For any true music lover, there is a constant flow of new music being released on what seems to be almost a daily basis. At times, it can be hard to keep up and keep track of which artists have put out new spins for fans to listen to. With the current release format constantly changing, and many artists opting to release singles over the course of a few months, or drop an EP rather than a full album, it’s enough to keep the most ardent of fans busy ’round the clock.Recently, there has a number of interesting listens from well-known artists, and those in which you might only be hearing of for the first time. We decided to highlight a few of those artists that have been on our playlist over the last few weeks for you to check out at your own discretion. Take a listen and enjoy (hopefully)!Khruangbin – “Maria Tambien”The Texas-based trio is back at it with some new music. “Maria También” features Middle Eastern influences, with the the video for the track showcasing Iranian female artists that were pushing creativity and freedom of expression prior to the Revolution of 1979. The freedom fighters were subsequently exiled or silenced post-revolution, and Khruangbin are going and making sure these revolutionaries are not forgotten.[via Night Time Stories]Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Doc”A funky, horn-heavy number the band has dubbed “Doc.” The upbeat and rollicking song shows Pigeons at their finest, with the energy of the Baltimore, MD-based acts high-octane performances perfectly translated in the tune. Guitarist Jeremy Schon explained the backstory of the track, as it being a dedication to one of the band’s earliest and most outspoken fans, “Doc’s a wildfire whose never-quit attitude deserved to be immortalized on Pizazz with blazing horns, scorching solos, and the love for ‘beats and funky psychedelia.’” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong just released their latest album Pizazz in October to rave reviews.[via Spotify]Makthaverskan “Comfort” Melodic guitars a la The Police or The Cure and catchy 80’s pop vocals prevail with this quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden. There is some seriously incredible music coming out of Scandinavia at the moment, it would be prudent to keep an ear out for what is making its way from the other side of the pond. Makthaverskan just released their latest album, III, back in October and it is starting to get a lot of spins for a very good reason.[via Run For Cover Records]Of Clocks And Clouds “Burn A Hole Pt. 2”This Brooklyn-based trio blends the electronic and rock genres seamlessly into a psychedelic dreamscape. Of Clocks and Clouds is definitely a sonic force worth the experience, and has the potential to make a serious run at the big time. No joke.[via Of Clocks And Clouds]Björk “The Gate”The first single from her forthcoming album, Björk continues to prove why she is one of the most creative, innovative, and emotive artists that has ever graced this Earth. When describing her latest work, the Icelandic goddess explained, “this new album is about a love that’s even greater. [I]t’s about rediscovering love—but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word.” She continues to impress forty years into what has been an iconic career of always seeking to push the boundaries of art and human existence.[via NOWNESS]Black Pistol Fire “Lost Cause”From their latest album, Deadbeat Graffiti (which was released in September), this Toronto, Canada duo is quickly ascending the ranks. With high-octane rock and plenty of grit, Black Pistol Fire is a name you will be hearing about for years to come. They just came through Colorado for a two-night run at Globe Hall and BellyUp Aspen that rocked the Rockies. Check out our latest feature on BellyUp Aspen here.[via Spotify]Borahm Lee “The Shaman”Downtempo and synthed-out hypnotic grooves are delivered straight to your inner ear canal from the Break Science/Pretty Lights Live Band keyboardist and producer. Lee recently debuted a group dubbed J.E.D.I. – Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation – with drummer Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce/Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power) with a 3-night run in the Northeast in Philly, NYC, and Albany – check out a recap and video from the Philly show here.“The Shaman”[via Soundcloud]Louis Cato “Down For You”Louis Cato‘s skills are showcased on The Late Night with Stephen Colbert on a nightly basis as part of John Batiste’s house band Stay Human, but the multi-instrumentalist is literally one of the most versatile musicians in the world today. You may not be familiar with Cato yet, but you should be. The Portugal-born, former Berklee College of Music student has recorded and toured with heavy hitters such as Snarky Puppy, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, John Legend, Beyonce, and Q-Tip for several very good reasons. With the recent release of his first solo album, Starting Now (Nov. 17th release), the world finally gets pure, unadulterated Cato. He just played a record release show at NYC’s at Rockwood Music Hall. This is an album you won’t want to sleep on.[via Soundcloud]
Tedeschi Trucks Band is the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will lead their twelve-piece ensemble through two sets over two days, marking their fourth LOCKN’ to date. Tedeschi Trucks Band has played every LOCKN’ since the festival’s inception in 2013, with the exception of last year, so the band’s familial vibe is welcomed wholeheartedly. For a band known to welcome a special guest or two (or more) at their live shows, we can’t wait to see what goes down at LOCKN’ Festival–the mecca of magical collaborations.Tedeschi Trucks Band will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here. Check out the building schedule below.[photo: Sam Shinault]
MGMT will release Little Dark Age, their first album in five years, this Friday, February 9th via Columbia Records. The band, made famous through their early-to-mid 2000s hits “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” returned to the stage last summer, and has been actively touring since. Since the announcement of the album’s coming release, the band has released a handful of singles, including “When You Die”, “Hand It Over”, and the album’s title track. Today, the band has shared yet another single to get fans ready for Little Dark Age, and a bizarre new music video to go along with it.Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion) go on a sort of abstract psychedelic quest when they find a cool song by a Filipino rock band called True Faith online and decide that they’re going to “steal it.” (Note: the band in the video is real, but the “stolen” song in question is not). The video, which echoes the worst of your lysergic nightmares, follows Andrew and Ben as they use the stolen song to make themselves famous and successful, and are eventually called out and disgraced for their piracy and plagiarism—although they do get a surprise happy ending. The track itself is a sunny, 80’s-style analog groove, but the video portrays a much more somber tone.MGMT – “Me and Michael”[Video: MGMTVEVO]The real True Faith also recorded their own version of “Ako at si Michael”, the copied song referenced in the video. You can listen to it below.True Faith – “Ako at si Michael”[Video: ABS-CBN Starmusic]You can catch MGMT on the road this spring. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to their website. See below for a full track listing, and get excited with a short “making of” video made by David MacNutt, via MGMT Facebook.MGMT’s Little Dark Age Tracklist:1. She Works Out Too Much2. Little Dark Age3. When You Die4. Me and Michael5. TSLAMP6. James7. Days That Got Away8. One Thing Left To Try9. When You’re Small10. Hand It Over[H/T – Consequence of Sound]
On Tuesday, February 20th, and Wednesday, February 21st, Tedeschi Trucks Band will continue their tour with a two-night stand at the iconic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Today, The Capitol Theatre announced that it will be streaming both of the sold-out shows in their entirety for free on the Relix YouTube channel. Tuesday’s stream will show two sets by Tedeschi Trucks Band, as the show was marketed as “An Evening With Tedeschi Trucks Band,” while Wednesday’s stream will capture both Amy Helm’s opening set and one extended headlining set by the soulful twelve-piece.To check out the Tedeschi Trucks Band webcast, you can head over to Relix‘s YouTube page here, or check out the embedded streams below.Tuesday, 2/20/2018 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYWednesday, 2/21/2018 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
A few weeks ago, Jam Cruise made serious waves in the jam community when the beloved musical cruise and destination event announced that it would be expanding to six days and three port stops. Jam Cruise 17 will take place from January 15th to 21st in 2019, returning to the Norwegian Jade for stops in Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.Today, the event has finally dropped its highly anticipated Jam Cruise 17 lineup, which is headed by Umphrey’s McGee, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, and Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock. Known for their diverse and all-star lineup all around, Jam Cruise 17 will also see performances by Leftover Salmon, The Motet, ALO, Turkuaz, Spafford, Fruition, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Melvin Seals & JGB, Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Nth Power, SunSquabi, The Porter Trio, Matador! Soul Sounds, Toubab Krewe, Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, Monophonics, Southern Avenue, Jon Stickley Trio, Magicgravy, Star Kitchen, The Sweet Lillies, Nathan Moore, Everyone Orchestra, DJ Soul Sister, and Subset.Given the event’s focus on jams, the cruise will be hosting a number of special all-star supergroups, including Dragon Smoke, a band featuring Ivan Neville, Robert Mercurio, Eric Lindell, and Stanton Moore, as well as The Cleaners, a group featuring Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, Kevin Scott, and Deshawn Alexander. Special guests, who will be offering their talents in the form of frequent sit-ins and hosting special jam sessions, include Skerik, Big Sam, Roosevelt Collier, Daniel Rodriguez, Leslie Mendelson, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. For booking and more information, head to JamCruise.com.For those wanting to celebrate the announcement, fans in New Orleans for Jazz Fest can preview The Cleaners during tonight’s official Jam Cruise Lineup Announcement Party at The Howlin’ Wolf, which will see The Cleaners’ Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Marcus King, and Deshawn Alexander, plus Dave Schools, come together as the Daze Between Band. For more information and tickets, head here.
On May 30th, Trombone Shorty performed at the 16th annual Sesame Workshop gala in New York City. The event, which benefits the nonprofit organization behind the beloved children’s program Sesame Street, was a high-profile affair, hosted by TV personality and host Katie Couric and, of course, a bunch of muppets including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many others. In addition to honors given out across the night, the gala primarily celebrated the launch of Sesame Workshop’s newly established Joan Ganz Cooney Fund for Vulnerable Children.However, given that this is a music site, most importantly, the gala gave us a series of amazing photos of Trombone Shorty partying with a bunch of muppets, including Elmo, Count von Count, and Zoe. Furthermore, to commemorate the famed New Orleans-bred musician and bandleader’s musical contributions to the evening, Sesame Street crafted a custom Trombone Shorty muppet. You can check out Trombone Shorty’s Twitter post about his muppet doppelgänger below, plus check out more pictures of Trombone Shorty, Katie Couric, and other muppets at the gala here. The Trombone Shorty muppet is the second TV-stylized version of the Orleans Avenue bandleader we’ve seen this year. In March, a cartoon version of him appeared on The Simpsons during a special episode about New Orleans.
Today, Ween has added two nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. On October 16th and 17th, Ween will perform their fifth studio album, 12 Golden Country Greats, which they recorded in Nashville in 1995. The shows will feature support from The Sh*t Creek Boys.Pre-sale for these shows open on Wednesday, August 15th at 10 a.m. local time (password: fluffy) here. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17th at 10 a.m. here. You can listen to Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats below:In addition to Nashville, the New Hope, PA natives will continue on with their previously-announced, staggered tour dates. After the band rolls through McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon, in mid-August, the band will take a substantial break until mid-October, allowing Dean Ween to embark with the Dean Ween Group for his rock2 tour in September.Ween will perform at Miami’s The Fillmore on October 13th, St. Augustine, Florida’s St. Augustine Amphitheater on October 14th, and mount a two-night run at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on October 19th and 20th following the Nashville gigs. The band will also stop in Detroit, Michigan on October 30th before heading to Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom for their Halloween show. From there, the group has added three shows in November including a performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 2nd and a two-night run in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 3rd and 4th.For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s official website.
It’s business time: The new Flight of the Conchords special has arrived! The New Zealand-native musical comedy duo has officially released their new hour-long concert special via HBO. As reported earlier this year, the new special, Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo, features both new and familiar material from the pair comprised of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.In March, Clement and McKenzie embarked on their first U.K. tour in seven years, dubbed “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords,” featuring stops in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, and more. Live at the London Apollo is comprised of footage from their tour-opening run at London’s Eventim Apollo.Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo – Teaser[Video: HBO]The duo developed a worldwide cult following after their BBC radio series was turned into a TV show on HBO in 2007, showcasing their unassuming yet hilarious blend of music and comedy. The eponymous series ran for two seasons and was nominated for several Emmys in both songwriting and overall comedic categories. After a relatively quiet few years, the group returned in 2016, announcing an extensive summer tour that marked their first U.S. shows since 2013.Ahead of the release of the new hour, Jemaine and Bret went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform one of the new tunes featured in the special, “Father & Son”. Watch that performance below:Flight of the Conchords – “Father & Son”[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]You can watch Live At The London Apollo in its entirety on HBO or any of their streaming platforms now. You can also get a taste of the fun with a selection of clips from the special, including a new song that humorously flips gender dynamics (within the all-male duo, that is), a rendition of fan-favorite “I’ve Got Hurt Feelings”, and some amusing banter about complimentary muffins at hotels that shows off the pair’s ample comedic chemistry.Flight of the Conchords – “A Gender Reversal Reversal”[Video: HBO]Flight of the Conchords – “I’ve Got Hurt Feelings”[Video: HBO]Flight of the Conchords – “Complimentary Muffins”[Video: HBO][H/T Consequence of Sound]
On Monday, Black Mountain, NC’s Pisgah Brewing Company and All Good Presents announced the debut of Dark Star Orchestra‘s Pisgah Jubilee, an expansive two-day event with multiple stages of music, special beer offerings, local food, vendors, and more.The inaugural event will see two days and four sets of Dark Star Orchestra, which will include a special recreation of the Grateful Dead‘s May 3rd, 1979 show from the Charlotte Coliseum. The two-day event will also include performances from Peter Rowan, Midnight North, California Kind, The Lil Smokies, Josh Phillips Feels Good, Captain Midnight Band, Campfire Reverends, and The Snozzberries.Good Lovin’ VIP packages are available, which includes a guided brewery tour and tasting, early entry, preferred parking, private viewing area, private bar, private port-a-lets, VIP laminate, commemorative event poster, and poster signing with all members of Dark Star Orchestra. GA & VIP Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 15th at 10 a.m. (EST) here.The eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019. Dark Star Orchestra, the festival’s host band, will perform three full, two-set shows over the course of the Memorial Day weekend event.The original Dark Star Jubilee will also see performances from Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, Midnight North, The Nth Power, Jeff Mattson & Friends, Cris Jacobs Band, The Mighty Pines, Dino English & The Progfusionals, and The Sweet Lillies.
Vulfpeck has shared a new live video for their Hill Climber instrumental, “Disco Ulysses”.While the song itself has no lyrics, the always-eccentric outfit added some thematic context to the video by way of scrolling stage directions that frame the song as a scene-by-scene outline of a musical—with a book by Homer (sweet literary reference) and music by Vulfpeck. The titles move through dry, comical adaptations of various scenes in Homer’s The Odyssey (like Ulysses blinding the Cyclops) paired with fictional songs like “I Can’t See Good”. While the “scenes” are surely good for some amused chuckles, they also add some creative context for the song’s various distinct musical sections.Check out the new video for Vulfpeck’s “Disco Ulysses” below:Vulfpeck – “Disco Ulysses” [Official Video][Video: Vulf]Related: Vulfpeck Welcomes Cory Henry, The Fearless Flyers At Chilly Red Rocks Blowout [Photos/Video]Vulfpeck has only a handful of performances on the books for the remainder of this year, including a pair of performances at the Greek Theatres in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA (fittingly dubbed “Greek Week“) in July, a slot at this year’s LOCKN’ festival in August, and their debut performance at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden in September. For more information on the upcoming Vulfpeck dates, head to the band’s website here.