Baby makes three with addition of Taylor James Hamlin The birth was a feat of numerology and a nod to the car number of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. Taylor James was born on Jan. 20 at 8:20 p.m. ET (20:20 in military time), and measured 20 inches in length. The baby girl tipped the scales at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Denny Hamlin and girlfriend Jordan Fish welcomed the couple’s first child Sunday evening with the birth of Taylor James Hamlin, according to the driver’s Twitter account.
Vermont jam band Twiddle is moving up in the world, so to speak. After an impressive sell out at New York City’s Irving Plaza over the weekend, which featured the debut of a new fan-inspired song, “Collective Pulse,” and a sit-in by 12-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, the band has announced that it will be returning to New York for a headlining date at Port Chester’s storied Capitol Theatre on May 7.Coverage: Twiddle Debuts New Song, Welcomes Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer In NYCHeavy instrumental four-piece and New York natives TAUK will be joining Twiddle in support of the evening’s festivities, too. Stay tuned for more details including pre-party announcements.Tickets go on sale this Friday, 3/4 at 12 PM EST here.Twiddle hits the road again on March 10 at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. for several more dates to wrap up their Plumperdump winter tour before undertaking the Plumpty Dumpty spring tour kicking off in Raleigh, NC at the Lincoln Theatre on March 29th. Twiddle’s spring tour dates can be found here.
Laugh. Dance. Breathe. Vape. These are all names of albums released by performer Keller Williams over the last twenty years of his bountiful career. They also act a great guideline for enjoying one of his shows if done on repeat for two hours. The man makes music a blast with his doobie-in-his-pocket demeanor, eclectic musical journeys that circumvent genre boundaries and his inspired rumblings down the neck of a six-string. He brought his newly minted project KWahtro and Portland, OR’s The Shook Twins to the Crystal Bay Casino in Crystal Bay, NV, and the place was bursting at the seams with infectious joy. A band that has been tagged “indie-folk” wouldn’t immediately strike you as a good fit to open for Keller Williams but The Shook Twins proved to be a solid choice with an impressive set to start the night. Having just played WinterWonderGrass three weeks earlier in Squaw Valley (watch highlights here), just a couple miles east along Lake Tahoe from Crystal Bay, the band was back to water the sonic seedlings they had recently planted in the region. Katelyn (Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele) and Laurie (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo) Shook sang like beautiful meadowlarks with their full and clear harmonies and were bolstered by the stylish play of Niko Daoussis (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin) and Josh Simon (Bass, Guitar). Their vibrant sound was a splendid blending of blues, folk, rock, and soul that the band served to the crowd like warm nectar, especially on a rich number like “Time To Swim.” Like Williams, the band plays loose with genre definitions and likes to texture its songs with loops, beat-boxing and smatterings of musical color from various percussion elements. Williams joined the members for an exploratory “Friend of The Devil” finale and led everyone in and out of jams with aplomb, even encouraging an impromptu xylophone solo from Katelyn before sharing his own. The band has got some cool juju, and it’s easy to fall under their spell after seeing them live. If you go to Williams’ website, you can find at least ten different projects of which he is an active member; he has always been one to play well with others. His exuberance for sharing the stage with talented players has always led to interesting combinations and his latest band KWahtro keeps that streak going. Gibb Droll (Guitar), Rodney Holmes (Drums) and Danton Boller (Bass) were a crack outfit that gave Williams’ acoustic dance riffs some real weight. The guitarist has the musical energy of one of those inflatable balloon guys that whip around in front of car dealerships, and it was a treat to watch the band match his unique moves. The crowd was keen to dance and KWahtro kept them happy all night long. By himself, it takes Williams some time to build up the force of his songs as he layers the different parts together with a looping machine. But he was able to burst right out of the gates onto the dance floor with KWahtro, a nice added shot of adrenaline compared to his solo shows. The band’s flexibility allowed it to shape jams to follow whatever groove tangent Williams went off on. Song after song, Droll, Holmes and Boller showcased how their talents blended smoothly with Williams’ style. Droll electrified his acoustic guitar and was the perfect Goose to Williams’ Maverick as they dipped and dove along to the night’s nimble melodies. Droll especially added spitfire picking to a soaring “I Feel High.” Boller was a shape-shifting bassist whose slippery bass line on Phish’s “Birds of A Feather” really funkifized the original and gave Williams some worbly undertones to vibe with. Holmes’ startling precision and intricate cymbal and hi-hat rhythms crushed a dub-inspired “Making It Rain” and his rock-steady presence provided a real launch pad for a number of heady expeditions. There were not too many breaks between songs and the music washed over the audience like swells along the beach, the band surfing over the rolling rhythms and melodies. A set closing run of “Off Time Chorus Line,” “Breathe,” “The Drop” and back into “Breathe” was the night’s greatest masterpiece. Williams was able to create a liquified groove that ran through all the songs and tied them together nicely as the band explored reggae, trance and soul tones. The band left the stage to frenzied applause and the audience smiled one collective smile. The best way to describe the night is to simplify to one word: Fun.
Bob Weir has taken on a lot of roles in his storied career, contributing timeless classics to the Grateful Dead canon on a routine basis. However, one thing the guitarist has never been too keen on is memorizing his lines. Sure, Weir likes to sing a lot of folk tunes with countless verses full of lyrics, but he’s also amassed the reputation of forgetting a lyric or two on occasion. It’s more endearing to Deadheads than anything else.So, when Safeway recruited Weir for a commercial, they wanted to make sure he didn’t misspeak. The teleprompter is in full force during Weir’s appearance, as he reads a bit about the supermarket’s charity drive to feed the hungry. It’s awkward and perfect and everything we’d hope for in a Safeway commercial from 1988 featuring Bob Weir.Watch the magic below, thanks to CoolOldVideos:Don’t forget to donate your extra can of food to Rainbow Records!
There’s something gratifying about going through the Phish archives and pulling out some of the great shows from the band’s career. So many memorable moments came during the 1990’s, including this performance from May 27th, 1994 at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA.The band’s third night at the iconic SF spot was arguably the best of the run, featuring the debut of “Simple,” an acoustic set with Morgan Fichter on fiddle, and an audience macaroni and cheese box shaking for “Possum” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.” No really, the band handed out Flintstones macaroni and cheese before the final two songs of the night and encouraged fans to shake along with them. “Shake your macaroni!,” yells drummer Jon Fishman.Of course, the song “Simple” also made its debut at this show, in its familiar setlist locale post-“Mike’s Song.” The interchange between “Mike’s” and “Simple” is downright insane, when you consider that this was the first time it had ever been played. The song was originally recorded in something of a doo-wop style for the Hoist album, but the Mike Gordon penned original didn’t make the cut. After this performance, it was significantly reworked and eventually debuted in a form closer to finalization, during the infamous O.J. Simpson police chase performance on June 17th of the same year.It’s interesting to hear how this song came to be, and we do indeed have it “Simple” for being Phish fans. Listen to the full May 27th, 1994 show below.[Audio: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | The Warfield | San Francisco, CA | 5/27/1994Set 1: Wilson > Runaway Jim, Foam, Bouncing Around the Room > David Bowie, If I Could, Punch You In the Eye > Harry Hood, Golgi ApparatusSet 2: Suzy Greenberg > Peaches en Regalia > My Friend, My Friend > Reba, The Lizards, Julius, Nellie Kane, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Mike’s Song -> Simple > Mike’s Song > Simple -> O Mio Babbino Caro, PossumEncore: Fire No whistling. Morgan Fichter on fiddle. Acoustic and without microphones. Debut. Phish debut; Andrea Baker singing unmiced. Audience shaking boxes of macaroni and cheese.Teases:· Theme from The Flintstones tease in Suzy Greenberg· Theme from The Flintstones tease in PossumNotes: This show marked the debut of Simple and the Phish debut of O Mio Babbino Caro. Suzy and Possum contained Flintstones theme teases. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Nellie Kane and My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own were performed acoustic with guest fiddler Morgan Fichter. O Mio Babbino Caro, a Puccini aria, featured opera singer Andrea Baker singing unmiced. Before Possum, the band handed out boxes of Flintstones macaroni and cheese for the audience to shake along with Possum and Fire.
With a stacked lineup including headlining sets from Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem and more, excitement is high for the 25th annual Lollapalooza, which kicks off today at Chicago’s Grant Park and runs through Sunday night. However, if you can’t make it out to Chicago, fret not: both Red Bull and Sirius XM will be offering live streams of select shows throughout the weekend. Red Bull TV will begin their streaming schedule tonight with the Yeasayers’ show at 7:10pm eastern time, and will run three separate streaming channels at all times throughout the festival. While some schedule slots are still TBA, major acts like Future, Major Lazer, RHCP, and LCD Soundsystem are all confirmed to be webcast on the site. To see the full streaming lineup and set reminders for the shows you want to watch, head here. Sirius XM will be hosting Lolla performances from various channels on its satellite radio platform, starting with Bastille this afternoon on the Alt Nation Channel (Ch. 36), and followed by performances from The Arcs, Wavves, Yeasayer, Jane’s Addiction, Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party, Flume, Local Natives and many more across multiple channels. Check out a full list of sets being broadcast on Sirius here. If you don’t have Sirius, you can also register for a 30-day free trial here to catch the action in Chicago all weekend long!Happy couch touring, music fans![via Rolling Stone]
Peach Music Festival has been given a lot of difficult situations to navigate around, but somehow they keep coming through with news that impresses fans beyond their initial lineup. Drummer Mark Hill of The Floozies is unable to attend their set this evening, but will be replaced by The String Cheese Incident‘s own Jason Hann instead. The Floozies’ Facebook post reads: “Alright peach fest people. Mark can’t make it tonight because he’s becoming a father. So Jason Hann from The String Cheese Incident will be filling in on drums. So many effing feelings right now.” Congratulations, Mark!The announcement comes atop the exciting news that Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, and Oteil Burbridge will be performing a special set on Sunday, as will Rich Robinson Band and an extended set from Gov’t Mule. These week-of announcements are a result of the unfortunate situations surrounding Gregg Allman‘s health, which ultimately led him to cancel the rest of his tour, with multiple sets at Peach included. Get better, Gregg!
Los Angeles Americana outfit Dawes has announced their new album. We’re All Gonna Die will come out on the band’s HUB Records on September 16th. The album features a ton of special guests, including Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Lucicus singer Holly Laessig, and an out-of-left-field appearance by Mandy Moore, who happens to be dating Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith. Moore also appears in the music video for the album’s lead single, “When the Tequila Runs Out”. In a press release, Goldsmith had this to say about the new album: “These songs were all written in a very short period of time, very close together. In that sense, I feel like there was a consistency in mood and outlook our other records don’t have. Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.”Watch the music video for “When the Tequila Runs Out” below:Dawes have announced a full slew of fall tour dates to support the new album, and you can find those tour dates belowDawes 2016 Tour Dates:08/17 – New York, NY @ PBS Front and Center Taping08/20 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre At The Egg08/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Main Street Music08/23 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sound Garden08/25 – Nashville, TN @ Live On The Green Music Festival08/26 – Florence, AL @ Billy Reid Shindig08/28 – Tacoma, WA @ Cheneyville Music Festival08/29 – Seattle, WA @ Easy Street08/30 – Portland, OR @ Music Millennium08/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba Berkeley09/15 – Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints 09/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery09/19 – New York, NY @ The McKittrick Hotel09/23 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight09/24 – Chicago, IL @ 312 Urban Block Party[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Earlier this week, Bob Weir brought his “Campfire Tour” to the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, treating fans to a performance that mixed Grateful Dead classics with new originals from his solo album Blue Mountain. Though the tour has been going remarkably well, by all accounts, the third stop was certainly highlighted by the appearance of guitarist John Mayer, who joined Weir and his band for an extended sit-in. Weir and Mayer are bandmates in Dead & Company, the relatively-new Grateful Dead permutation that toured in fall of 2015 and summer of 2016.Weir has been backed by a talented band on tour, which includes Steve Kimock, Jon Shaw, Josh Kaufman, Bryan Devendorf and Scott Devendorf. That band featured two additional members in Mayer and The National vocalist Matt Berninger, both of whom appeared at the end of the show. Mayer came out first on “Jack Straw,” before Berninger followed suit to close out the second set with “Morning Dew” and “I Know You Rider.” After a solo rendition of “Ki Yi Bossie” from Weir, Berninger and Mayer joined once more for “Peggy-O” and “Ripple,” closing out the night in style.Of course, focusing on these sit-ins would be an injustice to Weir’s new album Blue Mountain. Most of the songs played in the first set were taken from the new release, eloquently filling the halls of the renowned Wiltern Theatre. The classic concert hall was brought to life by Weir’s cowboy music! Thanks to show taper Pat Myers, we can listen to the full audio below.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band just came off an earth-shattering three-night run at Boston, MA’s Orpheum Theatre this past weekend, which witnessed the group continue to shine with plenty of that soul-blues rock that have made them one of the most powerful bands out there today. Led by the husband and wife duo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, TTB is a sheer force to be reckoned with.The first night featured some choice covers, such as the George Harrison-penned Beatles track “Within You Without You” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, A majestic cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Bird On a Wire,” and show closer of Joe Cocker‘s “Space Captain.” The group also brought out special guest guitarist Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame on the blues standard “Key To The Highway.”On Friday night, the group continued to build on the night before. “Keep On Growing” brought the energy up early, as Tedeschi and backup singers Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers beautifully complimented each other, while Trucks showcased those slide skills that have been handed down by a divine power. The Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree” was placed in between an “Angel From Montgomery” sandwich, with Kofi Burbridge providing a little accent on the flute; he also showed a deft hand on organ and keys on a gospel-like “Bound For Glory.”For the Saturday night special, it was simply a culmination of the previous two nights. Tedeschi showed off those beautiful, gritty vocals on a cover of The Four Tops‘ “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever,” and once again on “Midnight in Harlem” which came out of a spacey “Little Martha” interlude, which saw a nice lead from Kebbi Williams on sax. The group concluded the three-night stint with the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” but more akin to the Joe Cocker version.All in all, a perfectly executed run from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, a group clearly playing at the top of their game right now. Take a listen to all three shows below:Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/1/16:[courtesy of taper Jim Kelly]Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/2/16:[courtesy of taper Team Dirty South]Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/3/16:[courtesy of taper Jim Kelly]