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Prince was always destined for stardom. Even in his earliest days of making music, the Purple One was full of raw talent and uncompromising integrity. Through 40 years of musical activity, Prince never ceased to amaze with his powerful performances and songwriting abilities.While Prince’s 1999 album was the major breakthrough that put him on a national radar, there’s no denying that Prince’s early music could foretell his funky fate. Even this concert, filmed just several months before the release of 1999, shows a young Prince powering through some prime funky classics.Without the power of hits like “Little Red Corvette” and “Delirious” from the 1999 album, which came out in October of 1982, this performance from 1/30/82 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ is just perfect. It’s prime funk, soul, R&B… in a word, it’s Prince.Enjoy:Setlist: Prince at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – 1/30/19820:00:00 – The Second Coming0:02:00 – Uptown0:04:50 – Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?0:12:24 – I Wanna Be Your Lover0:29:14 – Dirty Mind0:35:42 – Do Me, Baby0:45:45 – Controversy0:53:01 – Let’s Work1:00:55 – Encore Applause1:02:55 – Jack U Off1:07:42 – Applause[Video/setlist by Prince on MV]
The spiritually healing properties of music are widely discussed and recognized, but according to a new study from Drexel University, there is significant evidence that music intervention treatments help alleviate medical symptoms in cancer patients, from anxiety to pain to fatigue, while also increasing their overall quality of life. Led by Joke Bradt, PhD, an associate professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, a team of scientists conducted a systematic review of studies that examined the impacts of music therapy (a personalized music experience offered by trained music therapists) and music medicine (listening to pre-recorded music provided by a doctor or nurse) on physical and psychological outcomes in people with cancer. Explains Dr. Bradt, “We found that music therapy interventions specifically improve patients’ quality of life. These are important findings as these outcomes play an important role in patients’ overall well-being.”The team examined fifty-two (52) different trials in the review, consisting of a total of 3,731 participants with cancer, with twenty-three (23) classified as “music therapy” and twenty-nine (29) classified as “music medicine interventions.” Overall, one of the most impactful findings was that “music interventions” of all kinds resulted in a moderate-to-strong reduction of patients’ anxiety.For pain reduction, researchers found a large treatment benefit, and for fatigue, they found small-to-moderate treatment effects. However, when comparing the merits of the two different types of music interventions, they found that, in terms of quality of life benefits, “music therapy” is more effective than “music medicine.”Dr. Bradt explains that both kinds of music interventions “play an important role in cancer care, but we didn’t quite know yet which interventions may be best suited for which type of outcome…We hope that the findings of this review will encourage health care providers in medical settings to seriously consider the use of music therapy in the psychological care of people with cancer.”While there is still a lot to learn about the subject, the positive effects of music interventions on cancer patients are an exciting are an exciting development in science’s ongoing fight against the disease. [via Science Daily]
Jam fans have taken note of Owen York, as the 13-year old pianist first turned heads with a show-stopping four-hour performance in January for Umphrey’s McGee fans. The popularity for York’s mash-up piano medleys has only grown, and he even got to perform a cover of David Bowie on the floor of Madison Square Garden! Very cool.Today we’re delighted to share a brand new venture for York, as he debuts an instrumental jazz composition entitled “Lotos.” The three-minute piece sees the young pianist tackle an intricate composition in style. Accompanied by British drummer Matt Griffiths, “Lotos” showcases the skills that earned Owen York a seat as the youngest member of Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble, an elite group of musicians from New York and New Jersey.Watch the video of Owen York’s “Lotos,” taken in July at the French Woods Camp in Upstate New York.Be sure to check out York’s YouTube channel for covers and medleys of Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Beck, Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Gorillaz, Outkast, Mashups and more!
[Photo by Jay Kocyla] The news is out! The doors have opened at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Phish’s fourth and final night at the venue, and the first Halloween Phishbills have been distributed, meaning that this year’s musical costume is now public knowledge. Without further adieu, tonight’s musical costume will be The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie. WOW! When the doors opened, the Internet exploded. Tonight is going to live out the dreams of many!The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is David Bowie’s most iconic album. It is a concept album about about a hyper-sexual, egotistical alien rock star. The album features several of Bowie’s most iconic songs from his glam era, with “Suffragette City”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, “Moonage Daydream”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Starman” all appearing on the eleven-song record.The album has been one of the most wished-for albums for the band’s musical costume over the years, so fans at the MGM Grand will be pinching themselves to make sure they aren’t dreaming. Phish will finally deliver The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars tonight during the second set of their three-set Halloween show.With this announcement, Phish have brought back their traditional Halloween cover of a classic rock album. After their Wingsuit Halloween in 2013 and the remarkable Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House in 2014, the band will once again re-create a classic album this Halloween. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is an incredible album that should make for an extremely awesome night in Phish history! We can’t wait to hear the their take on the album during tonight’s second set! See below for the full track list from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.Five YearsSoul LoveMoonage DaydreamStarmanIt Ain’t EasyLady StardustStarHang On To YourselfZiggy StardustSuffragette CityRock ‘n’ Roll Suicide.Enjoy!
Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre is getting set to rollout a full month’s worth of incredible shows in March to celebrate the venue’s 25th anniversary. The first of those shows to be announced will be hometown funk heroes The Motet on Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day). Earlier today, The Motet also announced a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 2nd with Jurassic 5 and The California Honeydrops.Tickets for The Fox show go on-sale this Friday, December 16th at 10AM MDT via The Fox Theatre website. Special 2-day passes for the March show and Red Rocks performance will also be made available.The Motet @ Red Rocks – 7/22/2016 – “The Truth”:
Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. At the time, the bill was being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and his influenced helped Governor Andrew Cuomo sign similar legislation into law for New York State.Shortly thereafter, Congress actually passed the BOTS Act through both houses, sending it off to President Obama for his approval. Today, we’ve learned that the BOTS Act has been officially enacted into federal law!The summary for the new act explains that it “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” The new legislation even allows the federal government to file civil lawsuits for those who were affected by scalpers using ticket bots. Of course, the real challenge will be enforcing this new law, but putting this into the country’s legislation is a huge first step in the fight against ticket scalping. Let’s hope this means fairer ticket buying for all.
The venerable Marco Benevento has released his 7-song live Woodstock Sessions EP via Royal Potato Family and Woodstock Sessions today. The session was recorded in one take at Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, NY in front of a live audience. Benevento, along with bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Andy Borger, performed a set that spanned the keyboardist’s entire solo catalog.The set starts off with three songs from his most recent studio album, The Story of Fred Short, including “Dropkick,” which sounds like a 50’s pop rock tune that could be heard on an old-school diner jukebox over a cheeseburger and some soda pop. The 22-minute opus “The Story of Fred Short” is a futuristic indie-sounding number, cut into various sections, that bears witness to a wild build segment of jamming from the trio, before making its way into a dance-inspired finale.“Bus Ride” from 2008’s Invisible Baby makes an appearance in the set with some heavy synth work from Benevento on keys, showcasing his masterful skills. He beseeches the crowd to “Make some noise….now or never” as the group goes into the 2014 track “At The Show” from Swift; never a boring moment at a live Benevento show. “Greenpoint” from 2010’s Between The Needles & Nightfall brings the album to a resounding close, finding some beautiful interplay between each member of the group. As always, Benevento and company take you on an incredible journey, and the Woodstock Sessions EP is keeps in that tradition.The album is currently streaming in full on Spotify, and you can take a listen below:
Vermont-based jam quartet Twiddle has announced the second installment of Tumble Down, set to go down July 28 and 29, 2017. The two-day music event will return to the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. The all-age festival is set to include two full days of music and the outdoors, leaving room for fans to explore the wonderful town of Burlington and everything it has to offer.With four sets from hosts Twiddle, there will also be performances from Fruition, Madaila, Aqueous, Midnight North, Lucid, Strange Machines, Holly Bowling, Teddy Midnight, Navytrain, and The Mangroves all along the water.In addition to the many lakeside performances, Tumble Down collaborates with Burlington’s famed Nectar’s to bring a bevy of late night performances! There will be separately ticketed late night shows with Everyone Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler, and featuring members of Twiddle, Fruition, Midnight North, and Holly Bowling, as well as a very special Mihali and Friends jam with the Gang of Thieves, Lespecial, Backup Planet, and Pitch Black Brass Band.There will even be a Twiddle-inspired art exhibition led by Phanart. The White Light Foundation, a non-profit organization inspired by the band, will again have a positive presence at 2017’s event, supporting local community causes through fundraising and awareness initiatives.Tickets for two-day passes are available right here. See below for the full announcement!
DUST, an online media company focused on all things science fiction, has recently rolled out a new series. Titled Afrofuturism, the short videos within the collection explore how specific black artists and figures helped shape afrofuturism, an aesthetic that combines science fiction, African history, magical realism, with the past, present, and future experiences of being black in our society. For their newest installment, DUST has produced a new video focused on George Clinton. The short, vibrant video is narrated by Little Simz and looks at Clinton’s out-of-this-world aesthetic and impact on music. Previous segments of Afrofuturism have focused on Sun Ra and Star Trek’s Uhura, and episodes on Jimi Hendrix and Missy Elliot are slated to come out in the future. Check out the new video below, courtesy of DUST.[H/T Okayplayer]