In efforts to promote “The Juno Mission,” NASA has partnered with Apple Music to recruit artists to contribute new music to celebrate their mission to Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th. The songs are all universe-inspired, and are designed to “enhance the agency’s efforts to inform and excite the public about dramatic missions of exploration like Juno.” In addition to Weezer, Trent Reznor, GZA, and others, Jim James of My Morning Jacket has also contributed to the project in marking the historic occasion.The song, “Everything (The Universe),” features Lydia Burrell and is currently available on iTunes. You can listen to a clip of it below:According to Rolling Stone, the song morphs from a “spectral, moody opening” to “travelling at warp speed, finally exploding into a psychedelic guitar freak out in the latter quarter of James’ space opera.” The song’s final lyrics read: “The universe can only be as big as my mind.”The Juno Mission’s Twitter account has been keeping up to date with all developments, including this sound bite of the exact moment the spacecraft entered the planet’s magnetic field:According to NASA’s website, “Juno will plunge into uncharted territory, entering orbit around the gas giant and passing closer than any spacecraft before…But first it must pass the trial of orbit insertion.”[Photo by Jason Koerner Photography]
Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlists Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlists Radiohead are one of the most beloved bands in the world. Rising out of the 90’s post-Grunge, Alternative scene to essentially create their own genre of music, the elusive Oxford-based band plays sparingly, exclusively touring in support of their increasingly-experimental albums and not really adding many shows for the fun of it. They hit the road because they have to express their art, not necessarily because they want to, so the number of shows they play is limited. The formula is familiar: the band releases a new album, then goes on tour, reliably hitting major markets and top-level festivals along the way.However, in a strange confluence of events, Radiohead haven’t performed a true, large-scale headlining show within the five boroughs of New York City in years. Forget about the fact that their last show in the city-the finale of a two night run at the now defunct Roseland Ballroom-was already five years ago…the last time Radiohead played a show in New York City at a venue befitting their huge demand was a whopping 13 years ago, when they headlined two nights at Madison Square Garden in support of their album Hail to the Thief. Of course, there were a couple of underplays: a two-night run at the Theater at Madison Square Garden-the venue underneath MSG proper that seats one third of the main room’s audience-featured openers The Black Keys and served as a stop on the band’s 2006 pre-In Rainbows tour, and the aforementioned two-night stop at Roseland while the band was in town to play Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report in support of their 2011 album The King of Limbs.They have been painfully close, as Radiohead did stop at nearby Jersey City, NJ for two nights at All Points West festival in 2008 while touring In Rainbows, and added two tri-state area shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ during their proper The King of Limbs tour. The band have been sorely missed by their rabid New York City fan-base, so, as Radiohead prepare to return to the city for what’s sure to be two amazing nights at Madison Square Garden, we look back at their two-night-stand from 2003, when the band were at the top of their game, still riding the wave as the “biggest band in the world”.Back in 2003, Radiohead were top of the musical food chain. From 1997 – 2001, they released three albums-Ok Computer, Kid A, and Amnesiac-that blew the world’s collective mind. Combining their interest and fears of technology into a paranoid, insightful look at humanity’s role in the world, Radiohead can only be compared to Pink Floyd in their ability to push their audience to expand their minds. With their 2003 album Hail to the Thief, Radiohead returned with a more guitar-based record, eschewing much of the digital production of their previous records for a more “live” sound. The album often gets overlooked in the discussion of “greatest Radiohead records”, but the truth is, this album is one of their absolute best, containing classics like the percussive “There There”, acoustic rocker “Go To Sleep”, paranoid punk rock freak out “2+2=5”, and possibly their most glitchy electronic song, “The Gloaming”. The songs work especially well in a concert setting, and made Radiohead’s subsequent world tour to support the album all the more amazing.With a May release of Hail to the Thief, the summer of 2003 was packed with a mix of summer tour dates and festival appearances across Europe and Japan, including a headlining stop at Glastonbury. Starting in August, the band started a huge two-month tour of the United States, crisscrossing the country to perform at venues like Red Rocks, the Hollywood Bowl, and Alpine Valley, while stopping at amphitheaters in almost every major market in the country. The band closed out their time in the U.S., however, with an epic pair of shows at Madison Square Garden on October 9th and October 10th 2003, a run which found the band firing on all cylinders to conclude their lengthy time on the road.Radiohead are certainly not at the jam band level when it comes to song-rotation in their setlists, but they do tend to switch it up on a nightly basis. This formula has worked out pretty well for them, as they’re able to feature their new material and their classic material while satisfying their most hardcore fans with a selection of rotating deep cuts and b-sides at each show. This tour found the band playing Hail To The Thief tracks “2+2=5”, “Sit Down Stand Up”, “Where I End And You Begin”, “Sail to the Moon”, “Go To Sleep”, “The Gloaming” and “There There” at each tour stop, alongside Radiohead’s must-play live-staples “Everything in its Right Place”, “Idioteque” and “The National Anthem”, and “You and Whose Army?”.Radiohead’s stop at MSG was not defined by it’s tour regulars as much as it was by the deep cuts they selected for each night’s performance. The first night saw the band heavily feature material from their album Kid A, with a “Kid A”, “Morning Bell”, and “How to Disappear Completely” all appearing on the setlist. The October 9th show contained a number of surprises, as Radiohead performed “Lurgee” from their early record, Pablo Honey, as well as a rare appearance by “True Love Waits”, a track that wouldn’t be officially included into the Radiohead catalog until this year’s A Moon Shaped Pool release. Night one also saw a number of tracks from The Bends, with a raging “My Iron Lung” and the emotional masterpiece “Fake Plastic Trees” both making it into the set. Radiohead play their biggest hits only sporadically, so the first night’s audience was blessed with their classic “Karma Police” to open the second encore.Night two would find the band featuring a larger number of songs from their critically-acclaimed Ok Computer record. The band included “Airbag”, “No Surprises”, “Lucky”, and “Exit Music (for a Film)” in their set alongside set regular “Paranoid Android”, and they mixed in a few different Hail to the Thief songs like the sinister “Myxomatosis” and the beautiful ballad “Scatterbrain”. A highlight of the set was the dreamy Kid A track “In Limbo”, and of course the crowd lost it for Radiohead’s first hit single, the beloved Pablo Honey song “Creep”. They also busted out a couple more songs from The Bends, with the epic rager “Just” and the blissful “Street Spirit (fade out)”.All in all, these two shows were amazing. Capturing a band at the peak of their powers, Radiohead made the complicated parts of their songs seem effortless, and they fully showcased their ability to incorporate elements of technology into their playing–something that set them apart in in 2003–and still sets them apart today in 2016. Thankfully, YouTube exists, and there is a video copy of the full second concert available for streaming. The images are pre-HD, but the clarity is brilliant at times, giving the viewer a close-up view of the band exploding with energy on the Madison Square Garden stage. Thom Yorke is young and full of life, showcasing his passion and his unique dance moves throughout, while Johnny Greenwood is an evil genius on the guitar and with all of his homemade electronic toys. The rhythm section of Collin Greenwood and Philip Selway holds it down while creating endless energy, and rhythym guitarist Ed O’Brien is rock solid and provides great backup vocals. Check out the video below to see for yourselves, and check out the full setlist for both nights of this infamous run.We can’t wait to get to Madison Square Garden for Radiohead’s first shows there in 13 years!Watch full video from 10/10/2003 at Madison Square Garden, the second night of Radiohead’s U.S.-tour-closing two-night run, courtesy of YouTube user Austin Brock
Buck has a long history of popping up around town when his friends come through, and has joined Snider at a charity gig in the city previously. Obviously enjoying his semi-retirement, a smiling Buck seemed to savor the cheers and the chance to get up in front of a sea of smiling faces. A slow and special version of Drivin N Cryin‘s “Straight To Hell” and a rockier “School Days” had the walls ringing with guitar peels and audience squeals. With such a special capper to a magic evening the fans leaving the theater were feeling pleased with themselves for following their musical hearts to see the Hard Working Americans, as usual, live up to their name.Here’s exclusive audio from the encore, brought to us by the amazing work of Daniel Korpenfelt, AKA pdxdanmusic on Live Music Archive. (The entire show will be posted later today) Load remaining images When you have Widespread Panic‘s rhythm section of Dave Schools and Duane Trucks serving as your engine, there’s no musical distances that are out of range. The pair brought the rapport they’ve developed to the stage and keep the beats crisply percolating and the low end sludgy and bubbling, as well as a tune from their catalog. To honor the anniversary of the death of legendary Panic guitarist Mikey Houser, the HWA played a spirited and moving version of “The Waker.”Hard Working Americans shared this moving Snider acoustic tribute from the bus on their social media earlier in the day:The band played a wide selection of tunes from their first album of cover songs and their latest release, Rest In Chaos, including “Dope Is Dope” and “Half Assed Moses.” The crowd was jamming closer and closer to the stage as the dance floor became standing room only, drawn in by the smoking jams being laid down. When an exhausted Snider and band finally finished their set and took a brief breather, the crowd seemed as exhausted as the band, though everyone quickly responded when Portland resident and founding member of legendary alt rocker band R.E.M., guitarist Peter Buck, came out for a pair of tunes. Last night’s theme for the aptly named Hard Working Americans and their opening act The Mother Hips was “playing through pain.” Front men for both bands, Todd Snider of the HWA and Tim Bluhm from the Hips, were both fresh off the disabled list. Luckily, for a packed house at Portland’s Revolution Hall last night both had recovered enough to make a mid-week excuse to get out of the house into a memorable night for everyone who wanted hear some straight ahead rock and roll.Snider, who had battled a stomach bug the day before, had been forced to cancel an online simulcast performance, and looked green around the gills during portions of the previous night’s performance, according to fans. Though less animated than usual, his voice was strong and his easy banter and connection with the crowd was still there. Snider’s years of solo shows and comedy background informs his stage presence, and his confidence is justified with the amount of talent assembled alongside him.The twin guitar attack of Neal Casal and Jesse Aycock was at the forefront of the nuanced wall of sound flowing from the suspended speakers. Aycock’s gospel lap steel flights of fancy were well countered by Casal’s drawling southern style of play, with each taking turns bending notes and chords to their breaking points all night long. Such wide horizons to stretch out was a luxury afforded to them thanks to the rock solid pocket created by their all-star rhythm section. Opening the festivities for the evening was an artist, the aforementioned Tim Bluhm was making his triumphant return to the Rose City after suffering through a terrible speed flying accident that rallied the music community to his side. Fundraising shows were held, including one by Phil Lesh, and Keller Williams recorded and released an EP with proceeds going to Bluhm’s massive medical costs. Happily, he has received the go ahead to return to the life he loves, playing rocking blues based jams for the folks who love him for it.The Mother Hips poured out a lot of energy, with heavy blues guitar chords and familiar progressions helping draw the crowd in before an intricately played sections astounded listeners with true dexterity. The Hips have a strong west coast following, and their fans made their presence well known , punctuating each flourish and coda with uproarious cheers. Trading lead and rhythm back and forth, guitarists Bluhm and Greg Loiacono put on a clinic on musical trust and the importance of toning down ego. Though their rabid fans were sad to see their set end, they were clearly happy to see Bluhm all smiles and where he belongs again.Check out a full gallery of shots from the show below:
Phish is a band on fire. Through the first two nights of their run at Madison Square Garden, the group has continually raised the bar with top notch jamming and great song selection. The feel goodery of #MSGHoodGuy certainly exemplified that feeling on 12/29, leaving fans excited for the two nights ahead. Somehow, after two great shows, the band managed to push things to the next level, ultimately playing one of their best shows of the year.For the third night running, Phish opened their show with an a cappella selection. This time, it was “Carolina,” a traditional folk song played for the first time since 2003! If the opening bust out got things going, then the subsequent “Blaze On” really set the stage for a great night ahead. “Blaze” has quickly ascended the ranks of Phish’s catalog in its year and a half lifespan, and was met with cheering and singing galore through the crowd. This was also the first Big Boat song played in the MSG run, ruling out a potential full album cover on New Year’s Eve.Watch “Carolina” and “Blaze On” below, courtesy of LivePhish.“The Moma Dance” came out next, treating the crowd to some pure Phish funk. Jon Fishman led the song with his tight drumming and lead vocals, keeping the fans dancing gleefully. This version felt as though it had a slightly slower tempo than the average “Moma,” but that only served to infuse more of a funk groove to the tune. They kept up that groove with “Gumbo”, continuing the dance party with the classic song. Page McConnell was the clear MVP of “Gumbo” song, closing out the song with a killer solo on the clavs. Just pure funk. Almost immediately, the band broke into a cover of Talking Heads’ “Cities,” continuing a funk-fueled run of songs in the first set. They led “Cities” into an ambient mellow jam, before ending it smoothly.For a change of pace, the band played “The Old Home Place” next, stretching their bluegrass legs on the standard tune. Played for the second time this year but only the fourth time in 3.0, this was a fun rendition that kept fans smiling. Those grins turned into an all-out celebration when Trey Anastasio rocked the opening notes of “Bathtub Gin.” For a first set “Gin,” this was some top notch jamming, with some melodic interplay between Page and Trey that peaked into the final riff. Page then took the lead for the next song, his fun Big Boat original, “Things People Do”. The playful tune was a joyous interlude, before the band burst out into “My Friend My Friend.” The band navigated the tight composition with ease, but substituted the “Myfe” ending for the powerful opening bars of “Wilson.” The first Gamehendge song of the MSG run was met with incredible cheers throughout The Garden.They followed “Wilson” with a fun take on “Sugar Shack,” leaving time for one more song to close the set. Unexpectedly, that song was an awesome “You Enjoy Myself,” basking MSG with their trampoline-laden opus after withholding it throughout fall tour. The crowd’s response to the first lyric, “Boy!”, was deafening; a true celebration. Trey and Mike Gordon‘s choreographed trampoline moves also inspired cheers from the various sections that they faced, playing a fun call-and-response type game within the circular venue. It’s also worth mentioning just how on point Chris Kuroda‘s lighting was during this whole show, and specifically in “YEM”. His use of the new overhead crowd lights adds a layer of excitement, as colors pinged throughout the entire venue during the vocal jam. Yet another reason they call it #YEMSG.It was one Phish staple to another, as the band that had just played “YEM” returned to the stage with the bluesy opening riff of “Tweezer.” The crowd immediately indulged the groove, as Phish curated an excellent jam session that started with some thick guitar tones before moving into a melodic ambient segment. After a bass bomb from Mike, they moved into a rock and roll shuffle jam before segueing remarkably into a cover of The Who‘s instrumental piece, “Sparks.” Phish hadn’t played “Sparks” since their all-S performance at Dick’s in 2011, a gap of 201 shows. It was another joyous surprise from Phish in an MSG run that has been heavy on bust outs, and they nailed the Tommy track in style.Watch “Tweezer” below, courtesy of LivePhish.The set was far from over, and Trey immediately hit the opening riff of “Ghost” to get the crowd cheering once more. The band worked tightly through the “Ghost” jam, getting into a cohesive funky jive and never relenting on it. They would ultimately emerge after 15 minutes or so with the opening chords of “Light,” one of the biggest improvisational highlights of the night. The jam of “Light” always starts in a bright and melodic place, but Phish gradually veered it into a deeper pocket groove. Trey brought in some Plinko guitar playing and Page accompanied on his clav, as Mike and Fish worked a hearty rhythm for the fans getting down at MSG. Once they got into a steady rhythm, another 15 minutes or so into the jam, Trey started singing the lyrics of “Party Time.” It’s unclear whether it was planned or spontaneous, much like the “Martian Monster”/”Tweezer Reprise” and “Twenty Years Later”/”Kung” mashups of the first two nights, but the energy was downright electric. After almost a full hour of non-stop music, Phish ended “Party Time” and gave themselves a moment to breathe.That moment continued through an emotional performance of “Wading in the Velvet Sea,” as the soothing Page McConnell song ultimately served as the single slow-down moment of the entire performance. They picked back up with “Rocky Top,” the second bluegrass song of the night sung by Mike. It was an exciting end to a great set of fluid Phish performing.After a cheer-filled momentary pause, the band returned for their encore and broke out into Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.” The high energy cover was well received, triumphantly helping to close out a great show. The final number was, of course, “Tweezer Reprise,” stepping into the freezer one last time. As a reference to the two mashups from earlier in the run, Phish teased snippets of both “Martian Monster” and “Kung” within “Tweezer Reprise,” showing off their playful side that never fails to entertain.Phish will return to Madison Square Garden tonight, December 31st, for one final performance of their four-night New Year’s run. You can see the Phish.net setlist from last night’s show, below.Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/30/16Set 1: Carolina, Blaze On, The Moma Dance > Gumbo > Cities, The Old Home Place, Bathtub Gin, Things People Do, My Friend, My Friend, Wilson, Sugar Shack, You Enjoy MyselfSet 2: Tweezer > Sparks > Ghost > Light -> Party Time Jam, Wading in the Velvet Sea > Rocky TopEncore: Rock and Roll, Tweezer Reprise No “Myfe” ending.This show was webcast via Live Phish. Carolina was last played on March 1, 2003 (378 shows). My Friend did not contain the “Myfe” ending. Sparks was last played on September 2, 2011 (201 shows). Tweezer Reprise contained Martian Monster and Kung quotes.[Cover photo by Andrew Scott Blackstein]
On Saturday night, Dead & Company hit Fenway Park, kicking off their two-night run at the Boston baseball field. The past few dates on this tour have been particularly triumphant for the six-piece Grateful Dead ensemble, with Dead & Co kicking into high gear as they tear through their summer tour with their eyes set on their Wrigley Field dates ahead of 4th of July. Across their two sets and two-song encore, Dead & Company put on a high-energy show, breaking out well-seasoned songs from this tour as well as the 2017 tour debut of “Passenger.”Bob Weir And John Mayer Talk Dead & Co’s Beginnings And The Legacy Of The Dead In New InterviewTo kick off the show, the group started things off with “Music Never Stopped,” making for a disc0-tinged start of the show. The easy groove of the show opener made way the slower “Cold Rain and Snow” and a soulful “Me and My Uncle,” which saw teases of “Friend of the Devil” worked through it. In a nod to the late Ron “Pigpen” McKernan who played his final show with the Grateful Dead forty-five years ago on Friday, the group then moved into a bluesy rendition of “Big Boss Man” — a song first played by Jimmy Reed that was commonly sung by Pigpen during the 1960’s through to the early 1970’s with the Dead. From there, it was a sprint to the finish, with two upbeat crowd-pleasers — “Ramble On Rose” and “Sugaree” — ahead of the set closing tour debut of “Passenger.”Music Never Stopped
Trey Anastasio just announced eight acoustic tour dates, scheduled for December of 2018. Following a successful tour with Trey Anastasio Trio, the guitarist/vocalist has a tour with Phish scheduled for the summer. With no fall dates currently on deck, Trey Anastasio has now confirmed solo acoustic dates on the West Coast in December.The solo acoustic tour will kick off on December 3 at Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ, then head to The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA, and the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA. From there, Trey will head to The Hult Center for the Performing Arts’ Silva Concert Hall in Eugene, OR, before heading back to Redding, CA for a night at Cascade Theatre. The tour will conclude with two nights at Macky Auditorium Concert Hall on December 14 & 15, 2018.Tickets will be available through a real-time presale beginning Wed, May 2 at 12PM PT and ending Thu, May 3 at 12PM PT here. General on-sale will start this Fri, May 4 at 10am PT on Trey’s website. For show specific on sale days and times, visit his website here.Trey Anastasio December 2018 Tour DatesDec 3 – Mesa, AZ – Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts CenterDec 5 – Santa Barbara, CA – The Granada TheatreDec 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert HallDec 8 – Oakland, CA – Paramount TheatreDec 10 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Silva Concert HallDec 11 – Redding, CA – Cascade TheatreDec 14 – Boulder, CO – Macky Auditorium Concert HallDec 15 – Boulder, CO – Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Last Wednesday night, when rumors surfaced that Phish would cover an “obscure album from 1981,” some jumped to conclusions that they would play Mark of the Mole by The Residents while others placed their bets on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne and Rush‘s Moving Pictures. Some classic thrill seekers continued the tradition of wishful thinking by suggesting Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, or even the Allman Brothers Band’s, Eat a Peach. When the playbill was given to the first attendees, everyone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on social media was buzzing about the ultra-obscure Scandanavian prog-rock hidden gem, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt.Upon further speculation and criticism, some members of the vast Phish community discovered that the entire album was a hoax. The sketchiness of the whole “Swedish Phish” concept began once researchers and phistorians couldn’t find much information about the album. Anywhere. Conclusions were made that Phish had orchestrated one of the biggest pranks in the band’s 35-year-career by fabricating the false links and album cover themselves, and they did just that. Phish knocked it out of the park as they pulled off this stunt, executing the 10 new songs with precision and confidence.Now, Phish has shared the third pro-shot video from their Kasvot Växt set, “Turtle In The Clouds”, the set’s opening song, for everyone to relive over and over again. Anastasio was the only member of the band that added the unusual synthesizer to his set-up during “Turtle In The Clouds”, as well as a shiny Ed O’Brien Stratocaster. The opening track had a Talking Heads-like 80’s psychedelic synth-rock sound you might expect to find on The Labyrinth soundtrack. Take five minutes, sit back, and remember all the turtles in the clouds below:Phish – “Turtle In The Clouds”[Video: Phish]Next up for Phish is their four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, set to take place from December 28th through December 31st.Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First TubeSET 2: Turtle in the Clouds, Stray Dog, Everything is Hollow, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., The Final Hurrah, Play by Play, Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Cool Amber and Mercury, Passing ThroughSET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an AntelopeENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise Debut.
One-man-band musician and singer Keller Williams will head down to The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee next summer for a three-night weekend event, branded as Keller In The Caverns. The 48-year-old multi-instrumentalist announced his upcoming event, which will take place on June 21th-23rd, 2019, on Friday. Williams will be joined throughout the weekend by special guests including The HillBenders and Dark Star Orchestra/Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, as well as his own funk outfit More Than A Little.The first night of music will feature Williams performing a solo set, in addition to teaming up with The HillBenders for a performance billed as Keller Williams’ PettyGrass. Day two on Saturday will feature another solo set from the host in addition to a performance alongside More Than A Little, with whom Williams released the Funk LP back in 2013. The final day of the event on Sunday, June 23rd will feature an afternoon brunch set of Grateful Gospel for some presumed Grateful Dead tunes alongside well-known Dead tribute guitarist John Kadlecik. Tickets for the event via various package options can be found on the Keller In The Caverns’ ticketing website. General on-sale for the June event will begin next Saturday, November 17th at 10 a.m.The announcement of the Keller In The Caverns comes one day following the news that Williams will be teaming up with Love Canon for a Grateful Grass performance at FloydFest 2019 in his native Virginia come July. Williams will join an already loaded lineup that includes names like Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, The String Cheese Incident, Margo Price, Brandi Carlile and many more.Williams will close out his two-night stay in Illinois on his ongoing fall run tonight with a performance at Space in Evanston, a town just north of Chicago. His loaded winter tour schedule will keep him on the road well into December before rolling over into the new year with more North American shows until mid-March.
Ariana Grande has shared the second new single from her upcoming studio album, “Imagine”. The follow up to last month’s “Thank U Next”, which Grande says will be the title track for the fifth album to date, “Imagine” sees a more passionate side of the 25-year-old vocalist than her previous chart-topper. It’s only been five months since she released her last full-length album, but Ariana Grande is certainly showing no signs of slowing down–despite what a record label might want.Cleary defiant of any sort of release schedule, Ariana Grande recently confirmed her desire to share art whenever she wants. “My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t,” she told Rolling Stone. “We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this shit. It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to fucking talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.”She continued in the same interview, “To drop a record on a Saturday night because you feel like it, and because your heart’s going to explode if you don’t — to take back your narrative… I don’t want to do what people tell me to do, I don’t want to conform to the pop star agenda. I want to do it on my own terms from now on. If I want to tour two albums at once, I’m going to tour two albums at once. If I want to drop a third album while I’m on tour [in 2019], I’ll do that too!” Power to her.Watch the lyric video for Ariana Grande’s most recent, highly anticipated single “Imagine”:[Video: Ariana Grande]
On Monday, Phil Lesh announced an upcoming “Thunder & Lightning” show at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, set to take place next Tuesday, February 5th.The Grateful Dead bassist will be joined frequent Terrapin collaborators, including guitarists Stu Allen and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, keyboardist Scott Guberman, and drummer John Molo.Last week, Phil Lesh performed an explosive two-night “Phil Lesh & Friends” run at Terrapin Crossroads when he teamed up with jazz guitarist John Scofield, Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Terrapin Family Band members Jason Crosby and Alex Koford.Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band are gearing up for a two-night run in Portland, OR this weekend, followed by scheduled performances in Seattle, Chicago, and New Orleans. Scofield will link back up with Lesh for his annual birthday celebration at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on March 14th, 15th, and 16th. As previously announced, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will also return to the great Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on May 29th with The Infamous Stringdusters.For ticketing and more information regarding upcoming Phil Lesh performances, head to his website. Tickets for the upcoming “Thunder & Lightning” show are also on sale now.