Saturday evening at the sold out 2013 HARD Summer EDM festival in Los Angeles State Historic Park, a concert attendee died of cardiac distress and passed away at the hospital. Live Nation claims to have had all proper medical staff on the premises and the patron received CPR within two minutes of notification.Hard Summer is run by HARD Events‘s founder Gary Richards (Destructo). Headliners for this year’s event include Bassnectar, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), Justice (DJ Set), Flying Lotus, Knife Party, and Empire of the Sun. On twitter, Flying Lotus claims to have witnessed the event firsthand.Damn. I saw a guy die before I played my set. Heavy.— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) August 4, 2013Official statement from Live Nation:During Saturday evening’s event held at Los Angeles State Historic Park, a patron experienced cardiac distress and sadly passed away at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.Our guests’ safety and well being is of paramount importance at every Live Nation event. We have skilled EMT’s, police, and security staff deployed on site to respond to any emergency situation and last night members of this emergency team were with this patron and administering CPR within two minutes of notification. We work closely with local health and safety authorities to plan for emergencies and set the appropriate staffing levels for each event.
2013 saw Trent Reznor write a new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, tour heavily in support of the album with a stage show that is complete and utter eye-candy, and make an announcement for a new music streaming service called Beats Music which he has been working on with Dr. Dre. Yesterday, Reznor released a free 77-minute live concert film from the recent tour (which will be part of a live Blu-Ray DVD set for release in the Spring of 2014), and took to the internet to answer some questions from fans, via Reddit.Reznor revealed that Nine Inch Nails will definitely tour in 2014 with a different lineup than the current Tension 2013 Tour one, discussed – among other things – Beats Music, what his favorite synth to use is (a Prophet 12), the different aspects of production looked good on paper but wouldn’t translate to the actual stage, his favorite NIN album is The Fragile, attempts for he and James Franco to work together, his work with How To Destroy Angels, and some other funny banter with fans. Here are some excerpts from the session:On stage production –Rob and I have learned over the years that looking at renderings and imagining how things will look in real life always winds up quite different when you get to production rehearsals and see what you’ve built. Those few weeks of sitting in a warehouse is where everything comes together (hopefully). The end result of the Tension tour is very different than what we’d imagined, for a number of reasons, some of which are explained in the Vevo behind-the-scenes clip. For example, one of the many technical hurdles we didn’t expect: When we set up the two front semi-transparent LED screens we had custom made for this tour, we discovered that in front of each other their structure created a moire effect, weird black lines over any video content. We had to work around it (Disappointed is the only song that uses all three screens layered in front of each other, the sparse white lines minimized the moire effect).On The Fragile being a predominant album to choose from for the current tour:With the expanded lineup of Pino and the backup singers, I started reworking some older material at rehearsals and The Fragile became the most fertile place to pull from, for whatever reason (which is currently my favorite NIN album).On his work with Beats Music, and appeasing both artist and fan:I’ve spent the last 2+ years (along with Rob) designing this platform and genuinely look forward to presenting it to the world. Our goal was to create something we would genuinely be excited to use ourselves that focuses on the joy of discovering great music, ease of use, and was built from the ground up as something that becomes an asset to the musician as well. There’s much you’ll hear me say on this in the near future.His attempts to work with James Franco:James was set to direct an Amex Unstaged with us that we unfortunately had to cancel because we couldn’t get production together in time. I met with him several times and we had the start of a great idea. I am very disappointed this didn’t come together and hope we can do something in the future.Thoughts on touring:Here are some thoughts on touring: When we commit to a touring cycle, it usually is at least a year long, and can start to feel stale after X amount of time. What I’m doing this cycle is making each leg of the tour have its own identity. The festival run we did over the summer was very different from the Tension tour we just finished. We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead. This keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube. The setlist and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did. That’s part of the incentive behind releasing the Tension footage now. That was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the Fall of 2013, that I wanted the whole world to be able to see (just like you can see the festival footage on YouTube, which was its own thing). Yes, we are planning to return to North America in 2014…Read the entire Reddit AMA session here.[via Consequence of Sound]
According to Forbes Magazine, for the first time in over a decade, digital downloads from the iTunes Store decreased in 2013. And, while the 6% drop may not be staggering, it may be evident of a growing trend in music listening.It seems that revenue from digital streaming websites increased by 32% over the past year, indicating that music fans are more interested in streaming their favorite tunes than they are in downloading them. Perhaps this speaks to web services, like Spotify, which gives paid users access to millions of songs through their interactive software program and online database.While streaming seems to be the way of the future, we shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves. 2013 also saw an 8% decrease in overall album sales. Maybe the drop in download revenue is because, well, music was better in 2012? It’s hard to say, really.We do know that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience was the #1 selling album in 2013, and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the #1 selling single. Eminem, Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, and Bruno Mars round out the top 5 selling albums. In 2012, Adele’s “21″ was the top selling album, with 4.4 million copies. JT’s top selling album only moved 2.4 million copies. Maybe iTunes shouldn’t freak out just yet. What do you think?-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Following the tragic death of longtime keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens two weeks ago, Jack White has recruited Queen of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita to fill the role. Fertita will assist the band on keyboard and piano for all of White’s forthcoming dates, beginning in Istanbul on November 7th.A statement from Third Man Records read:“Although it is impossible to replace Ikey, the incredibly talented Dean Fertita will be joining the band to play piano and keyboard for all of Jack’s currently announced tour dates.”White’s European tour runs through November 19, then resumes in Nashville in January, followed by a stint at Madison Square Garden on January 30.The two have previously collaborated on White’s other project the Dead Weather, of which Owens was also a member. Check out a Dead Weather Glastonbury performance below.
Pink Talking Fish founder and bassist Eric Gould sat down with L4LM to discuss his favorite tribute acts in the music scene today. Gould founded Pink Talking Fish in 2013, coming up with the idea and penning a potential setlist fusing the music of Phish, Talking Heads, and Pink Floyd. As he described it in a recent interview, one look at the setlist, and he said to himself, “oh my god, this band has to happen.”Todd Stoops, Grateful Dead Set Added To Pink Talking Fish’s NYC Concert Cruises[Cover photo courtesy of Bryan Lasky]I love performing in a Tribute Act. I engulf myself with music that I value at the highest levels of love and respect. Then I have the pleasure and the honor of performing to an audience who shares my enthusiasm and trusts me to add personal creativity into the mix. It takes a certain personality in a musician to put together a Tribute Show that honors the original acts and transports the audience to that place where they feel most at home. My favorite Tribute Acts have this dedication but also add a slice of originality, giving the audience fresh footprints on the platform of the music they love. The Jam Scene is all about a sense of adventure through music and, therefore, is the perfect place for these unique Tribute Acts to live and thrive.While I haven’t heard every Tribute Band in the jam scene, here are some of the ones that get me excited:10. The Z3 featuring Ed Mann – Funky Takes on Frank Zappa: Led by Tim Palmieri and an allstar cast of characters in the Northeast scene, this group uses the music of Frank Zappa to create funked out jam vehicles. Zappa alum, Ed Mann, adds a classic sound to the flavor of the band.9. DeadPhish Orchestra: “A seamless web of Phish and The Dead to split open and melt your face”: This Colorado quartet combines the jamband giants into one experience. The setlists are creative and bandleader, Ted Tilton, adds to the fun by re-naming combinations like Playin’ in Suzy Greenburg’s Band and YEMberland Blues.8. The Motet: Yes, this band plays original music. However, they have also earned their place in the tribute genre. They have created and brilliantly executed tribute shows such as 1975 Mixtape, Funk Is Dead, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson and more. These guys are one of the few bands that have blurred the lines of category and that is exciting to me.7. Bustle In Your Hedgerow: Instrumental Led Zepplin with an edge! The jam scene needed this one. Paying tribute to the Titans of Rock and Roll while also exploring the jam within makes this outfit a diamond in the rough.6. Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute/HmfO: A Hall and Oates Tribute: When PTF formed I was surprised that the Talking Heads material was the most challenging to pull off. This band masters the simplistic layers that embody the complex whole. It’s a beautiful collective. Classy that they often open for themselves with their Hall And Oates alter ego. Bravo, Gents!5. Melvin Seals JGB: This one is another gray area, since Melvin was a part of JGB for so many years. I want to give him some love here though, because he carries the torch for the JGB sound like none other. The spirit is there. The energy is that perfect mix of feel good soul and vibrant bounce. Life is just a little bit better with JGB around.4. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead: These guys cracked the code: A Grateful Dead show with an X Factor that appeals to the young, fresh and hip audience. The music is alive and full of high energy. The surface of this concept was scratched with Jazz Is Dead about a decade ago but this is the act that is taking it to the streets. Has GD gone metrosexual?!3. Easy Star Allstars: Although this band writes original music, the success of their career has been in the tribute realm. Dub Side Of The Moon is probably the most popular tribute album in the world. The work they have done putting their creative stamp into the music of Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles and more is an inspiration to artists of all levels. The live show is happening and the media synergy is wildly entertaining.2. Zappa Plays Zappa: I remember the day Frank passed away. Crushing. It makes me happy that Dweezil carried on the family torch. Just like his dad, he has found some of the most ridiculous players alive to perform some of the most ridiculous music ever written. We are a better world with a live show out there that does justice to Zappa’s music.1. Dark Star Orchestra: DSO has many accolades. They have harnessed the sound of The Grateful Dead. They have recreated many and most of the classic setlists from the past. They have performed many more live shows than The Grateful Dead in much less time. These are not the reasons why I picked them as #1. The reason I deem them the best Tribute Act in the Jam Scene is because they pay tribute to more than just the music. They pay tribute to the culture.The fact that DSO is carrying on the spirit and opportunity for the Deadhead culture to continue with the touring experience is a blessing to our scene. Shakedown Street lives on. The ride will continue to be enjoyed. Tour is one of the last great American dreams in existence. The power and adventure in Tour is the richest treasure in this scene. As The Dead perform their final shows together this year, it is a pleasure to say “Thank you, DSO, for keeping the most precious asset of our scene alive and well.”Be sure to check out Pink Talking Fish and ShwiKus Plays P-Funk At Phunk The Winter!, February 7th at the Gramercy Theatre. Here’s a killer “Divided Sky > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Pigs” from PTF to get you in the mood:Honorable Mentions:Shafty – Portland’s Tribute To Phish: These guys keep current with all the new material that comes out and write setlists like The Disco Biscuits with inverted songs and other tricks. It is always exciting to see what they will do next.California Voodoo – An Honest Interpretation of Widespread Panic: The WSP energy is alive in Kansas City. Close your eyes and you will hear JB through the vocals of Scotty McCormick Jr. KC is a big Panic town and these musicians bring the heat and create a fantastic WSP experience.7 Below – A Tribute To Phish: This band prides themselves on owning the complex Phish material and performing it with precision. Want to hear a flawless Reba? Want to hear YEM>Bowie>YEM>Bowie? Go see 7 Below.Dead Floyd: To combine The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd is to climb a spiritual mountain. Both bands harness an intimate depth and deep power. These gentlemen from Colorado do it justice.
Greensky Bluegrass has just added one final date to their spring tour… an appearance at Terrapin Crossroads with the great Phil Lesh!Taking place in just a couple short weeks, on March 24th, Lesh and GSBG will team up for a set that will surely include many bluegrass-inspired takes on the Grateful Dead’s music.Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, March 10th, at 4 PM Pacific, and are expected to sell out quickly, so act fast! More info here.Greensky Bluegrass will also be performing at the recently announced “Dear Jerry” tribute show.
L4LM is proud to present KRAW?! The Crawfest Afterparty, kicking off immediately after the famous Tulane Crawfest on April 18th in New Orleans. For one night only, The Willow will be hosting an all-star ensemble of jazz/funk legends, bringing together members of Lettuce, Gramatik, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Dumpstaphunk, Rebelution, and more!It all starts with CakeWalk, opening up the show with nine-pieces of groovy funk glory. One of the best newer acts to come out of NOLA, be sure to keep your eyes on these guys.After CakeWalk, the main act is a glorious ensemble that includes Nigel Hall, Eric Benny Bloom, Andrew Block, Big Sam, Eric Vogel, Alvin Ford Jr., Ian Neville, Khris Royal, and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph. That’s a whole lot of talent for one sentence!Nigel Hall’s Top 10 Keyboardists Of All TimeHall and Bloom are familiar faces to anyone who’s seen Lettuce, as Bloom provides some Shady Horn prowess and Hall rocks the keys and vocals. Bring in R&B/Soul guitarist Andrew Block, who is currently a member of Gramatik’s touring band, and things are cooking.Big Sam and Eric Vogel of Big Sam’s Funky Nation will be joining in as well, with the charismatic bandleader Big Sam bringing out some hefty trombone and Vogel laying down some thick bass lines.We’re also bringing two members of the acclaimed Dumpstaphunk into the mix, Ian Neville and Alvin Ford Jr. behind the kit. This is a group of musicians that frequently collaborates, so expect tight funky tunes throughout the night.Khris Royal will also be on hand for the festivities. A NOLA native who oozes funk with his saxophone tones, he’s most notably a member of the reggae band Rebelution. And joining the band on vocals is the powerful Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, adding some dynamite to this awesome crew.For tickets and more information, head to the Eventbrite page! The KRAW?! Crawfest Afterparty takes place on April 18th at the Willow, with doors opening at 8PM and the show starting at 9 PM.KRAW?! Crawfest Afterparty9pm: CakeWalk10pm: Headliner:Nigel Hall (Lettuce)Eric Benny Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights Band)Andrew Block (Gramatik)Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation)Eric Vogel (Big Sam’s Funky Nation)Alvin Ford Jr. (Dumpstaphunk)Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk)Khris Royal (Rebelution, Khris Royal’s Dark Matter)Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph (Tank and the Bangas, American Idol XIV)Win (2) Tickets to KRAW?!
Disclosure have released the first single off their highly anticipated sophomore album, a catchy club track called “Holding On.” The song features vocals from Grammy award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter.Disclosure Being Sued For Over $200,000 For Allegedly Stolen LyricsThe track was originally written as a piano ballad, but the electronic UK duo later turned it into an upbeat track, essentially remixing themselves. Listen below.
Load remaining images Tucked away from the small Metropolis of Omaha, NE stands the Sumtur Amphitheater. There beneath a cloudy sky, Umphrey’s McGee played an outstanding show for a smaller-than-usual crowd that made the concert even that much more intimate. With the concert tickets being those small raffle tickets, the seclusion and smallness of the show was intact from the beginning.They began the show right at 7:30 and opened with “Room to Breathe”. Followed was “Piranhas”, a newer number that has only been played a couple of times. “Prowler” was next, but the show didn’t really get going until they played “Bright Lights Big City”. It had a good jam, and the irony of the song in a place where no skyline was visible was well done. They played “Draconian” and then the rarer instrumental “End of the Road”. During the entirety of the first set, some fans on the rail were jamming out to Umphrey’s while building a small tower made of beer cans. It reached a nice height and even guitarist and singer Brendan Bayliss took note of it when he said, “For the record that was a very impressive beer can structure my friends.” Umphrey’s then closed out the set with “Rocker II”.The second set was much better executed than the first. It opened with a monster “Der Bluten Kat” with a “Sociable Jimmy” sandwiched in the middle. “Miami Virtue” was probably the improvisatory highlight of the night, as they built the peak to a soaring level. The improvisation was vintage Umphrey’s at their best, and they didn’t want to end it just because they were getting ready for the next song. So they segued it seamlessly into “The Floor”. You could hear “The Floor” coming a mile way, and it was easily the best (and really the only true) segue of the night. “Search 4” saw an extended jam for the outro that was an unexpected surprise as most versions are straightforward. They closed the set with “Andy’s Last Beer”. As per usual, during the bridge, Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, and Andy Farag led the crowd in a clap that went to the abnormal time signature of the song. Omaha folks have something to be proud about; they did a good job of clapping to the beat.The show ended with an encore of The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”. It was a standard version, and Umphrey’s ended at exactly 10:30. Either they honored a contract that said they would end at such a time or the boys saw the lightning in the distance and didn’t want to get caught in anything bad. So as concertgoers exited the venue happy with the performance Umphrey’s provided, they were also treated to the occasional flashes of light that only Mother Nature can provide. Umphrey’s continues on their Midwest run tonight with a show in Des Moines, IA.– words and photos by Daniel OjedaSETLIST 6/25/15:Room to BreathePiranhasProwlerBright Lights Big CityDraconianEnd of the RoadRocker IIDer Bluten KatSociable JimmyDer Bluten KatMiami Virtue ->The FloorAugustSearch 4Andy’s Last BeerBaba O’Reilly
When Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil isn’t fronting the band Zappa Plays Zappa, apparently he’s off cooking up a storm on the Food Network. Zappa, along with Eddie Ojeda, Lita Ford, & Kelly Hansen, will appear on tonight’s Rock Star edition of the show Chopped!Top 12 Most Essential Frank Zappa AlbumsAccording to a brief description of the show, Zappa and his competitors will have to use a “punny” protein for appetizers, use lamb as the main entree jam, and incorporate rock candy and lemon rolls in the desert (aka rock and roll!). The winner will receive $10,000 to the charity of their choice.The show airs tonight; check below for a list of repeat air times in case you miss it:Tue, August 18 – 10|9cWed, August 19 – 1a|12cThu, August 27 – 9|8cFri, August 28 – 12a|11c[Via Food Network]