Sad day to learn of the passing of Butch Trucks, original drummer of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. This one stings a bit more as ABB are one of my favorite bands and nothing will take away from that first time I got to see them play in 1999 at Mesa Amphitheater in Arizona. The band like many of their songs (including my #1 song) stick with us on a daily basis. Legendary band, legendary songs, legends of music. You will be missed, Butch, rest easy.
Trampled by Turtles fans listen up and give a listen to Dead Man Winter aka TBT frontman Dave Simonett. Click play below to listen to “Red Wing, Blue Wing” off his upcoming album, Furnace, set for release on January 27. More words and tour dates from Rolling Stone can be found HERE.
Everyone’s favorite rockers of 2015 are back again and this time with a new track used in the HBO series, Vinyl. Give a listen below to Royal Blood’s “Where Are You Now” and get ready to nod your head up and down. Rock on, friends!
These are getting really sad to keep writing in 2016. Gone way too young, R.I.P. Phife Dawg.
My love of hip-hop I can say was sprouted from listening to A Tribe Called Quest. Sure there were others too but there was always something about ATCQ, a realness and authenticity. Like other groups, they had their issues and eventually disbanded (and got back together on special occasions, lastly I believe in Nov. 2015 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) but together, they were simply the best.
“You on point, Tip?”
“All the time, Phife.”
New music from Big Gigantic. Give a listen and then head over to biggigantic.net to download the track for free!
Words from Billboard, HERE.
Vegas, time to wake up, set your alarm and make sure you get tickets to see the man, Ray LaMontagne, on September 16 at the Pearl at Palms. Normally I wouldn’t be this excited about a show (okay, who are we kidding, I freaking love Ray LaMontagne) but this one is going to be a special one as LaMontagne will be joined by his backing band consisting of Tommy Blankenship, Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, and Patrick Hallahan … aka the gents from My Morning Jacket (another band I love) minus Jim James. As a music fan you have to be salivating at the prospect of what this show will be like! Add in that the Pearl’s acoustics are off the charts amazing and that this is a big underplay and you have something special.
Tickets go on-sale Friday, March 4th at noon.
The wait is over, new music from The Lumineers! Four years since their debut album brings “Ophelia,” the first track off the forthcoming Cleopatra which is due out April 8.
I still can’t accept that musicians seem to be dropping like flies this year. Crazy and sad but there has to be something to be done in their honor and that is celebrate their lives and the music they gifted us. This one, this one strikes me in a whole different way, I grew up listening to Earth, Wind & Fire because of my parents. They were a staple on rotation in the car, on reel to reel, cassette to CD to iPod, etc., really for my whole life thanks to my parents (and where I get my music tastes from) and this one hits us hard as a family but we’ll raise a glass, crank up the stereo and pay respect to Maurice White. Your music and place in history will never be forgotten. Now go enjoy that amazing concert that’s happening in a far, far away place!
2016 has taken quite the musical legends thus far and I encourage anyone who’s a fan of Glenn Frey, The Eagles, Almost Famous, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, etc. to read THIS piece Cameron Crowe penned about his history with Frey. It’s short, quick and perfect. Enjoy!
On a personal note. Thank you, Cameron Crowe, thank you. Ever since I read his foreword for Ben Fong-Torres’ book, Not Fade Away (which is an amazing read), I have been hooked. I’m enamored with Cameron Crow, the true rock star.
Bonnaroo 15! Let the countdown begin! IMOO the best four days of the year are happening June 9-12 in Manchester, Tennessee and while the lineup leaked last week it was officially released last night on Conan.
Dead & Company
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Death Cab for Cutie
Judd Apatow & Friends
Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram)
Band of Horses
Father John Misty
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Two Door Cinema Club
Tyler The Creator
Lamb Of God
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Bluegrass Situation Superjam (Featuring Ed Helms and Friends)
Piff the Magic Dragon
Third Eye Blind
Goddamn Comedy Jam
Keys N Krates
Sam Bush Band
The Wood Brothers
Boy & Bear
Judah & The Lion
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Oh Hellos
Whilk and Misky
The London Souls