Denver, more specificaly the Colorado Convention Center, will be home to the third annual Decadence NYE, expanding to two days this year. The event announced Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Above and Beyond and Dada Life as its initial headliners and the beautiful venue will encompass 600,000 sq. feet throughout two massive arenas each day.The Global Dance producer Hau Ha mentioned about Decadence, “The vision for Decadence is to make Denver the premiere destination for New Year’s Eve, so we decided to expand to a multiple day event and put together a massive lineup that will appeal to music lovers nation-wide,” and flock they will.Bassnectar & Dada Life will headline two separate arena stages on 12/30 while Pretty Lights and Above & Beyond will take over on New Years Eve. The first tier of two-day passes and single-day tickets will go on sale Friday, October 4 at 10 a.m. here.
Arcade Fire made the first stop on their tour for the group’s critically acclaimed “Reflektor” album Thursday night in Kentucky. The 20 song set was—as expected—heavy on numbers from the group’s most recent album, but also included hits from several of their previous records as well as a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time.”Arcade Fire’s stop at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center was the first of 28 cities throughout North America. The tour wraps up on August 30th in the group’s home base, Montreal. For a full list of dates, click here.3/6/14 set list:“My Body Is A Cage”“Reflektor”“Flashbulb Eyes”“Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”“Joan of Arc”“The Suburbs”“The Suburbs (Continued)”“Ready to Start”“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”“Keep the Car Running”“No Cars Go”“Haiti”“Afterlife”“It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)”“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”“Normal Person”“Rebellion (Lies)”“The Last Time” (Rolling Stones cover)“Here Comes the Night Time”“Wake Up”
-David Melamed (@DMelamz) On Wednesday, May 7th, a trio of stellar bands will jam their way to the Brooklyn Bowl for an awesome night of epic proportions. Tauk, FiKus, and special guest MUN are all set to perform, in what will undoubtedly be a face-melting musical endeavor. Tauk has been slowly gaining popularity amongst the jam band scene, blending funk and progressive elements to their instrumental style. Joining the show’s headliner are FiKus, electro-influenced jammers, and MUN, the jazzy psychedelic rockers from Brooklyn.In 2012, Tauk decided to ditch the vocals, focusing exclusively on instrumentals. They released Homonculus in 2013, a brilliant album filled with sexy, groovy prog-rock-influence funk music. You can read the L4LM review for an in-depth look at Homonculus. Each member of the four-piece ensemble (bass, drums, guitar, keys) adds a unique element to a masterful sound, and the result is simply electric. Whether it’s a triumphant keyboard tone, a sexy guitar melody, or a rippin’ bass groove, these guys know a thing or two about getting down. FiKus has hit the Northeast jam scene over the past few years, and they’ve hit it hard. The five-piece band (bass, drums, guitar, keys, and percussion) have cultivated a loose, free-flowing sound that will have you smiling from ear to ear. Regulars at Catskill Chill Music Festival, FiKus jams often rise into the ether, floating melodies that inspire wholehearted dancing. With a sound that incorporates electronica, funk, progressive, and just about everything else under the sun, I defy you to listen to this band without shaking your hips. These guys can really groove!Brooklyn-natives MUN disperse an infectious blend of jazzy rock music, drawing in the listener with tantalizing melodies and quality musicianship. Their latest EP, Alchemy, achieves the ultimate goal for any predominantly-live band, to capture the energy of a live performance with composed music. The lead single, “Hustler,” seamlessly weaves through different ideas, bouncing from heavy metal arpeggios to funk progressions on a whim. It’s a particularly impressive display of musicianship, and this “astrofunktronica” quartet only has a bright future ahead. All in all, these three bands will jam your face off, keep you dancing until the wee hours of the night. You may have a sleepy morning at work on Thursday, but, with Tauk, FiKus, and MUN sharing the same stage, this performance is a must-see. Here are the details below, enjoy!The DetailsWho: Tauk, FiKus, with special guest MUNWhere: Brooklyn BowlWhen: Wednesday, May 7th. Doors @ 6 PM, Show @ 8 PMHow Much: $10 (Get them here!)
Acclaimed DJ Deadmau5 has found himself a second job, driving for the popular taxi company Uber in Toronto. Once more, the DJ is driving folks around in his brand new McLaren 650S. This one:BEHOLD! The meowclaren! @McLarenAuto @Sekanskin pic.twitter.com/QtYcAMQHJu— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 9, 2014The DJ is known for an interest in cars, and for an interest in decking out his cars with cat-themed apparel. Having recently sold his Purrari, Deadmau5 is now driving a “Meowclaren.” Of course, what’s the fun in getting a new car if you can’t show it off?in toronto? need a lift? I’m working for @uber tonight, downtown toronto. get lucky.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 11, 2014If you thought this was all a joke, you thought wrong. Not more than 22 minutes after the above tweet, one lucky fan had what could only be described as the best ride to Chipotle ever.Got a ride to Chipotle with my personal @Uber_TOR driver @deadmau5 ! Thanks for the ride. pic.twitter.com/5nPtCbVyYF— Tucker Schreiber (@tuckerschreiber) September 11, 2014
– Marisa Frydman (@musicalmarisa) While Terminal 5 imposed an unfortunate 1:00am stop time, the New Deal was determined to pack in as much music as they possibly could into their 90-minute set time. The guys skipped the theatrics of an encore in order to play just one additional, much appreciated extra jam. Although the guys only teased and did not actually play any of their songs from past albums, the concert itself was everything I wanted it to be.Conspirator and the New Deal played energetic, highly entrancing, and incredibly fun sets that had the entire venue dancing the holiday weekend away. The New Deal had New York City enthusiastically buying whatever they were selling. With any luck, they’ll come back for another great performance in the area soon! (All Photos By Corey Regensburger)The energy at Terminal 5 was electric this past Saturday night, November 29, 2014. Not only was Conspirator playing its last show of the year in New York City, but the godfathers of electronic jam, The New Deal, played their first concert in the Big Apple for the first time in almost three years. With fantastic music and a great crowd, the performance was one to remember.The vibe within the venue was stellar, effortlessly combining the summer of love with the rave kids of the early 1990s. As fellow concert goers shared decorative accessories and danced to the upbeat grooves of each act, I knew I chose the right show to attend on a night filled with great live music options.After a DJ set by nu-disco group Escort revved up the audience, Conspirator took the stage and got the party started right away. Coming off of a great year full of multiple creative projects, bassist Marc Brownstein captivated the audience with his incredible chops and Disco Biscuits’ band mate Aron Magner tore it up on the keys, giving meaning and new life to the “jamtronica” genre. Conspirator played a set that was nothing short of stunning, one that displayed that Brownstein and Magner are at the top of their game. Finally, The New Deal solidified their impressive comeback by hitting the ground running. Keyboardist Jamie Shields and bassist Dan Kurtz waste no time getting back into the groove and rocking Terminal 5. In a recent interview with L4LM, Kurtz attributes the group’s return to the stage to the most recent Daft Punk release and the re-introduction of retro bass to EDM. This influence and resurgence is very apparent in the group’s upbeat, funky style and overall stage presence. New drummer Joel Stouffer looked at ease leading the beat-heavy band, demonstrating his jazz-centered skills and his musical talent alongside Shields and Kurtz.
In a Knoxville News Sentinel article, Ashley Capps (founder of AC Entertainment) revealed that he is planning to start three new festivals in 2015, including one in Toronto. Capps said, “We’re working with great Toronto-based partners, Republic Live, and we’re very, very excited about this… It’s an amazing site, and it, like Bonnaroo, will be a camping festival.”No further details about the Toronto festival, or the other two festivals, have been revealed. Capps was chosen as the promoter of the year by Pollstar, for his work with Bonnaroo, The Orange Peel (a club in Asheville, NC), and other work.
UPDATE 1/29: String Cheese has shared pro-shot video of their New Years countdown, with “Lands End” into “Glory Chords.” Enjoy folks!Of all the musical events happening in Colorado on New Years, arguably no band has a more prestigious reputation in terms of production, creativity and musicianship as the String Cheese Incident. Known for their opulent displays of acrobatics and incredibly psychedelic lights and costumes, SCI has been steadily raising the bar for their New Years eve performances. Playing the holiday at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO for the third year running, the band showcased their talents at the big stage. Right after midnight, the band played an incredible cover of Kool And The Gang’s “Celebration,” featuring the enchanting Liza Oxnard on vocals. The vintage covers and the uttering mind-blowing stage production crossed generations, and gave one a keen sense of how special the music scene we are all a part of is, and the incomprehensible directions that it branches out into with every passing year.Faced with the seemingly impossible task of winding down from such a transcendental spectacle, the band jumped into the groovy Song In My Head tune, “Rosie.” They continued with two SCI classics, Paul Simon’s “Late In The Evening,” and the band’s traditional masterpiece, “Rivertrance.” They kept things going, finishing off their third set with one of their most celebrated covers, the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place.” The song led into the original, “Just One Story,” which put a cap on nearly four-hours of genre melding bluegrass carnival spectacular.For an encore, the guys returned to the stage to play “Bollymunster” and “Good Times Around the Bend,” alluding to the optimism we all felt after starting our year in such an incredible way. With nearly the whole crowd singing in unison, the venue felt as if it were about to explode (maybe from the cannons?…) from the sense of love and community that Cheese provides, and reminded me of why the crowd at Cheese shows seem to continually be the most collectively good hearted and friendly group of fans on the festival circuit. The crowd was treated to three full sets of Cheese, with no support, playing many crowd favorites right from the beginning with the opener, “Black Clouds,” followed by an early “Smile.” The show included a handful of selections from Song In My Head, including “Let’s Go Outside” and “Can’t Wait Another Day.” The steadily increasing energy and groove throughout the first two sets gave way to a transcendental experience when the ball dropped, when the energy burst at the seams and briefly turned the venue into a chimerical combination of a jam band show and Cirque Du Soleil.Aerial artists resembling butterflies clad in shiny costumes glided from the rafters high above, dinosaurs rose from under the ground on LED dance floors, and a gigantic psychedelic Lotus Flower blossomed from the center of the ceiling, shedding flashing multicolored lights on the expansive sea of large pupils and dropped jaws. An array of pregnant nets of confetti and balloons which likely comprised the whole stock of all the Party City’s in the Front Range area let loose from the ceiling, and with all the commotion it wasn’t entirely clear whether the explosions I was hearing were balloons popping or actual cannons going off. [All Photos by Cody Deel]Setlist from 1STBANK Center, 12/31Set One: Black Clouds, Smile, Let’s Go Outside, Sweet Spot, Water > Kinky Reggae > On The RoadSet Two: Can’t Wait Another Day, Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Desert Dawn, I’m Still Here, Way Back Home > Fool In The Rain > Way Back Home > Jellyfish > Desert DawnSet Three: Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Land’s End, Glory Chords > Celebration w Liza > Rosie, Late In The Evening, Rivertrance, This Must Be The Place > Just One StoryEncore: Bollymunster, Good Times Around The Bend[Via Friends of Cheese] It’s no coincidence that SCI has been able to carve out such a unique niche for themselves in American culture over the past 20+ years. They have broken down the borders of genres in a way that no other band has, artfully combining bluegrass and crunchy electronica into one genre-bending song. Their individual talent and unmistakable chemistry has earned them the reputation of being some the most proficient musicians on the scene.Perhaps most important of all, Cheese has provided people with a sense of communion and love that you just don’t find enough of these days, and some fans say that the Cheese family is the one they identify with the most. Looking back during the show at the seemingly endless exchange of high fives, hugs and optimism, you realize that Cheese is giving something really special to people, the kind of good energy that will undoubtedly help transform this world into a better place in 2015.Happy New Year Music Lovers!
Neil Young SLO Brewing Setlist:Country HomeNew Song 1 (“People Want to Hear About Love”)*New Song 2 (“New Day for the Planet”)*Down By The RiverNew Song 3 (“Too Big to Fail”)*New Song 4 (“GMO-Starbucks”)*—Walk OnNew Song 5 (“Monsanto”)*New Song 6 (“I Don’t Know You”)*New Song 7 (“Seeds”)*Everybody Knows This Is NowhereWolf Moon*Love And Only LoveNew Song 9*New Song 10*Country Home—Roll Another Number* = song debut UPDATE: Neil Young has confirmed that The Monsanto Years will be released on June 16th, and he’ll be touring with the Promise of the Real Rebels in July. Check out the “Rebel Content” tour schedule:Neil Young & Promise Of The Real – Rebel Content Tour Dates7/05 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI 7/08 + 7/09 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO 7/11 – Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE 7/13 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH 7/14 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI 7/16 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ 7/17 – Bethel Woods – Bethel, NY 7/21 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY 7/22 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA 7/24 – WayHome Music & Art Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON***Recently, Neil Young stated that he would be collaborating with Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah for a new album. Last week, he proved it.Playing to a crowd of 450 at the SLO Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, CA, Young brought out the Nelson brothers along with Lukas Nelson’s Promise of the Real bandmates Corey McCormick and Anthony Legerfo on bass and drums, playing a bunch of new material mixed in with a few of his classics.The surprise show’s setlist featured a number of untitled debut tracks, from the jokingly-tentatively-titled album The Monsanto Years. Check out some fan-shot footage from the show, and the setlist (courtesy of CoS):
Music Midtown, taking place September 18-19 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, has announced phase one of its 2015 lineup. The impressive and diverse list of performers includes Elton John, Van Halen, Drake, Sam Smith, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz, Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Icona Pop, Tove Lo, Hozier, X Ambassadors, Panic! At The Disco and more.Get tickets and more info here. Check out their official announcement video:
For the first time since 2010, Jack White‘s supergroup The Dead Weather are releasing an album, Dodge & Burn, in September. The group, comprised of Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age, Jack Lawrence of another White project, The Raconteurs, and White, formed in 2009.Their first two studio albums, 2009’s Horehound and 2010’s Sea of Cowards, both found their way into the top-six of the Billboard 200. Despite the popularity of the supergroup, due to their obligations in other bands and projects, they will not be touring behind the record. Fans can also purchase a limited-edition version of the album featuring cool extras such as a unique pressing of Dodge & Burn on vinyl, playing cards and a bonus 7″ LP.Check out a sampler of the album through the band’s Soundcloud page below: -Brian Weidy (@frostedweidies)