Everyone knows that the party never stops when the band gets off the stage. This New Years Eve will be no exception, as CEG has just officially launched PhishAfterParties.com, the home of Phish After Parties for the band’s recently announced New Years Eve Run.This year’s line up includes:12/28 – Marco Benevento @ Highline Ballroom12/30 – Dead Sessions featuring The VT All Stars @ Highline12/30 – Wylyss & The NY Huster Ensemble/Kung Fu/The Heavy Pets featuring DJ sets from Speakerbot, Mr. Bonkerz, and DJs ConnetICON @ Rebel12/30 – Zach Deputy @ Gramercy TheaterCheck PhishAfterParties.com for ticket information and future show announcements.
To add more to the Kanye West news circulating around, you can now interact more than ever into Kanye’s world. Kanye Quest 3030, a downloadable RPG game, is now available as an alpha version, which lets you play in this “hip-hop themed science-fiction 2D roleplaying game.”In the game West finds himself in a wormhole to a futuristic San Francisco in 3030, filled with clones of other hip-hop musicians including Tupac and Snoop Lion, whom he must rap-battle to continue on his journey.The game is available for download here.You can watch the trailer for the game here:
Sat10/5Los Angeles, CAHollywood Palladium Fr10/4San Francisco, CAWarfield Theatre ATB IN CONCERT is more than just a simple DJ show. It’s a whole live concept implemented by a tour crew of 30 people combined with Insomniac’s unparalleled production. It’s ATB’s music presented by a live band, consisting of drummer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardists and a variety of singers, Jan Löchel (who sings ATB hits “What About Us,” “Believe In Me,” “Feel Alive” and “Move On”) Roberta Carter Harrison (singer on ATB hits “Hold You,” “You’re Not Alone,” “Let U Go,” “Long Way Home,” “I Don’t Wanna Stop” and “Swept Away”) and internationally renowned singer JES… and of course ATB.This exciting live concert show is where German producer ATB will share his hits as well as new tracks off his upcoming album CONTACT due out in early 2014.Trailer Video:Tour Dates: Fri10/11Chicago, ILAragon Ballroom Sat10/12New York, NYRoseland Ballroom
As if Neil Young and Elvis Costello weren’t impressive enough, Arcade Fire will join the stage for this years Bridge School Benefit. The Canadian-born, Grammy award-winning band will perform on October 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Other acts include Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, fun., Heart, My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more.Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, hold the Bridge School Benefit every October to assist and raise awareness for children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. The concerts start at 5 p.m. on October 26 and 2 p.m. on October 27. Tickets are still available at $35-$175.What a month to be an Arcade Fire fan.ArcadeFireTube reports, the indie-rock band will be performing a show in Miami at Little Haiti Cultural Center on October 24. They are also rumored to be playing two shows in Brooklyn next week after multiple concert flyers were spotted around town. A warm-up show is also set in Los Angeles when their new album, Reflektor, is set for release on October 29.-Lindsey Winepol[Via Consequence of Sound and The Rolling Stone]
It’s official! The Grateful Dead Core Four, which includes guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, will be reuniting for a three show run at Chicago’s Soldier Field over July 4th weekend. The shows will mark the band’s celebration of their own 50th anniversary, having formed in 1965. According to the press release, these will be the last shows that the core four ever play together.Joining the group will be Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboards, and Bruce Hornsby on piano. Considering these shows will be almost exactly 20 years after the Grateful Dead’s last-ever shows, these performances are bound to be something special.Tickets will go on sale on January 20th, at which point a first come, first serve mail-order system will be in place. Then, a Grateful Dead pre-sale will begin on February 12th, and a general on-sale will begin on February 14th via Ticketmaster.For more information, visit www.dead50.net. This is very exciting![Above illustration by Ryan Snook, Billboard]
In Jimmy Fallon’s latest display of musical comedy genius, he teams up with Jack Black for a shot-for-shot remake of 90s hit “More Than Words” by Extreme. The duo portray their roles to a T with a spot-on recreation of the music video. Check out the remake below, with the original for comparison.
Listening to Rush perform live, it’s impossible to not search for extra musicians adding to the sound. So much precision and energy can’t possibly be coming from a three piece band! Nope – that’s just Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, setting the bar for all other rock musicians. Anyone starting out has surely learned a lesson or two from “YYZ.”This past Saturday, May 30th, Rush brought their 40th anniversary tour out to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA, and once again they continued to blow down the doors. In reverse chronological order, the band performed twenty-four songs during the course of the evening, including the first half of side one of their most well known album, 2112.The set list showcased their longevity as well as their musical diversity, and included material from their latest effort, Clockwork Angels (2012), all the way back to their humble beginnings, “Working Man” from their self-titled debut, Rush (1974). Progressively, their stage set up dwindled as they went through their sets, starting with the modern day laser light show, Marshall super stack set-up, to finally a red curtain backdrop with single guitar and bass rigs.“It’s hard to decide what to play each night when you do a tour like this,” exclaimed Geddy Lee as the band began their three hour performance.Sure, there were the standards such as “Tom Sawyer” and “Closer to the Heart,” but there was also the somewhat obscure additions like “Animate” and “Natural Science.” Geddy Lee proved to be almost ageless as his dynamic vocal range has lost little, if anything, over the past forty years.Collectively, the band effortlessly rumbled through two sets, proving in the process that they haven’t lost their chops and are still very much at the top of their game. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson are rock virtuosos that continue to be some of the very best at what they do.Setlist: Rush at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA, May 30th, 2015Set I: The Anarchist, Clockwork Angels, Headlong Flight (w/ drum solo), Far Cry, The Main Monkey Business, One Little Victory, Animate, Roll The Bones, Distant Early Warning, SubdivisionsSet II:Tom Sawyer, YYZ, The Spirit of Radio, Natural Science, Jacob’s Ladder, Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres (Part I), Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage (w/ drum solo), Closer To The Heart, Xanadu, 2112 (Parts I, II, IV, VII)Encore:Lakeside Park, Anthem, What You’re Doing, Working Man
Head to this MLB website for tickets, more information, and also this fun graphic: MLB team the St. Louis Cardinals are getting in on the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebration, as the Cards will host a “Grateful Dead Tribute Night” on September 2nd.The band will be giving out t-shirts commemorating the occasion, and local band Jake’s Leg will be performing a pre-game set. Check out the shirt design, which shows the specific dates that the Dead performed in St. Louis throughout the years.
The String Cheese Incident is always a staple of Electric Forest Festival, headlining three major performances for a total of six unique sets of music complete with wild theatrics, pyrotechnics and unlikely surprise collaborations, such as last year’s Lauryn Hill Incident.Electric Forest: A Magical Musical Wacky WonderlandIf you can’t make it out to the Forest, stream SCI’s shows from the comfort of your couch, thanks to TourGigs. The three shows will be streamed live on June 26th (8pm-11:45pm), 27th (8:15pm-11:45pm) and 28th (8:30pm-12:45am) here. For Electric Forest’s full lineup and schedule click here.
Gangsta rap progenitor Ice Cube is going from Straight Outta Compton, straight into the lead role of A Christmas Carol reboot. Cube will take the role of “a wealthy real estate mogul shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future,” and the film will be called Humbug, according to Deadline.Ice Cube will again be working with Director Tim Story, who he paired with on past films including Barbershop and Along. Casting Cube, who is well known for his cranky persona, as one of literature’s most famous cranks, Ebenezer Scrooge is inspired to say the least. With a resurgence in popularity from a string of recent roles, Ice Cube is sure to bring his star power to the oft remade role. There’s no word on a release date as of yet, but a Christmas time release in 2016 seems like a safe bet.N.W.A. Plotting Reunion Tour With Eminem As Eazy-EIf the film doesn’t feature scene with Cube trying to shoot down a gold-chain-dragging Jacob Marley, and calling Cratchit a “punk ass bitch,” we will be sorely disappointed. “God bless us, every mutherfucking one!”