With the legendary status of Jimi Hendrix and The Band of Gypsys, it is hard to believe that the actual band only played together three times before the guitarist’s unfortunate passing. Hendrix secured bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles for the live recording of the Band of Gypsys album at The Fillmore East on January 1st, 1970. There, the band went into some deep-exploration mode, laying down eight tracks for what would ultimately be Hendrix’s last recording.After two more performances, including the final show at the Winter Festival For Peace in January 28th, 1970, The Band of Gypsys would never perform again. A few months later, Hendrix unfortunately passed away, and the rest is history.Listen to audio of the track “Who Knows?” from that performance, courtesy of Zulu Crunchbunch & the Unstables:RIP Jimi Hendrix.[via Society of Rock]
Beloved pianist Chick Corea celebrates his 75th birthday on June 12th, and, to celebrate, he’s making some serious birthday plans. Setting up shop at the Blue Note in New York, NY, Corea will perform regularly for two full months, playing 80 shows from October 19th through December 12th.The residency will feature a total of 15 different bands, focusing on The Return To Forever, Miles Davis, Steve Gadd and so many more. Take a look at some of the highlights below:“The Music of Return to Forever & More”The premiere of two unique ensembles playing the music of Return to Forever over the course of two respective weeks: Acoustic featuring Ravi Coltrane (sax), Hubert Laws (flute), Avishai Cohen (bass), and Lenny White (drums); and Electric featuring John McLaughlin (guitar), Victor Wooten (bass), and Lenny White (drums).“For Miles”A celebration of the music of Miles Davis, featuring Kenny Garrett (saxophone) Wallace Roney (trumpet), Mike Stern (guitar), Marcus Miller (bass) and Brian Blade (drums).Steve Gadd WeekA deep dive into Corea’s longtime musical partnership with drummer Steve Gadd through two different ensembles: Three Quartets featuring bassist Eddie Gomez (bass) and Ben Solomon (saxo) and The Leprechaun Band.“Experiments in Electronica”Since the 1960s, Corea’s pioneering work on electronic keyboards (spanning Miles Davis, Return to Forever and the Elektric Band) has inspired generations of electronic musical innovators. This special two-night run will offer Chick’s latest take on all things electronic, joined by Marcus Gilmore (drums) and leading genre-defying electronic explorers (TBA).The full schedule can be found on the Blue Note website, comprising one of the most historic jazz residencies of all time. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see such an iconic musician!
Eric Krasno—founding member of the bands Soulive and Lettuce— will release his new solo album, Blood From A Stone, on July 8. Best known as a guitarist, the recording is the first to feature Krasno’s own vocals. The release comes at a particularly prolific time for Krasno. He’s producing new records for Allen Stone, Aaron Neville and Lawrence, while this past Friday he played to a packed house at Red Rocks in Colorado with Lettuce and the following night joined Kamasi Washington, Miguel and others as part of Bonnaroo’s SuperJam. His solo band will tour the U.S. throughout the remainder of summer and fall.For his new album’s second single, “On The Rise,” Krasno brought onboard Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Curtis Peel to direct the song’s accompanying video.Peel has a long resume. He fronted the band Futurist, cofounded the Burning Man theme camp and community, Camp Rock Star and has collaborated with artists including Dani Barbieri, Maxine Nienow, April Kidwell, Dawn of Man Productions, DMZL, and the Brooklyn bands Kylian, Turkuaz and Dopapod. Peel had this to say about his approach to illustrating the song:“When I first heard the track, I loved it instantly! I found it to be groovy and laid back with these sugary, psychedelic choruses; a sound somewhere triangulated in between Tame Impala, Beck, and James Brown on the style spectrum. So, I knew I wanted it to be really colorful, but I actually didn’t go into the project with much foresight regarding content or story line, which was kind of a departure from most of my other music videos.Essentially, I just started off illustrating the obvious lyrical imagery (mountains, moon, starlight, etc.) and just let the story develop in a stream of consciousness kind of way after that. Here’s this beautiful sunrise, now who is watching it? The observer became this cyclops monk and then his purpose grew out of that. Add in some mushroom tea, mountain top meditation and psychic flashbacks of a human civilization now buried beneath the ocean, he now had found his calling, to plant the seeds for a new population on the rise.”Eric Krasno adds, “This is one of my favorite songs on the record. We set out to create a psychedelic landscape with sounds and lyrics. Curtis Peel did an amazing job bringing that to life in the video. I knew I wanted an animated video for this song. When I spoke to Curtis and played the song for him, he got it right away and ran with it.”Watch “On The Rise” below.
Chance The Rapper continues to take the music world by storm, with his R&B fueled approach to hip hop. Chance made his return to Saturday Night Live last night, performing a pair of tracks from his recently released album, Coloring Book.The first song performed was “Finish Line/Drowned,” a soulful number with a booming horn section and an appearance by Chicago hip hop artist Noname. Check it out below.The next was “Same Drugs,” which saw Chance The Rapper sit down at the piano for a more intimate song performance.Chance The Rapper also appeared in a fun 90’s style sketch video called “Jingle Barack,” celebrating America’s last Christmas with President Barack Obama. The video was led by Chance and Kenan Thompson, and featured an appearance by Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels as well!
The Flaming Lips finally released their highly anticipated new album, Oczy Mlody, yesterday on Friday the 13th. The psychedelic rock band hasn’t released a full length album since their 2014 Beatles tribute, With A Little Help From My Fwends, and hasn’t released original music since The Terror in 2013. So the coming of Wayne Coyne and company’s new project is that much more exciting. They’ve been releasing songs and videos leading up to the album over the last couple of weeks, including a track with Miley Cyrus. With the release of Oczy Mlody, they share one more collective work of art.The music video for “Nidgy Nie (Never No)” features the band under a sheet of plastic in a color-changing room with Coyne against a wall singing words of despair. The synth-driven dance piece welcomes the rest of the album with new expectations. Future-psych-rock is novel to the Lips, and they’re going to keep driving that point with each and every tune they share with the world. Check out “Nidgy Nie (Never No)” in the video below:Stream Oczy Mlody below:
The String Cheese Incident recently announced a new album Sedona Sessions, explained to be “a series of demo recordings taken during SCI’s song writing retreat to an undisclosed location in the Arizona Desert.” These demos provide a “fly on the wall” perspective into the writing process of the Believe album.Always thinking of their fans, SCI shares a second track, a unique take on Keith Moseley’s feel good single “Get Tight.” The song was initially debuted at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC after the studio version was released earlier in the summer.To listen to the song, you must contribute to their PledgeMusic campaign. Pre-order today for access to limited edition items, a brand new song, and much more to come, right here.
Following the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry earlier this year, Berry’s family has slowly been releasing new music from the upcoming Chuck album – due out June 9, 2017. Berry had announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year, making it the first solo album he’d worked on in over 38 years. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”“Big Boys” was the first song to release from this collection of Chuck, followed by “Wonderful Woman,” and today “Big Boys” receives its counterpoint with an official music video. According to directors Matt Bizer and Curtis Wayne Millard, Berry was still alive during the music video’s production though he does not appear in the video itself.“Chuck Berry tunes are a good time and they tell stories that everyone can relate with, so we wanted to stay true to that,” they told NPR. “When we were shooting the video, Chuck Berry was still with us and during post-production we found out he had passed on. We did not know how to really process it all. In a way, I think we are still processing the entire experience.”Watch Chuck Berry’s first-ever music video below:Chuck Berry’s final album Chuck will be released on June 9, 2017. The album includes recordings from 1991 until 2014, and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It.
Season Two of Pretty Lights Live Episodic Tour has been getting better every single week! The band is coming off their Season Two premiere at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, followed by a triumphant return to Red Rocks Amphitheater for Pretty Lights’ 9th consecutive year last weekend. This past Friday and Saturday, Episode Three returned to a familiar location. Pretty Lights Live brought thousands of fans back to the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois as they did in September of 2016 during Season One of the Episodic Festival Tour.The Season One stop at Northerly Island marked the debut of Brandon Butler (keys) to Pretty Lights Live, so the return of Season Two was exceptionally triumphant for the keyboardist. Butler is the cousin of Pretty Lights Live drummer, Alvin Ford Jr. who also resides in New Orleans. Butler’s joining of the band came only weeks after Butler met with the mind behind Pretty Lights, Derek Vincent Smith. Brandon Butler has played with Smith and some of the other band members before, but unbeknownst to him it was his audition for the new role in Pretty Lights Live. Butler landed the job and after seeing him progress with the band over the last year, it is no surprise to see why. Pretty Lights Live is a well-oiled machine that seems to now seamlessly transition through the massive Pretty Lights discography.Episode 8 got off to a hot start on Night One when PLL opened with long-time crowd pleaser “How We Do.” Smith (production/analog) alongside members Chris Karns (turntables), Borahm Lee (keys), Brandon Butler (keys), and Alvin Ford Jr. (Drummer) then Flipped “How We Do,” showcasing to Chicago that while they still play old material, their improvised Flips on these tracks are constantly evolving. The rest of the night was full of Flipped version of Pretty Lights classics, while also incorporating samples from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra when they joined Pretty Lights at Red Rocks in 2014. These string samples added a depth to Pretty Lights’ music that must be heard to be understood. Smith introduced these samples for the first time since their original recordings at the Season Two opener and they’ve now been brought back to life at every Episode this Season.Both nights of the two-day Chicago run featured special guests joining the stage with Pretty Lights Live. On night one, New Orleans’ natives The Soul Rebels joined their fellow New Orleans residents (Smith, Butler & Ford Jr.) for a version of Bob Marley’s “Exodus” that had all of Northerly Island in awe, then stayed for an incredibly funky rendition of unreleased “Bump N Hustle.” Night two in Chicago, Derek Vincent Smith broke off a sample of his freestyling abilities when Hip Hop legend and Chicago’s own Chali 2na and long-time collaborator with Pretty Lights Jubee took the stage for an emotionally-charged “Shinning Bright Despite the Plight” that gave shout outs to the Pretty Lights Movement and Pretty Lights Family.During his “Shinning Bright Despite the Plight” freestyle, Smith alludes to the fact that he has played Chicago for about 10 years. Smith has a lot of love for the city of Chicago, claiming last year that it was one of his favorite cities to play outside of Colorado. He paid homage to the city he loves so much on night two by playing “More Important Than Michael Jordan” as well as his remix of the “Chicago Bulls Intro.” It has been said once before and it will be said again, Pretty Lights is not to be missed when in the city of Chicago.While the band has been exponentially ascending week in week out, they are not the only rock stars in the Pretty Lights Live experience. Lighting Designer Greg Ellis more commonly known by fans as “Laser Shark” has been pushing the envelope by creating one-of-a-kind visuals that helps create the atmosphere known as being a part of the Pretty Lights experience. The entire Pretty Lights team is moving forward, progressing just as rapidly as the band themselves by treating audiences across the US to sights and sounds that can only be seen and heard at an Episodic Festival tour stop.Episode 9 of the Episodic Tour takes place next month in Gilford, NH at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion on September 15th and 16th. This venue is where Pretty Lights Live debuted the first Episodic Festival that took place in early August of 2016. There is no doubt that this stop is one Derek Vincent Smith and company are looking forward to returning and reveling the infinite progress that has been made over the last year. Pretty Lights Live will be joined by Exmag, Ganja White Night, Jade Cicada, Maddy O’Neal, Opiou, and Twiddle.Watch pro-shot video from both nights in Chicago below, courtesy of the band: Setlist: Pretty Lights Live Band |Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island | Chicago, IL | 8/18/17How We Do Remix > FlipGold Coast Hustle Flip w/ StringsNew Moon Same Dark FlipCity of One FlipDark As The Sky TeaseYou Get HighLet’s Get Busy > heRobust Remix > FlipHigh School Art Class > FlipExodus w/ The Soul RebelsBump N Hustle w/ The Soul RebelsWho Loves Me > FlipAlmost FamiliarAnalog JamEternalesslyPretty Lights vs Radiohead vs Nirvana vs NINNew [ falling in love ]Future Blind FlipRainbows & WaterfallsDone Wrong (Opiuo Remix) > Flip > Phat Sun Spreads in Our Minds FlipOnly Yesterday > FlipSummer LovePaper Planes x Rumpshaker > FlipSetlist: Pretty Lights Live Band |Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island | Chicago, IL | 8/19/17Analog Episode 8 Intro JamHot Like SauceSo Much In The DarkUnderstand Me Now > FlipMore Important Than Michael Jordan > FlipPress Pause (Free n Losh Remix)Aimin At Your Head > JamCan’t Stop Me NowSteppin Out > FlipEvening Sun + Flip w/ StringsUp and Down I Go > FlipIt’s TrickyThe Love You Left BehindDark As The SkySummer’s Thirst FlipSomething’s WrongDrift Away > FlipHeart Shaped BoxShining Bright Despite The Plight /w Chali 2 Na & JubeeI Know The TruthAlways All Ways (Super Vision Remix) > FlipLooking For Love (But Not So Sure)NYE Chicago Bulls Intro (Pretty Lights Remix)Take The Sun AwayI Believe In Miracles[Photo by Same Door Media]
Today, Eric Krasno has announced a three-night residency at New York City’s iconic The Blue Note from March 19th through 21st, with two performances each night (one at 8 p.m. and one at 10:30 p.m.). Under the banner Eric Krasno & Friends, the beloved Soulive and Lettuce guitarist has tapped a number of other high-profile musicians to join him for these performances. As the “house band,” Krasno will reconvene his long-dormant former outfit, Chapter 2, comprised of Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on the keys as well drummer Louis Cato (Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and bassist Chris Loftlin (Brian McKnight).However, while this lineup as a standalone is exciting, Krasno & Friends will also be joined during the performances by three very special guests: Questlove, Cory Henry, and Robert Randolph. Questlove is best known for his work as a drummer and joint frontman for the classic hip-hop group, The Roots, currently the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Robert Randolph, the Grammy-nominated pedal steel guitarist, has performed with the likes of Phil Lesh, Eric Clapton, Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell, and many more, in addition to touring regularly with his own Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Rounding out the bill’s special guests is organist Cory Henry, who is well-known for his fruitful solo career as well as for his work with Snarky Puppy, though he has also toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, The Roots, and others.With such an all-star lineup, it’s clear that Eric Krasno & Friends’ run at The Blue Note will be one of the can’t-miss events of the season. Tickets for all six performances can be found here. Shows will take place at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on March 19th, 20th, and 21st.[Cover Photo: Robert Randolph, Patrick Hughes; Eric Krasno, Lou Montesano; Questlove, FERNADO MARTINS FERREIRA; Cory Henry, Press Photo]
Tedeschi Trucks Band concluded their two-night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Wednesday night. Following Tuesday’s Evening With Tedeschi Trucks Band, the twelve-piece powerhouse welcomed Amy Helm to open up the night before taking off on a super-charged extended set. Thoroughly loose from the night before, Tedeschi Trucks Band opened the show with one of their new originals, “Shame”, which was introduced in the summer of 2017. Next, they moved into NOLA-inspired, horn-heavy “Don’t Know What It Means” from 2016’s Let Me Get By. The transitional “Swamp Raga”, a bonus track from The Derek Trucks Band‘s 2009 Already Free album, followed before moving into an emotionally-charged string of originals: the heart-tugging “Midnight In Harlem” and “Don’t Let Me Slide” from 2011’s Revelator–the first official release after The Derek Trucks Band merged with Susan Tedeschi‘s band to form Tedeschi Trucks Band–and the newly-introduced “All the World”. On a day when much of the world furrowed their brows at the news and the overall state of the country, as high school students in TTB’s home state fought for their security and protection, the rock and soul of Tedeschi Trucks Band was especially poignant.The husband-and-wife duo led the band through Elmore James‘ blues standard “The Sky Is Crying” to begin the classic cover portion of the evening. Derek Trucks Band’s “Get What You Deserve” came next, followed by the band’s cover of “All My Friends” by Cowboy, which was debuted in 2010 but revived at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ on Valentine’s Day this year. From there, another relatively-rare cover of Four Tops‘ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” presented itself, followed by a traditional cover of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”–a song that the Allman Brothers Band played throughout their career, and on almost every night of their final week at the Beacon Theatre in October of 2014.As if hitting the recharge button, Tedeschi Trucks Band bounced back into their anthemic “Bound For Glory”, another favorite from 2011’s Revelator, followed by their go-to cover of John Prine‘s “Angel From Montgomery”. In a nod to their setting–the legendary Capitol Theatre, which Jerry Garcia famously named as one of his two favorite venues in the whole country–the band swung into “Sugaree”, before closing the set with Let Me Get By‘s “I Want More”.For their encore, Tedeschi Trucks Band once again swung open the door with a charged two-song nod to Sly & The Family Stone, moving from “Sing a Simple Song” into “I Want To Take You Higher”, the song pairing’s first appearance since the band’s encore rendition with Jon Batiste on 10/2/15. Thanks to Jonathan Healey and Relix, you can watch pro-shot video of the full show below:[Video: Relix]Up next, Tedeschi Trucks Band will head to Nashville, TN for their first of four nights at the Ryman Auditorium over the next two weekends. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/21/18Shame, Don’t Know What It Means, Swamp Raga (Derek Trucks Band), Midnight In Harlem, Don’t Let Me Slide, All the World, The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James), Get What You Deserve (Derek Trucks Band), All My Friends (Cowboy), Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Four Tops), Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound For Glory, Angel From Montgomery (John Prine), Sugaree (Jerry Garcia), I Want MoreE: Sing a Simple Song / I Want To Take You Higher (Sly & The Family Stone)