Pete Seeger, Folk Legend, Dies at 94

first_imgAnyone who is remotely connected to folk music is undoubtedly familiar with Pete Seeger, an iconic singer/songwriter who passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Seeger was an icon from the beginning, rallying against McCarthyism and inspiring musicians like Bob Dylan to create music with a message of social change.Mr. Seeger began his career as a member of The Weavers, a successful group that scored hits with a cover of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight Irene” and the band’s original, “If I Had A Hammer.” The music spurred an American folk revival, as Seeger championed the causes of the labor movement in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Unfortunately, pressure from the US government ended the tenure of The Weavers, as Seeger had previously registered as a member of the Communist party. Never feeling comfortable in the spotlight, Seeger spent several years recording albums while mostly staying out of the public eye, appearing infrequently to promote various causes.Eventually, Seeger found ways to instill his positive values to the community. In 1959, he was a founding member of the Newport Folk Festival – a tradition still running to this day! He continued to rally against the Vietnam War throughout the 60’s and 70’s, writing the song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.” He also campaigned for environmental causes throughout his career.In the end, Seeger recorded well over 100 albums. His music, like the folk interpretation of the spiritual “We Shall Overcome,” has slowly seeped into the fabric of American culture. In fact, in 2006, Bruce Springsteen recorded a Pete Seeger-tribute album entitled We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger even performed together as recently as 2009, playing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at President Obama’s inauguration. About the performance, Seeger stated that his “job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.”All in all, Pete Seeger has left this world with a legacy of social justice and optimism. To quote the singer: “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” -David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

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Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announce Secret Show in Brooklyn This Thursday

first_imgFor an exclusive peek into Les Claypool and Bryan Kehoe’s twangified world, Duo de Twang has confirmed a secret show in Brooklyn this Thursday, February 27th.Sponsored by BrooklynVegan, the taste making music site will reveal the show’s location on Thursday morning and will be live streaming the performance via TourGigs.com. This intimate performance will accompany the band’s two previously announced New York appearances on 2/26 and 2/27 at The Heath in the McKittrick Hotel, infamous home of Sleep No More.Upon listening to Duo de Twang’s new album Four Foot Shack (released 2/4) you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background. Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”Head below to find out when Duo de Twang’s live show will be making its way to your town; tickets for all shows can be pre-ordered HERE. To RSVP to the McKittrick shows, HERE.Tour Dates2/26 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel2/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Secret Show, Location Not Yet Disclosed2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre3/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue3/9 – St. Louis, MO – Plush3/11 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge3/12 – 3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW3/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf6/12 – Solona Beach, CA – Belly Up6/13 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater6/14 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre6/15 – Snowmass, CO – Snowmass Mammoth Fest8/29 – 8/31 – Turin, NY – Moedownlast_img read more

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Willie Nelson to Play Lockn’ Festival

first_imgAdding to an already-awesome lineup, Lockn’ Festival has added legendary country singer Willie Nelson to their list of headliners. The festival had previously announced that String Cheese Incident, The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & RatDog, and Phil Lesh & Friends will be headlining.With Willie on the bill, one can only hope that some of the magical cross-collaborating will happen between all of these venerated artists. Willie Nelson, who is currently 80 years old, is still an active member of the music community. He’s currently touring with his Family Band, released an album, To All The Girls, that rose to #2 on the charts, and plans to join forces with Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson for a country music collaboration in the near future.Meanwhile, the Lockn’ Festival plans to announce further lineup additions next week. -David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

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Earphunk – Sweet Nasty [Review/Download]

first_imgSince the release of Earphunk’s debut LP No 9 to 5 in 2013, the band’s base of discerning music fans has only continued to expand, particularly following performances at festivals including Euphoria, Electric Forest, Wakarusa and Bear Creek.The band recorded their third album, Sweet Nasty, during tour breaks over the last year at the famed Studio in the Country in Louisiana. And while it harnesses the same Southern “prog-funk” sound for which the New Orleans natives have become known, the 11-track LP demonstrates just how far the quintet has come after multiple tour and festival circuits under their belt.The first few songs off the album, including title track “Sweet Nasty,” “She Don’t Wanna Hear from You” and opening song “Sunup to Sundown,” are high-energy numbers featuring attitude-filled bass lines and infectious hooks. Sweet Nasty seems to at first take shape into a deep south dance party album(a la Galactic, the Motet or Rebirth Brass Band).As the album progresses, however, slower tempo, genre-bending tracks like “Pino” and “Saura” emerge, incorporating elements of jazz, big band, space rock, disco, and live-tronica to give each track a unique, funky fresh sound. Tracks like “Phine,” for example, incorporate talk box vocals and classic rock riffs reminiscent of Peter Frampton, while rock ballad “Beautiful” focuses on less groove and more soul. Smooth, jazzy tracks like my personal album favorite, “Ambin,” offer a sexier, softer side of Earphunk that I hope to see more of in the future.Arranged in such a way that it could have been a live set list, Sweet Nasty starts off with a bang but ends with a more gentle, softer sound. Like the oxymoronic nature of the title track, Sweet Nasty is an album that plays off the juxtaposition of opposites: loud and quiet, hard and soft, fast and slow, up and down, sweet and nasty. It appeals to a multitude of human senses and emotions, elevating itself from the standard funk/rock album. The raw, rock and roll sound of Sweet Nasty is undeniably Earphunk, albeit perhaps a bit more refined.Download the Sweet Nasty bundle for free off the band’s website, which includes the studio recording, videos and three live sets from recent performances at Nectar’s, Artmosphere and Tipitinas.Currently on tour throughout the South, Earphunk will wrap up their fall run at Bear Creek Music Festival on Nov. 15 at Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida. Check the band’s tour schedule here.Earphunk Tracklisting: 1. Sunup to Sundown 2. Sweet Nasty3. She Don’t Wanna Hear From You4. Check the Pulse5. Pino6. Saura7. Phine8. The Multiverse9. Bautiful10. Ambin11. Lippy-Jaimie Sieglelast_img read more

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Phish Closes Out Magnaball Festival With A (Martian) Monster Performance

first_imgAfter six blistering sets at Watkins Glen, Phish brought it all home with a phenomenal Sunday show. The group concluded their Magnaball festival with a top notch performance that mixed bust outs, fan favorites, big time jams, and a massive fireworks display in celebration of the event.The group started their set off with “Punch You In The Eye”, a great song selection that unfortunately contained some flubs during “The Landlady” section. The song certainly brought the crowd to attention, locking down the vibes by the next song, the rarity “Buffalo Bill”. The all-but-forgotten track hadn’t been played since June 2012, over 130 shows.“A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” came next, bringing some tight rocking jams into the first frame. That broke into an always upbeat “Limb by Limb” with an interesting jam session that took some brief type-II turns before closing in familiar jam territory. That was followed by a standard version of “Waiting All Night” from the Fuego album.The next two tunes, “Theme From The Bottom” and “Maze”, both proved to be breakout moments for Page McConnell on the keys. The latter especially saw some funky work, as the song’s chord progression builds and builds into a frenzy. It was exciting, to say the least.After “The Line”, the group ventured into a noteworthy “Stash” before dropping into one of the big winners from set one, “Reba”. Executed to perfection, this was a real highlight of the show and weekend.During the next song, “I Didn’t Know”, Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman took a moment to thank the audience, their entire crew and staff, as well as the local authorities that made Magnaball possible. As Anastasio read through lists of names, Fishman would “suck for love” on the vacuum.“Character Zero” closed out a thoroughly energetic first half, but things got even more interesting in the second half, as they tend to do. Opening with “Martian Monster”, the Halloween 2014 instrumental contained an all too fitting narration: “your trip is short.” Where did the three days go?A monster “Down with Disease” followed, with some lofty improv sections that flowed directly into “Scents and Subtle Sounds”. This was a particular psychedelic version that jammed its way into “What’s The Use?”. Now halfway through set two, the good times were only getting started.After a mellow moment with “Dirt”, Anastasio dropped the riff for “Mikes Song”, and the floodgates were open for set two. “Mikes” got spacey, only brought to Earth by the opening notes of “Fuego”. This song always packs a punch, and the middle of a Mikes Groove was no exception. Amazing.The Groove kept on grooving with a “Twist”, a big jammed that version that included a very memorable “Immigrant Song” quote with Fishman bellowing some vocals. The whole jam bled into “Weekapaug Groove”, which somehow found its way through a jam and into the main section of “Martian Monster”. From beginning to end, that was a monster of a set.To close everything out, Phish jumped into their magnum opus, “You Enjoy Myself”, a towering version that included some great funk jams from Mike Gordon. As the song’s vocal jam picked up, a huge firework display shot up over the side of the stage. McConnell ended the show a quote of “The Very Long Fuse”, the narration saying “you thought there was going to be a big explosion, didn’t you?” Of course the reference was to the fireworks, a truly epic display to celebrate such a successful performance. Simply brilliant.Stay tuned for a full festival recap and more L4LM coverage of the glorious Magnaball festivities. Phish resumes touring with three shows at Dicks in Colorado over Labor Day Weekend.Set 1: Punch You In the Eye > Buffalo Bill, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Limb By Limb, Waiting All Night, Theme From the Bottom > Maze, The Line, Stash, Reba, I Didn’t Know[1],Character ZeroSet 2: Martian Monster > Down with Disease[2] -> Scents and Subtle Sounds -> What’s the Use? > Dirt > Mike’s Song > Fuego >Twist -> Weekapaug Groove[2] -> Martian MonsterEncore: You Enjoy Myself[1] Trey thanked the crew, production staff and local officials.[2] Unfinished.Teases:· The Tears of a Clown tease· Immigrant Song and Mainstreet quotes in Weekapaug Groove· Immigrant Song tease & quote in Twist· Brick House and The Very Long Fuse teases in You Enjoy MyselfNotes: This show was webcast via LivePhish and was the third show of the Magnaball festival. Mike teased The Tears of a Clown before Punch You In the Eye. Buffalo Bill was played for the first time since June 22, 2012 (134 shows). Trey thanked the fans, crew, production staff and local officials during I Didn’t Know while Fishman “sucked love” on his vacuum. Down With Disease was unfinished. Immigrant Song was teased in both Twist and Weekapaug Groove. Mainstreet was teased in Weekapaug Groove, which was unfinished. Mike teased Brick House in You Enjoy Myself, which culminated in a fireworks display and a quote from The Very Long Fuse to celebrate the end of the festival.[Cover photo by Dave Vann]last_img read more

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Lettuce Announces Special Limited Admission Movie Premiere And Q & A In NYC

first_imgFollowing the exciting announcement of a forthcoming documentary chronicling Lettuce’s explosion on the funk scene, titled Let Us Play, Live for Live Music and Lettuce are thrilled to reveal that we will be hosting a limited admission screening of the film’s premiere, followed by a Q & A with the band, at the stunning Anjelika Theater in NYC. Attendees of this once in a lifetime experience will also receive a digital download of their new album Crush, due out November 6th, as well as a signed limited edition movie poster. The premiere will take place on Tuesday, November 17th at 8 PM, following a massive two-night hometown run at NYC’s PlayStation Theater 11/13-14. Less than 100 tickets are available for the movie premiere here.Directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music founder Kunj Shah, the 35-minute film merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with funk music.WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PMWHERE: Angelika – 18 West Houston Street New York, NY 10012Purchase tickets here.In the meantime, check out the trailer for Let Us Play below.last_img read more

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Lettuce Brings Crunchy, Psychedelic Funk To The Emerald City [Recap/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Ever since the band’s early days in Boston, funk-rockers Lettuce have cultivated a reputation as one of the hardest-charging funk outfits around. When their Seattle show was first announced, a Thursday-evening gig at the city’s beautiful Showbox Market, the city’s thriving funk community made the weeknight a priority. Although tickets did not sell-out, the room was full enough to provide the same type of energy, with plenty of dancing space to spare.This ensemble is supremely talented, from the ground up. They are built around the impeccable rhythm section of Adam Deitch (drums) and Eric “Jesus” Coomes (bass guitar). These two fearsome groovesharks are among the best in the business when it comes to authoritatively locking down the beat. Deitch is a force across all genres, with the requisite jazz chops to gain the respect of an older sect of fans tastefully integrated into his smooth, hip-hop/electronica-oriented playing. Coomes shines particularly when the band is deep into their improvisation, always keeping them on a directed path either to or through a massive dance party.Guitarist Adam Smirnoff has been thrust further into the spotlight in the absence of the band’s other lead-guitarist, Eric Krasno, and I have to say I was impressed with the job he did. His rhythm work remains solid as-ever, and he capably filled out the lead role when needed. Though Krasno cannot be replaced, Smirnoff tastefully redirected the attention to his own skills, delivering several masterfully palm-muted solos. His phrasing and emphasis were consistently interesting and creative.With this being my first Lettuce show in a couple of years, I was glad to see the band’s intensity level had not dropped off. Additionally, I felt that they had added a new wrinkle to their playing. This show featured a larger amount of psychedelic-rock-inspired spacy jamming than previous ones I had seen. These sections featured Smirnoff and Evans heavily, and acted as the perfect contrast to the crushing funk portions of the show. To me, the “Shady Horns” are the primary factor that make a Lettuce show such a crazy event. Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet) and Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) comprise one of the highest-energy horn sections in all of funk music. These two musicians have the type of psychic connection that is not often seen among non-family members. They spend the show effortlessly weaving in and out of each other’s playing, in a manner that brings to mind the seemingly disparate comparison of Papadosio’s keyboardists, Billy and Sam Brouse. In the same way that the Brouse brothers operate as one man with four arms, the Shady Horns operate as one man with two mouths (and pairs of lungs). This was particularly evident during the late second set on tracks like “Madison Square” and “Lettsanity,” and it was a pleasure to watch this communication occur.Vocalist Nigel Hall was also on-hand to help the band conclude each instrumental set with some funky vocals. In light of Earth, Wind and Fire co-founder Maruice White’s death earlier in the day, the group quickly put together a moving two-song tribute. Clearly a huge fan, Hall’s heavy, soulful vocals carried the performance of “Gratitude” to cap off the second set. Prior to the encore, he took time to tell the crowd that the world would be a better place if everyone listened to just one Earth, Wind and Fire song each morning. The band then played “Remember the Children,” adapted to include that signature Lettuce intensity, with Hall absolutely belting the vocals. This tribute ended the show on a reflective note, with an outpouring of gratitude from the musicians to the fans, then right back in form of generous applause.Lettuce valiantly defended their spot near top of the funk pecking-order, which is really saying something in a scene that is currently seeing a massive influx of upstart talent (bands like Vulfpeck and Turkuaz). They relish this challenge and allow it to push their music to new heights of danceability and funkiness, while incorporating different influences to keep things fresh. Given the talent present in their lineup, they are in an excellent position to keep this up if they just continue to explore new musical territory.Setlist:Set I: The Force > Harmonic Jam > Slippin, Sam Huff’s Flying Raging Machine, Ziggowatt, The Lobbyist > Phyllis, Do It Like You Do*Set II: Egyptian Secrets > Double Header, Chief, The Flu, Trillogy, Madison Square, Lettsanity, Making My Way, Gratitude*#Encore: Remember the Children*#*With Nigel Hall (vocals)#Earth, Wind and Fire coverWords by Coleman Schwartz, Photos by J. Scott Shrader. Full Gallery:last_img read more

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Live Ween Stream Emerges For Tonight’s Valentine’s Day Concert

first_img*UPDATE* With further investigation of the YouTube account that posted the link to a supposed live stream for this evening’s Ween show, a consensus has been reached that the stream is fake, not real, not happening. This news is equally upsetting to us as it is to you. We apologize for the false hope.For all those who have been living vicariously through the Periscope of Ween‘s first two nights at 1STBANK Center, fear not of another bad connection (shout-out Monica and Spencer for keeping us entertained!) Without any official announcement, one majestic human being has promised the Internet World something very special for tonight: a live stream, available on both YouTube and YourMediaHQ. Those with shaky arms may now rest.Audio and videos from Friday night’s show can be found here, and Saturday night here. Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!last_img read more

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Ambulance company gives free EMT classes

first_img“There’s an expectancy of growth (in the need for EMTs and paramedics) over the next 10 years of 27 percent,” Ratliff said, and there’s already a shortage. By helping to train EMTs, Superior hopes that “We can recruit right from our classes.” Sandra Ratliff, of the human resources department at Superior, said it’s not an entirely altruistic offer. Superior Ambulance in Roseville is offering free training to become an emergency medical technician to people who meet the requirements and pass a pre-employment interview.last_img read more

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Sports briefs

first_imgWomen top Northeastern, 3-1, in Beanpot semifinalsIn women????s Beanpot action, junior Jenny Brine tallied a pair of goals to pace the No. 1 Crimson to a 3-1 victory over the Huskies on Tuesday night (Feb. 5) at BU’s Walter Brown Arena. Down 1-0 just 42 seconds into the contest, Harvard (20-1-0) battled back with consecutive goals in the first and second periods, courtesy of Brine. Harvard’s Sarah Vaillancourt ’09 added an insurance tally late in the final stanza to pick up her team-leading 13th goal.The Crimson will look to capture its 12th Beanpot championship against host BU on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.Icers break 10-year drought, set to compete for ’PotPaul Dufault ’08, Mike Taylor ’08, and Doug Rogers ’10 each tallied a goal in the opening seven minutes of play to lift the Harvard men’s hockey team past No. 14 Northeastern, 3-1, in the opening round of the 56th annual Beanpot this past Monday (Feb. 4) at TD Banknorth Garden. With the win, Harvard (8-10-3 overall) advances to the championship game (set for Feb. 11 at the Garden) against No. 9 Boston College. The Crimson program last competed for the title in 1998.Skiers capture ninth at UV carnival in Stowe, Vt.The Harvard men’s and women’s alpine and Nordic ski teams placed ninth out of 11 schools at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vt., this past Feb. 1-2. Battling snow showers and icy conditions, the women’s Nordic team posted the program’s strongest finish of the weekend with a seventh-place effort in the freestyle.last_img read more

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