The 7th annual LouFest is returning to Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri with what is perhaps their best lineup yet. With headlining acts from LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, and Ms. Lauryn Hill, festival attendees will be treated to an array of music over the September 10 & 11 weekend. Supporting acts include Buddy Guy, Greensky Bluegrass, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, and Big Gigantic, as well as Shakey Graves, The Kills, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Band of Horses, St. Lucia, Vince Staples, and so many more.With over thirty national acts across four stages, there will also be opportunities to explore local artist creations at the Market Square and celebrate the area’s culinary excellence at the Nosh Pit. Tickets and more information is available here. Peep the full lineup below!
Everyone Orchestra is set to ring in the New Year with two shows at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC. This iteration of the Matt Butler led group will see Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Jay Starling (Love Canon), Ashish Vyas aka Hash (Thievery Corporation), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes Band), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd) and Jans Ingber (formerly of The Motet) explore the free-form improvisational realm. If you can’t make it out to DC, fear not. Taper Will Urquhart is live streaming the whole thing for your viewing pleasure! Check it out, below (goes live at 8:45PM, Eastern), starting with the Ron Holloway Band before EO takes the stage.
Today, Americans across the country are looking to the humble groundhog to determine whether we’ve got six long more weeks of winter in store or whether we can get ready to celebrate an early spring. Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil (the official weather-clairvoyant groundhog) sees his shadow, dooming us to six more weeks of winter, or busts forth without a care in the world, I think we can all get behind Greensky Bluegrass’s awesome show at the State Theatre in State College, PA, on Groundhog’s Day in 2016, celebrating the somewhat-absurd holiday.To kick off the evening, the band opened with a “Groundhog” sandwich, giving a nod to the theme of the day. From the opening tune of “Groundhog,” Greensky moved through “Money For Nothing” before getting right back into “Groundhog” and then transitioning to “The Four.” However, little did the crowd know they had, not one but, two more “Groundhogs” coming their way: one serving as the second set opener and the other serving as the encore opener.You can check out crispy audio and a setlist from the night below, courtesy of Sean AY.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | State Theater | State College, PA | 2/2/16Set 1: Groundhog > Money for Nothing > Groundhog > The Four, Radio Blues, Eat My Dust, In Control > Airmail Special, Reverend, Leap YearSet 2: Groundhog > Over Again, Burn Them, Handguns, 33443 > Kerosene, White House Blues, Jaywalking, Handle with CareEncore: Groundhog > Wheel Hoss
Amazon has produced a new playlist Love Me Not featuring exclusive songs “for the haters and the heartbroken.” All tracks are entirely produced for this playlist, and include both originals and covers from some of their favorite artists. Vulfpeck drummer/vocalist Theo Katzman is featured on the playlist, performing a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s 1971 “River.”Katzman recently released his second solo album Heartbreak Hits, which is a concept album about heartbreak. So his recent tone is naturally fitting for Amazon’s new playlist. If you are an Amazon Prime, you can listen to “River” right here.Also included in the heartfelt playlist is fellow soul sensation Emily King, with an original track “Love Me Not”. Check out more from Emily on her website.
Arcade Fire is gearing up to release a new album Everything Now – due out July 28, 2017. The new music, co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, has been in the works for a while, following their 2013 Reflektor. Excitement is at an all time high, while the Canadian rock band plays through the UK and Europe for their Infinite Content tour. Today, the band dropped the second single from the new album, called “Creature Comfort.”Arcade Fire Surprises Fans With Impromptu Jam, Gives Out Water Post-Show In ScotlandOn the opposite end of the upbeat “Everything Now” single, “Creature Comfort” falls more within the definition of Arcade Fire. Angsty lyrics, electronic synths, looping beats, and anthemic choruses. Paired with the new single is this live performance video, with the lyrics running across the top and bottom of the screen. “God make me famous, just make it painless,” they scream.Listen to the new track below:
Back in January, Jam Cruise 15 set sail out of Miami, making its annual lap around the Carribean and sporting one of its strongest lineups to date. One highly anticipated act aboard were the funk gurus of Lettuce, who in addition to collaborating and sitting in with a plethora of artists and super jams across the week-long musical extravaganza, put on their own epic sets on Saturday (truly, early Sunday morning) and Monday. For their set on Monday at the Pool Deck, the group secured a coveted spot and packed the area with fans ahead of Break Science’s late-night preceding performance. To say that energy was high is an understatement, as evidenced by this recently released video of the funk act working through “Purple Cabbage” aboard the boat.Watch Lettuce Perform New Song “Blaze” On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot]From the melodious and ambient horn intro onward, Lettuce treated Jam Cruise 15 to a truly soulful rendition of the number. Masters of building up a song, Lettuce’s “Purple Cabbage” highlights the group’s musicality and ability to dial in an audience with their penchant for smooth grooves and slinking riffs. You can check out the video of Lettuce laying into “Purple Cabbage” aboard Jam Cruise 15 below, courtesy of the band and TourGigs. One of the benefits of Jam Cruise and what makes it such a highly anticipated event each year is the intimacy provided by being trapped on a boat in the middle of the ocean with your favorite musicians—the event is chockful of awesome collaborations that are unlikely to go down elsewhere due to the fact that such huge name musicians rarely gather together will open schedules specifically for hanging out and making music. The magical musical experience that is Jam Cruise will be setting sails next January, when Jam Cruise 16 takes over the Norwegian Jade from January 17th through 22nd. After it embarks from Miami, Florida, the cruise will round through Roatan, Honduras, and Grand Cayman during its weeklong circuit.Jam Cruise Announces Its Massive Lineup For 2018
On Friday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their three-night run at the historic Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, marking the second night of the run. While Thursday performance saw a set by JJ Grey & Mofro ahead of the band’s performance, last night, the group headed by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks played two soulful sets as an “Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band.”With two sets on the table, the group had the opportunity to dive deep into their catalog of originals and covers, with highlights from the first set being the frame’s climactic ending of “Get What You Deserve” and “Idle Wind”. The second set further built off the momentum of set one. After the set-opening cover of Hambone Willie Newbern’s “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, the group hit “Do I Look Worried” before a triumphant “Simple Things”. The latter was a true delight for fans, given that the tune has only recently been revived by the group.Following “Simple Things”, Tedeschi Trucks Band offered up a number of classic covers including Sleepy John Estes’ “Leaving Trunk”, Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s “Volunteered Slavery”, and Elmore James’ “The Sky Is Crying”. During the following “Angel From Montgomery”, TTB worked in a cover of “Sugaree” throughout, before accelerating to the end of the set with “Shame” and “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”. To close out the show, the band paid tribute to the recently fallen Tom Petty with a rendition of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” before the final song, “Let’s Go Get Stoned”.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 1/26/2018Set One: Anyhow, Laugh About It, Don’t Know What It Means, Just as Strange, It’s So Heavy, Get What You Deserve, Idle WindSet Two: Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Do I Look Worried, Simple Things, Leaving Trunk, Volunteered Slavery, The Sky Is Crying, Angel From Montgomery/Sugaree, Shame, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be FreeEncore: You Don’t Know How It Feels, Let’s Go Get StonedYou can listen to full audio from last night, courtesy of Jeff Frank, plus check out a number of videos from the performance below.[Audio: Jeff Frank]“Idle Wind”[Video: Rick Maddox]“You Don’t Know How It Feels”[Video: IZEoftheWorld]“Let’s Go Get Stoned”[Video: IZEoftheWorld][Photo: Carol Spagnuola]
As for night two, the special guests continued. During the first set’s take on “MLT”, the band was joined by guitarist Jeff Pevar, a founding member of Crosby, Pevar & Raymond and collaborator with projects such as Phil Lesh & Friends, Jazz Is Phish, and others. Later in the evening, during a tribute to Tom Petty with a take on “You Wreck Me”, a song that has increasingly made its way into rotation since its debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last summer, String Cheese Incident was joined by Dark Star Orchestra guitarist John Kadlecik. From there, the band offered up another cover, this time of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” before working through a “Heads Up Jam” and closing out the set with “Texas”.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Cuthbert Amphitheater | Eugene, OR | 7/8/2018Set One: Can’t Stop Now, Search > Could You Be Loved, Falling Through the Cracks, MLT*, Water > DirkSet Two: Believe, Song in My Head, Valley of the Jig, Hotel Window, You Wreck Me^, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) > Heads Up Jam > TexasEncore: Can’t Wait Another DayNotes: * = w/ Jeff Pevar on guitar | ^ = w/ John Kadlecik on guitar“MLT” On Sunday night, String Cheese Incident wrapped up their two-night stand at Eugene, Oregon’s Cuthbert Amphitheater. Following the group’s headlining sets at High Sierra Music Festival on Thursday and Friday, the Colorado-bred jam act continued onto Eugene for Saturday and Sunday performances—marking the final West Coast “Incidents” scheduled for 2018.Across the weekend, the band invited a number of friends to join them during the celebratory shows. On Saturday night, String Cheese Incident was joined by percussionist Jarrod Kaplan for a take on “Late In The Evening” and an exploratory drums segment. Other highlights included the second set’s “Jellyfish”, which founded a take on “Willin’” before jamming through “Land’s End”, an extended improv section dubbed the “Big Oregon Jam”, “Glory Chords”, and “Colliding”.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Cuthbert Amphitheater | Eugene, OR | 7/7/2018Set One: Dudley’s Kitchen, Close Your Eyes > So Far From Home, Ophelia, Freedom Jazz Dance, Late in the Evening* > Drums* > Just One StorySet Two: Sweet Spot, Big Reveal > Miss Browns Teahouse, Stay Through > Jellyfish > Willin’ > Jellyfish > Land’s End > Big Oregon Jam > Glory Chords > CollidingEncore: Quinn the Eskimo
Metallica is known for varying their setlists each night, making for a unique experience each time you see them. According to a new report from financial publication Quartz, they choose their nightly song list based on the streaming data from local Spotify users in the area. As Spotify CEO Daniel Ek explained on his company’s earnings call on Thursday,You have an artist like Metallica, who changes their setlist on a city-by-city basis just by looking at Spotify data to see, which the most popular songs happened to be in that city. We’ve never before been at a place in time where you could make as many informed decisions and understand your audience as well as we can do now as an artist.The apparent data-driven nature of Metallica setlists is not the only way the band taps into new media trends to maximize the reach of their concerts. As the Quartz report notes, “Metallica records each of its live shows and fans can buy the audio files on livemetallica.com, which makes it even more crucial that each show is unique.” The report goes on to explain the “obsessive” extent to which the band varies their sets, a practice which predates the launch of Spotify by half a decade. Notes Quartz,Each time the band returns to a city, drummer Lars Ulrich analyzes the last decade or so worth of performances in that area. He changes six to eight of the songs in the setlist to give audiences a different experience, Ulrich told radio station 97.9 Baltimore in 2017. He also looks at the songs that are playing on the radio in that area. … Ulrich has been doing that since around 2003, and the band hasn’t repeated a setlist since. Insights from Spotify would certainly help to that end.The report has yet to be confirmed by the band. The majority of Metallica setlists are preordained with songs the “have to play,” said Ulrich (there’d be some pretty salty fans to contend with if they didn’t play “Enter Sandman”). However, considering the careful thought and research that the band puts into varying their setlists based on past performances in a given market, it’s entirely possible that local Spotify streams factor into those decisions.So if you’re hitting Metallica’s upcoming fall tour, start streaming that deep cut you’re chasing now. Get your neighbors to do it, too. There’s a chance you can help tip the scales in your favor.[H/T Quartz]
My Morning Jacket is currently taking a break in 2018, but frontman Jim James is clearly staying busy with his solo agenda. Earlier this summer, Jim James released his third solo album, Uniform Distortion, via ATO Records. Uniform Distortion–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–contains 11 original tracks penned by James and features Floating Action bassist Seth Kauffman and drummer Dave Givan, along with LA trio Dear Lemon Trees‘ Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, and Leslie Stevens on backing vocals. In support of the new album, Jim James is gearing up for a national fall tour this November.Ahead of the previously announced tour dates, on Wednesday, September 12th, James will perform a “special performance” in San Francisco. While the event details are missing from his website, fans will be able to tune in for free at 5:00 pm PDT via his YouTube page. Mark your calendars!Jim James San Francisco Live Stream[Video: Jim James]See below for a list of Jim’s upcoming dates. For more information, or to grab tickets, head to his website.Jim James Upcoming Tour DatesNOVEMBER2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre13 – New York, NY – Town Hall14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville PalaceView Upcoming Tour Dates