Bon Iver announced his third full-length LP, 22, A Million, on Friday, after five years of studio silence. On the evening of said special announcement, Justin Vernon led the band to perform the entire album, in full, at his own festival Eaux Claires Music Festival in Wisconsin. A surprising move, to say the least, for any band — to perform an album live on the same day of its announcement — made for an incredibly special evening for festival attendees.Ready to hit stores on September 30th via Jagjaguwar Records, you can listen to the full set now, which includes the entire new album, with songs like “21 M♢♢N WATER”, “22 (OVER S88N)”, and “33 “GOD”, along with an encore that includes some new takes on past Bon Iver favorites “Minnesota, WI” and a very special “Beth/Rest” featuring Bruce Hornsby.Enjoy these live versions of the upcoming 22, A Million, by Bon Iver, courtesy of YouTube user cookiecrumblemusic. While the video says less about the album, it’s the audio worth paying attention to:Bon Iver @ Eaux Claires Music Festival 8/12/16:22 (OVER S88N)10 d E A T h b R E a s T715 – CREEKS33 “GOD”29 #Strafford APTS666 ʇ21 M♢♢N WATER8 (circle)____45_____00000 MillionEncore:Beach Baby (with The Staves)Minnesota, WI (New arrangement)Creature FearBeth/Rest (with Bruce Hornsby) (New arrangement)[via CoS]
After months of anticipation, Dead & Company‘s 2017 tour is finally upon us! Last night, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti rolled into Las Vegas to kick off their 20-date summer run. The band came in hot in their first performance since 7/30/16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, opening the show with classic cuts including “The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw,” each highlighted by poignantly beautiful guitar interplay by Mayer and Weir. You can watch pro-shot footage of the show’s first three songs (“The Music Never Stopped,” “Dire Wolf,” and “Jack Straw”) via nugs.tv, which the band streamed live on their Facebook page:Set one continued the string of jukebox Dead sing-alongs, including “Loser,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Brown Eyed Women,” and “Bird Song.” Set two kicked off with a joyous “Playin’ In The Band,” which eventually bled into “Deal,” sung with sly charisma by Mayer. A classic “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” pairing came next, and eventually dissipated into “Drums/Space,” giving Mickey and Billy their first crack of the year at their patented percussion odysseys. Out of the “Space” arose “The Other One,” as Bobby fearlessly led the band on vocals through the remainder of the set, including “Black Peter” and the obligatory “One More Saturday Night.”However, as we all know, yesterday wasn’t just another Saturday night. Earlier that evening, the music world received the devastating news that Gregg Allman, the leader of the iconic Allman Brothers Band and widely respected rock and roll elder statesman, had passed away. In a moving tribute to the fallen legend (and Burbridge’s former Allmans bandmate), Dead & Company delivered a delicate rendition of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the Bob Dylan classic performed by the Allmans, the Dead, and just about everyone else. As the band played, images of Gregg were projected behind the stage, blending with visuals of fluffy white clouds to give Allman’s an angelic aura. After the touching tribute, the band slipped back into a “Playin’ in the Band” reprise to cap an excellent tour opener. Watch fan-shot footage of the end of the encore tribute to Gregg Allman below, courtesy of YouTube user Nala ThaBoxer:SETLIST: Dead & Company | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 5/27/17Set 1: The Music Never Stopped, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw, Loser, Friend of the Devil, Brown Eyed Women, Bird SongSet 2: Playin’ In The Band > Deal, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums > Space > The Other One > Black Peter, One More Saturday NightEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door > Playin In The Band (Reprise)The band keeps playin’ on tonight as they make their way to Phoenix AZ for a performance at Ak-Chin Pavillion. From there, the band will play a pair of two-night runs in California, at Hollywood Bowl and Shoreline Amphitheatre, respectively. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Co shows, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Erik Kabib[Cover photo via Instagram user @deadandgang]Dead & Company | MGM Grand | Las Vegas, NV | Photos by Erik Kabib Load remaining images
[Photo: Shervin Lainez] The Magpie Salute is the new ten-piece band of The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, Sven Pipien, and Charity White in addition to Joe Magistro, Nico Bereciartua, Michael Bellar, John Hogg, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. The dynamic group has just released a brand-new music video for their song “Omission”—the lead single off the group’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on June 9th via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The Magpie Salute’s “Omission” is a powerful song, opening with commanding guitar licks that make way for lead vocalist John Hogg’s authoratative vocals. The rugged song is a master course in rock ‘n’ roll, creating an impressive debut for the new project. In this new video directed by Matthew Sterling, the drama of the rock-centric tune is emphasized by the crisply contrasted, black-and-white footage of the band laying into the song. As Rich Robinson said in a statement, “The overall idea was based on the light and dark aspects of the human psyche and taking a reference from the Magpie which has elements of the light and dark.”Rich Robinson Reunites Black Crowes Members For Debut Of The Magpie Salute [Watch]In the new video for “Omission,” the drama of the rock-centric tune is emphasized by the crisply contrasted, black-and-white footage of the band laying into the song. The video directed by Matthew Sterling is coherent, alternatingly direct with shots of the full band and with gorgeous kaleidoscopic overlays, exploring the power of black, white, and all the full spectrum of grays. As Rich Robinson said in a statement, “The overall idea was based on the light and dark aspects of the human psyche and taking a reference from the Magpie which has elements of the light and dark.”The Magpie Salute’s new video comes on the heels of the release of The Magpie Salute and the group’s subsequent tour promoting the new project and its album. The tour will see the band travel around the world, with the North American leg kicking off in Indianapolis on July 26th at The Vogue. From there, the group will play a number of headlining theater performances in addition to a smattering of festival dates. You can check out the video for “Omission” below as well as check out The Magpie Salute’s upcoming tour dates.
Arizona four-piece Spafford is coming in hot with a 39-date Fall tour, starting September 27 in Charlottesville, VA and ending back home in Flagstaff on November 18. Each club date will feature two full sets from Spafford, with opening support from some of their rising companions. Along for the ride are Soule Monde (Ray Paczkowski & Russ Lawton from Trey Band), Southern Avenue, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Space Bacon, Voodoo Visionary, Lesser Bangs, Shaky Feelin’, Tiny Massive, and Red Rose.Spafford Shares New All-Improv Release, “Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience” [Stream]Spafford have been cutting their teeth on coast-to-coast tours for the better part of the last year, headlining venues across the country and supporting heavyweights such as Umphrey’s McGee. Their biggest tour yet will include two nights at Asheville Music Hall in Asheville, North Carolina, two nights in Denver, Colorado (including a special VIP-only performance), their first headline play at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York, an appearance at Suwanee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida, among many other exciting stops.In partnership with CID Entertainment, Spafford is offering their fans an “All In” VIP Experience to those catching their Colorado shows. This limited-run ticket includes admission to the Ogden Theatre on Thursday 11/9, alongside an intimate private VIP-only performance at the new Globe Hall in Denver on Saturday, 11/11. The “All In” VIP Experience also features a Meet & Greet/Photo Opportunity with Spafford, access to the Ogden Theatre soundcheck on 11/9, a limited edition event poster signed by the band, one exclusive Spafford merchandise gift, a high-quality download of soundboard audio from each night, and on-site concert hosts.Spafford is a four-piece funk rock group hailing from Phoenix, AZ, comprised of Jordan Fairless (Bass/Vocals), Red Johnson (Keys/Vocals), Brian Moss (Guitar/Vocals) and Cameron Laforest (Drums/Vocals). Head to the band’s website for ticket information.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G. (Instagram: @PhiercePhoto)]
Phish bassist Mike Gordon is currently making his way around the nation on a 17-date Fall Tour in support of his newly released album, OGOGO. In addition to the scheduled performances, Gordon announced two intimate daytime performances/autograph signings in local record stores. The first of the pair was yesterday, Thursday, September 28th, at The Sound Garden in Syracuse, New York, prior to Mike’s scheduled performance at Syracuse’s Wescott Theatre tonight, Friday, September 29th.Mike Gordon Brings “Trapezoidal Sunshine” To New HavenRoughly 100 fans showed up for the lunchtime show, for which he played three tracks from OGOGO: “Victim,” “Stealing Jamaica,” and lead single “Steps.” “We’ve been working on these songs for a year but we still don’t really know what they’re about,” said Gordon to his unusually small audience, “It could be the light side of darkness. Or the mushy side of solidness.”What We Learned From Mike Gordon’s Q&A Before Today’s Release Of New LP, OGOGO [Album Stream]Gordon’s second special record store appearance will take place at Denver’s Twist and Shout Records on October 14th—the afternoon of Gordon’s final show of his fall tour at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO.You can watch crowd-shot footage from the intimate performance below, via YouTube user Casezille Elizabeth:Mike Gordon’s solo tour continues tonight in earnest at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse, before the band heads to Toronto on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday. For a full list of dates, see below. For more information, or to buy tickets, head to Mike’s website.Remaining Mike Gordon Fall 2017 Tour Dates:Fri 9/29 The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NYSat 9/30 Phoenix Concert Theatre, TorontoSun 10/1 St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MITue 10/3 Bells Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MIWed 10/4 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OHThu 10/5 The Vogue, Indianapolis, INFri 10/6 The Metro, Chicago, ILSun 10/8 Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WITue 10/10 Slow Down, Omaha, NEWed 10/11 Madrid Theatre, Kansas City, MOFri 10/13 Boulder Theater, Boulder, COSat 10/14 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO[Cover photo via Katrina Tulloch][h/t – Syracuse.com]
In recent years, Super Bowl halftime shows have gotten increasingly flashy. However, in 2008, the recently deceased rock icon Tom Petty challenged this, putting on a stellar show during Super Bowl XLII, which saw the New York Giants dramatically upset the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. During his twelve-minute performance, Petty and The Heartbreakers ran through some of his greatest hits, laying out superb renditions of “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and letting the music speak for itself during his fairly stripped-down performance.This 1977 Interview Proves That Tom Petty Was Coolness Personified [Watch] You can watch Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker’s full Super Bowl XLII halftime show below, which the NFL published earlier in the week in remembrance of the late and great rock and roll hero.
Sad news for bluegrass fans, as today, Cabinet announced that they’d be going on an indefinite hiatus following their three-night New Year’s Eve run. The band formed in 2006, gaining a large following for their innovative and progressive bluegrass stylings. With a home base of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the group also became known as the hosts of the annual summer festival, Susquehanna Breakdown.Cabinet Invites Cris Jacobs & More For Thanksgiving Throw-Down [Full Audio/Photos]You can read the band’s full statement on their upcoming hiatus below. If you wanna catch the group in action before they call it quits for the indefinite future, you can see them on December 29th at Burlington, Vermont’s Higher Ground (Showcase Lounge), on December 30th at Syracuse, New York’s Westcott Theater, and on December 31st at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania’s F.M. Kirby Center.Dear Cabinet Family and Friends,Since the band was formed in 2006, each passing year has been part of an evolution. We as musicians have evolved, our individual lives and families have evolved, the music has evolved.Through this evolution over the better part of 10 years we have reached a point where we feel it necessary and healthy to take a break. Take a step back, reflect, focus on our families, on ourselves, breathe and be grateful.Starting January 1, 2018 Cabinet will be going on an indefinite hiatus. We urge you all to be with us through the end of the year. Your warm presence and support is the good juice that has kept us going!We are proud of what we have accomplished in the past 10 years and couldn’t be more grateful to have the support from all of our family, friends, and fans. CabFam is real and it has brought us much joy to watch all of you interact with us and each other through out the years. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you. So thank you, for being with us through out this journey and evolving with us!We dont know what the future will hold but we fear not the unknown. We will continue to be positive in our actions and hope to share many more memories with you all as time rolls by.With love in the name and power of music,JP, Mick, Pappy, Dylan, Josh and Todd
In related news, Arcade Fire recently announced a new tour, dubbed “Everything Now Continues,” that will bring the Canadian-American group through much of the Midwest and Southeast, including stops at Birmingham, AL’s Sloss Festival and Louisville, KY’s Forecastle Festival.Additionally, Arcade Fire just unveiled a “double music video” for the Everything Now tracks “Put Your Money On Me” and “We Don’t Deserve Love”. Titled by Money + Love, the David Wilson-directed video stars the band and acclaimed Australian actress Toni Collette. Watch it here.Arcade Fire Tour North American DatesJuly 7 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music TheaterJuly 8 Milwaukee, WS @ SummerfestJuly 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AEJuly 12 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat AmphitheaterJuly 14 Birmingham, AL @ Sloss FestivalJuly 15 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle FestivalJuly 18 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank PavilionJuly 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s LandingJuly 20 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube LiveView All Tour Dates Arcade Fire appeared on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, marking their fifth performance on the late-night comedy show to date. The indie rock icons performed two songs, “Creature Comfort” and “Put Your Money On Me”, in support of their 2017 album, Everything Now. Additionally, the band appeared on a sketch about CBS news and the #MeToo movement, where Canadian producer Thomas Logan is confronted by a woman (Heidi Gardner) he sexually harassed, while former collaborators Arcade Fire learn about his misdeeds.Watch Arcade Fire perform “Creature Comfort” and “Put Your Money On Me”, as well as their sketch, below:
On April 21st, the progressive New Zealand electronic producer Opiuo (also known as Oscar Davey-Wraight) headed to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a sold-out, co-headlining show with Colorado’s own SunSquabi. After 2017’s performance with the Opiuo Live Band, the boundary-pushing producer was ready to take it up a notch, with the show serving of the debut of his Syzygy Orchestra, which draws its name from Opiuo’s most recent EP, Syzygy 01.With this monumental performance behind him, Live For Live Music got the chance to talk to Opiuo about the performance, the work that went in ahead of time to make it all happen, plans for the future, collaborations with members of Lettuce, and more. You can check out the interview below, and head to Opiuo’s website for more information and future tour dates.Ming Lee Newcomb: Recently, you headlined the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For your show, you brought together a 20-piece orchestra, dubbed the Syzygy Orchestra, and performed with them. Can you talk a little bit about what inspired this wild collaboration?Opiuo: I’ve been a massive fan of orchestras my whole life. It’s a realm of musical creation I had no idea about, so I thought why not take on the challenge, especially somewhere as special as Red Rocks. The mix of century-old organicness with brand-new electronic power, I was so intrigued.MLN: Once you realized that you wanted to move forward with the collaboration, you handpicked an orchestra to work with specifically for the show. What was that process like of choosing the Syzygy Orchestra?Opiuo: I worked alongside the concertmaster, Tom Hagerman, and chose the most impactful instruments for a show like this. Ones that work together at a size of twenty people, allowing us to replicate and reinvent electronic sound in a beautifully organic way. It was super fun. It was like creating my own movie soundtrack. The instruments just jumped from the pages!MLN: You worked with one of the members of DeVotchKa to score the show. How did that process work, and how did you decide which songs you’d perform at Red Rocks? Were there any songs you knew you wanted to do from the get-go, or any songs you wanted to do but ultimately didn’t translate well?Opiuo: I was introduced to Tom [Hagerman] via my manager. We spoke on the phone, then I flew to Denver to sit and meet in person. It’s very important for projects like this to work with people I connect with on a personal and musical level—and Tom was exactly that. We gelled right away. I had already been working on the show for some time, so I had arranged the music into a coherent set.I definitely spent weeks working out which songs to play, and even asked my fans online, without giving too much away. I knew it’s super important to get it right. And yeah, some songs I would have loved to play, but they did not translate that well. Then, me and Tom spent months sending the files and music back and forth until we were both happy with the final product. It was such an enjoyable and interesting experience.MLN: What was the transition like, shifting from the role of a lone DJ on stage to the conductor of twenty or so people?Opiuo: The transition was surreal. It kind of felt like it was something I had done before. It felt natural, even though the show flew by, and I didn’t really remember many specifics. I was so focused on doing the role I had to and doing it well. It was super refreshing to be up there, performing in a completely different manner. I loved it.Opiuo with the Syzygy Orchestra – Red Rocks Amphitheatre[Video: OPIUO]MLN: Now that the show has passed, what were your favorite moments from your Red Rocks performance?Opiuo: When we finished the 4th Movement, the crowd was nearly completely silent. They seemed to all be emerged deep in the sound and in the moment. Then seconds later they erupted into screams and cheers. It’s moments like those that you know everyone is paying attention and along for the ride, right there with you. It felt very special.MLN: Ahead of the Red Rocks show, you released a brand-new EP called Syzygy 01. Given that you’ve always been such a boundary-pushing producer, how do you think your sound has evolved with this latest album?Opiuo: I went on some journeys to places like New Orleans and recorded real horn sections. I’d often been a sampling guy, but going there and experiencing a place like that had a huge impact on the music. It was so much fun to watch songs come to life before my eyes.MLN: On this new EP, you also worked with members of Lettuce. Can you talk about those collaborations, and what it was like working them?Opiuo: Benny Bloom from Lettuce, Russ Liquid, and TJ Norris are absolute pros! They smashed the role of horn-section extraordinaires. We recorded five songs in four hours. I was so lucky and fortunate to have them lace my music with style and grace. Something I want to do more of in the future.MLN: Given the name of your new EP, can we expect a Syzygy 02 coming out soon? Or can you share anything about new music you might be working on?Opiuo: You might be onto something here… That’s all I will say right now!MLN: Having just finished up an extensive North American tour and an incredibly busy start to 2018, what are your plans for the rest of the year. Any shows or festival sets that you’re really looking forward to?Opiuo: I’m excited to spend the middle part for the year bouncing around the globe making people dance to my funkadelic adventures. Lots of new music, and a special project which I shall announce in due time. Plus, I just try to be the best human I possibly can every day, encourage everyone to follow their dreams, to believe in themselves, support their friends, and to spread positive vibes far and wide!For more information on Opiou’s upcoming projects and performances, head to his website.
Panorama is set to return to New York City’s Randall’s Island for its third consecutive year from July 27th to 29th. The large-scale festival, presented by Goldenvoice, features tons of star power for fans to enjoy. The summer-in-the-city festival will host The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, and The Killers as top-line headliners, followed by Migos, Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, SZA, Gucci Mane, St. Vincent, The xx, Odesza, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, and so many more. Today, Panorama has added Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Lil Wayne (“Weezy F. Baby”) to its Saturday lineup.Additionally, the festival announced today that THE LAB, powered by HP, is returning for its third consecutive year at the festival. Seen by many as one of the highlights of Panorama, THE LAB will feature the “Dome” – a 360-degree trademark centerpiece experience of Panorama – and five experiential activations, providing festivalgoers with unparalleled immersive experiences.THE LAB is comprised once again with New York City-based artists and studios inspired by a more organic environment and HP’s commitment to a technology-driven sustainable future. THE LAB, Designed and Curated by META: The Art of Being There, will create a world of Fractal Nature–rather than being in enclosed tents and darker spaces, the installations will work more fluidly with the summer environment to shape a daytime-friendly, communal, decentralized and natural experience. HP is once again on board as the official technology sponsor for Panorama. The experiential activations all leverage the use of HP technology to create immersive interactivity for festival guests.“HP is excited to continue its reinvention journey with Panorama. We are now in our third year as the official technology sponsor and look forward to providing attendees with experiences that amaze through immersive and dynamic activations in THE LAB, Powered by HP,” said Emily Ketchen, Regional Head of Marketing, HP Inc, in a press release. “Panorama is the perfect place for HP to meet festival goers where they are and allow them to experience our products in a real and engaging way.”See below for the full lineup of artist installations included at THE LAB:Pixel Vortex by The Windmill FactoryPixel Vortex is an ethereal temple of play – a bioluminescent dreamscape of flying pixels. Upon squeezing through any of the multitude of openings you are immediately bombarded with LED balloons whirling in a powerful vortex of wind. The balloons swirl around the shimmering space, flowing up to the apex and back down. Persons enter and exit in games of hide and seek with their friends as they toss balloons around and play like children among the most technologically advanced balloon drop ever.Infinite Wild by Smooth TechnologyInfinite Wild is a solar-powered installation in which viewers find themselves surrounded by nature-inspired art. Flowing colors transport them on a journey through seasons, environments, and living animations. Sixty thousand LEDs dangle like vines around them as a mirrored ceiling and floor platform extends the image into infinity. Participants are invited in by a cooling mist that provides a much-needed respite from the mid-day sun. While strolling through this living jungle of LED vines, they can also be presented an opportunity to fill reusable water bottles, encouraging sustainability.As Above, So Below by Kate RaudenbushA transformative gathering space inspired by the fractal geometry of Sierpinski icosahedrons. It welcomes all to contemplate the humbling potential of their existence that occupies the here and now, and the infinitely large and infinitely small worlds that lie beyond their awareness, waiting to be discovered.(hy·per·sub·tle) by SuperbrightLook around with your phone’s camera. You are surrounded by beautiful, strange and abstract human creatures dancing to the music from the festival. Augmented reality pushes the limits of our imagination. The immersive media is now in your hands, you can experience it in your own environment and use it as a creative tool to express yourself. Superbright will work with a curated group of dancers to record motion capture data, creating a curatorial repository of dance moves.The selected choreographies are not just dance moves, they will be cultural memes.The Portal To Flatland by Magenta FieldThe portal is designed to invite festivalgoers from the mayhem of the music festival into the tunnel of transmutation, priming their senses for what lies beyond. Participants will be drawn forward and pressed backward by using a combination of smooth and franetic surges of light and sound. The audiovisual score will be designed to softly invite visitors into the space and at its peak, test their perceptual thresholds. Following the crescendo, the visitors are propelled forward into their next metaphysical mindblower.The Dome is also set to return this summer with FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions, a story with three acts–TIMELAND, MINDLAND and VOIDLAND–adapted and directed by META founder and CEO Justin Bolognino with a musical score by Panorama artist St. Vincent. Timeland is art directed by Dev Harlan, Mindland co-directed by Sougwen & Prism and Voidland art directed and produced by Kamil Nawratil and VOLVOXLABS respectively. The dome allows festivalgoers to experience 360-degree immersive theater and provides viewers with an unparalleled collective sensory experience.Panorama has also partnered with Bus.com to set up shuttles from convenient pick-up and drop-off locations in Hoboken, Downtown Brooklyn, and midtown Manhattan. Experienced and personable drivers are well-versed in the routes which will allow for hassle-free travel to Randall’s Island. One-way or round-trip shuttle are now on sale now. Seats start at $12.00.Whichever thread may be pulling you toward Randall’s Island on July 27th through 29th, you’d be wise to trust the instinct. Whether it’s the star-studded music lineup, the community of people seeking a New York adventure, or the mind-blowing experiential technology, Panorama has something for all of the Big Apple’s adventure-seekers. Grab your tickets here, and take a big bite. You won’t be sorry.