The Floozies And SunSquabi Bring Electrofunky Grooves To Santa Cruz [Review/Gallery]

first_img“The undisputed kings of electro funk,” said Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch recently. It’s the best way to introduce the brothers Mark and Matt Hill, otherwise known onstage as Lawrence, KS spawned duo, The Floozies. The group has lived up to the reputation from city to city over the last 8 years, most recently stopping at The Catalyst Club in downtown Santa Cruz, CA last Wednesday, March 30th.That their music is funky is undeniable, but older brother Matt, who operates the strings of the group, draws a limit to how much can actually be expressed about a piece of music, opposed to saying nothing and letting the music speak for itself. “I think as soon as you start describing it, the conversation becomes a lot less funky. I think there’s certain ways you can describe, like classic funk from the ’70s.  Describing a piece of music as funk isn’t the same as saying it’s funky,” said Matt. “It’s got a groove hard enough to where you don’t think about it. You just start tapping your feet and make that face like somebody farted.  That’s kind of a goal when we’re in the studio.  You keep pressing and working on a song until you can’t stop dancing to it – that’s when it’s right. I don’t want you to have to sit there and talk about it to enjoy it.”Anyone heading to a show more than likely has an idea of what they are getting into – the duo’s albums Tell Your Mother and Do Your Thing, as well as several single tracks, are available for free download off of their site. “There’s not really much of a downside,” said Matt about giving the music out for free. “I don’t know what it is about clicking “buy” on an album on iTunes, but for some reason, even for me, I hesitate even though I’m trying to hear anything new that I can. So we don’t want to wait for people to overcome that hesitation to hear it.  I want to share this with everybody as soon as I possibly can. That’s always the way we feel when we finish an album. We get too excited about it.”But the group’s main focus has always been about the live show.Given the flexible nature of the material, the unspoken bond between brothers and the vibe provided by years of successful fan relations, the live show is a party. Bouncing between original material and remixed classics, The Floozies only stopped the music three times in the two hours they had the stage, including the encore break.From original beat busters like “Wild Card” from their latest, four-song Granola Jones EP or Tell Your Mother’s “Love, Sex and Fancy Things” shaking the dance floor early on, it was a smooth transition into “Assthem,” an anthem about asses that reads more like Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” featuring The Floozies. The crowd erupted with approval, belting out all of the words.From start to finish, the glitch-hop inspired drops of songs like “All Night Long” and “No Part Of This” kept the crowd on their toes. Running through most of their latest EP, Granola Jones, as well as crowd favorite album pieces, such as  Tell Your Mother’s “Somebody Help Me” > “Oh My Gawd” segment. A crucial separation, however, is that most of their transitions between songs are totally improvised.After a rowdy hour and a half, the band left the stage at 12:40 AM without warning. The track simply stopped and they walked out the rear exit off of the stage. But they immediately returned, along with a special guest musician, Andrew Clymer, bassist for the opening group SunSquabi.Clymer jammed on the tracks “Birfday Suit” and the title track of the Granola Jones EP, before leaving the stage and allowing the brothers Hill to finish with an untitled track they dubbed “New Masterpiece,” which is the unofficial title they give to whatever song they happen to be working on, similar to a “Jimmy Stewart” notation from Umphrey’s McGee.Starting the night off proper was SunSquabi, a Motown inspired glitch-funk trio out of budding Boulder, CO. Featuring Clymer along with Chris Anderson on drums and Kevin Donahue on guitar, the hour long set featured originals, remixes and an official collaboration with GRiZ on the title track (listen here) of the upcoming album Odyssey, due out on April 8 from All Good Records.With the exception of a pair of remixes of Zapp & Roger and Phil Collins, all of the tracks were originals and the majority of those were brand new tunes. “After The Rain,” for instance, is a track they placed in the middle of the show that had the highest energy, despite only debuting the day before the show.With sold out shows across the country, and huge festival appearances at Summercamp, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, Sommerset, and Bumbershoot that continue to cement the Floozies’ ascent, while also joining GRiZ at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 4th for a sold out show. The Floozies are bringing the funk back, and they’re right on time.Setlist: The Floozies at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA – 3/30/16One Set: Serpintine Fire, Wild Card, Marshmallow Stompers, Love Sex Fancy Things, Just Cant Sit, Jam Box, Ass Anthem, Back On It, All Night Long, Get Away, Fnktrp, Need This, Stuntin’, One Word, Somebody Help Me, Oh My Gawd, No Part Of This, Kinky, Sunroof Cadillac, Italian Chandelier, Saint Motel Remix, Encore: Birthday Suit, Granola Jones, Do Your Thing, New MasterpieceSetlist: SunSquabi at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA – 3/30/16One Set: CMS, Zapp and Roger – Heartbreak (Remix) , Mob Boss, Odyssey ft GriZ, In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins remix), Pablito, After The Rain, Squabcat, Sticky, Tequila[Quotes via Pollstar]Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Joshua Huver: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Paul Simon Is Considering Retirement After This Summer’s Tour

first_imgPaul Simon has been a singer/songwriter for over 50 years, writing songs like “The Sound Of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson” in his 20s. Now turning 75, rhymin’ Simon seems to want to put his fame behind him.In a new interview with the New York Times, Simon talks about the pitfalls of fame and his desire to retire from the limelight. “I’ve seen fame turn into absolute poison when I was a kid in the ’60s,” he said. “It killed Presley. It killed Lennon. It killed Michael Jackson. I’ve never known anyone to have gotten an enormous amount of fame who wasn’t, at a minimum, confused by it and had a very hard time making decisions.”He seems taken aback by his own success in the chat, saying “All of a sudden you’re there, and you’re surprised. This happened to me at times where some line comes out, where I’m the audience and it’s real, and I have to stop, because I’m crying. I didn’t know I was going to say that, didn’t know that I felt that, didn’t know that was really true. I have to stop and catch my breath.”Simon addresses retirement throughout the piece.“You’re coming towards the end,” he says. “It’s an act of courage to let go… I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?” The piece also said that Simon wants to explore neuroscience and spirituality, choosing to turn over new stones instead of coasting off into the sunset.Whatever Simon decides, we can be thankful for an incredible career that has brought such musical joy for so longlast_img read more

The Motet Announces Fall Tour Presented By Live For Live Music

first_imgThis fall, Colorado-based funk powerhouse The Motet will embark on an extensive cross-country tour, hitting 20+ cities along the way. Live for Live Music will be right there with them throughout the entire run, bringing you exclusive content in the form of real-time updates from the road, live video footage, interviews, track premieres, show coverage, and more. Phase one of the tour kicks off in Hartford on 10/6, followed by stops throughout the Northeast. A brief Texas run leading into Halloween in Asheville will see the band perform their beloved throwback set, this time tackling the golden age of disco with “Mixtape 1979”. The tour culminates with a 3-night stand in Oregon, with several additional dates TBA.The band will be joined by a heavy roster of supporting acts, including Sophistafunk, Mingo Fishtrap, Mammal Dap, Dale and the Zdubs, and Polyrhythmics.With the recent release of Totem, The Motet has established themselves as one of today’s most exciting and fresh funk acts. Produced by Eric Krasno, the album is a masterpiece of future space funk with world and dance elements liberally mixed in. Give it a listen and read our review here.We’re thrilled to be partnering with this unstoppable band, and look forward to bringing you tons of exclusive content in the coming months. Check out the complete touring roster below. Presales are currently underway here, with general on-sale beginning this Friday, 7/29.last_img read more

‘Game Of Thrones’ Announces Orchestral Immersive Experience Tour In U.S.

first_imgGame Of Thrones fans, get ready, because you’re about to experience the series like never before.A brand new tour has just been announced, promising “an immersive music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, along with a full orchestra and choir, will take fans on a musical journey through the realm – from King’s Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen and beyond.”To accompany the music, the tour will feature footage from the show, as well as unique footage designed just for this tour. The tour itself hits 28 cities, spanning from February 15th through April 2nd of next year.“For seven years, Ramin has been blowing our mind with his music’s force, subtlety, and endless inventiveness, said Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in a statement. “The GoT Concert Experience will be unique in the history of concert tours, an eye-popping, ear-splitting, phantasmagoric blend of the show’s visuals and Ramin’s powerful compositions. We are more excited for it than anyone.”“For the past six seasons of Game of Thrones, I have been tremendously inspired to compose music to David Benioff’s and D.B. Weiss’ extraordinary adaption of George R.R. Martin’s epic ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series,” says Ramin Djawadi. “Now, by combining the music with state of the art technology, we are going to bring the astonishing world of Westeros to fans in a live and unique concert experience.”Tickets will be available starting this Wednesday, August 10th, and can be found via Live Nation.Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience TourWednesday, Feb. 15, 2017: Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center Friday, Feb. 17, 2017: St. Paul, Minnesota, Xcel Energy Center Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017: Chicago, United Center Monday, Feb. 20, 2017: Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017: Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017: Buffalo, New York, First Niagara Center Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017: Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Washington, DC, Verizon Center Friday, March 3, 2017: Montreal, Bell Centre Saturday, March 4, 2017: Toronto, Air Canada Centre Monday, March 6, 2017: Boston, TD Bank Garden Tuesday, March 7, 2017: New York, Madison Square Garden Thursday, March 9, 2017: Charlotte, North Carolina, Time Warner Cable Arena Saturday, March 11, 2017: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center Sunday, March 12, 2017: Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Atlanta, Philips Arena Thursday, March 16, 2017: San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center Friday, March 17, 2017: Houston, Toyota Center Sunday, March 19, 2017: Denver, Pepsi Center Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Salt Lake City, Maverik Center Thursday, March 23, 2017: Los Angeles, The Forum Saturday, March 25, 2017: Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday, March 26, 2017: Phoenix, TalkingStick Resort Arena Wednesday, March 29, 2017: San Jose, California, SAP Center Friday, March 31, 2017: Seattle, Key Arena Saturday, April 1, 2017: Vancouver, Rogers Arena Sunday, April 2, 2017: Portland, Oregon, Moda Centerlast_img read more

Get Pumped For Brooklyn Comes Alive With This Great Playlist

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive is around the corner! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, we’ve put the focus on the artists by bringing over 50 musicians together and allowing them to create their own groups and concepts, ultimately encouraging new collaborations with a spirit of community. The complete list of supergroup formations can be found here. Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius.We’re just around the corner from the big day, and we can hardly wait. So, we made a playlist! Whether you’re sitting at a desk, driving down the highway, or en route to the festival itself, these tunes will surely help make the wait well worth the while. Featuring over 60 tracks of recorded music from the various talents on this year’s lineup, we give you the official “Brooklyn Comes Alive” playlist:Tickets for Brooklyn Comes Alive are sold out. We will see you on the dance floor.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Soundboard From Ogden Theatre

first_imgAs part of their weekly soundboard release, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a new recording from their sold-out December 15th performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. The recording (captured by taper Eric McRoberts) marks the 26th edition of their “Taper Tuesday” series.The band doesn’t just play Grateful Dead music, they create their own versions of it. With teases, mash-ups, and novelty jams, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is at the peak of jam band excellence.The first set dives right in to Grateful Dead classics, with the debut of “Truckin’ Reprise” that contained a “Throwing Stones” tease. The set ends with a monster “Shakedown Street” with “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) teases. The second set heats up with an extended “Greatest Story Ever Told,” and another enormous 32+ minute “Terrapin Suite” that held a Benevento-Russo “Duo Jam” and “Hateframe” tease.The sound erupts with a solid “Good Lovin’” > “The Wheel Reprise” > “Good Lovin’ Reprise” jam, played for the first time, to close the second set. The quintet returns to the stage for an “Goin Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” and “Sugar Magnolia” encore, with a “And We Big You Goodnight” tease closer. You can read a full review of the show here. This is prime Almost Dead jamming!Enjoy the full recording below, from taper Eric McRoberts:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will appear next at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31& April 1 in St. Augustine alongside Lettuce x2, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/15/16:Set 1 (9:13PM – 10:32PM):01. intro/crowd02. Don’t Ease Me In (TH) >03. Viola Lee Blues @ (All) ->04. Space ->05. Truckin’ (SM) ->06. St. Stephen Jam ->07. Truckin’ Reprise # (SM) ->08. Born Cross Eyed Jam ->09. Loser (TH) ->10. Marco Solo $ ->11. The Eleven (All) ->12. Shakedown Street % (TH)Set 2 ^ (11:08PM – 12:5?):01. intro/crowd02. Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion (All) ->03. Greatest Story Ever Told (SM) ->04. Terrapin Suite & (TH & JR) ->05. King Solomon’s Marbles *06. Row Jimmy (TH) ->07. Drums ->08. Good Lovin’(SM) ->09. The Wheel Reprise + (All) ->10. Good Lovin’ Reprise @@ ->Encore:11. GDTRFB ## (All) ->12. Sugar Magnolia / SSDD $$ (SM)@ – With a Throwing Stones Jam# – First time played by Almost Dead, with Throwing Stones Teases (Band)$ – With the usual spate of teases & familiar themes – see what you can find / what you remember% – With “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Teases (Band)^ – With Estimated Prophet Teases throughout the set& – With a “Duo Jam” & “Hateframe” (Benevento Russo Duo) Teases (JR)* – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)+ – Finishes The Wheel from Ogden Theatre on [email protected]@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead## – With out the usual WBYGN Ending$$ – Proceeded by a “WBYGN Ending” Tease (Band)last_img read more

Animal Collective Shares Surreal Video For New Single “Kinda Bonkers”

first_imgThe psychedelic style of Animal Collective is in full force on their new video, leading up to the release of a new EP titled The Painters this Friday, February 17th. Animal Collective has been very active of late, since their 2016 full-length release of Painting With. The new video is an amalgam of shapes, colors, letters and cosmic imagery, beautifully drawn together to support the new single release. Check out the new video below and prepare to be amazed!last_img

Watch Melvin Seals & JGB and Pink Talking Fish’s Full Show At Buffalo Iron Works

first_imgLast night, the legendary Melvin Seals & JGB hit Buffalo Iron Works in upstate New York, with support from Pink Talking Fish. Both bands are certainly unique tributes, with PTF’s hybrid fusion of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish, as well as JGB’s heartwarming tribute to Jerry Garcia’s career outside of the Grateful Dead.The night of music was supremely captured by, and you can watch both performances below:last_img

Musical Mayhem Continues In NOLA With DeadFeat, Karl Denson, & The Nth Power’s Tribute To Bob Marley

first_imgNew Orleans is currently under musical attack. With Jazz Fest happening over the next two weekends, the city is transforming into an entirely different world, where creatures of the night stay out all hours, hopping from venue to venue in search of nonstop music after a day at the fairgrounds. With countless superjams, unexpected sit-ins and collaborations, and no rules or expectations of conformity, Jazz Fest, from beginning to end, is its own animal.The Official L4LM Guide To Jazz Fest After DarkAcross six stages, five tents, and endless parades, the world’s greatest gumbo is served by some of the most influential musicians of our time at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival during the day. Perhaps it is the exceptionally diverse range in talent, or the endless rows of tents with the city’s best cuisine, but there’s something in the air that keeps fans coming back every year for more.This year’s first Saturday headliners included Alabama Shakes, Maroon 5, Usher & The Roots, and Johnny Lang, with earlier performances from Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Amos Lee, Rebirth Brass Band, and so many more. Enjoy the photo images in the gallery below from Marc Millman.After the festival, the flood gates officially opened for all late-night activity to follow. The madness ensued with performances from an array of musicians gathered together for musical mayhem. Dead Feat featuring Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Jackie Greene, Brady Blade and special guest John Kadlecik (Furthur) teamed up with Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh at Republic NOLA.Meanwhile Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and special guest Donald Harrison threw down at One Eyed Jacks, which later turned into The Nth Power presents WAKE UP & LIVE: The Music of Bob Marley featuring Cyril Neville, Raja Kassis, Rob Marscher, Andrew Baham, Skerik, Weedie Braimah, Shira Elias, Boyd, and Adam Joseph. It was insane, and photographer Jeremy Scott was there to capture the three shows for those sitting at home with an aggressive case of FOMO. Enjoy his gallery below.Performances from Break Science Live Band with Russ Liquid Test and The Werks took over the Howlin’ Wolf, while Soul Brass Band and Wyclef Jean held down the House of Blues. Stay tuned for more… Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Listen To The New Groove-Centric Weezer Song, “Happy Hour”

first_imgWeezer is known for chunky guitar riffs, heavy distortion, catchy hooks, and introspective and relatable lyrics. Albums like Pinkerton and The Blue Album stand the test of time as classic rock albums and have come to represent a certain sound from the 90’s. In recent years, Weezer has traded in their heavy riffs and blistering distortion for a more pop-centric approach to songwriting. The results of this new sound can be found on the group’s upcoming album, Pacific Daydream, highlighted by four previously released tracks—”Feels Like Summer”, “Mexican Fender”, “Beach Boys”, and “Weekend Woman”. Today, the band has released a new single “Happy Hour,” which was just revealed by Rolling Stone.LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Odesza Headline Forecastle Festival [Photos]On “Happy Hour,” Weezer trades in their guitars for an organ-centric song with a bouncy and electronically aided drumbeat. Plus, the tune’s familiar melodies, rhythms, and layers of production seem more in line with Jack Antonoff and Bleachers than your typical Weezer song. The song is certainly a departure from the band’s signature sound, however, in the end, “Happy Hour” is a good and acceptable pop song.Frontman and songwriter Rivers Cuomo discussed this departure in an interview with Zane Lowe from Beats 1. He explained, “[W]e really challenged ourselves to leave behind the Nineties distorted guitar, downstroke eighth note thing and try to see what else we can do.” For “Happy Hour” itself, he described that he was “walking around town and I’m seeing these signs, ‘Happy Hour, come in and join the party, have fun,’ and just wishing I could be part of this. … It’s not so much about the drinking, it’s about the companionship, and the society, and feeling like I don’t have that and I’m never gonna fit in.”Weezer’s new album Pacific Daydream will be out in stores and on streaming services on Friday, October 27th.last_img read more