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Bob Weir Playing NYC Shows, New LP Streaming Now!

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Bob Weir has a new album coming out next friday, September 30th. It’s called Blue Mountain, and was recorded with The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, along with Josh Ritter. This is Bob Weir’s first new studio material since the 2000 Ratdog release Evening Moods. Blue Mountain is now streaming in full on NPR’s First Listen. Upon first listen, it’s clear that Weir’s ability as a songwriter hasn’t escaped him in his absence from recording. The tracks are captivating, emotional, and mature. There is …

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SHOW PREVIEW: KING Bringing Soulful R&B to Irving Plaza on October 18

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On October 18th, Los Angeles-based trio KING will bring their soulful blend of music to New York City’s Irving Plaza. The show follows beautiful performances at LPR and Winter Jazzfest from earlier this year. In January, the band was named one of the “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” and Pitchfork said of their new record that KING is “Fusing dream pop and R&B, KING floats through its debut album, making easy atmospheric blends akin to Sade and Janet Jackson.” …

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Brooklyn Comes Alive Details More Supergroups & Venue Lineups

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Brooklyn Comes Alive continues to prove themselves as a one-of-a-kind festival. Today they announced the full list of supergroups and unique configurations that will play around Williamsburg on October 22nd. Metzger/Russo/Walter/Hess will play together for the second time ever following their debut at Brooklyn Bowl on August 29, 2014. (You can listen to that here.) The All Brothers Band, with the Burbridge and Evans brothers, make their debut along with the [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, which melts 1/2 of the Disco Biscuits …

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Greensky Bluegrass plays Capitol Theatre this Saturday, new album out Sept 23

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Greensky Bluegrass has been an absolute delight to watch grow over the years. Although they started in the year 2000, it was just recently that they were able to jump from smaller venues to theaters, from Red Rocks support to Red Rocks’ headliners. As they continue on their fall tour, the band is hitting some of their biggest headlining performances to date, including a very special weekend show at the Capitol Theatre this upcoming Saturday. Tickets for that are sold out online, but likely …

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Nicolas Jaar Announces USA & Europe Tour

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Nicolas Jaar has been under the radar for pretty much the entirety of 2016, just recently breaking his silence with some social media teasing and a radio show. He’ll continue to reactivate his solo career with a lengthy tour of North America and Europe this fall. Tickets go on sale this Friday. This tour announcement follows the teasing of Sirens, which is rumored to be his forthcoming LP. The artwork he posted on social media recently, which is below, has “sirens” …

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Widespread Panic Focus on the Classics in Coney Island [Review, Setlist]

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As they celebrate 30 years of being a band, Widespread Panic recently embarked on fall tour. After a set of opening shows in Washington D.C., the band hit Coney Island in Brooklyn, where they settled in for two nights at the newly opened Ford Amphitheater down there. Night one was a rager, only to be topped by night two, which saw the band focus on some of their most classic material. As the @PanicStream Twitter account noted, 14 of the …

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Vulfpeck Kick off NYC Residency with Killer Central Park Show [Videos, Setlist, Recap]

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Photo by Jeremy Gordon via Jambase Vulfpeck have risen quickly over the last year, becoming one of the premier bands in the jam / funk circuits after being virtually unknown just before that. The band rides high off their quirky online content, and matches it with a goofy – but definitely stellar – live show. The other night, the Michigan quartet began their NYC residency, a stint that included a show in Central Park in addition to three at the Brooklyn …

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Suwannee Hulaween Adds RB&B, Antibalas, and Announces ‘Stringier Things’ Theme

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The Suwannee Hulaween theme is here: ‘Stringier Things.’ Playing on the recent success of Netflix’s Stranger Things, the festival urges patrons to “celebrate vintage 1980s supernatural horror / pop culture.” Don’t tempt me with a good time… This also means that The String Cheese Incident will likely have an 80s-themed covers set this year, which should be fun to watch. The band is known to cover Talking Heads, Prince, and other 80s icons, so we can’t wait to see what they come …

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SHOW PREVIEW: Jason Lindner’s Oscillations with Donny McCaslin

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Jason Lindner is a name you should become familiar with. The keyboard/pianist is incredibly expressive and experimental with his playing, notably earning him a spot in the band that played on David Bowie’s final album. On September 7th, another player from that album, Donny McCaslin, will join Lindner in Oscillations, a project that explores the nexus of jazz and electronica. If you’ve been following the blog this year, or my recent foray into show bookings via Tango Presents, you’ll see that the …

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Suwannee Hulaween’s Top 10 Most Memorable Musical Moments [Videos]

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Suwannee Hulaween is just about two months away, and we’re gearing up to bring you the best mouth-watering articles to get you primed to experience one of the best festivals in the world. The String Cheese Incident will be joined by the likes of My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, STS9, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, and many more for what is sure to be a magical weekend of music. Stacked schedules and fantastic sit-ins turn the Suwannee into a music-lover’s heaven, as evidence of …

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Brooklyn Comes Alive is One of the Most Unique Jam Festivals in the Country

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Any festival-goer has that feeling of excitement when a lineup comes out for one of your favorite festivals. Whether it was My Morning Jacket on Hulaween’s lineup this year, or the announcement of Santana sitting in with Phil & Friends at Lockn’ a couple years back, I’ve definitely had my fair share of ‘OMG I HAVE TO BE THERE’ freak-outs when reading a festival’s lineup. Nevertheless, after dozens of freak-outs and festival wristbands later, Brooklyn Comes Alive still gives me …

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A Journey Through Vertex, Colorado’s Newest Festival

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Congratulations Vertex. We knew you would be special, but we were curious how special. Expectations = shattered. The inaugural festival taking place in Buena Vista, Colorado had everything the Colorado festival community longs for. Next year, the national community will certainly be on alert. The incipient festival drew around 8,000 attendees in its first year of existence. Although this is considerably less than expected, the size proved to be one of the most enjoyable distinctions throughout the weekend. Clean bathrooms, …

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Top Acts to Look For at This Years Imagine Festival

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Gearing up for 2016 Imagine Festival at it’s brand new home, Atlanta Motor Speedway, we are more than excited to see an eclectic variety of artist, along with camping introduced. Here are some of our most anticipated acts as we approach festival weekend. Papadosio Of course, it goes without saying that Papadosio is a monsoon of Funk, Electronic, Jam, and Rock all wrapped into an hour and a half groovy wave. Suiting perfectly with Imagine’s introduction of the Splash Pool …

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Introducing Jaw Gems, an instrumental hip-hop band playing Brooklyn Bowl on Aug 14

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Jaw Gems comes from Portland, Maine. They’re a four-piece band that makes fire beats, and has a new record coming out on 1320 Records later on this month. The band is being championed by some people who really know their stuff. Adam Deitch of Lettuce said, “The swing that J Dilla made famous on an MPC beat machine in the late ‘90s is embedded in Jaw Gems’ musical DNA, just as much as soul and funk. They have created a …

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Newport Jazz Festival Celebrates 62yrs with Legends, Rising Stars, and Perfect Weather

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via Nels Cline’s Facebook The Newport Jazz Festival has a deep history, and you can feel it as you walk through the Rhode Island music festival. The event started in 1954 with performances by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday. Miles Davis performed there the next year. So when you watch sets by rising stars like Kamasi Washington, Christian Scott, or Donny McCaslin, you can sense that they’re just as happy to be there as you are. That vibe …

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Vertex Festival Preview: 5 Reasons the Colorado Festival is Already a Summer Staple

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The Scene Colorado has been yearning for a major festival for years now. Granted, 3 night runs of Cheese, Panic, and Phish are summer festivals within themselves, but we haven’t seen diversity like this in some time. Snowball was a hit until it moved down to Denver and was never seen from again. Snowball, Chad, we’re patiently waiting for the return! ARISE put on a fantastic experience last year, but the lack of compelling headliners and the misfortune to fall …

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