2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for Particle. The jamtronica pioneers are planning the release their first album, Accelerator, in over a decade, and fans new and old couldn’t be happier with the band’s current sound. The new creative energy has been quite the source of excitement on their winter tour, and this year is only just getting started.We’re fortunate to be able to share the very first track from Accelerator. Titled “Home Away From Home,” the spacey jam was actually inspired by the discovery of an earth-like exoplanet called Kepler 452-b. As keyboardist Steve Molitz explains, “Scientists have theorized that future humans could live there, so this song imagines what might happen to us upon our arrival to this distant new home.”Listen to the futuristic “Home Away From Home” below:With such a unique blend of sounds on the track, we asked Molitz to shed some light on how it was made. “There’s a ton of sound design on the track that helps transport the listener on an audio journey, much like the old-time radio shows used to do before the advent of television. Conceptually, the song is kind of a mix of the old Twilight Zone and the new Battlestar Galactica.” He continues, “Musically, the song combines elements of Drum & Bass, Breakbeat and House to create a sound that I can only describe as pure Particle space porn!”Pure Particle space porn indeed! If this progressive composition is any indication of what’s to come on Accelerator, fans are certainly in for a treat. The new song is one of many that Particle has been playing live in 2016, with a whole album’s worth of tunes to get live music fans in the groove. It’s a great time to be a fan, as Particle continues their evolution into one of the best bands in the scene.Don’t miss the group on tour! The full schedule of dates can be seen below:[Photo credit: David S. Davis]
As 2016 marks the 15th year for Railroad Earth, the band continues to improve with each passing performance. There’s just something magical about their unique brand of bluegrass, between the whimsical jamming and the soul-drenched vocals from Todd Sheaffer, backed by an impressive blend of musicianship and compositional prowess. The band’s sound is potent, enjoyed by anyone who witnesses their display.Last night, RRE brought their soul-jam-grass out to NYC’s PlayStation Theater, delivering a barnburner in midtown Manhattan. The band Cabinet opened up the show, bringing their upbeat brand of Pennsylvania bluegrass to the table. Cabinet never fails to deliver, and they even commented that they were supporting Railroad Earth ten years prior at Penn’s Peak. Things are coming full circle, as RRE is headlining the Cabinet-hosted Susquehanna Breakdown this May.Listen to their set below, courtesy of taper Jeff Fuchs:After a bouncing set from Cabinet, Railroad Earth came out firing with “The Jupiter and the 119.” The spacey odyssey took fans on a journey, before they got a taste of some “Cold Water” from the band. Some great jamming went down throughout the first set, and RRE called on Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis to help out on two numbers, “Goat > Seven Story Mountain,” to close out the first half. The latter especially featured some tight-knit improvisation from the whole band, with the crowd seemingly hanging on every note. It was beautiful.Set two was more of the same fiery passion, as the band came out swinging with “Bread and Water.” After a fun version of “Monkey,” the band once again welcomed Danny Louis for the remainder of the set. And what a set it was! The group went into “Elko” and “Bird,” two classics done justice with the seven musicians on stage. “Mourning Flies” came next, a soulful rendition, before the bouncy “Like A Buddha” kept things rocking. After “The Forecast,” the group dove into “Mighty River” with a strong “River Intro Jam,” and the fans could not have been more passionate. This was the jam of the night, as everyone was firing on all cylinders. Some great fiddle work from Tim Carbone sent this show into orbit!The final number of set two came in the form of “Chasin’ A Rainbow” from the band’s 2014 release, The Last Of The Outlaws. Finally, the show closed with “When The Sun Gets In Your Blood,” complete with Danny Louis and some feel good jamming throughout. It was quite the performance, as the setlist will tell you. Until next time, RRE.Listen to the full show below, courtesy of taper tim in jersey:Setlist: Railroad Earth at PlayStation Theater, New York, NYSet One: The Jupiter and the 119, Cold Water, Lordy, Lordy, Been Down This Road, Grandfather Mountain, Walk Beside Me, Goat (A) –> Seven Story Mountain (A)Set Two: Bread and Water, Monkey, Elko (A), Bird (A), Mourning Flies (A), Like a Buddha (A), The Forecast (A) –> River Intro Jam (A) –> Mighty River (A) –> Chasin’ a RainbowEncore: When the Sun Gets in Your Blood (A)(A) with Danny Louis on keyboards and trombone during “Like a Buddha.”
Early this year, guitarist and bandleader Scott Sharrard revealed plans for The Gregg Allman Band to enter the studio to record original material, rumored to be called All Compositions By Gregg Allman. The session is currently going down at the legendary Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Allman has plenty of history already. Gregg Allman Reveals The Lineup For The First Of His Five ‘Laid Back’ FestivalsAccording to a heartfelt message from Sharrard’s Facebook page, this is “Gregg’s first studio album with his own band since the 1980’s (Searching for Simplicity and Low Country Blues were done with mostly studio sidemen instead of Gregg’s touring band).”Allman Brothers‘ percussionist Marc Quiñones is in the band, as well as bassist Ron Johnson, saxophonists Art Edmaiston and Jay Collins, trumpeter Marc Franklin, keyboardist Peter Levin, and drummer Steve Potts. They’ve got Don Was as their producer and are recording songs co-written by Allman and Sharrard, as well as some Scott Sharrard Band covers, like “Love Like Kerosene”. [All photos courtesy of Matt Butler]If you haven’t experienced Gregg Allman with his new band, we highly recommend it. The band takes a refreshed approach to some original ABB tunes, while also introducing more recent work by Allman and Sharrard. Take a listen to their freshly-imagined rendition of ‘Whipping Post’:You can also catch Gregg Allman Band at Red Rocks this summer, as well as at Wanee and Peach Music Festival.
Everybody’s favorite Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Phish tribute band is gearing up for a busy summer. Pink Talking Fish is going straight weekend warrior style during the summer season, with appearances at a number of festivals (StrangeCreek, Disc Jam, Backwoods Pondfest, and more), as well as a couple of Phish after-parties at The Vic Theatre in Chicago on June 25th, Putnam Den post-SPAC on July 2nd, and after Phish Dick’s at Dulcineas in Colorado on Sept. 1st and 2nd.Pink Talking Fish’s Eric Gould Gets Us Excited For Their Chicago Throwdown Post-PhishEric Gould and company will also be playing two shows in one night in New York City, aboard the Rocks Off Boat Cruise on July 8th. You can see the full tour schedule below.Pink Talking Fish Summer 2016 Tour Dates5/27: MAYfest Music Art Yoga in Cold Spring NY – w/s/g Elise Testone on vocals5/29: StrangeCreek Campout 2016 (_Official_) in Greenfield MA – Late Night Set!6/09: Disc Jam Music Festival in Stephentown NY – Headlining Thursday night6/23: Northeast Fair in Pittston PA – Carnival!6/25: The Vic Theatre in Chicago IL – Phish After-Party (less than 10 minute walk from Wrigley!)7/01: Paradise On The Point in Cincinnati OH – Free Outdoor Concert Series7/02: Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs NY – Phish After-Party7/08: Rocks Off Cruise in New York NY – 2 Cruises in 1 Day7/16: Lake Champlain Concert Cruise in Burlington VT7/17: Rock On! Concerts Cruise in Boston MA7/19: MEZZANINE in San Francisco CA – Phish After-Party7/22-23: Jerry Jam in Bath NH7/29: Grateful Getdown in Shartlesville PA8/04: Ocean Mist in Kingstown RI8/05: Backwoods Pondfest in Peru NY – PTF is Bowie concept8/19: Wellfleet Beachcomber in Wellfleet MA – Cape Cod Beach Party!8/31: The Fox Theatre in Boulder CO – Phish Pre-Party9/01-02: Dulcineas in Denver CO – Phish Pre-Party & After-Party
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, the well-known Billy Joel tribute act fronted by current Joel bandmate Mike DelGuidice, welcomed a very special guest at their Huntington, Long Island show last night–The Entertainer himself. Joel came out for three songs in the middle of the set, including two covers (a Joe Cocker-style “With A Little Help From My Friends”, and the Rolling Stones‘ “Honky Tonk Woman”) and original “You May Be Right”. You can check out audience video from the surprise appearance below via YouTube user BillyJoelVideos:Mike Delguidice has been playing Billy Joel’s music since he was 15 years old. In 2000, he formed Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute act in Port Jefferson, New York, and has gone on to become the most successful Joel tribute act on the circuit. His skilled piano playing and uncanny vocal imitations of the Piano Man have amazed audiences for years–so much so that, in 2013, Joel brought him on as an official member of his live band, handling acoustic guitar and backing vocal duties. At one of Joel’s standing gigs at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in April, Joel joked that DelGuidice’s impression of him is so good, if you played a recording of himself followed by one of DelGuidice, even he wouldn’t be able to tell you which one was which.
Last night, Widespread Panic returned to the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, putting the finishing touches on a powerful two-night run to open their fall tour. The band may not be touring extensively in the future, making each note all the more precious in the land of Panic. Fortunately, the band put on an impressive display of jammin’ rock and roll music for the show.Opening with “Diner,” the show was filled with highlights from top to bottom. Fortunately, YouTube user j cornell captured some great moments from the performance for all to enjoy.Watch the show-opening “Diner” below.Later on in the second set, the band broke out into their classic drinking song, “Tall Boy.” Watch that song too, below.You can see the full setlist from the show below, courtesy of PanicStreamSetlist: Widespread Panic at Warner Theatre, Washington, DC – 9/7/16Set 1: Diner > Bears Gone Fishin’ > Climb To Safety, Lil Kin > Travelin’ Light, B of D > Bust It Big > Weight of the World > Junior (78 mins)Set 2: Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Aunt Avis > Rebirtha > JAM > Imitation Leather Shoes, Tall Boy > Ride Me High > Drumz > Cease Fire > Honky Red (92 mins)Encore: Chilly Water (9 mins)
[story ThisDayInMusic.com and Ultimate Classic Rock] One of the most tragic stories in rock history has got to be the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and both pilots of the plane, Walter McCreary and William Gray.The Jacksonville, FL-based band was well on their way into the legendary canon of the rock n’ roll halls, having cleaned up their act of boozing and fighting, at the behest of Van Zant, and turning into an absolute juggernaut of an act, both live and in the studio. With hits such as “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and “Free Bird,” which features one of the most memorable guitar solos ever, and is a tribute to fallen Allman Brothers Band founding member Duane Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd was well on their way.The group just had come off an epic summer tour, and had released Street Survivors a mere three days before the shocking accident. Following a concert at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, South Carolina, the band members boarded a chartered Convair CV-300 to head to a show down at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA the next night.Due to a faulty engine draining fuel at an excessive rate, the plane went down over the swamp while pilots attempted an emergency landing at local airport in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Drummer Artimus Pyle, along with two crew members, were able to escape the wreckage and seek help from a local farmer and assist other the rest of the survivors.After the accident, surviving members of the band Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Artimus Pyle officially disbanded. After a decade, they would reunite, along with guitarist Ed King, who had left the band two years before the crash. Taking over band leader Ronnie Van Zant’s role in the band would be, fittingly, his younger brother Johnny Van Zant. Lyrnyrd Skynyrd has gone through various formations since then, and still tours regularly to this day. However, the band would never be the same.Let’s take a minute to remember those that didn’t make it on that tragic day back in 1977. In honor of Skynyrd and its fallen members, watch this version of “Freebird” recorded just months before the end.
Break Science Live Band will hit Brooklyn Bowl for an awesome two-night run, playing on December 16th and 17th. The weekend is sure to be filled with bangin’ beats provided by Adam Deitch, beautiful keyboard melodies and electronic production by Borahm Lee, and a host of familiar faces backing them up, as Deitch’s Lettuce bandmates Jesus Coomes, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom will all join together to form the Break Science Live Band.The show will feature the melodic, hip hop-tinged electronic grooves that you’ve come to expect from Break Science, with tons of fun covers and samples thrown into the mix. While Deitch and Lee are a force to be reckoned with on their own, adding Coomes, Shmeeans, Zoidis, and Bloom will certainly enhance the mix. Jesus holds it down tremendously on the bass, while Shmeeans is a reliable master of rhythm guitar. Zoidis and Bloom need no introduction, as their exploits as the Shady Horns have made them one of the most in-demand horn sections in the business.The Break Science Live Band have only played a handful of shows together, but given their comfort level interacting with each other in Lettuce and in the Analog Future Band, each show by this group has been beyond impressive. Take a look at a few videos from AURA Music & Arts Festival 2015 to see just how fun their sets can be. First up, check out pro-shot footage of the band covering “Me, Myself & I” by De La Soul, then watch fan-shot footage of “Throwback” / “I Can See It In Your Face”, and “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe / Let’s Groove”.Watch “Me, Myself & I”, courtesy of Aura FestivalWatch “Throwback/I Can See It In Your Face”, courtesy of YouTube user Tim RyanWatch “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe / Let’s Groove”, courtesy of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSThese two nights at Brooklyn Bowl simply can’t be missed! To buy tickets, click here for December 16th, and click here for December 17th, or enter to win them below.
The celebration of Prince‘s life will continue with a new documentary called Prince: R U Listening?. The artist’s impact on the musical community is undeniable, and has been honored through various tributes since his passing. The guitarist/singer/songwriter left behind a vault of music for future fans, with the first single releasing just last week. Additionally, the a new four-day event has just been announced to honor the Purple One’s life on the anniversary of his death at his own Paisley Park. Now, a bio-doc that will highlight the star’s early years and rise to fame throughout the ’70s and ’80s is in the works, according to Screen Daily.The documentary will feature close family and friends, including associates like Mick Jagger, Bono, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz, as well as Prince’s former fiancée and protege Sheila E. and various former band members. The film project will take action in 2017 with Emmy- and Peabody-winning producer Michael Kirk, known for his work on Find Your Groove. No release date has been set, but the project is already underway.[H/T CoS]
New York-based jam outfit TAUK recently recorded a session for “The Jam Files,” a popular show on the SiriusXM Jam ON station. With that session airing all throughout the week, SiriusXM has shared a great video from their studios. In it, TAUK digs deep into their original tune “Time’s Up,” jamming on the Led Zeppelin classic “No Quarter” in the middle.Check out the exciting “Time’s Up > No Quarter > Time’s Up” in the video below.TAUK’s Jam Files episode will air throughout this week and weekend, so don’t miss the band’s full session and more! Check out the airing times below.TAUK on The Jam FilesWednesday 12/14 @ 11pm ETThursday 12/15 @ 8am ETFriday 12/16 @ 2pm ETSunday 12/18 @ 4pm ET