Let’s give it up for an epic “Jam-uary 2015” guys! I’m not positive if that’s actually a real thing or not. If it is, then what could be better than a Lotus tour to close out the month?! Their stops in Vermont, Boston, and Connecticut this weekend are still only the beginning of a four month stretch of shows, one of the longest running tours of their career. Such a commitment to the asphalt might seem overwhelming to some, but these guys are killing it to be frank. The great thing about jambands and improv-acts is that the more they play, the better they get. I suspect after a week’s worth of “warming up”, these guys will be riding a mean wave by the time they get to Boston on Friday night. Check out a fan video of their recent performance in Pittsburgh >>>
Unlike a lot of other bands in their class, you can almost always count on Lotus to deliver. Over the last few years this Philly-based electronic jamband seems to have really found the sound they’ve been looking for. They’re taking more risks in their improv, their song-writing is getting more intricate, and they’re taking the old material to new places with considerably developed jamming (that’s “improvising” to the Lamens). Mike Rempel is still good at weirding you out with over-abundant eye-contact, but he’s also shredding the funk better than ever. With Electron being back in the picture, drummer Mike Greenfield is the most live getting practice he could ask for. A lot is happening for this quintet, and this tour is a huge testimony of that. They put the work in and that’s what counts these days. You can tell they practice, and that they’re serious about what they do and don’t take it for granted. They’re locked into their music 100% of the time, regardless of taste or quality, although they shine in both contexts. If The Disco Biscuits or Phish have taught jam-fans anything, it’s that we shouldn’t take them for granted either. Every show is a new adventure into the funky, jam-fueled Cosmos. Head out to one of the dates below and you’ll see what I mean. Who could ever take such a thing for granted? (wink wink)
Oh here we go. One of San Francisco’s best kept secrets is hitting the small screen- The Starship Connection have made their live Boiler Room debut, and the video was just posted on BRTV! California’s Bay Area has become a cultural hot-spot for all things funk and disco in the last decade or so. This duo, composed of Frite Nite Label founder B.Bravo and partner in crime Teeko, is a thriving paradigm for that community. Those roots are merely a launching pad for their music though. Starship is Bravo’s successful attempt at touching on his roots while expanding on them through a live music format, a format he felt that DJing inhibited. Armed to the teeth with synthesizers, MIDI’s, and bass (oh my!), his live electronic act is anything but predictable. Watch their diverse performance of disco, West Coast funk, and dub intertwined into an almost seamless set to see what we mean!
The New Orleans funk legends Galactic are beaming down for a cross-country tour in 2015! Along the way they’ll be hitting 3 shows in New York, including the two back to back shindigs at the Best Buy Theater that were just announced! Check out their tour dates below and see where they’re headed. There are some real gems rolling through that venue in the next few months, keep an eye out for acts like Tipper, The Disco Biscuits, and many more!
1/27 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
1/28 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
1/29 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
1/30 – Hollywood ArtsPark – Hollwyood, FL (FREE SHOW)
1/31 – State Theatre (St. Petersburg, Florida)
2/5 – First Avenue & 7th St Entry – Mainroom 1st Ave – Minneapolis, MN
2/6 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
2/7 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
2/13 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
2/20 & 21- The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
2/22 – Belly Up, Aspen – Aspen, CO
2/23 – Park City Live – Park City, UT
2/24 – Knotty Pine Supper Club – Victor, ID
2/26 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA
2/27 – Showbox – Seattle, WA
2/28 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
3/1 – The Crystal Bay Club Casino, Crown Room – Crystal Bay, NV
3/3 – McNears’s Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA
3/4 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
3/5 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA
3/6 & 7 – The Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
3/20 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
3/22 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
3/24 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
3/25 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
3/26 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
3/27 & 3/28 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
4/3 & 4/4 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
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Shredmaster Tim Palmieri and his outlandish band of funky ninjas are taking over Boston as Kung Fu this weekend. Tomorrow night (December 6th) they’ll be joined by MUN for a certified dance party at The Sinclair! Out of all the jam shows billed this weekend, this one looks like a guaranteed blast. You can’t go wrong for only $18 a ticket either guys. Tim and his cohorts play with a chemistry that you just don’t see a lot of on stage these days. Each show is a unique musical conversation transpiring between each member, never to be replicated. If you haven’t seen Fu bring a house down with their high-octane, improvisational outer space-funk, here’s your chance to catch them with an exceptional sleeper band. Read the rest of this entry
Lotus just announced a massive 32-date Winter Tour, starting in January 2015 and ending in March! Get ready for a synth-heavy, guitar-shreddy, jazzy good time ladies and frogs. Things have only been going up for this band lately. The recent success from their Talking Heads: Deconstructed shows last summer will only add to the momentum they’re no doubt coming at us with. Since the turn of 2013 they’ve hit a stride that hasn’t let up. They’ve always had talent obviously, as years of sold-out shows will prove, but they seem to have really found the sound they’ve been looking for in recent years. The new material is becoming more dynamic, and they’re Read the rest of this entry
Rory Phillips dropped us a new treat this week. We thought something was missing on this dreary and cloudy afternoon, and apparently it was some sunshiny disco. Listen to the live recording of his performance from Dalston Superstore last weekend, and download the mix for free. Just over two hours of digital funk from one of our favorite London-based DJs.
Seeing new Drop Out Orchestra on our newsfeed is kind of like injecting 100% pure excitement directly into our bloodstream. The mysterious disco project sat in with Queen & Disco for a brand new podcast this week! As is tradition, they’ve put together an entire hour of Drop Out edits and remix exclusives. One of the featured tunes on the mix is their new collaboration with the sensational Nancy Whang! Download the podcast below for free and listen to “I Was Made For loving You (featuring Nancy Whang)” before it’s official release on September 19th!
We’re not done yet guys. The podcast also kicks off with their gritty new remix of Tronik Youth’s “Edible Thoughts”
, which just dropped last week. Everyone has a dark side, and this is where the guys in DOO have decided to show theirs. Listen to it now >>>
Miguel Campbell released his final guest installment to the Radio FG Mix Series! Campbell is the sleeper artist you don’t want to miss. You may know him for his floor crushing “Rockin Beats” song, but if you don’t, then please get acquainted. Being a member of Hot Creations, one could argue that he is overshadowed by label bosses Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. That’s not completely true though; his appearance on BBC Radio’s Essential Mix proved to be one of the top rated releases associated with the label that year.
Campbell comes off a tad more humble than his party-hardy colleagues in some ways. He certainly has that psychedelic brand of deep house that only HC could deliver, but he introduces a lot more romance into the formula. We don’t really want to say disco-house, because those connotations don’t resemble his music, or even his mixing. This artist takes intrinsic deep house grooves, and colors them with blissful segments of disco, pop, and ambient terrains. Like everyone else on that label he has experimented with some different styles, but in the last year he seems to really have it pinned down. Everything clicks. That description is fairly accurate, but we do want to warn you that this mix does have some attitude to it. Grab Miguel Campbell’s final mix for Radio FG below! Enjoy!