Spring tour has officially sprung for Yonder Mountain String Band. Last night at the Wilma Theater in Missoula, Montana, YMSB picked their way through a great set that featured several cuts off of the band’s 2015 album Black Sheep, including “Annalee,” “I’m Lost,” “Drawing A Melody” and “New Dusty Miller,” also peppering in covers “Dancing In The Moonlight” by King Harvest and the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” along the way. A fiery “Casualty” set closer would give way to an equally fervent encore featuring “Just The Same” and a Ben Kaufmann-lead “Damned If The Right One Didn’t Go Wrong.” Check out some great shots captured by Neubauer Media from last night’s show at the Wilma as well as a full gallery below featuring Yonder Mountain and opening support from Polecat: Load remaining images Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band at Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT – 3/16/16Set: Gilpin Swing > On The Run > Black Sheep > Mother’s Only Son > I’m Lost > Mother’s Only Son > On The Run, Dancing In The Moonlight, Travelin’ Prayer, Night Out, River > Eat In Go Deaf, Isolate > Bertha, Annalee > Drawing A Melody, No Rain > All The Time > New Dusty Miller > CasualtyEncore: Just The Same, Damned If The Right One Didn’t Go Wrong
Be sure to catch The Nth Power at Fool’s Paradise, hosted by Lettuce, from April 1-2 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce and The Nth Power will perform, alongside GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, Break Science and more! Info can be found here.The Nth Power @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/16/16Right Now, Only Love, Thank You, Spirits, Waiting, Soul Survivor, Wolosodon, Could It Be, Home, Only You, E: Holy Rain w Taz Last week Brandon Niederauer turned thirteen, and he celebrated the best way he could imagine. After performing two shows of School of Rock earlier in the day, he headed over to the Brooklyn Bowl to enjoy and play music with one of his favorite bands: The Nth Power. Watch Full Sets From The Nth Power And Jen Hartswick On ‘Jenth Power Tour’ Opening NightYoung Niederauer looks up to frontman Nick Cassarino as both a guitarist and a songwriter. So for the entire night, if you searched hard enough, you would have seen the little afro standing toe-to-toe with the stage and staring straight up at Cassarino, studying his every move, while he shredded through an incredibly soulful set. Brandon Niederauer Releases New Video For Original Song, Inspired By The Nth PowerThe Nth Power invited Brandon up to play the night’s encore for their original song “Holy Rain,” off their newest album Abundance. After that, they enjoyed some cake. Watch how it all went down, thanks to The London Souls Historian:Here are a few photos from the night, courtesy of Sidney Smith Photography:
In rather somber news, Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip announced that lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in December. Band members Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay, along with family and friends, have stood beside Downie these last few months as the singer has endured the struggle that goes along with such a diagnosis.In spite of this heavyhearted news, the group has decided to do one more tour as “This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us”. You can read the message posted by the band, below:An Important Message From The Band:Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…We’ve decided to do another one.This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.We hope you can come out and join us this summer – details and dates will be coming this week.And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support,– Paul, GordD, Johnny, Rob, GordSOur thoughts and prayers are with Gord and the entire The Tragically Hip family at this time.
Just a week or so ago, we reported on a story which claimed that Arcade Fire had finished working on new music. The band officially validated those claims by releasing a brand new track, “I Give You Power,” featuring vocal contributions from the legendary Mavis Staples. The new track is the band’s first in nearly four years, and a strong indication that more tunes are on the way!The track was released via TIDAL, and all proceeds from purchasing the track will go to ACLU. You can stream it below. The track also came with some artwork that you can see below.
A brand new event was just announced today, taking place at the Ochoco National Forest at Big Summit Prairie in Oregon. From August 17th through the 23rd, the Oregon Eclipse event will host artists across seven stages, not to mention artists, workshops, theatrical and circus performers, art installations, and so much more. The centerpiece of it all is the major solar eclipse, when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth.Put on by the Symbiosis organizers, this one of a kind event has just released an incredible lineup. The festival will see performances from Bassnectar, Desert Dwellers, Dirtwire, Emancipator, G Jones, MarchFourth, Moon Hooch, Papadosio, Opiuo, Phutureprimitive, Random Rab, Shpongle (Simon Posford & Raja Ram Live), STS9 (2 nights), The Polish Ambassador, The String Cheese Incident (2 nights), Thriftworks, Troyboi, Zilla and more!You can see the full announcement below, and you can head to the official Oregon Eclipse website to get the details.
Gorillaz are back! With rumors and reports of a new album near completion, the beloved animated group has just announced their first live performance since 2012. Not only that, but their return will be in the form of their very own festival, taking place on June 10th at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, England.The festival will be called Demon Dayz, though not much else is known about the event. The full lineup will be announced soon, and tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 10th.The news of this event broke with an advertisement in the British newspaper, The Metro. You can see the Demon Dayz Festival website here, and see the listing on Ticketmaster as well. Gorillaz are back!
On Tuesday, DJ Williams’ Shots Fired played Winston’s in San Diego. For the show, DJ Williams tapped fellow Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe musician David Veith for keys, as well as Chris Stillwell of Greyboy Allstars on bass, Max MacVeety of Lyrics Born on drums, and the Slightly Stoopid horns made up of Andy Geib and Daniel Delacruz. As a surprise, Karl Denson joined the group for the last three songs of the first set as well as the majority of the second set, helping out with both Shots Fired originals as well as a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”DJ Williams’ will play the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood on Friday. While Karl Denson may not make the show, Rashawn Ross from Dave Matthews Band is slated to hold it down on the trumpet. Check out a video of Karl Denson with DJ Williams’ Shots Fired below!
We’ve all been anxious to check out the new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese when it comes to homes across the United States on June 2nd via Amazon Prime Video. However, if you’re anything like us, you might be getting impatient. Luckily, a string of theater showings ahead of Long Strange Trip’s Amazon release has been announced, with dozens of theaters showing the new movie for one night only on May 25th. These theater screenings will also coincide with screenings at some of the most epic venues from the Grateful Dead’s storied career, including a viewing at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.Today, the trailer for Long Strange Trip was released to news outlets before it’s officially released on Amazon Prime tomorrow, so you can get a taste of what to expect from this newest documentary effort. With the backing tracks of “Shakedown Street,” “The Other One,” and “St. Stephen,” the two-and-a-half minute runs the gamut in previewing topics such as Jerry Garcia, psychedelics, their sound, spinning fans, and more. Check it out for yourself below, before you catch the full movie later this month!
Over the last quarter-century, Colorado’s String Cheese Incident has proved itself as a force to be reckoned within the jam scene. Part of the band’s appeal is the boundless energy and sense of freedom with which they approach all things. Musically, this instinct is evidenced by the vast range of genres they incorporate into their sound and the diversity of their ever-growing list of collaborators. As they’ve has established themselves as a jam staple over the past 24 years, their evolution has been consistent, though the directions they’ve grown have been decidedly less predictable. From their hugely successful Electric Forest Festival, which just wrapped up its seventh year, to this year’s intimate winter tour that revisited the group’s ski-town roots, String Cheese is fearless when it comes to seeking new experiences, both for themselves and for their fans.String Cheese Incident Releases Stunning Watercolor Video For “My One And Only” Featuring Bonnie PaineWith their 25th anniversary on the horizon next year, the future is looking cheesier than ever. In June, String Cheese Incident released a brand-new album, Believe, marking their tenth studio effort. With the new album under their belt, the group has been tearing through their heavy touring schedule and have no plans of easing up as the summer unfolds, sounding tighter than ever as they set their eyes on their annual three-night run at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Live For Live Music’s Ming Lee Newcomb got a chance to chat with SCI’s own Michael Kang about all manner of things, ranging from the upcoming Element Music Festival, how the group has been approaching studio time, their controversial show for a member of the Koch family, political engagement, algae, and more. You can check out the interview below!Ming Lee Newcomb: I wanted to start off by talking about your Roots Revival tour this winter and the new album, Believe. Those are two very separate experiences—with the winter tour tapping into the band’s roots and then releasing all this new material—happening right after one another. Can you talk about these two experiences and any insight gleaned from them?Michael Kang: The Roots tour came out of a desire to re-tap into our acoustic music side. Billy (Nershi) was the biggest proponent of that, because as an acoustic guitar player, he’s always had that love, though we all do in different ways. Really, the tour was kind of a surprise. We actually had a different tour in store that we had to change last minute because (Michael) Travis was having a kid. We were like, “We have to change these plans. What are we going to do?” So, we moved it all up and decided this would be the perfect time to play a ski-town tour and get back to a lot of these places we hadn’t been to in a long time.We didn’t really know how it was going to go. We were playing a lot of these small rooms, and we didn’t even know if we were going to fit into them. It was actually really fun, partially because we got to ski a ton, which is really awesome, but also because we reconnected with places that we felt this old affinity for. You know, we’re from Crested Butte, so just going back to these places after many years and playing these old haunts brought back a lot of memories. It also was reinvigorating. It gave us a real sense of where we had come from, and it was like a retrospective for us in a lot of ways.It was cool too because it was so relaxed. There wasn’t a lot of pressure on the shows, so we just went in and played. To be honest, it sometimes brought up a little bit of friction, because we were playing our new material and our old material, and we had to figure out a seamless way to do it, which took a little getting used to. Overall, the experience was pretty awesome. Plus, as an added bonus, we got to ski—like, I skied more in those two weeks than I have in, like, 10 years. So just to be back up in the mountains, on a purely aesthetic level, to get back to the West Elks and some of these places where we got our whole mojo, that felt really good.To answer the second part of your question, we’re obviously in a very new era of our band. We bought a building, we have a studio, and we’re staying focused on producing new music and different collaborations and staying current to where the band’s at tastewise and musically. We’ve evolved a lot over the past 25 years we’ve been together, and hopefully, we’ll continue to do so to keep it as interesting as possible. So yeah, it’s been a little bit of both, of looking back and looking forward and being grateful for what we’ve had and trying to use that energy to move on in creatively vital ways.MLN: Unlike your other albums, for Believe, you guys focused on production rather than road-testing songs and went into the recording process without the intention that whatever was recorded would become a part of your live catalog. MK: Sometimes you’ll write a song and it comes out because you have access to certain sounds in the studio, but recreating it live isn’t necessarily the easiest thing. We had this habit for many years of learning songs and then bashing them out on the road, even if they weren’t pre-produced properly, and we’d try to make them work for how our instrumentation was live. We realized that’s one way to do things, but not the way that we always have to do things. We’ve given ourselves the leeway to be more true to the studio experience. If it happens live, then great. If it doesn’t, we move on to a song that may work better in that regard. It’s nice to have those options.MLN: You guys did a band retreat in Aspen last year, and you’ve previously mentioned that you have new material from that. Do you have a status update on that, and with your experience recording Believe and focusing on production first, is that informing how you approach the studio now?MK: Part of it is giving ourselves enough time to get into the studio and really dive in. Right now, we’re completely in tour mode, and touring just takes it out of you. It’s also partially about managing our calendar so that we give ourselves enough time to rehearse and pre-produce. This summer is out, because we’re playing pretty much every weekend. We’ll probably take a little break to get our wits about us, get our family life back together again. In the fall, we’re hoping to get back into the studio so we can continue to flesh some of these ideas out.MLN: You’ve mentioned family life a couple times now. As a touring musician but also as a parent, what parenting lessons have you learned from being in the band?MK: Being in a band is very much like being in a functional and dysfunctional family. [laughs] It’s different than being a solo artist or doing your own thing whenever you want to. Personally, I didn’t have kids until I was in my late 30’s and I wasn’t married in my 20’s or 30’s, so I’ve been a solo personality and able to do whatever I wanted. Being in the band trained me to learn how to deal with other people’s needs. That is probably the biggest lesson you learn with having a family, because all of a sudden, your needs are not the only ones being represented.Once you have kids, they require constant supervision and direction. [laughs] You have to provide that if you want to instill them with the positive intention and direction they need in their lives. My life is easy when I’m on the road. I just get to play music and hang out. It’s when I come home that I need to pull my shit together. [laughs]MLN: I want to shift to your upcoming appearance at Element Music Festival in British Columbia at the end of the month. Do you find that shows up there differ from ones that are stateside?MK: It can be because not all pop culture, or even jam culture, makes it up to Canada in the same way. The times we’ve toured through there, we’d more often go to Vancouver and Whistler. We developed a crew of people that were really into us, but there’s certainly not as ardent a fanbase up there as there is down here. The electronic scene there is way more developed, and even the jamtronica scene was more so developed there before it was down here. We went to Shambhala Music Festival a while ago, and that was before Lightning in a Bottle and some of these West Coast electronic festivals had even started and taken off.For us, it’s definitely like charting new territory. It’s going to be interesting going back. There are definitely a lot of new fans, people who have never heard of us. That’s still kinda the case here too, because we’re in a generational shift. The people who come to Electric Forest, you know, they’re kids. Like, I could literally be their parent. [laughs] But I think that’s really cool, to be able to bridge the generational gap.MLN: You guys have six sets across three nights at Element. However, it’s not one of your own festivals that you’ve really groomed like Electric Forest or Hulaween.MK: We hope that it turns into that. We put a lot of energy into wanting to have these experiences that people can come to and be like, “All right! I get it!” This is what SCI wants to do as a concert-type experience. So exactly like what you were talking about with Electric Forest or Hulaween or Horning’s—those were very intentionally curated in the way we wanted them to be done. Element is run by our hardest core BC fans, so they have the same intentions that we do. It’s going to be a work in progress, because we don’t play up there that often and they have to pull together their fanbase to make it all happen. It’s gonna be something that we can hopefully put into our repertoire and continue to do with our family up there.MLN: In June, there was a rumor circulating that String Cheese played a private party for the Koch Brothers up in the mountains. There was a lot of buzz around that, so would you like to address that at all?MK: Yeah, so it wasn’t for the Koch Brothers. It was a gig for the 40th birthday of one of their sons, who has been a longtime String Cheese fan for almost 20 years now. Leading up to that, there was a big debate within the band, because we knew that word would get out and how we would be perceived. We felt like the opportunity to bridge a gap and actually have a meaningful conversation with these people was a really powerful opportunity, so we decided to do it. I’m actually super excited about that, because that conversation has actually been happening. Some of us have been invited out to go meet Charles, the dad, and talk about things that are important to us.But yes, it did happen. We are not ashamed at all, and I’ve been telling my friends that it was actually one of the more interesting gigs we’ve ever played. The vibe was really good, and neither the dad nor uncle were there, so it was pretty much all people our age who were Cheese fans of a different walk of life. In a nutshell, we decided to do it because in this day and age of political, economic, social, and racial divides, if we’re not talking to each other, then we’re all fucked. My belief has always been that if we reach across the aisle and try to find things that we agree upon and really work on those things, then that’s how society is going to tackle and solve some of these issues.MLN: That kind of piggybacks off my next question. During your hiatus, you started a nonprofit that was geared toward environmental advocacy and education. Do you still do anything with that? MK: Not on the non-profit side. I helped my friends Matt Atwood and John Perry Barlow, and we all worked together on this algae company called Algae Systems. We got 15 million dollars from a Japanese engineering conglomerate and created a new process by which you could take municipal sewage, grow algae offshore, and pump it back on shore. We created a machine that—through this process called hydrothermal liquefaction—takes that biocrude and makes it into fresh water and oil. I worked on that for about three years in the early 2010s. I’m still staying involved with that in some capacity. There’s carbon mitigation stuff that we’re trying to prop up. Not publically, but it’s stuff that I work on in my own time.MLN: If you could get one message out there for your fans and advocate for them to do one thing that would be impactful, whether it’s environmental, political, or social, what would that be?MK: Participate. [laughs] I think in this day and age, with social media and everything, we all fall victim to being armchair quarterbacks. One thing I’ve learned is that you gotta put your feet on the ground, work at stuff, and get your hands dirty. That’s what it’s going to take for any tech start-up, any kind of ideological thing, anything that requires energy. The laws of the universe state that if you put energy into it, you get energy out. So, that’s what I would say to anybody. If you want something to happen, make it happen. It requires a lot of time and dedication. From the bands to any nonprofit or technology stuff I’ve ever worked in, it’s always been the same thing. You just gotta put in the hours.MLN: One last thing that I wanted to squeeze in before you go. With Red Rocks coming up and the run being your last Colorado shows of the year, can you give us a clue as to where New Years might be? MK: We’re not announcing anything yet, but you’ll find out soon enough. [laughs][Photo: Jake Cudek]
<a href=”http://montu.bandcamp.com/track/phases”>Phases by MONTU</a>[Photo: Phil Clarkin]Upcoming MONTU Tour Dates8.15 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR8.16 – Vega – Lincoln, NE8.17 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS8.20 – Darkening of The Sun Music Festival – St. Clair, MO8.25 – The Green Elephant – Dallas, TX^8.26 – Hot Damn! Jam Fest – Denton, TX9.01 – Halo Bar in The Pageant – St. Louis, MO*9.02 – Halo Bar in The Pageant – St. Louis, MO*^ – w/ Skydyed* – Official Umphrey’s McGee After Party MONTU is an Oklahoma-based jamtronica act that’s been consistently building a name for itself in the Midwest and beyond. Based out of Norman, Oklahoma, the electronic-infused four-piece frequently takes their show on the road, having played from coast-to-coast at a number of festivals and clubs in addition to opening for the likes of scene favorites such as Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio, The Floozies, and more. The group seamlessly fuses funk, jazz, rock, and R&B, all with the underpinning of electronic music, to create a unique sound that is wholly their own, and fans who have gotten a chance to catch the up-and-comers are left eager to hear more. Today, MONTU released the title track off their upcoming album Phases. This latest single, “Phases,” features Shaun Martin, keyboardist for Snarky Puppy, in addition to being mixed and mastered by Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio. If the lead track off this new studio effort is any indication, Phases is set to be the finest work of MONTU to date. Featuring swirling keys and a vibe that is simultaneously nostalgic and dramatic, “Phases” is a whirlwind of a track that highlights the group’s musicality as well as their penchant for infusing tastes of various musical genres and spinning them into their sound. You can listen to “Phases” featuring Shaun Martin and check out the MONTU’s upcoming tour dates below. Don’t forget to peep more tunes from the group via their Bandcamp, and check out MONTU’s website in coming weeks for more information about their upcoming album, Phases and additional dates to their fall tour.