Month: March 2021

Modestep Brings Hard Rock Live Show To Webster Hall, 3/27

first_imgLots of people call dubstep ‘the new heavy metal’. There’s a lot of good reasons for the label – the loudness of the music, the tendency of outsiders to label the music as ‘noise’, the mosh pits, the way fans dress – i could go on and on. Nobody quite makes the connection like Modestep, whose relatively smooth, for dubstep standards, productions translate into a rip roaring heavy metal rock show in a live setting. Their 2013 debut album, Evolution Theory, is ripe with tracks that blend catchy, rock and roll vocals that wouldn’t be out of line in any mainstream Brit rock band, with heavy dubstep bass lines and drops, melding the two genres together.The live set up sees brothers Tony and Josh Friend man the turntables and lead vocals, respectively. Guitarist Nick Tsang shreds throughout like a full rock star, and drummer Matthew Curtis succeeds at the challenging task of keeping pace with drum and bass style drumming. I just want to make it clear – musically, these guys aren’t half assing these songs. They’re meant to be performed by a live band, and each band member is supremely talented at what he does. I stopped at least once during the show to individually compliment each band member. Each person had several moments to shine, whether it be guitar, vocals, or drums.About fifteen minutes into the show, if you had any doubts, you would have recognized that this was going to be more Rage Against The Machine than Datsik. Covers of ‘Louder’ and ‘I Can’t Stop’ by Flux Pavilion were accentuated with hard rock drumming and blistering guitar solos. I don’t know if any other live band has translated mainstream dubstep songs into a rock and roll format so seamlessly. A cover of Knife Party’s ‘Destroy Them With Lasers’ was particularly awesome, erupting the crowd into a giant mosh pit at the drop. Skrillex was also not off limits, as several of his tracks were covered or teased throughout the night. At one point, Josh took to the keys and slowed down the night with a soft, piano based cover of Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’, before jumping back into a hardcore drop that was as much dubstep as heavy metal.Modestep should really only exist in this live band format – to spin these tracks in a DJ set is truly a disservice to the talent that went into arranging these songs for the band; they really rock. A real crossover act, in that there is enough heavy metal and enough electronic music to really please both crowds equally. The set builds like a DJ set, with brief teases, call backs, and a collage of different music, but the sounds being produced are pure rock and roll. The only complaint would be the set time – even with an awesome encore of ‘Sunlight’, which seems to have become the band’s signature song, the show was over in less than an hour. More Modestep, please.(Photo via @LiveForLiveMusic Instagram)last_img read more

moe. Schedules Intimate Release Party For New Album ‘No Guts, No Glory’

first_imgmoe. has opted for an intimate release party for their new album, No Guts, No Glory. The show will take place on Wednesday, May 28th at Stage 48 in midtown Manhattan.For $35, you can get a general admission ticket to the two-set show. For $150, you can purchase a VIP ticket that includes early entry, meet and greet, commemorative poster, top shelf open bar, a Latin themed dinner buffet, a private acoustic set, a chance to win door prizes, and a “special surprise.” Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 28th at noon EST.No Guts, No Glory is the band’s eleventh studio album, it comes out May 27th. Chuck Garvey, guitarist and vocalist of the progressive rock band, stated, “These songs were written with an acoustic album in mind. When that original intention fell victim to logistical hurdles, we ended up making a whole different thing.” For more on the album, check out our prior post.-Brittney Borruso read more

Galactic Reveal Plans For New Years In New Orleans

first_imgNOLA funk band Galactic have revealed plans to ring in the New Year in their hometown. The band will celebrate 2015 in style, with a New Year’s Eve show at Tipitina’s, alongside The California Honeydrops.Galactic are no strangers to Tipitina’s, performing there regularly, and recently celebrating Halloween at the venue with Earphunk. The funk group also recently announced a winter tour, which will see them travel from coast to coast from January to March. (Details here)Pre-sale tickets for the NYE performance are currently on-sale.last_img read more

Unofficial Grateful Dead Biographer Shares Lengthy Status About ‘The Dead’ Reunion Rumors

first_imgWith the recent announcement that Furthur is no longer, Grateful Dead fans have been dying to know if the band’s surviving members have any plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015. Today, unofficial Grateful Dead biographer Scott W. Allen, who penned Aces Back to Back in 2013, shared a lengthy status on Facebook regarding these rumored plans.It seems that the reunion will consist of a handful of festival appearances, including Lockn’, and extended residencies on both the East and West Coasts. The main issue preventing a large-scale tour is the massive insurance payments required by promoters – in part because of Weir’s recent tour cancellation.As for the band itself, aside from Weir, Lesh, Hart, and Kreutzmann, the frontrunner for keyboardist is Bruce Hornsby. On lead guitar, however, there are many more names mentioned, including Warren Haynes, John Kadlecik, Steve Kimock, and a fourth unnamed guitarist, potentially Trey Anastasio. The guitarists may perform together, or on rotation – the details remain unclear (and probably unresolved).Read the whole post below:last_img read more

String Cheese Announces Three-Night Red Rocks Run With Amazing Support

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has announced a major three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with shows to be held on July 24th, 25th, and 26th. Not only will Cheese be playing two sets of music each night, but their support lineup is absolutely stacked, with Twiddle opening on the 24th, Dopapod on the 25th, and Nahko and Medicine for the People on the 26th.Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, February 3rd at 11am Mountain time through SCI Ticketing, with public on sale beginning Friday, February 6th at 11am Mountain Time.last_img read more

Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival Confirms Full Lineup

first_imgWilco’s Solid Sound Festival will be returning for the 6th year running, held from June 26-28 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA. The lineup, of course, features Wilco as the top billing, playing two nights, but also includes Mac DeMarco, Luluc, Parquet Courts, and Tweedy at the top.The full lineup includes Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Mikael Jorgensen/Quindar, Glenn Kotche + Jeffrey Zeigler, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Circus Smirkus, and more. Also included is John Hodgman’s Big Time Comedy Thing, for those of you who like some chuckles to go along with your tunes.You can see the full lineup below, and head to Solid Sound’s official website for further details.last_img read more

Watch: Van Halen Performs On TV For First Time With David Lee Roth

first_imgSomehow, despite having released their debut album in 1978, Van Halen had never performed on television with lead singer David Lee Roth. That all changed last night, as the band went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and played two tracks from their Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album, possibly two of their most famous tunes ever – “Panama” and “Runnin’ With The Devil.”David Lee Roth was a founding member of Van Halen, along with guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Marc Antony. After creative differences, Roth was replaced by Sammy Hagar in 1986. “Van Hagar” remained vital, off-and-on, until 2005, when Hagar and Antony left the band. Wolfgang Van Halen currently plays bass in the new lineup.The band actually shut down Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles (because LA doesn’t have enough traffic already!) to film these clips. Enjoy!last_img read more

Listen to Prince’s Kickass New Song, ‘HARDROCKLOVER’

The Purple One is back with a brand new track!After his most recent release, “Baltimore”, Prince delivers the goods on a new track, titled “HARDROCKLOVER”. As you’d expect from Prince, the song is lousy with funk elements and provocative lyrics, like “Turn my guitar up/ So I can make this woman scream.”Dig it below:

The Wonderfully Weird People Who Went To EDC Orlando [Gallery]

first_imgFor more images, check out Lauren Seaman’s full gallery below: EDC Orlando brought a number of dance music heavyweights down to Florida for two fun-filled nights of mayhem. Held at Tinker Field, the two day event included sets from Tiesto, Eric Prydz, Flux Pavilion, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Seven Lions and more.Thanks to photographer Lauren Seaman, we now have exclusive photo coverage of the festival. Check out some of our favorite images below, as well as a full gallery from EDC Orlando! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Disco Biscuits Announce Three-Night Philadelphia Run

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have revealed plans for a three-night run in Philadelphia! The band will hit the new Fillmore Philadelphia from February 4th through 6th, hitting their hometown for three glorious performances.Tickets go on sale tomorrow, November 17th, at 12 PM Eastern. More information can be found here.The band is playing tighter than ever, and recently just wrapped up a Halloween run with a horn section! Next up for the Biscuits is a run of shows at Dominican Holidaze, followed by four nights at NYC’s PlayStation Theater for New Years Eve. More information about those shows can be found here.last_img read more