Colorado’s Big Gigantic have shared with us the first original single in over a year, entitled “The Little Things.” The dynamic duo, consisting of Dominic Lalli (saxophonist/producer) and Jeremy Salken (drummer), brought on the vibrant vocals of singer-songwriter Angela McCluskey for the vibey new track, which apparently came together in an ironic twist of fate.“I heard her singing on a Telepopmusik song that popped up on my Pandora station one day. I absolutely loved her voice and hit her up right away to see if she wanted to collaborate on some music,” Lalli explains. “We worked on a song a couple years back that we never ended up finishing and earlier this year, I came across the vocals again. They happened to fit quite nicely over this new song I was working on so we switched some stuff around, added a few lyrics and this new song was born!”The soulful, smoky voice matches this vibe-heavy track all the way through. Listen for yourself:The track is available as a free download on Big Gigantic’s website. Go out and catch their live tour this Spring:
Dave Matthews Band returned to The Gorge Amphitheatre last night for the second night of their annual three-night stand at the storied venue. The band has announced that they’ll be taking an extended hiatus following this run, giving the weekend an extra feeling of importance for fans and band alike. There’s no telling when DMB will return to the stage, so this weekend is a huge celebration of the band’s deep catalog. Night one featured fan-favorites like “The Song That Jane Likes”, “Warehouse”, “Dancing Nancies”, and “Grey Street” (among others), and night two featured more of the same, with a funky Prince cover thrown in and another appearance by Brazilian brass legend Carlos Malta.The band opened up with “Squirm”, before really getting the set started with a pair of beloved tracks in “One Sweet World” and “Granny”. The beginning of the set also featured “When the World Ends”, “Funny the Way It Is”, and a standout “Crush” before the band segued into “Bartender” and invited Malta out for his first tune of the evening. “Bartender” was only played one other time in 2016, so the song was truly appreciated by the DMB faithful who trekked out to The Gorge. Malta would join the band on “Cry Freedom”, Dave Matthews solo track “Gravedigger”, and “Jimi Thing” throughout the course of the evening, adding his signature sound to DMB’s well-oiled machine.After “Jimi Thing”, DMB performed a super-funky cover of “Sexy MF” by Prince that really got the crowd moving, before the band brought their set to a close with “Pantala Naga Pampa” > “Rapunzel”. The band returned to the stage for an extended, three-song encore of “Sister”, “Two Step”, and “Halloween” that put a cap on an excellent evening.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of setlist.fm. Dave Matthews Band have one more show at The Gorge tonight before beginning their extended hiatus on Monday. Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists
Guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, has released his first music video in 16 years for “Exercise Man”, from his upcoming solo record The Deaner Album. The hilarious video features Deaner and his group–Ween cohort Dave Dreiwitz, Meat Puppets guitarist Curt Kirkwood, and drummer Ray Kubian–sporting spandex cycling gear and singing an ode to the “douchebag Exercise Man” who won’t stop working out. Dean plays the title role, hogging lanes of traffic while he feels the burn on his bike, puffing on his ever-present cigarette.Deaner explained the origins of the song in a new interview with Consequence of Sound: “‘Exercise Man’ is my favorite video I’ve done…It was real low-budget and simple. I’ve got a really good story about it. When my son was little, maybe around two years old, we’d be driving around and I’d make up little fucked-up jokes. We’d see a deer squashed on the side of the road and I’d say, ‘Hey Mike, look at the cute little deer!’ That would get him laughing. But every time we’d see one of those jerkoffs with all the gear jogging in the rain I’d yell, ‘Go man! You go buddy! Run! Run!’ Then Mikey would giggle at that. Then I’d start singing, ‘Go-Go-Go Exercise Man!’ There’s actually a couple songs that I’ve written like that, which were basically songs I made up to amuse my son. I wrote ‘Exercise Man’ in like five minutes. It just came right out. I knew it was a keeper because I’d always laugh every time I did an overdub. It never got less funny while we were recording it.”Check out the new video below:You can read the full interview here. The Deaner Album will be available on October 21st via ATO Records.[via Consequence of Sound]
It seems that new music from the Gorillaz could arrive any day now. The band has been posting with intermittent bursts of social media activity, which started about a month ago when the band shared a timeline of their entire career. Then, the group started detailing the stories of its cartoon members in “The Book Of” updates, filling in the gaps of each character over the last few years.We first heard from “The Book Of Noodle” and “The Book Of Russel,” with each ten-page post detailing the characters and their stories. Today we get “The Book Of Murdoc,” chronicling the so-called King of the Gorillaz during the down years between Phase Three and Phase Four of the Gorillaz.Check out the new story below.
The soundtrack for Eddie O’Keefe’s new film Shangri-La Suite is sounding mighty nice. The Mondo Boys‘ Mike Griffin and Mike Schanzlin shared a 30-minute mixtape of the soundtrack, which includes a rendition of the Velvet Underground‘s “Who Loves the Sun” as sung by sir Joshua Tillman of Father John Misty.Listen to the Loaded opener at the 2:59 mark below, and give the full tape a spin while you’re at it: Tracklisting:00:00 – Troubled Girl01:22 – The Chase02:59 – Who Loves The Sun [feat. Father John Misty]*05:37 – The Law on Their Tail06:10 – Elvis [featuring Burt Reynolds]07:31 – Baby Don’t Let Me Go [feat. Scot Bruce]09:09 – Road Dream10:37 – Bathroom Tiles [feat. Baby Chuck]~12:27 – Kill Elvis13:14 – I Don’t Wanna Die [feat. Emily Browning]17:15 – Shangri-La Suite20:07 – Elvis’ Dream [feat. Ron Livingston & Springtime Carnivore]21:26 – The Escape Pt 222:22 – I Found A Reason [feat. Jonathan Rado]*25:21 – Found Poem by Karen Bird26:02 – First In Line [feat. Scot Bruce]**Words and Music written by: Griffin/Schanzlin (Mondo Boys)*Written by Lou Reed / Velvet Underground~Written by Baby Chuck**Written by Weisman and SchroederString arrangements by Paul CartwrightHorn arrangements by Todd SimonPerformances by:Mike Griffin, Mike Schanzlinwith Thomas Carroll (drums), Paul Cartwright (violin), Sean O’Malley (harmonica), Todd Simon (trumpet), Tracy Wannomae (saxophone)Vocal Performances by:Emily Browning, Scot Bruce, Ron Livingston, Greta Morgan, Matt O’Keefe, Jonathan Rado, Joshua Tillman
Aqueous have had a huge year in 2017, touring from coast-to-coast, performing in support of Umphrey’s McGee, rocking their own headlining club dates, and playing to packed stages at national festivals like Peach Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival. After a relentless year on the road, it comes as welcome news that the Buffalo-bred band will return to their hometown for a special performance on New Year’s Eve. On Sunday, December 31, Aqueous will ring in the new year at Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY.Last month, the band released a brand new studio single, “Weight of the Word,” which is Aqueous’ first studio cut since their 2014 album Cycles. Earlier this year, Aqueous released their live record, Element Pt. I, which compiles fan-selected cuts from their 2017 Spring tour. The second installment, containing selections from their Spring 2017 run, as well as those from this Summer, is expected in the coming months.See below for a full list of Aqueous’s tour dates, and join them in celebrating 2017 while welcoming 2018 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Tickets are currently on sale and available here.AQUEOUS // Tour Dates9/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam9/12 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry9/14 – Madison, WI – The Frequency9/15 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/16 – Indianapolis, IN – The Mousetrap9/22 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/23 & 9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Comes Alive9/29 – Glens Falls – The Summit – Queensbury Hotel9/30 – Canton, NY – Java Barn10/24 – Wilmington, NC – The Calico Room10/25 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall10/26 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House10/28 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween10/31 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco11/1 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt11/2 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall11/3 – Covington, KY – Octave11/4 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street11/15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom11/16 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall11/17 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café Back Room11/18 – Ferndale, MI – Otus Supply Parliament Room12/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom1/17 – 1/22 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise
Last night, Terrapin Crossroads, the now-legendary venue in San Rafael, California owned by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, hosted a special benefit concert to support those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. All proceeds from the concert dubbed Shelter From The Storm—a nod to the 1975 Bob Dylan tune—went to Humanity Hammers Back, Habitat for Humanity’s long-term hurricane recovery program. The special evening ended up being an all-star affair, with Lesh being joined by his Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir, Peter Rowan, Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle, and host band Midnight North.You can check out a full video of Midnight North’s performance with special guests Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Peter Rowan, and Mihali Savoulidis below, courtesy of skiebus.
Karl Denson Tiny Universe guitarist D.J. Williams and his band, Shots Fired, are on the front lines of SoCal’s new-era funk scene. An entire music community has materialized around the band’s residency shows, no two of which are the exact same, thanks to an impressive rotating roster that features some of the biggest names in today’s funk, rock, and jam scenes. Performing regularly for the past year almost exclusively in Los Angeles and San Diego, Williams has decided to take his band on field trips for a very limited number of quick strikes while they prepare to release their first album, Live From Over Where.For their Las Vegas debut, Williams has — for one night only — renamed his collective “Bowls Fired,” in recognition of the victims of the recent and horrific attack on the city by a lone gunman. The “Bowls Fired” moniker is also a double entendre that references the party’s host, Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, while giving a wink to the band’s cannabis activism. After being detained in the Middle East for 42 nights — in conditions that would make Amnesty International and the U.N. cringe — for possession of a vape pen, Williams was deported and immediately signed a sponsorship deal with Legion of Bloom, who handed out their top shelf “Monarch” vape pens during a recent LA residency.For this one-time-only engagement in Las Vegas, D.J. Williams’ Bowls Fired! will include Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid), Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) and John Staten (Pimps of Joytime) performing a selection of future funk classics.
Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their magic to the desert on Tuesday night with a spellbinding performance to open their two-night run at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Following the opening act, Austin, Texas’ The Greyhounds, who perfectly set the tone for the evening, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivered a near-two-hour set mixed with old favorites and newer instant classics among the group’s legion of fan.Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Blake Mills & Carey Frank For Night One In LA [Setlist/Photos]During the show, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivered some well-loved tunes from their earlier catalog, such as “It’s So Heavy”, “Part of Me”, and a bold “Bound for Glory” encore. The show also saw the group lay out a fiery rendition of Derek & The Dominoes’ “Anyday”, which offered some dynamic vocal work between Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison, as well as Tedeschi Trucks Band’s own take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.” Also on the docket for the evening was the band’s relatively new number, “Shame”, which made its debut over the summer and was performed last during the group’s highly anticipated run at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre this past weekend.Relive Tedeschi Trucks Band & Trey Anastasio’s Collab At The Beacon [Pro-Shot Video/Audio]However, one of the stand-out MVPs of the evening was Kofi Burbridge, who it’s safe to say is fully back in the saddle following his medical emergency earlier in the year that prevented him from touring with the group while he recovered. Last night’s show in Phoenix saw a stand-out performance by Burbridge, with his awe-inspiring flute solo leaving the crowd’s jaws dropped. Derek Trucks made his way across the stage to initiate the solo, and then followed it with a particularly effortless slide guitar rebuttal, underlying the undeniable chemistry between the two prolific musicians.Tedeschi Trucks Band Side Project, Whose Hat Is This?, Announces Winter Tour Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday. Thanks to Glen Petitt for capturing some of the magic from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s show in Phoenix last night. Enjoy his videos below.“Anyday”“Shame” [Photo: Phierce Photo; Show notes via Lizzie Morelli]
Last week, Donald Fagen filed a lawsuit against the estate of his late bandmate Walter Becker, who died earlier this year, over the rights to continue to use the name Steely Dan for performances. Fagen also filed a suit against Steely Dan’s management firm, alleging that the firm has been withholding records from him.Today, a representative of Walter Becker’s estate provides a statement regarding Donald Fagen’s lawsuit, expressing their disappointment. Read the full statement below.“We were disappointed to learn that Donald Fagen commenced a lawsuit against (the estate of) Walter Becker, his partner of 50 years, on the eve of Thanksgiving. We believe the agreement to which Mr. Fagen refers in his suit — drafted 45 years ago— was not in effect at the time of Walter’s death.Mr. Fagen’s lawsuit, riddled with half-truths and omissions, misleadingly fails to state that the day after Walter died, Mr. Fagen had his lawyer send a demand letter to Walter’s estate, thus beginning a legal campaign against Walter’s family immediately after his death. The misrepresentation that his widow, Ms. Cioffi initiated any litigious action is simply untrue. In our view, Mr. Fagen is unfairly trying to deprive Walter’s family of the fruits of their joint labors.Since Walter’s passing, we have endeavored to achieve a compromise with Mr. Fagen. We were close to a resolution with his longtime counsel who he suddenly fired. We then negotiated in good faith with replacement counsel who Mr. Fagen also fired. Mr. Fagen’s third and current lawyer did not even attempt to contact us prior to filing a lawsuit.While we regret Mr. Fagen’s latest actions, we will vigorously defend against his unwarranted and frivolous case.”As The Hollywood Reporter previously outlined of Fagen’s actions,“At the center of the lawsuit is a 1972 Buy/Sell Agreement signed by the original bandmembers when Steely Dan was incorporated. According to the complaint, which was filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, the contract provides that whenever a member of the group quits or dies Steely Dan purchases all of that members shares in the group.By the 2010s, Fagen and Becker were the only remaining shareholders and signatories to the Buy/Sell Agreement,” writes attorney Louis “Skip” Miller in the complaint. ‘Four days after Becker’s death, on September 7, 2017, the Becker Defendants sent Fagen a letter stating that ‘We wanted to put you on notice that the Buy/Sell Agreement dated as of October 31, 1972 is of no force or effect.’”The letter sent to Fagen by Becker’s estate also asked that Becker’s widow receive 50% ownership of and become an officer of Steely Dan. Fagen has claimed that the Becker estate currently has control of Steely Dan’s official website, with the estate of the late Steely Dan guitarist refusing to give him access or any control of the site. Fagen is seeking a million dollars in damages and hoping that the court will arrive at the decision that Fagen, following Becker’s passing, is the sole owner of the Steely Dan name.