On Saturday night, the savage princes of Brooklyn’s DIY scene stepped out onto the stage at Alphaville, one of the borough’s better-established venue-bars and delivered a raucous and floor-shaking performance. Evolfo was there to celebrate the release of their first full-length record, The Last Of The Acid Cowboys after years of gigging in every basement that would have them. Recently signed to Royal Potato Family Records, home of Holly Bowling, Marco Benevento, The New Mastersounds, and Stanton Moore, among others, the album represents a clear and coherent artistic statement from Evolfo about the direction they’re headed, and it’s a tantalizing glimpse at the potential the band represents.Seamlessly interweaving classic soul themes—performed with punch by their three-piece horn section—and the gypsy-punk sensibilities that have come to define Evolfo’s sweat-soaked performances, the songs present a twisted, smoky world of deception and isolation in the lawless American west. There’s something anachronistic about the music, though perhaps it is not so much their subject matter as the sincerity with which the whole affair is presented, where the fuzzy driving riffs and off-kilter lyrics of “Bloody Bloody Knife” really fill you with enough adrenaline to inhabit the mindset of the on-the-run outlaw at the center of the song’s narrative.The set’s early-going showed off the band’s ability to get a crowd moving, featuring “Bloody Bloody Knife,” “Science,” and an older number called “They’re Gonna Know I’m High” that highlights the big band’s ability to really get swinging once they’ve all crammed on-stage. After sparking a full-on mosh pit during “Vision Of Sin,” the new album’s most intense track, they segued into some more evocative and mysterious tunes including “When The Moon Eclipsed The Sun,” the album’s unexpected hit that has found its way to Paste Magazine and countless Spotify playlists since its release this fall.The more contemplative portion of the show came to an end with the opening chords of “Rat City,” a fan favorite since the band’s Boston days, featuring lead guitarist and resident wild man Matt Gibbs gyrating about stage in glittering gold spandex underpants and a decrepit rat mask that’s clearly been on the road for more than a few miles. The energy ratcheted up further with a cover of The Sonics’ “Have Love Will Travel” before reaching a fever pitch with The Last Of The Acid Cowboys’ titular track. After a few minutes of chanting, the band returned to deliver a high-energy rendition of Devo’s “Whip It,” before sauntering back off into the cloud of smoke they entered through, and the crowd stumbled back out into 2017.[Photo credit: Liz Maney]Setlist: Evolfo | Alphaville | New York, NY | 4/22/2017Set One: Intro, Bloody Bloody Knife, Science, They’re Gonna Know I’m High, Vision of Sin, Right Back (Shannon Cannon), Moon Eclipsed the Sun, Frank the Fiddler, Peachy, Rat City, Luv Like a Freak, Have Love Will Travel (The Sonics), Last of the Acid CowboysEncore: Whip It (Devo)
On Saturday night, Louisiana State University played Brigham State University. The football game, initially scheduled to be played in Houston, was rescheduled to New Orleans’ Mercedes Benz Superdome following the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. LSU handily won Saturday’s game in their home state, with the LSU Tigers winning against the BSU Cougars 27 to 0. If you weren’t tuned into the game, however, you probably missed a special half-time moment, when the LSU marching band performed a tribute to the music of Louisiana and welcomed Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation to the field to perform with them. You can check out the half-time performance and tribute to the sounds of Louisiana below, courtesy of LSU Bands.
MGMT have been on a musical hiatus since the release of 2013’s self-titled album, the record that included millennial favorites “Alien Days” and “Plenty of Girls In the Sea,” but suggested a definite pause in creativity. The band, made famous through their early-to-mid 2000s hits “Kids” and “Electric Feel,” recently returned to the stage with several festival appearances this summer, promising to debut some new material along the way. With a new album promised for 2018, the band has shared its first taste with a new song and music video for its title-track, “Little Dark Age.” Produced by MGMT, the band also brought in Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala) to work on the album. From what we can tell, this new music is going in a direction that we can get down with.Directed by Nathaniel Axel and David MacNutt, the music video features “sinister and surreal vignettes of MGMT members Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser dressed in flamboyant gothic attire, stalked by the figure of Death,” according to a press release.Enjoy the first taste of MGMT’s Little Dark Age below:MGMT has one show coming up on November 11 at House of Creatives Music Festival in Miami, Florida.
Chris Robinson‘s mysterious new project, As The Crow Flies, has officially unveiled itself today with the band lineup and tour announcement. Singing songs from The Black Crowes‘ songbook, the band will feature Crowes guitarist Audley Freed and bassist Andy Hess, Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, as well as guitarist Marcus King. The new band will hit the road with a 15+ date tour in April and May across the nation, including Wanee Music Festival at Spirit of Suwannee in Live Oak, FL.Today, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he explains the change of heart and what to expect of the setlists. “We’ve discussed a few covers, but pretty much I want to just concentrate on the main Black Crowes albums, the songs that people will know. I’m not flogging away in the Black Crowes anymore, so there’s a celebratory element to it. If I haven’t sang ‘She Talks to Angels’ for five years, I’m going to have fun singing it every night for a few weeks. I have this thing called the CRB that is my wild imagination, my adventure and everything is there. Like I said, we have three weeks off. The other guys in the CRB are busy, so it just was a perfect time.”Robinson puts an end date on As The Crow Flies for May 14th, suggesting this will be their only tour together as a band before returning his full attention to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. While it’s been over four years since the Black Crowes broke up, Chris Robinson has spent the last couple of years forming and touring with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, creating new music, and throwing shade at his brother and former bandmate Rich Robinson (whom he hasn’t spoken to in five years) for The Magpie Salute, which Chris called “a Black Crowes tribute band” in an interview with Howard Stern.You can read the full Rolling Stones interview with Chris Robinson, in which he discusses the formation of As The Crow Flies, his relationship with brother, and more here. Check out the full tour dates for As The Crow Flies below, and catch them live while you can!As The Crow Flies Tour DatesApril 17 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreApril 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric FactoryApril 21 – Live Oak, FL @ Wanee Music FestivalApril 22 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City BirminghamApril 24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia HallApril 25 – Lexington, KY @ Machester Music HallApril 26 – Chattanooga, TN @ The SignalApril 28 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy TheaterApril 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman AuditoriumMay 1 – St. Louis, MO @ The PageantMay 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The TrumanMay 6 – Denver, CO @ Ogden TheatreMay 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn BowlMay 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The WilternMay 11 – Oakland, CA @ Fox TheaterMay 12 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Montbleu Resort & CasinoMay 13 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Vince Welnick, keys player to the Grateful Dead following Brent Mydland’s death in 1990, would have turned 67 today. Welnick’s time with the Dead spanned for five years until the band disjointed in 1995 following Jerry’s death, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the group in 1994. Following the Dead’s breakup, Welnick toured with RatDog and the Mickey Hart Band and made appearances with Phil Lesh & Friends in addition to pursuing his own solo endeavors before his death in 2006.To celebrate Welnick’s birthday and his time with the Grateful Dead, check out this video of Welnick, Bob Weir, and Jerry Garcia singing the National Anthem on opening day at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on April 12, 1993, video courtesy of Mike Rosenberg.[Video: Mike Rosenberg]
Today, Vulfpeck shared the in-studio video from the band’s instrumental recording session of “Captain Hook” from 2017’s Mr. Finish Line. As one of the many collaborative tracks from the album, “Captain Hook” features legendary bassist Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic) on vocals, Baby Theo (a character voice from Theo Katzman) on vocals, as well as Mushy Kay on vocals. The three voices come together in perhaps the silliest song from the 2017 album, though the video only accounts for the instrumental recording of the track.In the video, behind the lyric displays, you’ll see Joe Dart fulfilling his bass duties (quite the honor, considering Bootsy Collins is featured as a *vocalist* on the track), Theo Katzman acting casual with his guitar, Jack Stratton behind the drums, and Woody Goss with a pianet and wah wah pedal. Watch Vulf in their natural habitat in the studio video below:Mr. Finish Line features vocal contributors Antwaun Stanley and Christine Hucal; legendary session guitarist David T. Walker; Danish vocalist Coco O.; standout session drummer James Gadson; funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins; drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era, Michael Bland; “Game Winner” keyboardist/vocalist Charles Jones; keyboardist and saxophonist Joey Dosik, who leads vocals on his first-ever Vulf recording; and guitarist and Vulfpeck’s honorary fifth member, Cory Wong.From the quirky harmonies of “Mr. Finish Line” to the upbeat symmetry of “Tee Time”, the unforgettable lyrics in “Business Casual”, the heart-pounding feels of “Grandma”, and the bass moves in “Captain Hook”, the band’s seventh release places itself right in line with Vulfpeck’s growing trajectory. The infamous clarinet solo from “Back Pocket” makes not one, but two appearances in “Mr. Finish Line” and “Business Casual”, creating a feeling of comfort, consistency, and reprise.
In the midst of their fall tour, the Wood Brothers played a homecoming show to a sold-out crowd on Friday night in Boulder. The evening began with a rollicking set from Amy Helm, daughter of the late drummer of The Band, Levon Helm. Amy’s set featured a handful of heavy, blues-rock tinged tunes, as well as a number of tributes to her father including “The Stones I Throw” and the beautiful hymn “Just Over in the Glory Land.”Following Helm, The Wood Brothers took the stage shortly before 10 pm, leading with their moving, timeless classic, “Postcards from Hell” off of the 2008 album Loaded. The song worked perfectly in the opening slot, setting the tone for the evening before the band dropped into “Tried and Tempted” from 2006’s Ways Not to Lose. Guitarist and lead vocalist Oliver Wood led the intro with younger brother and bassist Chris Wood holding down the low end before the band broke into the first verse. The song built to a slow fury, eventually morphing into the funky, gritty “Sky High” off of the band’s recent release, One Drop of Truth.The group played “Keep Me Around,” another fan-favorite from 2013’s The Muse, before Oliver took a brief moment to announce that the band’s latest album had just been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Americana” album, alongside notables such as John Prine and Brandi Carlile. The group kept chugging along, showcasing a pair of songs from the new album, “River Takes the Town” and “Sparkling Wine.” The lyrics and particularly the refrain of the former (“it’ll never be the same, it’ll never be the same”) ring especially true in today’s social, ecological, and political climate, a fact that was clearly not lost on Chris and Oliver as they introduced the song.Next came a barn-burning take on “Who the Devil” off of The Muse, before eventually digging deeper into the catalog for “Pray Enough” and “One More Day” with the vocal intro to the latter echoing Oliver’s slide guitar work on “Sky High.” As multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix led the group out of the song and into a percussive jam, Chris Wood took to the drum risers with some of his now-signature dance moves. A slow, crawling reprise of the song in what felt like eighth-time gave way to a short speech from Chris about their beginnings in Boulder, and the incredible musician that is their father, Bill Wood.Bill was an early component in the Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene, playing with the likes of Joan Baez among others. Welcoming out their dad for the first time ever, Oliver and Chris huddled around an old-fashioned single mic, somehow managed to reduce the crowd to near silence, and performed a nostalgic take on The Dillard’s bluegrass standard “The Old Home Place.”More guests took the stage for the next number as the brothers were joined by Amy Helm and a couple of her band members for a seasonally-appropriate take on The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from their 1977 album Islands. The group then returned to the early part of their catalog once again, playing “Loaded” and a fast “Atlas” before a true-to-form take on “Wastin’ My Mind.” Practically taking the form of a power trio and seemingly summoning the spirit of Led Zeppelin, Chris, Oliver and Jano tore through “Shoo Fly Pie” in swampy blues fashion and carried the deep groove into an especially heavy version of “Luckiest Man.”More blues followed with a cover of “Big Boss Man” and then “Snake Eyes” from the 2015 album Paradise, featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Once again and to the pleasure of all in attendance, the band played a well-known song with a newfound, thick, heavy, wall of sound: partially reminiscent of some of their recent work, but perhaps also indicating where they’re heading.After a well-deserved bow, the brothers returned to the stage for a two-song encore of beautifully paired songs. They began with a slow, blissful “What Would I Do Without You,” bringing things down a bit before ending the show with a fiery take on “Honey Jar” to end the evening.In their hometown show, the Wood Brothers brought out close friends and family, managing to floor a notoriously-picky local crowd with a thick, powerful new sound. The Wood Brothers winter tour kicks off on January 15th in Winston-Salem, NC. For a complete list of tour dates, visit the band’s website.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 12/7/18Set I: Postcards from Hell, Tried and Tempted, Sky High, Keep Me Around, River Takes the Town, Sparkling Wine, Who the Devil, Unknown Song, Pray Enough, One More Day, Old Home Place*, Christmas Must Be Tonight# , Loaded, Atlas, Wastin’ My Mind, Shoo Fly Pie, Luckiest Man, Big Boss Man, Snake EyesE: What Would I Do Without You, Honey Jar* with Chris and Oliver’s dad, Bill Wood# with Amy Helm and her band Photo: C.B. Klein Load remaining images
On the heels of announcing their new album, South of Reality, The Claypool Lennon Delirium has shared the LP’s second single, “Easily Charmed By Fools”. In addition, the band has announced a 12-date 2019 spring tour.The Claypool Lennon Delirium—led by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon—will open up their tour at Toronto, ON’s Danforth Music Hall on April 10th before stopping at Philadelphia, PA’s Fillmore (4/12); New Haven, CT’s College Street Music Hall (4/13); Boston, MA’s House of Blues (4/14); Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel (4/16); Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club (4/17); Asheville, NC’s Orange Peel (4/19); Nashville, TN’s Marathon Music Works (4/20); St. Louis, MO’s Delmar Hall (4/23); Minneapolis MN’s Varsity Theater (4/25); Chicago, IL’s Thalia Hall (4/26); and Detroit, MI’s Majestic Theatre (4/27).In October, The Claypool Lennon Delirium announced the coming release of their second album together, South of Reality, due out February 22 via ATO. South of Reality is the follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the band’s debut record that displayed their fascinatingly raw authenticity, and 2017’s Lime And Limpid Green EP, which featured psychedelic covers of Pink Floyd, The Who, King Crimson, and Flower Travellin’ Band. Listen to the band’s new single, “Easily Charmed By Fools”, below:The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Easily Charmed By Fools”[Video: TCLDeliriumVEVO]The Claypool Lennon Delirium will ring in the new year at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on December 31st. Before New Year’s Eve, they’ll play at The Observatory in San Diego on December 28th and The Observatory in Santa Ana on December 29th.A pre-sale for The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s upcoming spring tour begins tomorrow, December 12th, at 10 a.m. local time here.Head to the band’s website for more information on ticketing and a complete list of tour dates.Claypool Lennon Delirium Spring Tour Dates:Apr 10, 2019 Toronto, ON Danforth Music HallApr 12, 2019 Philadelphia, PA FillmoreApr 13, 2019 New Haven, CT College Street Music HallApr 14, 2019 Boston, MA House of BluesApr 16, 2019 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn SteelApr 17, 2019 Washington, DC 9:30 ClubApr 19, 2019 Asheville, NC Orange PeelApr 20, 2019 Nashville, TN Marathon Music WorksApr 23, 2019 St. Louis, MO Delmar HallApr 25, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Varsity TheaterApr 26, 2019 Chicago, IL Thalia HallApr 27, 2019 Detroit, MI Majestic TheatreView All Tour Dates
Ever have one of the late and crazy nights only to wake up amongst your friends on a rooftop under the surveillance of security drones? That’s just the case for Janelle Monáe and company in her new music video for “Screwed”, which was shared on Monday and features a cameo from the track’s guest vocalist, Zoë Kravitz. The song initially appeared on Monáe’s 2018 Grammy-nominated studio album, Dirty Computer, with Kravitz using those musical skills of hers to help her friend on backing vocals.The video opens up with Monáe and her friends waking from what looked to be a long night of fun, only to realize that an aerial security drone is hovering above them like a robotic creep. They quickly scatter and venture their way through a mix of different settings, including an underground rave and a makeshift art installation. The video also makes sure to include video footage of current social issues, including protests, the Statue of Liberty, a young woman wearing a Hijab, and drought-stricken landscapes.Related: Janelle Monáe Releases Bob Marley Cover For ‘Spotify Singles’ SeriesActress Tessa Thompson also makes a cameo in the video, although her’s isn’t necessarily as loose and fun as the overall theme. Her character is actually kidnapped by the mysterious security force towards the end of the video. Her fictional safety and whereabouts remain a mystery.Janelle Monáe – “Screwed” (feat. Zoë Kravitz) – Official Video[Video: Janelle Monáe]The music video is actually part of Monáe’s larger film project themed around the album, titled, Dirty Computer – An Emotion Picture. The 46-minute project is also on YouTube and can be watched in full here.Monáe made headlines last week when her name was included in Coachella‘s 2019 lineup announcement along with Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, and Ariana Grande. Monáe is also rumored to appear on the 2019 Bonnaroo lineup when it’s announced later this week.
For the second consecutive year, Harvard University will join in the city of Boston by turning out the lights for “Earth Hour,” a major community awareness event about climate change, taking place in Boston and cities worldwide. Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund with the purpose of raising awareness about climate change and to showcase how individual contributions collectively add to the larger solution.Earth Hour 2010 will take place on Saturday (March 27) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants are asked to extinguish nonessential lighting during this hour. Last year, every School at Harvard and all major units participated.Earth Hour gives members of the Harvard community an opportunity to join more than 1,000 cities in 116 countries around the world to demonstrate how universities, businesses, and civic leaders are partners working together to reduce the risks of climate change and encourage individual action.As a leader in campus sustainability, Harvard is encouraging its community to participate by turning off nonessential lights in highly visible locations during this hour.In addition, students are encouraged to not use computers and nonessential energy during this hour, and faculty and staff members are asked to turn off nonessential lights and their computers before leaving for the weekend, as well as at home.For more information, visit the Earth Hour 2010 Web site.