After a recent successful two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, The Greyboy Allstars, made up of Karl Denson (Sax/Flute/Vocals), Robert Walter (Keys), Chris Stillwell (Bass, Vocals), Elgin Parker (Guitar, Vocals), and Aaron Redfield (Drums) has announced a residency at NYC’s The Blue Note, along with several other dates. Leading up to the Blue Note shows on June 24th-26th, the Greyboy Allstars will play shows at the Wanee Festival, as well as play headlining shows in Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Solano Beach and San Diego.Along with the announcement of new dates, the band has also released their fourth and latest album, Inland Emperor. Download the album on iTunes here. Purchase the album through the band’s website here.Here is a list of confirmed Greyboy Allstars’ Dates:April 18 Live Oak, FL—Wanee FestivalApril 19 Chicago, IL—The Congress TheaterApril 26 New Orleans, LA—La MaisonApril 27 New Orleans, LA—TipitinasMay 10 San Francisco, CA—The IndependentMay 11 San Francisco, CA—The IndependentMay 16 Seattle, WA—Dimitirious Jazz AlleyMay 17 Seattle, WA—Dimitirious Jazz AlleyMay 18 Seattle, WA—Dimitirious Jazz AlleyMay 19 Seattle, WA—Dimitirious Jazz AlleyJune 1 Solana Beach, CA—Fiesta Del Sol FestivalJune 14 San Diego, CA—The CasbahJune 15 San Diego, CA—The CasbahJune 24 New York, NY—The Blue NoteJune 25 New York, NY—The Blue NoteJune 26 New York, NY—The Blue Note
Check out Grouplove’s new release of their “Shark Attack” remix, here! – Amanda Cowan
Ever wondered which of your favorite hip-hop artists were the most scholarly? Who’s rhymes drop the most knowledge? Well, that’s what programmer Matt Daniels set out to discover. Here’s the description from his website: Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.In his results, Daniels found that Aesop Rock used the most unique words (7,392) in his first 35,000 lyrics. The Wu-Tang Clan appear several times throughout the chart, both as a collective, and through the solo work of its members. GZA ranks in at #2, RZA at #6, Ghostface Killah at #9, and Raekwon and Method Man fall in the early 20s.Hyphy slang master E-40 found his way to #14, with Outkast right behind him at #15. Meanwhile, some of the bigger names, including Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and Lil Wayne, didn’t appear until the late 60s-early 70s in the ranking. Of course, this only takes the first 35,000 lyrics into account. Some newer artists who aren’t quite that prolific are yet to be featured on the graph, such as Kendrick Lamar. The ranking isn’t perfect, but it certainly is an interesting perspective towards hip hop music.David Melamed (@DMelamz)
On November 14th, get ready for the biggest musical fight of your life, as The Werks take on Zoogma at the legendary Gramercy Theatre. These two up-and-coming heavyweights are some of the best and brightest in the jam band scene, and, with Wyllys opening, this show is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your fall music calendar.The Werks have been on a tear as of late, having just released an exceptional album, Mr. Smalls Sessions. The album shows off the band’s diverse influences, rockin’ in some places, and drop heavy funk grooves in others. You can read our in-depth review of that album here. The band also hosted the fifth edition of their very own Werk Out Festival last August, bringing in headliners like Papadosio and Dopapod. Those three groups banded together for a festival-ending performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, truly showcasing this band’s exceptional talent.Watch that version of Dark Side of the Moon here:Much like their advertised adversaries, Zoogma has also been on fire. The band is known for merging electronic exploration with straight-up four-piece rock and roll, and the result is simply mesmerising. Zoogma gets down and dirty with every live performance, bringing an eye-popping visual display and limitless musical grooves. These guys truly rock. Don’t believe us? Check out their set from Gnarnia, 2012.With these two bands battling at the Gramercy, everyone wins. These guys have an extensive co-headlining fall tour, which kicks off October 16th, so they’ll be primed and ready for this awesome show on November 14th.Artist: The Werks, Zoogma, and WyllysDate: November 14th, 2014Venue: Gramercy TheatreTickets: Click Here.
Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson and his brother Andrew Thomson were rushed to the hospital this morning after an altercation involving knives broke out. Both brothers were reportedly drunk when officers arrived. They each sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, most notably a stab wound in the back of Mick’s head. The incident took place at Mick’s home in in Clive, Iowa.The band is scheduled for a headlining tour this summer kicking off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, FL. There is no word on whether tour dates will be affected at this time.[Via Billboard.com]
After a strong debut album in 2014, showcasing the five-piece progressive rock band’s diversity of influence, Agori Tribe starts 2015 off strong with Tiny Tyrant Biggins & The Avant Groove. The first single from the upcoming album, “Biggins,” shows off the Memphis-based band’s ability to stretch the boundaries of genre, incorporating a wide range of styles into a single track. The combination of jazz, fusion and rock and roll makes “Biggins” the ultimate Agori Tribe track, touching on all ends of their spectrum of influences.Check out the promotional video for Biggins below:
A sampler of the fun we had this afternoon with Bruce Hornsby!Posted by Moe. on Sunday, May 24, 2015 As part of Summer Camp Music Festival’s Grateful Dead tributes, festival headliner moe. joined up with Bruce Hornsby for a string of five songs yesterday afternoon, on Sunday May 24th. After opening the set with a fan-favorite, “New York City,” moe. wasted no time calling up the legendary pianist for the Dead tribute.It all started with “Sugaree,” which moe. hasn’t performed since their set at the 2014 Tribute to the Wetlands with Jimmy Herring, Scott Murawski and more. The band brought it in full force throughout the whole tribute, playing “Loser,” before leading into the three-song combination of “Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower.”You can watch a sampler video of the collaboration, as presented by moe. via Facebook: Bruce Hornsby will be performing with the “Core Four” surviving members of the Grateful Dead, as well as Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Jeff Chimenti for five shows, two in Santa Clara, CA and three in Chicago, IL, as part of the “Fare Thee Well” celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary. While ‘Fare Thee Well’ tickets are sold out, tickets are for many shows surrounding the Chicago sets, including a “Music Never Stopped” series and three shows from Pink Talking Fish, are still available.Eric Gould Previews Upcoming Pink Talking Fish Are Dead ShowsSetlist: moe. at Summer Camp Music Festival, Sunday May 24thSet One: New York City, Sugaree*, Loser*, Help on the Way* > Slipknot* > Franklin’s Tower*, Okay Alright, Waiting For The PunchlineSet Two: Happy Hour Hero (nh), Puebla > Time Ed, Do or Die (with Here Come the Mummies), Crab Eyes, Wind It, Opium > Brent Black[via moe. Facebook]
Following in the footsteps of the St. Louis Cardinals, MLB team the Cincinnati Reds have announced their very own Grateful Dead night. The Great American Ballpark will pay tribute to the Dead on September 4th, when the Reds host the Milwaukee Brewers.Fans in attendance will receive the dancing bear souvenir (as pictured above), and will be able to watch a special fireworks show after the game, which will be synchronized to music from the Best of the Grateful Dead compilation CD that was recently released.For tickets and more information, head to the Reds’ website.
For the second time during their 2015 Summer tour, Warren Haynes sat in with the Dave Matthews Band to lend a hand on a classic Neil Young cover. On Friday night in Camden, New Jersey, Haynes joined the band during the second set for a pair of songs with a hand from trumpet player Matt Cappy.The group started with their take on Young’s “Down by the River,” which hadn’t been played by the full band since May 27, 2007 and hasn’t been played by Matthews since his tour with Tim Reynolds in December 2009. They then played “Smooth Rider” off the group’s 2005 album, Stand Up, for the first time in full since July 18, 2009. However, the group did play a snippet of the song at the previous show on June 13.Here’s a video of “Down by the River” from YouTube’s IUalum2001:When Haynes sat in with the band earlier this tour in Holmdel, New Jersey, he performed another Neil Young classic, “Cortez the Killer.” The group continues their Summer tour tonight to close out their two-night stand in Camden.-Brian Weidy (@frostedweidies)Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Simas Photography from Dave Matthews Band’s Facebook
[Videos via @amandabopp on Instagram / Photo via Twitter] John Mayer and Steve Miller must have been in a New York State of Mind tonight. The two guitarists/vocalists surprised fans tonight by joining Billy Joel on stage for his latest residency appearance at Madison Square Garden.First, John Mayer sat in with the New York native on a rendition of Joel’s “This Is The Time.” According to attendees, the Dead and Company guitarist then proceeded to return to his seat in the audience amongst the general population. Then, Steve Miller took the stage to play his original tune “The Joker.”Mayer later returned to the stage for an encore of “You May Be Right” and finished up the incredible show with a “Crossroads” cover.Joel even stopped mid-show to give fans a Mets update and had the game broadcast on the big screen, like the true New Yorker he is.Check out some fan-shot snippets below.