The beloved PBS series Blank on Blank does incredible work reviving old interviews, bringing them to life with fresh animation that captures the spirit of these classic conversations. We recently shared a video in the series spotlighting Frank Zappa and his disdain for “fads,”, but today it’s the freewheelin’ Bob Dylan who gets the animation treatment.The new Blank on Blank episode captures an interview with Bob Dylan conducted in 1962 by Cynthia Gooding, focusing on the singer/songwriter at the brink of his incredible career. Dylan had signed a contract with Columbia Records and was working on his first release at the time, and even played a few songs during the interview session.The animation itself focuses on the spoken part of the hourlong segment, where Dylan reflects on his own songwriting and looks ahead at what he believes will be an unsuccessful career. “I‘m never going to become rich and famous,” he says. Watch the Blank on Blank webisode below.For more from this conversation with a 20-year-old Dylan, head here.
Colorado-based funk powerhouse The Motet has announced a four-night New Year’s run that will see them hit four different cities from December 28th-31st. On 12/28, the band will head to Minneapolis, MN’s Skyway Theatre, before heading to Milwaukee, WI for a performance at Turner Hall. Both shows will feature support from special guest PHO.Next, on 12/30, The Motet will make their way to Chicago for a show at The Aragon Ballroom with Umphrey’s McGee. Finally, the band will ring in the new year at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse along with Roosevelt Collier Trio‘s “Jimi Does Funk” project.Check out the full details for the run in the poster below.The Motet is about to embark on a 20+ city Fall Tour presented by Live For Live Music. Keep an eye out for exclusive content like real-time updates from the road, live video footage, interviews, track premieres, show coverage, and more as the tour gets underway. For more information, visit the band’s website.
Phish is wrapping up their four-night run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight in Las Vegas. The highly anticipated Halloween show will include three sets, a bevy of surprises, and at least one unexpected member of the audience. John Mayer posted an Instagram saying that he will be attending Phish tonight and Kanye West tomorrow. Of course, it’s not completely random – with guitarists Trey Anastasio and Mayer sharing similar roles in the Grateful Dead world.But he did make this graphic, depicting the words of “You Enjoy Myself” in the same style as Kanye’s tour t-shirt for Saint Pablo. The creative combination is telling of the pop-gone-jam star’s 2016 interests, and only further thickens the plot for what’s in store this evening. Over the years, Phish has performed albums such as The Beatles‘ White Album, Talking Heads‘ Remain in Light, as well as 2014’s performance of Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. What do you think Phish will do tonight for their annual Halloween stunt?
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have always been about the letter P. Between their albums Pleasure and Psychology, and their alliterative band name, there’s always been an affinity for P. After many years, the band finally embraced their P love with a “Brought To You By The Letter P” show on Halloween, fittingly at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA.Pigeons treated the capacity crowd to their funky originals, mixed in a number of fan-favorite covers into their show, most of which started with the letter P. Songs included Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City,” The Doors’ “Peace Frog,” Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Pink Floyd’s “Pigs (3 Different Ones),” Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.,” and a number of theme songs like “Pink Panther,” “Pinky And The Brain,” “Peanuts” and more!Fortunately, Pigeons has graced us with a full audio recording from this fun-filled performance. Listen in below, and also check out the video of “High As Five > PYT > Pinball Wizard > Praise You > Picture In Picture > Praise You > High As Five” streaming below.<a href=”http://pigeonsplayingpingpong.bandcamp.com/album/2016-10-28-paradise-rock-club-boston-ma”>2016-10-28 • Paradise Rock Club • Boston, MA by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong</a>Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will resume touring this Thursday, November 10th with Dopapod, and their full tour schedule can be found via the band’s website. The full setlist from this “P”-Themed Halloween can be seen below.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – 10/28/16PorcupineParadise City* > Penguins > Peace Frog* > War Pigs*% > Pigs (3 Different Ones)*# > War Pigs > Peace Frog > People Say*^ > Play That Funky Music^” > Pick Up The Pieces^”” > Play That Funky Music^ > Pick Up The Pieces^Pop OffPoseidon > Pink Panther > Pinky And The Brain* > Pink Panther > PoseidonHorizonDoc > Po-Jama People~ > DocHigh As Five > PYT* > Pinball Wizard* > Praise You* > Picture In Picture* > Praise You > High As FiveSpacejam > The Hop > F.U. > P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)*^ > F.U.^The LiquidE. Pigs On The Wing* > Julia > Peanuts* > JuliaNotes:“Brought To You By The Letter P” Halloween Night 1* First time played% w/ Paint It Black and Power Rangers teases# w/ Phantom Of The Opera teases^ w/ “Lee Ross” Neckritz on sax” Last time played 12/31/2012“” Last time played 5/30/2014~ Last time played 3/28/2012
Edit this setlist | More Eric Clapton setlists[cover photo via @eric_clapton_italia] Eric Clapton will play 11 shows in 2017, including two nights at Madison Square Garden in NYC and two nights at The Forum in Los Angeles this month, and again in September due to popular demand. He will also play three shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May. Last night opened the book to what is perhaps Clapton’s final chapter in live concerts, as he’s expressed in the past. The tour’s live band includes keyboardists Walt Richmond and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John, with Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan as special guests.When announced, these shows were somewhat of a surprise after Slowhand had expressed his retirement in the program for his run of blow-out 70th birthday shows, with Derek Trucks, John Mayer, and more in 2015. “I swear this is it, no more,” he wrote. “I know I’ve been threatening retirement for the last 50 years, but I didn’t think I’d ever really want to stop. I love what I do and always have done, but over the last few decades I’ve found what I was always really looking for, a loving family who love me just the way I am, which means I can relax and rest when I need to, and more and more I treasure the beauty of that.”With all this, Clapton stepped forward and delivered one of his final rock concerts last night at Madison Square Garden. Fans in New York were lucky to see the 71-year-old legend perform a special mix of originals and covers, from “Badge” by Cream, to “I Shot the Sheriff” by The Wailers to songs by Robert Johnson and J.J. Cale, switching between electric and acoustic guitars throughout the night. Iconic originals like “Tears in Heaven,” “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” and “Sunshine of Your Love” all found there way to the spotlight, as Clapton delivered a career-spanning setlist on the first night of his final tour.The show goes on tonight, then heads to the West Coast on March 25 & 26. Clapton will return to NYC on September 7 & 8. For more information on upcoming shows, head to Clapton’s website.Thanks to YouTube user SGibson818, you can watch the entire concert below:Key To The Highway, Charles SegarBadge, CreamI’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Willie DixonI Shot The Sheriff, The WailersDriftin’ Blues, Johnny Moore’s Three BlazersNobody Knows When You’re Down & Out, Jimmy CoxTears In HeavenLayla, Derek & The DominoesSomebody’s Knocking, J.J. CaleWonderful TonightCrossroads, Robert JohnsonLittle Queen of Spades, Robert JohnsonCocaine, J. J. CaleSunshine Of Your Love, CreamBefore You Accuse Me feat. Gary Clark Jr. & Jimmy Vaughn, Bo Diddley
PBS is currently working on a new documentary project dubbed American Epic, a three-part documentary series, with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford as executive producers. American Epic explores early recording technology from the 1920’s and how it captured the sounds of some of the first musicians formative to the genres of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun, and folk music. Ahead of the premiere of the documentary series premiere on June 6th, NPR has shared a video of the Alabama Shakes.Brittany Howard and her band are led into the studio by Jack White, then perform “Killer Diller, a song originally recorded by Memphis Minnie in 1946.“In 1925, the first electrical sound recording system was invented. Only a few of these systems were ever made, and there is now only one in the world,” the video reads. “All of the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.”Watch the one-take performance below:This video comes second to Jack White and the legendary hip-hop artist Nas performing on a modernized version of Memphis Jug Band’s 1928 song “On the Road Again.” Watch that here.The series will also feature a full-length movie called The American Epic Sessions, during which various musicians come together to record on the primitive recording technology of the 1920’s. Artists to appear on The American Epic Sessions include Jack White, Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, and the film will be released on June 6th.
In a brief interview published yesterday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dave Matthews spoke about a variety of topics including the recent events in his native Charlottesville, VA, his charitable efforts through Farm Aid, the ongoing Dave Matthews Band hiatus, and–to the great excitement of fans everywhere–plans for a new DMB album.Dave Matthew’s Band’s Boyd Tinsley Condemns Recent Bigotry & Violence In His Native Charlottesville On CNN [Watch]As Matthews explains in response to an inquiry about what’s next for DMB, “Yeah, actually, before I went on this trip, before all hell broke loose, me and Carter [Beauford, the DMB drummer] were recording some music together. We have a lot of stuff, so my plan is that we’ll put together some music this fall so we can have something out hopefully the beginning of next year. Hopefully, get it finished before that.” The projected early-2018 release would mark the band’s first since 2012’s Away From The World.Dave Matthews Band To Host “A Concert For Charlottesville” With All-Star LineupMatthews has a rather long list of new songs that he has played live–either with DMB, with Tim Reynolds, or solo–but has not recorded for an album. “Death on the High Seas,” “Samurai Cop,” “Bob Law,” “Bismarck,” “Virginia in the Rain,” and more fall into that category. However, he muses that sitting on these songs has not been part of some larger plan: “I think we have some great music and some stuff that Carter and I worked on that’s added to the pile. There’s a lot to choose from. I just hope I choose wisely…Yea, I don’t know what my problem is [laughs]. I just, yea, I don’t have a plan, I think that’s my problem.”Watch the Dave Matthews Band debut of “Samurai Cop” in Charlottesville in May of 2016 below, via YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5:Matthews also spoke about his rare DMB tour-less summer this year: “It was great. I worked a bit earlier in the year with Tim [Reynolds, DMB guitarist]. We did some stuff in Europe and a few shows in the States here, and a show in Mexico, so we had some fun. It’s a lighter craft to move around. I just felt like last year was 25 years and I should…maybe that’s why I’m grumpy [now]— I didn’t go out on the road with the band this summer. I don’t think so. I had a great summer full of ups and downs, and I had more time with my family, which was really special. It was beautiful and I enjoyed it thoroughly, so hopefully I have some extra Wheaties in me when I take the larger ship on the road again.”[h/t – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette][Cover photo – Dave Vann]While the Dave Matthews Band live hiatus officially continues for the time being, fans can still catch Dave Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds at Dave and Tim Riviera Maya, an all-inclusive Mexican resort destination event set to take place January 12-14, 2018 in Riviera Maya, MX. The three concerts will take place at the Barceló Maya Beach Resort, sitting on a mile-long stretch of white sandy beach that features breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property.For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event website.
Great Peacock is a Nashville-based, indie-folk group with huge sound, superb songwriting, and harmonious showmanship. Following the release of the band’s freshman LP Making Ghosts (2015), Great Peacock has shared their newest single “Come Around” under the guidance of Nashville producer Dex Greene (Elizabeth Cook, Collective Soul).The track was initially recorded in 2016 with production assistance from fellow Nashvillian, Dan Fernandez, and was recently mastered for this very release. The band’s primary songwriter, Andrew Nelson, describes the song as a “straight-ahead, rock tune that will get you moving.” He continues about “Come Around,” “Part of the reason we decided to release it as a single is because it tends to stand out compared to most of our other material. It might be the most ‘rock’ song in our repertoire. Realizing that the song wouldn’t necessarily fit on our upcoming album, we remembered that we were sitting on an already existing recording of the song. So, we remixed it and decided to release it on its own. It’s about a guy that is in love, but isn’t sure whether that love feels the same.”Listen to Great Peacock’s anthemic new track “Come Around” below:Combining rock, country, and folk, Great Peacock writes clean, simple, and direct songs addressing shared truths to which people from all walks of life can relate. And when it comes to their live performances, the band can have you raising your glass and shouting one moment and soberly pining for an old lover the next. Serious or not, the band’s name started as a funny joke between the members. Nelson admits about the band name origin, it’s “kind of a parody of all the indie-folk animal bands—but through the evolution of everything we’ve done, we’ve always been big and colorful. That’s why Blount jumps around onstage. That’s why I wear a jacket embroidered with feathers, which is basically a poor man’s nudie suit. We’ve embraced the image of the big peacock feathers, and we want to entertain you. We look that way, we think that way, and we sound that way, too.”Nelson and co-founder and songwriting counterpoint Blount Floyd first crossed paths in their early 20s, bonding instantly over a shared love of cheap beer and good Southern music. After logging several years together in a much louder Tennessee-based rock & roll band, they split off to form their own project, swapping out the amplified swagger of their past for a straightforward sound anchored by acoustic guitars, anthemic melodies and two entwined voices. An old-school harmony duo retuned for a new generation, Great Peacock started off with a handful of classic influences—the country croon of George Jones, the working class rock & roll of Bruce Springsteen, the classic American jangle of Tom Petty—and expanded their sound from there, turning Great Peacock into the sort of band that’s simultaneously rooted in tradition while looking to the future.Great Peacock’s upcoming fall schedule includes a run of dates with Charleston’s SUSTO and The High Divers, beginning with The Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on September 21, running up the east coast, and ultimately culminating with the band’s sophomore appearance at the Hulaween Festival in Live Oak, FL. Click here for their full tour schedule.
Today, Frendly Gathering announced a new wave of additions to the artist lineup for the 2018 edition of the event, set to take place June 28th – 30th at Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield, VT. New additions to the lineup include The Devil Makes Three, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Kat Wright, and White Denim. Other new additions include Emancipator, Keznamdi, Lynx, The Relative, Peace in the Valley, Sabouyama, and Django.The new additions join a previously announced lineup featuring perennial host band and local natives Twiddle as well as Greensky Bluegrass, Kamasi Washington, Trevor Hall, Spafford, Kevin Morby, The Suffers, Algiers, Suitcase Junket, Upstate Rubdown, Luke Mitrani, Lowdown Brass Band, Smalltalker, Strange Machines, Satsang, Disco Phantom, Taka, Juptr, and Alexandra Harley. The event will also feature a special set from Nahko (Medicine for the People) and Mihali (Twiddle).This year marks the event’s second year at Sugarbush, located roughly one hour outside Burlington, VT. The event, hosted by professional snowboarders Danny Davis and Jack Mitriani, began as a 250-person gathering of friends and has grown into a full three-day festival.As Mitriani explains:“Our first Frendly Gathering started with a first generation iPod and a speaker that we rented. Eight years later it’s pretty surreal to see what this collaborative grassroots project has turned into. Next level excited for The Devil Makes Three and Greensky Bluegrass. Also, the combination of Trevor Hall, Twiddle, and Nahko is going to bring some serious magic. To be honest, there is not a single band on the list that I am not excited to see. I have endless gratitude for all of the “frends” who gave us their input to make this Frendly Gathering the best year yet. If you are reading this, I hope to see you in person this June!”Weekend Passes for the 2018 edition of Frendly Gathering are now on sale here. RV & Camping passes are also available. To purchase your tickets, learn more about the 2018 event, or find out more about Frendly Gathering’s background, head to the event website.
SiriusXM‘s The Beach Boys channel has announced that the surviving members of the band’s classic lineup will reunite for an on-air Q&A session hosted by director Rob Reiner. The discussion is to be aired on August 10th. The segment will see classic band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and David Marks, as well as longtime member Bruce Johnston, reunite for the first time since their 50th-anniversary reunion tour in 2012 to discuss the band’s legacy.The conversation is sure to be an interesting one. While the music of The Beach Boys has always radiated “good vibrations,” the relationships between the group’s members have been fraught with tension and outright vitriol for years. In particular, cousins and founding members Brian Wilson and Mike Love have been perpetually at odds over the handling of the band’s brand, including who is allowed perform under the Beach Boys banner.Love is currently in the midst of a tour with “The Beach Boys,” a lineup in which he is the only original band member. Wilson—billed as Brian Wilson, not the Beach Boys—has also toured performing the Beach Boys’ catalog extensively in recent years, including a massive world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary the band’s 1966 studio masterpiece, Pet Sounds.Back in 2012, while The Beach Boys 50th-anniversary tour was still underway, Wilson expressed surprise when he heard that Love had already booked more shows as The Beach Boys with a lineup including Johnston, but no other original members. “I wasn’t aware that Mike had some shows in South America,” Wilson told Rolling Stone. “News to me.” As Al Jardine noted to Rolling Stone in an earlier interview, “You’ve got the Love band, who’ve been together for years and have developed a style. Brian’s band has been going for a long time, too – so we’ve been coming from three different places.”The apparent confusion caused some immediate friction with Love’s aforementioned dates. A performance by Love’s outfit at Winnie, TX’s Nutty Jerry’s was canceled by the promoter to avoid any potential backlash over misleading advertising. As the venue said in a statement, “The group that was scheduled to perform at Nutty Jerry’s is not the same lineup as the current ‘Beach Boys 50th Anniversary’ tour. As a result, Nutty Jerry’s did not feel that we could advertise the show as the ‘original’ Beach Boys. Nutty Jerry’s regrets the misunderstanding and any inconvenience to our loyal customers.”With so much history between these old cohorts, both good and bad, this SiriusXM on-air discussion is sure to provide some fascinating insight into the state of the Beach Boys in 2018 and beyond.[H/T Relix]