The White Stripes are pissed. Just two days ago, former band members Jack White and Meg White made a rare joint statement to denounce presidential candidate and all-around terrifying human being Donald Trump‘s use of their song “Seven Nation Army” at his campaign rallies. Jack White is a very vocal member of the music community, while Meg White has faded into recluse since they disbanded, so Trump’s use of their song must have really struck a nerve if she was involved in a public statement. The Stripes did not mince words, making their feelings perfectly clear on the matter, as you can see below.Well, the Stripes’ outrage continues, as they have now released an anti-Trump t-shirt for sale on the website for Jack White’s Third Man Records. The shirt says “Icky Trump” on the front, a play on their hit single “Icky Thump”, with a verse of lyrics from the song on the back of the shirt that perfectly matches their anti-Trump sentiment. The verse reads:White Americans? What?Nothing better to do?Why don’t you kick yourself out?You’re an immigrant too.Who’s using who?What should we do?Well, you can’t be a pimpAnd a prostitute too.Pretty powerful and spot on stuff. You can purchase the “Icky Trump” t-shirt for $25 at this link.
Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In have officially released their first new song in 16 years. The new track, “Governed By Contagions”, comes from their forthcoming album, which will be released at some point in 2017. The track features the guitar fireworks that we’ve come to expect from Omar Rodriguez Lopez, pulsating drums, and the incredible vocal range of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who seems to be all-systems-go after his vocal chord injury earlier this year that forced the band to cancel several of their comeback shows.Listen to “Governed By Contagions” below! We’ll provide more information on the new At The Drive-In album as it’s announced.
In major cities across the world like London, New York, Amsterdam, and more, mysterious Radiohead-themed street art has been popping up. The words these anonymous posters contain are reminiscent of the lyrics of “Fitter Happier” off of OK Computer, with political messages such as “More Public Fear/More Private Security” and “Less Political Participation/Worse Politicians/More Fear.” These speculations that the street art is related to OK Computer are strengthened by the dates at the bottom of each piece, which note 1997 and 2017, alluding to OK Computer’s 20th anniversary coming up on May 21st.Additionally, Stanley Donwood, the artist and writer behind Radiohead’s album and poster artwork since 1994, recently posted an work on Instagram post featuring the Radiohead logo front and center along with the caption “soon to be real,” only heightening speculations that the Radiohead camp is behind the street art ahead of the seminal album’s 20th anniversary. Pitchfork notes that it has reached out to Radiohead about these mysterious pop-up works.Take a listen to “Fitter Happier,” then take a look at Donwood’s post and images of the street art to decide for yourself what’s the meaning behind the works.[Photo credit: Dan Jordan] [H/T Pitchfork] Just saw this on the way to the studio now hype levels spiralling out of control #okcomputer pic.twitter.com/8dTWKru01y— martin (@doksan) April 26, 2017
Funk powerhouse Turkuaz will embark on a massive tour this coming fall, with nearly 50 stops spanning coast-to-coast beginning in mid-September. In addition to previously announced dates with Sinkane throughout the West Coast, the band will be joined by Con Brio and The Suffers on select stops across the country, with Pimps of Joytime joining later for a pre-New Year’s Eve run in Boston and New Haven. The band will make a noteworthy stop at the newly opened Brooklyn Steel for a hometown throwdown in November, while continuing to dominate the festival circuit at events like Whale Rock Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, LEAF Festival, and Hangtown Music Festival.With the band’s recent nonstop trajectory, sitting in with Umphrey’s McGee and Mike Gordon this past weekend at Peach Festival and constantly ruling the national touring circuit, it would be a huge mistake to miss Turkuaz on tour. Visually, they’re a sight to behold, from synchronized dance moves down to a coordinated color scheme, but musically, they’re one of the tightest funk acts in the game right now.Live for Live Music is thrilled to be teaming up with the dynamic nine-piece to provide behind-the-scenes coverage, real-time recaps, and more updates from the road throughout the cross-country tour.Special, fan pre-sale tickets are available now at www.turkuazband.com ahead of general public on sale this Friday, Aug 18 @ 12pm local time.
On Friday night, Trey Anastasio kicked off Trey Anastasio Band’s fall tour with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Paying tribute to the victims of the recent concert mass shooting in the city, Trey Anastasio Band first offered an a capella rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, also featuring the group’s horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey on vocals, marking the first time the band has ever performed the number.Trey Anastasio Band Honors Vegas Victims With Debut Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” & 2 OriginalsThe Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has shared pro-shot video of the performance, which you can watch below:[photo by Erik Kabik]
Out of New York, The London Souls are a blues-rock duo composed of guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire, and the two have been enchanting audiences with their explosive live performances for nearly a decade. It seems as though Con Brio functions as an almost perfect inverse of The London Souls. Where the London Souls are reminiscent of the raw musical stylings of the Black Keys, Con Brio, and particularly the group’s charismatic singer and frontman Ziek McCarter, evokes psychedelia-drenched James Brown and Otis Redding. And while The London Souls have a decade of performance under their belt, Con Brio is a relatively new project out of San Francisco, with the band dropping their debut LP Paradise last summer.Con Brio Covers Stevie Wonder While Cruising Over The Golden Gate Bridge [Watch]Despite these surface-level differences, both Con Brio and The London Souls have taken the music world by storm as of late. Both acts offer up music that taps straight into the heart, and both have similarly been wowing crowds across the country with their uplifting and fiery performances. At the tail end of the summer, Con Brio and The London Souls teamed up for a joint six-date tour across the East Coast in promotion of a collaborative 7-inch vinyl featuring tracks “All Over Me” and “Certain Appeal”.This joint project is somewhat of a long time coming considering The London Souls’ drummer St. Hilaire and Con Brio bassist Jonathan Kirchner have been friends since childhood. As told by Kirchner, “Chris and Tash and I go back to high school days in New York. They were always the baddest musicians I knew, so to get to play shows together all these years later—and of course to have them sit in and rip it on a couple songs—was a total dream come true.”Watch The London Souls Obliterate Their Late Night Jazz Fest Set [Video]Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a live pro-shot video of the two band’s collaborative tour—a joint rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” for a performance at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall on August 23rd. Kirchner gave more context to the performance, “[Con Brio saxophonist Marcus Stephens] gets the nod for suggesting the Sam Cooke cover a couple days before this video was shot. We ran it once in soundcheck and then just went for it. They’re such natural musicians it was a breeze to throw together, and you could tell the crowd really responded to the spontaneity of it.”You can watch the video for yourself below to get a taste of what these two powerhouse performers can do when they join forces.You can find out more information about Con Brio on their website and about The London Souls on their website.Upcoming Con Brio Tour Dates12/27/2017 Harlows – Sacramento12/28/2017 Moe’s – Santa Cruz12/29/2017 Hopmonk – Sebastopol12/30/2017 Swedish American – San Francisco12/31/2017 Swedish American – San Francisco1/13/2018 Crystal Bay Casino – Crystal Bay, NN1/17-1/22/2018 Jam CruiseUpcoming The London Souls Tour Dates3/7/2018 – The Music of Led Zeppelin – Carnegie Hall – NYC[Photo: Cortney Armitage]
Jack White swung through Washington, D.C., for a two-show run on Wednesday and Thursday. Well, make that a three-show run.In between gigs at The Anthem, the rock icon stopped by D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School for an unannounced set during the students’ lunch break. While the performance may have been a surprise for these incredibly lucky teenagers, Relix reports that White cleared the stunt with the school’s principal, who couldn’t say no to the proposition.According to the school’s newspaper, this is how it all went down:Most days, Wilson students pour out of class after fourth period and shuffle down packed stairwells to the atrium, where they settle in for lunch or head off campus to get food. Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman usually plays ‘80s hits from a speaker; once in a while, a few kids get up and dance.Today, the second floor was rattling after fourth period. Noise echoed through hallways and drowned out conversations close to the atrium. In the art wing on the other side of the school, people speculated that Bargeman must have ramped up his sound system.But it wasn’t Bargeman. It was Jack White shredding a blue electric guitar, backed by a barefoot drummer, two musicians playing multi-level synths, and a bassist.Evidently, the 12-time Grammy winner treated the students—who, as we may have mentioned earlier, were really, really lucky—to a set that included favorites like “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”, “Over and Over and Over”, and show-closing rendition of “Seven Nation Army” that turned into a singalong as the students rushed the “stage”.White is currently on tour in support of his new album, Boarding House Reach. His next stop will be a headlining performance at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City on Friday, June 1st.Jack White’s “Seven Nation Army” finale at Woodrow Wilson High School
Back in March, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band—comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri—have released four music video-supported tracks from the self-titled EP so far, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces”, “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, and “Barbara“, Vulf Records has shared the music video for their sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch.Watch “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with special guests below:[Video: Vulf]The new-ish project—which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A secondary version of “Barbara” also appears on the record, featuring Sandra Crouch again on the tambourine, as a follow-up to Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version of the song. There’s also a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here.
On Saturday, David Crosby, founding member of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Byrds, wrapped up his tour at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre with The Lighthouse Band, which features Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Becca Stevens, and Michelle Willis. Following the release of their debut album together, Lighthouse, David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band released a second record, Here If You Listen, earlier this fall.David Crosby & the Lighthouse Band worked through many of the tracks off their new album, as well as Crosby’s “Regina”, and a handful of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young favorites, including “Guinnevere,” “Carry Me,” “Déjà Vu” and the encore closer, “Ohio”.You can watch pro-shot video of the entirety of David Crosby & the Lighthouse Band’s tour closer below:David Crosby & the Lighthouse Band – 12/8/2018 [Full-Show Pro-Shot Video][Video:Relix]Setlist: David Crosby & the Lighthouse Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/8/2018Set One: The Us Below, Things We Do For Love, 1974, Vagrants of Venice, Regina, Laughing, What Are Their Names, Other Half Rule, By the Light of Common DaySet Two: Glory, The City, Look in Their Eyes, Guinnevere, Janet, Carry Me, Déjà VuEncore: Woodstock, Ohio[H/T Jambands.com]
Earlier this year, Irish alt-rock heroes The Cranberries announced their plans to release a final album, In The End, featuring their late singer, Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly at age 46 in January 2018. The lead single from their forthcoming final studio album, “All Over Now”, was also shared with the announcement. On Wednesday, the band took the next step in what will be their final album cycle under The Cranberries banner by debuting their new animated music video for the recently-released song.The video features animation and creative direction from artist Daniel Britt, whose past work includes contributions to that epic LSD-inspired music video for Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty. The video’s storyline follows an animated young lady, who could be considered to be a fictional nod to the band’s beloved late singer. Viewers follow the character through a rainy, dismal landscape, which somewhat mirrors the song’s lyrical themes of domestic abuse. It’s worth noting that even with the abundance of darker themes presented throughout the video, the lead character does find solace through the light from a seaside lighthouse by the end. Fans can watch the new video below.The Cranberries – “All Over Now”[Video: TheCranberriesTV]“We thought animation was the way to go — it was either that or have actors in the video,” guitarist Noel Hogan said of the video. “But animation is something we’d never really done, so we thought it would be nice.”Hogan also went on to admit that the band’s label continues to push for more music videos behind the upcoming album, much to the chagrin of the band. Discussions on the potential for another video for the album’s next single, “Wake Me When It’s Over”, are ongoing.“The record company is really kind of pushing for a mix of old footage of us,” Hogan continued. “I don’t know if that’s something we want to do. We kind of feel a video should in some way represent the song more so than be just a bunch of clips that look nice. It’s kind of an ongoing discussion at the moment.”The Cranberries will plan on disbanding entirely following the release of In The End on April 26th via BMG.