Wildlight’s The Tide acoustic redux invokes a sound and era that can be overlooked within our technologically-fueled society. The delicate performances harken back to a period and lifestyle rooted in the past; yet at once paving a path back toward lost innocence and social responsibility. This album serves as reminder that we can exist in that paradigm today. Reimagining the tunes from their stimulating sophomore opus as a stirring blend of global instrumentation, folk sensibilities, and indigenous influence, Ayla Nereo and David Sugalski (The Polish Ambassador) have crafted a statement bathing in sonic serenity.Listen to the album below.In tandem with the artists’ reverence, The Tide places a glistening spotlight on the earth, community, gratitude, healing and romance. Sugalski enlists a vibrant team of collaborators to facilitate an energetic transformation; The Tide’s formerly meditative dance music evolves elegantly into a softer, medicinal archetype. The creative ingenuity of lead producer Ryan Herr is a revelation. Sugalski’s compadre courts a courageous cavalcade, among them Tyson Leonard and Jesse Hendrix. The dexterous multi-instrumentalists employ a myriad of organic sounds to soothe and serenade with savoir-faire: banjo, violin, accordion, saxophone, flute, toy piano, melodica, duduk, mandolin, djembe, didgeridoo, kalimba, acoustic guitar and upright bass. These assembled artisans in antiquity deliver the listener to an intersection of love, hope, and awareness.Ayla Nereo’s multi-faceted melodies give rise to Wildlight’s impassioned vision and focused mission, the promise of our better tomorrow. From start to finish, Nereo’s femininity is found summoning the intrinsic power of her expressive voice. “Rain” and “From the Ground Up” feature poignant pleas in siren song: her angelic vocal tones calling to the spirits, these are soundtracks to the garden we have dreamt. On “The Crucible,” Nereo unveils a resolute rap and hauntingly gorgeous refrain, at once emotive and inspiring.”Ours to Give” is a soothing, warm lament on the benevolence within us all. “Holy Dust” features her aching, arching soprano, while “Grace, Fully” finds Nereo’s layered vocals basking in a bed of blissful banjo and lulling violin.Wildlight has created an organic, chilled vibe in rewiring their own previous brilliance. Filled with mystifying traditional music, this testimonial transmits a clear and focused intention; to empower community, heal wounds, celebrate love, and awaken the heroic human spirit. Full of evergreen hymns tuned to the magic of mother nature, The Tide (original) is revival strong enough to move mountains. Stripped of bass and bombast, this riveting reprise stays sublime in shadowed valleys.
What do you do when you invent your own genre of music? Do you stick to your guns and continue with the same formula? Or do you keep adding to it, helping it to evolve into something familiar, yet new. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been trying to properly answer this question for what seems like their entire career.With eleven studio albums under their belt—including the newly released album The Getaway—it’s of note that five of those records were recorded during major transitions for the band. 90’s mega-hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik was made in the wake of original guitarist Hillel Slovak’s untimely passing, and saw the emergence of his replacement, peak-Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. For the next album, One Hot Minute, the band hired Jane’s Addiction veteran Dave Navarro to replace Frusciante after he quit the band due to the pressures of touring. When Frusciante made his grand return for 1999’s Californication, it signaled a major shift in the band’s sound, directing the band into a more melodic and harmony-driven era that seemed to re-define the funk punk rockers. After three classic records with Frusciante, he quit the band again, leading to former guitar tech Josh Klinghoffer’s addition before 2011’s I’m With You.Finally, just when it seemed like they were settling back into their comfort zone, the band decided to make another major shift, as The Getaway is the first RHCP record that was produced by anyone other than Rick Rubin since 1989. While dropping one of this generation’s mastermind producers may be a risk for a band with as much repeat success as the Chili Peppers, the band turned to a talented duo to help them switch gears and re-hone their sound for a new generation, bringing Broken Bells/Black Keys veteran Danger Mouse in to produce the record, and legendary Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich in to mix the record. The influence of these two studio wizards can be felt all over the album, yet, the record sounds like a Red Hot Chili Peppers record. Anthony Keidis’ raps and sings in his unique harmonic style, Flea plays his bass both beautifully and aggressively, Chad Smith’s drums are tight and awesome, and Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar is dreamy and psychedelic. In that sense, the majority of The Getaway feels like a deliberate attempt to re-create some of the band’s best moments from previous albums. However, it also seems that the new production team made sure to incorporate new instruments and sounds into their arsenal to augment the band’s sound.You can listen to a stream of the album, below.The new sound kicks off right away, as opening track “The Getaway” offers a dancey, hi-hat laden beat with chicken picking guitar and dream-like vocal harmonies. Their funky single “Dark Necessities” turns the disco vibe up even more, as Flea and Smith lead the way with a funky rhythm that defines the track. Smith’s usually usual style of fill-based drumming is replaced by tighter, more precise parts, one of Danger Mouse’s hallmarks. Even with the new disco vibe, both tracks sound like they could be on 2002’s By The Way, and that’s probably the point. The band finds most of it’s success on The Getaway on these tracks, and on songs like “Detroit” and We Turn Red,” where the Chili Peppers brings it back to their Blood Sugar Sex Magik sound that old school fans still yearn for.Danger Mouse’s biggest influence on the record comes in the addition of piano, keyboards, and synthesizers to RHCP’s sound. Tracks like “Goodbye Angels,” “The Longest Wave,” and “Sick Love” are all heavily impacted by this stylistic shift. The use of keyboards allows Klinghoffer to provide effects-laden guitar swirls on most of the tracks on the album, and he shines through on several tracks with the new melodic space he’s been provided. If the punk-psychadelia of some of RHCP’s earlier material doesn’t sound as natural with him on guitar, Klinghoffer shines on several of the tracks on The Getaway, and his rhythmic playing and heavy use of effects are reminiscent of Nile Rodgers or The Edge from U2.When the band tries to push itself too far outside of its box, however, the tracks fall flat. Specifically “The Hunter” and “Encore”, two Radiohead-esque tunes tucked in to the back end of the album, come off as awkward compared to the rest of the album, as they just don’t fit Anthony Keidis’ voice. Also, “Feasting on the Flowers” sounds like a cast-off Broken Bells track, and in that sense it feels a bit lazy and forced.In the end, The Getaway gives Chili Peppers fans a lot to work with, with catchy melodies, pulsing beats, and alt-rock perfection making up a majority of the record. Minus a few tunes, they successfully re-invent and re-create the unique Red Hot Chili Peppers sound, using the nostalgia-laden production of Danger Mouse as a catalyst for the classic RHCP sound. The result is the best Red Hot Chili Peppers album since By The Way, and an evolved sound that brings the band into both the past and the future simultaneously.
With Phish making their first-ever appearance in Jacksonville, FL, it seems that one local venue is planning to have a total blowout in honor of the band’s upcoming return on October 16th. The show, which will take place at Mavericks Live, and will feature an impressive lineup of improv stalwarts. Eric Krasno will be on guitar, with Roosevelt Collier on pedal steel guitar, Todd Stoops on keys, Reed Mathis on bass, and Jeff Sipe on drums.The show starts just after Phish’s encore comes to a close at the Veterans Memorial Arena, and will feature funky improv well into the night. You can find tickets, starting this Friday, September 16th at 10:00am, by following this link.For fans of Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, or Roosevelt Collier, you won’t want to miss them performing alongside members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more, at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive – in the heart of Williamsburg – with over 50 artists spanning three venues in just one day: October 22nd. Mathis and Stoops will be performing as part of the exciting new electronic classical music project Electric Beethoven. Get tickets here to Brooklyn Comes Alive here.
Relix has announced their first-ever Live Music Conference, set to take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York. The one-day event will bring the leading figures in today’s industry to shed light on the fast-paced and ever-changing live music business. The Relix Live Music Conference will feature panels and discussions covering subjects related to venues, festivals, publicity and management, presentations on technology and non-profits, plus a keynote with two of live music’s most legendary promoters. The conference will serve as the coming together of all the pieces and people that help bring a live show to life, providing opportunities for networking, discussion and education.Moderators include Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group), Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off), and Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group), with presentations from Andy Bernstein (Headcount), Justin Bolognino (META.is), and so many more.Speakers include Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC), Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management), Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT), Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly), and more.To close the evening, there will be a very special conversation with Relix founder Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone), followed by a happy hour, and performance from The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen.Tickets, which go on-sale this Friday, March 10th at 12PM ET, include a full day of panels, lunch, happy hour, admittance to The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl and a one-year subscription to Relix Magazine. More information available here.See below for the full schedule:9 AM – Doors (Light breakfast + Coffee)9:30 – 10:15 AM – Talent Buying Panel:– Moderator: Kirk Peterson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’)– Speakers: Michael Dorf (City Winery), John Moore (Bowery Presents), Jim Glancy (Bowery Presents), Don Strasburg (AEG), Josh Knight (Monterey International, INC)10:20 – 11:05 AM – Publicity Panel:– Moderator: Mike Greenhaus (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle Media), Emma Matthieson (Brooklyn Bowl/ The Capitol Theatre/ LOCKN’), Kevin Calabro (Calabro Music Media & Royal Potato Family), Rebecca Shapiro (Shore Fire Media), Jonathan Azu (Red Light Management)11:10 – 11:25 AM – Activism: presentation by Andy Bernstein (Headcount) 11:30 – 11:45 AM – Ticketing: presentation by Josh Baron (Songkick) 11:45 – 12:45 PM – Break for lunch12:55 – 1:40 PM – Management Panel:– Moderator: Jake Szufnarowski (Rocks Off)– Speakers: Mike Martinovich (Red Light Management), Mike Luba (Madison House Presents), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Stef Scamardo (Hard Head MGMT)1:45 – 2:00 PM – Technology: presentation by Justin Bolognino (META.is)2:05 – 2:50 PM – Festivals Panel: Presented by Ascend Insurance Brokerage– Moderator: Dean Budnick (Relix Media Group)– Speakers: Dave Frey (LOCKN’), Jay Sweet (Newport Folk Festival), Dan Berkowitz (CID), Janine Small (Janine Small, PLLC), Robin McNicol (Superfly)2:55 – 3:40 PM – Keynote: Presented by Access IndustriesA conversation with Peter Shapiro (Dayglo Ventures) and Ron Delsener (LN NY) moderated by David Fricke (Rolling Stone)4 – 6:00 PM – Happy Hour6:00 PM – All attendees are invited to attend The Meat Puppets and Mike Watt & The Secondmen at Brooklyn Bowl
Gritty soul outfit Southern Avenue, made up of powerful sisterly duo of Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson on vocals and drums, respectively, along with Israeli-born blues guitarist Ori Naftaly, bassist Daniel McKee, and keyboardist Jeremy Powell, have been earning their stripes out on the road for the last year. On Saturday night, April 1st, the group will return to New Orleans for a show at legendary venue Tipitina’s with special guests Wonderland.While Southern Avenue has only been together for a little over a year, they have already made their mark on the Beale Street crowd in Memphis and beyond. With appearances on their self-titled debut album from the likes of guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and trumpeter Mark Franklin (The Bo-Keys), Southern Avenue is making a clear case for their ascension in the rock world.The group came together when Israeli-born guitarist Ori Naftaly met singer Tierinii Jackson; the two had an instant musical connection. According to Ori, “When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, ‘This is why I came to America.’ I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn’t care so much about my solo thing.” And the rest, as they say, is history.Purchase tickets for the show here. For additional show information, check out the Facebook Event page here.
Load remaining images On Thursday, December 7th, Turkuaz made a stop at Terminal West in Atlanta, GA for a two-set “evening with” show as part of their ongoing Fall tour. Drawing from the conventions that have ignited their existence and using that spark to forge its own sword, Turkuaz is a band that will make anyone move to their familiar beat, yet stay intrigued by an ability to explore its own complex character comprised of nine striking personalities.Turkuaz will play Exit / In tonight in Nashville, and The Vogue in Indianapolis tomorrow before closing the year in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live with Pimps of Joytime. Following that celebration, the band will embark on a Winter 2018 headlining tour that starts in Detroit on January 9, crossing the country to end in with two shows in Los Angeles with Galactic on March 30 and San Francisco on March 31. Head to the band’s website for all ticketing information.Turkuaz Debuts New Disco-Infused Tune, “On The Run”, With An Insane Music VideoCheck out the photo gallery from last night’s concert below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Hutchins.Turkuaz Tour Dates:Dec 08 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In #Dec 09 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue #Dec 29 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club $Dec 30 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall $Dec 31 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live $Jan 09 – Detroit, MI – El ClubJan 10 – Columbus, OH – Skully’sJan 11 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic CharliesJan 12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelJan 13 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreJan 16 – Miami, FL – Wynwood Yards (Jam Cruise Pre-Party)Jan 17 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseJan 25 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntJan 26 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman TheaterJan 27 – Rochester, NY – AnthologyJan 28 – Toronto, ON – Velvet UndergroundJan 31 – Cohoes, NY – Cohoes Music HallFeb 01 – Killington, VT – Pickle BarrelFeb 02 – Burlington, VT – Higher GroundFeb 03 – Stratton, VT – Grizzly’sMar 14 – Telluride, CO – Club RedMar 15 – Frisco, CO – Barkley BallroomMar 16 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie TheatreMar 17 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Gondola PlazaMar 20 – Park City, UT – O.P. RockwellMar 21 – Jackson Hole, WY – Pink Garter TheatreMar 22 – Bozeman, MT – RialtoMar 23 – Whitefish, MT – Remington BarMar 24 – Sandpoint, ID – The HiveMar 27 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall *Mar 28 – Chico, CA – Lost On MainMar 29 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’sMar 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre %Mar 31 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre %# – w/ The Suffers$ – w/ Pimps of Joytime* – w/ Moon Hooch% – w/ GalacticTurkuaz | Terminal West | Atlanta, GA | 12/7/17 | Photos by Andrew Hutchins
Load remaining images Friday night saw the Greensky Bluegrass and Billy Strings’ tour land in New York City after a week that also saw “casual Weggendsday” stop in Albany and a gig in Boston. Already this year, the traveling circus of progressive bluegrass maestros has managed gigs in Colorado, Tennessee, and Indiana, and they don’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping. As GSBG has really broken through into being able to sell out larger venues in recent years, it seems they’re taking a lesson from the band that they all met following, Phish, and are committed to squeezing as many shows into a tour as is humanly possible, and hopscotching around the country to make it happen.Fans arriving early got the treat of watching Billy Strings picking on some originals. While the Billy Strings show is necessarily hamstrung by his dearth of overall material to work with, the brief early set gave fans a sense of just how hot his licks can get, and the potential that that band really has, with a mandolin player who can rip the same 128th notes right in tune with Billy. With Playstation Theater’s back seats closed off, the more intimate space really gave fans a sense of being close to the action, more reminiscent of a mountain town bar than Times Square’s lavish basement venue.At around 9:20, Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage and came out of the gates roaring with ‘Burn Them,’ a real party-starter of a number that heated up the crowd. After showing off their barn-burning chops, the group settled in and put some of their more composed songwriting chops on display with ‘Worried Man.’Next up was ‘Living Over,’ featuring what was probably the first proper jam of the night, as Paul Hoffman stretched out a mandolin solo before nodding over to Anders Beck on dobro to take over the lead. Beck’s yearning, exploratory tone at the outset played itself out with gusto, developing into quicker and quicker loops with his licks seeming to chase themselves around the rabbit hole, before finally returning to the song’s chorus, the same lyrics they were singing as they rang in 2018 just a little less than a month ago now. A slowdown was in order after the revelation that was ‘Living Over,’ and the more conventionally bluegrass number ‘Room Without A Roof’ fit the bill. With barely a pause following the ballad, the defining banjo riff of ‘Just To Lie’ rang out from Michael Arlen Bont and the group launched into the set’s real meat.The song’s early solo ended and bled into its more improvisational section as it came back to the lyrics, “I told you that I loved you, just so I could lie beside you,” before repeating the lyric “I told you,” with an echoing reverb. This section almost seemed like trance-fusion, as the group played with the pulsating rhythm of the open space in the song instead of letting the intergalactic jam drift—though, Greensky snapped the fans back into their surroundings with the first verse of ‘Hold On,’ whose “shouted, written down, and quoted” lyric resonates enough that the group named a whole album after it. With a smoking banjo solo there, the band pressed their segue further into The Louvin Brothers’ ‘Great Atomic Power,’ whose lyrics they changed from “for your soul will fly to safety and eternal peace and rest” to “enjoy life’s pleasures like drugs and sex.” That more rock ‘n’ roll lyric got a great reaction from the crowd, as the band finally found their way to the end of a wild ride.After a minute of conferring, the band simmered the crowd down from that rolling boil with the heartwarming singalong ‘Tied Down,’ and then inviting Billy Strings to join them onstage for a pair of tunes. The first was ‘I’d Probably Kill You,’ whose lyrics the group fudged to “I’d probably Bill you,” and “I’d burn your house down, if I somehow knew Billy Strings was in it,” giving the younger Billy a bit of good-natured ribbing from some older souls who are rightfully impressed with (and maybe a little envious of) the remarkable speed and dexterity that Billy brings to the stage. Next up of ‘Miss Maggie,’ which each band member got to take for a ride, and then a well-deserved setbreak.After the jump, the band returned with the same inspired lyricism that the crowd knows them for, coming out with ‘Just Listening’. Next up was ‘Train Junkie,’ whose far out and meandering mandolin intro spent a bit of time heating up by riffing on The Grateful Dead’s ‘The Other One’. ‘Wheel Hoss’ followed the high energy ‘Train Junkie’ as the band continued to demonstrate their ability to mix in traditional bluegrass standards with their own, less conventional bluegrass originals.As the band worked its way into the heart of the set, they brought the emotion in the room to a soaring peak with ‘Dustbowl Overtures’ and ‘Handle Me With Care,’ two songs that really demonstrate the band’s ability to summon the better angels of their audience’s nature and well up real feeling from every open ear in the house. After the band’s classic ‘200 Miles From Montana,’ they returned to the world of traditionals with ‘Hit Parade Of Love,’ first made famous by Jimmy Martin. Finally, the set closed with two of Greensky’s best-known originals, ‘Forget Everything’ and ‘Leap Year’.Watching them play songs like those, that they so obviously adore, it becomes clear to even the most casual fan that if this band wasn’t performing on a stage in New York City, they might just as well be picking on their own numbers in their Crazy Creeks at a Phish festival somewhere. There’s just such a radiant joy in every person on-stage, they really look like there’s nothing else in the world they’d rather be doing. Before sending their fans out into the cold, they gave them one last treat: Rayland Baxter’s ‘Yellow Eyes,’ a rarer cover whose use as an encore gave folks something to hum as they bundled up and headed for the subway, looking forward to another night of the same great music on Saturday.You can check out a gallery of photos below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 1/26/2018Set One: Burn Them (1), Worried Man, Living Over, Room without a Roof, Just to Lie > Hold On > Great Atomic Power, Tied Down, I’d Probably Kill You (2), Little Maggie (2)Set Two: Just Listening, Train Junkie (3), Wheel Hoss (4), Dustbowl Overtures, Handle with Care, 200 Miles from Montana, Hit Parade of Love, Forget Everything, Leap Year Encore: Yellow Eyes(1) w/ Guido Batista & Luke Milanese (tambourine)(2) – w/ Billy Strings(3) – Other One tease(4) – Macarena dance by PaulGreensky Bluegrass | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 1/26/2018 | Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein
A new album titled Forever Words is set to be released via Legacy Recordings on April 6. The collaborative album will function as a way to publish Johnny Cash’s previously unrecorded lyrics and poems, with the words set to music by the likes of the late Chris Cornell, as well as other big names like Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp, Robert Glasper, Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, and others.After Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash both died in 2003, Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, was left with a huge number of personal items, including handwritten letters, poems, and other writings of the legendary musician. Many of them were included in Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, a book that contained Johnny Cash’s unpublished writing.Conceived as a sort of “musical companion” to the book, John Carter Cash took on the role of Forever Words’ co-producer, alongside Steve Berkowitz, inviting the all-star crew of musicians, including Johnny’s daughter Rosanne Cash and step-daughter Carlene Carter, to create new music to accompany Cash’s words.As stated by Variety, John Carter Cash had this to say about Forever Words, “Determining the artist for each song was truly a matter of the heart. … I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad. It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”Johnny Cash: Forever Words Tracklist:Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie NelsonTo June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey MusgravesGold All Over the Ground – Brad PaisleyYou Never Knew My Mind – Chris CornellThe Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union StationJellico Coal Man – T. Bone BurnettThe Walking Wounded – Rosanne CashThem Double Blues – John MellencampBody on Body – JewelI’ll Still Love You – Elvis CostelloJune’s Sundown – Carlene CarterHe Bore It All – Daily and VincentChinky Pin Hill – I’m With HerGoin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu SunWhat Would I Dreamer Do? – The JayhawksSpirit Rider – Jamey Johnson[H/T Variety]
On Thursday night, July 26th, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made their way to Paddy’s Beach Club in Westerly, RI for a performance with support from Montana jam-grass quartet Kitchen Dwellers.After the Kitchen Dwellers’ well-received opening set, which they capped with a bluegrass cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “New Speedway Boogie”, Pigeons cast off on their set with “Sail On”. Psychology vehicle “Time to Ride” got the show moving from there, followed by renditions of “Fox & Toad” (Pizazz) and “Bad For You” (Pleasure).Next, the show took a turn into Phish-y territory, as Pigeons dove into “Down With Disease”, the phan-favorite off 1994’s Hoist. The band stuck with the Phish from there, segueing into a riotous “Run Like An Antelope” cover, with the lyrics amusingly altered to “bob like a pigeon out of control.” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have similarly woven “Down With Disease” into their set before, including at New Haven, CT’s Pacific Standard Tavern in 2015 and during their Domefest 2017 Phish/Grateful Dead “Undercover” set, when they mashed-up “DWD” with “Shakedown Street” for a cleverly executed hybrid jam dubbed “Shakedown With Disease”.The Phish medley eventually slid into one of Pigeons’ own go-to originals, “Melting Lights”, which in turn fed into “King Kong”. From there, a trio of upbeat, beach-appropriate tunes (“Sunny Day”, “Fun In Funk”, and “Ocean Flows”) brought the set to a close. Finally, the band returned for a memorable encore, which saw them work through “J-Town” and into “E-Funk” before landing in a “Down With Disease” reprise to round out the performance.Next up for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a performance tomorrow, Saturday, July 28th at Tumble Down at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT.Watch a selection of clips from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Paddy’s performance below [Note: As of now, no video of the Phish covers has surfaced online, but we will update this article as soon as it becomes available]:“Burning Up My Time” Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Paddy’s Beach Club | Westerly, RI | 7/26/18Set: Sail On, Time to Ride, Fox & Toad, Bad For You, Down With Disease^ > Run Like An Antelope^* > Burning Up My Time > Melting Lights > King Kong, Sunny Day, Fun In Funk, Ocean FlowsE: J-Town > E-Funk > Down With Disease^Notes:^Phish Cover*”Bob Like A Pigeon out of control” “Fun In Funk” “Melting Lights”
Back in late 2016, Rich Robinson of the The Black Crowes announced a brand-new spinoff project called The Magpie Salute. To join him for the new band, Robinson recruited former Black Crowes members including guitarist/vocalist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien in addition to Rich Robinson Band member Joe Magistro and lead vocalist, John Hogg. Next Friday, August 10th, The Magpie Salute will release their first studio album, High Water I, via Eagle Rock Entertainment (U.S.), Mascot Label Group (Europe/Australia/New Zealand) and Sony (Japan). Today, ahead of next week’s album release, The Magpie Salute has shared their third single from the album, “Sister Moon”. This marks the third pre-release High Water I single shared by the band, following the releases of “Send Me An Omen” and “For The Wind”.“John and Marc wrote Sister Moon,” remarks Rich Robinson in a press release. “Marc had originally written it on acoustic, but John took the chords and played them on the piano. It’s one of my favorite songs on the record.” You can listen to The Magpie Salute’s newest single, “Sister Moon”, below.The Magpie Salute – “Sister Moon”[Video: The Magpie Salute]Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, and John Hogg will celebrate the release with a string of special acoustic shows in Europe beginning this Sunday in Oslo, Norway and concluding with a sold-out London show on August 10th. The trio will also perform at a free in-store on the day of release at Rough Trade East in London. From there, The Magpie Salute will return to the States for a run of dates with Gov’t Mule throughout the second half of this month.For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information on High Water I or to grab your tickets to any of their upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.The Magpie Salute Upcoming Tour Dates#Aug 5 Oslo, Norway Krosset#Aug 6 Stockholm, Sweden Obaren (Free Show)#Aug 8 Berlin, Germany Lido#Aug 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands Amstelkerk#Aug 10 London, UK Rough Trade East (In-Store)#Aug 10 London, UK Oslo^August 17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre^August 18 Charleston, SC Volvo Cars Stadium^August 19 Nashville, TN The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel^August 21 Huber Heights ,OH Rose Music Center at The Heights*August 23 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*August 24 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*August 25 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre^August 26 Des Moines, IA Brenton Skating Plaza^August 28 Mankato, MN Vetter Stone Amphitheater^August 29 Papillion, NE Sumtur AmphitheaterAugust 30 Boulder, CO Boulder TheaterAugust 31 Park City, UT Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater^September 1 Missoula, MO Big Sky BrewerySeptember 5 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe LiveSeptember 6 Kent, OH Kent StageSeptember 7 New York, NY Sony HallSeptember 8 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music HallSeptember 9 Westbury, NY The Space At WestburySeptember 12 Fredericton, NB Harvest Jazz & Blues FestivalSeptember 13 Portland, ME AURASeptember 14 Beverly, MA Cabot TheatreSeptember 15 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino BallroomSeptember 16 Burlington, VT Grand Point North FestivalSeptember 18 Washington, D.C The HamiltonSeptember 21 Atlanta, GA Buckhead TheatreSeptember 22 Columbia, SC Glass Half FullSeptember 23 Louisville, KY Bourbon & Beyond# – Special Acoustic Trio Shows* = w/Govt. Mule and The Avett Brothers^ = w/Govt. Mule** = w/Blackberry SmokeView Upcoming Tour Dates