Last night, Widespread Panic brought their rockin’ grooves to the historic Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO, rocking the classic hall with a powerful performance. The band is in tip-top shape, and their newest member Duane Trucks has been a welcomed addition to the band’s potent sound.The show last night had a great number of highlights, including a pair of bust-outs in the first set. “Three Candles” hadn’t been seen in 146 shows, and the instrumental “St. Louis,” all too appropriate for the setting, hadn’t been played since July 4th of 2014.Meanwhile, the second set spoke to fans who were forced to take a bus in from Chicago (as there was an accident on the trains), with a potent “Waitin’ For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago” segment. The ZZ Top cover felt right at home in the band’s southern blues-influenced sound, and the performance was a non-stop rocker from cover to cover.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream, and head to their site to stream it!Setlist: Widespread Panic at the Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO – 2/19/16Set 1: Papa Legba, Porch Song, Tail Dragger, Tickle the Truth, Worry, Bust It Big > Sleeping Man, Three Candles^, St Louis^^, Goin’ Out WestSet 2: Saint Ex, Jack > Chilly Water, The Last Straw, All Time Low > Jam > Drums > Jam > Angels On High, Waitin’ For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago, Flicker, NorthEncore: Expiration Day, Aunt Avis, Sell Sell^ LTP 3/08/2014 Richmond (146 shows)^^ LTP 7/04/2014 Las Vegas (109 shows)
Between his work with Soulive, Lettuce, Phil & Friends, and more recently Billy & The Kids, Eric Krasno has been on fire, with even more exciting projects on the rise. The guitarist recently opened up his own studio in Brooklyn, NY, and, between his performances and production work, managed to find the time for his own music. Last month, he announced plans to release his second-ever studio album, Blood From A Stone.The announcement came with a song “Waitin’ On Your Love,” which today comes in the form of a music video. Krasno described the song to Billboard, saying it is “a song about moving on. Realizing you can’t wait any longer on something that isn’t there.” Mixing together his most traditional influences, he recounts the song as “blues, but psychedelic, and has a hip-hop feel at the same time. The hypnotic vibe is a good introduction for what’s to follow.”He continues, “Growing up, I listened to Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead, along with a lot of hip-hop….When I linked up with Soulive, we played instrumental music, and that’s the path I’ve mostly been on ever since. This record loops back to those initial bands and songs I loved, but with the added experience and influence of the past 20 years.”“Waitin’ On Your Love” is the first record that Krasno takes lead vocals on. “It’s something I didn’t know was there,” he explains. “I would have been totally content just being a guitar player and writing songs for other people, but this inspiration just happened, and I’m really glad it did, because it’s changed things. I didn’t know I had this in me.”Enjoy Krasno’s new single, “Waitin’ On Your Love” below:The Grammy Award-winner’s new release is due out on July 8th, and features members of Soulive, Lettuce, The London Souls and guitarist Derek Trucks. He will tour in support of Blood From A Stone, including a hometown performance at the Brooklyn Bowl on July 7th.For fans of Krasno, do not miss him perform with Neal Evans, Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. for an edition of Foundation Of Funk at The Hall At MP on May 20th. More information can be found here.Check out the new album’s artwork below:[via Billboard]
Last night marked the opening of Summer Camp Music Festival, and fans eagerly flocked to see one of the most exciting bluegrass groups in the business right now: Greensky Bluegrass. Ever aware of their origins, Greensky Bluegrass and the whole “jam grass” genre would not have existed were it not for the work of legendary John Hartford. With that in mind, Greensky broke out in one of Hartford’s classic tunes during their set, the staple “Steam Powered Aeroplane.”From there, the group segued into their If Sorrows Swim classic tune, “Windshield.” The two songs came smack in the middle of a set that saw Greensky bring out a number of their classic tunes, and even welcome out keyboardist Joel Cummins at the end.Fortunately, our own Rex Thomson was filming the first half ot the set, and captured the amazing “Steam Powered Aeroplane > Windshield” segment of the show. Tune in below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/26/16Set: Who Is Frederico, Burn Them, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Windshield, Living Over (1), Letter to Seymour, In Control, Can’t Stop Now, Reverend, I’d Probably Kill You, Hit Parade of Love, All Four (2), Breadbox(1) “Fame” quotes(2) With Joel Cummins[Setlist via Camp Greensky]
Trent Reznor hasn’t released any new music in quite some time. After writing the score for the movie Gone Girl in 2014, the Nine Inch Nails man has been relatively quiet, as he’s been focused on his work as one of the leading creators of Apple Music. That being said, back in December 2015, Reznor did promise that new material was coming, from both NIN and “other stuff”.Well, it seems Reznor has delivered his first piece of “other stuff”, as he and his frequent collaborator, Atticus Ross, have released a new song on iTunes, as originally reported by Consequence of Sound, and it is truly out of this world. The track is called “Juno”, and it’s being released in celebration of NASA’s Juno Mission, which will enter Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th and fly closer to the planet than any previous NASA probe. The track, which is more like a snippet from a score to a film, actually samples recordings of Jupiter singing in the night’s sky.The song is now available for streaming and download on iTunes. We can’t wait to see what Reznor has in store for for the rest of 2016!
After a great first night to open up their run at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, TX, Phish returned to venue for to close out the two night stand.Tonight’s show was the last before Las Vegas, as anticipation continues to build for what is sure to be an incredible Halloween show. With so much excitement on the horizon, it was a bit strange that Phish responded with a more sentimental and reflective performance. The show was highlighted more by the few bust outs included than anything else, and never crossed the 10-minute mark in any single song during the second set. When was the last time the first and second set had the same number of songs?The first set brought some fun energy to the table, starting with the once-rare “Daniel Saw The Stone,” a traditional reggae influenced tune that hadn’t been played since 2012 before this year. Now in its third iteration of 2016, “Daniel” was an upbeat way to start the show, and both “The Moma Dance” and “Chalk Dust Torture” kept that energy running strongly through the start of the first set. A cover of Talking Heads’ “Cities” came next, as the band continued to rock out in Texas.Just a couple of days ago, phans everywhere had noticed that no songs from Phish’s studio debut, Junta, had been played yet on tour. While fans were hopeful for a classic album Halloween, the band broke out into “David Bowie” on the first night in Grand Prairie, effectively nixing the possibility. The real surprise came on night two, when Phish transitioned from “Cities” into the Junta composition “Foam.” Easily one of the most challenging songs in Phish’s repertoire, the band nailed this bust out version – it hadn’t been played since 2014 (70 shows).After the Mike Gordon led “Waking Up Dead” from Big Boat, the band put yet another Junta track in the first set: “Divided Sky.” The tour debut version was as captivating as ever, ending with an uplifting melodic jam out. Jon Fishman got the curtain call next, as the band went into the classic “I Didn’t Know” featuring the drummer with a great vacuum solo. Trey Anastasio was joking about Texas during the song as well, only adding to the silliness. From there, the band launched into James Gang’s “Walk Away,” another once-rare cover that returned in summer 2016 and reprised during tonight’s show. Trey was wailing on the funky cover, and Page McConnell led the song’s vocals nicely.After “Walk Away,” the band again brought out their drawling instrumental “What’s The Use?” for a slower moment of the set. Afterwards, Trey immediately started singing the lyrics to the Big Boat song “More,” pulsating love and light to the Texan crowd. It was quite the happy-go-lucky way to end a great set of music.Phish started their second set with a pair of Joy tracks, opening with the rocking “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” before bringing out the first “Backwards Down The Number Line” of the tour. Amazingly, the band hadn’t played the song in 13 shows – the longest gap since its debut in 2009. Trey led an upbeat solo through the end of the song, and kept the mood sentimental with the first “Lifeboy” since 12/29/11 (189 shows) The song led into a nice ambient jam moment, before ending smoothly. Still, the energy level remained very low throughout the set.Page then brought out the organ introduction of fan-favorite “Meatstick,” another exciting tour debut for the fans in Texas. They kept the set rolling with “The Line,” playing the Fuego track for the first time on this fall tour, and maintained the mellow mood with Big Boat song “Tide Turns.” A lot of melodic Trey playing punctuated the first half of the second set, but the band pivoted with a great version of “Taste.” Trey teased “What’s The Use?” throughout the jam, essentially reprising the instrumental before completing the wind-up ending of “Taste.”The band offered up the next big bust out of the set, “Friday,” playing the song for the first time since 2004 – a gap of 325 shows. A song that many thought had been shelved for good, its return seems to be symbolic of Phish’s overall sentimental mindset. Big Boat was a pensive effort that saw the band’s members try their hand at reflective songwriting. “Friday” is certainly of a similar mentality, as the band last played it at Coventry – their final shows before breaking up. Sentimental, though it did very little to pick up the energy of the second set.“Waves” followed, offering the first real improvisation of the set. The jam was short-lived however, and the band finally brought some rock and roll to the show with the song “Julius.” Page had some nice piano solos during the early part of the jam, before Trey took the lead with some blues-rock inspired playing. They finished out the second set with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times,” nailing it as per usual. Still, with no songs even crossing the 10 minute mark in the second set, it felt more like two first sets in Grand Prairie than anything else.To put the final nail in the coffin, the band returned for an encore of “Show Of Life.” Though the show did have some fun moments, it’s hard to not look at the setlist as a fairly sleepy collection of Phish songs. Perhaps they’re just saving the big-energy moments for Las Vegas, hopefully playing it safe while they continue to work on whatever is in store for Halloween. Whatever the case may be, we’re still excited to get to the MGM Grand.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of Phish.net.Setlist: Phish at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX – 10/25/16Set 1: Daniel Saw the Stone, The Moma Dance > Chalk Dust Torture, Cities, Foam, Waking Up Dead, Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, Walk Away > What’s the Use? > MoreSet 2: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Backwards Down the Number Line > Lifeboy, Meatstick, The Line, Tide Turns > Taste, Friday, Waves > Julius > Good Times Bad TimesEncore: Show Of Life
When prog-jam experts Umphrey’s McGee were tapped as the Thursday night headliners at Suwannee Hulaween, it was assumed that they would put on an excellent show. Of course, they delivered, turning in two sets of straight fire as they kicked the weekend off with a bang.They started the show with one of their pre-recorded into tracks, “Bathing Digits”, before dropping right into the progressive rager that is “Rocker Part 2”. “Blue Echo” followed, bringing an electronic element into their set, before transitioning into the heartfelt “No Diablo”. The band kept things cooking with an old favorite, “Resolution”, that eventually wound it’s way into the industrial metal of “Robot World”. Newer prog tune “Make It Right” got the crowd moving, before they brought the first set to a close with a great take on “Wife Soup”.If set one was all about progressive music, set two was all about dance music. “Cemetery Walk” opened things up, but the real party started with “Bad Friday”. The song’s pulsating beat and high-energy vocals are always a blast, and this version was no exception, whipping the crowd into a frenzy . “Mulche’s Odyssey” signaled a return to the heavy progressive vibes of set one, however, the rock show then veered in a different direction, with Umphrey’s turning things up to eleven with an awesome cover of David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance”.Umphrey’s continued the slick second set with a run through their epic dance instrumental “Nothing Too Fancy”. When they reached the song’s typical jam section, they dropped into the funky newer track “Speak Up”. Finally, the band brought things to a close in a huge way, with “Ocean Billy” flowing directly back into the final section of of “Nothing Too Fancy”.For their encore, Umphrey’s McGee started off with “Slacker”, a true fan-favorite that dates back to their days as a young jam band. The classic tune eventually transformed back into “Ocean Billy”, giving a high-octane ending to this throwdown of a performance.Umphrey’s McGee returns to Suwanee Hulaween tonight for their second and final performance at the festival, before they head to St. Louis for two nights at The Pageant for their exciting Mash-Up Halloween.Umphrey’s McGee | Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FL | 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 Billy[setlist via All Things Umphrey’s]
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac are set to record a duet album together under the name Buckingham McVie, according to a new interview with the Los Angeles Times. The moniker harks back to the cult duo Buckingham Nicks, Lindsey and Stevie Nicks‘ pre-Fleetwood Mac duo.“I’ve been sending Lindsey demos in their very raw form,” McVie said from Studio D in West Los Angeles, “and he’s been doing his Lindsey magic on them, which I love.” The singers told the LA Times that their new record should be released in May. Buckingham commented on the particular chemistry between the two, saying “All these years we’ve had this rapport, but we’d never really thought about doing a duet album before.”McVie, who is best known for writing and singing Mac gems including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head” and “Think About Me,” acknowledges that, early on in the Buckingham-McVie project, she doubted her ability to reconnect with her muse, after spending 16 years away from music until rejoining Fleetwood Mac in 2014.While it bears the names of Buckingham and McVie, they are not the only members of the Fleetwood Mac family contributing to the record. Bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood are set to perform on it.We can’t wait to hear how this new collaboration turns out![via LA Times]
68-year-old Geoff Nicholls has passed away this weekend after a long battle with lung cancer. The multi-instrumentalist joined Black Sabbath in 1979 as the band’s second guitarist until switching to bass when Geezer Butler took a brief departure. When the bassist returned, Nicholls filled the role of the band’s full-time keyboard player until 2004.Nicholls is featured on nine Black Sabbath studio albums. He is also known for composing the bassline for the band’s 1980 classic title track Heaven and Hell. The band’s guitarist Tony Iommi wrote in a Facebook post,Check out this footage of Black Sabbath in 1980 at Nassau Memorial Coliseum:
The second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival is fast approaching, bringing the absolute best music, food, and beer New Orleans has to offer to Central City BBQ for three funk-filled days in between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3. Featuring legendary musicians and local favorites including George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, and so many more in unique supergroup formations, plus world-famous crawfish from the NOLA Crawfish King and specialty beer from NOLA Brewing Company, NOLA Crawfish Fest promises a true New Orleans experience from top to bottom.While a general admission ticket (earlybird prices go up Fri 3/24) will grant you access to 7 hours of music per day, plus 2 lbs. of crawfish and one beer, a VIP ticket is the best way to enjoy the full 360° experience!Single Day VIP:Eat Up – This ticket comes with FIVE lbs. of hot boiled crawfish with all the fixins. If you’ve ever eaten Shaggy’s crawfish, you know you can’t get enough!Drink Up – This is NOLA. Get your three specialty brews included. Doctor’s orders.Privacy Please – Hang out in your own Private VIP Outdoor Space with its own bar. You may even get to schmooze with some of your favorite artists!Skip the Lines – A VIP ticket permits access to a separate No-Wait VIP Entrance.Avoid the Crowd – You will have access to a special VIP Viewing Area (at one stage).More Food, Why Not – You’ll get a BBQ Platter from critically acclaimed Central City BBQ. Yum.Commemorate the Event – You will go home with a beautiful Limited Edition Poster to remember the day forever!Three-Day VIP:Roll Like A Rockstar – You will have access to a Private Concierge at all times to meet all of your immediate needs.Hang With Your Idols – There will be an Artist Meet & Greet each day, allowing you to hang out with your favorite artists in an intimate setting.More Music – You will receive one free ticket to all three NOLA Crawfish Fest After Parties.More Boils – You will receive one free ticket to all other NOLA Crawfish King crawfish boils.Commemorate the Event – You will go home with a SIGNED Limited Edition Poster.Plus all of the above:-FIVE lbs. of crawfish per day-FOUR specialty brews per day-Private Outdoor VIP Space-Private VIP Viewing Area-No-Wait VIP Entrance-One BBQ Platter per daySUPER VIP (3-day only):Drink Up – A Super VIP pass includes open bar for all three days of the event. Drink up, you deserve it!All Access Pass – You will be permitted backstage access throughout the event. You may never get the opportunity to interact with some of your favorite artists in such an intimate setting again!Plus all of the above:-FIVE lbs. of crawfish per day-FOUR specialty brews per day-Private Outdoor VIP Space-Private VIP Viewing Area-No-Wait VIP Entrance-One BBQ Platter per day-Private Concierge-Daily Artist Meet & Greets-Signed Limited Edition Poster-1 Ticket to all NCF After Parties-1 Ticket to all NOLA Crawfish King Crawfish BoilsEarlybird ticket sales go up on Friday, 3/24 at noon. Get tickets and more info here.A portion of all ticket proceeds will go to The CAN’d Aid Foundation‘s “Send Me A Friend“ program, which was launched in partnership with Anders Osborne to provide newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals a support network to enable them to get back to work.
RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) will be releasing a new EP from the late Prince on Friday, April 21st, the one year anniversary of his death. While this Friday, the new release will be available via multiple streaming service, a physical release of the EP is tentatively set for June 2nd. The EP titled Deliverance was written and produced by the late artist and sound engineer and mixer Ian Boxill in early 2006 and contains six tracks: the title track “Deliverance,” a four-movement “Man Opera” consisting of tracks “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” and “No One Else,” and a second, extended version of “I Am.”This new album has controversial since its onset, with Paisley Park and Prince’s estate alleging that Boxill signed a confidentiality contract with Prince before his death giving up his rights to the music on Deliverance. A federal lawsuit against Boxill has been filed, which also claims that the Deliverance recording has a monetary value greater that $75,000 and that Boxill “is now trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at expense of the Prince Estate.” The suit also notes that holding of the unreleased Prince songs and allowing Boxill to release the album at his leisure “deprives Prince (and now the Estate) from choosing what is released to the public and when.”However, Boxill has a different take on the nature of the release of Deliverance: “I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. . . . I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”Regardless of thoughts on the controversial posthumous release of Deliverance, it seems that Boxill has plans to move forward. Today, he released the title track “Deliverance” off the upcoming posthumous EP. You can stream part of the song for yourself below or in full via Apple Music.