How would you like to use your shoe to add a Wah to any plugged in guitar? Well, in the ever-growing sphere of technology, now you can. That’s right, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Stars have found a way to take out the middle man and produce a style of high-tops, the unofficial shoe of all rock stars, with a built-in Wah pedal. All you have to do is motion your foot as you would lay the sole down on any pedal, while playing the guitar, and the technology in the shoe adds the effect.How does this even work? A flexible sensor in the sole of the shoe is able to register the foot’s movements as being similar to those pressing against an actual pedal. The sensory information is then sent to a Wah Box via Bluetooth to give your guitar the desired distortion. Named after Chet Atkins, the first guitarist to ever use the Wah pedal, the All Star “All Wahs” have the ability to wirelessly connect to an amp, a Mac, or even an iPhone. The original design was invented by Critical Mass agency during a “Chuck Hack” event back in 2013, and was eventually fashioned by the technological brand CuteCircuit to be completely wireless. While there is no promise that these new shows will become available to the public, it has been tested by thirteen guitarists already. Watch this video of the original concept, which still needed to be plugged in at the time, to understand the premise of the device’s functionality.If this is the direction of music technology, perhaps one day we won’t even need real instruments? Let’s hope not.Converse – All Wah from James & Jason on Vimeo.[via CoS]
Load remaining images Vulfpeck Brooklyn Bowl 9/8/16 Last night marked the funky return of Vulfpeck to the Brooklyn Bowl, kicking off a three-night run at the famed Brooklyn, NY venue. Anticipation was high coming into the show, as the band delivered an exciting performance just one night prior at SummerStage in NYC’s Central Park. True to form, Vulfpeck brought out many special guests, delighting fans with material new and old for an unforgettable night.At different times, the band brought out guitarist Cory Wong, keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Joey Dosik, trombonist Melissa Gardiner, percussion master Richie Rodriguez, vocal powerhouse Antwaun Stanley, and drummer Bernard Purdie. You can read the full review here, as written by the Vulfpack creator Kendall Deflin, but we wanted to share a little something special with our readers.Thanks to taper Eric McRoberts, we can stream some full audio from last night’s exciting Brooklyn Bowl run opener. Check out the full stream here, and see below for a beautiful gallery of images as taken by Patrick Hughes/Faces of Festivals. Enjoy the grooves!* w/ Bernard Purdie – [email protected] w/ Melissa Gardiner – Trombone# w/ Antwaun Stanley – Vocals% w/ Joey Dosik – Keys / Vocals / SaxophonePro-shot video has also emerged, courtesy of micapaw groove:
Over the weekend, Ween fans were in frenzy mode as their band’s guitarist, Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo Jr.), posted about a missing guitar. The guitar in question was a customized version of a 1962 Stratocaster, complete with a Jazzmaster neck from a 1961 model. Deaner even bragged about the new guitar in a recent Dean Ween Group post.As fans everywhere joined Dean Ween in the hunt for his guitar, it seems that the efforts were successful! Deaner posted the following message to his fans, thanking them for the support:With a number of dates on the schedule with both Ween and The Dean Ween Group, as well as a new album coming out soon for the latter project, it’s an exciting time to be a fan! For all things Dean Ween, check out his official website.
As we settle into the fall season, some fans are already anxiously awaiting the winter. That’s because WinterWonderGrass has just revealed a stacked lineup for their 2017 festival, packed with bluegrass favorites across the board. Taking place from February 23-26, 2017 in Steamboat Springs, CO, the lineup features top billings for Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival and The Infamous Stringdusters.The full lineup continues with Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The California Honeydrops, Head for the Hills, The Lil’ Smokies, Brothers Comatose, Cabinet, Billy Strings, Grant Farm, Gipsy Moon, Dead Horses, Kitchen Dwellers and so many more!You can scope the newly-announced lineup posted below, and head here for tickets.
Across the country, Thanksgiving debates are raging. From the recent election, to the day’s football games…even the age old “white meat vs. dark meat” debates are warming up as fast as ovens stuffed with epic dinners. So we thought it might be nice to focus on one thing we can all agree on…our love of the wonderful music made by the premier funk/soul band Earth, Wind & Fire. Thanks to The Nth Power, who themselves bear the standard of hope and love high in their music, we have some fresh and tasty music to add to your already burgeoning feasts with highlights from their Earth, Wind & Power tribute at the recent A Feast of Funk & Soul Food.Earlier this year, the tragic loss of EW&F’s Maurice White gave The Nth Power a reason to celebrate the beloved music he created. The band quickly rallied an all-star cast of additional instrumentalists, including Jennifer Hartswick and James Casey from TAB, Farnell Newton, sax madman Skerik and more to bring the full orchestra sound of Earth, Wind & Fire to life for a show that is being called the best of the year by scene veterans and fans lucky enough to have witnessed their show during Jazz Fest. To truly honor the music they loved the players held rigorous practices and formed a cohesion rarely seen in one off tribute shows that was reflected in the quality of their performance. After a highly successful debut performance at One Eyed Jacks, the band returned to the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive to prove that dreams really do come true. The third helping was served at A Feast Of Funk & Soul Food, pleasing fans beyond belief.Nick Cassarino showed his tremendous skills and charms on guitar and vocals with rock solid and splashy drums by his partner-in-crime Nikki Glaspie for a nearly three hour parade of incredible songs and solos. The crowd was once again in the palm of their musician’s hands and the covenant between performer and audience was never stronger. Everyone had their mission and whether it was making the music and sending out the love or accepting that love and returning it ten fold, no soul shirked their duty.Thanks to our own Rex Thomson, we have exclusive highlights of the magic for you to watch. Hits like “September,” “Fantasy,” their homage to the traditional EW&F cover of The Beatles “Got To Get You Into My Life” as part of a twenty five minute medley and a truly epic final encore rendition of “That’s The Way Of The World.” Check out the fun below, and we hope the music finds you and yours sharing a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with warmth and love.“In The Stone>September”“Fantasy”“Medley”“That’s The Way Of The World”
Umphrey’s McGee made themselves right at home in the churchlike Atlanta venue The Tabernacle, spending three days treating fans to their potent brand of rock and roll jamming. Umphrey’s put down great performances on the first two nights, including a big opening night and a surprise Tool cover on night two, but kept mostly fixed on original music for their grand finale.Longtime favorites like “No Diablo” and “Second Self” highlighted the show’s first set, as well as the second-ever performance of the band’s newest song “Cut Off,” which debuted on New Year’s Eve. The first set closed with an extended take on “Utopian Fir,” only setting the mood for more improvisational prowess in the second half.After opening with “Bright Lights, Big City,” the band dished out both parts of their “Cemetery Walk” composition, playing them back to back for the first time since early 2016. They then brought out a cover of “The Song Remains The Same,” rocking the Led Zeppelin tune with an unmistakeable ease. They would ultimately close out the set with a big “1348” sandwich that incorporated “In The Kitchen” and “Higgins” before returning to “1348.” The show ultimately closed out with a performance of “Pay The Snucka,” a great encore to a rocking show.Listen to the full audio from last night’s performance below, courtesy of taper Dillon Fries, as well as the full setlist from All Things Umphrey’s.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 1/15/17Set 1: Rocker Part 2, No Diablo, Kabump > 2nd Self, #5, Cut Off, Utopian FirSet 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Cemetery Walk > Cemetery Walk II, The Song Remains the Same, 1348 > In The Kitchen > Higgins > 1348Encore: Pay the Snucka with The Spirit of Radio (Rush) tease[Cover image by Phierce Photo]
Sweden – Gothenburg Italy – Florence Belgium – Dessel England – London England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire Leeds Festival Route 91 Harvest Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival England – Manchester Download Festival Paris Latitude Festival Lollapalooza Berlin Belgium – Werchter Center of Gravity Festival Music Midtown Chasing Summer Music Festival Sweden – Stockholm U.S. – Dana Point, CA Field Trip Music & Arts Festival Spain – Barcelona Jamboree in the Hills Sloss Music & Arts Festival England – London U.S. – NY Canada – Vancouver Copenhell Denmark – Copenhagen Dreamstate San Francisco Germany – Nürnberg Country LakeShake Chicago Open Air Sweden – Gothenburg We Are Electric Weekender Creamfields Steel Yard Spain – Madrid Crystal Coast Music Festival Sweden – Stockholm Voodoo Music + Arts Festival Parklife HARD Summer Music Festival Nocturnal Wonderland FVDED in the Park England – London Lollapalooza Chicago Germany – Nürburgring U.S. – George, WA Italy – Milan U.S. – Philadelphia, PA Reading Festival Sasquatch! Music Festival Citadel Festival Wilderness Festival U.S. – Las Vegas, NV Electric Daisy Carnival The Falls Music & Arts Festival Electric Forest Festival TRNSMT Festival England – Oxfordshire Lowlands Festival Werchter Boutique U.S. – Birmingham, AL Summerburst Stockholm Community Festival The Peach Music Festival The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Denmark – Kværndrup Trackside Music Festival The Warehouse Project Austin City Limits Music Festival Creamfields V Festival England – Suffolk Electric Daisy Carnival Germany – Frankfurt U.S. – Orlando, FL U.S. – George, WA U.S. – San Bernardino, CA Graspop Metal Meeting England – London The Isle of Wight Festival Download Festival Canada – Ontario U.S. – Chicago, IL Escape Halloween Germany – Berlin Ireland – Stradbally France – Montpellier Canada – Surrey Down the Rabbit Hole U.S. – Austin, TX England – Leicestershire U.S. – New York, NY Dreams Music Festival Woo-Hah! Festival England – Leeds Holland – Eindhoven U.S. – Los Angeles, CA Camp Bisco England – Newport Canada – Toronto U.S. – Scranton, PA Lovebox Festival Paradiso Festival U.S. – Atlanta, GA U.S. – Chicago, IL Main Square Festival France – Arras Canada – Kelowna DCODE Festival CBC Music Festival Holland – Rotterdam U.S. – Las Vegas, NV Ohana Festival Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival England – Reading One Love Music Festival Contact Winter Music Festival Holland – Biddinghuizen Canada – Calgary France – Paris Roots Picnic Watershed Music Festival Canada – Calgary Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle England – Daresbury Forecastle Festival Heartland Festival U.S. – Manchester, TN Glasgow Summer Sessions Rock im Pott U.S. – San Francisco, CA Rock Werchter Lollapalooza Paris England – Manchester England – London Norway – Oslo North Sea Jazz Festival Popaganda Music Festival U.S. – Brooklyn, MI U.S. – Houston, TX U.S. – San Bernardino, CA Summerburst Göteborg Music lovers are inevitably familiar with Live Nation, the giant entertainment company. Today, Live Nation is trying something different, and it’s unreal. Live Nation just announced “The Festival Passport,” which gives its holders GA access to dozens of Live Nation festivals slated to go down in 2017. The Festival Passport will give its holders access to almost all the Live Nation festivals across fifteen different countries, which represent all sorts of different music genres from EDM to country. Remarkably, The Festival Passport only costs $799 (!!!) and will give access to even sold-out festivals.Some of the festivals it offers access to include Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Creamfields, EDC (Las Vegas and Orlando), Falls Festival, Governors Ball, Isle of Wight, Lollapalooza (Chicago, Paris, and Berlin), V Festival and many more. Other festivals on the Festival Passport list that caught our eye are Peach Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Sasquatch, Voodoo, and Forecastle, but realistically, so many others.Camp Bisco: A Predictor And Measure Of Success For Some Of Our Favorite PerformersLive Nation will be offering only 1,000 Festival Passports to the public, so we’re guessing it’s going to be one of the hardest tickets of the summer. The Festival Passports go on-sale on Monday, May 22nd, at 10 a.m. PT here. Admirably, to combat scalpers, passports are non-transferable and only issued via the original buyer’s name, so make sure you’re ready to take the plunge when you try to purchase (this also means only one purchase per person).If you’re one of the lucky thousand who gets one of these epic deals, all you need to do is show up at the will call of the festival of your choosing with your ID and the Festival Passport. There, you’ll receive your wristband, and you can go and enjoy the show. However, it’s important to note that camping and parking is not included with the Festival Passport unless the General Admission for the festival includes camping and parking (Live Nation notes that if you’re one of the lucky passport holders, you can hit up the company two weeks before an event for assistance to reserve a camping or parking spot).You can see the list of festivals below. Also, as a side note, am I dreaming?Live Nation Festival Passport Access List Download Festival Spain Scotland – Glasgow Independent Days Festival Barcelona Beach Festival U.S. – Chicago, IL Holland – Tilburg Canada – Toronto U.S. – Queens, NY Countdown NYE U.S. – Scranton, PA TW Classic Holland – Ewijk U.S. – Louisville, KY U.S. – Morristown, OH U.S. – Rothbury, MI U.S. – San Bernardino, CA U.S. – George, WA Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival Way Out West Free Press Summer Festival Wireless Festival U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC Germany – Gelsenkirchen Findings Festival Rock am Ring Scotland – Glasgow Belgium – Werchter Spain – Madrid France – Paris Governors Ball Music Festival Canada – Toronto Belgium – Werchter Faster Horses Country Music Festival U.S. – New Orleans, LA I Love Techno Europe Firenze Rocks Festival Rock im Park Wireless Festival
Muse is back with a new song “Dig Down” after two years of musical silence. The new track is accompanied by an illustrious music video that shows a female warrior fighting through villains. The song was co-produced by Mike Elizondo and Muse and mixed by Spike Stent, and is Muse’s first new release since 2015’s Drones.“When I was writing this song I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in,” frontman Matt Bellamy explains a press release, “that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to.”To play on the emotions of triumph over tragedy, the music video depicts Lauren Wasser, a former model and athlete who lost her leg to toxic shock syndrome.Director Lance Drake explains, “I’d heard about Lauren a year or so ago, I read her story and she gave me personal inspiration so I’d always kept her in mind to shoot with one day. The power of the song made me think of her … so I wrote the video narrative based on Lauren’s story and how she overcame the odds.”Dig on “Dig Down”:While there is no definitive news on any album, we can expect that with this single and their upcoming tour dates, Muse has new music hiding up their sleeve.Muse 2017 Tour Dates:05/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre05/21 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre06/03 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater06/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Festival06/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre06/08 – New Orleans, LA Champions Square06/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater06/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theater06/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre06/15 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion06/18 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival07/13 – Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Festival07/15 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest07/16 – Quebec, QC @ Festival d’ete Quebec07/18 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage07/22 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater08/01 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival08/23 – Belfast, IE @ Belfast Vital08/25 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival08/27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival09/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre09/16 – San Diego, CA @ KAABOO Del Mar09/18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre09/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful
The Disco Biscuits are returning to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on Saturday, and the jamtronica heavyweights will be posted up at Denver’s Ogden Theatre during the three nights leading up to their performance at the legendary venue. Luckily for fans spread across the country who may not be able to make it out to Colorado this week, the band has just announced that they will be streaming the entirety of their Colorado run across Wednesday to Saturday for free via Youtube. Mosey over to the band’s YouTube page here to check out the shows for free. For Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for The Disco Biscuits’ three-night stand at the Ogden, the show starts at 9 p.m. (MST). For their Red Rocks performance, the show starts at 6 p.m. (MST), with Shpongle Live warming up the crowd.
Since returning to the stage after a two-year hiatus, Athens, GA-based rockers Perpetual Groove have been on a tear. In their time back, the group has proved time and again why they are considered one of the elite jam bands in the scene. It’s hard to believe that the band hasn’t released a proper studio album in seven years. However, the time has finally come, and Perpetual Groove has just announced a Kickstarter campaign to get their new album in motion. As told by the Kickstarter campaign, P-Groove plans on releasing the new album on vinyl—a first for the group. In addition to receiving digital and vinyl copies of the latest album from the band, backers of the Kickstarter campaign are also eligible to snag album artwork posters, t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tickets to shows, VIP Experiences, a Golden Ticket to all shows on the tour, and more.Paired with the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, Perpetual Groove released a full statement, about their upcoming recording endeavor as well as a new video titled “The Joy of Recording with Brock Ross.” You can read the statement and watch the video below. Plus, don’t miss Perpetual Groove live and in action when the band returns to New York City on the heels of their sold-out Phish late-night show at B.B. King’s back in July. P. Groove will hit the Brooklyn Bowl this weekend on Friday, September 8th, and Saturday, September 9th, for a two-night run also featuring Tropidelic and Broccoli Samurai (9/8) and Trae Pierce & the T-Stones and Broccoli Samurai (9/9), with tickets available via Brooklyn Bowl website.Be a part of Perpetual Groove history!It’s been seven years since Perpetual Groove released a full-length album. We’ve never been able to release an album on vinyl. Now is the time to remedy both of these issues and we want YOU to join us in the process of doing it! Perpetual Groove has always been for the people BY the people. You have supported us from day one and now we have an entire stack of never-before heard tunes and some road tested gems that must make their way to the studio!With the support from all of you and this Kickstarter campaign, we’ll be able to release an album in a way we have never done before. We’ll be making videos of the process to share with you along the way, and will finally be able to release a vinyl recording for the first time ever!We’ve got tons of great rewards for all of our backers…and if you aren’t able to pledge right now simply sharing this post with your friends would still be a huge help. Plus it’ll let more people experience “the Joy of Recording with Brock Ross.”Sincerely, Adam, Albert, Brock, and Matt – Perpetual Groove