John “JmaC” McCarten, more famously known as Manic Focus, has found himself in the corner of hip-hop, funk, and electronic soul music. Unbound to any specific genre, the Chicago-based producer’s roots run deep in a diverse array of musical influences, from early classical piano training to a cultivation of hip-hop infused electro-soul bangers.Manic Focus Releases New Beat-Heavy Single ‘Sowing My Zone’ [Listen]Having toured extensively with Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Paper Diamond, Minnesota, and Break Science, Manic Focus will be bringing the heat to New York City’s The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night with none other than Buku. The two recently shared stages for both a New Year’s Eve throw-down and at The Ogden to crowds of over 1,000 dancing happy people. Limited amount of tickets remain, so act now.To last you from now until tomorrow, listen to the All Good Records Radio Mix #2, officially curated by Manic Focus himself. Turn it up!Manic Focus w/ Buku @ The Bowery BallroomMarch 4, 2016Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pmAges 18+Tickets // RSVP
Just last weekend, Pearl Jam kicked off a two-night run at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, NY along their 25th anniversary tour. The band took the Big Apple opportunity to welcome a very special guest to the stage, as they welcomed famed singer Sting to the stage for a cover of Police classic “Driven To Tears.”In honor of the great collaboration, Pearl Jam has treated fans to pro-shot footage of the cover performance. Watch Sting accompany Pearl Jam for “Driven To Tears,” below:Pearl Jam has been on fire during their current tour, continuing to bring out tour debuts on a nightly basis. They resume performing this Sunday, May 8th, at the CTC Arena in Ottawa.
Rock and rollers Red Hot Chili Peppers have their new album, The Getaway, due out on June 17th. As if the band had to build more anticipation for their first album in five years, they’ve shared the second single from the new release. The title track keeps things funky with a great bassline from Flea, though it’s frontman Anthony Kiedis’ voice that play the central role on the track.Listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new jam, “The Getaway,” below.You can also check out the first single from the album, “Dark Necessities,” right here.
It was only a matter of time before the world’s largest promoter and the world’s biggest platform for streaming music joined forces. Today, Ticketmaster and Spotify announced a unique partnership, wherein Ticketmaster can now include links to buy tickets into pages on Spotify. The union between Ticketmaster and Spotify will allow for unprecedented marketing of live music events, directly to the fans who are listening to the artists of interest.While Spotify has long recommended live performances to its users, the direct connection to Ticketmaster seems to be more comprehensive. Spotify is also partnered with concert database website Songkick, so shows that do not fall under the Ticketmaster umbrella will still be represented. The ultimate goal is to provide meaningful show recommendations for listeners who would want to experience certain performers live.You can read the official statement from Spotify about this new partnership, below.We’re also furthering our commitment to the live space through a new partnership with Ticketmaster. Starting this week, we’ll be integrating their concert listings into artist pages, the recommended concerts feature, and our emails. Ticketmaster’s global scale provides Spotify users with the most diverse options for live events and will help drive more fans to concerts. Working directly with the Ticketmaster team and their data feeds will simplify the purchase experience and deepen our understanding of how recommendations drive sales. By combining listening data with purchase behavior, we’ll be able to refine our recommendations — and ultimately provide you with a sharper understanding of your fans.We’ll continue partnering with Songkick for concerts that aren’t being sold via Ticketmaster. Through Songkick’s comprehensive database of shows, we’ll ensure that every date — no matter who you ticket through — is listed and can be recommended to fans around the world.Will SpotifyMaster help fans get out to more concerts? Only time will tell.
MTV Unplugged will go down in music history as one of the best live performance shows of its generation. Over the course of its run, there were so many incredible performances from a myriad of musical acts. The high point of the shows run was definitely between 1991-1997, which included sets from 10,000 Maniacs, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stone Temple Pilots, Eric Clapton, and one of Alice In Chains‘ final performances as a band.One of the most memorable airings of Unplugged series, without a doubt, was when Kurt Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates took to the stage on November 18th, 1993 to record a performance for the ages, which aired just one month later on December 16th. The days leading up to the performance didn’t go without their fair share of issues, with Cobain being beyond tense and nervous to perform a completely acoustic show (he demanded the use of effects pedals), as well arguing with MTV personnel as to the overall direction of the show and the band’s choice on having members of the Meat Puppets join them on stage.Despite the issues, and Cobain’s clearly fragile state of mind during that time period (remember, this was roughly six months before his untimely death), the one-take, no frills performance was one of the most stripped down performances in the history of Unplugged, while also being one of its most impressive airings as well. The group opened up with “About A Girl”, the only number performed from the band’s 1989 debut album Bleach and chose a setlist that strayed from their more commercial hits, outside of “Come As You Are” from 1991’s Nevermind.Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl were joined by guest including future Foo Fighter Pat Smear (acoustic guitar), Lori Goldston (cello), and both Chris and Kirk Curtwood of The Meat Puppets on acoustic bass and guitar, respectively; the latter of which performed three of their own tracks, including “Plateau,” “Oh, Me,” and “Lake Of Fire.”The rest of the performance includes a gritty, yet beautiful take on David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold The World,” and the originals “Polly,” “Dumb,” and “All Apologies,” among others. Take a listen to the full airing below:Setlist: Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged SpecialAbout a GirlCome as You AreJesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie)Pennyroyal TeaDumbPollyOn a PlainSomething in the WayPlateau (Curt Kirkwood)Oh, Me (Kirkwood)Lake of Fire (Kirkwood)All ApologiesWhere Did You Sleep Last Night (Traditional; arranged by Lead Belly)
The Deep Roots Mountain Revival will return to Masontown, WV from July 20th through the 22nd, bringing along a great lineup of touring musicians for the festival’s second annual event. Organizers have just revealed this year’s initial lineup, which sees headlining sets from Brandi Carlile and Lettuce.The full lineup announcement includes JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, White Denim, Drake White and the Big Fire, TAUK, The Hip Abduction, The Eric Krasno Band, Cabinet, and Billy Strings. Also featured are Aqueous, Larry Keel Experience, Qiet, Cris Jacobs Band, Dead 27s and Forlorn Strangers, with the promise of more music to be announced soon!Tickets and more information about Deep Roots Mountain Revival can be found here.
We sat down with Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin to discuss what is up next for the group in 2017, along with his new Phish tribute Multibeast. The new group features Griffin with Kung Fu bassist Chris DeAngelis, Consider the Source drummer Jeff Mann, and Uncle Ebenezer keyboardist Shoheen Owhady. The group plays NYC’s American Beauty this Thursday, March 2nd (with support from Grateful Dead tribute Reckoning – tix here), followed by a performance at Woodstock, NY’s Bearsville Theater on Saturday, March 4th (SkyDaddy will support that night – tix here). We also had a chance to discuss how Phish and other jam scene artists have influenced his own musical stylings.Read on for this exclusive interview, below.L4LM: You officially joined Teddy Midnight in late 2015, and released a great full-length album in Blue Velvet this past September. Are you feeling completely locked in with the group at this point?Wiley Griffin: Totally, The band in a short time has accomplished a good bit. The album Velvet Blue (came out in September 2016), joining Omni Arts Booking Agency playing a ton of NE shows- it’s been a solid year plus. We all put in a lot effort into that project. And we’re pushing even harder leading into festival season.L4LM: What’s in store with Teddy Midnight in 2017? New music? Festival dates (saw that Resonance lineup with Amon Tobin and STS9!)?WG: The Resonance announcement is pretty huge for us. We are at Brooklyn Bowl in April opening for Pink Talking Fish doing a Jamtronic Juke Box (segueing tunes from the top live electronic in our scene).And we have something pretty big next month. We are 98% finished so it’s okay to tell y’all… We are dropping the first ‘tape’ in our mixtape series called Tedward Midi Vol 1. Coming out very soon, date tbaTBA Other than that be on the look out for some more new music and fun festival announcements!L4LM: You guys have some upcoming shows with The Magic Beans in April. That’s a great combination of bands, and should make for a couple of amazing shows.WG: Oh man, I’m really excited to the road with those guys! Seeing them at the Phish After-Parties was really great. They are amazing musicians, and super nice people! There will def be sit-ins and epic jams on this run!L4LM: You are currently doing a mini-run with a great core of musicians, taking on the music of Phish. Tell us a little about Multibeast, how you got the name, and what to expect…WG: I think I speak for all the members when I say this is one of the funnest side gigs we’ve done. These guys are great musicians and we are all stoked on the concept of playing full Phish sets. Multibeast is a reference in the lyrics to “Tela,” which is part of Trey’s college thesis The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday (aka Gamehendge):And she comes to me in this lonely land And looks down from the multi-beast On which she rides like the wind The wind from beyond the mountain The wind from beyond the mountainPhans can expect a lot of what they love about Phish, the vibe, the deep improv, diversity in the set list, high energy and of course the songs they love!L4LM: How did the idea for Multibeast come about? Who is in the band?WG: Jeff Mann (Consider the Source) reached out to me to do a Phish night for his Tuesday night residency shows at the Pacific Standard Tavern in New Haven CT. I was happy to oblige, and so was Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu).From there we reached out to the keyboardists of the popular Phish tribute acts of Uncle Ebenezer and The Lawn Boys to see if they could help us out. They were both happy to help, and we added a couple shows because we had some down time from touring.We all bring own expertise to the table and our love for Phish. Chris and Jeff are absolute beast musicians, so tackling some of the tricky stuff was painless. David [Kaufman] and Shoheen [Owhady] are both amazing keyboard player’s that have in-depth knowledge of Phish’s music.For me, it seems like I’m always engaged in learning something from the Phish catalogue on some level, just for my own pleasure. Going into this it was great to have tunes like “YEM” under fingers for a while now, but it’s now even better to be able to get on stage and play “YEM” with a full band.L4LM: What do you think a Multibeast looks like?WG: Probably like Falkor (the luck dragon from 80’s movie The Neverending Story), but smaller like the animals the rebel army rides in Star Wars,except they walk on all fours and have the mass of a hippo.L4LM: Which Phish performances are your personal favorites?WG: I’m huge 1.0 phan. In the past month I’ve been constantly watching videos and listening to shows from 90-99 era in prep for these shows.6.23.95 Waterloo, NJ my mom took a crew of middle schoolers to and epic Phish show. John Popper sat-in during the “Harpua” segment. 8.14.96, I went to this show with my dad and my best friend; It was just one of those experiences that you’ll never forget. Plus, there is some really epic jams that night, they also played “Mango Song”… just to name a few.L4LM: How has Phish, the jam scene and other jam artists influenced your own musical stylings?WG: For a while it was just Jerry, Trey, & Jimi. Then shortly after I started studying Jazz and going to music camps etc. I found about Soulive, STS9, Lotus, Particle, the Biscuits, Umphrey’s, Keller… the list goes on.They’ve all been influential in so many ways that it feels like it almost goes beyond the music. This music has been the soundtrack to my life. In creating my own music, I keep that in mind. I feel a responsibility to make something that connects with people. Something that makes you feel.L4LM: What other genres/artists do you listen to, or have inspired you?WG: I’ve been getting into the blues lately. T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins are two recent finds that I’ve just fallen in love with.L4LM: One of the most exciting parts of seeing Teddy Midnight live is picking out all the subtle Phish teases you throw into your jams, such as “Bathtub Gin,” “Tweezer,” and “It’s Ice.” It’s clear you’re no novice when it comes to knowing and appreciating their music. Tell us about your personal relationship to Phish as a fan? How were you introduced to them? How long have you been listening to Phish?WG: Phish has been a big part of my life. My brother and his friends were really into them in high school. They went to a lot of shows from 93-96. I was in elementary school and I remember being ‘baby sat’ by him and his friends. We’d listen to the Phish albums like Lawn Boy and Rift. I used to sneak into his room and read Doniac Schives (the Phish newsletter) and take his tapes.By middle school I was playing guitar, trading tapes, and booking shows for my band the Wiley Griffin Tree-O at the local coffee shop (“Wilson” and “Suzy Greenberg” were played a lot).L4LM: In what ways has Trey’s guitar playing influenced your own? Are there any specific examples of your work that were directly inspired by Phish?WG: If you listen to the second guitar solo on the Teddy Midnight Velvet Blue track “Velvet Mist” (6:00min mark), I would say that was a Trey inspired solo. The way he can create melody on the spot, while leaving space to building up to an inevitable peak is something I really enjoy.But I think more than that, Trey is just a great influence as composer and musical innovator. When Junta came out Phish’s style was very different from anything people heard. That’s something that also inspires me, pushing the envelope and finding new ways of doing things.L4LM: Are you hitting any of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run at MSG this summer?WG: YES!!! Who’s got my 13 night miracle? (waves finger in the air)L4LM: Great chatting with you, Wiley. We appreciate your time. Good luck with the Multibeast shows this week in New York City and up in Woodstock!Multibeast plays NYC’s American Beauty this Thursday, March 2nd (with support from Grateful Dead tribute Reckoning – tix here), followed by a performance at Woodstock, NY’s Bearsville Theater on Saturday, March 4th (SkyDaddy will support that night – tix here). [cover photo courtesy of Sobokeh Photography]
Coinciding with the New York City and Los Angeles premieres of the new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, on May 26th, a soundtrack to accompany the film will also be released to the public. This will give Deadheads eager to see the new film directed by Amir Bar-Lev a week with the soundtrack to tide them over before the documentary is released to the general public on Amazon Prime on June 2nd. Today, we received more info about the details of the soundtrack for the documentary, coproduced by film director Amir Bar-Lev and Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.The soundtrack mixes studio recordings with live performances of the Dead and will contain unheard and unreleased Grateful Dead material. The Long Strange Trip soundtrack will be released as a 2-CD set both in hard copy and on digital streaming services. A second version of the soundtrack, an expanded 3-CD set available for purchase and streaming exclusively on Amazon, will also be released. For vinyl lovers, the entirety of the 3-CD Amazon-exclusive soundtrack will be issued on vinyl and released as an limited-run 6-LP set, with on 2,500 copies of the collection being pressed. A vinyl of the best moments of the 2-CD set will also be issued later in the summer.You can check out the track listings for the 2-CD set, 3-CD set, and LP Long Strange Trip soundtrack below, and pre-order the extended soundtrack on Amazon here.Disc One“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)“St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)“Uncle John’s Band” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)“Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*“Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)“Candyman” (American Beauty, 1970)“China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*“I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*“Morning Dew” (Europe ’72, Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, 5/26/1972)Disc Two“He’s Gone” (Sunshine Daydream, Live At Veneta, OR, 8/27/1972)“The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)*“Scarlet Begonias”> ( Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)“Fire On The Mountain” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)“Althea” (Go To Nassau, Live At Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 5/16/1980)“Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)“Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*“Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*“Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)“Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)Disc Three – Amazon Exclusive (CD and LP)“Playing In The Band” (Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings, Live At Beat-Club, West Germany, 4/21/1972)“Eyes Of The World” ( Dick’s Picks, Vol. 31, Live At Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 1974)“St. Stephen”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)“Not Fade Away”> (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)“St. Stephen” (Cornell 5/8/77, Live At Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 5/8/1977)“Dark Hollow” (Reckoning, 1981)“Stella Blue” (Live At Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK, 7/5/1981)*“Days Between” (Live At Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 10/18/1994)*2-LP Track Listing“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)“St. Stephen” (Live/Dead, Live At The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 2/27/1969)“Easy Wind” (Workingman’s Dead, 1970)“Dark Star” (Live At The Fillmore East, New York, NY, 2/14/1970)*“China Cat Sunflower”> (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*“I Know You Rider” (Live At Chateau d’Herouville, Herovuville, France, 6/21/1971)*“The Music Never Stopped” (Live At The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 8/13/1975)*“Touch Of Grey” (In The Dark, 1987)“Dear Mr. Fantasy”> (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*“Hey Jude” (Live At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 7/2/1989)*“Ripple”> (American Beauty, 1970)“Brokedown Palace” (American Beauty, 1970)* -Previously unreleased
To say that phans are excited about Phish’s upcoming thirteen-night residency at Madison Square Garden across July 21st through August 6th is an understatement. Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run has just gotten a little bit sweeter, with the announcement that Ben & Jerry’s will be rolling out a limited-edition ice cream flavor for the run. In addition to the already delicious Phish Food ice cream that Ben & Jerry’s regularly offers, in honor of their fellow Vermontians’ 13-night stand at MSG, the ice cream company has crafted a new flavor dubbed “Freezer Reprise,” which features “sweet cream ice cream with a vanilla glaze, chocolate donut swirl, chocolate donut pieces, and fudge fish.”Freezer Reprise will be available outside of MSG on the inaugural night of Baker’s Dozen on July 21st as well as the final night. To close out the run, on August 6th, the company will also be offering Freezer Reprise at a special webcast in their hometown of Burlington, VT, at Three Needs Taproom & Brewery. Ben & Jerry’s also teamed with the legendary artist Jim Pollock to create a limited edition t-shirt to commemorate the run and the new flavor, which will be available via the company’s website here as well as inside MSG at the WaterWheel Foundation during the run. You can check out the T-shirt and the commercial for Freezer Reprise below, and don’t forget to check out Live For Live Music’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights to see what’s going on around town each night after Phish hits MSG. Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)
In response to the recent events in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA, Dave Matthews Band will host an evening of music and unity that will be FREE for members of the Charlottesville and University of Virginia communities through an online request process. The event – produced by Live Nation, Starr Hill Presents and the University of Virginia – will take place on Sunday, September 24, at UVA’s Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.“A Concert for Charlottesville” will feature Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, The Roots, Cage the Elephant, and special guests.While tickets are free, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the “Concert for Charlottesville Fund” at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Beneficiaries of the fund will include victims of the events in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12, and their families, first responders, and organizations devoted to the promotion of healing, unity and justice locally and nationwide. Donations can be made here.Tickets will be allocated initially to residents of the greater Charlottesville area, and also to UVA students, faculty and staff. An online ticket request period is currently underway here and will end on Monday, September 11, at Noon ET. A limited number of tickets will also be available at a walk-up, no service charge box office at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday, September 15, at 10AM ET. All information can be found here.