Set for premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Wednesday, March 16, The Smart Studios Story documentary will focus in on the Madison, Wisconsin recording studio that’s responsible for albums like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish, L7’s Bricks Are Heavy and Everclear’s Sparks and Fade, among others.Founded by producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig in 1983, Vig explains to Billboard that the story behind the documentary is “is more about a scene, a snapshot of time in the Midwest and how we started the studio and the bands that came in were very underground, very do it yourself.” He goes on to say, “We were so far removed from the East Coast and West Coast we were left to our own devices, and slowly the bands that recorded there started to make some noise, which led to bands that exploded in the mainstream like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.”Vig also explains some of the difficulties behind Nirvana’s Nevermind sessions, mentioning how Kurt Cobain would have “intense mood swings and just shut down.” “He would just go sit in a corner and disappear into his own space. Krist (Novoselic) would say, ‘He just goes into these moods and he’ll come out in awhile.’ So we’d find something to do for a couple hours, tweak the drums or work on bass sounds, and all of a sudden Kurt would pick up his guitar, ‘Let’s go.’ He’d be back, fully engaged. I just had to gauge when the timing ws right to go for takes.”Check out a clip from the upcoming documentary The Smart Studios Story below:[H/T Diffuser]
Only one week away, the exciting Paradise Music & Arts Festival is set to take place from April 28th through May 1st! Nestled at the beautiful Wisteria Campgrounds in Pomeroy, OH, this festival promises to bring some of the best groups from the jam scene for three full nights of music (and one extra day of camping fun).The festival promises headlining performances from Papadosio (2 sets), BoomBox (2 Nights), The Floozies, and Manic Focus Live Band! The full lineup also includes excellent groups like Pink Talking Fish (x3), Ekoostik Hookah (x2), Turbo Suit (x2), Aqueous (x2), Marvel Years, Oh Kee Pa, Peridoni (x2), Vibe Street (x2), Greener Grounds and more!With such a beautiful location and solid lineup, there’s really no excuse not to attend! Tickets and more information can be found here.
It looks like Frank Zappa‘s legendary vault is staying slightly ajar, as the Zappa estate has announced it will offer a reissue of their patriarch’s Lumpy Money Project/Object and several Road Tapes volumes. Road Tapes Venue #1 (Vancouver 1968), #2 (Helsinki 1973), and #3 (Minneapolis 1970) – the last of which is unheard and will make its debut release – are part of Zappa’s “guerrilla recordings” series. Road Tapes #3 “offers fans a rare full-show glimpse of the Mothers of Invention lineup that included Flo & Eddie, George Duke, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar and Jeff Simmons”.The Lumpy Money Project/Object was released back in 2008 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money. This particular reissue will feature alternate versions of album tracks, mono mixes, outtakes, Zappa interviews, and more. For those that decided to order the physical edition, you will receive a book which contains liner notes from music critic David Fricke, and Frank’s late widow Gail Zappa.All of the albums are scheduled for a May 27th release date. Pre-order all of the albums HERE.[via Ultimate Classic Rock]
After North Carolina passed the discriminatory House Bill 2, aka the “HB-2” Bathroom Bill, popular musicians began taking a stand against the injustice. Popular artists like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam canceled performances, while others like Dead & Company pledged to make an $100,000 donation to local activist groups.With that tension in mind, the Tedeschi Trucks Band took a moment to address the situation. With two shows coming up in the controversial state in July, the TTB released a statement encouraging fans to read up on the new legislation. They also revealed plans to donate money to the group Equality North Carolina and to provide gender-neutral bathrooms for both of their NC shows.Read the band’s full statement, embedded below.
Well this should be exciting! Beloved hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest and renowned comedian Dave Chappelle have both been tapped to make their debut on Saturday Night Live on November 12th. Chappelle has been performing regularly as of late, though this will be his first large scale appearance in a number of years. Meanwhile, A Tribe Called Quest is getting ready to release a brand new album next Friday, November 11th.The new ATCQ album will feature all of the group’s members for one final recording, captured in the months before Phife Dawg passed away. Titled We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service, the latest information shows that André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Elton John, and Busta Rhymes are all featured contributors on the new release.While A Tribe Called Quest will never be the same without Phife Dawg, it would seem that their appearance on SNL comes as direct support for the new album. It’s unclear who would take over for Phife in the live setting. This will also be the group’s first performance since reuniting back in 2015 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a performance that ultimately kicked off the process for the new album. Watch their “Can I Kick It?” from that night, below.
WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is going down March 31-April 2, 2017 at the base of Squaw Valley in California. The lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, and Fruition. Also included in the stacked lineup are Mandolin Orange, Lil’ Smokies, Peter Rowan, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters, Dustbowl Revival, and so many more. Everyone Orchestra is also listed, without specific details as to whom will be included, along with The Bluegrass Generals, featuring Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall, Brad Parsons Band, and Pickin’ on The Dead.The festival surrounds music, brews, and mountains, and is shaping up to be a beautiful entrance celebration to spring in California. The location is a gorgeous result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, in particular, is a stunning 180 degree panorama that vividly narrates the impact of that ancient earth shaping.The festival sold out both previous years. Early Bird Tickets are currently on sale, and we recommend that you get them here.[Photo via WinterWonderGrass Facebook]
DJ Williams, the guitarist of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, is bringing back his solo super group project, DJ Williams & Shots Fired, to San Diego and Santa Monica. For the two dates, Williams has assembled an all-star crew of friends from some of our favorite bands, including Dave Matthews Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Zappa Plays Zappa, Pimps of Joytime, Slightly Stoopid, and more.On February 7, Shots Fired will be hitting Winston’s Ocean Beach in San Diego. For this iteration, Williams has tapped bassist Chris Stillwell (KDTU/Greyboy Allstars), keys player David Veith (KDTU), drummer Jon Staten (Pimps of Joytime), trumpeter Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), saxophonist Jesse Molloy (Panic at the Disco), and trombonist Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid) to lay down his unique mix of soul, funk, and rock.A month later, DJ Williams & Shots Fired will be hitting TRiP Santa Monica on March 10. David Veith and Rashawn Ross from the San Diego line-up will continue to hold it down on the keys and trumpet respectively. However, the Shots Fired line-up will be mixed up a little, with drummer Max MacVeety (Lyrics Born), bassist Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa), and saxophonist James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) being tapped for the Santa Monica date.More information is available via DJ Williams’ website.
After announcing various residencies for the past year, the newly reunited Ween has revealed their first tour schedule. Spanning ten days this summer, from June 2nd through July 16th, Ween will be on the road with performances across the country, bringing the Boognish to a venue near you.The tour kicks off with a show in Royal Oak, MI on June 2nd, and continues with dates along the East Coast through June 11th. They’ll be stopping in Baltimore, Brooklyn (two nights), Cooperstown, and Portland, ME for that leg of the tour. A few weeks later, the band will hit the Pacific Northwest with shows in Bend, OR and Seattle, WA on July 1st and 2nd, and follow that up with the tour closer in Missoula, MT on July 16th. Their scheduled Nelsonville Music Festival headlining set will also fall during this time as well, on June 3rd.Head to the Ween ticketing site to get pre-sale tickets (the password is mollusk), and you can see the full tour announcement below.Ween Summer Tour 2017 Dates6/2 – Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater6/4 – Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion6/6 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel6/7 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel6/9 – Cooperstown, NY Ommegang Brewery6/10 – Portland, ME Thompson’s Point6/11 – Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion7/1 – Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater7/2 – Seattle, WA Marymoor Park7/16 – Missoula, MT KettleHouse Amphitheater
The soulful singer-songwriter Luke Wade just premiered a new music video for his song “On Fire.” The Texas-based singer gained fans nationwide after his appearance on Season 7 of NBC’s The Voice, finishing in the Top 8 with Team Pharrell. Since then, Wade has steadily been gaining a name for himself, joining artists like Rusted Root, Kris Allen, Patti LaBelle, Ingrid Michelson, and more on stage. Another artist and fan who’s been digging Wade’s crooning songs is Mr. Robert Randolph. The two are currently on tour together, hitting the east coast and beyond with their infectious soul music.Off of Wade’s recent Only Ghosts, “On Fire” has a spacious sound propelled by Wade’s powerful vocals. Wade had this to say about the track: “I wrote this song in a dream, literally. I woke up singing the chorus and realized it was something special. I always want to write and sing things that make me feel something, and as this track started coming together in the studio, I felt something. I made the kind of music that I want to write, sing, and listen to in my car.”You can watch the Live For Live Music premiere of the official video for Luke Wade’s “On Fire” below. You can also check out more information about Wade on his website and find his upcoming tour dates below.Luke Wade 2017 Tour Dates:4/24 Hyena’s Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX4/25 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – New York, NY4/27 Beacon Theatre – Hopewell, VA*4/28 Lubbock Uncorked^ – Lubbock, TX4/29 Aura – Portland, ME5/13 Blind Tiger* – Greensboro, NC5/14 The Concourse* – Knoxville, TN5/16 Carolina Theater* – Durham, NC5/17 Shakas* – Virginia Beach, VA5/18 Grey Eagle* – Asheville, NC5/19 Music Farm* – Columbia, SC5/20 Throne Theater* – Wilmington, NC5/22 Smith’s Old Bar – Atlanta, GA5/23 City Winery – Nashville, TN5/25 Thea Peabody – Memphis, TN*w/ Robert Randolph & The Family Band^w/ Grady Spencer & The Work
It’s only been a few days since the passing of Gregg Allman, but the outpouring of love from his family, friends, and fans will never end. Regarded as one of the most prolific songwriters, exceptional vocalists, and esteemed organists in Rock & Roll, Blues, and beyond, Allman’s death marks the end of the Allman Brothers Band era — as he joins original brothers Butch Trucks, Duane Allman, and Berry Oakley for the great gig in the sky. The band’s history has been tragic since the very beginning, as Duane and Berry left this earth far too soon in 1971 and 1972. The surviving members have kept the flame hot in their honor ever since, though now, only Jaimoe is left.Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for this Saturday in Macon, Georgia at Snow’s Memorial Chap. The service is set to be a small and intimate gathering — limited to 75-100 people and with a strict “no suit” rule, as per Allman’s request. Attendees are also asked to wear jeans, and at the dressiest, sports coats, Allman’s manager Michael Lehman told the Macon Telegraph. Fans who would like to pay their respects to the legendary musicians are asked to create a mile-long motorcade route between the funeral home and Rose Hill Cemetery, where he will be buried alongside his brothers Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. It is in this cemetery where songs like “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Little Martha” were written, and where much of the band’s early years were spent.The official statement from Gregg Allman’s website reads:Arrangements have been made for Gregg’s funeral in Macon, GA this Saturday, June 3rd at 1 pm. His family has invited fans to line the route of the funeral procession to Rose Hill Cemetery in honor of Gregg. The procession will begin after the memorial service at the intersection of Cherry Street and 1st Street. The route will run north on 1st Street and then turn west onto Riverside Drive to the entrance of Rose Hill Cemetery. The family respectfully asks for privacy during the memorial service and burial.At the very least, it brings comfort to know that members of the Allman Brothers Band are together again, somewhere.[photo by Phierce Photo]