March 28, 2011

Hors d’Oeuvres: UMBowl II on iClips

HT faves Umphrey’s McGee’s second annual UMBowl takes place this Saturday night at Park West in Chicago. While tickets are long gone, you can watch the action live for $9.99

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Announcing: Widespread Panic Summer 2011

Jam titans Widespread Panic celebrate 25 years together in 2011 and have promised lots of shows this year before a possible hiatus starts in ’12. With spring tour set to

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HT Interview: Steve Kimock, Resident Expert

Legendary guitar guru Steve Kimock kicked off an exciting spring residency at New York City’s Sullivan Hall last Wednesday, which over the course of three weeks will find the Bethlehem, PA native joined by a Yankee-esque stacked roster of big hitters including Marco Benevento, John Morgan Kimock, Adam Deitch, John Molo, Marc Friedman, Andy Hess, Henry Butler and Pete Sears.

By all accounts, the first iteration of the weekly residency exceeded all expectations as the various members gelled in ambitious improvisation. In fact, in Kimock’s own words, “The show on Wednesday was awesome! It was ridiculous, so much better than I could have hoped. I knew it would be fine, since it’s a nice place with decent people, so the nature of the event was that it should have been cool, but it was extraordinary. I’m reeling.”

With two more weeks to go in the series, we caught up with Steve Kimock to chat about what went into to preparing for the Sullivan Hall shows as well as a whole host of topics including his job working at Mesa Boogie back in the 1970s, the direction of his recent writing and playing music with his son.

Hidden Track: Let’s kick it off with the residency. Obviously, you’ve got a lot of crack shot musicians involved, but I was curious what kind of preparation goes into when there are so many different players, moving parts, and so on?

Steve Kimock: Ay Ay Ay. Not a lot, honestly [laughs]. There’s not a lot that you can do other than get the logistics of it together. If it was any other kind of gig, like if I was a singer/songwriter type or if I had a hit song on the radio, the people that would have been involved would have a pretty simple task. They’d know what the song was, I could send them a chart, and that’s that.

The way I like to work is to prepare the groundwork for something creative or serendipitous to happen in an authentic improvisational way. You know, you don’t really know what people are good at, and what the chemistry ultimately can provide. To dictate too much upfront screws that up. There’s a certain amount of preparation, maybe half of the material we played last week, we touched on briefly. Then we got up and played, and as we played together, it became obvious that if I went too hard toward telling everyone what to do, I would have screwed that gig up. And no kidding, that was a monstrous gig. READ ON for more of Ryan’s chat with Steve Kimock…

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Televised Tune: On the Tube This Week

On March 29, Blue Note will release Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles, a collection of 13 Charles classics performed by musical legends Willie Nelson and

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Video: The Dodos – Black Night

Earlier this month San Francisco psych-rock, folk act, and DaveO favorite, The Dodos dropped their third studio album No Color via Frenchkiss Records. For their latest, the now three-piece act

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Brooke Annibale – Silence Worth Breaking

Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale certainly knows a thing or two about getting help from her friends. Her fourth and latest release, the phenomenal Silence Worth Breaking, might not even exist were it not for the support she received from a campaign last fall.

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Trey Anastasio: Music Box, Hollywood, CA, 3/4/11

They were hard to come by, but if you were able to score a ticket to Trey Anastasio’s intimate show at the Music Box on March 4th, consider yourself lucky. The rare west coast appearance proved to be an ebullient occasion that featured two stellar sets, one (mostly) acoustic, the other electric. Trey himself looked healthy, happy and focused, the darker days now seeming to be behind him, and his band sounded as tight as can be and as vibrant as ever.

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Caitlin Rose: Own Side Now

Building upon the diverse styling of last year’s Dead Flowers EP, Caitlin Rose and her band continue their jumps and dives all over the musical map, sounding timeless yet fresh and new at the same tim

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