Lotus brought the heat to Royal Oak, MI over the weekend, with support from the great Colorado electro-soul producer Michal Menert and his new live band, the Pretty Fantastics. With staples like “Juggernaut,” “Neon Tubes,” and “Destroyer,” fans were also treated to a “Spaghetti” > “Spiritualize” > “F for You” >” When a Fire Starts to Burn” > “Spiritualize” lengthy jam for which Lotus is most appreciated. The dance party was real!Check out our 10 favorite photos from the evening, along with a full gallery, courtesy of Katie Laskowska: Load remaining images Setlist: Lotus at Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, MI – 2/19/16Set I: Juggernaut, Tarot, Grayrigg, Travel > Soma, Cold Facts, Neon TubesSet II: Bellwether, Destroyer, Spaghetti > Spiritualize > F for You > When a Fire Starts to Burn > Spiritualize, Marisol, Age of InexperienceE: Blacklight SunflareSee a full gallery of images, courtesy of Katie Laskowska:
Kurt Cobain was known as quite the prolific songwriter in his 27 years, but the grunge icon was also a revered artist. In an NYT profile piece on Jeff Jampol, head of Jampol Artist Management, the executive revealed plans to take Cobain’s artwork on the road for fans everywhere.Jampol works with the legacies of artists who have passed, like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Doors and more. His newest client is the Cobain family, and he is working with Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain in hopes to bringing this artwork to life. The exhibit will apparently feature “Kurt’s works and his art and his possessions,” and is scheduled to appear across the country.“He’s got some amazing canvases that a lot of the world has never seen or even heard of,” Jampol said, and added that Cobain’s work “going to be relevant for centuries.”This story really begins in 2010, when Courtney Love signed over Cobain’s life rights to their daughter. Frances Bean Cobain has been instrumental in creating Montage Of Heck, the documentary that HBO released last year, and various other exhibits. The work of Cobain is crucial to the history of music and culture, and we can’t wait to see what this exhibit brings.
The rocking Riot Fest continues to impress, adding a host of talented artists to their already-stacked 2016 lineups. The festival is set to take place in Chicago, IL from September 2-4 and Denver, CO from September 16-18, with headliners Jane’s Addiction, Ween, The Original Misfits, Morrisey, Death Cab For Cutie and more.Today, the festival has announced a handful of noteworthy additions, including The Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Julian Marley (performing Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus), 2 Chainz, Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa and more!You can check out the full lineups for both editions of the festival, below.
Last weekend marked the annual North Coast Music Festival, taking place in the heart of Chicago, IL at Union Park. From September 2nd through the 4th, artists across a multitude of genres united for one common cause: great music. Whether it was Odesza and Grouplove on night one, Bassnectar and Logic on night two, or Zedd and Umphrey’s McGee on night three, there was absolutely no shortage of great tuneage for fans to enjoy.Of course, those headliners barely scratch the surface of the dozens who performed last weekend. Whether it was the psychedelia of Claypool Lennon Delirium or the hypnotic bluegrass from Greensky Bluegrass, the full weekend was a glorious celebration of all things music!Thanks to North Coast Fest, we have a full gallery of images from all three days to share. Enjoy! Load remaining images Photo: Phierce Photo
Coming to Miami Beach, Florida from February 10-12, 2017, Snarky Puppy has announced the lineup for their very first GroundUP Music Festival. After revealing plans for the festival back in August, the Grammy-winning jazz/funk ensemble has recruited an all-star billing of performers to join them.Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the biggest names on the lineup is David Crosby. It’s unsurprising, in that Crosby has passionately expressed his enthusiasm for Snarky Puppy, and has even collaborated with them on multiple occasions. The full lineup is jam-packed with talented musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Laura Mvula, Chris Thiele & Michael Daves, Jacob Collier, Charlie Hunter feat. Jeff Coffin, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Carlos Malta & Pife Muderno, Bill Laurance, Maz, Shelly Berg, Lee Boys feat. Roosevelt Collier, Pedrito Martinez Group, Banda Magda, Lucy Woodward, House of Waters, Michelle Willis, FORQ, Funky Knuckles, and Bokanté. Of course, there will also be daily sets from Snarky Puppy on all nights of the festival.The festival is an intimate affair, with capacity for only 1,500 each day. Don’t sleep on tickets! You can find more information here.
Live For Live Music asked members of The Main Squeeze to provide some thoughts on their powerful new video release for the song “Shot.” This is what they had to say.Today, on the inauguration of our 45th President, we find ourselves at a definitive crossroads as a country. Racism and prejudice rear their ugly heads in broad daylight, the use of excessive force continues to result in the death and destruction of our neighbors, and oppression of all kinds, be it physical, mental, spiritual or otherwise, remains a tragic reality. SHOT is about justice; without justice we will see no peace. SHOT is about disarmament; putting an end to the hypocrisy of precious lives spent by cheap shots. SHOT is about shooting back without bullets. We use our voice to shoot back. While they continue to manufacture hate and weapons, we will continue to fight for unity and peace.Watch the band’s video, below.For fans of The Main Squeeze, you can catch them at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31& April 1 in St. Augustine alongside Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge as an Artist at Large. Head here for more information.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be getting ready to jam on August 13th, as the renowned Morrison, CO venue is set to host a series of top notch jam bands for another incredible summer showcase. This show will feature a joint headlining performance from Buffalo jam scene stalwarts moe. and fast-rising Vermont jammers Twiddle, each band eager to strut their stuff on the big outdoor Colorado stage. The bands will also be joined by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the funky jam crew that continues to make a name with energetic performances.Before the Red Rocks show, moe. and Twiddle have a pair of unique performances set for the Boulder Theater, in which the two bands will alternate headlining and acoustic duties. On August 11th, Twiddle will be headlining with moe. playing an opening acoustic set. Likewise, on August 12th, moe. will headline after Twiddle plays an acoustic set! moe. has played a number of acoustic sets in their career, including a recent one at the Capitol Theatre, but this marks a new performance style for Twiddle. We’re eager to see how it goes.After sharing the stage a total of five times, we’re excited to see what moe. and Twiddle can do for three nights in Colorado! Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 17th at 12PM Eastern / 10 AM Mountain. Don’t miss out![Photo by Rex Thomson]
Load remaining images After the stripped down Cheese offering, the band pulled out yet another surprise when they announced that they would be performing their 1997 live album, A String Cheese Incident, in its entirety. Recorded nearly 20 years prior to the day (the original performance was 2/27/97), this throwback was a perfect choice for the Boulder show. You can see the opening number, “Lonesome Fiddle Blues,” streaming below.The set continued with tons of classic Cheese favorites, including “Little Hands > Dudley’s Kitchen” and tracks like “Rhythm of the Road” and “How Mountain Girls Can Love.” The set included the band’s first “Pirates” since 2011 (!), as well as relative rarity “Wake Up,” before closing out with two favorites in “Lands End” and the recently revived “San Jose.” The band would close out the night with an encore of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” sending fans home happy with a great performance.If this is what the 25th anniversary at the Fox is going to be like, we can’t wait for what the venue has in store all month long! You can see photos from the show below, courtesy of Elliot Siff Photography.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 3/3/17Set One: Chili Dawg, White Freightliner Blues, Lost, Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance -> Born On The Wrong Planet, Looking Glass -> Sweet Spot, RosieSet Two: Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Little Hands -> Dudley’s Kitchen, Rhythm Of The Road, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Pirates, Wake Up, Lands End -> San JoseEncore: Walk This Way Photo: Elliot Siff The Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO holds a lot of memories for The String Cheese Incident and their fans. Natives to Colorado, Cheese played there many times in their earlier years, even recording a full length live album at the famed Boulder venue. Though the last Incident at the Fox was in 2004, it was clear that the band was more than eager to get the show grooving when they hit the stage last night.The band came out on stage with a unique format, performing in a mostly-acoustic setup that had Bill Nershi on acoustic guitar, Michael Kang on mandolin, Kyle Hollingsworth on piano and drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann on percussion. Though Keith Moseley opted for an electric bass, the full effect of the acoustic format was certainly a wonderful complement to the show’s intimate setting. You can see their opening number, “Chili Dawg,” in the video below.By the end of the set, the band had donned their traditional instruments and went all out for a set closing “Rosie.” Check out a clip of that jam, below.
Following Spafford’s performance, Umphrey’s McGee took over to close out the night at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona. You can check out their show opener of “Goonville” as it moved into their second song of the night, “Get In The Van,” below, courtesy of TourGigs. The boys put on an energetic performance, with the second song of the second set kicking off an “All in Time” sandwich that spanned through to the last song of the encore, in which “Kimble” segued into a return to “All in Time” to end the night.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Marquee Theatre | Tempe, AZ | 3/16/2017Set One: Goonville > Get In The Van, Morning Song > Booth Love, Red Tape, The Fuzz > Women Wine and Song, BridgelessSet Two: Life During Exodus, All in Time > The Linear, Partyin’ Peeps, Professor Wormbog, Wife Soup, PlungerEncore: Kimble > All In Time Last night, Spafford continued their tour supporting Umphrey’s McGee with a hometown show in Tempe, Arizona, at the Marquee Theatre. Spafford was certainly feeling the hometown love last night, treating local fans to a smokin’ show that featured the debut of a brand new song, “Minds Unchanged” and saw Umphrey’s McGee’s guitarist Brendan Bayliss join them for “The Postman.”Their show kicked off with “Beautiful Day” before moving into the debut of the new song, “Minds Unchanged.” Keeping this heater of a set opener going, after the new song wound down, Spafford invited Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss to join them for the “The Postman” before closing out the show with “Weasel” and “Salamander.”You can watch video from their first three songs below, courtesy of TourGigs. After show opener “Beautiful Day,” the new song, “Minds Unchanged,” makes its debut around the six-minute mark, and Brendan Bayliss emerges for “The Postman” around the fourteen-minute mark. You can also catch the band on the road, with Spafford announcing two new dates in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 21st and 22nd for local friends who liked what they saw last night, to add to their extensive touring schedule, which can be found on their website here. To get more of your Bayliss fix, check out below the video for a setlist and video from Umphrey’s performance later that night.Setlist: Spafford | Marquee Theatre | Tempe, AZ | 3/16/2017Set One: Beautiful Day, Minds Unchanged , The Postman , Weasel, Salamander First time played,  With Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee
Ableton, the Berlin-based software music company, is renowned on the scene, with its ever-popular Ableton Live having been used extensively by the likes of STS9, Blockhead, Flume, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Panda Bear, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and so many other big names in music. Already well-known artists aside, the software company just launched a brand-new website called Learning Music, which is clearly geared toward those striving to reach Skrillex-status someday. The new site teaches visitors the basics of beat-making from the ground up, giving straight-forward tutorials and letting users get hands-on experience crafting beats in their web browser for free before they choose to upgrade to the full Ableton Live 9 suite, which costs upwards of $700.Check Out These Adidas Concept High-Tops With A Built-In Roland TR-808 Drum MachineAbleton’s Learning Music builds on itself, with ten chapters that move from beats to notes and scales up to chords, basslines, melodies, and song structure. Each chapter is broken into a handful of mini-lessons, frequently using well-known songs—such as “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin, “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Around The World” by Daft Punk, and even the classic hit that is “Mary Had A Little Lamb”—as models for the specific elements being taught. Once you’ve graduated from lessons, you can make use of the site’s “playground” to create and combine your own songs, then move onto their more advanced topics, which include lessons on modes, major and minor scales, inversions, triads, and more.You can go and check out Ableton’s Learning Music site here. It’s pretty neat to play around with, even if you don’t ever end up becoming a world-famous producer on the same level as some of Ableton’s more well-known clients. Though, we’re holding out hope that at least a couple of you guys do.[H/T Pitchfork]