first_img*UPDATED 9/26/17*: Following the passing of Charles Bradley, we look back at his most recent masterpiece, Changes, which came out in June of 2016.For his third album, Changes, Charles Bradley continued on the vintage soul path of previous efforts, but with some exciting updates to his presentation. Moving away from a focus on his hard-luck past, and infusing uplifting, positive messages of love amid the haunting memories, Bradley and his Daptone Records brethren open up new doors in storytelling, melody and rhythms alike.Discovered while fronting a James Brown tribute band (as Black Velvet) nearly seven years ago, Bradley joined the Daptone fold and began recording and touring with the amazing Menahan Street Band. His third album really capitalizes on this long-time collaboration, as they have become excellent songwriting partners that do not solely focus on the mining glories from stories past, but instead are burrowing upward and onward with a vision for what’s happening, what’s coming next, what is new, and what is hip.The title track, a cover of the timeless Black Sabbath ballad, was offered as a Record Store Day single a few years back; next week it will spearhead the first album of new Charles Bradley material since 2013. The recording still sounds very analog, but there is a modern twist to the material too. Chronicles of despair from the singer remain his calling card, but one can behold a beam of light shining through the voice and emotions of “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.”Changes finds Bradley singing from within his longing, but is no longer nostalgic for days of yesteryear. He gives his phrases resonance and conviction; and allows his brand of soul music to transcend style and period, in exchange for re-imagining life’s twists and turns with newfound clarity. The murky “Ain’t Gonna Give it Up” shows just how far Menahan and Bradley have traveled to get where they are today. The spiritually moving “Ain’t it a Sin” is among the most compelling songs the Screaming Eagle has ever delivered.Bradley has developed into a singer with focus and authority, the song showcasing his voice and authenticity. Several tunes find Bradley telling tales of a difficult road, but also the hope toward what may come next, be it love, light, smiles, or even just satisfaction: “Good to Be Back Home” celebrates a return to the US, after a grueling, if invigorating tour. The singer shows more range, more drama, and a diverse palette of timings and accents to unveil spirituality, positivity, depravity and desperation from his lyrics and emphatic delivery.More often than not, Changes pumps blood fused with an energy culled from the here and now, arriving at a conceptually interesting middle ground. It is a choice medium for this singer, one who is clearly energized and determined to make good on the promise he made to himself some years earlier. Bradley’s voice, his story, and the Changes he made in his now promising life are apparent on this record, and onstage too. Charles Bradley seizes the day, and transcends the limits of the vintage soul genre, blazing a new path, yet remaining rich in thrilling tradition.Listen to Changes below:last_img read more


first_imgStay tuned to L4LM from more coverage at Dominican Holidaze! You can see the band’s setlist from last night’s sunset show, below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set: Papercut-> Lunar Pursuit-> Jigsaw Earth, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Gamma Goblins [with Shpongle (Simon Posford)]-> Little Shimmy in a Conga LinePhotos: Dave Vann Last night, the Disco Biscuits took the stage on a beautiful beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for their second of three performances at Dominican Holidaze. With the sunset performance set to be followed by Simon Posford‘s Shpongle DJ set, Posford took the opportunity to jump into the fray early, sitting in for a rendition of “Gamma Goblins”, marking the 7th time the Biscuits have covered the 1998 Posford original (from back when he went by Hallucinogen).You can watch a clip of the sit-in below:last_img read more


first_imgLoad remaining images Wilco played their fourth night at the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night with a 29-song setlist. Pulling songs from their 2016 Schmilco, the Chicago crew used the opportunity to play tunes like “Normal American Kids,” “If I Ever Was A Child,” “Cry All Day,” and “We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl),” while keeping their longtime fans happy with career-spanning favorites “Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Passenger Side,” and “A Shot In The Arm.” Overall, their four-night residency was a huge hit in New York City.Photographer Andrew Blackstein was on site to capture the glory in the gallery below.Setlist: Wilco | The Beacon Theatre | New York City | 3/22/17You Are My Face, Normal American Kids, If I Ever Was A Child, Cry All Day, Side With the Seeds, Radio Cure, Kamera, The Joke Explained, Misunderstood, Someone to Lose, At Least That’s What You Said, The Lonely 1, Impossible Germany, We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl), Dawned On Me, Theologians, Via Chicago, Locator, Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m the Man Who Loves You, Hummingbird, The Late GreatsE: Random Name Generator, Red-Eyed and Blue, I Got You (At the End of the Century), Outtasite (Outta Mind), Spiders (Kidsmoke)E2: Passenger Side, A Shot In The Armlast_img read more


first_imgJust over a year ago, Prophets of Rage–a politically-charged supergroup comprised of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill–burst into existence with an angry bang. The outfit, described by Morello in 2016 as “an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit,” came together for a string of summer amphitheater shows following their widely buzzed-about maiden shows in LA and Brooklyn featuring a mix of material by RATM, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill. The band also promised that they would be recording original music.The promise was fulfilled last month with the Michael Moore-directed “Unfuck the World,” the first single from the upcoming self-titled debut LP Prophets of Rage–due out September 15. Last week, the super group released the second single, “Living on the 110.” Today, the band has released the official music video for “Living on the 110,” which features some of the wealthiest and most impoverished places in Los Angeles and New York City. Watch it below:Additionally, the band announced four surprise shows at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on 9/7, Asbury Park’s Stone Pony on 9/9, Philadelphia’s TLA on 9/10 , and New York City’s Apollo Theatre on 9/12. Prophets Of Rage will unleash their fury at special limited club gigs to mark the upcoming release of the debut album, out September 15.More information about their tour schedule can be found here.last_img read more


first_imgPrimus recently announced a new album The Desaturating Seven, due out September 29th via ATO Records. The new record marks the first since the band’s 2014 Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, the first original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde, and their ninth LP together. Today, they release their second single, “The Scheme.”“This record hearkens back to our prog roots — Rush, Yes, [King] Crimson, all those things,” bassist and frontman Les Claypool tells Billboard. “It’s a little heavier than the last record, more intricate than anything we’ve done in a while.” Listen to the new track below:The inspiration for The Desaturating Seven comes from a 1978 children’s book, The Rainbow Goblins. The book’s “vibrant and intense and eerie and somewhat creepy” artwork impressed Claypool (while reading it to his children) to the point of making it into music. “I remember being incredibly impressed with the artwork and the storyline and the content and the message, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would make a great piece of music,’” Claypool recently told Rolling Stone. “As I’m getting older, I’m realizing I need to start knocking some of these things off my list. So we did the Willy Wonka soundtrack a couple years back, and this was a project I wanted to do.”He continues, “I would look at the artwork and read the lyrics, and it’s very difficult to sing about goblins and rainbows and not have it come off being a little cornball…So I was tiptoeing the line of not necessarily being literal, but referring to elements of the story and using it more as a metaphor, when I could.”Much like their Primus & The Chocolate Factory tour, Primus will reincarnate the book’s rainbow imagery on their upcoming tour, which will begin October 20 in San Antonio and extend through November 11 in Miami. The show will consist of two sets: the first set will sift through their entire catalog, and the second will play through The Desaturating Seven in its entirety. The album’s vinyl edition will also be produced in “seven-color green splatter format.”Listen to the previously released “The Seven” track below:Primus – The Desaturating Seven Track List1. “The Valley”2. “The Seven”3. “The Trek”4. “The Scheme”5. “The Dream”6. “The Storm”7. “The Ends?”Primus “The Desaturating Seven” Tour DatesOctober 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken GardensOctober 21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak LawnOctober 22 – Austin, TX @ ACL LiveOctober 24 – Nashville, TN @ War MemorialOctober 27 – Albany, NY @ Palace TheaterOctober 29 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheaterOctober 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn SteelNovember 2 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear TheaterNovember 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft TheaterNovember 4 – Louisville, KY @ Palace TheaterNovember 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody TheaterNovember 7 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee TheaterNovember 9 – Atlanta, GA @ TabernacleNovember 10 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock HotelNovember 11 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore MiamiNovember 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic TheatreDecember 29, 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wilternlast_img read more


first_imgThe Disco Biscuits will be celebrating Halloween a few days early with a two-night run at Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 26th, and Friday, October 27th. Those of us who can’t make it to Massachusetts over the next few days can still enjoy the Disco Biscuits’ upcoming shows, as the jamtronica juggernauts just announced that they’d be streaming the shows for free online.Thursday and Friday’s webcasts will be streamed via the band’s official Youtube channel. On Thursday, lespecial will open the Disco Biscuits’ headlining show, while Friday, October 27th, will see an opening set by Jaw Gems. Over the next two nights, the Disco Biscuits take the stage at 9:30 pm (EST), while the openers will kick things off at 8 pm (EST). Tune into the stream on the Disco Biscuits’ official Youtube channel, or tune into the streams below.Disco Biscuits Webcast, Thursday, October 26thDisco Biscuits Webcast, Friday, October 27th[Photo: Andrew Rios]last_img read more


first_imgThis week, The Motet kicked off their fall tour with Dopapod. Tonight, ahead of their show at New York City’s Irving Plaza, the group will head to Madison Square Garden, where they’ll play a special halftime performance during tonight’s basketball game. Before the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets play each other as part of the Subway Series, Motet vocalist Lyle Divinsky will open the game by singing the National Anthem. The full band will then perform a special, funk-fueled halftime show later in the evening.Members Of The Motet, TAB, & More Tribute Jamiroquai At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Audio/Videos]The Knicks/Nets game will be televised on the MSGNetwork (and you can watch online at MSG Go). Folks in the New York area can also catch The Motet’s show with Dopapod at Irving Plaza tonight, with more information about the show and tickets available here. Today also marks the release of a brand-new single from the Colorado-based funk act—a new tune called “Get It Right”. You can take a listen for yourself below! [Photo: Emily Butler]last_img read more


first_imgOn Monday night, as reported by The Seattle Times, comedian Will Ferrell joined a number of high-profile musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Brandi Carlile at a fundraiser for Cancer for College—a nonprofit that gives young survivors of cancer tuition funds for college. Dubbed “One Classy Night In Seattle,” the house band also included Brandi Carlile’s bandmates, Tim and Phil Hanseroth; Chad Smith’s RHCP bandmate, Josh Klinghoffer; and Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band.One Classy Night In Seattle’s lineup with Will Ferrell and Chad Smith is unsurprising, given the two have a long history together as friends, doppelgängers, musical “collaborators,” and philanthropists for Cancer for College. In 2014, the two notable look-a-likes agreed to stage a drum battle, with Ferrell accepting only under the condition that the two of them raise $300,000 for Cancer for College. However, despite their friendship, as recently as fall of 2017, Smith stormed off the stage during a gig at Musicians Institute after a heckler yelled “Will Ferrell!” during a performance. He seemed to be kidding (mostly), but regardless it appears as though the two are still friends.During Monday night’s show, the band—which Ferrell named after the classic pre-teen Judy Blume novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret—played a number of covers, including songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., and Led Zeppelin. During the show, Ferrell introduced a “local, homegrown kid” and invited out Eddie Vedder, McCready’s Pearl Jam bandmate, to join the motley crew of musicians for a rendition of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”, marking one of the major highlights and biggest surprises of the evening. With Carlile taking over vocals, Vedder stayed mostly in the background playing the tambourine, while Ferrell reemerged mid-song with his iconic cowbell.You can watch Eddie Vedder join the musical and comedic supergroup for a cover of “Personal Jesus” as well as a take on Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (sans Vedder), below, courtesy of MrBubbrub.Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Personal Jesus”[Video: MrBubbrub]Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Supergroup – “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”[Video: MrBubbrub][H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more


first_imgOn May 11th, Round Records will release a brand-new Jerry Garcia box set titled Jerry Garcia Before The Dead. As its name suggests, the new box set compiles rare—including a number of unreleased—recordings of Garcia performing live before the 1965 inception of the Grateful Dead.Round Records has already given us a taste of four tracks from the forthcoming release, and now they’ve given us two more. The latest treats come via Garden & Gun, which premiered the tracks earlier today. One is a 1962 rendition of Irish ballad “Legend of the Johnson Boys” by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers, a group hat featured Garcia, Dick Arnold, and Marshall Leicester. The other is a 1963 take on “Salt Creek”—a traditional that was popularized by Bill Monroe—from the Black Mountain Boys, which also Garcia’s longtime friend and writing partner, Robert Hunter.You can give both of these rare tracks a listen below, and Jerry Garcia Before The Dead can be preordered here. The compilation will be released as a four-CD set and as a five-LP vinyl set.Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers – “Legend of the Johnson Boys”The Black Mountain Boys – “Salt Creek”last_img read more


first_imgLast night, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros made a stop at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre, following a two-night run at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel. Weir worked through a number of Grateful Dead, Ratdog, and Bob Dylan tunes, while also inviting up a special guest to assist on bass.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros opened up the first set with “Hell In A Bucket”, before working through solid takes of “Mama Tried” and “Tennessee Jed”. Bob Weir appears to be on his “A” game this opening week of Wolf Bros inaugural tour, leading bandmates Don Was and Jay Lane with precision and infectious energy. Next, Wolf Bros worked through a pair of Ratdog tunes, “Even So” and “October Queen”, before dishing out the first Bob Dylan cover of the evening, “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. “Peggy-O” led way to a rocking rendition of “Deal”, with Weir nailing the Jerry Garcia tune’s lead vocals.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Deal” 10/20/2018[Video: Rich Saputo]Bob Weir & Wolf Bros returned, opening up the second set with “Good Morning, School Girl”, before throwing a curveball with a cover of Donovan’s 1966 hit “Sunshine Superman”. Next, Weir and company rolled through a dark and psychedelic rendition of “Dark Star”, before moving into another beloved Ratdog tune, “Two Djinn”.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Sunshine Superman” – 10/20/2018[Video: Rich Saputo]Bob Weir then invited up Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld to help out on another Bob Dylan cover, “All Along The Watchtower”. With two basses on stage, the four-piece added a sweet touch to the classic Dylan tune, as Wilkenfeld intently followed Weir’s every move. The second set’s final segment featured a roaring rendition of Weir’s “Throwing Stones”, before wrapping things up with “Days Between” and “Not Fade Away”. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, the third and final Bob Dylan cover of the evening, served as the show’s encore, as Bob Weir & Wolf Bros invited Wilkenfeld back onstage to assist the trio on the tune.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Throwing Stones” > “Days Between” > “Not Fade Away” – 10/20/2018[Video: Chris Rhine]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ maiden voyage continues Tuesday, October 22nd at Portland, Oregon’s Keller Auditorium. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information on the Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour, head to Weir’s website.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Upcoming Tour Dates10/22 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium10/23 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre10/24 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater10/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center10/29 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre10/31 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/1 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre11/5 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium11/6 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre11/8 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre11/9 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/10 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre11/12 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore11/15 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/16 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre11/18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre11/19 – New York, NY – Beacon TheatreView All Tour DatesSetlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | Arlington Theatre | Santa Barbara, CA | 10/20/2018Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Mama Tried, Tennessee Jed, Even So, October Queen, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Peggy-O, DealSet Two: Good Morning, School Girl, Sunshine Superman, Dark Star, Two Djinn, All Along the Watchtower, Throwing Stones, Days Between, Not Fade AwayEncore: It’s All Over Now, Baby Bluelast_img read more