After a long wait for many fans, the Australian DJ duo Knife Party has finally released their new EP Haunted House. Their third EP, Haunted House follows in the steps of 100% No Modern Talking and Rage Valley with four more fist pumping, riot inducing tracks.Opening with “Power Glove” its clear from the very beginning that the EP is the work of Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire through and through. Incorporating distorted bass chains and a high-energy electro house drop introduced by distorted vocals, “Power Glove” is highly reminiscent of Knife Party’s best-known banger “Internet Friends.” Just listen to it once, you’ll hear some very familiar sound samples within moments.The EP’s next track, “LRAD,” has received relatively little play time until now, possibly due to the fact that at first listen it sounds like the usual big room, electro house, cater to the crowd, cheese. However its unique low-synth drum drop is its redemption, proving the Knife Party quality fans have grown to expect is still present.“EDM Death Machine” showcases McGrillen and Swire’s unique brand of humor by starting off with a satirical poem referencing current popular singles and their own music. The following buildup is distinctly reminiscent of mechanical assembly noises as if suggesting that the “EDM Death Machine” is being built right then during the song. The high-tempo electro drop that follows is reminiscent of Darude’s “Sandstorm” and will keep you dancing all night long.Finishing out the EP with the most infamous of any of Knife Party’s tracks the VIP version of “Internet Friends” makes for an easy crowd-pleaser. To the untrained ear this track sounds almost identical to the original version. However if you are familiar with the track it is obvious that along with the rearranging of a few vocal samples, the tempo of the songs heavy dubstep drop has been sped up and the melody slightly rearranged.Overall the EP is a perfect representation of Knife Party’s high skill level and mastery of their own unique EDM niche. It is almost certain that “EDM Death Machine” and “Power Glove” will in time become classic Knife Party bangers, rivaling “Internet Friends” in popularity and playtime.-Margaret MainThe EP can be listened to below via Soundcloud:
Rock music’s current guitar master Derek Trucks triumphs with his new band while paying homage to those who came before.I want to be Derek Trucks. I mean, I like who I am, mostly. But to be Derek Trucks right now? Wow. For starters, he’s co-leader of the Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, blues siren Susan Tedeschi. He’s also trading solos, at least for the time being, with mentor and friend Warren Haynes as part of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. And he often sits in with admirers like Eric Clapton, with whom he has toured as co-guitarist several times. Heck, he even played the White House with other guitar greats like B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy and others not that long ago, paying tribute to the blues and jamming in front of a swaying POTUS.So, with all this success, glory, admiration and reverence, what does Derek Trucks call his favorite thing in the world? Home.“There’s a few things really, I guess it’s kinda tough to pick number one,” Trucks told me from St. Louis recently. “But we were just home for about a week and a half — which is rare for me — and being home for baseball practice and baseball games, my son is 11 [he also has a 9-year-old daughter], and walking up to the bus stop, man, those are the simple things that I think are hard to beat. Or havin’ a cigar on your back porch, little glass of rum [laughs], there’s nothing wrong with that either.”Yep, add a palpable air of down-home Southern humility and a dash of genuine sincerity to this guy’s already envious life resume, and you really have someone who’s got it all. Watching this virtuoso play, even hearing him speak, there is such an effortlessness about him. Even when his slide guitar screams like a modern-day Elmore James (his slide idol), or when he masterfully plucks previously untouchable Duane Allman solos out of the air like no one has since Allman’s death in 1971 (Derek was named for the ’70s Clapton/Allman supergroup Derek and the Dominoes), he seems so at ease and so comfortable in his own skin, it’s stunning, even disarming. Not a bad way to be, though, for arguably the greatest rock guitarist of the modern era and carrier of the ever-burning rock-and-roll torch.Right now, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is in the midst of a barn-burner of a tour that’s taken them worldwide. They continue to wow audiences with Trucks’ soaring guitar, Tedeschi’s sublime blues vocals and a killer band to, well, beat the band. The couple, who married in 2001, combined their talents three years or so ago, leaving successful solo bands to form a unit that speaks to both of their impressive strengths. A risky move for some, but it seems to have paid off in spades.“We had been tossing the idea around for years. It was unspoken. We’d both been thinkin’ about it,” Trucks said. “But I think for me, when the Clapton tour was done and I was trying to get the Allman Brothers to tour a bit less and just focus on one thing, I’d been with my solo band for about 14 years. I think I was 14 or 15 years old when we formed it. I was getting to a point where I was ready for a change. I never want to get stuck doin’ somethin’ that doesn’t feel like it did when you first did it. I just felt that comin’ to the point with [my solo band]. I was at such a great point musically and personally with everybody that it was a great time to kinda move on.”And move on he has, right from the get go. The TTB’s 2011 debut album Revelator won a Best Blues Album Grammy and Blues Music’s Album of the Year. After releasing a well-received live album Everybody’s Talkin’ in 2012 (which includes a cover of that Harry Nilsson classic) and cementing themselves as one of rock’s best live acts, TTB put out their second studio release in 2013, Made Up Mind, a brilliant, diverse yet familiar blend of a special sound that the couple seems to have almost invented, yet it still has oh so many of those classic notes, riffs and vocal stylings that you’d swear it came out decades before. Trucks feels that as the band has begun to gel, every day they make music, whether in the studio or on stage, feels more and more special.The Tedeschi Trucks Band circa 2014 (courtesy Mark Seliger)“I was really looking forward to the challenge of starting a band from scratch and not playing the same material,” he continued. “When [the Tedeschi Trucks Band] started, we really tried avoiding going to any of those safe spots like covers. We wanted to make sure the band could carry on on it’s own. Then we started finding our own vocabulary in the group, definitely in the last year, that’s just fully exploded. I think for me it was just that artist side of your brain, just wanting to keep it fresh and progressive and moving forward. Every once in a while you have to throw yourself, and I think your audience, a bit of a curve ball, just to keep it honest, ya know.”As Trucks’ own career continues to skyrocket, his longtime collaboration with the Allman Brothers is coming to a close. He recently shocked some longtime Allman Brothers’ fans with the news that he and Haynes will be leaving at the end of 2014, after being a mainstay of the band for 15 years. It has to be bittersweet; he has been intimately involved with the Allman family his entire life. His uncle Butch was an original member and is still drumming for the band, and Derek grew up with the Allman kids and played live with the Brothers for the first time at the age of 13. But with this legendary Hall of Fame group, as with his own bands, Trucks feels there is a right time to bow out gracefully.Derek Trucks (L) has played with Gregg Allman (middle) and Warren Haynes in the Allman Bros. for 15 years (courtesy hollywoodreporter.com)“The musical level, the history, the myth are all intact,” Trucks said with a touch of poignancy in his voice. “I feel they’re in a really unique place where they can go out properly, in a way that, ya know, the band deserves. I don’t want to see it fizzle. I want to see it go out with a few great shows, where everyone knows this is, ya know, a last waltz. I feel like everything’s lining up for that. It’s nice that all the pieces are still in place to do it. I think that music and that history is so important to American music, I think it deserves to go out the right way. That’s where my head has been for the last year. Just trying to ship it back into shape and make sure we can do this thing right.”Derek Trucks knows he has a responsibility to carry on the long tradition of roots-based rock by virtue of not only his storied past, but also because of his dazzling present as well as the almost-certain legendary status that’s ahead of him, if it’s not here already. He proceeds proudly, yet of course humbly, and with caution, as part of a movement to keep the rock-and-roll torch burning. “To be able to keep it rollin’ in some way, shape or form, I know personally I take it very seriously,” Trucks said. “You don’t take yourself seriously, but you take the work seriously. When you get on stage with some of those guys — doing the Clapton tour, doin’ the Allman Brothers stuff, or being on stage with B.B. King — they pass the baton to you in a way, and you have to honor that. It’s a bit of a burden at times, but not really. It’s what we would be doing anyway. We just feel lucky to be a part of it.”And when I tell him that my 18 year-old stepdaughter Kate told me to tell him how much she loves his music, he laughs kindly and says, “That’s great, really, tell her that young ears keep [the music] alive.”[This article was originally published in Steve Houk’s blog, Midlife Rocker]
Funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have announced an extensive 2015 winter tour, running from February 18th at State College, PA through March 21st in Boulder, CO. The cross-country tour will see a number of stops in the Northeast, before dipping down south for an appearance at AURA Music & Arts Festival, and finishing with a number of dates in Colorado.The alliterative band is fresh off the release of their most recent album, Psychology. [Read the review here]. They’ll also be joined by Aqueous and Juno What on various dates along the tour. Check out the full schedule below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Winter Tour 20152/18 – State College, PA @ Cafe 210 West 2/19 – Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station* 2/20 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room 2/21 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St* 2/25 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall 2/26 – Providence, RI @ The Spot Underground* 2/27 – Newmarket, NH @ Stone Church* 2/28 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East 3/03 – Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s 3/04 – Charlotte, NC @ The Chop Shop 3/05 – Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pour House 3/06-3/08 – Live Oak, FL @ AURA Music & Arts Festival 3/11 – Durango, CO @ The Balcony 3/12 – Telluride, CO @ Fly Me To The Moon 3/13 – Crested Butte, CO @ The Eldo 3/14 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ Old Town Tavern 3/15 – Frisco, CO @ Barkley Ballroom 3/17 – Keystone, CO @ The Goat 3/20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater^ 3/21 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater^*w/Aqueous ^w/Juno What
The great Jon Fishman, drummer for Phish, has been tapped as the headliner for one of the 40th anniversary shows at the infamous Nectar’s venue in Burlington, VT. The venue is notable for Phish history, as the band was able to define their live sound at the intimate venue. Fishman’s performanceThe 40th anniversary celebration kicks off on February 21st, with a performance from Josh Panda, a collective supergroup with Clint Bierman, Russ Lawton, Ed Grasmeyer, and Tyler Mast. Fishman’s show is set for March 26th, and will include Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project), Tyler Bolles, and Doug Perkins. For more information about the show, head to Nectar’s website.[Via Jambands]
Six men were stabbed at a Migos concert in Albany this past weekend. A video of the brawl has surfaced, showing barricades, trash cans and bottles being thrown around. The men were between the ages of 16 and 28.A woman was also assaulted and robbed in the bathroom during the concert. Luckily none of the injuries were life threatening, though the situation was undoubtedly terrifying. Watch things get out of control at Albany’s Washington Park Armory below.[Via TMZ]
After breaking his leg in Sweden and cancelling a string of European tour dates, including Glastonbury, Dave Grohl returned to the stage for a July 4th throwdown at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. While the Foo Fighters frontman still can’t put weight on his leg, that didn’t stop him from performing in a full-on throne for the epic show.Dave Grohl Breaks Leg At Show In Sweden, Keeps PlayingGrohl & co. were the headliners of a massive July 4th celebration that also featured sets from Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, LL Cool J ft. DJ Z-Trip, and Trouble Funk. But we really know you want to see Dave Grohl on the throne, so check out some clips below:
What do Pink Talking Fish keyboardist Richard James and pianist Holly Bowling have in common? Well, they both play Phish songs, of course!The two joined forces at Howl at the Moon in Philadelphia two nights ago, with James introduced as Bowling held it down with the “Rocky Theme”. Bowling and James played “Punch You In The Eye” and “Gumbo” together in the first set, and reunited for a “Tweezer Reprise” encore that saw Bowling bust out the keytar for a riveting performance.Holly Bowling will open for PTF on a handful of dates this fall, so this may be a nice preview of what’s to come for those performances. You can check out the full PTF fall tour schedule here, and don’t miss out when the Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish hybrid tribute fusion act returns to Chicago for what will be a fantastic performance at Reggie’s Rock Club. Details here. Setlist: Holly Bowling at Howl At The Moon, Philadelphia, PA – 8/10/15Set I:My Friend, My FriendGlens Falls TwistThe Very Long Fuse >Rocky Theme > *Punch You In The Eye *Gumbo *#SleepEyes of the World (6.18.74)Squirming CoilSet II:Tahoe TweezerSanity %Harry Hood $E: TelaTweezer Reprise *@* w/ Rick Umlah from Pink Talking Fish# Tweezer Reprise Tease% Played with Big Hands$ Tahoe Tweezer [email protected] Holly on Keytar
For three nights, funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong donned a “Dead Zeppelin” musical theme for Halloween. The band covered a number of tunes from both Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead for the occasion, keeping things exciting with crazy mash-ups and segues.One particular highlight was an extended version of the band’s song “Horizon”, which was interwoven with versions of “Eyes Of The World”, “Fool In The Rain” and “D’yer Mak’er”. Now, thanks to the band and Super Chill Production, we have pro-shot video of this exceptional jam:The band has also made their entire 10/30 performance at the 9:30 Club in DC available on Archive.org. That can be streamed below:Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong “Dead Zeppelin Set” at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 10/30/15Set: Ocean Flows, Walk Outside^, No Quarter* > Help On The Way > Slipknot > Black Dog > Slipknot% > Kashmir > The Ocean > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower > Melting Lights > Horizon* > Eyes of The World > Horizon > Fool In The Rain > D’yer Mak’er > Fool In The Rain > Horizon > Funk E Zekiel > Moby Dick^^ > Heartbreaker > Good Lovin’ > Heartbreaker& > One More Saturday Night* > Lemon Song** > Drums > King Solomon’s Marbles# > F.U., Skipjack***, Time To Ride, Shakedown Street > Whole Lotta Love > Shakedown Street > Whole Lotta Love > The Liquid E. Happy [email protected], Zydeko > Ripple~ > Zydeko, Schwanthem Notes: “Dead Zeppelin: Moby Dick’s Picks” Halloween Run Night 2 ^ w/ Dancin’ In The Streets tease * Intro only % w/ Living Loving Maid, Moby Dick and Heartbreaker teases ^^ w/ Heartbreaker teases & w/ Moby Dick ending ** Solo only, w/Funk E Zekiel tease # w/ Scarlet Begonias tease *** Original debut @ Jeremy and Ben led crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Greg ~ Instrumental Don’t miss Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on the road! Check out their full tour schedule and more on their official website. Stay tuned to L4LM for more footage from PPPP’s Halloween run!
It seems that Phish fans are everywhere. In a new interview with Vulture, acclaimed actor David Krumholtz talks about his days on the set of the 1999 movie, 10 Things I Hate About You. In it, Krumholtz talks about his interaction with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who apparently introduced Krumholtz to Phish.Work was fun, and after work we were inseparable. We laughed, we partied, we rapped. Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned me on to Phish, and I turned him on to Wu-Tang. Gabrielle Union had us in stitches, Julia Stiles brought her own brand of Soho-bred artistic intellectualism (at only 17, mind you), Larisa Oleynik’s laughter filled the room, and we marveled at the tonedness of Andrew Keegan’s muscles (a great sport!).An interview from June 2014 expands on this a bit, as apparently Gordon-Levitt was a bit obsessed with Phish and even taught Krumholtz how to play the drums. In it, Krumholtz says:Joe was a huge Phish fan at the time. And all he wanted to do was talk about how amazing Phish was. And the whole cast got along really really beautifully on that movie. And he and I were sort of sitcom veterans, so we were able to bring a lot to our characters, and Joe and I became really close. We bought a drum set, one of those rubber Yamaha drum sets together, and Joe taught me how to play on the drums.It’s nice to see Phish brought these cast members together!For those of you who want to get down to some jazzy Phish interpretations, check out Jazz Is Phish at the Brooklyn Bowl on December 19th! Packed with members of The Giant Country Horns, Sun Ra, Cosmic Crewe, Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones, Snarky Puppy, Pretty Lights Live Band, John Brown’s Body, Victor Wooten Band, Strange Design and more, this is one show you don’t want to miss. Tickets and more information can be found here.
In the thick of their European Tour, Dave Matthews busted out the song “Sugar Will” last night at the O2 Apollo Manchester, the first time it’s been played since March 7, 2010. In fact, the last time it was played, DMB was playing the same exact venue five years prior. This time however, Matthews came out alone at the beginning of the show and treated Manchester to a solo version of “Sugar Will,” for the first time ever.Dave Matthews Band Announce New Live Album, ‘Live Trax Vol. 36’Thanks to Philly Steph there’s some great footage of last night’s performance. Take a look: