North Carolina natives BIG Something have finalized the lineup for their fifth annual summer festival, The BIG What? Hosted in Mebane, NC from July 21-23, this year’s lineup will boast a number of the jam scene’s most exciting musicians, including The Werks, Turkuaz, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spiritual Rez, Barefoot Manner, People’s Blues of Richmond and more. In addition, Big Something and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will link up for a special late night set dubbed “BIG Pigeons Playing Something.”3-day weekend passes, including car and RV camping, as well as new VIP options are on sale now and can be purchased here. Check out the official recap video from 2015’s BIG What? below:[Photo via The Big What?]
Ever since it was first announced, Grateful Dead fans have been quite eager to see the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary that chronicles the Dead’s prolific career. While it was initially intended for the band’s 50th anniversary, a new interview with filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann may shed some light on the delays.Kreutzmann spoke to the Asbury Park Press ahead of the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival, where he’ll be on hand for a “Growing Up Dead” panel discussion with former NHL player Jim Dowd. The festival has a number of Grateful Dead themed events planned, including a screening of Grateful Dawg to examine the relationship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. The Glimmer Grass Band is set to play a bluegrass tribute set to the Dead, and there will be a discussion of the new Scorsese film (but no screening just yet) with Kreutzmann, director Amir Bar-Lev and producers Nick Koskoff and Eric Eisner.In an interview on the Asbury Park Press’s podcast, “Fan Theory,” Kreutzmann goes into his life growing up as the son of drummer Bill Kreutzmann. He also talks about the new film, explaining why the film is taking so long to create.”The film could stand on its own just with some of the finds that are in there and some of the stuff that I’ve never seen. … I feel I’ve seen a lot of stuff so if I haven’t seen it I’m guessing it will be new to a lot of people. And, it’s amazing footage,” Kreutzmann said. “But the way the story is being told it’s really emotional and it had a big impact on me.”He continued, “Like I said, I’m probably the most jaded Grateful Dead viewer you could ever imagine, but I think it’s going to be well worth the wait and I’m glad we’re taking our time to really do it right because it’s one of those stories that you can’t just rush through it. It’s a big story with a lot of different characters and a lot of music. So I think we’re not too far off. It’ll see the light of day fairly soon.”You can listen to the full interview below:
Website: www.mikehabs.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/habergram/ Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Show613 Imperial StLos Angeles, CA 90021May 6th and 7th – 9PM-1AMJeff LeavellJeff Leavell is both a Vice Magazine and Frontiers Media published contributor. Inside a Hollywood apartment in Los Angeles, there are paint splatters covering the walls and floor, graffiti markers, tape, stencils and Bad Religion’s “No Control” playing at full volume. Stacked on the walls are vibrant colored canvases which, despite the surrounding chaos, show to be carefully articulated and professionally crafted.It is the home of artist Mike Habs, who is looking to bridge the gap between post-punk music and abstract art. Originally from the Southside of Chicago, Mike was excessively drawn to loud, angry punk music, and recreates the aesthetic of the experiences in his work. Along the walls of stacked paintings there are artworks that represent songs and albums from the likes of hard hitting bands such as At the Drive In, The Used, Hot Water Music, and Alkaline Trio. Each painting is meant to be a representation of the intense emotion conveyed by these bands and how they related to Mike’s personal development.However, for a punk artist, when asked for his inspirations the response was rather …….psychedelic?“One of my main influences is without a doubt Trey Anastasio. He is a creative powerhouse, and in my opinion one of the most humble and powerful artists out there. My work is currently paying homage to a completely different genre of post-punk music, but his enthusiasm and work ethic are what really keep me going. I’ve seen Phish about 25 times now, and don’t have plans on stopping anytime soon. Their performances have definitely driven and bled into all of my pieces. After that my other big inspirations are my friends Connor Grant (GOASTT) and Tiger Merritt (Morning Teleportation) who went on to play in more psychedelic type bands. They made me realize that if you work and work, you can really create something, and that’s it’s not just a fantasy or escapism.” Mike Habs will be showing some of his recent work in the upcoming Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Show May 6th and 7th. His paintings will also be featured as the focus in an upcoming music video with the band Polarcode ft. KYLE in the next month. Watch Habs in action:
Today might be Friday the 13th, but it also happens to be the 45th birthday for one Michael Kang. The multi-instrumentalist has played a pivotal role in The String Cheese Incident since the band’s formation in 1993, with his familiar voice and quick handiwork on guitar, mandolin, and violin.We aren’t the only folks who have celebrated Kang’s birthday, and some digging through the archives led us to an amazing performance at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA, held on this day in 1998. After a rocking first set, the band welcomed out a special guest during the second half; Keller Williams. This happened a full year before their collaborative album Breathe was released in 1999, sowing the seeds for a release that would give us songs like “Best Feeling” and “Not Of This Earth.””Williams not only joined String Cheese in the middle of “All Blues,” but he led a sing-a-long “Happy Birthday” for Kang, and even stayed through to finish off the song. What a guy! Williams also appeared towards the end of the set to lend a hand for a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” but left Cheese to their own devices to finish up the show with a fun “I Know You Rider.”Thanks to Michiel Oudendijk, we have some pristine audio recording of this performance. Tune in to this birthday celebration below, and don’t forget to wish Michael Kang a happy birthday!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA – 5/13/98Set 1: Chili Dawg, Another Night, Lester Had a Coconut, Got What He Wanted > Elvis’ Wild Ride > jam > Elvis’ Wilde Ride, Bigger Isn’t Better > San JoseSet 2: 100-Year Flood > Jam > All Blues > Happy Birthday* > All Blues* > Climb, Good Times Around the Bend, Mouna Bowa, Wake Up > Franklin’s Tower* > I Know You Rider As a special bonus for those of you who scrolled all the way down, here’s Michael Kang sporting an afro wig on Halloween from last year:
Radiohead is on tour, and we can’t get enough. The past few weeks have been an absolute thrill, as the band criss-crossed the country, hitting Lollapalooza, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and of course two legendary nights at Madison Square Garden.Thanks to one dedicated fan and a handy HD camera, we can now relive the glory of the band’s first night at MSG. The footage begins outside of the venue, taking in the ambiance of excited fans waiting to see their favorite band, and then cutting into MSG for a front row view of the entire show. Expect extreme close-ups of Thom Yorke‘s famous wiggle dancing, Johnny Greenwood‘s epic instrument switching (piano, guitar, radio frequencies, theremin and more…he is a true visionary!), and an incredible view of the band’s infamous light show.Check out the footage for yourself. This is a beyond front-row view of the band. The extreme close-ups of the band members’ faces give the viewer a unique viewpoint, experiencing the show as if you are on stage with the band yourself. For a DIY recording, the results are truly impressive. Thanks YouTube user lordazuretwentyfive for the unique footage, and check out the full two hour show below.
This past Friday, in honor of the inauguration of the highly controversial President Donald Trump, guitarist Scott Sharrard put together a full recreation of Pink Floyd‘s Animals. The show, which took place at Rockwood Music Hall, featured all five songs from the socio-political concept album performed in order, alongside a few of Pink Floyd’s other classic songs The show, which featured Eric Finland on keys, Rich Pagano on drums and vocals, Brett Bass on bass, Connor Kennedy on guitar & vocals, Kenny Brooks on sax, and Josh Kobak on vocals, was the perfect catharsis for all in attendance, especially as many were gearing up for the next day’s massive Women’s March protest.Thankfully, Scott Gibson was on hand to record the whole show, which has been embedded below. You’ll find versions of “Pigs On A Wing 1”, “Dogs”, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, “Sheep”, and “Pigs On A Wing 2”, as well as the encore of “Money” and “Comfortably Numb”. You’ll also find a photo gallery from the show, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Gordon.“Pigs On A Wing 1″ + “Dogs”Pigs (Three Different Ones)SheepPigs On The Wing 2“Money”“Comfortably Numb” Scott Sharrard And Friends Perform Pink Floyd’s “Animals” Load remaining images
For this week’s edition of Taper Tuesdays, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead shares soundboard recordings from their glorified performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Special guest Nicole Atkins sat in on “The Music Never Stopped” and “Dancin’ In The Streets” during set one, returning for “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)” during the second set, and re-emerging for a “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin Bad” encore.Thanks to taper McRoberts, you can stream the full show below:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 1/12/17Set 1 (7:51PM – 9:08PM):01. intro/crowd02. Truckin’ (SM) ->03. Tennessee Jed @ (TH) ->04. The Music Never Stopped (SM & NA)>05. Dancing In The Streets # (SM & NA) ->06. Brown Eyed Women (TH)Set 2 (9:47PM – 11:30PM):01. Help On The Way (TH) ->02. Slipknot! $ ->03. Throwing Stones % (SM) ->04. Dark Star Jam ^ ->05. Throwing Stones Reprise (SM)06. The Stranger (Two Souls) (NA) >07. Let It Grow & (SM) ->08. He’s Gone (All) >09. Terrapin Station * (TH)Encore:10. GDTRFB (All with NA) ->11. WBYGN (Instrumental ending)@ – With unknown tease MB# – With a “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Jam (Band)$ – TH broke a string% – With a Dancin Tease (TH)^ – With a GDTRFB Tease (TH)& – With a “Norwegian Wood” (The Beatles) Tease (SM) & a “Kashmir” Jam (SM & Band)* – With Ruben & Cherise Teases (MB then Band) an “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles) Jam (TH & Band) Don’t miss Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming performance at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. The band will be join hosts Lettuce and bands like, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.,Don’t miss Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming performance at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. The band will be join hosts Lettuce and bands like, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.
Much about Gorillaz’s new music festival, Demon Dayz Festival, is still under wraps. Though the lineup outside of Gorillaz has yet to be announced, details around the festival slated to take place on June 10th, at Dreamland in Margate, Kent, UK, are slowly being revealed.The Gorillaz’s first live performance in five years went down last Friday, during which the group played the entirety of their new album, Humanz, in a secret location for dedicated fans. The group live-streamed the previously released tracks off Humanz via their Facebook, and also dropped some hints about who’ll be joining them at Demon Dayz. Albarn, during the performance noted about Friday’s show, “We’ve got pretty much everyone who’s on the record here. A few people couldn’t make it because they had other stuff that was booked in beforehand. But they’ll be all here when we play [Demon Dayz].”The confirmed collaborators, as previously leaked earlier in the month but officially confirmed the day before the Friday show, include Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Grace Jones, De La Soul, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Kelela, and D.R.A.M. Keep an eye out for more Gorrilaz news in the coming months, and make sure to grab Humanz when it drops on April 28th to tide you over till Demon Dayz Festival.[H/T NME]
The beloved jam band moe?’s name has been always been prone to evolution, with their name undergoing many changes during the project’s formative years. The ensemble started in 1989 as a college cover band named “Five Guys Named Moe.” The band abbreviated the name to just “moe” a year later, and then added the period to the end of their name in 1991 to emphasize that they simply were called “moe.” and nothing else. Today, the band announced that they are in the midsts of a major rebranding effort, with plans to drop their iconic period and replace it with a question mark effective immediately.The band, which will now be referred to as moe?, cited that they were changing with the times. “The early 90’s were a simpler time. Back then, it just made sense to have the period, to just be moe., period and all. Now, things have gotten crazier. Stephen Hawking is going to get launched into outer space, the eighth Fast and Furious movie is coming out this month, we’re playing with Phil Lesh at LOCKN’ this year as phil.moe., or I guess, phil.moe? now. We want our name to capture the zeitgeist of the 21st century, and the question mark does just that,” said bassist Rob Derhak.While this might take some getting used to, we’re beyond excited for moe? and what other surprises they have in store for us in 2017 and beyond!
STS9 will be returning to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado in September, and this year, it’s slated to be something extra special. Tribe has been tearing up the legendary Colorado venue for years, with their two-night stand at Red Rocks being a highlight each fall. For their 20th anniversary, STS9 will be making their annual mecca to Morrison, though this year, their residency at the venue will span three nights across September 8th, 9th, and 10th. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, April 19th, with more information about supporting acts to be released in the future.[Photo courtesy of Aaron Bradley]