Live at Crystal Ballroom
Feb.27, 2014- Portland, OR
Show Review by: Walter McCorkle
Thursday evening in Portland, Oregon, the now frequently visiting band Greensky Bluegrass made their way through town on a West Coast tour run. As usual, my ears perked up when I caught wind of the grassroots musicians coming through my town, and there are very few things that will hold me back from getting a chance to let my feet get a’stompin’. As I strolled into the venue – the beautiful, iconic, and historic Crystal Ballroom – I immediately tuned in to the opening band, The Tumbleweed Wanderers, who were getting ready to play. I cannot say I am familiar with the Oakland, CA native band, but they certainly offered an enthusiastic, Americana feeling rock set that had the early birds shuffling their feet and bobbing their heads. It was a pleasant introduction to the following main act and an excellent transitioning point for the night.
As the suspended dance floor filled, the energy began filling the room as well. After a couple local Portland brews (the McMenamins’ Hammerhead and Ruby to be exact), I came to find the crowd packing towards the stage and the lights dimming, a sure sign of the excitement to come. The show started with a pulse pumping rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Masterpiece,” very contrasting to the Dead’s usual ambient mood. Needless to say, any band who opens with a noteworthy Grateful Dead cover is okay in my book. The band played a few great songs to follow and the instrumental duels slowly made their way into songs like “Lose My Way” and in the house rocking final segue of “Tied Down > Lochs of Dread > Kerosene > The Other One > Kerosene.” If that closer to the first send doesn’t make your hair stand then you must be bald. Though the first set felt like it had a milder tone than I was expecting, but never-the-less it held its own as cohesive unit and set the stage for an uptempo second set.
Now that the band had a moment to rest and refocus during set break, the mood shifted and the music broke into an improvisational dream with some more incredible covers. Perhaps the most notable cover was a scorching rendition of Fruition’s “Mountain Annie”. Having been on tour together the two rising jam-grass stars are clearly forming a bond, and what better place than to play it than in Frution’s home-town of Portland. Shortly thereafter, my cheeks ached because I couldn’t wipe the ecstatic grin off my face after Greensky crushed a Traffic classic “Light Up or Leave Me Alone” that was accompanied by yet another fiery instrumental duel. Interspersed in the mix were some original songs that it could bring the hill country folks like the Hatfields and McCoys feud to an end. This band’s unique mix of rock n’ roll and even pop (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” sandwiched in the second set) covers and deep country bluegrass makes the whole length of the show an exciting roller coaster that keeps the crowd on their toes. I think it can go unsaid, but I’ll say it anyways, that if you haven’t gone out to see Greensky Bluegrass’s act, you’re missing out on a scene that will open your eyes to whole new side of jam music.
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Disco-Tech Mixtape Vol. I
This is required listening for fans of disco and funk. Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza takes this one for a spin for nearly an hour-long sonic journey in this “Occult Disco Explosion” Disco-Tech Mixtape Vol.1.
Rob’s current foray has taken him back to his electronic roots, exploring modern sounds and rhythms that he finds exhilarating. The sets are harder, darker, groovy, and fun, touching on the tangents of many modern sub genres not usually associated with Rob or his past. Disco-Tech Mixtape Vol.1 “Occult Disco Explosion” is an introduction to his sets and new sounds.
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Covers Derek & the Dominoes
This one does not need much description, but here it goes. A scorching cover of Derek & the Dominoes “Layla” which was met with critical acclaim upon its released in November of 1970. This one features Tony Reali joining the group at the Fillmore Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD live on February 16th, 2014.
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CO run with The Travelin’ McCourys
I’m hitting the road next Tuesday with The The Travelin’ McCourys for a week straight Colorado shows! We’ll be pickin’ our way from Boulder to Telluride and everywhere in between.-Bill Nershi
3.11.14: Belly Up, Aspen - Aspen, CO
3.12.14: The Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
3.13.14: Strings Music Festival Steamboat Springs, CO
3.14.14: Warren Station Center for the Arts, Keystone, CO
3.15.14: Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
3.16.14: Agave - Beaver Creek, CO
3.17.14: Sheridan Opera House - Telluride, CO
We don’t know much about this 18 year old producer, Jim Stewart (aka Model Melt), but what we do know is he should soon become a familiar name. This track is tough to describe as it includes anything from horn line hooks to some electronica drops and builds, but is deep in the future-funk sound. The best analogy I could describe is a mix between Pretty Lights and Gramatik, which perhaps does not do Model Melt justice as he maintains an identity of his own on this track. We will certainly be featuring more of his music in the near future. Enjoy!
One Night Romance featuring Merry Clayton
One Night Romance featuring Merry Clayton, who stars in the Academy Award nominated film 20 Feet From Stardom.
From the forthcoming album “Sugar”. Out on all formats April 22, 2014. Pre-Order Sugar Here.
G. Love and Special Sauce – ‘Sugar’
Twenty years after the release of their self-titled debut and eight years since their last live performance together, the original lineup of G. Love & Special Sauce return with their first album in nearly a decade. Built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound, Sugar finds vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton), upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens breathing new life into their groove-heavy, Chicago-blues-infused brand of stripped-down rock & roll. “The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. “That’s what our music is all about.”
Recorded mainly at Brushfire Records’ “Solar Powered Plastic Plant” studio in Los Angeles, Sugar captures the unstoppable energy of a band who got their start in Boston bars in the early ‘90s and still play up to 150 shows a year. “We wanted to take it back to the old-school vibe of the first record, those rich, warm sounds from when we were rocking small clubs and going on that acoustic feeling,” says Prescott. To deepen that dynamic and push their sound into new directions, G. Love & Special Sauce called in guest musicians like Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo (who appears on three of the album’s tracks), soul/R&B singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, and the legendary vocalist Merry Clayton (best known for her duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”). “Recording at Brushfire was one of those super-magical sessions—it just felt right and really true to the style of this band,” notes G. Love, who also recorded several of Sugar’s tracks in Seattle with Clemens and bassist Timo Shanko.
While most of the first songs G. Love penned for Sugar were written in response to a recent breakup, the album ended up morphing into a gritty but joyful look at the thrill and grind of getting by as a musician. At the album’s heart is the swaggering title track, which fuses Elmore James-inspired slide licks with big and bouncy hip-hop beats. That mood is matched on tracks like “Good Life” (a Bo Diddley-style jam powered by the fiery guitar work of David Hidalgo), “Saturday Night” (a steamy serenade to New York City, laced with sultry vocals by Alabama-bred folk/soul singer/songwriter Kristy Lee), and “Weekend Dance” (an all-out party anthem fueled by sweet and smoldering horns, co-written by Eric Krasno and featuring rapper Shamarr Allen). Meanwhile, “Too Much Month” serves as a brilliantly bittersweet ode to being broke (“I got too much month for the end of my money/And not enough money for the end of the month”), and “Nite Life” slyly warns of the dangers of rock & roll living in its groove-laden take on John Lee Hooker’s “Whiskey and Wimmin.”
Peppered throughout Sugar are a handful of love songs of all stripes, from the moody, brooding breakup ballad “Windshield Wipers” to the bruised but breezy “Cheating Heart” (featuring Eric Krasno on lead guitar and background vocals) to “Bad Girl Baby Blues” (an acoustic, guitar-and-vocals-only track whose lyrics spin a daydream tale of an ideal night at home, complete with drinking red wine out of pawn-shop-bought glasses). And on “One Night Romance” (written by Kristy Lee and featuring vocals from both Lee and Merry Clayton), Sugar turns soulful and seductive in its harmony-soaked plea to “come get unlonely with me.”
In bringing Sugar to life, G. Love & Special Sauce mined musical sources as varied as the hypnotic blues-guitar work of John P. Hammond and John Lee Hooker, the boundary-bending rhythms of The Meters and Lee Dorsey, and the infectious beats and seamless flow of hip-hop pioneers like A Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys, and De La Soul. And although each band member brings his own distinct influences to their creative collaboration—G. Love’s lyrics draw inspiration from the street-wise storytelling of Lou Reed, Prescott is highly studied in New Orleans jazz, and Clemens’s drumming references everything from early-‘70s Nigerian funk to the rocksteady era of reggae—Sugar again reveals the uncommon intensity and power of their musical synergy. “There’s a certain natural, unspoken chemistry between the three of us,” says Clemens. “Because we’re all very different individuals and oftentimes do our best communicating through our instruments, we’re able to meet in a musical conversation where others might not be able to.”
For G. Love & Special Sauce, that conversation began back in 1993, when G. Love serendipitously took the stage as a fill-in opening act at the Irish pub where Clemens’s then-girlfriend waited tables. “I’d had this idea that I needed to find a kid who could play blues but also rap, and that’s exactly what I got,” says Clemens. “It was like, ‘This is the kid that’s speaking the language I hear in my head.’” Then 19, G. Love had recently moved to Boston from his native Philadelphia, where he first picked up a guitar at age eight and spent much of his teen years as a street musician. “I grew up right by a place called South Street where there were a lot of street performers, from puppeteers to this guy playing Mozart on wine glasses to classical guitar players,” he says. “One night I was out there and I finished playing a riff on my song and started rapping the lyrics to ‘Paid in Full’ by Eric B. & Rakim over a groove, and I was like, ‘Holy shit—that’s it.’” Heading to Boston the same summer he first started developing that hip-hop/blues hybrid, G. Love quickly connected with Clemens, who then tapped Prescott (a local musician he’d met through a jazz jam session). Within a week the three got together for a rehearsal—featuring G. Love on Dobro guitar, Clemens on a vintage drum kit with brushes instead of sticks, and Prescott on upright bass—and soon began working on songs for their debut album.
Propelled by hit singles like “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce,” G. Love and Special Sauce ultimately reached gold status and helped the band build a following that endures today. One of the songs originally written for that album (and inspired by G. Love’s early days in Boston and “those nights when I would just walk around and try to get somebody to buy me a pint of Jim Beam”), “Run for Me” makes its first-ever recorded appearance on Sugar and remains timeless in its portrait of the struggle of pursuing a musical passion. “At first I thought this record was gonna be a heartbreak record about my old relationship, but then the sentiment shifted,” says G. Love. “A lot of the songs became about coming up from where we started to where are now and still keeping it going, still staying afloat,” he continues. “To me that’s a much more interesting story to tell.”
Duke Hugh, hip-hop producer/musician/alcoholic, is a master of flipping soul samples and turning them into golden-era-esque beats. It’s awesome. I had to ask for a Marinate Mix. He says, “When I got home I got the decks and some vinyl out and just went with the flow hope you like it, it’s a lot of different stuff.” His mix is 40 minutes of chilled-out hip-hop jams from Common’s “Interlude #3” to funky favorites like, Tom Browne’s “Come for the Ride”. Do yourself a favor…kick off your shoes, pour a drink and soak in this.
1. Your Vintage Is Hard To Find (Boogie Boys Re-Edit) [Killer Funk Disco]
2. Common – Come Close (Remix) (Closer) [MCA]
3. DJ Jazzy Jeff Feat. Baby Blak & Pauly Yamz – For Da Love Of Da Game [BBE]
4. Sylvia Striplin – You Can’t Turn Me Away [UNO]
5. The Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) [Mercury]
6. Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love [UNO]
7. Tom Browne – Come For A Ride [Arista]
8. Positive Force – We Got The Funk [Sugar Hill]
9. Cameo – It’s Serious [Casablanca]
10. Candido – Thousand Finger Man [Salsoul RE]
11. Os Maracatu – Berimbau (Funky Bompa Edit) [Bompa Discos]
12. João Bosco – Escadas Da Penha [RCA Victor]
13. Marcos Valle – Mais do Que Valsa [Odeon RP]@dukehugh Marinatemedia.com
2014 Spring Tour Dates
Hey Army! Excited to announce my 2014 spring tour! Can’t wait to get back out there and crush it with you all! Check www.archnemesismusic.com for all the dates and info or look below! Let’s keep building the #revFROlution!
Since its inception in 2009, the Archnemesis sound has been in a constant state of evolution. With musical beginnings firmly established through a strict regimen of classical training on the cello and piano, eventually jazz theory and composition crept in, and more instruments like bass, drums and guitar were discovered and learned. The culmination of this vast musical knowledge ultimately shaped the Archnemesis sound before propelling it through a variety of analog stratospheres and into the digital realm of electronic music production. With a sound based primarily in, but not limited to, “electro hip-hop soul”, Archnemesis continues to evolve musically and socially by encompassing all styles and genres of music while simultaneously welcoming in all the fans that follow those genres.
Through extensive national touring, Archnemesis has created a steadily growing fan base aptly dubbed the “Nemesis Army”, and strives to create an un-biased community both online and at live shows where anyone can express themselves without discrimination. Also, by using music as a platform for outreach, Archnemesis is constantly generating new and innovative ideas to foster a community and encourage change.
When not touring, Archnemesis has managed to compile an extensive catalogue of EP’s, LP’s remixes and collaborations. Beginning with the 2010 release of the EP Diamonds and Glass, the full-length albums People’s Radio and Every Man For Himself were both well received by fans and critics alike. The remixes of Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” and The xx’s “Do You Mind” both charted on The Hype Machine and saw extensive play from DJ’s across the country. A fourth EP, Follow Me, was released in July of 2013, and it took an even bigger step towards truly defining the Archnemesis sound.
With an unequaled afro and amazing light show, every Archnemesis encounter is a full sensory experience, one that is highly charged and delicious. This energetic live approach has been brought to such acclaimed festivals as The Hangout Music Festival, Lights All Night, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest and SnowGlobe, as well as theatres and clubs across the country. With momentum building and no signs of slowing down, Archnemesis continues to create an amazing live experience at clubs and festivals while steadily growing the ever-faithful “Nemesis Army” and working towards positive change.
2014 Spring Tour Dates
3.20 Gainesville, FL The Jam
3.21 Clermont, FL Revival
3.22 Ybor City, FL Crowbar
3.26 Pensacola Beach, FL Castaway’s
3.27 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall
3.28 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlies
3.29 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
4.02 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music Diner
4.03 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
4.04 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge (Upstairs)
4.05 Milwaukee, WI Miramar Theatre
4.08 Fayetteville, AR Georges Majestic
4.09 Columbia, MO Mojo’s
4.10 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
4.11 Surprise Show – Details Coming Soon
4.12 Surprise Show – Details Coming Soon
4.20 Atlanta, GA Sweetwater 420 Fest
5.03 Greenville, SC Gottrock’s
It’s been 25 Years since our “Three Feet High” release. We have a lot great memories and an incredible journey. Amazingly enough, our fans stuck around, supported and still want more. Ok, but before you get that, here’s a little De La over Dilla Beats.-De La Soul
Enjoy and look out for the new mixtape “Smell The DA.I.S.Y.” all beats by J Dilla. Peace… and in advance, You’re Welcome.
Legalize The Daisy Age!
Pos Dave & Mase
“Smell The DA.I.S.Y.” produced by J Dilla (Mixtape),
“Premiem Soul On The Rocks” produced by DJ Premier & Pete Rock (Mixtape)
“You’re Welcome” (Album)
ACMOTS b-side, “Lost and Found”
We just posted some fresh Pretty Lights yesterday, but we couldn’t pass up sharing his most recent development. ”Lost and Found” is an unreleased b-side from Pretty Lights’ Grammy nominated album A Color Map of the Sun. More details on unreleased b-sides from the sonic exploration that was A Color Map of the Sun coming soon.
Pretty Lights – “Lost and Found (Odesza Remix)” to be featured on the Divergent Soundtrack! -PL Official
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Live at Envision Festival
Feb.22, 2014 | Utiva, Costa Rica
The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a revolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sewing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exultation. Singer-‐songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics, eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-‐headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity.
Born in the burgeoning, artistic city of Athens, OH, the quintet now calls another creative community, Asheville, NC its home. Little time is spent nestled up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, though, as Papadosio spends much of the year on the road, crisscrossing the United States ceaselessly. In addition to headlining shows in every region of the country, their high-‐energy, technologically perplexing, and utterly engaging stage show has made the five-‐piece a staple on the festival circuit, with scene-‐stealing sets at Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Bear Creek, and their own annual event, Rootwire, an inspirational confluence of music, art, science, and spirituality. With more than 100 performances a year, the band remains prolific by passing the endless miles between cities composing new material.
The culmination of all that writing on the road is TETIOS. The follow-‐up to 2009’s critically acclaimed Observations finally arrived in the fall of 2012. To End the Illusion of Separation is a sprawling double album, signaling not only an evolution of the band’s sound, but a paradigm shift on a far greater scale. The album is a call for people of all stripes to reject artificial barriers of wealth, class, and creed and come together under the flag of humanity. Themes of conservation, tolerance, and mind-‐expansion delicately weave their way around tribal rhythms, psychedelic excursions, and soaring melodies. The fusion of the earthly, the organic, with technological innovations and progressive sonic structure plants Papadosio’s roots firmly in the past and present with an eye turned towards the horizon.-Official Bio
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1. We Are Water 07:05
2. New Love 11:10
3. The Sum 11:21
4. Find Your Cloud 10:20
5. Cushion 07:43
6. Direction Song 10:33
7. Method of Control 11:05
8. Cue 08:27
9. Night Colors 12:30
10. Paradigm Shift 15:46Recorded live at Envision Festival 2014
Rancho La Merced – Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica credits
released 27 February 2014
All Tracks Written and Recoded by Papadosio
© All Rights Reserved 2014
Announces New Orleans Dates
The Meter Men with Page McConnell
Two shows have been added to the festivities held during the New Orleans Jazz Festival with Page performing with the NOLA funk masters, The Meter Men. Public onsale is Saturday March 8 at 11am CST / 12pm EST. Last year both shows sold out quickly.-Page Official
3rd Annual Nolafunk Jazzfest Series
The Meter Men Featuring Page McConnell
w/ Stanton Moore/Marco Benevento Duo
Friday April 25, 2014
9pm Doors 10pm Show
w/ The London Souls
Saturday April 26, 2014
9pm Doors 10pm Show
828 South Peters
New Orleans, LA
Steve Winwood with Widespread Panic
We are very pleased to announce that Steve Winwood will be at Lockn’ Festival in September! Winwood will be sitting in with Widespread Panic for one night. A respected composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Steve was a founding member of Traffic and Blind Faith and has enjoyed a successful solo career. We can’t wait to see what Winwood plays from his extraordinarily impressive catalog! -Lockn’ Official
The HOT Sh*t | Episode 118 | Feb.12, 2014
About Pretty Lights:
On July 2, 2013, not one but two new Pretty Lights albums were released: A Color Map of the Sun and its essential companion, Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun. The first PL efforts to be sold commercially after a series of acclaimed free-download albums and EPs, the Color Map project represents a turning point in Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith’s artistic growth. A self-professed “sample collage” artist, Smith decided it was time to create his own. “Before, I’d combine 25 samples into one song,” he explains. “This time, I was going to create my own original sources, retaining the timbre that spans the great musical era of the last century – from modern classical and jazz, to ‘60s soul and beyond.” (Continue Reading)
Funk The World Vol. 21
Feb 2014 Latin Beats, Brazilian, Dancehall, Reggae, Balkan, Moombah
Qdup returns with the 21st volume of the Fort Knox Recordings Monthly Funk The World Cloudcast. This marks the 3rd time Qdup has done a guest appearance for Funk The World. A bit of Tropical, Dancehall, Reggae, Balkan, Breaks, Midtempo and Moombah jams on this one to set off the party right!
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1 Tropkillaz – Big Bambu feat. Sudden Beatz
2 Super Spanish Combo – Ritmo Callejero (Basement Freaks Rmx)
3 Mozes X SCRVP – Twerquila
4 DJ LK feat. Nabby Clifford – Nabby Riddim
5 Top Cat – Sess a Weh Yu Want (AfroQBen Remix)
6 AfroQBen – Massive Move Foward feat. Zelly Rock (Qdup Remix)
7 General Narco – Ranking Nation
8 Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestra – Sljivovica (Radio Edit) [dunkelbunt remix]
9 Balkan Beat Box – Digital Monkey (Soulico Remix)
10 ShazaLaKazoo and Chernobyl – Zica Memo Feat. Suppa Fla (Gregor Salto Remix) (Neki Stranac Moombahton Refix)
11 Kingman Fire – Esmeralda Suite
12 BONDi Stereo – A Dancehall Thing
13 Bobby C Sound TV – LONG HAULING
14 Nickodemus feat. The Real Live Show – Give The Drummer Some (Tom Drummond Remix)
15 AUDIO 1 – TROPICAL CHICKS GO LIKE DIS
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RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM
Album Release Kicks Off With East Coast Tour Dates
WASHINGTON, DC’S BLACK MASALA RELEASE SELF-TITLED A MUSICAL GUMBO OF FUNKY GLOBAL SOUNDS
Washington, DC – February 3rd, 2014 – One of the hottest new bands to emerge from the Nation’s Capital is Black Masala, who are now releasing their self titled debut album. Pulsating Balkan rhythms blend with funky New Orleans horns, creating an original, soulful gypsy party. The vibe is infectious as the Tuba player roams the floor looking for dance partners, dancers on stage back bending to ska beats, while other bandmates are up on tables and chairs calling the crowd into the party!
In just over a year’s time, Black Masala have been hitting the road, bringing the sweaty dance party to the East Coast and playing frequently in the Washington, DC area. All of these great shows are the inspiration for this album, which captures the live sound and feel of the shows.
The 7-track album represents Black Masala’s coming out party to the world! Each member adds their own influence to the mix with vocal duties shared by Mike Ounallah and Kristen Long. The fiery horns are Matt Hotez, Kirsten Warfield, and Frank Mitchell Jr. of Thievery Corporation fame. The Tuba low end is none other than Monty Montgomery and the rhythm section is rounded out by Duff Davis on Guitar, Yannick LePage on Accordion, and Mike Ounallah on Drums.
The is now available for purchase via Bandcamp (HERE).
Junior Marvin (The Wailers)
& Nappy Riddem
Friday Feb.28th | Live at the Hamilton
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Covers the Dead | “I Know You Rider”
Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident performs “I Know You Rider” in a gondola in Lutsen, MN during Sweetwater Shakedown Festival in April, 2013.
About Bill Nershi:
From the saloons of Telluride to the some of the most sought after venues in America, Bill Nershi has delighted countless fans as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the String Cheese Incident, Honkytonk Homeslice and The Emmitt-Nershi Band. A seasoned veteran of flat-picking and a variety of acoustic styles, Bill adds a unique, colorful perspective to virtually any musical situation he encounters, and his enthusiasm and playful spirit encourage an interactive, participatory experience for musicians and fans alike. Billy still calls Colorado home and when he’s not on tour he is writing, recording and producing in his own studio, The Sleeping Giant.
Live at AURA Music & Arts Festival 2014
About Pigeons Playing Ping Pong:
Funk, Rock, Electronic ENERGY: These four Pigeons bring it every night. Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has an undeniably unique and versatile live sound that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy. Their evolving arrangement of original compositions, psychedelic improvisational jams, and contagious smiles have ‘The Flock’ growing and coming back for more. With no end in sight, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is here to bring the party with their danceable electro-funk grooves and infectious ability to bring positive energy to any environment.
Through extensive touring paired with high profile festival spots including Catskill Chill, The Werk Out, Camp Barefoot, Wormtown Music Festival and others, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have put the memorable band name on the lips of music lovers and groove nuts. Playing nearly 200 shows a year, Pigeons continue to expand people’s minds (musically…), playing a unique, energy-packed set at every show. Whether it be at a major festival or in your local rock club, Pigeons will show you a good time.
Wood Tour Kicks-Off Thursday in Richmond
For all of us there are bands that have played an integral part of our life, our memories, and always exceed our expectations. For me personally, Widespread Panic is one of those bands, the Home Team delivers the heat every time I see them perform, and more than anything you know they are enjoying it just as much as the crowd. This weekend the group will set off on their acoustic seven date “Wood Tour” that begins Friday with a three-night run in Richmond, VA. From there the group will make stops in Alabama and Tennessee hitting some of their regular stops such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashvegas.
Check out the video above of the group performing a cover of “Don’t Be Denied” by Neil Young from their Dec. 31st performance at the Phillip’s Arena in Atlanta, GA.
Wood Tour 2014
March 6-9 :: Richmond, VA @ The National
March 10 :: McMinnville, TN @ Cumberland Caverns
March 11 :: Birmingham, AL @ BJCC
March 13-14 :: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Stream “Young G” off Forthcoming Album
Just yesterday Phoniks gave listeners a preview of his highly anticipated titled album “Stories from the Brass Section”. The recently leaked track titled “Young G” shows the superb collaboration pairing of Phoniks and emcee Anti-Lilly. The full length album is set for release on March 8th. Stay tuned for additional album coverage. Also, in case you missed it last month, read through our INTERVIEW with PHONIKS.
Houston emcee Anti-Lilly and Portland, ME producer Phoniks have linked up for a collaborative LP that’s dropping on 3/8/2014. The album, titled “Stories from the Brass Section”, is a journey through the mind of the Houston emcee, filled with thought-provoking rhymes over a soundscape of jazzy piano samples, vinyl horn loops, and dusty drum-breaks created by Phoniks. The pairing of Phoniks vintage east coast production style combined with Anti’s classic laid back H-Town delivery and introspective bars make for a combination that is truly fresh, while paying tribute to the originators of their respective sounds at the same time.
Mixing/mastering by Soji
Bass line compliments of Justin Thyme
Rusty B dropped this over 2 years ago when he was on his Yacht Rock fix. Youtube decided to remove the edit last week, so as a thank you we are putting it up for free here. This is the full wav master, special shout out to Lenny Kravitz for charting it on his first Beatport chart (View Here).
About All Good Funk Alliance
When it comes to All Good Funk Alliance, always expect the unexpected. This spring AGFA is set to drop a new album with Fort Knox Recordings—a genre-spanning release featuring go-go drums, spaced-out synths and funky bass-lines. It marks a new direction for All Good Funk Alliance, and is somewhat of a departure from their signature sound, but fans needn’t stress—this is one duo that never leaves the funk behind.
Made up of Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, All Good Funk Alliance has opened up for the legendary James Brown, written songs for Coca-Cola and appeared on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. In other words, these guys are no strangers to the funk. And while their musical tastes range the gamut, when Frank and Rusty join forces the end result is always the same: they deliver a sound that is funky, fun and fresh.
All Good Funk Alliance has long been lauded by critics and fans alike, and DJs looking to inject flavor into their sets invariably seek out that unmistakable AGFA sound. Their remix of big band legend Woody Herman’s track, “Mambo Herd,” was met with critical acclaim, and the boys recently signed a major remix deal to put their indelible, funk-infused spin on Kraak and Smaak’s hit album “Plastic People.” When AGFA’s release, “REC,” dropped in 2007, Properly Chilled described it as “modern funk mixing the best of hip hop and funk [with] lots of percussion breakdowns.” Turntable Lab has also raved about the duo’s sound, summing it up as: “continually hitting the head-nodding nape.”
Since 1999, All Good Funk Alliance has released music on a host of labels, including its own heavyweights: Funk Weapons, Super Hi-Fi Recordings and Baffin Island Beat Brigade. Frank and Rusty have played at clubs and festivals around the globe—from Canada to Australia—and the pair has even opened up for the iconic godfather of soul himself, James Brown.
Recognized as influential pioneers of the Nu-Funk and mid-tempo breaks sounds, AGFA’s innovation and originality has earned them universal respect across the breaks industry. Now, poised to unleash a fresh new album brimming with unreleased music that encompasses multiple genres, All Good Funk Alliance is ready to kick off the latest chapter in their book of funk.
Summer Tour Dates 2014
East coast to west! Widespread Panic Summer Tour Dates are here! The tour will kick off in Augusta, GA and move across country with stops including Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Somserset, Lincoln, Kansas City, and the annual Red Rocks run! From there the band will celebrate the 4th of July with a three-night run at The Joint in Las Vegas, followed by an appearance at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA to wrap it up. -WSP Official
Show details and ticket information over to the Tour Dates section of their website.
Pretty Lights – Get Me High 1 & 2
& Flux Pavilion Remix
This is an insane Pretty Lights meets the best of hip-hop mix to get your weekend started. A throwback of sorts, a year ago the Philly based producer dropped this epic remix that kicks off with one of our favorite Pretty Lights tracks “We Must Go On”. That track is particularly of notice because when it hit the web in 2012 it exhibited a revisitation to PL’s roots with soulful psychedelic grooves. This 5 & A Dime mix stands out because of the fine hip-hop selections he chooses. The mix kicks off with Method Man’s “How High” and quickly transitions into the hip-hop legend Big L’s track “Put it On” which was originally released in 1999. Other choice cut highlights include Nas & Dr. Dre. All in all, this mix will get your Friday night started off right with a nod to hip-hop & electronic.
Check out these other mixes below as well including his first Pretty Lights ‘Get Me High’ mix and his most recent remix to date “Bass Cannon” by Flux Pavilion.
About 5 & A Dime:
5 & A Dime is a DJ and Producer from Philadelphia. With his unique blend of EDM and Top 40 sounds, he has received serious recognition from major music publications such as Elektro Magazine, ThisSongIsSick.com, BarstoolSports.com, GoodMusicAllDay.com, FreshNewTracks.com and many more. Similarly 5 & A Dime’s singles have topped the charts of Hype Machine and Next Big Sound. Due to his online popularity, over the past year and a half he has performed over 100 times at 50+ colleges in 26 states and 2 countries with his 16 foot by 6 foot LED Curtain and #BASSMOB hype men.
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