My Morning Jacket played a few shows over the last week, dusting off the cobwebs in what has been a rather quiet 2016 for the band. With their first shows back, the band paid tribute to Prince with three songs on Wednesday night in Oklahoma, and following that up on Thursday at Houston, TX’s Revention Music Center with covers of “Sign O’ The Times” and “Purple Rain,” the latter of which closed their set in rousing fashion.My Morning Jacket Opens Spring Tour With Three Prince CoversAlong with the Prince covers, MMJ ran through crowd-favorites such as “Circuital,” “The Way That He Sings,” “Gideon,” new track “Throwback”, and finished the show with “One Big Holiday”. The band is playing New Orleans Jazz Fest today, and will play several shows in May, including already sold-out shows at Louisville, KY’s Iroquois Amphitheater and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Setlist: My Morning Jacket at Revention Music Center, Houston, TX – 4/28/2016CircuitalThe DarkCompound FractureSpring (Among the Living)Sign “” the Times The Way That He SingsLay LowTropics (Erase Traces)ThrowbackBelieve (Nobody Knows)Off the RecordWordless ChorusTouch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2Purple Rain Encore:Victory DanceGideonEasy Morning RebelOne Big Holiday
Snarky Puppy threw a serious late-night party at the Republic last night. With members such as Bob Lanzetti, Nate Werth, Michael Leage, Jason Thomas, Justin Stanton, Chris Bullock, Mike ‘Maz’ Maher, Jay Jennings, Caleb Sean McCampbell, and new drummer Jamison Ross all on hand for the show, the group played a two-set extravaganza that featured a sizable portion of material from their latest effort Culcha Vulcha.Snarky Puppy Makes Triumphant Studio Return On ‘Culcha Vulcha’ [Review/Stream]The group welcomed a very special guest from one of the greatest bands of all time during the encore, Spinal Tap‘s own Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer). Shearer, the co-creator of Spinal Tap, along with being a NOLA resident and the voice of a plethora of characters on The Simpsons, joined the Puppy dressed in full-on 80’s hair metal gear for a cover of Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottoms.“Check the video below, courtesy of Chanice Kobolowski:One thing is for certain….the band most definitely turned things up to eleven!
As lovers of creative music performances, it’s no wonder that we’re big fans of NPR’s Tiny Desk Series. The esteemed NPR Music program sees a bevy of renowned musicians, huddled around the titular tiny desk, performing in an extremely intimate setting. The results are typically magical, as evidenced by past episodes featuring Trey Anastasio, The Alabama Shakes and more!Watch Trey Anastasio’s Tiny Desk Concert At NPRThe latest installment of the series comes from legendary jazz musicians Chick Corea and Gary Burton, who are long-time collaborators. Corea, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, posed one of the biggest challenges for the series yet: how do they get a grand piano in there? As NPR explains, “Piano movers hauled the 900-pound Yamaha C7 grand piano from our first-floor performance studio up the freight elevator to the fourth-floor Tiny Desk area. But weeks of meticulous measuring and planning paid off when the rented vibes were delivered and just fit alongside the piano.”Why Jazz Is The Most Stimulating Genre Of Music, According To ScienceWith the planning taken care of, the two titans played two songs together, “Love Castle” and “Crystal Silence.” Watch the full video below.
With the exciting announcement of Benevento Russo Duo’s return in early 2017, we couldn’t help but pay homage to one of that band’s most exciting tours, which began today in 2006. The duo brought on Phish members Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio, calling themselves G.R.A.B., and touring for all to enjoy their elite musical fusion.On the anniversary of G.R.A.B.’s tour debut, watch some great footage of G.R.A.B. with legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Lesh joined in for a rockin’ version of “Casey Jones,” backed by an all-star ensemble. Of course, Joe Russo would go on to join Lesh in Furthur, and Anastasio would link up with Furthur at LOCKN’ in 2013. Lots of history here.Check out the video of the all-star “Casey Jones” from Bonnaroo 2006, below, courtesy of LOCKN’.
Improv/Prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee stopped at The Higher Ground in Burlington, VT last night, and they were celebrating guitarist Brendan Bayliss turning the big 4-0. Umphrey’s was formed as a college band, so that they are still plugging away and playing packed rooms all these years later must be incredible for the Chicago-based rockers.Umphrey’s kicked off set on with a run from their intro song “Lucid State” into multi-part progressive rocker “Educated Guess”. Following that up with the rare ballad “Passing”, the band then kept things going with a huge “Domino Theory”. The set featured a couple of older UM songs in “Syncopated Strangers”, “The Fussy Dutchman”, and a pulsating version of “Morning Song”. Set one ended with a cover of Modest Mouse‘s “The Good Times Are Killing Me”, which found Bayliss on acoustic guitar. The band had only played the song once before, at a show where fans curated the setlist back in 2012.Following a short break, Umphrey’s returned to the stage with an epic “JaJunk” > “Upward” > “JaJunk” segment that immediately brought the energy back up. With a quick run through the rockin’ ballad “Loose Ends”, Umphrey’s then busted out the uptempo progressive song “Crucial Taunt” for the first time in 205 shows. The end of the show found the band in fine form, as they moved from jam launchpad “Utopian Fir” into a rare cover of “Driven To Tears” by The Police, before bringing things to a close with a dance-heavy version of electronic rager “The Triplewide”.For the encore, Umphrey’s played one of their most classic Bayliss-written tunes, “All In Time”, which featured the “Gravity’s Real” lyrical Jimmy Stewart segment that fans absolutely adore. Only played a handful of times by the band, the rare fan-favorite was the perfect way to end a night in celebration of Mr. Brendan Bayliss.In honor of the guitarist/lyricist’s birthday, the band presented him with a custom Chicago Cubs jersey with his name and the number “40” written on the back, which they showcased to the crowd at one point while toasting Bayliss on the stage. See below for the jersey the band gave Bayliss, as well as the full setlist from last night’s show at the Higher Ground, courtesy of allthings.umphrey’s.com. Umphrey’s McGee | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 8/11/2016Set 1: Lucid State > Educated Guess, Passing, Domino Theory, Syncopated Strangers > Final Word > Syncopated Strangers, The Fussy Dutchman, Morning Song, Gone for Good, The Good Times Are Killing MeSet 2: JaJunk > Upward > JaJunk, Loose Ends, Crucial Taunt, Utopian Fir > Driven to Tears > The Triple WideEncore: All In Time > Gravity’s Real > All In Time with Joel on vocals with Brendan on acoustic guitar[photo via @soundslike_age]
The talents of Jason Isbell know no bounds! Apparently when he’s not out on the road or working on music, Isbell can be heard on the Adult Swim program “Squidbillies.” He’ll make his voiceover debut this weekend, providing the voice for a Pastor on the show this Sunday at 11:30 PM.Watch a preview of Isbell in the new episode, streaming below.[H/T Stereogum]
You can also listen to the full episode below. Enjoy! Late last year, Phish lyricist and frequent Trey Anastasio collaborator Tom Marshall launched his new podcast, Under The Scales, to dive into various aspects of the culture surrounding Phish from his inside perspective. For Episode 009 of the series, Marshall brought High Times editor Jen Bernstein to his hometown of Princeton, NJ to talk songwriting, weed, and more, as well as take a trip to “The Rhombus,” a site of historical importance in the Phish canon.The episode is one of the most entertaining yet, as the two get into various playful weed-related topics (i.e., regarding “Blaze On” being an unintentional marijuana anthem, Tom remarks that “It should be called “Vape On” because no one really blazes anymore.”).You can watch some videos of Tom and Jen’s field trip below, via Jen’s YouTube channel (@nycjamgal):
Photographer Keith Griner of Phierce Photo was on site to capture the show. Enjoy his gallery below:Setlist: The Revivalists | Concord Music Hall | Chicago, IL | 3/18/17:Bulletproof, Amber, Keep Going, Fade Away, Hurricane Winslow, Fireflies, Up In The Air, Need You, Stand Up, Johnny B. Goode, Monster, Criminal, It Was A Sin, You & IE: Gold To Glass, Wish I Knew You > It’s A Long Way To The Top w/ bagpiper Load remaining images The Revivalists made their way to the Concord Music Hall this Saturday night. With Chicago being one of the band’s home-away-from-homes, the New Orleans-based septet threw down extra hard for another sold-out crowd. When The Revivalists open with “Bulletproof,” good things happen. It’s refreshing to see a band on the rise that still incorporates plenty of older material in their setlist, as to keep their 2016 Men Amongst Mountains still in the realm of “new.” It’s especially exhilarating to see a band who is able to honor a legend like Chuck Berry on the night of his death, then close the night with an actual bagpipe jam.Songs like “Amber,” “Keep Going,” “Need You,” “Monster,” and “It Was A Sin” were sprinkled throughout a set of classics, like “Fade Away,” Hurricane Winslow,” “Catching Fireflies,” “Up In The Air,” “Stand Up,” and of course, “Criminal.” Their unreleased song” You & I” has been making the rounds, again presenting itself on Saturday night. The evening closed with a heart-pounding “Gold To Glass” into “Wish I Knew You” show-stopper, before the bagpiper joined in for an extended jam of “It’s A Long Way To The Top” by AC/DC.Watch videos of “It’s A Long Way To The Top” and “Johnny B. Goode” courtesy of YouTube users Sojahsey1 and feralsoul7:
In what is going against their traditional touring schedule, Umphrey’s McGee began a three-night run at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater last night. Having multi-night runs at the venue in three of the past five years, normally, such runs are reserved for the end of October to coincide with Halloween. Because of the timing, it felt unique to see the band at the Riverside as winter begrudgingly turned to spring. Last night, void of the usual mash-ups that grace the venue, Umphrey’s began the run with a solid concert that signaled how they will own the city for the rest of the weekend.Earphorik opened the night. They are no stranger to the rock and roll of Umphrey’s, as Earphorik has collaborated with UM on multiple occasions, most recently this past February when Jake Cinninger and Joel Cummins joined Earphorik on stage at an official UM afterparty. Being the only show of the run with an opener, the band rewarded fans who came out early on a weekday night. They only played a couple tunes, but they displayed a huge range of genres within their slot. They brought out UM percussionist Andy “Xanadu” Farag for a song that got some extended jamming. There was a brief percussion session before a middle-eastern jam with Farag hammering away on the djembas. To finish their set, they went full metal and didn’t sound too dissimilar from the headliner band. The Umphrey’s influences were heavy on Earphorik. For an opening set they did a tremendous job.Taking the stage and then jamming to “Bathing Digits,” the night officially popped off with a raging “Phil’s Farm” that had some short but sweet improv. “No Diablo” followed. A very surprising and unexpected first set, “Glory” was placed right in the middle of the set. Not only was it an unforeseen surprise but once the last notes faded the band took it in a direction that it rarely goes. The jamming was phenomenal. The song wandered down a path, but not without direction, before landing in “2×2.” Guitarist Brendan Bayliss’ soaring solo at the end of the song was on point.The highlight of the first set arrived in “Blue Echo.” As the song has no vocals, it is one of the band’s improvisational vehicles, and this one delivered. Guitarist Jake Cinninger relinquished his axe to join keyboardist Joel Cummins on the keys. Not only did Cinninger join him, but he actually led the jam on his secondary instrument. Cinninger’s musicianship is unparalleled, and it was on display for the jam. The crowd noted it and gave him a loud applause upon the end of the jam. A fun “Booth Love” closed out the set.Heavy hitters abounded in the bottom half of the show, beginning and ending with “Der Bluten Kat.” “Hurt Bird Bath” showed up in the with an “”Upward” sandwiched inside. “FF” went into “Utopian Fir” and the latter was a monster. It had some quality improvisation, and even after it returned to the reggae ending Cinninger’s guitar was just screaming with intensity. His tone sounded really good all night. They then jammed some Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” before seguing back into “Der Bluten Kat.” Everyone knew it coming, but it was still buttery smooth. They encored with “Attachments” and ended the show. Bayliss advised the crowd to “reckless and make bad decisions” post-show. It got a laugh out of quite a few concertgoers.The concert was easily worth the price of admission and the discomfort of the elements, as this first night of the run is a harbinger of the music yet to come over the next two nights—pure progressive rock and roll in only the unique way that Umphrey’s can provide. Check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda. If you can’t make it to Milwaukee, you can make it to your couch and join the tour from there. The band is streaming tonight and tomorrow night’s shows here for all to enjoy.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Riverside Theater | Milwaukee, WI | 3/30/2017Set One: October Rain, Phil’s Farm, No Diablo, Glory, 2×2, North Route, Blue Echo, Booth LoveSet Two: Der Bluten Kat, In the Black, Hurt Bird Bath, Upward, Hurt Bird Bath, FF, Utopian Fir, Der Bluten KatEncore: Attachments
Wyllys and the Will To Live ft. Rob Compa, Michael “Maz” Maher, Peter Apfelbaum, & More | Official Umphrey’s 20th Anniversary Late-Night | The Cutting Room | New York, NY | 1/20/18 | Photos: Capacity Images On Saturday night, January 20th, following Umphrey’s McGee‘s second of three 20th Anniversary Run shows at New York’s historic Beacon Theatre, vinyl master Wyllys hit the stage at The Cutting Room for a late-night dance party with help from a band talented lineup of live players, performing as Wyllys and the Will To Live.The Will To Live featured an all-star cast of local New York players. Guitarist Rob Compa (Dopapod) and Chris Cartelli (Newton Crosby) served as a dual-guitar tag-team, while trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy) joined saxophonist/percussionist Peter Apfelbaum to hold down the horn section following their sit-in at the Umphrey’s show earlier in the evening. Keyboardist Zac Lasher (U-Melt) rounded out the band on keys. A unique kind of performance, Wyllys controlled the flow of the show. Directing the players when to play, when to build, he served the role of turntable conductor for the electro-soul-funk hybrid band.Before becoming a DJ, Wyllys cut his chops as a crew member for Umphrey’s McGee, touring with the band for years across the country and overseas. It came as no surprise that he would want to pay his respects to the band that gave him his start in the best way he knows how: a down and dirty, disco-drenched late night party. While Wyllys is known for his exclusively-vinyl DJ sets, his live band shows are a different kind of beast. With the emotional significance of the weekend for everyone in the extended Umphrey’s family, and the strength of all the players in the evening’s band Wyllys And The Will To Live was a loving celebration and a party to rememberBelow, you can view a full gallery of photos from Wyllys and the Will To Live’s Umphrey’s late-night courtesy of Capacity Images.[Cover photo: Capacity Images] Load remaining images