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Break Science is making all sorts of waves in the pool, merging funk with electronic music into their live band, complete with masterminds Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, and backed by Lettuce cohorts Jesus Coomes, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and The Shady Horns. The Break Science Band made their satellite debut over the weekend on SiriusXM’s Jam On, discussing everything from their unique songwriting process to the evolutionary nature of their sound, while giving us a few tracks to taste the electronic live band’s future.The duo explains how the mash-up “Vibe Walk,” a song that’s gone virally popular in the Internet world, grew from an idea Deitch had one late night during Jazz Fest, to which Lee later brilliantly thought to incorporate the Kendrick Lamar staple, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”The Complete Guide To New Orleans Jazz Fest Late NightsThey discuss the nature song vibes have with and without the full band for tracks like “The Spins,” a new song that sprung from Deitch’s beat-work with the Pretty Lights’ Analog Future Band, as well as the undeniable southern influences of hip-hop legends Outkast in their new futurized, electro-infused “ATLiens Remix.”Electro-soulster Michael Menert ties together an old school vibe with the future of Break Science in “Goin’ Down,” sampling The Supremes’ Diana Ross with multi-era sounds in a unique blend of diverse genres.Adam Deitch Discusses Lettuce’s New Festival And Playing With His HeroesAnother brand new track “Android Love” impresses with special nods to Daft Punk, being the all-knowing inspiration to the entire scene of EDM, and Nile Rodgers, the sessions guitarist who played in Chic and produced the funk/hip-hop sample for Sugar Hill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight.” The merging of these worlds, as seen in Daft Punk’s documentary Unchained, became direct inspiration for the dynamic duo, and thus became “Android Love.” Listen to the full stream of the session below, featuring all of these tracks and some great interviews, and be sure to tune in to Sirius XM Jam ON at Weds 3/16 at 7am ET, Thurs 3/17 at 11pm ET or Sun 3/20 at 4pm ET to catch the complete session on the air!Break Science Live Band Tracklist:1. Vibe Walk (Kendrick Lamar vs. Tycho)2. The Spins3. ATLiens Remix4. Goin’ Down (feat. Michal Menert)5. Android LoveBreak Science will be playing a very special late night show at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL, hosted by Lettuce, and featuring performances by GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Nth Power, Goldfish and more! Tickets are moving quickly, and can be found here.There is also a unique opportunity to visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, where you can zip through the treetops and conquer aerial obstacles alongside every species of Crocodilian in the world. Learn more about artist-led excursions and sign-up here.
Metallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s benefit concert is taking place May 15th at the Fillmore and will feature John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, Tommy Lee, Train’s Pat Monahan, Joe Satriani, among other very special special guests, who will be performing acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations and more.Tickets to the intimate event are limited to two per customer, and go on sale April 1st at 10AM exclusively through Live Nation. All proceeds go to funding research for children’s brain tumors. More information can be found on the event’s website.Watch Adam Sandler perform an acoustic version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, with help from Train’s Pat Monahan and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, from 2014’s Acoustic-4-A-Cure:[via Rolling Stone]
The Travelin‘ McCourys have announced plans for a new Bluegrass Ball event dubbed “Grateful Ball”, along with the Jeff Austin Band. The performance will take place in St. Louis, MO on June 10th at the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s The Grove. The event will feature a full set from each band, with the Grateful Dead set scheduled to close out the evening as both acts join each other on stage.The McCourys just came off a three-night Bluegrass Ball run of shows out in Colorado, with shows at The Aggie in Ft. Collins and Cervantes in Denver. The band brought along special guests such as Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, and both Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck from Greensky Bluegrass, and members of The Infamous Stringdusters. Del McCoury joined the festivities last Saturday night, April 23rd, in Denver.Watch The Travelin’ McCoury’s w/ Del McCoury, Bill Nershi, Anders Beck, Dave Bruzza, Andy Hall, Chris Pandolfi & Justin Hoffenberg – “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”:You can find tickets for the Grateful Ball here.
Come stumble my mirth beaten workers. Last night, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their performance at the Ogden Theatre in fine fashion, as the group opened with a cover of the famed Phish tune “Chalk Dust Torture.” The show came at the end of a three night run, showcasing Greensky’s original material in full force. Opening with “Chalk Dust” was an excellent way to get the crowd rocking.Check out a video of “Chalk Dust Torture,” courtesy of Kyle Isaac on YouTube.Greensky is no stranger to the Phish catalog. Back in October, they played an afternoon set before Phish’s show in Las Vegas, and filled it entirely with songs that Phish has covered. You can listen to the full show audio here.Of course, the band played more than Phish music at the Ogden, as their two set performance was one for the books. Greensky recently released the album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, and picked songs from that new effort and beyond. Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of Camp Greensky.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/3/16Set One: Chalk Dust Torture, Miss September, Cry Holy, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, All Four, Letter to Seymour, In Control, Small Axe, Run or DieSet Two: Just Listening, Leap Year, For Sure Uh Huh (1), Victory (1), Old Barns, Handle with Care > Reuben’s Train > Handle with Care, Dustbowl Overtures, Hold On > Tarpology > One Slip > Tarpology > One Slip > TarpologyEncore: Past My Prime, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (1)(1) – w/ Dave Carroll and Dave Simonett
Swift Technique and their bucket of sound want nothing more than to explore your eardrums and provide you with the freshest funk in town. Hailing from the Philadelphia area, the nine-piece jazz/funk band continues to make a splash in the live music scene. Having just performed with The Disco Biscuits at The Fillmore for a cover of “Let’s Dance,” the band demands your attention with their first release in 2017.Today, Swift Technique presents two of their most polished, powerful and representative singles to date. In addition to the soulful vocal combo of Nik Greeley and Chelsea ViaCava, the group employs the talents of their large extended family of Philly musicians.Listen to both below: The first single, “Lucky Bump” takes you for a ride on the Soul Train and gets you moving with its classic and infectious groove. This feel good song is right at home in the roller rink or any dance club. Its a true showcase for the members’ musical skill and cohesion.“Reason To Be” is an inspirational soul anthem with vocal performances that will surely uplift your spirit and put a smile on your face. Never getting too far from their roots, the tune also features the band’s signature tight horns and heavy funk-rock riffs. The message of this track can’t be denied and fits right alongside all the classic soul songs it draws influence from.These two tracks represent Swift Technique’s current high standard of musicianship, songwriting, and recording. Listen for even more new music at their live shows coming up! Follow the band on their new and improved website.
Today, NPR released the latest installment of their Tiny Desk concert series: idiosyncratic, genre-melding bassist/vocalist Thundercat. As NPR describes, “Thundercat, born Stephen Bruner, is willing and able to shape-shift to fit into just about any box you show him — he just won’t stay in there for long. Whether fusing his talent for jazz while a bassist with punk legacy act Suicidal Tendencies or as a member of Snoop Dogg’s band — maybe running a little too far with a solo here and there — the focus seems to eventually drift his way.”Thundercat Teams With Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins In New Music Video [Watch]For the NPR performance, Thundercat and his band–comprised of fellow talented oddballs Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson–delivered a trio of tracks from his acclaimed 2017 album, Drunk (“Lava Lamp,” “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.” As usual, the bassist was simultaneously aloof and technically brilliant.You can watch Thundercat’s NPR Tiny Desk performance below:Watch 40-Minutes Of Straight Thundercat Fire From The BBC 6 Music FestivalOn November 11, he will begin a European tour at Rockit Festival in Groningen, NL. For a list of upcoming Thundercat tour dates, see below. For more information on his upcoming projects, or to purchase tickets to any upcoming performance, head to his website.Thundercat November 2017 European Tour Dates13 OCT III POINTS FESTIVAL MIAMI, FL14 OCT RBMA FESTIVAL @ HOLLYWOOD FOREVER LOS ANGELES, CA11 NOV ROCKIT FESTIVAL GRONINGEN, NL14 NOV O2 ABC GLASGOW GLASGOW, UK15 NOV ALBERT HALL MANCHESTER, UK16 NOV O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE LONDON, UK17 NOV PARADISO AMSTERDAM, NL18 NOV ÜBERJAZZ FESTIVAL HAMBURG, DE19 NOV ROMA ANTWERP, BE21 NOV ÉLYSÉE MONTMARTE PARIS, FR23 NOV TEATRA BARCELÓ MADRID, ES24 NOV SALA APOLO BARCELONA, ES25 NOV LINECHECK JAZZ:RE:FOUND @ BASE MILAN, IT27 NOV AUDITORIUM TRENTO TRENTO, IT[h/t – NPR]
Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann will release a studio album with his solo band, Slim Wednesday. Titled Reptile Show, the recored is due out on April 3rd via Gemco Records, with Spotify and iTunes releases coming on April 6th.Slim Wednesday will also hit the road this fall for a series of tour dates through the Southeast. The group—comprised of Hermann (keys), Greg Bryant (bass), Kevin Mabin (drums), Jonathan Jackson (sax), Ben Clark (trumpet), and Bill Elder (guitar)—specializes in New Orleans-style funk and has been playing shows since early 2016. Many of its members also perform in Nashville band The Dynamites. You can check out Slim Wednesday’s tour schedule, along with a video of the group covering The Meters with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, below.Slim Wednesday with Taylor Hicks – “Just Kissed My Baby”[Video: M Hertzog]Slim Wednesday 2018 Tour Dates:April 4 The Basement East – Nashville, TNApril 5 Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MSApril 6 ZYDECO – Birmingham, ALApril 7 Tipitina’s – New Orleans, LAApril 8 Tipitina’s – New Orleans, LAApril 10 Terminal West – Atlanta, GAApril 11 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NCApril 12 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NCApril 13 Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SCApril 14 Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SCApril 15 The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NCView All Tour Dates
Guitarist Joe Marcinek is one musician who’s been all over the scene for several years. The Joe Marcinek Band is known for an ever-evolving cast of characters that spice up the stage during performances. Ranging from George Porter Jr. to Melvin Seals and Marcus King to Ivan Neville, Marcinek is no stranger to playing with a wide range of artists. In fact, the last known recordings of Bernie Worrell were with the Joe Marcinek Band. Clearly, his musical talents and artistry speak for themselves. His music is a melting pot of genres that flow in and out of jazz, jam, blues, and funk, to name a few. This revolving artistry creates a well-balanced musical meal for even the most distinguished music fan.Marcinek’s impressive resume continues to build with his latest release, JM3. On the musical scale, this album slides into the smoother, silkier jazz side of genres. Joining him on the album are California-based organist Wil Blades and New Orleans drummer Terence Higgins. This organ trio truly shines on Marcinek’s latest album release.JM3 opens with a punchy “Mojo”, setting the pace for the listener throughout the remainder of the album. Jazzy jams coerce the listener to get up and dance to the grooves that shine throughout this opening tune. Tasty drums hit the sweet spot and go deep in the pocket before “Terre Haute Blues” takes over. The second track slumbers along at an easy pace. Marcinek effortlessly works his magic up and down the guitar while punchy keys pepper the melody, creating a swirl of uncomplicated music.Easy strolling “Funnily” takes its time with an unhurried guitar and gentle keys that sway in and out of relaxing tones and playful chords. Picking up the pace, “If You Want” throws out a touch of funk sprinkled with a side of sass. Blades tiptoes around the drums with an airy beat while Higgins glues the backbone of the tune together with breezy notes flowing from the organ. As expected, a beautiful arrangement of “Roses” is an uplifting track brimming with sprightly chords along the way.“What Cha Gonna Do” is filled with mystery and secrecy. This track would fit right in with a whodunnit. The pace of the melody edges along cliffhanger tones steeped in a fusion of jazz and blues that beg the listener to get up and dance. Changing pace, “Mercy Boogie” throws out some serious gospel energy. Blades lays it down with heavy organ while Higgins shows off his jazzy chops on the drums. Wrapping up the album is “Luna”, a clean track set at a smooth pace that makes the perfect closer to a flawlessly produced album.If you’re not familiar with Joe Marcinek, JM3 makes the perfect musical treat to be introduced to his addictive style. Make sure to catch him on tour as you never know who’s going to show up on stage.For more information about Joe Marcinek, JM3 and tour dates, please visit his official website. In the meantime, listen to the full album below!Joe Marcinek Band’s JM3[Words by Sarah Bourque]
Andy Frasco & The U.N. have shared a new single “Can’t Force Love”, the latest release off of their forthcoming studio album Change of Pace, due out on February 22nd, 2019.Frasco and his ensemble first revealed “Can’t Force Love” on an episode of his podcast, Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast. The new tune is drenched with Andy Frasco’s soulful side, as the frontman lays down some silky-smooth vocal work.Andy Frasco explained in a statement to Atwood Magazine,“Can’t Force Love” is about patience. It seems when we’re lonely, or desperate, we try to ignore the warning signs when we’re looking for companionship. “Can’t Force Love” tries to explain that it’s ok to take your time when you’re falling in love.Listen to Andy Frasco & The U.N.’s new track “Can’t Force Love” below:Andy Frasco & The U.N. – “Can’t Force Love”[Audio:Andy Frasco & The U.N. – Topic]Over the past year, Andy Frasco has hosted a plethora of musicians and music industry veterans, along with his boisterous, emcee co-host, Yeti. Previous guests on the show include Marcus King, Karl Denson, Keller Williams, Eric Krasno, Dave Schools, Marc Brownstein, AEG’s Don Strasburg, and many more. For more information on Andy’s podcast, or to listen to previous or upcoming episodes, head to the podcast’s website.For a full list of Andy Frasco’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website here.