New York’s Brooklyn Bowl will get a taste of Space Carnival, an up-and-comer on the jam scene that’s been quickly rising the ranks, when the quartet out of Oneonta, NY comes to the Williamsburg venue for the first time on Tuesday, October 24th. Space Carnival has big plans for their upcoming Brooklyn Bowl debut, with fellow jammers Goose and Southern Belles in tow for the ride. In recent months, Space Carnival has been focused on writing new music, touring hard, and further honing their sound, and the band will most definitely make the most of their chance to turn heads at the Bowl in just a few short weeks (get tickets here).In just four short years since Space Carnival’s inception in 2013, Jeremy Kraus (guitar), Cameron Fitch (keys / vocals), Chris Meier (bass), and Nick Tassinari (drums) have refined their self-dubbed “slippery disco” sound, merging it with psychedelic jams and loose funk stylings. The band released their debut album, Drawn In By The Sun, in 2016, and has spent their free time off the road this year working on the follow-up record. With the group’s regular rounds across the Northeast, Space Carnival continues to earn respect from fans and get tapped for supporting gigs for acts like Infected Mushroom, Midnight North, dangermuffin, and ELM.Space Carnival at Mazzstock, 8/27/17[Audio: fnordjr]Funk-folk act Goose is not only able to kick out the jams, but since releasing the album Moon Cabin in early 2016, the Norwalk, CT-based quintet has displayed a keen ability to write music with major hooks, three-part harmonies, and exploratory interludes. Goose’s eclectic sound draws from a diverse base of music, and fans love them all the more for their fearless blend of jam, funk, Americana, and whatever else the group sees fit.L4LM caught up with Goose’s guitarist Rick Mitarotonda a few months back, where he discussed the importance of both hitting the road and writing new music regularly: “The game plan is to just keep touring. Just keep making music….We have basic tracks recorded for a whole new album already. We have had these for a while, actually. There has been a lot of focus on getting the touring and ourselves set up as a full-time band. It has cut into time left for finishing that up. I hope we can get the new stuff finished and ready by the end of the year.” (Read the full interview here.)[via goosebandus]The Southern Belles out of Richmond, Virginia, have been touring nationally for the last four years, bringing their southern-tinged psych rock stylings to venues and festivals around the country. The band recently dropped their first radio single, “LA Moves,” off their newly released third album, In the Middle of the Night, which received high marks from critics. With performances at LOCKN’ and Floyd Fest and support gigs for The Revivalists, The Motet, Dopapod, and more, The Southern Belles are a proven, road-tested act that show no signs of slowing up anytime soon.L4LM contributing writer Rex Thomson had this to say in his review of the new album: “The Southern Belles have crafted an enthralling album of songs that perfectly capture the spirit and flavor of seventies progressive rock while avoiding the pitfalls of derivation and imitation with their latest release, In the Middle of the Night. Leaping from style to style with smile-inducing confidence, The Southern Belles created a perfect playground for themselves on their third record, and watching them explore it is truly and thoroughly enjoyable. There seem to be no limits in the realm of their musical imagination; only an endless landscape of possibilities and stylistic combinations as far as the eye can see.” (Read the full review here.)[via Jet Trails Media]Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show on October 24th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.
Earlier this year, Vulfpeck released their highly anticipated new album, Mr. Finish Line. Today, the band has released a new video and a “new” song titled “Eddie Buzzsaw”, which features roots saxophonist Eddie Barbash of Jon Batiste and Stay Human. However, while the band noted that this was the song’s premiere, fans who’ve gotten the chance to listen to the latest from Vulfpeck might find it familiar. “Eddie Buzzsaw” uses Eddie Barbash’s electrifying sax to remix a track off Mr. Finish Line, “Vulf Pack”.Vulfpeck Releases New “Tee Time” Music VideoStaying true to Vulfpeck’s on-point branding, in addition to the single “Eddie Buzzsaw”, the group also released a new music video. In line with the aesthetic of Animal Spirits, the video sees Jack Stratton return to the soccer field, this time with a toy saxophone in hand to mime out the vibrant playing on the new-ish tune. You can check out the video for “Eddie Buzzsaw” below.
While the Dave Matthews Band will be resuming touring operations this May after a hiatus in 2017, it appears longtime violinist Boyd Tinsley will not be part of the DMB equation for the time being.In a series of posts yesterday, Tinsley announced that he had been “wrestling with a decision” regarding his career and decided he needs to take a break from the touring with the band to focus on his family and his health. You can read the series of posts below via Tinsley’s Twitter: Boyd Tinsley has been a Dave Matthews Band mainstay for more than a quarter of a century, first joining the band as a featured guest on an early demo for “Tripping Billies” in 1991 before signing on full-time in April of 1992 ahead of their 1993 debut, Remember Two Things. In addition to violin and some backup vocals, Tinsley has been a key contributor to the band’s songwriting process and has co-writing credits for several of the band’s songs, including “So Much To Say”, the band’s only GRAMMY-winner.As of the time of publication, the band has yet to comment on Tinsley’s announcement. It remains unclear how this new development will affect the band’s scheduled tour and, more immediately, their pre-Super Bowl performance in St. Paul this evening, “The Night Before.”[Cover photo: Rodrigo Simas/Dave Matthews Band Instagram]
Singer-songwriter Cody Diekhoff—also known as Chicago Farmer—has made his sets at Summer Camp Music Festival don’t-miss affairs. Chicago Farmer finds strength in Diekhoff’s unique mix of wisdom, wry observations, and effortless ability to relate and connect with his listeners. Chicago Farmer writes songs in the vein of the greats in his field, Arlo Guthrie and John Prine, though his work comes from a singular, small town point of view that is refreshingly honest and surprisingly universal.While many folks think of huge stages, wild light shows, and walls of sound when drawing a mental image of Summer Camp, there is a long-standing home for acoustic music, especially the much-anticipated sets by Diekhoff outside the Red Barn. Though his set on the Campfire Stage took place on Scamp’s last day in blistering 95-degree weather with literally no shade to be found, the crowd packed in to hear this folk troubadour tell his tales and pick his tunes. As always, Chicago Farmer played a fun mix of his classics and several new tunes.We’ve selected four of our favorites to embed below, but there are more from the show online including “All In One Place”, “Indiana Line“, and “Mother Nature’s Daughter“, which you can check out onRex-A-Vision’s YouTube channel. You can check out highlights from Chicago Farmer’s Summer camp set below, including his cover of Tom Petty‘s “Freefallin” and the uplifting ballad of perseverance, “Dirtiest Uniforms.”“Free Fallin’”“Dirtiest Uniforms”“$13 Beers”“Backseat”
[Videos: Gorillaz]In addition to all this, Gorillaz have announced new tour dates, including arenas in Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago, before returning to Los Angeles for their first-ever American Demon Dayz Festival, which will feature sets by Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM, Little Simz, Kilo Kish, Ana Tijoux, Tony Allen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Las Cafeteras, and Chulita Vinyl Club. Head to the band’s website for more information.The Now Now Tracklist:01. Humility (feat. George Benson)02. Tranz03. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)04. Kansas05. Sorcererz06. Idaho07. Lake Zurich08. Magic City09. Fire Flies10. One Percent11. Souk EyeView TracklistingGorillaz 2018 Tour Dates:06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Tour Dates Animated hip-hop group Gorillaz had a very busy year in 2017. The band released their first studio album since 2010, Humanz, and have continued to tour the world in its support. Earlier this month, the band officially rolled out the details of their sixth studio effort, entitled The Now Now, which is due out June 29th via Warner Bros. Records. Four songs and one music video have been released so far, the latest being “Fire Flies”. On top of that, they’ll be touring North America.Produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford—who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino—the new Gorillaz album features three special guest contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg. The latter two, Jamie Principle and Snoop, appear together on the track, “Hollywood”. Recorded at London’s Studio 13 in February, Gorillaz have shared the album’s art and tracklisting, which you can see below.Described by Damon Albarn as a “summer record”, The Now Now mostly focuses on his own vocals. “I thought I should make a record where I’m just singing for once,” he explained. “It’s pretty much just me singing, very sort of in the world of 2-D… I feel really good about it. I feel really really good about it.”Listen to the new “Fire Flies” track with the visualizer below:Watch the official music video for “Humility”, featuring George Benson and starring Jack Black. You can also stream “Lake Zurich” and “Sorcererz” from the new release below.“Humility”“Lake Zurich”
On July 12th, moe. will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, making for a triumphant homecoming at the legendary outdoor Colorado venue following the surprise cancelation of their show last year. The band was forced to cancel 2017’s scheduled Red Rocks performance due to bassist Rod Derhak’s cancer diagnosis, forcing the band to go on an indefinite hiatus. However, with Derhak now cancer-free and moe. back in proper form, the band is primed and ready for their return to the iconic venue with the Baltimore rising stars of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.moe. Sets Their Eyes On A Triumphant Return To Red Rocks With Pigeons Playing Ping PongSince moe. performed their highly anticipated return shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, in February, the group has been on a tear. The group has toured sporadically across the spring, headlining and selling out theaters across the country and offering up their characteristic high-energy and improv-heavy shows. It’s clear fans and musicians alike are overjoyed that moe. is back in the saddle, and this common love among the band and the community its created overflows at each performance.Recently, over Memorial Day Weekend, moe. headlined Summer Camp Music Festival, returning to Chillicothe, Illinois, to co-host the fan-favorite event with Umphrey’s McGee and kick off the summer festival season in style. Year after year, it’s clear how serious moe. takes their hosting duties, and the band delivered multiple sets of sound and fury that left longtime fans giddy and quickly converted new listeners.With major performances like Summer Camp and Red Rocks, the band takes every aspect of show seriously—from the songs they choose to the way they always step up the visual elements of the performance. Luckily, moe. has a crew that specializes in making the band’s dreams a reality, even if they have to build the reality themselves.Days before Summer Camp, moe.’s sound engineer and resident jack-of-all-trades, Steve Young, teamed with the band’s light designer Preston Hoffman, stage manager Casey Latter, guitar tech Frank Robbins, and Dakota Brouillette to make their shared vision a reality. Their project—attaching large white motorized panels to the scaffolding—was a longtime in the making.Previous years have seen moe. experiment with stage projections and digital mapping, but Andrew Smith of Nashville’s Pulse Lighting had far grander designs this time around. With video of the band members ready to drop during solos, psychedelic pinwheels and patterns of every conceivable shape and size, and even an old-school multi-colored liquid light component, Smith had every possible tool on hand to create something truly unique and memorable. With Hoffman prepped to perfectly match the stage lights with the music and Smith’s projections, the whole event coalesced into an overloading feast for the senses.Of course, all the fancy lighting in the world doesn’t mean a thing if the music isn’t on point, but since their return from hiatus, moe. has been on fire on every level. While all eyes were initially on the now cancer-free firebrand bassist Rob Derhak, the band’s energy and renewed adventurous spirit had the entire music community buzzing. Plus, despite the time off, during which the band’s members pursued other projects, moe. has even managed to add several new songs to their prodigious catalog, which easily stand alongside their classic material.moe.’s performances at Summer Camp were ones for the books, though the shows likely just served as a warm-up for the musical madness that will come when the band hits the fabled Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12th. Red Rocks brings out the best in all performers who step on that hallowed stage, and if the band’s care and attention to their Summer Camp sets are any indication, we’re in for a wild ride come July.To prepare for the band’s upcoming Red Rocks show on July 12th with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, you can check out this exclusive footage from moe.’s standout appearance on Saturday night (May 26th, 2018) of Summer Camp Music Festival. Enjoy these videos, and we’ll catch you in Colorado. Tickets for moe.’s headlining Red Rocks appearance are on sale now and available here.“Time” > “Breathe Reprise”, “Plane Crash”, “Buster” > “Silver Sun”“New Hope For The New Year” > “Prestige Worldwide” > “Plane Crash” Setlist: moe. | Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park | Chillicothe, IL | 5/26/2018Set One: Billy Goat, Kids, ATL, Montego, Rebubula > Water > Rebubula RepriseSet Two: Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (Tomoyasu Hotei cover), Time (Pink Floyd cover) > Breathe Reprise (Pink Floyd cover), Plane Crash, Buster > Silver Sun, New Hope For The New Year > Prestige Worldwide > Plane Crash RepriseEncore: Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover, debut)Don’t miss out on moe. and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong tearing up Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12th. Tickets for the highly anticipated show are on sale now and available here.
For years, Taco Bell has been a staple of late-night grub runs across the country, offering up a lengthy menu of quick, easy, and contained Mexican(ish) food items that lend themselves to chowing down in the car and getting back on the road.Taco Bell realized long ago that their particular model frequently fits in with the lives of touring musicians, who work late into the night and often need to hit the road toward their next stop soon after they step offstage. That’s why they founded the Feed The Beat program in 2006 to help support more than 1500 artists and bands making their way on the road, helping fans discover new bands and bands discover new fans in the process.The Taco Bell Feed The Beat initiative starts in the form of feeding touring musicians with $500 in Taco Bell gift cards—no strings attached—helping fuel the artists and keep their road costs down. After adding 100 new acts to their Feed The Beat roster in the spring of this year, Taco Bell is seeking a new crop of bands to feed for the fall 2018 touring season.If your band is hitting the road this fall, you can fill out this submission form to throw your hat in the ring for consideration for the big gift/Taco Grant/Chalupa Fellowship/Cheesy Gordita Endowment/Cruchwrap Scholarship Supreme. All you need is some basic info about your band and a two-sentence testimonial about why Taco Bell should give you free food. Or, if you don’t have a band, but you want to hook up your favorite group with Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes for days, you can nominate them for the $500 gift. What better way to say “I appreciate your band” than with hundreds of free Chalupas. Now that’s love.For more information about Feed the Beat, head here.[H/T The Takeout]
The two sons of late pop icon Michael Jackson have decided to enter the world of showbiz.Prince Jackson and his younger brother Biji “Blanket” Jackson, along with their cousin Taj Jackson, launched a new show on Prince’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, which will, as assumed, break down and review films. The show, which is currently untitled, was given its premiere episode on Wednesday with the three Jacksons discussing the recent blockbuster hit Avengers: Endgame, where they were also joined by special guest James Sutherland.Related: Beautiful Michael Jackson Mural Appears in NYC’s East VillageThe four young men spend the 44-minute debut episode discussing the historical context of the Marvel cinematic universe, in addition to sharing their thoughts on the hit film. Biji even keeps the flow of the show’s discussion on a casual level by deciding to chow down on a slice of pizza barely five minutes into the episode. Watch the entire first episode of the Jackson boys’ new film-review show below.Avengers Endgame: Review[Video: Life On 2]“We know that this is a very rough first video but we want to take you on the journey with us as we improve and develop the show,” Prince Jackson shared on the announcement post shared to his Instagram.The show marks for a refreshing change of content for Prince’s YouTube channel, which up until yesterday, was filled with a mix of videos showing himself riding his motorcycle.It’s a safe assumption that Prince, Biji, and Taj won’t be reviewing the recent two-part HBO documentary about their late father, which delivered a one-sided depiction on the pop icon’s relationship with young boys. The controversial subject plagued Jackson in the latter years of his life until his death in June 2009, leaving his family to now speak for Jackson as his bankable legacy in question.[H/T NME]
John E. Dowling, the Gordon and Llura Gund Professor of Neurosciences at Harvard, was awarded the Glenn A. Fry Medal in Physiological Optics during a ceremony at the Great Lakes Vision Research Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 21.During the 1970s and 1980s, Dowling, who is now president of the Corporation of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., was at the forefront of research into the identification of the excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters that mediated retinal synaptic communication. He also helped establish the concept of neuromodulation in the retina and was involved in seminal studies that investigated the role of dopamine as a neuromodulator in the retina. In the 1990s, he began working with zebrafish in order to identify the genes important in regulating both visual sensitivity and retinal development.
President Drew Faust and Eric Balderas ’13 paid a visit to Sen. Richard Durbin’s office on Capitol Hill Wednesday (Sept. 15) to express their gratitude for his support of the DREAM Act and his assistance in helping the Harvard student avoid deportation earlier this year.“Eric and I want to thank Senator Durbin for his sponsorship of the DREAM Act, which would throw a lifeline to thousands of students from across the country like Eric, who, through no fault of their own, face uncertain futures due to their immigration status,” Faust said. “These young men and women are working hard in school and are dedicated to a future living in and contributing to our communities or serving in the military. I believe it is in our best interest to educate all students to their full potential.”A biology concentrator, Balderas came to the United States from Mexico at age 4, with his parents. He was arrested on June 7 as he tried to board an airplane back to Boston after visiting his mother in Texas.With Balderas facing deportation, Harvard officials brought his case to the attention of Durbin and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. The deportation was stayed after the Illinois senator contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Durbin has been one of the top proponents of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, federal legislation that would provide certain undocumented immigrant students the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency, provided they arrive as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and complete two years of college or military service in good standing.“Eric’s goal in life is to become a cancer researcher, but he can’t reach that goal because he does not have legal status,” Durbin said. “America would be better off if we give talented young immigrants, like Eric, a chance to contribute more fully to the only country they’ve ever known.”The bipartisan bill could be brought to the floor as early as next week, Durbin said.