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Surprise! Suddenly, and before you can even finish pressing play; Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, launch into an unforgiving hard rock icebreaker that hits you like a ton of bricks. The vocals ring with passion, the drums pound with hurricane force, the bass hammers like thunder, and the guitars ooze with attitude. Of course, we’re talking about none other than the foot-stomping, hip-shaking, kick-ass opening track called “Surprise.” Immediately it is apparent that we’re in for a wild ride. Something different. Something aggressive. Something Real.Something Real is the highly-anticipated third album from this boundless band of California blues-rockers. Renowned for their collaboration with Neil Young, serving as the rock legend’s backing band on Young’s 2015 politically-charged protest album The Monsanto Years (read the review here); Promise of the Real provided an unforgettable and hard-hitting edge to compliment the album’s revolutionary message.Following the insistent introduction of “Surprise,” the boys rip into another hard-rocking recipe for a good time; the in-your-face, stop-and-go title track. I challenge you to not bang your head as the main riff kicks in with it’s tsunami-like strength. Their groove is unmistakable and infectious as hell, and this song is a prime example of that musical voodoo that ignites within. The boogie is contagious.One of the record’s most enjoyable songs, is the grin-inducing, sexy, upbeat groove called “I’ll Make Love to You Any Ol’ Time.” Drummer Anthony LoGerfo and percussionist Tato Melgar have some room to stretch out on this song as their intertwining rhythms fill-out the band’s festively ferocious style. “Make Love to You” is a song that can be summed up as ‘pure Rock n’ Roll fun.’ Classic ingredients that make for a classically good time.One thing that is instantly recognizable, is how great of an influence Neil Young has been on the band. There is a natural edge to both of their musical styles, and Lukas Nelson doesn’t hold this back. His ever-so-passionate vocals are strong, heartfelt and sincere, with tinges of Neil percolating beneath the surface. The song “Everything is Fake” is a good illustration of this artistic approach. “Am I the one I’ve never really known? Is there a price upon this golden throne?” pleads a crooning Lukas Nelson as the song reaches it’s apex. It is an extremely powerful track, with vocals that overflow with raw emotion. With a pulsating bass line, and guitars-a-blaring; this track is a musical force of nature.The mood mellows on more laid-back tracks such as “Georgia” and “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” while “Ugly Color” and “Don’t Want to Fly” keep up the pace throughout the album’s midsection. The synth intro on “Ugly Color” is a pleasantly interesting choice, which comes across almost like an ELO archetype before it slips into something more comfortable and relaxed for the remainder of the song.The legend himself, Neil Young appears on the album’s final track; a fast-paced cover version of Scott McKenzie’s 1967 counter-culture classic “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair.)” It is an uplifting and out-of-the-ordinary take on a song that has historically become a standard of the ‘Summer of Love.’ Most definitely a clever take on a classic, and certainly worthy of note.All in all, Something Real is a full and well-rounded record. It’s a promising next step for Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson and his brother Micah have cultivated a sound that after listened to, becomes etched in your mind. As far as we are concerned, Neil was just as lucky to have worked with Promise of the Real as they were to have worked with Young. If there is one promise that Promise of the Real continues to keep, it is the promise of something real. This record is it.Something Real hits shelves on tomorrow, March 11th, 2016. Get on it! More information about Promise of the Real and their new album can be found on the band’s website.By Joseph Conlon
After spending a weekend in Aspen, CO, Umphrey’s McGee is gearing up to take over the West Coast this coming weekend. With shows in Tahoe, Oakland, and more, expect some hearty ragers from the rockin’ jam band starting this Thursday.One such show, the band’s performance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, is getting some extra loving. SiriusXM Jam ON just announced that they will be live streaming the show, which begins this Saturday, March 26th, at 11 PM Eastern. The Wiltern is a classic venue, and fans can certainly expect greatness from UM’s return, especially with TAUK opening things up for the show.For those East Coast fans who can’t keep their eyes open, fear not. Sirius XM is planning to rebroadcast the stream a handful of times, including Sunday at 3 PM, Monday at 8 AM, and Wednesday at 2 PM (all Eastern). Check out the schedule and graphic below:
With Dead & Company’s tour beginning on June 10th, fans of the Grateful Dead ensemble have been buzzing about the band’s opening night performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state is home to a new bill, titled “HB2,” which places restrictions on bathrooms and has been viewed incredibly unfavorably by the LGBTQ community.After artists like Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen cancelled performances in NC, fans were wondering if Dead & Company might do the same. The band finally addressed the situation, saying that they were hoping the law would already be repealed by now. Since it isn’t, they don’t want to deprive their fans of the show, and will instead be donating $100,000 to The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Not only that, but the group will host a “Participation Row” area where activist groups can reach like-minded fans directly. “Participation Row” was a concept that has been implemented successfully at major events like Fare Thee Well and Lockn’ Festival, bringing a number of charitable organizations together and giving fans the opportunity to contribute.You can read the band’s full statement, below.This March, when North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2 and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law, we categorically objected to it. We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed. Sadly, it has not.After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice – the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Additionally, we will assemble a “Participation Row” social action area, where we’ll host local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet. Every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the true ramifications of the HB2 law, and take meaningful action by registering to vote; to that end we are working on an online community registration site that will assist the HeadCount organization in promoting and simplifying voter registration.Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no matter how they appear or self-identify. History shows these values of openness and inclusiveness have served us – and the world around us – well.We’ve never been a band that’s spoken many words when we’re on stage. But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before.With Love and Respect,Dead & Company
The second annual Adirondack Independence Music Festival, set to take place September 30th-October 1st at the Charles R Wood Festival Commons in Lake George, NY, has just announced an exciting lineup of musicians for the event, including both nationally touring and regional favorites. Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, and Spin Doctors will headline the festivities, along with Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Sophistafunk, Rich Ortiz, Mister F, Formula 5, Hayley Jane and the Primates, Capital Zen, and more to be announced. In addition to fantastic musical performances, the family-friendly festival will include several food vendors, craft beers, wine, and a “kids fun zone.” Limited advance tickets are available for just $15 per day or $20 for a two-day pass. You can purchase your advance tickets here, as well as in person at Duffy’s Tavern and Lake George Village Hall in Lake George. You can also get a free ticket by booking a two-night stay at any of the festival’s participating hotels (more info here).Kids admission 12 and under is free with an adult. Kids unlimited fun zone passes are also available for half price here, and are $5 per day or $10 for a two day pass. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Coolers are not allowed. Gates open Friday 9/30 at 4pm, and Saturday 10/1 at 12pm.
Over the weekend, a mash up of Vulfpeck‘s “Wait for the Moment” and Chance The Rapper‘s “Sunday Candy” appeared on the internet, and it’s awesome. Creator Nathaniel Hoopes (@NathanialPoopes on twitter) claims to have never mixed anything in his life, however, upon learning that the two songs had the same chord progression, became inspired to see if the two songs would fit together. Oh, do they fit together!Keep up the good work, Nathaniel! You can hear this excellent mash up for yourselves below.
UPDATE: Venue owner Peter Shapiro has commented on the situation, assuring fans not to worry about the Brooklyn Bowl. He says, “Nothing changes for us. We hope to be 61 Wythe Avenue for a long time.”Though the Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Avenue helped to launch a concert venue franchise, its days are apparently numbered. According to new reports from The Real Deal, a real estate publication in New York, the development firm Atlas Capital Group is in contract to acquire the Brooklyn Bowl and Brooklyn Brewery property for $37 million.Though the Brooklyn Bowl’s lease is still good until 2021, the report indicates that the developers plan to “reposition” the land, which essentially means they plan to develop a new building on the land before flipping it for a profit. Though the Brooklyn Brewery has plans to move to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, as of now there is no reported relocation plan for the Brooklyn Bowl. With Brooklyn Bowls opening up in Las Vegas and London, however, it would be a disappointment if there was no true Brooklyn location of the Brooklyn Bowl.From the real estate perspective, the land itself features over 68,000 square feet. Still, the cultural value of the Brooklyn Bowl is unparalleled, and its loss would be a striking blow to the Williamsburg community in Brooklyn.
Load remaining images Promoters in Telluride, Colorado have been trying to get Neil Young to grace the Town Park stage for decades, and this past weekend, the isolated box canyon was treated to two special and intimate shows as the fall colors peaked with bright gold aspen leaves lining the valley. Die hard fans made the pilgrimage from all over to witness these very special shows on the small field in Telluride. While both shows had similarities in set lists, each night had its own very special bust outs and deep cuts.Each show began with Young performing solo, on a piano that has been through both a fire and a flood, before he did a number of solo acoustic classics as the sunset alpenglow peaked. Once Promise of the Real joined Neil onstage, they began with an acoustic/electric section before a full on electric storm.Neil was and always seems to be in top form, and towards the second half of the each show, began to just slaughter his guitars with overdrive, playing epic solo after solo. Each nigh had one song they really let loose on: night one was a 30+ minute “Love and Only Love”, while night two featured a 20+ minute “Down by the River with plenty of room to jam. Fans were also treated to live debuts of five unreleased songs, “Hang Gliders”, “Peace Trail”, “Show Me”, and “Indian Givers.” Many other classics and deep cuts were chosen from Neil’s deep catalog to make the weekend one to truly remember for the crowd lucky enough to make the journey.You can check out a full audio stream of night one below, courtesy of Jam Buzz.The full setlists and a gallery by Elliot Siff Photography can be seen below.Setlist: Neil Young + Promise of the Real at Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO – 9/30/16Set: After The Gold Rush, Heart Of Gold, Long May You Run, Comes A Time, Mother Earth (Natural Anthem), Out On The Weekend, Human Highway, “Hang Gliders,” “Texas Rangers,” Hold Back The Tears, “Peace Trail,” “Show Me,” Powderfinger, Love And Only Love, Seed Justice, Vampire Blues, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Don’t Be Denied, Rockin’ In The Free WorldEncore: Fuckin’ Up, Cinnamon GirlSetlist: Neil Young + Promise of the Real at Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO – 10/1/16Set I: After The Gold Rush, Heart Of Gold, Sugar Mountain, Old Man, Mother Earl (Natural Anthem), Out On The Weekend, Human Highway, “Hang Gliders”, “Indian Givers”, “Show Me”, Harvest Moon, Words, “Texas Rangers”, Walk On, WinterlongSet II: Down By The River, Powderfinger, “Peace Trail”, When You Dance I Can Really Love, Cortez The Killer, Fuckin’ Up, Rockin’ In The Free WorldEncore: Roll Another Number
Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been crushing it on tour this Fall. The bands have already traveled up and down the East Coast, delighting audiences with their unique brands of high-energy, funky jamming. With the bands slated to close out their Northeast leg with shows at Irving Plaza and the Bearsville Theater this weekend, I sat down with Rob Compa, Dopapod’s guitarist extraordinaire, and Greg Ormont, Pigeons’ fearless frontman, to find out their thoughts on the tour so far, their favorite places in New York City, and what fans can expect when they hit Irving Plaza this weekend.If anything can be taken away from this interview, it’s that these bands have an undeniable chemistry, and they simply love playing with each other. Check out the full interview with Rob Compa and Greg Ormont below.Live For Live Music: How has the tour been going so far?Rob Compa: You want to take this one, Greg?Greg Ormont: Wow, making me go first…Well, the tour has been terrible. It’s been really bad, and we can’t wait to stop touring with Dopapod. Man, these guys are hard to get along with…You still want me to answer the questions, Rob?R: Keep going!G: No, all the shows have been great, the energy has been killer in every room, even for whichever band plays first, which is often us. It just feels like it’s a headlining set at nine o’clock followed by the actual headlining set shortly after. There’s just a ton of energy from start to finish. We’re all getting along great, there’ve been plenty of sit-ins, it’s starting to get incestual, and that’s how we like it!R: I also feel like watching Pigeons every night, it inspires us to bring it a little harder every night, because you guys play with a shitload of energy every night. I know you guys, and I see you backstage every night so I know you’re not doing this, but it looks like you guys are taking a bunch of uppers and going on stage and playing with the most energy ever. We’re more on the stoic side, I guess, but it compels us to give it a little more gusto.G: That’s awesome.R: We appreciate that very much, we need that.G: Yeah the tour has been awesome. We inspire each other in different ways, like Rob was saying. Obviously, everyone knows that everyone in Dopapod is a phenomenal musician, so, just watching the other band’s work ethic backstage, whether it’s working on music or parts or harmonies has inspired us to write a bunch of music, and step up our game. We’ve been helping each other out quite a bit. And also, I have to say that Chuck’s fashion kind of set a light on my fashion. While I’m cool with what I wear, Chuck has some really white shoes for his black-and-white outfits, and swag about his sweaters that are just beyond me a little bit.R: He just fits well in whatever he wears, man. Everything he wears looks tailor-fitted to him.G: I completely agree. Maybe it’s the Los Angeles in him, but he’s ready for a headshot at any time, as I’ve seen from his childhood headshots.R: He’s just stunning!G: He’s a stunning man. Well, I should probably be focusing on playing more guitar, but I find myself looking over my clothing more than usual as well, which is pretty exciting.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong with Eli Winderman from Dopapod performing “Henrietta”, courtesy of YouTube user Chris McCartney.L4LM: Greg, you’re from Long Island. It’s so close to New York City, do you have fond memories of coming here as a kid?G: Of course. When you’re from Long Island, you just say you’re from New York, because the city is great. Growing up outside city, I have a lot of memories from early on in my life, like musical theater stuff. I caught the bug when I caught Tommy on Broadway early on in my life, and it had Pete Townshend on guitar for The Who’s rock opera…I met the cast of All That that night, and that was really exciting.R: Like Nickelodeon’s All That?G: Yeah, I met Lori-Beth Denberg, and Keenan, and Kel.R: Wow!G: It was a really remarkable experience. I’ve seen Phish and plenty of other concerts at Madison Square Garden, but I’ve also been to a million Knicks games and Rangers games, and everyone loves the Garden. Coming from New York, that kind of is the mecca of all mecca’s for where you can play a show. I think a lot of people agree even if they’re not from New York. Between the Garden and Broadway and all the things in-between, I have a lot of memories from New York, so it always feels like a hometown reunion show for me. I don’t get to go to my high school reunions, I just missed our ten-year reunion because I was on the road, so it’s kind of like our friends’ reunion every time we come into town. I can’t wait to see the people I grew up with!Dopapod with Alex Petropulos from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performing “Freight Train Filled With Dynamite”, courtesy of YouTube user Chris McCartney.L4LM: Everyone has a crazy New York story. What’s your craziest New York story?G: I definitely went out in New York before I was of college age… Any time you go out before you’re of college age, you end up doing a bunch of wacky hijinks. Late nights and various establishments that you try to hang out in. I could tell you that we played a show in the village, and our original drummer was found playing beer pong after the show—or at least throwing a ping pong ball at a cup—even though he wasn’t quite 21 yet. So, even though he had just played a show, he got kicked out of the venue, and he was less than thrilled about it.R: I thought of an okay one. I lived in Brooklyn for three years, in Williamsburg, and I used to take a lot of walks, just ‘cause. One day I was taking a walk on Bedford Avenue, just like any other day, except I turned the corner and there were thousands and thousands of people dressed up as zombies slowly walking down the avenue towards me, it was almost like a flash mob but with zombies. They were all just crawling over food trucks and smearing fake blood on them and everything. They were slow zombies, it wasn’t like they were World War Z zombies-style. That was a pretty fun thing to be a part of. I think it was an organized “national zombie day”, but I had no idea, I was totally caught off guard and I had no idea it was going to happen.L4LM: What’s your favorite restaurant or place to grab a bite in New York?R: I usually end up going to The Meatball Shop.G: You can jump in anywhere for your typical Italian or bagels and stuff, but we love Mamoun’s on St. Mark’s Place. We love Mamoun’s.R: They’ve got some serious hot sauce there, man!G: Well, that’s what the honey is for… L: What’s your favorite bar or place to grab a drink in New York?R: Radegast. That’s my favorite joint, I love it there. There are swing dancers and stuff, like a total time machine, like being in the prohibition era, I love it.G: Like I said, I spent most of my time in New York before I was of drinking age…however, The Red Lion is the dope jazz hangout in the Village.Dopapod with Greg Ormont from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performing “Nerds”, courtesy of YouTube user mkdevo:L4LM: What’s your favorite venue or place to catch a show?R: Probably Brooklyn Bowl, that’s just where ya go. I was there a couple of times a week when I lived there, that’s just what you do.G: It’s like a Geico commercial. When you’re in New York looking for a relaxing music experience, you go to Brooklyn Bowl. It’s what you do.R: It’s what you do. Sometimes you walk in there though and you’re like “I need to get out of here right now, it’s just so slammed, and crowded, and hectic.”That does happen there sometimes. I also used to love going to smaller spots like The Living Room.G: That was a funky spot.R: I loved it, there was never more than twenty people in there.G: It didn’t even look like it was a venue on the inside or outside. It was very chill, underground.R: It was super after-hours style.G: I always liked the Best Buy / PlayStation Theater. We played there once with the Disco Biscuits and that was a tremendous experience, but, anytime you’re playing a two-thousand person venue it’s going to be really fun. It’s pretty lax for a large venue, and even though it’s in Times Square you feel like you can transport a little bit once you’re inside.L4LM: What’s your favorite tourist attraction?G: Central Park is awesome, and within Central Park, you have Strawberry Fields. At the same time, my Girlfriend is from Virginia, so we’ve done the whole touristy thing a bunch, and I really liked showing her the big Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and the ice rink, 30 Rock right there.R: I like the museum with all the medieval armor in it, The Met. I love that place. I don’t get tired of that, it’s always super awesome.L4LM: What can we expect when Dopapod and Pigeons hit NYC this weekend?G: Probably the best night of your life.R: [Laughs] Don’t sound cocky or anything….G: It’s going to be the greatest night of all time. I’ve honestly been telling people that. After the shows, when I’ve told someone beforehand that it’s going to be the best night of all time, it’s not far off. People are having a blast on the tour and I think it’s because we’re all having fun. Who knows, depending on how big the stage is maybe we can get some collaborations going, we’ve had some really awesome sit-ins from Rob and Eli already. We even just had an awesome flute player join us for a great extended jam, so hopefully there’s plenty of room, and sky’s the limit…or the stage is the limit.Don’t miss these two incredible bands as they bring their tour to New York City! Grab tickets to Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Irving Plaza at this link.
Proudly proclaiming itself as the “most eclectic lineup on Chicago’s Northside,” this weekend, Live On Lincoln 2017 will take over the 3200 block of N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. At only a suggested $10 donation for admission, Live On Lincoln’s inaugural year is set to be something special, with the street festival tapping a number of big names across the jam, funk, and indie rock genres. On Saturday, synth-pop gurus Polica will headline the day’s line-up, which also features Chicano Batman, Elliot Moss, and more. For us, Sunday will reign supreme, with funk wizards The Motet and Turkuaz topping the lineup along with jam rising stars Aqueous and Mungion.Phishin’ with Ryan Jalbert: That Time When The Motet Guitarist Saw Trey ShowerThe festival runs from noon to 10 PM each day and, in addition to the stellar tunes, will host a number of local vendors. Keeping with the communal vibe, Live On Lincoln benefits West Lakeview Neighbors, an organization that focuses on the welfare of local residents and businesses within the neighborhood. VIP packages are available for sale here, while more information can be found on the event’s website and Facebook page. Ahead of 4th of July, we can’t think of a better way to spend your Sunday, and at only a suggested $10, your wallet will probably agree with us. Check out the full line-up below!