After a short break, Brock concluded the show with the always touching Perpetual Groove anthem, “It Starts Where It Ends”To listen to the show in its entirety, head over to Mixcloud.Catch Butler on the road!Brock Butler @ The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery, Boca Raton, FL 2/25/16 Setlist:Set I. No Time. Time To Get Going. A Go Go. Eyes On You. All This Everything Part I. Paper Dolls. Moon In The Water. Dear Prudence. Different Days. Railroad Man.Set II. Talk To Me*. Lovin In My Baby’s Eyes. She’s Gone. Us And Them > Pink Floyd Jam. I’ve Just Seen A Face. Living Life. *w/ Emily Carroll Set III. Like The Wheel. To Go Home. It Starts Where It Ends. E: Climbing To The Moon One month after Perpetual Groove’s triumphant 2-night stand at The Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, PG lead guitarist and vocalist Brock Butler returned to previously familiar South Florida digs in the form of Boca Raton’s Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery on Thursday night (2/25/16) for a three-set solo acoustic performance, featuring a mix of P-Groove classics along with some deep rock covers.Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS for capturing and sharing some of the magic.The first set featured Brock covering the John Scofield instrumental, “A Go Go”:…as well as a few older and newer Perpetual Groove classics, “All This Everything, Part I > Paper Dolls”:The second set was more cover-heavy and featured a set opener sit in with local talent Emily Carroll. Together they covered Peter Gabriel‘s “Come Talk To Me.” Other covers in the set included Hall & Oates‘ “She’s Gone” and Pink Floyd‘s “Us And Them.”
It has been four years since The Shins released Port of Morrow (2012), which is fairly typical of the wait time between album for James Mercer and company. However, it looks like the band is nearing completion of their latest, as of yet untitled album, as Mercer posted a message on the band’s Instagram page with a brief excerpt of a track, stating “Final mixing of a new Shins record is underway. I’ll post more soon! J”The long wait between albums isn’t something new for The Shins (of which Mercer is the only remaining band member), as the guitarist/frontman was also busy with his Broken Bells “side project” with super producer Danger Mouse, and the release of their 2014 album After The Disco. Take a listen to the new track below to whet your appetite:[via Consequence of Sound]
With a new album due out at the end of next week, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Lotus. The jamtronica stalwarts will release Eat The Light on July 15th, marking their first album that contains vocalists on every track.On the newest track, it’s Damn Right! bassist Johnny Fissinger that steps into the limelight for vocals. The song, called “Move Too Fast,” features some funky guitarwork and great grooving instrumentation from the tight-knit unit.Listen to “Move Too Fast” below, courtesy of WXPN.
Legendary guitarist Bob Weir is set to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards tonight. The award recognizes Weir’s 50+ year career in music-making, and coincides with the forthcoming release of his new album, Blue Mountain. The ceremony, which takes place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, will be live streamed for all to enjoy! Weir is set to both perform and receive the honor, so don’t miss out.The stream can be accessed in the player below! Enjoy, and be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more!.
According to a new study by the American Psychological Association (APA), “If you’ve found yourself singing along to Lady Gaga‘s ‘Bad Romance’ hours after you switched the radio off, you are not alone. Certain songs do tend to stick in our heads more than others for some very specific reasons, according to research.”The researchers asked 3,000 people to name their most frequent earworm tunes and compared these to tunes that had never been named as earworms in the database, but were a match in terms of popularity and how recently they had been in the United Kingdom music charts. The melodic features of the earworm and non-earworm tunes were then analyzed and compared. Songs were limited to popular genres, such as pop, rock, rap and rhythm and blues. The data for the study were collected from 2010 to 2013.The study, published in the APA journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts found that the “earworm” effect usually occurs when the songs are “faster, with a fairly generic and easy-to-remember melody but with some particular intervals, such as leaps or repetitions that set them apart from the average pop song.”Along with “Bad Romance”, songs frequently named by respondents as “earworms” included Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believing” and, appropriately, Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”.According to the study’s lead researcher Dr. Kelly Jakubowski, PhD, “These musically sticky songs seem to have quite a fast tempo along with a common melodic shape and unusual intervals or repetitions like we can hear in the opening riff of ‘Smoke On The Water’ by Deep Purple or in the chorus of ‘Bad Romance’. Our findings [also] show that you can, to some extent, predict which songs are going to get stuck in people’s heads based on the song’s melodic content. This could help aspiring song-writers or advertisers write a jingle everyone will remember for days or months afterwards.”The study also gets more technical with the connections it explores. Researchers found that songs with more common “global melodic contours” (overall melodic shapes common in Western pop music). For example, one of the most common contour patterns is heard in “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” where the first phrase rises in pitch and the second falls. Numerous other nursery tunes follow the same pattern, making them easy for young children to remember, according to the authors. The opening riff of “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, one of the top named earworm tunes in the study, also follows this common contour pattern of rising then falling in pitch.The other crucial ingredient in the “ear worm formula” is an unusual interval structure in the song (i.e. unexpected leaps or more repeated notes) that separates it from expectations of a usual pop song. The study offers the instrumental interlude of The Knack‘s “My Sharona” and Glenn Miller‘s “In The Mood” as examples of songs with this unusual interval structure.There you have it, the reason behind that one song you just can’t get out of your head. Thanks, science![Cover photo via NPR // Article via ScienceDaily]
Last night, Greensky Bluegrass hit Washington, DC for the second of their three nights at the 9:30 Club with friends Fruition. The collaborations continued with guitarist Kellen Asebroek joining GSBG on “Lose My Way” and “Working on a Building” during the first set.With Anders Beck busting out his new hollow body electric dobro for “Living Over” and teasing the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Jessica” during “Dancin’ In The Dark” in the second set, Greensky Bluegrass shelved another incredible night in their Winter tour.Thanks to TaperJeff, you can enjoy the full show below.The band continues tonight for their third show at DC’s 9:30 Club.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club | 2/2/17Set I: Steam Powered Areo-Plane, Windshield, Lose my Way (1), Working on a BLDG (1), Doin’ my Time(2)>Dry County>Time, More of Me>KeroseneSet II: Just to Lie>Hold On, Room without a Roof, Living Over(3), I’d Probably Kill You, Leap Year>Dancin’ in the Dark(4)E: Federico(5)(1) – w/ Kellen Asebroek(2) – working on a building tease(3) – Anders on new hollow body electric dobro(4) – Jessica tease(5) – Groundhog & living over intro[Photo by Photo By ontheDL Photo on Greensky Bluegrass Facebook]
Fondly called the “Granddaddy of the Jam Scene” for decades, Col. Bruce Hampton is a legend in jam music whose impact on the scene is insurmountable. From his beginnings with the groundbreaking avant-garde group the Hampton Grease Band to the seminal Aquarium Rescue Unit, his idiosyncratic blend of improvisational space rock has an influence that reaches far beyond Atlanta’s music clubs. As reported earlier in the day, Col. Bruce Hampton is celebrating his 70th birthday with a huge concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.Thus far, Widespread Panic members John Bell, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks and Jimmy Herring, Peter Buck of R.E.M, steel-guitar-man Darick Campbell, renowned saxophone player Karl Denson, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Jon Fishman of Phish, banjo-shredder Rev. Jeff Mosier, guitar god Warren Haynes, Drivin’ N Cryin’ front man Kevn Kinney, Atlanta jazz-staple Johnny Knapp, Chuck Leavell of The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones, Athens rock-troubadour T. Hardy Morris, 13-year old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, John Popper of Blues Traveler, funk bassist Kevin Scott, keyboardist Matt Slocum, Denny Walley of Frank Zappa fame, gypsy- metal guitarist Emil Werstler, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, the Colonel’s Sling Blade co- star and Oscar- award winning actor Billy Bob Thornton plus Cy Young winner Jake Peavy are all set to make appearances at “Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton” tonight to pay tribute to Col. Bruce.All proceeds for Hampton 70 will go to the Fox Theatre Institute and other music-based charities near and dear to Col. Bruce. Photographer Dave Vann was on the ground in Decatur, Georgia, last night for the show’s rehearsal at the Vista Room. You can check out his photos below, which give us a sneak peak at what to expect tonight. For those unable to make it to the Fox for the epic birthday party, nugs.net will be streaming the show live from the Fox. The webcast is currently available here, with proceeds going to benefit various charities including the Fox Theatre Institute. Load remaining images
Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/9/2017Set One (8:34PM – 9:41PM): BIODTL @ (SM), Bertha # (TH), Mama Tried (SM) -> Help On The Way (TH) -> Slipknot! -> Throwin’ Stones Jam $ -> New Minglewood Blues % (SM), Ramble On Rose (TH), Keeping It Simple ^ (All)Set Two (10:16PM – 11:42PM): intro/crowd, Music Never Stopped & (SM) -> Third Stone From The Sun Jam * -> Music Never Stopped Reprise + > Row Jimmy @@ (TH) -> Crazy Fingers (TH) -> Estimated Prophet (SM) -> Jack Straw (SM/TH), Morning Dew (TH)Notes: @ – 100 Beat – Beat It On Down The Line# – With a “Shortnin’ Bread” (James Whitcomb Riley) tease (MB)$ – First Time Played By Almost Dead% – With Throwin’ Stones Teases / Jams (Band)^ – Almost Dead Original, Music by JR & Lyrics by TH, First Time Played& – With an “Ode to Billy Joe” (Bobbie Gentry) Tease (SM)* – Jimi Hendrix original, First Time Played By Almost Dead+ – Not played by Almost Dead since Suwannee Hulaween, 10.29.15, a gap of 49 shows@@ – Proceeded by a significant Wharf Rat Tease / Jam – may become a separate track based on length. Also with a Throwin’ Stones Tease (SM)I feel like I heard “Dear Prudence” (The Beatles) teased a bunch thru the night, maybe for sure in Morning Dew? There was also a “Fly Like An Eagle” (Steve Miller Band) somewhere in the first set… Let me know what you heard.Beat It On Down The Line, via nugs.tvKeeping It Simple, via TimeZonerTVMusic Never Stopped, via nugs.tvJack Straw, via LazyLightning55a For their thirty-seventh edition of Taper Tuesdays (technically a Wednesday edition), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released the full audio to their performance at the Brooklyn Bowl on March 9th of this year, as part of their six-night residency across two weekends at the New York venue. Their March 9th show marked the 100th show for the Grateful Dead tribute project consisting of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger and the first night of their Brooklyn Bowl run (though for the second weekend, Oteil Burbridge subbed in for Dave Dreiwitz on bass, who was on tour with Ween).Oteil Burbridge Joins Joe Russo’s Almost Dead For Entire Show At Brooklyn Bowl [Videos]During Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance on March 9th, the group debuted their “Throwin’ Stones” jam, which fell in the first set between “Slipknot!” and “New Minglewood Blues.” The first set later ended with the debut of the group’s first original song, “Keeping It Simple,” which was written by Joe Russo with lyrics by Tom Hamilton. The second set kept this momentum going, with the group jamming through their debut cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun” during a massive rendition of “Music Never Stopped.” You can check out the setlist from Almost Dead’s 3/9/2017 performance below, courtesy of Peter Costello, then listen to the soundboard of the show below along with some choice videos captured during the night. You can check out Live For Live Music’s full recap of the night here.[Photos by Jeremy Gordon]
According to a report in the LA Times, Dr. Dre has pledged to donate $10 million to help build a performing arts center at the new Compton High School in his hometown neighborhood of Compton, Los Angeles. Compton High School students as well as members of the community will have access to the new performing arts center. It will feature state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for digital media production, as well as a 1,200-seat theater. “My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement, “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.”Those involved with the Compton school board are overjoyed with the hip hop mogul’s involvement and pledge for the new performing arts center. “The support that Dre has shown to Compton over the years is unwavering and we are so excited that we will now be home to one of the greatest performing arts centers in the country,” said Satra Zurita, president of Compton Unified’s governing board of trustees, to the LA Times. Micah Ali, vice chairman of the district’s board of education, said the new high school will be the most modern public school complex ever built. “We are looking forward to blending both [Dre’s] vision and that of the district to provide opportunities for individuals to both explore and apply their creativity in the arts,” says Darin Brawley, Compton Unified superintendent.The hip-hop mogul and Compton native will be directly involved in raising the remaining funds needed to complete the center, which is expected to break ground by 2020. Dre’s donation to the new Compton High School comes a few years after he promised to donate all the royalties from his last album, Compton, to fund new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city.[h/t – LA Times]
After “Leave The Light On” and a cover of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World”, the band invited out yet another guest musician—this time, Perpetual Groove’s Brock Butler on the Spafford original “Salamander Song”. The sit-in had been hinted at previously, as earlier yesterday, Butler took to Facebook explaining the origins of last night’s sit-in: “I met Andrew Red when he graced the stage with us this past Saturday in Denver. Now for Bringing it full circle I’ll see the fellas tonight in the City of Angels!” Spafford then closed out set two with “Beautiful Day”, before returning with a tremendous encore of “Postman”—a particularly awesome show-closer given the extended length of the composition.“Salamander Song” with Brock Butler[Video: mb1065]The soundboards for Friday night’s show will soon be available, as well as most Spafford shows, on nugs.net here. Tonight, the band closes up shop in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Orpheum Theater.Setlist: Spafford | Teregram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/16/17Set One: Remedy, People, Hollywood, Mind’s Unchained, All In, Legend*Set Two: Ain’t That Wrong, Aeroplane (RHCP) > Leave The Light On, Mad World, Salamander Song^, Beautiful DayEncore: Postman*with special guest Geoff Moss (Brian’s Brother)^with special guest Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove)[Photo: Steph Port via Spafford’s Facebook] On Friday night, Spafford put on an energetic performance at Teregram Ballroom in Los Angeles, California, signaling a strong finish for the group’s extensive fall tour. With tonight’s show in their hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona, the band let it all out for one final night on the West Coast. The night was jubilant, to say the least, with the band inviting two special guests—guitarist and vocalist Brian Moss’ brother Geoff Moss and Perpetual Groove frontman Brock Butler—to join in on the fun during the show.Spafford Welcomes The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner For Mad World Cover At Hulaween [Video]Spafford Releases Live 53-Minute Improv Studio Session And More [Pro-Shot Video]During the band’s six-song first set, the band opened with a number of well-loved and regularly rotated songs, appropriately playing “Hollywood” for the third song of the set given the location of the show. However, the stand-out highlight of set one was its final number, “Legend”, which saw the band invite out Brian Moss’ brother, Geoff Moss, to help close out the energized set proper. As for the second set, after the opening rendition of “Ain’t That Wrong”, Spafford moved into a cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Aeroplane”. Though the cover was debuted on New Year’s Eve last year, this fall tour has seen the band regularly rotating in the song, marking its fifth appearance this tour.“Aeroplane”