After eight long years, Living Colour is back with new music from the upcoming release of Shade, due out September 8 on Megaforce Records. After releasing the first single, “Come On,” the hype has been built and the excitement continues with today’s release of their second single, “Program.” The forthcoming record Shade marks the band’s sixth album, following 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway. Frontman Corey Glover says the band has been busy perfecting this new work of art for quite a while, and that the result is “a long look at the blues and its incarnations, musically as well as emotionally.”As the press release states, the socially charged track features an opening sample of Scarface discussing the band, while the song’s lyric addresses the impact of modern media on the collective consciousness of society. In an exclusive premiere with Loudwire, Corey Glover explains: “Back in the day, the news was called a ‘loss leader.’ It wasn’t for profit. News wasn’t made to sell stuff. News was there to be purely informational. That’s all the news was supposed to be, a public service that lets you know what’s going on in and around the world you live in. Not to be an arm of some sort of political ideology.”Living Colour’s music bends back and forth between heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip-hop, country, and alternative rock, inviting a variety of listeners to enjoy their music since 1984. Listen to the new track below:Shade Track Listing1. Freedom of Express (F.O.X.)2. Preachin’ Blues3. Come On4. Program5. Who Shot Ya6. Always Wrong7. Blak Out8. Pattern In Time (Skin In The Game)9. Who’s That10. Glass Teeth11. Invisible12. Inner City Blues13. Two SidesLiving Colour Tour DatesAugust 19 – Hampton, VA – Downtown Hampton Block PartySeptember 2 – New Lenox, IL – Triple Play Concert SeriesSeptember 3 – Chicago, IL – City WinerySeptember 4 – Chicago, IL – City WinerySeptember 8 – Eindhoven, NL – City Rock FestivalSeptember 9 – Leeuwarden, NL – City Rock FestivalSeptember 10 – Manheim, DE – MS Connexion ComplexSeptember 12 – Munich, DE – Backstage HalleSeptember 14 – Vienna, AT – Porgy & BessSeptember 15 – Bologna, IT – Zona RoveriSeptember 16 – Rome, IT – OrionSeptember 17 – Bellusco, IT – BloomSeptember 19 – Solothurn, CH – KofmehlSeptember 20 – Bochum, DE – MatrixSeptember 21 – Vaureal, FR – Le ForumSeptember 26 – Glasgow, UK – The GarageSeptember 27 – Wolverhampton, UK – Robin2September 28 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social ClubSeptember 29 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue RoomsSeptember 30 – Manchester, UK – Club AcademyOctober 1 – London, UK – ULUOctober 4 – Norwich, UK – WaterfrontOctober 6 – Liverpool, UK – Hangar34October 7 – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
The news comes somewhat as a surprise, following last week’s social media campaign that teased a big change for GRiZ aka Grant Kwiecinski. The electronic producer posted videos and images across his social media accounts with the messaging: “it’s about time we talked” and “I’m gonna miss u guysssss.” The cryptic clues had many fans in a panic about his retirement, though later, it seemed as though “it’s about time we talked” referenced a recently released animated video and spoken word poem. Regardless, after clearing his social media and updating his profile pictures to an image of a blank piece of paper, while retirement may not be in GRiZ’s future (as confirmed by these newly announced Red Rocks dates), it seems clear that the producer may still be looking for a clean slate and new direction.[Photo: Ali Baker] Today, GRiZ announced his return to the iconic Colorado amphitheater, Red Rocks, after teasing the announcement yesterday with a promotional video posted. Like last year, the Boulder-based electronic producer and DJ will perform two shows—one with his live band and one as a more traditional solo performer—though the dates have been moved from early September to mid-summer, on July 13th and 14th, 2018. Last year, during his Red Rocks run, the funk/electronica producer debuted his live band to the world.No support has been announced for the show as of yet, though a limited number of pre-sale tickets are on sale now here, with the fan password being “GRIZRRX18”.
In the midst of heavy summer touring, Philly funksters Swift Technique have released a brand new single, “Annawanna”. The song is a classic dancehall anthem with a modern soul twist, featuring the expressive vocal talents of Chelsea ViaCava with a simple yet powerful message of devotion and love. The band’s typically propulsive rhythm section is tighter than ever and the ST horn section provides the punch that drives the tune home. Swift pushes the disco groove into an absolute frenzy before dropping into a sweet and soulful outro that will have you slow dancing with your sweetheart.Most recently, Swift Technique has earned the coveted opening slot at this summer’s XPonential Fest, getting airplay (and more) on the only Philly Station that matters–WXPN home of the World Café–and have been serving as the backing band for Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles fabled leader Jason Kelce.“Annawanna” is the first in the band’s summer singles series–with single #2 coming in August. The Band will enter the studio with the legendary Phil Nicolo this winter for their first full-length release.Listen to “Annawanna”, Swift Technique’s new summertime jam, below and head to the band’s website for more information.Upcoming Swift Technique Shows:JUL 21The Ardmore Music HallArdmore, PAJUL 27XPoNential Music FestivalCamden, NJAUG 02The Stephen TalkhouseAmagansett, NYAUG 07Musikfest presents Swift Technique!Bethlehem, PAAUG 10Pearl Street WarehouseWashington, DCAUG 30Levitt AMP Music Series presents Swift TechniqueTrenton, NJAUG 31SummerSounds Park presents Swift TechniqueGreensburg, PASEP 02Adirondack Independence Music Festival presents Swift TechniqueLake George, NYSEP 08Twilight Concert Series presents Swift TechniqueKutztown, PAOCT 20Downtown 27 @ the ClocktowerStaunton, VA
On Tuesday night, fan-favorite Brooklyn-based guitarists Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) came together for an intimate duo show a New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall.The show saw the two guitarists share vocal duties and switch back and forth between acoustic and electric guitars. The setlist for the evening featured a selection of songs from Krasno’s 2016 solo LP, Blood From A Stone (“Jezebel”, “Please Ya”, “Unconditional Love”), some songs written by Krasno for other artists (like Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s “Calling Out To You”), and more.You can listen to full audio of Eric Krasno and Scott Metzger’s duo show at the Rockwood below, taped, transferred, and uploaded by Eric McRoberts.Eric Krasno & Scott Metzger – 8/21/18 – Full Audio<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Next up for both of these guitarists is a trip to LOCKN’ in Arrington, VA this weekend, where Krasno will rejoin his old Lettuce cohorts for a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band and Metzger will perform with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as Chris Harford‘s Band of Changes. On Friday, August 31st, Eric Krasno will return to the Rockwood for an Eric Krasno & Friends Unplugged performance.For a full list of Krasno’s upcoming tour dates, head here. For a full list of Metzger’s upcoming shows, head here.Setlist: Eric Krasno & Scott Metzger | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY | 8/21/18Jezebel, I Knew The Bride [Nick Lowe], Please Ya, I’m Living Good [Louis Williams], That’s All Right [Jimmy Rogers], Halfway To Georgia, These Arms of Mine [Otis Redding], Calling Out To You, When I Was Young [The Wood Brothers], Love Is Strong, Unconditional LoveYou can catch Scott Metzger at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place simultaneously at three fan-favorite Williamsburg, Brooklyn venues on Saturday, September 29th. Scott Metzger will perform a very special set along with Cory Henry (Funk Apostles), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note), and Skerik at this year’s fourth-annual event.The one-of-a-kind event puts the focus on the artists, channelling the spirit of New Orleans Jazz Fest by night by curating unique collaborations, tributes, and passion projects for an unforgettable day of music. To check out the full artist and band lineups, or to grab your tickets today, head to the event website.***TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW***
Last Thursday night, Oteil Burbridge, former bassist for the Allman Brothers Band and current low-end master for Dead & Company, brought an all-star collection of friends including Jason Crosby, Scott Metzger, Alfreda Gerald, John Kimock, John Kadlecik, Weedie Braimah to the Suwannee Roots Revival to kick the party off in style. After the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park narrowly avoided the full brunt of Hurricane Michael and hastily built the entire festival, from scratch, in under eight hours, everyone—from the bands to the fans to the production staff—was just happy to even have the party at all. That shared energy and relief mixed with love, hope and dissipated tension came together to create the perfect atmosphere for the loose, soulful sounds laid down by Oteil & Friends.It’s rare to see such balance and across-the-board excellence at a “& Friends” show, but if anyone would be able to put together such a cohesive unit, it’s Oteil. His experience playing in larger-scale bands like the Allman Brothers and Dead & Company has clearly won him the skills to fit the many moving parts together, ensuring that everyone on stage has time to shine. Guitarists Kadlecik and Crosby clearly know their ways around Dead tunes thanks to John K’s history with Dark Star Orchestra & Furthur and Crosby’s ongoing role with Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Family, among other various Grateful gigs. The percussion section of Weedie and John Kimock had the show’s rhythm well in hand, and their feature turn during “Time Is Free” was astounding. You can check that out below!As impressive as the previously mentioned folks were, singer Alfreda Gerald was seemingly on another level all night long. Channelling the vocal chops of the late Aretha Franklin and the energy of a runaway train, she hit each mark and note with such precision, power and soul that it was hard to take your eyes off her. In fact, if it was anyone other than a player of Oteil’s skill and stage presence at the helm, she surely would have stolen the show entirely.There isn’t much to say about Oteil Burbridge that hasn’t been said time and again by hundreds of admirers throughout the years. His playing is intimately emotional. You feel his joy, you feel his sorrow, and you feel it in precisely the manner and the amount in which he intends you to experience it. His passion and joy to simply be playing, to share his love with you, is like an inexorable tide…he simply sweeps you away on a deep resonant frequency.The last notes sounded and the crowd’s pleas for an encore was among the most heartfelt the park has ever heard. As far as a night one headlining stint goes, you can neither ask nor hope for more than Burbridge gave at Roots Revival. Oteil’s ear-to-ear grin at the end said all it needed to say!Below, you can check out some clips from the show courtesy of our own Rex-A-Vision. For more information on Oteil Burbridge’s upcoming shows with various different projects, head to his website.Oteil & Friends – “Time Is Free”Oteil & Friends – “Tore Up”Oteil & Friends – “Run For The Roses”Oteil & Friends – “The Weight”
On January 16th, 2019, an all-star cast of musicians will honor the memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.Billed as “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” the tribute show will feature members of Cornell’s three most notable bands—Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog—several of whom are now best known as members of other groups like Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine.In addition, the special tribute show will feature Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams. According to the announcement art, “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” will be hosted by late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel as well as other surprise guests. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF).Watch Chris Cornell And Eddie Vedder’s Final “Hunger Strike” Duet From Bridge School Benefit ’14Though the announcement comes almost a year and a half after Cornell’s shocking suicide, the music world still feels the pains of his untimely death. In addition to countless live tributes by a bevy of artists, the Museum of Pop Culture in Chris Cornell’s native Seattle, WA recently unveiled a life-sized bronze statue of the grunge hero. Cornell’s estate also recently announced a new posthumous LP and retrospective box set simply titled Chris Cornell, which will be released on November 16th—the same day tickets to “I Am The Highway” go on sale.Tickets for “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” at The Forum go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. PST. For more information, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head here.
Former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge is really going all-in on his relatively new career as a paranormal truther. DeLonge has focused more on non-musical ventures since parting ways with his former band back in 2015, which ironically included releasing new solo material in addition to co-writing and releasing a handful of novels under the banner of Strange Times. Now, it appears that DeLong’s expertise in extraterrestrial life and paranormal activity is strong enough that cable network channel TBS is bringing his ideas to the small screen with a new TV series which already has the green light to begin development.The forthcoming series has yet to receive an official title, but it the pilot is being written and executive produced by Aaron Karo, with Tom DeLonge, Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Russell Binder also joining the project as executive producers. “This is a dream I’ve had for over 10 years and it’s finally a reality,” DeLonge mentioned with the show’s announcement on Monday. “All the stories and themes I work on are meant to be shared through multiple mediums and on different platforms — film, TV, books, music and so on.”DeLonge also went on to explain how he hopes the new series will help establish more opportunities and maybe even a potential Marvel-esque entertainment franchise for his steadily growing sci-fi empire, which began as a website called “Strange Times”. The cast of characters found within the “Strange Times” book series are actually inspired by some of the “degenerate skateboarders” who DeLonge grew up with. It was that same skateboarding scene which ultimately helped a young Tom find his way into the punk-rock music world, and eventually lead to him join up with Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus. DeLonge also sounded hopeful that punk and new wave bands including New Order, Depeche Mode, the Queers, Bad Religion, and The Cure would join in on the fun with inclusion into the network show’s soundtrack.“I don’t like working on one-offs,” Tom DeLonge continued. “One reason I created ‘To The Stars‘ was to be able to build dynamic and rich worlds for everyone — whether you’re visual and prefer graphic novels and film or an avid reader who likes to pore over every detail and imagine the world on your own.”Blink-182, on the other hand, just wrapped up their 2018 Las Vegas “Kings of the Weekend residency at the Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater back on November 17th. In other Blink-182 news, Twitter recently melted down over differing opinions of how to pronounce the band’s name.[H/T Variety]
Today, Steve Miller Band has confirmed their first tour dates of 2019. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is coming off a productive 2018, after performing 57 shows across North America with his band, as well as producing and personally directing the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections.Steve Miller Band will open up their spring tour at Clearwater, FL’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 12th, before making stops at Fort Myers, FL’s Suncoast Credit Union Arena (3/13); Orlando, FL’s Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage (3/16); Hollywood, FL’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (3/17); Greenville, SC’s Peace Center (3/20); Montgomery, AL’s Performing Arts Center (3/21); Biloxi, MS’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (3/23); and a final show at Southaven, MS’s Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove on March 24th.The press release notes that all shows will be billed as “An Evening with Steve Miller Band,” without any support acts. More Steve Miller Band tour dates and album release and compilation news will be announced in the upcoming months.Tickers go on sale this Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m. local time.For more information on ticketing and tour dates, head to Steve Miller Band’s website here.Steve Miller Band Spring 2019 Tour Dates:3/12 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall3/13 – Fort Myers, FL – Suncoast Credit Union Arena3/16 – Orlando, FL – Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage3/17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino3/20 – Greenville, SC – Peace Center3/21 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery Performing Arts Center3/23 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino3/24 – Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
The 26th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will return to Telluride, CO’s Town Park, set to go down on September 13th-15th, 2019.On Thursday, the beloved late-summer festival announced their 2019 lineup, with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Boz Scaggs, and a yet to-be-announced headlining performer sitting at the top of the bill. The three-day festival will also see music performances by Anders Osborne, Ryan Bingham, Tab Benoit, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Allman Betts Band, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Durand Jones & The Indicators, Cedric Burnside, Phil Cook, The Como Mamas, Otis Taylor’s Psychedelic Banjo Posse, Southern Avenue, Low Cut Connie, Ida Mae, Willie Farmer, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Cookie McGee, Sandra Hall, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mitch Woods, and Alex Paul and The Birds Of Play.An additional headliner, more artists, and a comedy lineup will be announced soon.Various ticket packages are now on sale here for Telluride Blues & Brews’ 2019 event.
On Saturday night, Lotus wrapped up their three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl in spectacular fashion, keeping the momentum going with their third-straight sold-out show with help from Portland, ME favorites, JAW GEMS.The snappy “Wax” is arguably of the band’s best opener, with a bounce that’s easy for the crowd to catch onto. Although it was a standalone, it was far from boring. Next, the band played “Jiggle”, one of the songs off of their 2018 album, Frames Per Second. The lights went down as they dropped into one of their classics, “Livingston Storm”. The band surprised many in the audience from there as they jammed “Livingston” into “Sleep When You’re Dead” before closing the set on a high note with “Jump Off”.The second set was a level up from the first—a prime example of why Lotus is one of the best jamtronica acts in the scene. Opening with a beastly “Juggernaut”, the band instantly had the crowd floored. The set featured two extremely exploratory segments. The first was “Neon Tubes pt. I” > “Lucid Awakening”, featuring a silky smooth transition and a memorable jam out of the pairing’s second half. The ambient psychedelia of “Blue Giant” served as a well-received landing pad for this improvisational exploration.While “Neon Tubes pt. 1” > “Lucid Awakening” was surely a highlight, “Did Fatt” > “Neon Tubes pt. II” was arguably the standout segment of the night, as every band member shined at different moments. After closing with “Shimmer and Out”, Lotus encored with one of their most popular songs, “Spiritualize”.With that, another successful Lotus Brooklyn Bowl run is in the books. Fans from all over the northeast flocked to New York City to see what Lotus would bust out this weekend, and from the looks of it, everybody seemed to be pretty content with the experience. One of the best things about this band is their versatility—that’s one of the things that keeps people coming back.Related: Lotus’ Luke Miller Expresses Elation & Gratitude Ahead Of Red Rocks ThrowdownNext up, Lotus will be in Harrisburg, PA on April 18th and in the nation’s capital on April 19th and 20th. If you didn’t get to see them this past weekend, you should consider making it out to one of their upcoming shows! Check out a list of their upcoming tour dates here.Setlist: Lotus | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/6/19Set 1: Wax, Jiggle, Livingston Storm> Sleep When We Are Dead, Milk & Honey, Jump OffSet 2: Juggernaut, Neon Tubes> Lucid Awakening, Blue Giant, Did Fatt> Neon Tubes Pt. 2, Shimmer And OutEncore: Spiritualize