October 2016

Phantom Vanity to release Vintage Slacker

PHANTOM VANITY isn’t pigeoned holed into one genre of music.  With inspirations from funk, folk, and soul, this brand-new collective is about bringing truth, and inspiring dance within their listeners.  Vintage Slacker EP, will be released October 11, 2016, is composed of 9 tracks that uniquely speak about the trials and growth that humans endure on this small planet. Boyd is the mastermind behind the music, taking her songs from lyrics scrawl

Inaugural Pismo Music Fest in November

For the first time ever, Pismocean presents an experience as musically savvy as it is exciting. The only thing more intoxicating than kicking your feet out on the beach, stretching your toes through the sand, and spending time around those that you care about, is flailing around in a crowd of hundreds of friends and strangers to music that will rock your world. All this, while still at an alluring beach destination.

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Roots Of A Rebellion Announce Fall Tour '16

Nashville, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC based reggae groups, Roots of a Rebellion and TreeHouse are back at it this fall with their 2nd Annual Give Thanks Tour. Known for their energetic live performances, every show is an exciting experience for current and new fans alike.

TAUK & Earphorik | Indianapolis | Review

On Oct. 6, I got to be witness to a stellar show that highlighted two up and coming “jam bands”. Both TAUK and Earphorik showcased why they should be considered the next in the line of must-see, must-hear live bands that are part of the “jam” scene.

Hillberry Festival 2016 | Preview

In just a few days, folks will be celebrating music, friends and the making of memories at The Farm in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. At the beginning of a beautiful Arkansas fall, situated within mountains constructed of quartz and limestone, and healing springs…a wonderful small festival will echo through the hillsides.

Grateful Web Interview w/ Turkuaz @ Chill

Turkuaz is an inspiring, soulful, funky, high energy, nine-piece party from Brooklyn, New York. This dynamic group of incredible individuals has been brought together by the power of an unforgettable funk song and a never-ending dance party.

Catskill Chill Music Festival 2016 | Review

Catskill Chill is a music festival held towards the end of the summer music festival season. Most people are burnt out, broke, or unable to take anymore time off to attend another music festival. If you had an excuse for why you couldn’t attend this year’s Catskill Chill at New Minglewood, you won’t be making those same excuses next year after learning about their extremely successful transition to a new campground.

Reaction Returns for Massive New Year's Celebration!

React Presents is thrilled to announce the artist lineup for this year's REACTION NEW YEAR'S EVE! The stunning two-night event will once again transform the immense Donald E. Stevens Convention Center into a genuine warehouse-style experience fitted with captivating production and a sound system worthy of the venue’s unrivaled magnitude.

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The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Premiere "On The Border"

Waking up from the tour opener of a massive Fall Tour in Fort Collins, CO last night, Britain’s The New Mastersounds and Brooklyn’s Turkuaz are pleased to debut the music video for the latter’s cover of prior’s song “On the Border”.  The tune serves as one side of a Split 7” EP that both groups collaborated on.  The record features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist'

Deep Roots Mountain Revival '16 | Review

The felt moment of immediate experience has been lost. Perhaps we have given it away by not accessing it. Perhaps it was robbed by this mainstream media/cereal box religion/consumer culture. Music festivals help us drop out of the noisy centralized confines of the Matrix and fall into the magic of experience; to revel in the full richness of the moment. It is a domain of feeling, and at best it is a vector of love, light, good vibrations and community.

Hot Tuna | GAMH | San Francisco | Review

While art will always be a progressive process and reflect the changes of the people in our evolving world, some things are best kept preserved. Music is the perfect example of this. Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion, Post Punk, New Wave, an echo of the culture and climate that influenced these musicians.

Soundgarden To Release 25th Anniversary Editions Of Badmotorfinger

Soundgarden celebrates the 25th anniversary release of their classic 1991 album Badmotorfinger by releasing four special editions on November 18th via UMe/A&M Records. The North American and European pre-orders launch today. See below for pre-order links. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of a studio outtake of the track "Rusty Cage."

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Head for the Hills Announce NYE Plans

Head for the Hills have announced their New Year's plans for 2016. The Colorado Bluegrass quartet will visit Salt Lake City, UT on December 30th at The State Room.

Unify Fest 2016: Review & Photos | Part II

Unify Fest 2016 at Ranchos de Las Golondrinas, outside of Santa Fe, hosted 200 performers and visionaries. Since I could only sample a bit here and there, here are more highlights of some of the acts, workshops, and ceremonies I saw over my four days there.

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Unify Fest 2016: Review & Photos | Part I

Let me just say one word about Unify Fest: Awe-inspiring.

Django Reinhardt NY Festival 2016 Dates

Going stronger than ever The Django Reinhardt NY Festival and The Allstars have taken the US by storm.  They are headed to NY from Paris.  They land at Birdland, their official home, where it all started in 2000, with an ‘idea’ inspired by Producers Ettore Stratta and Pat Philips due to their work with famed Jazz Violinist Stephane Grappelli, Django’s partner, back in the 30’s and 40’s when they took Europe and the world by storm.   The Producers set out to bring Django’s style out from underground to ‘over

Wilco's Solid Sound Festival Returns June 2017

Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA on June 23-25, 2017. Spanning three days and four stages, Solid Sound includes music by Wilco and its members’ side projects, as well as many other soon-to-be-announced musical performers. It also features a full comedy lineup programmed by festival alum John Hodgman, family fun for all ages, local food, craft beer, camping, naturalist activities and more.

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Earliest Studio Recordings Of Jerry Garcia To Be Released

For the first time, the earliest known studio recording by Jerry Garcia will be released on November 11 through Round Records/ATO Records. In 1962, Garcia and his folk/bluegrass quintet The Hart Valley Drifters went into Stanford University’s KZSU studio in Palo Alto, CA to record a session for the stations program Folk Time (also the album’s title).

Out Today! Beats Antique release Shadowbox

Beats Antique is excited to announce that their new album, Shadowbox, release through their own label, Beats Antique Records. Their 10th album out on October 5th commemorates their tenth year as a band. They’ve also mounted a larger-than-life cross-country tour that will take their vision to theaters across America. “Shadowbox is both the title of our new album, the theme of our tour, and our new store front in Berkeley CA.

Dark Star Orchestra | 10/4/16 | Review

On Oct. 4, 2016, I had the opportunity to catch Dark Star Orchestra in concert at the Lafayette Theater in Lafayette, IN. The experience was interesting, to say the very least.
 

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