February 2011

Hors d’Oeuvres: Rock N Roll Resort

The Rock N Roll Resort festival takes over the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonksen, NY from April 1 – 3 with a lineup featuring Lettuce, Max Creek, Deep Banana Blackout, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Granola Funk Express, Eric Krasno and Chapter 2 and a whole host of other acts. Room Packages, which include admission to the show plus accommodations, are currently available through the event’s website.

Keep in mind that prices for the Room Packages go up by 10% at Midnight this evening. Head over to rocknrollresort.com for a full list of participating bands and more information on this unique festival.

Here’s six links to stories of interest from around the ‘nets…

Finally, HT faves BuzzUniverse have spent the last few months in the studio, which didn’t leave the group much time for gigs. That changes later this week when BuzzU teams up with The Heavy Pets for a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ on Wednesday, the first show on the jam/world-beat act’s Spring Tour. The former Blips act will hit NYC, New Hope, Providence, Portland (ME), Cleveland, Indianapolis, Athens (OH), Kingston (NY) and Philadelphia by the time the tour comes to a close in May.

READ ON for a full list of BuzzU tour dates…

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Stormy Monday: Trey Acoustic Mix

While Trey Anastasio still has five dates to go on this winter tour, it’s fair to say that this run of shows will remain memorable for years and years to come for its acoustic sets. I’ve never considered Trey a particularly good acoustic guitar player – certainly not compared to his contemporaries who regularly strap on a wooden ax: Warren, Bobby, Jake, Chuck, Al and the like. He mostly just strums a bit and plays mellow tunes – remember his sit-down request at Phish’s Festival 8?

[Photo by Andy Hill]

Seeing him play acoustic has always been fun, but nothing too special, but this tour changed all that. He’s been out there every night playing a killer selection of songs – many of which have slight to bold changes in arrangement – singing his heart out, having the crowd sing its heart out too, and playing his guitar beautifully. It’s been magic.

With that in mind, here’s a mix of some highlights so far, a little something from every night. Especially noteworthy is the B-side here, the three-song run from early in the show at Albany. No audience has been so entirely right there with Trey and he responded in kind, just slaying the room with a glowing Number Line and the truly amazing risk of Limb By Limb on the fly – that was trust. And following that is the slick, nasty, reworked Cavern and stunning Harry Hood from Columbus. It’s a long one this week, so settle in and as always, enjoy!

READ ON for a look at this weekend’s TAB setlists…

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A Memory of Music: February 2011

Welcome to another installment of A Memory of Music. Each month we reach out for some of the best music related images from all over the counrty, so join us for a trip down memory lane for February of 2011 and remember to click on the photos for full resolution images.

[Grace Potter, photo by Steve Moyles]

As we mentioned earlier this month, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have been on a roll of late. February was no different as the band played sold out shows in Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta and elsewhere. Fans in Dallas were given a special treat when Grace sang a duet with Scott Tournet of country star Kenny Chesney’s You and Tequila, a song that will appear on his upcoming album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.

[Joel Cummins, photo by Benjamin Slayter]

Umphreys McGee is on a streak of its own, selling out 19 of its first 23 dates of 2011, including the past 10 straight shows on this month’s tour. Sit-ins on the tour have ranged from legendary pop-star John Oates to one-man-band Keller Williams to the mini-blues sensation – 15-year-old Jake Haldenwang. Keyboardist Joel Cummins left the fans with this final thought, “Thank you…best tour ever.”

READ ON for more of A Memory of Music for February 2011…

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Video: Middle Brother – Me, Me, Me

Nearly a year after making their public debut at SXSW, under the moniker MG&V, the busy tour schedules of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) and Matt Vasquez (Delta

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Announcement: Electric Forest Lineup

The lineup for the first-ever Electric Forest festival has been released and features an eclectic mix of acts. String Cheese Incident will perform three shows over the course of the four-day event, which takes place at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, MI on June 30 – July 3. Event promoters clearly went for the “we’re not like every other summer festival” feel for Electric Forest’s lineup as Dutch DJs Tiësto and Laidback Luke as well as Midwest rockers REO Speedwagon aren’t exactly doing the rounds this season.

Other acts on the electronica-heavy bill include Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience and Kaskade. Representing the bluegrass element will be Railraod Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and the Emmitt-Nershi Band. For a taste of funk Lettuce and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will be on hand, while JJ Grey & Mofro, Steez and Rubblebucket add a rock flair to the event.

Electric Forest tickets go on sale this Saturday at Noon ET.

READ ON to see all of the bands on the initial lineup…

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Televised Tune: On The Tube This Week

Thursday night features a solid lineup of late-night talk show musical guests with Michael Franti spreading the love on Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Stipe visiting Jimmy Fallon and Cake performing on

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Cake: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 2/16/11

It appears that the market for Cake's finely-crafted music is as strong as ever, as the band quite unexpectedly sold out four nights in a row at the Fillmore.  Not bad for a band that just released their first album in seven years.

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Wanda Jackson feat. Jack White and the Third Man House Band : El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 1/27/11

While it’s great that people have come around to acknowledge Jackson’s past achievements, Wanda Jackson's January 23rd show at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre confirmed that she is still breaking new ground and making a big sound, with a little help from her friends. For 75 minutes, the Queen of Rockabilly and company captured the spirit of early rock n’ roll, but added elements of gospel, western swing, blues and as you’d expect from any band that features Jack White on guitar, a heaviness and bite that could take music of yesterday’s past and make it feel like anything but oldies.

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