Summer Camp Music Festival has boasted an excellent lineup thusfar, and fans have been eager to see what the festival’s third round of artist additions will bring. Scheduled for May 27-29 at Chillicothe, IL, the lineup has previously included acts like moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Mudcrutch, Big Grizmatik, STS9, The Roots and more.The final installment of the lineup includes Jason Isbell, Hard Working Americans, Marchfourth Marching Band, The Wailers, Break Science, Liquid Stranger, Floodwood, Goldfish, The Nth Power and more!You can see the full artist additions below:Full Artist AdditionsJason IsbellHard Working AmericansMarchFourth Marching BandThe Wailers Break ScienceFloodwoodGoldfishLiquid StrangerThe Nth Power AqueousArtifaktsChase BabyCofresiEarphorikJames JonesJimkataJJ & DreMcLovinsPigeons Playing Ping PongPositive Vibr8ionsShy Guy SaysSIMOStyles & CompleteTruth AKA TroubleUnlike PlutoVan GhostWyllysCheck out the full lineup card below, and head to the festival’s website for details:
Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala stopped by the famed British music showcase Later…With Jools Holland while on their ongoing World Tour. They played “Let It Happen”, “The Less I Know The Better”, and “The Moment”, all three tracks from 2015’s synth-heavy Currents. The energy in their playing is truly impressive, and with a special upcoming late night set at Bonnaroo, looming headlining sets at Firefly and U.K. mega-fest Glastonbury, and a slew of sold out high-profile shows coming up, Tame Impala fans will surely be excited to see the band firing on all cylinders!Check out the video below of Tame Impala on Later…With Jools Holland below:
Chicago’s Taste of Randolph filled the streets of the city’s popular West Loop area yesterday to kick off day one of the three-day music and food event. Presented by Silver Wrapper, this year’s festival expanded to three stages, featuring some of our favorite funk acts and beyond including The Motet, Turkuaz, and Marco Benevento. Incorporating some of the city’s premier restaurants, talented artisans and eclectic vendors, Taste of Randolph is a unique event that serves to benefit the community.This year, fest organizers went above and beyond on creativity and production, creating a mini yet realistic Red Rocks “Denver Stage”. Attendees were blown away watching some of their favorite Colorado bands perform in a replica of one of the most breathtaking venues in the country. Get a “Taste of Randolph” below, by Kristine Condon. Load remaining images Following an incredible day of music, Benevento and his troupe (Karina Rykman on bass, Andy Borger on drums) hit the nearby Tonic Room for a late night of epic proportions. Check out a full gallery of photos from Taste of Randolph and the official afterparty below, by Kristine Condon.
Dweezil Zappa’s “Cease And Desist” tour will be rocking across the country this fall, and he has just announced a very special guest to help him and his band recreate songs from one of Frank Zappa‘s most beloved albums. Hot on the tail of a vinyl re-release of Joe’s Garage on August 26th, Dweezil will bring iconic vocalist Ike Willis into the fold for the first time since his father’s final tour in 1988. Willis provides vocals on Joe’s Garage, and was member of Frank Zappa’s touring band from 1978 – 1988.Willis has been touring in a Zappa cover band called Project/Object, and it seems that the Zappa Family Trust has black-balled him as a result. He hasn’t ever performed at any of the official Zappa Family Trust projects, and this will be his first time sitting in with Dweezil Zappa, who himself is currently feuding with his family’s trust. Talk about throwing shade…Willis will join Dweezil Zappa on 10/12 in Chicago at Concord Music Hall, and 10/30 in New York at Zappa’s traditional Halloween show at the Beacon Theatre. Willis will be sitting in on Joe’s Garage tunes, so expect an exciting night celebrating one of the best albums of all time!
Independent website 30 Days, 30 Songs is currently on Day 4 of their mission to release one song per day until Election Day. Their mission is to motivate voters to go out and vote, specifically against Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Today, the site featured My Morning Jacket’s front man Jim James, and his solo track “Same Old Lie.”James had this to say about The Donald:“The fact that the United States is even remotely considering the idea of a Donald Trump presidency is so very, very disturbing. How has this bully who capitalizes on the destruction of humanity somehow been given a free pass? We need to be working for peace, love, and equality. We need to find new and better ways to take care of each other, to make this nation a place where all feel safe and welcome, regardless of race, sex, or creed. We can’t be ruled by the fear and hatred that Trump continues to push down our throats. Let’s sing our songs and cast our votes and work together to help make this country the center of peace and love that we all know it can be.”30 Days, 30 Songs is very clear as to why they dislike Trump, “We will not be duped by his his rhetorical contortions, by his pandering and lies and false promises,” continuing by saying “His words incite hatred and celebrate inequity.”Conversely, they give their reasoning as to why, despite not necessarily loving her, finding her uninspiring and having faults of her own, Democratic Presidential Hillary Clinton is clearly a better choice and more qualified to lead the nation, “you don’t have to fall in love with a candidate. This is not a romance. We are electing the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. This is a decision for the head, not the heart.”Take a listen to James’ “Same Old Lie”:[photo courtesy of Marc Millman Photography]
Digital Frontier is a band that has a deep history in the live electronica scene. Hailing from Westchester and Long Beach, NY, the band consists of Sol Montoya on drums, Matt Smilkstein on keys, Luke Stocker on bass and Jesse Stocker on flute and synth. Aptly named for their electronic flow and innovative sound, Digital Frontier was formed in 2006, and made a big impact from day one. Tonight, they’ll get down with The Jauntee for a Valentine’s Day extravaganza at American Beauty (get tickets here).The band can trace their foundations to the eclectic college town of New Paltz, NY. They got their start playing parties in a my basement, as well as late night shows at the nearby Cabaloosa. Touring only increased their growing fanbase, and they started drawing bigger audiences in New York City. They even had the honor of playing the downstairs room the last two closing weekends at CBGB’s while Blondie was playing upstairs in the main room.Throughout the years, the band played many Disco Biscuits and Lotus late nights, gaining a solid crossover fan base with both bands. From playing Summer Dance Festival in Ohio to one of the biggest day sets at Camp Bisco, DigiFront spread their wings and made a name for themselves on the festival circuit as an dark, dirty late night act not to miss.Unfortunately, after a few lineup changes, the band decided to ultimately go their separate ways. Though they planned to reunite, their studio and equipment in Long Beach was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, delaying these plans entirely. It wasn’t until Sol Montoya and Jesse Stocker recently discussed bringing the band back that they made this exciting reunion happen. The two band members worked sound and lighting together at Sullivan Hall, and got their DigiFront counterparts together to start practicing once more.With the original lineup back in action, the practice sessions were sounding tighter than ever, and the band decided to record them as The Basement Sessions. After getting to play at Bowery Ballroom and Luna Light Music Festival, DigiFront are eyeing 2017 to take things farther than ever. The band has a fresh outlook and a vicious passion to keep playing, and their practices have been concise and strong with a dark flowing vibe. Leading up to their Valentine’s Day show with The Jauntee, they have prepared an array of new music and are excited to show it off. We are truly about to experience a new frontier.
Last year, The Main Squeeze — a band melding soulful funk with rock n’ roll — relocated from their hometown of Chicago to the bustling city of Los Angeles, CA. Initially heading to the West Coast to record their latest album, Without A Sound, the City of Angels so completely inspired their creative process that they decided to make a permanent change. Frontman Corey Frye on vocals and guitarist Max Newman on guitar, the band includes Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keyboards), Rob Walker (bass) and Reuben Gingrich (drums) are still soaring from the release of this year’s album, and have shared the studio video for their cover of “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath. The quintet’s talents shine through on this video, as they bring their new school vibe to an old school track.This fall, Without A Sound will be available as a limited-run LP release. To celebrate the coming vinyl pressing, The Main Squeeze will embark on the 2nd leg of their Without A Sound tour in late September, concluding with a two-night New Year’s Eve run at The Mint on December 30 & 31. Tickets are available here. Please find a full list of dates below.THE MAIN SQUEEZE // Tour Dates9/6 – Durango CO – Animas City Theatre9/7 – Frisco CO – The Barkley Ballroom9/8 – Bellevue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheater9/16 – Beaver Creek CO – Beaver Creek Village9/22 – Danville, IL – Culture Shock Festival9/23 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival9/27 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly *9/28 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint And Music Hall *9/29 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *9/30 – Houston, TX – House of Blues @ Bronze Peacock Room *10/1 – Baton Rouge, LA – Sundays In The Park10/4 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall10/5 – Orlando, FL – The Social10/6 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar10/7 – Miami, FL – The Wynwood Yard10/11 – Baltimore, MD – 8×1010/12 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s10/13 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar10/14 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre10/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts10/18 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater10/19 – So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground – Ballroom ^10/20 – So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground – Ballroom ^10/21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues Boston ^10/25 – Goshen, IN – Ignition Music Garage10/26 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub10/27 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge11/22 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue12/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint Supper Club12/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint Supper Club1/17-22 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise* support for JJ Grey & Mofro^ support for Lotus
Earlier in the year, The Peach Music Festival dropped the highly anticipated lineup for its 2018 edition, which will take place at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, from July 19th through 22nd (almost a full month earlier than it has in previous years). At the time of the original announcement, the festival revealed that it would host Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, two sets of Gov’t Mule (including a “Dark Side of the Mule” set), two sets of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, the return of Dickey Betts and his band (marking the Allman Brothers Band original member’s first announced show since ending his retirement), two sets of moe., the annual “Wake Up with Warren Haynes”, two sets of Twiddle including “Twiddle & Friends”, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blackberry Smoke, and many more. They later added Umphrey’s McGee.Today, The Peach Music Festival announces a stellar phase two of the 2018 lineup, including The Revivalists, moe. + Little Feat performing “Waiting For Columbus” feat. Turkuaz Horns, Oteil & Friends (ft. Melvin Seals, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Weedie Braimah, Alfreda Gerald & Scott Metzger), Michael Franti & Spearhead, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, ZZ Ward, Third World, The Suffers, Band of Changes ft. Harford, Metzger, Dreiwitz & Russo, Kitchen Dwellers, Hayley Jane and the Primates, and Thorp Jenson, plus artists-at-large Turkuaz Horns and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer!The impressive lineup is rounded out by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Spafford, The Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Dumpstaphunk, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm, Aqueous, BIG Something, Ghost Light (featuring Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling), The Main Squeeze, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Organ Freeman, Driftwood, The Magic Beans, Midnight North, Litz, Mo Lowda & The Humble, The Blue Stones, Soule Monde, Gatos Blancos, Flux Capacitor, JP Biondo, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Bishop Gunn, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and Juice.Check out an updated lineup card for The Peach Music Festival below, and head to the Peach Fest website for more details and tickets.
Today, Pretty Lights Live has announced their return to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Slated for August 10th and 11th, the two-night run will also double as a ten-year anniversary celebration for Pretty Lights, rounding off a decade of performances at the famed venue.As Derek Vincent Smith, the mastermind behind the project, noted in a press release:I’m feeling much excitement about announcing the 10th Anniversary Pretty Lights shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 10 & 11, 2018. This year will be the best year yet, as we continue to gain more & more understanding about what is possible when this many people come together organized in love and music. I’m putting all my energy into these shows and they will be the only shows of the summer, possibly all year. Can’t wait to open portals to higher dimensions of consciousness with the homies in the PL Live Band: Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr., Chris Karns and Brandon Butler and The Lazer Shark. Come celebrate with us! Always, the light will shine as a guide.Pretty Lights Live is a relatively new set up for Derek Vincent Smith, which sees the prolific producer joined by his live band featuring Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Brandon Butler (keys), Borahm Lee (keys) and Chris Karns (turntables). With Pretty Lights in a constant state of evolution, Pretty Lights Live brings a more freeform aspect to their shows because of the project’s focus on group improvisation and, more or less, group jamming. The keystone to this live improvisation is “flips,” moments when Smith slowly fades out a produced track and the band takes over, switching over to a more electronic sound and moving through a completely live, improvised instrumental segment.You can snag tickets to Pretty Lights’ 10th-anniversary Red Rocks run when they go on sale to the public on Friday, April 20th at 10 a.m. (MST). Two-day general admission and VIP tickets, as well as lodging options (via CID Entertainment and Curadora) will be available via a direct-to-fan pre-sale, which starts on Wednesday, April 18th, at 10 a.m. (MST). To get the pre-sale code, sign up for Pretty Lights’ mailing list here.
Kanye West certainly has been busy as of late. The Chicago rapper and producer has been making headlines following the announcement of his upcoming philosophy book called Break The Stimulation—most recently, reactivating his Twitter account to post excerpts for the project. However, today, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce to two other new projects in the pipeline, this time in the form of two upcoming albums.As West noted, he’ll release his eighth full-length studio album on June 1st. Rather than waiting, this solo release will be followed up with a collaborative LP with Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghosts, which will be released the following week on June 8th. Folks have been speculating about West’s forthcoming album for a while now, with the media placing him with Rick Rubin recently, the executive producer for Yeezy’s last two albums. Furthermore, during a vacation with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, in March in Jackson, Wyoming, the couple was reportedly visited by a number of Kanye’s past collaborators, including Kid Cudi, Nas, Travis Scott, King Louie, The-Dream, and producer Mike Dean. Stay tuned for both of West’s upcoming albums in June, and check out his announcement tweets below. [H/T Consequence of Sound]