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When Infrasound Music Festival released their lineup last week, one particular entry certainly caught our eye. The whole lineup is packed with performances from Noisia, Shpongle, EOTO and more, but the bottom of the billing introduced a new supergroup for festivalgoers: the Infrasound All-Stars.The All-Stars feature Michael Travis and Jason Hann, masters of percussion for The String Cheese Incident and EOTO, as well as Russ Liquid on horns and Benjamin Bamby of Ganja White Night on keys. Not only will this be the debut for the Infrasound All-Stars, but it also marks Bamby’s first performance in the US.“I’m god damn excited!,” said Bamby. “The opportunity to perform in the U.S. alongside members of String Cheese Incident, EOTO, and Russ Liquid Test is quite humbling!” Fans can expect a sonic exploration like none other, as all four are veterans of live performance production. EOTO is known for their all-improvisational approach, as both Travis and Hann are masters of sonic manipulation, powered with an extensive array of percussion and production isntruments. With Russ Liquid adding his potent support on the trumpet and more, and the low end grooves of Ganja White Night’s keyboardist Benjamin Bamby, there’s no telling what might go down.Infrasound is scheduled for June 2-6 in Highbridge, WI. Tickets and more information about Infrasound Music Festival can be found here, and you can check out the full lineup below.
We’ll play you off with a video shared by OHM, capturing Menza on the 10th anniversary of Soultone Cymbals. RIP Nick Menza. We’re beyond saddened to report that famed drummer Nick Menza, who played a pivotal role behind the kits for Megadeth from 1989-1998. Menza was also a member of the group OHM, founded by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. It was with this group that Menza would spend his final moments, as the band was performing at their local spot, The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA, when the 51-year-old drummer collapsed behind the kit.As a member of Megadeth, Menza was present for four of the band’s most acclaimed albums: Rust In Peace, Countdown To Extinction, Youthanasia, and Cryptic Writings. Though Menza left the group for health reasons in 1998, he would return for rehearsals when the band planned a reunion in 2004. Unfortunately, Menza and Dave Mustaine could not come to an agreement, and Mustaine reported that Menza wasn’t prepared for the demands of a national tour.Still, that never kept Menza off the stage. He performed with groups like Orphaned to Hatred, Mindstreem, and, of course, OHM. Fans from the jam scene will remember that OHM has collaborated on and off with Umphrey’s McGee since 2008 as OHMphrey, though Menza was not a part of that project.Reports from last night indicate that OHM was on stage at their regularly-frequented spot, The Baked Potato, when Menza collapsed during the show. He was reportedly rushed to the hospital, with a possible heart failure. While no official report has been released, a number of Menza’s peers and collaborators have expressed their condolences for the lost drummer.
The annual del-elebration known as DelFest has been rocking it all weekend long, bringing a soulful mix of Americana jams to Cumberland, MD. Last Friday night brought a number of great performers, including a headlining set from the beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group has been on fire throughout 2016, touring on the heels of their recently-released Let Me Get By album.The show at DelFest featured some very special guests; Del and Ronnie McCoury. The festival hosts joined in on the classic song “Color Of The Blues” by George Jones, and Ronnie McCoury stayed on to lend a hand for “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan. Interestingly, the Dylan song from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was performed on the 53rd anniversary of its release.Thanks to taper Alex Leary, we can listen to the whole set, streaming below.
Beloved Americana group The Infamous Stringdusters are bringing it closer to home! The band has hosted the annual Festy Experience annually in Virginia, but the Berklee College of Music graduates have a new event in the New England area.Dubbed New England Festy, the Dusters will expand the “Festy” name to Prowse Farm in Canton, MA, home of the beloved Life Is Good Festival that ended in 2013. The beautiful grounds will host the Stringdusters and some esteemed colleagues from September 17-18, and the initial lineup is looking great. Not only will the Infamous Stringdusters headline, but they’ll welcome Greensky Bluegrass, Josh Ritter, The Wood Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Fruition, David Wax Museum, Sierra Hull and more!Check out the website for this new festival, with tickets, information and more!
Fans of the Grateful Dead have blossomed into one of the kindest, most spirited, and joyful communities in music history. Their culture promotes undisturbed happiness, endless love, ever-flowing gratitude, and a sense of unabashed freedom like no other. Now, in the age of the Internet, the Dead Head community is able to share some of their wildest stories, recordings, and videos for other fans to enjoy. The online community has also become a reliable source for locating certain people, who might have shared a particularly touching moment and would like to reconnect.Last night, one Grateful Father made a touching post in the Facebook group “Dead Lot” seeking a woman he’d met on the lawn at the Dead & Company show this past Tuesday at SPAC. She’d given his son a few glow sticks and a balloon that might have changed the boy’s understanding of the world forever. As innocent as these gifts may have been, the father explains that his experience with the balloon “turned into a lesson in kindness, and joy that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.”Read the full post below, and help find this mystery woman!You said you teach pre-school, and used to teach 2nd Grade. You stood near my son Wyatt, (pictured below), and I at SPAC this past Tuesday. If you’re out there, and you see this, know that you made a difference, a HUGE difference in the life of my beautiful boy. You had no way of knowing of course, but Wyatt has been through so much this past year academically, socially, and on the home front with his Mom’s irratic and very troubled involvement in his life.You gave Wyatt a glass tube with bubbles and took out one of your own, and you blew bubbles with him. You cheered him on as he blew greater and greater amounts of bubbles and I saw my son’s eyes light up, and I saw him smiling. Next you gave him several glow sticks and he was thrilled with this as well. He was so touched by your energy, your spirit, your kindness, that he asked me, “Daddy, can I give her this?” holding aloft a pink glow stick that we had brought. At first I told him that I didn’t think it was necessary. That you had so much already that it was okay if he didn’t. In my mind I thought, “She already has tons of glow sticks, she doesn’t need one of his.” But Wyatt persisted, “Please Daddy? Pleeeease!!” I acquiesced. You thanked my son profusely, and then you did what was perhaps, for him, the greatest thing of the entire concert, you gave him a balloon. Not long after that, you were on your way.This was no ordinary balloon however, it was a punching balloon that you’d outfitted internally with a glowing device that changed colors. If you are out there reading this somewhere, please know that this balloon then became Wyatt’s greatest joy. He held this beautiful, colorful orb, and danced with it all night in his hands. When I hoisted him up on my shoulders he held his beautiful baloon up high and spun it around hoping that everyone could see just how glorious a thing it was! He marveled that he could “FEEL” the music as it vibrated his balloon. And I told him the story of Deaf Heads, the front row, and balloons, and he marveled that deaf people could enjoy the same music that he was now enjoying.A couple of times throughout the night Wyatt asked if you were returning, and I explained to him that it was unlikely. At the very end of the night Wyatt began throwing the balloon upward and catching it. Just a foot or two at first, and then higher. And then, during the encore of Brokedown Palace it happened. Wyatt threw his balloon up just a smidge too high, and a gentle breeze caught hold of it and carried it forward toward the stage a few rows. And when it came down another fan bopped it further foward, and then again, and again. And although I initially tried to retrieve it, I knew it was not to be.I turned to my boy who had been enthralled with the entire night, who had worn a smile since the moment the music had begun playing, and there were tears in his eyes. “I want my balloon back Daddy.” he wept. “I’m so sorry baby, but we can’t get it back.”, I said. “But look, see it, over there?”, and I pointed to where the magical balloon you’d given my son had risen up above the audience, still aglow with color as it floated effortlessly further toward the stage. “See, other people are getting to enjoy it now. Just like that nice woman gave it to you and you got to feel all that joy in your heart all night from having it. Now every single person who gets to tap it gets to taste a little of that joy too. And that’s what you gave to them. Isn’t that special? Isn’t that a wonderful thing? You spread joy to sooooo many people just now!”And with that Wyatt’s tears stopped. The joy and the glow from before returned to his eyes, and I got down on my knees to his level, put my arm around him, and rocked back and forth for the rest of the encore with Bobby serenading us. As we were packing up Wyatt said to me, “Daddy, we have to say thank you to the balloon lady. We have to tell her her how many people enjoyed her balloon. I told him that I was certain that you knew. “I still want to tell her anyway.”, he replied. Personally, I think he just missed you and your kind energy. We both did, you were terrific.So if by some chance you are indeed out there reading this, thank you! Thank you from Wyatt, and thank you just as much from me for giving my boy a balloon that turned into a lesson in kindness, and joy that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.*UPDATE* We are thrilled to announce that The Balloon Lady has been found, and sent this loving response to her new friends:
We can’t wait to hear more about this, and to see Mike on the road this Fall!Mike Gordon Fall Tour DatesFri 18 NovDelmar HallSaint Louis, MO 8:30 PM / Doors: 7:30 PMSat 19 NovMajestic TheatreMadison, WI 9:00 PMSun 20 NovPark WestChicago, IL 8:00 PM / Doors: 7:00 PMTue 22 NovStage AEPittsburgh, PA 8:30 PM / Doors: 7:30 PMWed 23 NovTown BallroomBuffalo, NY 9:00 PM / Doors: 8:00 PMFri 25 NovHigher GroundSouth Burlington, VT 8:30 PM / Doors : 8:00 PMSat 26 NovThe Egg – Hart TheatreAlbany, NY 8:00 PM / Doors: 7:00 PMMon 28 NovUnion TransferPhiladelphia, PA 8:30 PM / Doors: 7:30 PMTue 29 NovLincoln TheatreWashington, DC 8:00 PM / Doors: 6:30 PMThu 01 DecOrange PeelAsheville, NC 9:00 PM / Doors: 8:00 PMFri 02 DecThe Cannery BallroomNashville, TN 8:00 PM / Doors : 7:00 PMSat 03 DecVariety PlayhouseAtlanta, GA 8:30 PM / Doors : 7:30 PMFri 09 DecThe SinclairCambridge, MA 9:00 PM / Doors: 8:00 PMSat 10 DecThe SinclairCambridge, MA 9:00 PM / Doors : 8:00 PMSun 11 DecThe SinclairCambridge, MA 8:00 PM / Doors : 7:00 PM With the release of Big Boat right around the corner, fans are interested in finding out what members of Phish have been up to in the studio. Coming off an extensive Summer Tour and heading straight into Fall, the band’s ever-growing catalogue of music continues to keep fans on their toes.Independently, members of Phish are usually working on music of their own, and it’s truly a pleasure when that work is set for release. Bassist Mike Gordon is no exception, having just announced a 15-date tour this Fall with a hilarious new ping-pong video. Now, with a single tweet, he confirms that a new album is in the works.Gordon made his headlining performance at Catskill Chill on Friday night, playing “Andelman’s Yard” and “Yarmouth Road,” which you can watch here. The next day, he prompted an Internet-based Q&A session from his twitter account, ultimately revealing the news. After being asked whether or not we can expect a new solo record now that Big Boat is finished, Gordo responded:
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his roles in The Imitation Game, Sherlock, and more recently, Doctor Strange, joined David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall last night in London. The Oscar nominee joined the Pink Floyd singer/guitarist for a version of “Comfortably Numb.”While fans might not have expected this collaboration, Cumberbatch pulled it off quite well – considering the stage presences. Keeping with his theatrical side, he performed the verses originally sung by Roger Waters. The English actor has previous experience in the studio, recording a song “Can’t Keep It Inside” for the August: Osage County soundtrack in 2013. With the approval of Sir Gilmour, we can see that “The Most Eligible Bachelor in Britain” has more than just his acting career to flaunt… though we don’t recommend that he switch careers; acting is most definitely more of Cumberbatch’s thing.Gilmour is in the middle of a five-show stand at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting his most recent release Rattle The Lock from 2015. He will return to the stage on September 29th and 30th.Thanks to YouTube user Anything Sherlock, we can watch the performance below:
De La Soul returned with and the Anonymous Nobody… this past September as their first full album in twelve long years. The result, recently nominated for a Grammy in “Best Rap Album”, was a sprawlingly diverse set of songs that take full advantage of the creative freedom afforded to them by their DIY, collaborative approach with fans and artists alike. Read the full review here.Today, the hip-hop legends release a new music video for “Memory of … (US)”, and it is glorious. Guest collaborators Pete Rock and Estelle both make appearances in the video, with Rock introducing the clip as the female vocalist plays a woman preparing for her wedding while contemplating the past. Watch the motion picture below:
The Disco Biscuits just wrapped up three great nights of music at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, treating fans to a jamtronica-soaked New Year’s Eve celebration. The band webcasted each of the shows on YouTube for free, but has been steadily releasing the sets one by one for the fans.So far, just the two sets from opening night have been released. Not to worry, because the band played incredible well for the first night of the run. They opened up the run with their fan favorite tune “Above the Waves” which segued into “Rainbow Song,” before the group revealed “Morph Dusseldorf” into the holiday special, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” From there, they went into “Minions” before closing out the first set with a return to “Morph Dusseldorf.”Set two featured more of the great Disco Biscuit grooves, starting with “Uber Glue” and including a cover of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte.” That segued into “Orch Theme,” which in turn went into “Spraypaint Victory” and a return to “Above The Waves.” They closed out the set with “Mr. Don,” and encored with a great rendition of the song “Rock Candy.”Fortunately, full videos of both sets can be streamed below! Check them out here, and the setlist below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 12/29/16Set I: Above the Waves-> Rainbow Song, Morph Dusseldorf-> Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy-> Minions-> Morph DusseldorfSet II: Uber Glue, Pygmy Twylyte-> Orch Theme-> Spraypaint Victory-> Above the Waves, Mr. DonEncore: Rock Candy