Mumford and Sons closed out their Babel tour in Bonner Springs, Kansas this past week. Now that they have traveled far and wide playing sold out shows, what’s next? According to them, a long well-deserved hiatus.“There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show,” keyboardist Ben Lovett told us earlier this week.How long, you ask? “We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of . . . I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules.”In the past, they have commented on how playing sold out shows in front of thousands of people was quite the adjustment. The long tour of large performances had really gotten to them, and they’re more than ready to get back to their loved ones and live a life outside of the band for a little while.[via Rolling Stone]
The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive Last night, Metallica kept in their recent New York State of Mind (the band played Mariano Rivera’s Farewell Ceremony and a private show at The Apollo), and appeared on The Colbert Report, in support of their 3D film, Through The Never. In typical Colbert fashion, the host asked some hard-nosed journalist questions, including “What is Through The Never? Why not, like, Next to the Always? Or Under the Sometimes?”He continued with asking the band if they are actually angry when they rock, asked founding member and frontman James Hetfield, “Can you keep your anger up?….do you have to fake your anger-gasm?” To which Hetfield answers, “We’re 50 on the outside and still working on growing up in the inside.”The band went on to perform two songs, “Master of Puppets” and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” which absolutely rocked. For guys that are pushing hitting the half-century rock, they are still mind-blowing in the live setting. Check out the interview and live performances below: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive
While Bruno Mars may be playing the Super Bowl halftime show, there will be a slew of other special performances leading up to The Big Game. The Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Run-DMC, and several other acts will all perform in and around New York City during the week.The shows will be hosted by The Bud Light Hotel, which is a brand new cruise ship on the Hudson River beginning January 1st. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be part of a separate celebration, WFAN’s Big Hello To Brooklyn, hosted by NYC radio station WFAN at The Barclays Center on February 1st, with support from MS MR, Basic Vacation, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and New Politics.Here’s the full schedule for those shows:– Thursday, Jan. 30 – EA SPORTS™ Party featuring a “History of Hip Hop” concert hosted by The Roots and featuring Run-DMC, Busta Rhymes and special guests– Friday, Jan. 31 – “Pandora Presents” party featuring Imagine Dragons– Saturday, Feb. 1 – Bud Light Main Event concert featuring Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band– Sunday, Feb. 2 – Pepsi and Bud Light pre-game concert featuring Fall Out Boy and Jake Owen[via Consequence of Sound]
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is getting ready to open its doors, and has announced it’s initial run of shows, which includes multi-night runs from Soulive, Phil Lesh & Friends, Elvis Costello and The Roots, Galactic, Jane’s Addiction (performing Nothing’s Shocking), Thievery Corporation, Soulive, Steve Winwood, and more. The String Cheese Incident has also been confirmed to play the 2,000 capacity venue/restaurant/bowling alley (at some point in the Fall), which will feature 32 lanes and food from Blue Ribbon Restaurants (who also cater Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg). The venue will have three levels, spanning over 80,000 square feet.“We are thrilled to bring the unique Brooklyn Bowl vibe to Las Vegas. This multi-sensory, free-standing performance venue will allow people to have a full dining, social and concert experience under one roof,” said Brooklyn Las Vegas co-founder (and Jambands.com / Relix publisher) Peter Shapiro.Here is a list of the initial announcement of shows:March 8-9—Bowlive feat. Soulive with special guests March 14—The Roots March 15-16—Elvis Costello and The Roots March 19—Brett Dennen March 20-22—Cake March 20-22—Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (late) March 23—Local Natives March 26-29, April 2-5, 9-12—Galactic (late) March 29-30—Lettuce April 5-6, 19-20—Robert Randolph & the Family Band (late and brunch) April 10—Bonobo April 12—Big Gigantic April 14—The Naked and Famous / The 1975, with the White Lies April 15—The Green April 16-19—Trombone Shorty (late) April 17—Chance the Rapper April 18-20—Phil Lesh & Friends April 20—The Infamous Stringdusters (late) April 24-26—O.A.R. April 25-26, May 2-3—Gogol Bordello (late) May 1-3—Primus May 5—Twenty One Pilots May 8-10—Jane’s Addiction performing “Nothing’s Shocking” May 22-25—Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk & Soul Rebels Brass Band May 29-31—Tedeschi Trucks Band (early) May 29-31—Soulive (late) June 5—Black Label Society June 10-11—Thievery Corporation June 13-14—Steve Winwood August 7—Chromeo August 29-31—The Avett Brothers Coming Soon—The String Cheese Incident .[via Jambands.com]
Papadosio has announced a ‘Fourshadows’ tour beginning this spring, promising that “something unprecedented is on the horizon.” Whatever that may be, the band will play a fourteen-show run throughout April, beginning in Aspen, CO and ending in New Orleans, LA.Fan club tickets will be released on January 22nd, with the general on-sale the following day, January 23rd. For more information, head to Papadosio’s official website. Check out the tour poster below:
Electronic heavyweights Exmag and BRANX have teamed up for a massive collaborative EP, out tomorrow. The last song on the new EP, Plants and Animals, is a hard-hitting track with ominous tones called “The Embryo.” Here’s your first listen.The album will premiere tonight as part of a new Members Only music series.Exmag embarks on an extensive tour with Gibbz, Marvel Years, Elaquent, M!NT and GRiZ tomorrow, April 1st in Syracuse, NY. The tour concludes at Red Rocks with Lettuce and The Motet. Consult the full touring schedule below or click here.
Summer Camp Music Festival has announced a series of Grateful Dead tributes at this year’s festival, including a very special performance by moe. featuring Bruce Hornsby.The festival is held from May 22-24, and the Dead tributes kick off with a Thursday night pre-party featuring a special Floodwood show performing the entirety of the 1970 classic album, Workingman’s Dead. The music continues throughout the weekend, as Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and the Infamous Stringdusters will play on Friday May 22nd, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will go on May 23rd.Rounding out the whole weekend, on Sunday May 24th, will be a Grateful Dead set from moe. featuring the legendary Bruce Hornsby on piano. Together, the group will perform a tribute to the Dead. Hornsby will be joining the “Core Four” during the “Fare thee Well” shows in Chicago over July 4th weekend.For tickets and more information, head to the official Summer Camp website.
[cover photo courtesy of MJ Kim and Nasty Little Man] Paul McCartney has announced his first U.S. arena date of the summer, outside of his already scheduled festival appearances at Firefly in Dover, DE on June 19th and at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL on July 31st. Macca has announced a show at Philadelphia, PA’s Wells Fargo Center on June 21st. The Out There Tour is currently running through dates in Japan and South Korea.The tour uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the some of the most well-known songs in rock history, seeing the former Beatle perform live is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Friday, May 1 at 12 noon local time. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 30 at 10 p.m.Current Paul McCartney Tour DatesJune 19 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music FestivalJune 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo CenterJuly 31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
After a couple of weeks off, Yonder Mountain String Band continued their tour behind their latest studio release, Black Sheep, Tuesday July 7th at the Brooklyn Bowl. While Yonder celebrated the release of their latest record, the Brooklyn Bowl held a celebration of their own, having opened their doors six years earlier.The quintet strode on to the stage, opening up with the band’s “Winds of Wyoming” before seamlessly segueing into “Mother’s Only Son”. The second song of the night featured long, slow-building solos from guitarist Adam Aijala, fiddle player Alie Kral and mandolin player Jacob Jolliff.Kral and Jolliff are both relative newcomers to the band, tasked with replacing original mandolinist Jeff Austin, who left to pursue other projects. Austin had a distinctive energy about him—kinetic, unwieldy, frenetic and hyper are a few choice adjectives to describe it—that helped push forward the band’s music. Whether it were his lightning quick runs or distinctive howls when he stepped to the microphone, Austin gave the band a unique edge.L4LM Goes Behind The Scenes With Yonder Mountain String BandJolliff on the other hand, is far more understated. His skill on the mandolin is off-the-charts. However, if there’s a problem with his playing, it’s that he makes it seem too easy. Whereas Austin looked as if he felt every note, Jolliff is perfectly content to close his eyes and let his hands go to work, furiously ripping up and down the fretboard.After a quick run through Bill Monroe’s “Whitehouse Blues,” the set reached it’s climax with Kral stepping up to the mic for the Dolly Parton classic, “Jolene.” While she doesn’t sing often with Yonder, Kral’s voice is a breath of fresh air into the band, belting out the country classic over phenomenal harmonies laid down by the rest of the band. This whipped the crowd, which had gradually built over the course of the set, into a frenzy as feet stomped and people howled while the song built.The set closed with The Beatles’ “Only a Northern Song” sandwiching their own “Sidewalk Stars,” which featured some of the best interplay between the two newest members of the group—Kral and Jolliff—as the song ebbed and flowed. The band then closed the 70 minute opening frame by having the crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to the Brooklyn Bowl.After a short, 20-minute set break, the band came back out with “Insult and an Elbow” off their new album, a bluegrass tune updated for the 21st Century. The set picked up steam with the Jolliff-penned “Up For Brinkley’s” before the highest point of the set, the Pure Prarie League’s “Amie.” While they didn’t take it out for an extended spin, the crowd lapped up every second of the cover, screaming out the words to the oft-covered bluegrass classic.The second set saw a small hiccup when the fire alarm went off in the middle of the group’s “I’m Lost,” sending the band off the stage for a few minutes before they restarted the song. After the song, bassist Ben Kaufmann took to the mic to say, “Word around the campfire is that you can’t smoke weed in the bathroom,” which led to a brief “Burnin’ Down the House” fakeout from Aijala.But the Talking Heads wouldn’t disappear totally for the rest of the show, as the group closed with a lengthy segment that began with the band’s own “Around You,” seguing seamlessly into “Years With Rose.” At this point, the energy started building in the room as individually, band members began toying with the melody from “Girlfriend is Better” before eventually giving it a full run. The cover also saw the first bass solo of the night, met with loud applause and cheers.The group closed out the set by once again handing the microphone to Kral, who injected a big dose of soul into Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues,” which turned the audience into a full-blown hootenanny, stomping their feet and clapping their hands.In the encore slot, Kaufmann took to the mic for the Yonder original, “Catch a Criminal” before closing out with the traditional, as made famous by the Grateful Dead, “I Know You Rider,” with their own distinctive bluegrass bent to it.While it may have been a Tuesday night, those on hand for the festivities were in for a real treat as they mixed in a heavy dose of covers to go along with plenty of newer material. Yonder continues their summer tour tonight with a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT.Setlist – Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl, 7/7/15:Set One:Winds of Wyoming Mother’s Only Son Long Time Nothin’ But Nothin’ Anna Lee (Levon Helm cover)White House Blues (Dublin City Ramblers cover)Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)Only a Northern Song (The Beatles cover) >Sidewalk Stars >Only a Northern Song (The Beatles cover) >Happy Birthday ([traditional] cover)Set Two:Insult and an Elbow Drown Up For Brinkley’s Amie (Pure Prairie League cover)Landfall Burning Down The House (Talking Heads tease)I’m Lost, I’ll Never Find the Way (The Stanley Brothers cover)Rambler’s Anthem Around You Years With Rose Girlfriend Is Better (Talking Heads cover) >Amanda Rose >White Freight Liner (Townes Van Zandt cover)Encore:Criminal I Know You Rider (Grateful Dead cover)Words by Brian Weidy, Photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein
Load remaining images At 79 years old, blues legend Buddy Guy is still showing that he has got what it takes to put on one of the more entertaining shows around. And in the wake of the sudden passing of another legend, New Orleans’ Allen Toussaint, from a heart attack after a show in Madrid, Spain, it seemed like this was a show that couldn’t be missed. When given the opportunity to see one of the last remaining icons of a past era, just buck up and go; you will be happy that you did when all is said and done.Beloved New Orleans Icon Allen Toussaint Has Passed Away At 77 (A Retrospective)The ultimate showman, Guy plays the blues, shares some hilarious stories, and has the respect of so many other musician’s, young and old. Last night was the perfect example, as Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and the band’s guitarist Matt O’Ree joined Guy on stage, along with slide guitarist Earl Slick who has played with everyone from David Bowie and John Lennon, to the New York Dolls and Robert Smith. KISS guitarist Paul Stanely’s son, Evan Stanley, also joined in the fun on stage, and the 21-year old held his own with the veterans that graced the stage.At one point for a solid 15 minutes, Guy, just to show off, literally walked around the entire venue while playing and singing, taking pictures with fans, flirting with women, and even getting behind the bar at BB King’s to take a solo. The crowd was loving every second of this incredible display of energy from 79-year old man moving around effortlessly with an axe strapped to him. Definitely one for the books.– Chris Meyer[all photos courtesy of Dino Perucci and BB King Blues Club and Grill]