Jeff Buckley left this Earth much too soon before becoming one of the greatest musicians of all time. Despite releasing only one full-length album, Grace (1994), Buckley remains a musical icon, leaving behind an impressive, yet brief, catalog of covers and original music.The 10-track collection of unheard demo tracks from a single studio session in 1993 has emerged as some of his oldest found solo recordings to date. Recorded shortly after he was signed to his label, the unheard demos sat forgotten for over 20 years. Now recently discovered, and thankfully so, the collection entitled You And I exhibits a young 26-year-old Buckley, learning just as much about himself as the music that he plays.You And I is a compilation of mostly covers, varying from The Smiths, to Bob Dylan, Sly & The Family Stone, Bukka White and Led Zeppelin, as well as a few musical rarities and two original songs. Hearing the ’93 version of a young, blooming Buckley, and the influences on his pre-famed musical practice, inevitably rings a haunting bell. While these recordings were meant to demonstrate ideas, not meant to be shared in any capacity with the world, they showcase the raw talent and inspiration that Buckley brought to the universe.To hear the organic nature of these songs bring brilliance to the evolutionary outcome of previously released Buckley tracks, such as “Grace,” which would become the title track to his only full-length release, and “Dream of You and I,” which would become “You And I.” The fascinating details of this session reveal the song as a dream from the previous night.Buckley humbly whispers in song, as he picks through his ideas with no clear direction, “You and I, you and I, you and I / All for you,” and then goes on to explain, “I heard the people singing that in the dream… I was in the auditorium of a college, and everyone was congregated and singing the same words. There was a band on stage, a sort of spacey, Dead-head band. Guys in their 20’s, a bunch of grunge guys playing this other thing, not like what I’m playing here on guitar,” he strums softly. Buckley explains that the song the people were singing was about a guy singing to his lover who had cut him off from all contact with the world, ultimately taking away his freedom. This romantic medley turns out to be part of a rally for AIDS victims, so the refrain of “You and I” was heavily communicated between those in attendance through song.“As long as you got that on tape, I’ll remember that,” he finishes. The rest, though turning out much different than these initial, raw ideas, is history.From a sensually soulful rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman” to a hand-clapping funky take on Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” Buckley displays his diverse ability to translate the thoughts in his head through his two main instruments: his voice and his guitar. A jazz-inspired “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’” and a ragtime/blues-heavy “Poor Boy Long Way From Home” shows just how far back he takes his thoughts, until he covers two Smiths and a Zeppelin tune. Buckley is the definition of constant inspiration, and these songs give only slight justification to the puzzle that is his life.You can listen to the album today, courtesy of Spotify.You And I Tracklisting1. Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan)2. Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone)3. Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin’ (popularized by Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and others)4. Grace (Jeff Buckley)5. Calling You (written by Bob Telson and recorded by Jevetta Steele)6. Dream Of You And I (Jeff Buckley)7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (The Smiths)8. Poor Boy Long Way From Home (Bukka White)9. Night Flight (Led Zeppelin)10. I Know It’s Over (The Smiths)
Last night, Pearl Jam returned to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, treating the sold-out crowd to the second consecutive night of great music. Pearl Jam has been unstoppable on their current tour, making each show unique with tour debuts, one-off covers, and more. They even performed their Vs. album in full earlier in the tour, and continued that trend last night with a full album performance of Ten.The show started with the same opener as night one, “Once.” While the first night’s show veered into the band’s rich catalog, last night saw the band follow things up with “Even Flow.” By the time they reached “Alive” and “Why Go,” it was apparent that this was something special. The band played all eleven songs from the release, which was only one-third of their massive 32-song setlist.Here’s the band’s album finale, “Release,” with a monologue from Eddie Vedder about the album and their goal of breaking Bruce Springsteen’s record for Philly shows. If this is how Pearl Jam is celebrating their 25th anniversary, we’re not opposed. The full show also saw tour debuts of “Breakerfall,” “Bee Girl,” “All or None,” and Neil Young’s “Throw Your Hatred Down.” Check out the setlist.fm listing below:Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
Baltimore,based funkers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have released their full summer tour schedule. The band was recently added to Lotus’ Summerdance festival at Nelson Ledges in Garretsville, OH on Labor Day weekend. The summer tour will see the band stopping at a number of other festivals as well, including Merryland Music Festival, Peach Music Festival, Resonance Festival, and Catskill Chill. The band will also make its debut headlining performances at Atlanta’s Terminal West, Norfolk’s NorVA, Charlotte’s Visulite Theatre, Asbury Park’s Stone Pony, and Portland’s Port City Music Hall. Lots of exciting times to come!For more information and ticketing links visit the band’s website, here.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Summer Tour Dates6/29 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall6/30 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West7/1-2 Mount Dora, FL @ Great Outdoors Jam7/3 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Pour House7/10 Columbia, MD @ Merryland Music Festival7/21 Mebane, NC @ The Big What?7/22 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA $7/28 Hartford, CT @ Black Eyed Sally’s #7/29 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s ^7/30 Utica, NY @ Saranac Brewery*7/31 Westfield, NY @ Buffalove Music Festival8/11 Rochester, NY @ Party In The Park 8/12-14 Scranton, PA @ Peach Music Festival8/17 Charlotte, NC @ The Visulite Theatre8/18 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse8/19 Elkins, WV @ Camp Barefoot8/25 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony8/26 Lancaster, NH @ NH Hempfest8/27 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall9/2-3 Garretsville, OH @ Summerdance9/16 Masontown, WV @ Deep Roots Mountain Revival9/22-24 Thornville, OH @ Resonance Music Festival9/23-35 Lakewood, PA @ Catskill Chill$ w/ Trongone Band# w/ Primate Fiasco^ Twiddle Tumble Down After Party*Supporting Moe.
Jam band stalwarts Blues Traveler had plenty of surprises up their sleeves when they took the stage at Red Rocks on July 4th. Playing the storied Colorado venue every Independence Day since 1993 (except for a cancellation in 1999), John Popper and co. brought along a few friends and some choice 90’s covers to celebrate the holiday with them.Early in the show, the band invited out Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge for a fun, reggae-tinged cover of “What I Got” by Sublime, which led into a sick bass duel between Oteil and Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla. Burbridge and Blues Traveler go way back to the H.O.R.D.E. tour days, as Burbridge toured as the bassist for the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Burbridge was in Colorado for the two-night run with Dead & Company that concluded on July 3rd. Shortly after that, Blues Traveler invited Thompson Square on stage for both “Matador” and “I Can Still Feel You.” After a few more covers, including a traditional “The Star-Spangled Banner” for July 4th, Blues Traveler played their classic hit “Run Around” before busting out a cover of “Creep” by Radiohead.Following “Creep”, the band went into full gear, playing 11 songs in a row without stopping, fully segueing and keeping the energy high. This run included two more Blues Traveler classics in “But Anyway” and “Hook”, before bringing the set to a close with “Cara Let The Moon.” When the band returned to the stage for their encore, they had Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno join them for a rapid-fire take on “Brother John” to end the celebratory evening.Check out full setlist details below for Blues Traveler at Red Rocks!Edit this setlist | More Blues Traveler setlists
When a band plays a cover, it gives them the unique opportunity to show off their musical style while playing a song already familiar. In that sense, The Bad Plus has managed to have their musical cake and eat it too on their new, all-cover release It’s Hard. Since their founding in 2000, The Bad Plus has used cover songs to help give more casual listeners an easy entrance to their sound and style. The Minneapolis based trio has since seen their brand of aggressive free jazz and catch on around the world in no small way due to their forays into musical masquerades.Check out the album here, and the full review can be read below.Opening with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the band immediately grabs your attention with an unsettling paced, wired version of the tune “Maps” from the 2004 album of the same name. Pianist Ethan Iverson delivers the more melodic flourishes of the song with the mounting madness that raises heart rates and transforms the song into a runaway train ride of staccato key strikes. The Bad Plus proudly declares themselves leaderless whenever asked, and the passing of the center of attention from member to member happens in an instant.Drummer Dave King is a fierce presence, fearlessly re-purposing melody and altering tempo to make each piece part of this new whole all while crackling with a dynamic percussive energy. Peter Gabriel‘s “Games Without Frontier,” for example, finds him turning layers of vocals into drums fills, with the final result evoking but not aping the source material with a passion that is infectious. After the frenetic pace of the first two tracks, the band slows into Cyndi Lauper‘s ballad “Time After Time” hauntingly, adding a musical hitch that transforms the languid nature of the tune into a challenging and engaging composition.No artist is safe from their touch, though none truly suffer for it. “I Walk The Line,” the Johnny Cash defiant ode to self determination gains a bouncy edge that will have toes tapping. Fellow Minneapolis musician, the late Prince, gets an appreciative nod from the band on their sparse but richly rendered version of “The Beautiful Ones.” Though the Bad Plus strip away all of the Purple One’s studio effects and vocals, their version of the song is a love letter to the intriguing melody and sonic through line at the heart of the original.Serving as a true collective is easier said than done, and Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson is the one who most regularly musically steps back and work more for the good of the whole. On their cover of the Barry Manilow standard, “Mandy” Anderson shows a rich tone that he uses to color the tune without ever demanding attention in the manner of his more flamboyant band mates. The overall willingness of each member to sacrifice for the success of the whole fuels their musical agility.The last two songs of the album showcase the overall point of the project perfectly. Penultimate track “The Robots,” by German industrial pioneers Kraftwerk sits nestled next to the final tune, a slight reworking of jazz legend Ornette Coleman‘s “Broken Shadows.” While the original composers of these songs had wildly dissimilar approaches, The Bad Plus flutter between jaw dropping stutter start blasts of untamed expression and hushed and haunting passages without conscious thought and make each tune their own while never completely abandoning the spirit of the source material.In this age of remakes and the dearth of originality across the entertainment spectrum, it would be easy to decry a waste of talent in this album of remakes. But on It’s Hard, The Bad Plus manage to fuse their idiosyncratic creative spark to the intention of the creators in a way that transcends simple homages. While fans surely hope for more new tunes from The Bad Plus in the future, for now they have these eleven examples of how inspiration can lead to creation and recreation alike.
For years, Keller Williams has been known for his one-man-band routine, working loop pedals and various instruments for a fun-filled musical display. Recently, however, Williams has channeled his musical energy into a brand new quartet, called KWahtro. After numerous well-received tours, the group will release their debut album, Sync, on January 20th.The new quartet sees Keller team up with bassist Danton Boller (Jazz Mandolin Project, Roy Hargrove), guitarist and longtime collaborator Gibb Droll (Brandi Carlisle, Bruce Hornsby) and drummer Rodney Holmes (Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock). Special guests on the album also include The Accidentals, Mike Dillon and Williams’ son Cabell Williams. Sync will feature the “acoustic dance music” that fans have enjoyed from live KWahtro performances, with all original music mostly written by Keller Williams.Meanwhile, Williams has prepared the release of a second album, Raw, for the same day. Raw is just what it sounds like, as Williams leaves behind the effects pedals and performs with simply a guitar and his vocals. It looks to be quite the showcase of Keller’s musical abilities.Aside from the two album releases, Keller has a busy 2017 ahead. He’ll be touring with Leo Kottke for a “Shut The Folk Up & Listen” tour, and performing both by himself and with KWahtro throughout the spring season. Check out his full tour schedule, posted below.Keller Williams Tour DatesJanuary 12 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse *January 13 – Rutland, VT – Paramount Theatre *January 14 – Keene, NH – The Colonial Theatre *January 19 – Eugene, OR – WoW Hall ~January 20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom ~January 21 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge ~January 26 – Ocala, FL – Reilly Arts Center *January 27 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater *Januar 28 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse *February 02 – Cincinnati, FL – Live at the Ludlow Garage *February 03 – Pittsburg, PA – Carnegie of Homestead Music *February 04 – Buffalo, NY – Performing Arts Center Rockwell Hall *February 09 – Davenport, IA – Redstone Room #February 10 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room #February 11 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar #February 16 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre *February 17 – Greensboro, NC – Carolina Theatre *February 18 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre *February 23 – New York, NY – New York Society for Ethical Culture *February 24 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre *February 25 – Beverly, MA – Cabot Performing Arts Center *March 09 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert Hall *March 10 – Chicago, IL – Park West *March 11 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre *March 16 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig #March 17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection #March 18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue #March 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *March 31 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee *April 01 – Green Valley, AZ – Green Valley Rec Center *April 06 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre *April 07 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse *April 08 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ** = Shut the Folk Up & Listen ft. Leo Kottke & Keller Williams~ = KWahtro# = Keller Williams Solo
When you think of modern music artists that stretch the limits of artistic boundaries, Björk would be an artist that would be at, or at least very near, the top of the list. Throughout her career, the Icelandic-born musicians zigged and zagged her way through various metamorphoses in a constant career evolution. Her most recent DJ performance and multi-media exhibition, dubbed Björk Digital, at this past weekend’s Day For Night festival in Houston, TX notwithstanding. Apparently some in the media world didn’t get the message.Along with performances from artists such as Aphex Twin, Odesza, Kaskade, Arca, and more, Björk put her new ideas and concepts, along with her fairly recent foray into the world of DJ’ing, on full display. The 80-minute, five room multi-media installation, which only allowed for 25 people at a time (who had to sign up to attend) was certainly a new type of experience, but not completely out-of-the-box when compared to various types of art installations that other festival’s have been more and more inclined to feature in the last year or two.Some in the media argued that the display was too ambitious for what current technology allows. Others said she was not truly performing, or was simply “hiding behind a desk.” Fairly insulting, especially when you consider how many males performing at the festival were doing the same thing….but without having created a massive multi-media platform and experience to go along with it.In a Facebook post, she argued that “women in music are allowed to be singer songwriters singing about their boyfriends . if they change the subject matter to atoms , galaxies , activism , nerdy math beat editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticized.” Certainly a good point, but a sad one at that, given that we are heading into 2017, and not 1917.Björk is the definition of avant-garde, which many times can take people beyond their usual comfort zones. That’s certainly not her fault. And if you don’t understand that taking artistic chances has always been a major reason for the trajectory, and subsequent success, of Björk’s career, then you are sort of missing the point to begin with. Read her entire statement below:[via Brooklyn Vegan and The Guardian]
Well, this should be a funky good time. Joe Tatton, keyboardist of The New Matersounds, has joined forces with The Nth Power’s drummer Nikki Glaspie and bassist Nate Edgar, along with guitarist Jeffrey Lockhart to form JUKEJOINT. The new supergroup has announced their first gig, here in New York City, on Wednesday, March 15th at American Beauty.With each band member’s lengthy portfolio in the funk category, you can bet this show is going to be a non-stop affair of grooves, moves, and endless tunes. The group is going to play a full two-set show, and definitely have some special guest surprises in store.We spoke with Nate Edgar about the project, and he had this to say: “Our new group of friends ‘JUKEJOINT’ is named after an informal place where mainly African American people would meet to socialize, listen to music, dance (among other things) and enjoy life. We thought it was an appropriate name as this group is an informal meeting of musicians to produce some good feeling, funky and soulful music.”He continues, “Nikki and I have always wanted to hang and play with Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds. The Nth Power and The New Mastersounds have toured together in the past and we are just huge fans of Joe, so when the opportunity of schedules finally lined up, we jumped at it. Plus Jeffery Lockehart is Boston’s baddest Funk/Cosmic Guitar players. Nikki and I learned so much from back when we both lived in The Bean. Nikki is psyched, because she is going to be able to take as many drum solos as she wants!We will be playing B-Sides/Deep Dance and Funk cuts, because we got some of the baddest funk players. We can’t wait to get loose in this setting and ‘let the good times roll’!”Tickets for JUKEJOINT’s first show at American Beauty are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.– SHOW INFO –Jukejoint ft. Joe Tatton (The New Mastersounds), Nikkie Glaspie & Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), & Jeffrey LockhartAmerican Beauty (251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001)Wednesday – March 15th, 20177pm Doors / 8pm Show21+$10adv / $15dos (Purchase here)The new ensemble will then go on to play Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, CT on March 16, and Bull McCabe’s in Boston, on March 18. If you can’t make their NYC debut, don’t miss their only other two in the Northeast!
[H/T Kevin Emery on PHISH TOUR 2014] Jam band fans who tuned into CBS’s Criminal Minds tonight were in for surprise tonight, as the TV drama following the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit dropped references to some of our favorite musicians. This week’s episode, written by Dania Bennett and directed by Diana Valentine, took place in Burlington, Vermont, home state of Phish and, in the CSI world, a fictional serial killer targeting hunters in the woods.The first victims of the killer were Bob Joplin, Ron Carini, Jerry Hornsby, and Reba Wilson, kicking off a pattern of familiar names that continued throughout the episode. Other names dropped during this week’s Criminal Minds included John Kreutzman, Lynn Anastasio, Trey Gordon, Mike Hood, Paul McConnell, Sergeant Suzanne Kuroda, Janis Weir, Jim Ernesto, and Tom Pollock. Dania Bennett, the writer for this awesome episode, gave the heads up to potential phans via an Instagram post, which can be seen below.
[Video: Organ Freeman]Organ Freeman is set up for a big 2018, as well. The group will make its debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, this summer for the Disco Biscuits’ annual Bisco Inferno on May 27th (also featuring support from Spafford). The band will also hit the road for a select number of shows with Umphrey’s McGee during their highly anticipated upcoming California run.For a full list of upcoming Organ Freeman tour dates, head to the band’s website. 2017 was a very big year for Organ Freeman, the explosive instrumental jazz-funk fusion trio out of L.A. In addition to releasing their brand new sophomore LP, Respect My Art, to overwhelmingly positive reviews, the band mounted their biggest tour to date, a 30+ date spring run featuring supporting gigs for Umphrey’s McGee and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. They also played a number of festivals nationwide including Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL; NOLA Crawfish Festival in New Orleans, LA; Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL; and the inaugural Canyon Jam at the scenic Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellevue, CO.In November of last year, Organ Freeman hit another monumental mark in their career—the band’s debut at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The three-piece prog-funk unit helped Vermont jammers Twiddle open their performance on Saturday, November 25th, 2017, two days after Thanksgiving. While nugs.tv streamed The Capitol Theatre show at the time, you can now enjoy pro-shot, multi-cam video of Organ Freeman’s frenetic rendition of “You Said You Quit Drinkin’” from that night, off the group’s self-titled 2015 debut album.Organ Freeman – “You Said You Quit Drinkin’”
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is the latest act to be added to the ever-growing lineup for the 2018 LOCKN’ Festival. As per tradition, the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet–comprised of drummer Joe Russo, keyboardist Marco Benevento, guitarists Scott Metzger and Tom Hamilton, and bassist Dave Dreiwitz–will be closing out the Relix Stage on Thursday and Friday nights. Last year, JRAD welcomed a variety of special guests to the stage for their late night throwdowns, including Bob Weir, Jim James, Nicole Atkins, and more. With such a stacked lineup building its way in front of us, we can’t wait to see what the band has in store for 2018.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Sheryl Crow, Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, 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.You can listen to the entire 8/25/17 show below, featuring Bob Weir, with recording and FOH mix by Peter Costello, monitors controlled by Aaron Gittleman, and audio edited/mastered/uploaded to archive.org by taper Eric McRoberts.Take Us Back To LOCKN’ Music Festival [Photo Gallery]SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/26/17One Set (12:16AM – 2:23AM):01. Jam ->02. Althea ->03. Black Throated Wind (BW)04. Good Lovin’ (BW)05. Jack Straw (BW/TH) #06. Jam ->07. The Wheel $ ->08. Bertha >09. Throwing Stones %10. He’s Gone ^ >11. Playing In The Band & ->12. Samson & Delilah (BW)Encore:13. One More Saturday Night (BW)@ – Started the morning of 2017-08-26(BW) is Bob Weir on Lead Vocals & Guitar# – With a Bird Song Tease (TH)$ – With a long Marco Solo% – With a Tease of a Younger Brother song that I am still trying to figure out the title of…^ – With teases of BT Wind, Bird Song, Trucking, New Speedway, St. Stephen & probably more from TH – I missed a bunch because someone was talking to me. :/& – UnfinishedJoe Russo – Drums, VocalsTom Hamilton – Guitar, VocalsScott Metzger – Guitar, VocalsMarco Benevento – Keyboards, VocalsDave Dreiwitz – BassShow #118[Cover Photo via Dave Vann]
Paul Hoffman and dobro master Anders Beck have announced a handful of side gigs during a late-April/early-May lull in Greensky Bluegrass‘s touring schedule. First, on Saturday, April 28th, at Denver, CO’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Beck and Hoffman will be joined for one night only by Cris Jacobs, Todd Herrington, and Dusty Simmons for a special performance under the moniker phAb5—a name cleverly comprised of the initials of the bandleaders in addition to reading phonetically (like “fab five”). The performance will feature support from Part & Parcel.The following week, Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman will mount a couple shows as phAb, their ongoing duo side project. The phAb duo performances will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR, and Wednesday, May 3rd at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA. The duo shows will feature opening performances by guitarist Scott Law. You can grab your tickets to the Denver phAb5 show here, the Seattle phAb show here, and the Portland phAb show here.[H/T Jambase]