The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan & His Band came to Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theater this past weekend, and while there always tends to be one fan that screams out “Free Bird!” at some point during the set, most bands tend to ignore the request, as opposed to acquiesce and play the famous Lynyrd Skynyrd song. However, on this night, Dylan decided to accommodate the request and play the song to end his set.Bob Dylan Embraces The Great American Songbook On New Album ‘Fallen Angels’Dylan recently released his latest release, Fallen Angels, an album of cover songs made classic by the legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. Looks like Dylan decided to go outside the box once again at during his set at The Greek.Check out a short video from the performance below.
After a few weeks off the road, moe. brought their jams to the Saranac Brewery in Utica, NY to kick off a two-night run yesterday. Few bands have captured the hearts of Upstate New York music fans as powerfully as moe., and their return to Utica was certainly cause for celebration. With their Hoppy Hour Hero on tap and Ryan Montbleau Band opening up, moe. brought a ton of energy and some great moments during their performanceThe show started with an insane “Timmy Tucker > Threw It All Away > Timmy Tucker” combination, before the band dusted off their classic tune “Don’t Fuck With Flo.” After giving fans a version of “CalifornIA,” the group segued into the David Bowie cover “Fame.” Once the funky song was done, moe. called on Ryan Montbleau and vocalists Kit Holliday and Lydia Harrell for a set-closing cover of Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva.” What a set!The second set was also chock full of great jams, with a sequence of “Water > Hector’s Pillow > Bring You Down” to open things up. The next section was easily a highlight of the night, as the band brought out No Guts, No Glory track “Silver Sun” and segued into Grateful Dead classic, “The Other One.” Not played since 1/24/15, moe. rocked the Grateful cover before returning to their psychedelic “Silver Sun” song. “Mar-DeMa” into “Y.O.Y” kept things going, and it was “Plane Crash” that closed out the set. With an encore of “Sensory Deprivation Bank,” moe. bid their fans a fond farewell.moe. continues their run at Saranac tonight, July 30th, with support from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Check out some video highlights and the full setlist, provided by moe., below.Bring You Down (clip)Silver Sun > The Other One (clip)Setlist: moe. at Saranac Brewery, Utica, NY – 7/29/16Set One: Timmy Tucker > Threw It All Away > Timmy Tucker, Don’t Fuck With Flo > CalifornIA >(nh) Fame, Bodhisattava*Set Two: Water > Hector’s Pillow > Bring You Down, Silver Sun > The Other One# > Silver Sun, Mar-DeMa >(nh) Y.O.Y, Plane CrashEncore: Sensory Deprivation Bank* – w/ Ryan Montbleau, Kit Holliday and Lydia Harrell# – Last Time Played = January 24, 2015
Tedeschi Trucks Band have really kept the jams rolling on their Wheels of Soul tour, and this weekend has proved no exception. Touring with the North Mississippi All-Stars and Los Lobos, the TTB has kept things fresh by welcoming members of both bands and sprinkling in new musical treats for their fans.The latest such treat came out on both Friday and Saturday night performance at the Rose Music Center at The Heights in Huber Heights, OH and the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati, OH, respectively. During both shows, guitarist David Hidalgo joined the band for their first-ever rendition of the classic Blind Faith song, “Had To Cry Today.” Blind Faith, of course, featured Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood; Tedeschi Trucks were more than worthy of performing this great song.The two-night Ohio run also featured some great guitarwork from Luther Dickinson throughout TTB’s sets, and extended sit-ins from members of Los Lobos. The full audio from Huber Heights, as well as some video highlights and the full setlists, can be found below. (Had To Cry Today is track 10!)Full Audio (taped by Scott Huff)Made Up MindColor Of The BluesThe full setlists from the last two shows can be seen below, courtesy of setlist.fm and The Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Rose Music Center at The Heights, Huber Heights, OH – 7/29/16Set: Made Up Mind, Don’t Drift Away, Anyhow, I Want More, Idle Wind, Leaving Trunk*, Color of the Blues, Let Me Get By, The Sky Is Crying&, Had To Cry Today%, Laugh About It, Sticks and Stones* = w/ Luther Dickinson& = w/ Cesar Rosas% = w/ David HidalgoSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, Cincinnati, OH – 7/30/16Set: Don’t Know What > The Letter, Keep On Growing, Within You, Without You > Just As Strange, I Want More*, Don’t Miss Me*, Midnight In Harlem*, Space Captain, Don’t Think Twice, Had To Cry Today%Encore: Wade In The Water, Let’s Go Get Stoned* = w/ Luther Dickinson% = w/ David Hidalgo[H/T JamBase]
Though The String Cheese Incident has been sharing singles through their new “SCI Sound Lab,” perhaps the most prolific musical scientist of the group has been keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth has already released two of his own singles on the new summer playlist, and also introduced a brand new song, “My One And Only,” to the group during their recent band retreat.The Sound Lab has hosted four singles thusfar, and Hollingsworth’s new song is the fifth from their ever-expanding collection. “My One And Only” really comes together with the addition of Elephant Revival’s Bonnie Paine, who lends her hand on both lyric writing and vocals for the track.Hollingsworth explains the song’s origins:This is a tune I brought to our first retreat in Sedona, AZ. The whole band flushed it out and left me to write lyrics. As I sat with the song for a while, I thought it would be nice to have a woman’s voice on the track. Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival came to mind right away. So she and I sat down and wrote lyrics. The addition of her vocals really made the song come alive. Very excited to get this one out and into the world. Enjoy! – KyleListen to “My One And Only” below:Don’t miss The String Cheese Incident at Kings Theatre this weekend in Brooklyn, NY. For more information about the run, you can check out this article!
According to an article in The Guardian today, a series of worldwide benefit concerts are being planned in honor of David Bowie‘s 70th birthday on January 8th, 2017. The main event is scheduled to take place at the O2 Academy in Brixton, England, the birthplace of The Starman.Scheduled to appear and perform will be Bowie’s long-time friend and actor Gary Oldman, along with former bandmates Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Sterling Campbell,Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, and a number of other special guests and performers. Proceeds from that event will go to Children & The Arts charity, which supports music education for the underprivileged in United Kingdom.No additional information with regards to the other locations and lineups has been released at this time. However, those details will be announced “sporadically”, according to a spokesperson, who also mentioned that the all-star cast will “create a sound like no other.”[via The Guardian]
In June of 2014, Vermont jam band Twiddle dropped their third official release, a two-disc live album titled “Live at Nectar’s.” Fittingly, for their release party, the foursome returned to Nectar’s to celebrate both the album drop and the kickoff of their music festival, Frendly Gathering. This week, beautifully edited footage of the track “Polluted Beauty” during the second set has emerged from the special night, which can be peeped below, courtesy of Third Stone Images.For those of us eager to get our Twiddle fix, Frendly Gathering will be happening again this year, though at a new home at Sugarbush. Blind faith tickets are available here for the festie. The band is also planning on revisiting another of their events to their summer docket, the second annual Tumble Down, a two-day event at Waterfront Park in Burlington. Tumble Down is slated to have multiple acts, including four sets from Twiddle, and last year’s line-up included Nahko and Medicine for the People, Turkuaz, Cabinet, and the Kitchen Dwellers. Tickets for Tumble Down go on sale on February 19th, and more information can be found via the band’s website.
Though The Wall was conceived as a societal allegory, it has never been as relevant in America as it is today. Pink Floyd’s 1979 album shows the consequences of a totalitarian regime building a wall, which certainly sounds familiar to today’s political climate.According to a report from EuroNews, bassist Roger Waters is not only aware of this, but is even considering a massive concert of The Wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Waters performed The Wall extensively in 2012, and a recreation of that elaborate performance would most certainly be a welcomed protest.In the article, Waters says, “Before this can happen, there will first need to be an awakening against these far-right policies… The sewers are engorged by greedy and powerful men as I speak to you.”This wouldn’t be the first time that Waters has openly criticized Donald Trump through his music. The Pink Floyd bassist released images comparing Trump to a Nazi during a performance in October, during the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones).” You can watch that video here, which was shared on Inauguration Day.Meanwhile, Waters recently announced a new solo album, which he’ll be supporting with a major world tour. Find out more about the newly announced album here.[H/T CoS]
Meet Thomas Wynn and The Believers, an American band with a striking new organic rock record about building a better life, a life you really believe in. Named #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band in the city for seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly, Thomas Wynn and The Believers are breaking beyond the Southern rock scene with the release of their new album, Wade Waist Deep, their Mascot Label Group debut.The record is packed with the facts that make American music timeless—the deep Southern heat of the guitars, the complex, pulsing rhythms, and the male-female vocal harmonies that sound like only a brother and sister can. Breathtakingly in-sync with his vocalist sister, Olivia Wynn, Thomas Wynn sings about overcoming fear to become the person you were meant to be. Wynn, who fell in love with The Band’s first album Music from Big Pink in his early teens, brings classic country rock and soul into the new century with tunes that evoke the best of CSNY, Levon Helm, and John Prine.Growing up in Orlando, Wynn played guitar and bass in church with his brother, while Olivia sang in the choir. Family and Bible study gave rhythm to their lives. “Our parents and our church were certain,” says Olivia, who participated in the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir, where she received vocal training and sang in cathedrals. “My favorite part was watching my dad [the original drummer of the legendary 70’s country band Cowboy] listening,” remembers Olivia. “I think he was trying to pick out my voice.” So the drummer once signed to Capricorn Records (Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, etc), now a family man, sat quietly in church and heard in his children the new voices of Southern rock.The birth of “Wade Waist Deep” saw Thomas Wynn and The Believers traveling from Florida to Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, where the band recorded with four-time Grammy award-winning producer, Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Jack White, Chris Stapleton). “I really wanted to do it outside of our hometown,” said Wynn. For the month of August 2016, Wynn and The Believers went on a journey to a sonic place that’s big, bright, and visionary.Moving beyond his previous, confessional songwriting, where he sought relief from heartbreak and addiction, Wynn has reached maturity on this album, which sees him pushing for higher, spiritual fulfillment. Life—and music—have changed for Wynn since he became a father to one-year-old Abel. “It’s that yearning, that longing for the person that you want to be,” says Wynn.As a child, Wynn learned from his father how to give a song the right kind of respect. Wynn remembers, at age five, his father showing him how to set up the drums “the right way,” then putting on an egg-timer and saying, “Play this beat ‘til the egg timer runs out. Don’t do any fills. No nothing. No frilly stuff. Just that beat. Learn to love that beat.”The album opens with “Man Out of Time,” a hypnotic blues that sees Wynn describe how music makes us believe: “I felt a pulse slow to the ear, but deep in body, and free from fear,” he sings with drive and conviction. His sister’s harmonies swirl in between Wynn’s transcendent guitar solos like a haunting church choir. Hitting your heart like a drum, “Heartbreak Alley” is a classic country tribute to the lover who brings a lost man back from the edge. With sparkling acoustic guitars, triumphant Hammond organ, and enormous choruses soaring above the loneliness of the past, the song strikes gold through Wynn’s startling sincerity and gratitude.The title track, “Wade Waist Deep,” dives right into an instant-classic groove, offering up casually genius guitar licks that ask us all to “slow down,” “trust the path [we’re] on,” and “set [our] spirits free.” Wynn’s message resonates strongly with the listener in anxious times like these. Calm down, go deep, have faith, and peace will come: “If you’re quiet enough, you might just hear a voice.” In the gospel-inspired “I Don’t Regret,” hope gives Wynn’s voice a striking emotional power, and he cries out at the climax as his electric guitar bleeds soul.In “My Eyes Won’t Be Open,” Wynn’s voice shakes with the intense vulnerability of the best soul singers. This genuinely moving ballad about becoming a father finds Wynn facing his fear of a leaving this world and realizing that his children will carry on the lessons he’s taught them. Wynn triumphs in asking the big questions: Who will remember us when we die? Will our troubles matter? What will we leave behind? Seeking to see life from a higher place, “Mountain Fog” moves up the mountaintop in a deep rock rhythm, carrying the listener to a moment of ecstatic, guitar-driven connection. “There’s a mountaintop high above your heart,” sings Wynn.So who, and what, are The Believers? They’re musicians united by a common belief in the power of these remarkable songs. Olivia Wynn works meticulously to make her vocal harmonies so hauntingly correct that they’re startling to hear. Colin Daniel Fei plays that vintage Hammond organ that can take you to church or send you straight to hell. Chris “Bell” Antemesaris wails wildly on blues harmonica. David Wagner and Ryan Miranda hold down the deep grooves on bass and drums, respectively. The band came together naturally. All of The Believers are regulars in the Orlando music scene who admired Wynn’s work and wanted to help him take it farther. From Antemesaris, who just kept on showing up at Wynn’s gigs and asking, “Can I sit in on a few?” to Wagner, who started out as a fan of The Believers, declaring “I want to be involved in this somehow or other,” Wynn has earned the band he has now.With two previous albums and several tours already under their belt, Thomas Wynn and The Believers have shared the stage with the likes of Cheap Trick, Gov’t Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, SIMO, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Many have already taken notice of the emotional energy and power of Thomas Wynn and The Believers’ live show. “Maybe the best band we’ve ever had on that stage,” says the Albany Herald. “One of the newest, brightest, tightest, smoothest, most energetic bands to come through,” says Georgia Music Hall of Famer Alan Walden. “One of the most exciting new bands in Florida,” says WMNF 88.5 FM. “Folks stood, jaws dropped…shook their heads, and said, ‘Damn. Can’t remember the last time I was so impressed by a band I knew nothing about.’” Now Wynn and his band are excited to get out on the road for national and international tours in 2017.As for Wynn, he’s ready to convert us all to believers. But maybe not in the way you’d expect. “I don’t care how many people know my name,” he says, “as long as when they hear my music, it makes them feel something.” For Wynn, that’s the victory that’s sweeter than no other.Stream Thomas Wynn and the Believers’ Wade Waist Deep below, exclusively through L4LM:
Load remaining images [Video: Kyle Isaac]“Space” > “Tragic Life”[Video: Kyle Isaac]Check out some photos below from Jim Mimna.The Infamous Stringdusters | Ogden Theater | Denver, CO | 10/27/2017 | Photos by Jim Mimna Photo: J. Mimna [Video: Aimee Riegel]“Hitchhiker” > “Shakedown Street” In a genre deeply rooted in tradition, songwriting, and standards, bands stand out in the world of bluegrass in two ways: top-notch vocals and impeccable musicianship. With the Infamous Stringdusters, you get both. Not only are all five members virtuosic at their instrument of choice, four out of five confidently step into the role of lead vocalist and can croon and harmonize with the best of them. Kicking off a two-night run at Denver’s Ogden Theater Friday night, the five-piece powerhouse delighted a lively crowd of costume-clad fans during two-sets filled with jam-band teases, choice covers, and plenty of good old-fashioned bluegrass.Infamous Stringdusters Cover Allman Bros., Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, MMJ, & More On Upcoming EPThe Dusters are a tight-knit group, and their improvisations are bolstered by their movement onstage. With the exception of Andy Hall’s dobro, all other members—Andy Falco on guitar, Chris Pandolfi on banjo, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, and Travis Book on upright bass—play wirelessly and parade around the entirety of the stage. One song the band will be in a tight cluster stage left, the next Pandolfi and Falco will be partnered up shredding while the rest form a triangle on the opposite side of the stage. Look away and you may come back to find the whole band intertwining in a chaotic atomic frenzy.The band released a new album at the show Friday night, a five-song compilation of covers called Undercover II, which was recorded in Boulder at the Etown radio show earlier in the year. To celebrate, they ended the first set by playing the album in its entirety. First it was The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” followed by “Golden” by My Morning Jacket. A note-for-note rendition of the Allman Brother’s instrumental classic “Jessica” followed, before Book—arguably the best voice of the bunch—took over vocals for Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On.” The album was rounded out with a Halloween-inspired take of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” that saw each member put on a space helmet akin to the ones famously worn by the French duo.Watch Members of Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, & More Perform As DrewciferThe second set played right into the hands of the jammy home-state crowd, opening with the hit “Colorado” that fell into a tease of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin,” the first of a handful of short teases that would perk the crowd’s interest. A dobro tease of the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway” dropped into “Get It While You Can,” the Dead’s “Shakedown Street” let Falco erupt on guitar, and the climatic build of “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (more famously known as Phish’s “2001”) led into a bluegrass hoedown. The Dusters left plenty of room for their original material, “A Hard Life Makes a Good Song” was a standout, but Friday night was more about letting loose and having a little sing-a-long fun.The band will be back at the Ogden Theater tonight to close out their Denver run.[Cover Photo: Scott Seifert]Setlist: The Infamous Stringdusters | Ogden Theater | Denver, CO | 10/27/2017Set One: Canyon, Hard Life > Sirens, Back Home > Black Elk, Just Like Heaven, Golden > Jessica, What’s Going On > Get LuckySet Two: Colorado > Red Fox, Vertigo, For What It’s Worth > Let Me Know, Ring, All That I Can Take > Get It, Hitchhiker > Shakedown Street, Space > Tragic, Gravity > HC Funk > 2001 > BlockygrassJust Like Heaven[Video: Kyle Isaac]“Colorado” > “Red Fox”[Video: Kyle Isaac]“For What It’s Worth”
On Saturday night, all four surviving members Mother Love Bone, the highly influential but long-defunct Seattle rock band, reunited onstage for their first performance in eight years. The group, comprised of Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Bruce Fairweather, and Greg Gilmore, came together as part of a benefit event for Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare, a.k.a. SMASH, at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA.In addition to benefitting SMASH, the performance served as a tribute to Mother Love Bone’s late frontman, Andrew Wood. Wood’s overdose death in 1990 stopped Mother Love Bone in its tracks. Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who was Wood’s roommate when he died, would wind up recruiting Gossard and Ament for Temple of the Dog.Remembering The Tragic Death That Gave Life To Temple Of The Dog & Pearl Jam, This Day In 1990Ament, Gossard, Gilmore, and Fairweather tapped local vocalists Shawn Smith (Pigeonhead) and Ohm Johari (Hell’s Belles) to handle Wood’s vocal duties for the performance. Their five-song set saw them work through Mother Love Bone originals “Man of Golden Words”, “Bone China”, “Stargazer”, and “Stardog Champion”, as well as a cover of Argent‘s “Hold Your Head Up”.According to Consequence of Sound, the four surviving Mother Love Bone members last came together for a few songs onstage in 2010, which marked their first performance as a group since Andrew Wood’s death twenty years earlier. Of course, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard play together regularly in their capacity as members of Pearl Jam.You can watch a full fan-shot video of the mini-set below via YouTube user Taper Jeff:Mother Love Bone – 5/5/18[H/T Consequence of Sound]