store! If the stories about Nelson are true, well…let’s just say, the long awaited “Weed Fest” sequel to Beer Fest must be in the works.
The gentlemen of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead certainly keep plenty busy during downtime, and guitarist Scott Metzger is no exception. Metzger’s band WOLF! has announced a run of February dates, which will include a couple of shows with fellow Almost Dead member Marco Benevento at Brooklyn Bowl, Philly’s Ardmore Music Hall, and Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair.The group will also perform a date at the FTC in Fairfield, CT with Gregg Allman Band guitarist and musical director Scott Sharrard, along with a play at cool Long Island joint Still Partners in Sea Cliff where they seem to play on the regular.WOLF! Tour Dates:Feb 2 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY*Feb 4 – Still Partners – Sea Cliff, NYFeb 9 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, Mass*Feb 10 – Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA*Feb 16 – Fairfield Theatre Company – Fairfield, CT+Feb 25 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY (Tree of Life benefit show)* w/ Marco Benevento+ w/Scott Sharrard BandWOLF! featuring Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl – Bowlive 5 – Night 8 – 3/22/14: (via Barry2theB) [via Jambands]
Tool‘s North American tour starts next month. The American rock band will be hitting cities like Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, of which they haven’t visited in over a decade. Tool has now added a final date on Saturday, June 24 at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California with friends Primus, Melvins, a DJ set from The Crystal Method, and an unannounced special guest.“For the occasion, the band will also have an additional SPECIAL GUEST to be announced soon. Quite simply, fans of TOOL will not want to miss this SUMMER HAPPENING featuring critically acclaimed bands (and friends) on a stage where anything can happen,” the band writes in their Facebook post.Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 13th right here.Tool 2017 Tour Dates:05/24 – Fairfax, VA @ Eaglebank Arena05/27 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion05/25 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center05/28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling05/30 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena05/31 – Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre06/02 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre06/04 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival06/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center06/07 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre06/08 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena06/09 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center06/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome06/13 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place06/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena06/17 – George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre06/18 – Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center06/21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center06/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center06/24 – San Bernardino, CA @ Gorge Amphitheatre ^^ = w/ Primus, Melvins, The Crystal Method DJ Set, and special guest TBA
Back in December of 2017, Dickey Betts announced on his 74th birthday that he’d be returning to the road in 2018 after retiring three years ago. In the time since, the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer/songwriter and founding member has announced that he’d be headlining the beloved Peach Music Festival on Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in July—marking the first show announcement of many highly anticipated dates.EXCLUSIVE: Devon Allman Talks Good Times With His Dad & Touring With Duane BettsToday, Dickey Betts second show of 2018 was announced—a home state performance at Florida Jam on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at Sunset Cove ahead of his previously announced set at the Peach. In addition to Dickey Betts as a headliner, the other announced headliner for the Florida Jam is The Devon Allman Project, which includes Duane Betts as a special guest. Thus, the upcoming Florida Jam will be a huge Allman Brothers Band family gathering, given that Devon Allman is the son of the late and legendary Gregg Allman and Duane Betts is Dickey Betts’ son.For more information about Florida Jam, you can head to the event’s website here. We’re beyond excited to see what this performance has in store, and stay tuned for more dates from Dickey Betts in the future![Photo: Matt Houston via the Florida Jam website]
Today, a brand-new festival called Sea.Hear.Now Festival announced its inaugural lineup, which will see headlining performances by Jack Johnson and Incubus as well as sets from Social Distortion, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Brandi Carlile, Milky Chance, Blondie, Kaleo, The Front Bottoms, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, and more. The festival has also tapped notable acts including Soja, G. Love & Special Sauce, Deer Tick, Rayland Baxter, Nicole Atkins, and others for its first year.Sea.Hear.Now Festival will take place at North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park in Asbury Park, New Jersey on September 29th and 30th. In addition to 25 bands across three beachside stages, the festival distinguishes itself by merging music with art and surf culture. For example, a number of professional surfers—Sam Hammer, Balaram Stack, Rob Kelly, Mike Gleason, Quincy Davis, Andrew Gesler, Pat Schmidt, Clay Pollioni, Tom Ihnken, Cassidy McClain and more—will be on hand and in the water for “Expression Sessions” throughout the event.Another highlight of the event will be the “Transparent Gallery,” which will see rock photographer, filmmaker, and Jersey Shore native Danny Clinch showcasing his famed images of various artists on the lineup. As Clinch explained in a press release,”Sea.Hear.Now is a long time dream of ours. To have our musician, surfer and artist friends come to Asbury Park this September to play some music, ride some waves and make some art.” He continues, “We come from the Jersey Shore and we believe in Asbury Park. It is one of the coolest beach cities in America, if not the world. We are ready to go!”Tickets for Sea.Here.Now Festival go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th, at 10 a.m. (EST). The festival is offering both two-day general admission passes as well as two-day VIP passes, with VIP passes offering access to “the VIP Lounge with relaxed seating, shade and premium air-conditioned restrooms, complimentary snacks, complimentary select beverages, and more.” You can snag tickets and learn more about this new festival on its website here.
Slightly Stoopid has announced the forthcoming release of their new album Everyday Life, Everyday People, which is due out on July 13th via Stoopid Records.. The record features guest appearances by Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), G. Love, Ali Campbell (UB40), and others.Everyday Life, Everyday People will come a little more than three years after the release of Slightly Stoopid’s 2015 album, Meanwhile… Back at the Lab. In addition to confirming the new record, the band has also released it’s lead single, “If You Want It”. The tune finds the group teaming up with Italian reggae artist AlBorosie for a laid-back blend of reggae and rock that will be familiar to Slightly Stoopid’s dedicated fanbase.Slightly Stoopid – “If You Want It (feat. AlBorosie)”“It’s been an epic journey making this latest record with many legendary guest vocalists and musicians. From start to finish we had a blast,” founding member Miles Doughty reportedly said in an official statement.Slightly Stoopid will return to the road next week when they join Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Odesza, SZA, Foster The People, Portugal. The Man, Anderson .Paak & The Free National, Tank and The Bangas, and many more at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. The band will then swing through much of the country over the course of the next three months, with upcoming stops at festivals like Summer Camp and California Roots.You can check out a full list of Slightly Stoopid’s summer tour dates here, and Everyday Life, Everyday People can be be pre-ordered here.[H/T – Jambands.com]
Karina Rykman is bringing her improvisational Experiment to Brooklyn Comes Alive! The badass 24-year-old bassist, known for her musicianship and infectious energy in Marco Benevento‘s touring band, has been making some waves of her own in the New York City music scene, with her Karina Rykman Experiment popping up at several area venues over the past year. On September 29th, Karina will bring the Experiment to the Williamsburg, Brooklyn event for an exciting performance featuring several impressive guest musicians.With the Karina Rykman Experiment, fans can expect the fierce bassist to lead the way, as her bandmates follow into a bountiful improvisational space, textured with experimental tone and grooves. Rykman herself leads the charge, with drummer Chris Corsico pushing grooves into uncharted territory while Adam November adds layer-upon-layer of effects-laden guitar.Renowned keyboardist Robert Walter–leader of his 20th Congress, member of Mike Gordon band, and founding member of the seminal jam-funk act the Greyboy Allstars–will be on hand to add some magic as a special guest. Local multi-instrumentalist and improvisation-guru Dave Harrington, an artist-at-large at this year’s BCA, is also scheduled to appear with the Karina Rykman Experiment. Harrington is a former member of Darkside, which featured him and Nicholas Jaar, and also often plays with Joe Russo, occasionally performing together as an experimental duo. Harrington blurs genres, blending sounds in a unique way that makes him one of the more exciting and unpredictable players on the scene.The Karina Rykman Experiment recently fronted a Joe Russo’s Almost Dead afterparty in New York City, with Rykman recruiting Wilco‘s Nels Cline and saxophone virtuoso Skerik as featured special guests. The band wowed the packed crowd with hours of deep and delicate improvisation, and Rykman is excited to bring that loose and focused approach to her set at Brooklyn Comes Alive.As Karina Rykman explained to us,I’m so stoked for Brooklyn Comes Alive! I love when you can wander in and out of the clubs all day and evening, and be sure you’re going to see some wildly unique collaborations with spectacular players really stretching out and getting into new musical territory with different people. It’s such a cool thing that happens right here in my hometown, and I’m honored to be a part of it this year!To get excited about this performance, check out full show audio of the Karina Rykman Experiment’s Joe Russo’s Almost Dead afterparty featuring Nels Cline & Skerik at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.Karina Rykman Experiment – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY – 7/19/2018<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: Eric McRoberts] The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.
Today, multi-talented rapper, drummer, producer, and bandleader Anderson .Paak has shared a brand-new single, “Who R U?”, via Aftermath Entertainment. Following last month’s release of “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar, the release of “Who R U?” brings us one week closer to Oxnard, due out Friday, November 16th.From various recent interviews, we know that Anderson .Paak has been working on two different new albums—one with his band, The Free Nationals, and one solo album (dubbed Oxnard after .Paak’s hometown) executive-produced by Dr. Dre. With Oxfard arriving in the near future, the Malibu follow-up will bring .Paak to a new level in his career, before re-introducing The Free Nations again down the road.Listen to “Who R U?” below:Anderson .Paak – “Who R U?”[Video: Anderson .Paak]