The Black Crowes have wrapped up their summer tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls. They have announced a fairly massive Fall tour, which will be their remaining dates for 2013, and plan on taking all of 2014 off to work on solo projects. Some shows (where denoted) will be “Acoustic Shows”, while others will be full on electric. The band will be playing a 4-night acoustic run at Port Chester’s The Capitol Theater, followed up by a 4-night electric run at NYC’s Terminal 5. Here is an official statement from their website:In addition to their concerts running from September 5-December 14, the band have announced all-acoustic shows October 18, 19, 21 and 22 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and electric shows October 24, 26, 27 and 29 at New York City’s Terminal 5. Look for the band to end the tour on December 14 in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Port Chester, New York City and San Francisco performances will all feature very special guests; go to www.blackcrowes.com for all the latest. Tickets for the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and Terminal 5 in NYC go on sale Friday, August 23 at 12:00 PM local time. Tickets for Bill Graham Civic Auditorium go on sale Sunday, September 8 at 10:00 AM local time.The band have confirmed that after these concerts, THE BLACK CROWES have no future plans for touring, as band members will focus in 2014 on solo releases and projects.CHRIS ROBINSON says, “This year in The Black Crowes has re-affirmed my belief in the power of music & the power of love. Can’t wait to see what the future holds, long live rock & roll!”RICH ROBINSON says, “The tour this year has been incredibly positive. From our own shows, and into the Tedeschi Trucks tour where we found our musical soul mates. Really great vibes all around. I’m looking forward to the fall for some great shows.”STEVE GORMAN said, “The tour this year has been a great run, and we’re looking forward to the fall dates in a lot of our favorite towns. The turnout and response from the fans has been overwhelming. After 23 years of doing all we could to kill this beast–and I mean we really threw everything we had at it but just couldn’t get it to die–I think it’s obvious that the best course of action is to enjoy it as much as we can.”Yesterday (8/15), THE BLACK CROWES wrapped a co-headlining summer amphitheater tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. They will perform this weekend (8/18) at The Peach Festival in Scranton, Saturday before heading out September 6 for various festival and headlining dates.The Black Crowes’ remaining 2013 tour dates:Thu 9/5 Cooperstown, NY Ommegang Brewery NOWSat 9/7 Arrington, VA Interlocken Festival NOWSun 9/8 Arrington, VA Interlocken Festival NOWTues 9/10 Birmingham, AL Iron City NOWWed 9/11 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion NOWFri 9/13 Telluride, CO Telluride Blues & Brews NOWSun 9/15 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre NOWSun 9/22 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre NOWTue 9/24 Huntsville, AL Mark C. Smith Concert Hall [email protected] Von Braun CenterWed 9/25 Jackson, MS Thalia Mara Hall NOWFri 9/27 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino NOWSat 9/28 Austin, TX ACL Live @ The Moody Theater NOWTue 10/1 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre – New Orleans NOWWed 10/2 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre – New Orleans NOWFri 10/4 Starkville, MS Bulldog Bash @ MS StateTue 10/15 Portland, ME State Theater 8/23; 10:00 AMWed 10/16 Portland, ME State Theater 8/23; 10:00 AM**Fri 10/18 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater 8/23; 12:00 PM **Sat 10/19 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater 8/23; 12:00 PM **Mon 10/21 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater 8/23; 12:00 PM **Tue 10/22 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theater 8/23; 12:00 PM Thur 10/24 New York, NY Terminal 5 8/23; 12:00 PM Sat 10/26 New York, NY Terminal 5 8/23; 12:00 PM Sun 10/27 New York, NY Terminal 5 8/23; 12:00 PM Tue 10/29 New York, NY Terminal 5 8/23; 12:00 PMThur 10/30 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center 8/23; 12:00 PMFri 11/1 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater 8/24; 10:00 AMSat 11/2 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater 8/24; 10:00 AMTue 11/5 Cincinnati, OH Taft 8/23; 10:00 AMWed 11/6 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace Theater 8/23; 12:00 PMFri 11/8 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater 9/6; 12:00 PMSat 11/9 St. Paul, MN Myth 9/13; 10:00AMMon 11/11 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater NOWWed 11/13 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre NOWFri 11/15 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre NOWSat 11/16 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre NOWTue 11/19 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino TBDWed 11/20 Tempe, AZ The Marquee NOWFri 11/22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern NOWSat 11/23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern NOWFri 12/6 Portland, OR Schnitzer Hall 8/23; 10:00AMSat 12/7 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre 8/23; 10:00AMTue 1210 Bakersfield, CA Majestic Fox Theater NOWWed 12/11 San Diego, CA Avalon San Diego NOWFri 12/13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino NOWSat 12/14 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 9/8; 10:00 AM(** Denotes all acoustic show)
When Umphrey’s McGee sat down to record a new album, the group was determined to create “an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll record.” Well, the result doesn’t sound old fashioned, but Similar Skin is undeniably rock n’ roll.The band’s eighth studio album, and the first since 2011’s Death By Stereo, is now streaming in full at Billboard. The free stream will be available until June 10th, which is the official release date of the album. Bassist Ryan Stasik commented about the album’s influences, saying “it was a little progressive, a little heavy, a little pop, a little everything — but still rock ‘n’ roll. Our last record was a little all over the place, but this seems very focused and where our roots are.” Guitarist Brendan Bayliss added that the band had a lot of material to choose from, but consciously aimed for a cohesive album. “There was a lot of, ‘What about this one? It’s great.’ ‘Yeah, but it doesn’t fit the theme. We’ve got to hold true to what we said we were going to do.” He added that their typical nature is to record anything they have, and that “for [them] to stay in one place is unusual.”The album is indeed rock-heavy, opening with the driving melody of “The Linear.” The song is carried by energetic guitar arpeggios that ripple effortlessly throughout the track. Songs like these show the heavy metal influences of Umphrey’s McGee, particularly the winding, industrial guitar licks. Fortunately (at least for me), Bayliss’ lead vocals are a soothing contrast to a sometimes sharp timbre.However, the next song, “Cut The Cable,” opens with an acoustic guitar melody and pop-melody-influenced lyrics. The song pushes its way through a volume filter, crescendoing with electric guitar/bass melodies into a hypnotic refrain. The basic refrain repeats unassumingly, accentuated by guitar licks throughout.While the majority of tunes on Similar Skin are heavy rockers, one upbeat track, “No Diablo,” found its way into the album. Opening with a piano chord progression, the song settles into a straightforward rock and roll tune. It’s something that would find a home on a classic rock radio station, very upbeat and poppy, but it also has a groovy beat and, well, it feels good.But then, a long drum solo introduces the title track, giving way to a powerful guitar riff. The last song was a breath of fresh air, but now we’re diving right back into the water. A slow-building groove, the song rocks from start to finish. Sometimes mysterious, sometimes overpowering, “Similar Skin” defines the many influences that comprise this album.Many of the songs on Similar Skin have been performed live for a number of years, like the some of the remaining songs on the album, including “Puppet String,” “Loose Ends,” and “Bridgeless.” On these songs, UM is able to capture some of the energy of their live performances. This band is notable for thoroughly-engaging shows (see my review of their performance at The Wiltern last March), and that energy translates surprisingly well on the studio album. Moving through various sections, modulating tones and instrumentations… these guys know a thing or two about how to compose a song.All in all, Similar Skin is one rockin’ album. It’s an artistic testament to Umphrey’s McGee, and it drives from cover to cover. To catch some of these songs live, you can see the band’s scheduled appearances at Wakarusa and Bonnaroo, as well as a three night stint at the new Brooklyn Bowl London… and that’s just in June!
Phish will be offering a free webcast to this Sunday’s performance from Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA. The final stop on their summer tour (before the Dick’s Labor Day weekend run) promises to be a fantastic concert, as the saying goes: Never miss a Sunday show.(Read our reviews of two Sunday performances from this tour, Merriweather Post Pavilion and Randall’s Island)The 10-camera broadcast will begin at 7:45 PM, and will be available via LivePhish.com/Enjoy, couch tourers!
Willie Nelson and Neil Young are slated to headline the Harvest the Hope Concert next month, which protests the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska. Taking place on a cornfield in Neligh, NE on September 27th, the duo will take the stage together as activists against the pipeline.The Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil from Northern Alberta down to Texas; a $5.4 billion project that would displace many from their homes, and jeopardize numerous ecosystems along the route. The protest concert will be hosted by Art and Helen Tanderup, who are refusing to sell their land to TransCanada Corp.According to Tanderup, “Our family has worked this land for over 100 years. We will not allow TransCanada to come in here and destroy our land and water for their profit.”Nelson and Young will appear in conjunction with Bold Nebraska, Indigenous Environmental Network and Cowboy & Indian Alliance, three groups committed to protecting the land and environment. Ultimately, the Nebraska Supreme Court will decide the legality of the pipeleine in early 2015.Tickets for the “Harvest the Hope Concert” will go on sale tomorrow, and more information can be found through the official website.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)[Via Huffington Post]
Our favorite 12-year-old shredder Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will star in the Broadway adaptation of School of Rock this fall. The guitar prodigy who has played with everyone from George Porter Jr. to B.B. King to Lady Gaga will portray Zack in the highly anticipated musical, which begins previews November 9th.Leading up to the big debut, the show has put out an innovative and interactive 360 degree music video that allows you to virtually put yourself in the classroom with the kids during the number “You’re In The Band”. The video mirrors the Broadway experience, allowing the audience’s gaze to focus on a variety of different things that are going on on the stage.The play, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, officially opens at the Winter Garden Theatre on December 6th. Get tickets here.
While weather-forced cancellations may have made the headlines, the first two days of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience brought some of the best and brightest down to New Orleans, LA for a Halloween extravaganza. Combining the holiday energy in one of the best musical cities in America, Voodoo impressed with some incredible performances, including Florence and The Machine, Ozzy Osbourne and more.Thanks to photographer Lauren Seaman, we have some stunning pictures from the festivities! Check them out below:Florence & The Machine: Check out the full experience below, courtesy of photographer Lauren Seaman: YOU! Jane’s Addiction Load remaining images
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will head out onto the road this Spring for a three-week jaunt beginning May 12 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. From there, DSO will wind its way through the Northeast, making appearances at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, The Space at Westbury in Wesbury, NY, The Egg in Albany, NY, as well as a two-night stand at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on May 20-21.DSO’s Spring Tour will also conincide with the band’s 5th annual Dark Star Jubilee held at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH. This year’s lineup includes Yonder Mountain String Band, Electric Hot Tuna, Leftover Salmon, Steve Kimock & Friends, The Wailers, and many, many more. Dark Star will cap off their Spring Tour with two nights at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH. Check below for full tour details.Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra’s Spring Tour are on sale now and available through the band’s website here.Dark Star Orchestra Spring Tour East5/12 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre5/13 Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak5/14 Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury5/16 Princeton, NJ @ McCarter Theater5/17 Albany, NY @ The Egg 5/19 Reading, PA @ Santander Performing Arts Center5/20 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre5/21 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre 5/22 Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall 5/24 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom 5/27 Thornville, OH @ Dark Star Jubilee – Festival 5/28 Thornville, OH @ Dark Star Jubilee – Festival 5/29 Thornville, OH @ Dark Star Jubilee – Festival 6/1 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre 6/2 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium 6/3 Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom 6/4 Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom
Wilco played their first of two sold out shows last night in Brooklyn, NY at the Kings Theatre, keeping with the blueprint they’ve had on this winter tour by playing their 2015 record Star Wars in its entirety to start the show. The rest of the show included many Wilco classics, including “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” “Kamera,” and “Heavy Metal Drummer” from the band’s 2001 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, as well as “Art Of Almost,” “Handshake Drugs,” and “Via Chicago.”Once again, Wilco “unplugged” and went acoustic for their encore, offering up “Misunderstood,” “I’m Always In Love,” “A Shot In The Arm,” and to cap it all off, a wonderfully delicate cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Watch some fan-shot video of the performance below:Setlist: Wilco at Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY – 2/5/15Set: EKG, More…, Random Name Generator, The Joke Explained, You Satellite, Taste the Ceiling, Pickled Ginger, Where Do I Begin, Cold Slope, King of You, Magnetized, Company in My Back, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Art of Almost, Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m the Man Who Loves You, Hummingbird, Handshake Drugs, Kamera, Via Chicago, I Must Be High, Born Alone, Impossible Germany, The Late GreatsEncore: Misunderstood*, I’m Always in Love*, A Shot in the Arm*, Space Oddity** Acoustic[Setlist via setlist.fm]
The McKeesport Joint Task Force is a volunteer organization concerned with local civic, health and education issues. Other task force projects include planting flowers in city parks, working with the city to address absentee landlord issues and sponsoring community activities for youth. Though the ambulance service does not plan to make emergency veterinary calls as a result of acquiring the masks, the devices could help save the lives of animals who have inhaled dangerous amounts of smoke or chemicals during emergencies. The pet masks, which resemble Tupperware bowl containers and fit the protruding snout and mouths of animals better than human masks, come in three sizes. The masks connect to external oxygen tanks by tubing and function virtually the same way as oxygen masks worn by humans. Her husband, Thomas, did some research on the Internet and located the organization promoting the masks, The Chico Project of Greater Washington based in Hyattsville, Md. Ms. Procup took information about the resuscitation devices to her task force and to the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service and found both groups were interested. “It really interested me and I thought it would be a good project for our McKeesport Joint Task Force,” Ms. Procup said. She is treasurer of the group. “In the past we’ve had to use the regular masks on the pets we’ve brought out of fires,” said ambulance service director Bill Miller. He noted that a handful of paramedics on the squad have received special animal rescue training. The Chico Project is a volunteer animal safety organization dedicated to equipping first responder teams with oxygen masks for animals. Rescue service crew chief Lynn Bellonotti, who once used a regular surgical mask to save a kitten that had suffered smoke inhalation during a fire in Versailles, said she and other paramedics appreciate the new masks. The masks came in three sizes to fit small, medium and large pets. The kit cost the task force $75 and will be kept on one of the rescue service’s’ four ambulances. Mr. Miller said he hopes the other ambulances can eventually be outfitted with the devices. “We’re all suckers for pets so it works for us,” she said. MCKEESPORT – Not long ago, Barbara Procup of McKeesport was watching a cable news channel when she saw a segment on surgical oxygen masks for pets that some EMS teams are using to save dogs and cats that have suffered smoke inhalation during fires. “Any extra tools we have to help us do our jobs are greatly appreciated,” he said. For more information on the Chico Project visit: http://www.pet-projects.org/index.html
Students spent Friday evening learning through lectures, said Scottie Emerson, one of three instructors and a Winston-Salem firefighter. “They are actually trying to disentangle their patient from an overturned tractor,” Kelly Emerson said as she led the group through the rescue. But when everything from overturned tractors to injuries associated with grain bins do occur, rescue personnel want to be ready. The injured person might be found hours after the accident occurs. The farm equipment might still be running. Many Understanding engineering principals and learning how to remove that equipment without causing more harm to the patient or to the people doing the rescue are key.“The farm accident is not an everyday occurrence so that in and of itself is a challenge,” Kelly Emerson said. “… This type of program benefits all rescuers and EMS personnel.” About 45 paramedics, volunteer firefighters and other rescuers from across the state spent the weekend learning what to expect when faced with a farm-related accident as well as the techniques necessary to per form safe rescues. The Farmedic course, a nationally recognized program designed at Cornell University, was offered through Alamance Community College. Typically, rescuers are taught about adhering to the “golden hour,” which means getting an injured patient from the scene of an accident into surgery at the hospital within an hour, Scottie Emerson said. When dealing with farm accidents, rescue personnel have to abandon that mindset. Students had to navigate their way through a variety of scenarios, including an overturned tractor, a person riding on the back of tractor, falling off and getting pinned beneath a tire as well as a person getting run over by a tractor while changing implements. “Tractors and farm implements are not like everyday cars and trucks on the high ways that most rescuers are used to dealing with,” Kelly Emerson said. “They are using techniques that require lifting and stabilizing so they do no further harm.” Performing rescues for farm-related accidents or accidents involving heavy equipment, which can take place on interstates as well as city roads, creates challenges that paramedics, emergency medical technicians and fire fighters don’t face every day in motor vehicle wrecks. If accidents occurs on a farm, it’s often miles from a roadway in the middle of a field that can be tricky to access. “Rescue vehicles can’t get out there,” said Richard Franklin, a full-time firefighter at Altamahaw-Ossipee Fire Department and volunteer training officer with the Alamance County Rescue Squad. “If it’s out in the field, you have to haul everything out to the patient.” Terrain, distance, weather, fuel leakage as well as catastrophic injuries all pose unique challenges. Even the shape of the equipment can make rescue much more complicated. Farm-related accidents don’t happen often in Alamance County, N.C. “It’s not like going to a typical house call,” Scottie Emerson said. Hearing about how to perform the rescues was important, but it was during the two days of hands-on exercises Saturday and Sunday at Byrd Tractor & Supply in Burlington that class participants were able to understand how to do the job. “You can sit and learn everything but until you actually put your hands on it — feel it, do it and understand the amount of work — there is nothing that can substitute that,” said Franklin who worked to get the course offered in Alamance County. “You could not do this with just a lecture,” said Kelly Emerson, a course instructor and retired paramedic. “You have to do the hands on and get what won’t work. They have to see what won’t work and learn from that because it is not the everyday rescue.” The students were separated into three groups led by Scottie and Kelly Emerson and a third instructor, James Young, who is a law enforce ment officer with the Alleghany County Sheriff ‘s Department.