Setlist:Tranzmission$$$$$FM1000Ode to a DroidMilky WaySpark (with Jennifer Hartswick)Reaching New HeitzOne DayMidnight MadnessNights (with Michael Berg from Van Ghost)PyramidTortureGlitter FreezeCheck out pictures by Dave Gelb: by Andre ReddyBands like STS9 and the Disco Biscuits paved the way for an explosion in the popularity and breadth of the ever growing livetronica genre. That is why it is certainly no surprise that you can find one of the more accomplished bands in the scene residing on STS9’s own label, 1320 Records. Chicago natives, Future Rock, have been perfecting their own brand of electronic rock for nearly a decade now. Over the course of 4 albums they have developed a style of pulsating beats, intense loops, bass drops, and synthesized goodness all their own. The recent album, One Day, is perhaps the culmination of the band’s hard work in perfecting their place in the genre.The trio, comprised of Darren Heitz (Drums), Felix Moreno (bass guitar & synthesizers), and Mickey Kellerman (Keyboards and Synthesizers), have been touring aggressively in support of their latest release. Not surprisingly, the New York stop, on the “One Day Tour” brought the band to Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. Billed as a late show, the festivities were not scheduled to begin until midnight, however this did not deter fans, who packed the place out, and were ready to get their dance on.Philadelphia based sonic duo, Damn Right!, got the crowd nice and warmed up to begin the night. The up and coming livetronica outfit delivered a high energy set with plenty of breaks, samples, and pop synths to please the audience. By the time Future Rock was ready to take the stage just after 1AM, the room was primed for an intergalactic throw down.Wasting no time getting to the intensity, Future Rock opened the set with the high energy “Tranzmission” and kept the dance frenzy churning one song after another. A lengthy set, the trio played nearly every song from the album One Day as well as its predecessor Nights. Fans were treated to a phenomenal block of groove that perfectly combined the two albums and kept the room wobbling and shaking. “Spark” is a song co-written by Jennifer Hartswick of TAB/Van Ghost/Wyllis & The NY Hustler Ensemble fame. So naturally the crowd was more than amped to see her come out on stage to perform the vocals for the packed room. The anthem “Reaching New Heitz”, another fan favorite, has long been played on the road but only made it to a studio album with the release of One Day. This was immediately followed by the album’s title track which is a beautifully simple layered song with breathy almost “new wave pop” type vocals. Perhaps the high point of the night, Future Rock slayed their own version of the The Chemical Brother’s “Midnight Madness”. Piling on layers and layers of sound and loops, the song brought the crowd into a level of dance intensity of another stratosphere. Collaborator Michael Berg from the band Van Ghost was on hand to support the band in a performance of “Night”, adding another special quality to the evenings show. High energy space rock and a light show which undoubtedly matched the intensity of the music, made the show one not to be missed in Brooklyn.Perhaps one of the highlights of seeing a future Rock show is watching bassist Felix Moreno. Felix is one of the more animated musicians you will see perform in the scene. His onstage gestures and faces truly help to bring the fan to a level of excitement equaling his own. Live for Live Music had a chance to catch up with Felix after the show and ask him how he felt about the performance.“…we love performing at the Brooklyn Bowl. There are some great people associated with the venue with whom we are dear friends. The early show included our close friends and collaborators, Van Ghost. Michael Berg wrote the lyrics and melody for ‘Nights;, and Jen Hartswick wrote the lyrics and melody for ‘Spark’. It was awesome to share an evening with them in Brooklyn and be able to have them join us on stage. We thought the crowd was awesome and energetic especially for such a late show. Much love to everyone who came out…”The One Day Tour continues into December.You can stream or download the album here:
Highline Ballroom has seen quite a few late nights recently, as the guys from Verboten have been bringing some banging underground house parties to the recently revamped venue. The fans are listening, and not only coming out in full force, but staying until the lights come on. This week, Dutch producer and Rejected Label head honcho Joris Voorn returned to New York to the type of forward thinking tech house sets he’s become known for lately.One thing that sticks out about these Verboten shows, is that they do a great job picking out support acts for the entire night. Most of the time, they barely feel like support acts – and I think that’s the intention. It’s usually a rare appearance, an up and comer, or someone who’se just plain talented. This week, Los Angeles producer Trent Cantrelle, and Italy’s Davide Squillace set the mood with deep vibes that permeated the room, slowly bringing the energy up for the appearance of the night’s headliner.Voorn took the stage at around three o clock and instantly showed the crowd what everyone was buzzing around down in Miami this year – Voorn’s back to back set with Nic Fanciulli was one of the most talked about of the week. Voorn’s developed his own style of house, mixing elements of tech and deep house with unique drum beats, creating somewhat of a signature style. This was fully on display at Highline, taking the crowd on a journey through peaks and valleys without ever missing a beat.Next week, UK producer Maya Jane Coles will be hitting up Highline fresh off a highly talked about performance at Coachella.
Pretty Lights has announced a two-night New Years run in San Francisco’s famous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The event is dubbed “Sea of Dreams,” and will include performances from The Glitch Mob, Flying Lotus, Beats Antique, Lettuce, Break Science, Bit Funk, Pumpkin, and Motion Potion.Pretty Lights will headline both nights, December 30th and 31st, with a full band. A Pretty Lights FanClub pre-sale will launch tomorrow, October 1st, at 10 AM PT, and can be accessed here. The regular on-sale begins on Friday, October 3rd at 10 AM PT, through the official Sea of Dreams NYE website.This is the 15th annual “Sea of Dreams” NYE concert, and this year’s event has a theme of “Frequen-Sea.” The page’s description mentions cosmic frequencies and particle physics string theory, asserting that connections between individuals is the result of strings bound together. “If this is true then we are indeed connected by frequency, and bound by sound.”The artists performing at this two-day event are some of the best in the business, including L4LM favorites Lettuce. Check out this article to learn more about Lettuce and their upcoming fall tour. More artists will be added to Sea of Dreams in the coming days, so be sure to check back to L4LM for updates!
Phil Lesh will be performing alongside Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for a three night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Those three sold-out shows will be webcast via nugs.tv.The shows mark Phil Lesh’s first NYE appearance on the East Coast since 1969, and, given the extremely talented lineup of JRAD, the three-night run (from 12/29-31) should make for an amazing musical experience.For more information, including webcast schedules, pricing, and mp3 downloads, visit the Nugs.TV official event page.[via Jambands]
Last Wednesday, April 29th, the Oak Street Block Party featured funky music, fabulous food and family fun to the people of New Orleans once again, and they brought it all to them free of charge, with a portion of all profits going to the Oak Street community. Only in New Orleans would someone look at the back to back weekends of hundreds of stellar sets of music at Jazz Fest itself, and the hundreds of concerts that fill up the late nights and think to themselves…”But what are we gonna do on Wednesday during the day?”Luckily, that’s just the question event promoter Paul Levine asked himself, and the conclusion he came to was the same one he always does…”Let’s throw a party!” Levine has been a part of more festivals and concerts than you could shake a stick at, if you shook sticks at those kinds of things, which, honestly, is the last thing you should be shaking at one of his events. Unless your stick was your money maker. Then feel free to shake away.Making money was the goal here, but for a good cause. The Oak Street neighborhood features a mixture of locally owned businesses with longstanding ties to the community. The most famous in the music scene would easily be the Maple Leaf, host to Johnny Vidacovich’s legendary Thursday night Trio shows, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s a comic book store that has fed the imagination of area residents for over twenty years, multiple art galleries including Frenchy’s, pharmacies and more. It’s a living, breathing, vibrant hub to the families living around it, and preserving its historic facades and keeping it well lit, clean and safe for area families has been a priority for the community.No stranger to charity events, Levine decided to pitch in the way he knows best, bringing some of the many artists and bands that he has formed close friendships with to a pair of outdoor stages, including Leftover Salmon, The Nth Power, Kung Fu, Sonic Bloom, and a star studded super jam featuring members of Lettuce, Nigel Hall, Natalie Cressman, Roosevelt Collier and more. The Maple Leaf got in on the act also, opening its doors and stage to folks like Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds and more. Area restaurants set up street sales, filling the air with the sweet smells of Bar-B-Que, gunbo, sausages and more, while everyone danced the night away to the never stopping alternating stages of music.This year’s block party also featured a new take on a classic fair event, with the “Dunk Me Silly” charity dunking booth set up to give attendees a crack at dousicing industry insiders and musicians alike for the cause. Not the kind of promoter to shy away from getting himself dirty, or, in this case, wet, Levine as well as a number of industry insiders like Lyle Williams of Bear Creek, Springfest and Magnolia Fest, Annabel Sterling of Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo and more, area Djs and personalities like Johnny Woodstock and Jonny Ray from radio station WWOZ, burlesque queen Gingerlicious, Ian and Ivan Neville of Dupstaphunk and even Live for Live Music’s chief Kunj Shah himself got soaked for a good cause.While a good natured rivalry developed between the participants as to who would raise the most money developed, in the end it was the neighborhood itself that won. In a city that prides itself on its musical heritage as well as its historic roots and turn of the century architecture, finding a way to combine all of those into one big party that helps preserve the cradle of funkiness that New Orleans has become is the essence of community spirit and an embodiment of the city’s unofficial motto, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (Let the good times roll!”) Load remaining images
One of the most unique triple-billings we’ve ever seen is taking place this Friday, September 18th, as a combination of Snarky Puppy, Billy & The Kids, and Railroad Earth will be hitting the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. If you can’t make it out to Red Rocks, there is another option, thanks to Nugs.TV!The show will be available as a pay-per-view through the popular concert streaming service, available in both HD and SD formats. Set times are as follows, so don’t miss out this Friday night! More information is available here.Red Rocks Webcast Schedule6:00 MT — Snarky Puppy 7:30 MT — Billy & The Kids 9:30 MT — Railroad Earth
In a new interview with Music Week, Isle Of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings claims iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie has retired from touring. “David is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with,” Giddings said recently. “But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m not touring’ and I say, ‘I’m not asking’.”Giddings adds, “He has decided to retire and, like Phil Collins, you can’t demand these people go out there again and again and again. I’m really pleased and proud that the last show he ever did in the UK was the 2004 Isle Of Wight Festival.”Recently, Bowie has worked on a theme song to the upcoming TV series The Last Panthers, a six-part crime thriller co-produced by Sky and France’s Canal+. Take a listen:[Via NME]
What a lineup! The Flaming Lips will ring in New Year’s Eve 2016 with a huge roster of electronic and indie acts like Ratatat, Gramatik, Tycho (Live and DJ Sets), XXYYXX, Gigamesh, Shigeto, Geographer, Worthy, Pumpkin, Thriftworks, Motion Potion and Late Night Radio.The show, called “A Big One,” will take place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on December 31st. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 23 at 10 AM PST here.In the meantime, Wayne Coyne and his Flaming Lips cohorts are joining Miley Cyrus on the road as her Dead Petz, including one show which will be performed totally in the nude.
Introducing Shaky Beats Music Festival, taking place May 20 – 22 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA. The inaugural festival just released their impressive final line-up, which includes headlining acts like Odesza, Big Gigantic, Chromeo, Nas, Cherub, Yeasayer, !!!, and a whole lot more.Featuring over 40 top-notch electronic, indie and hip-hop acts across three stages, and in the heart of the city, Shaky Beats is sure to be a good time.Tickets to this event are on-sale right now on their website. Check out the full list below:
Hyacinth M. Young, a Jamaica native with a flair for cool sunglasses and flashy blouses, teaches high school English in California. She’s at Harvard for three weeks (July 2-21) to study poetry in a summer seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Joining her are 14 other teachers from around the country.The surprise so far, she said, is that her peers — wearing jeans to class and lugging backpacks — seem so much like the teenagers they teach. Some don’t do their homework, and there are even class clowns.But every one of them loves poetry, said Young, who teaches at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.And they get to study what they love in the best of company, she said. The daily three-hour seminars on the second floor of Barker Hall are directed by celebrated poetry scholar Helen Vendler, Harvard’s A. Kingsley Porter University Professor. “We’re sitting,” said Young, “at the feet of the goddess.”Vendler, the author of almost 30 books and the first woman to be named a University Professor at Harvard, waved away the praise — then threw it back. “They’re giving up their vacations,” she said of the visiting teachers.Still, the NEH program came with perks: a $2,400 stipend and class literary trips to Concord and Amherst, Mass., the Longfellow House, and Houghton Library.Vendler was a chemistry major in college whose first postgraduate fellowship was in mathematics. But she grew up reading and memorizing poetry — spurred on by her father, who taught Romance languages in high school, and by her mother as well.After getting her doctorate in English and American literature at Harvard, Vendler embarked on book-length forays into the poetry of Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats, Stevens, and many others. From the beginning she has shared her expertise. Her first seminar for high school teachers, sponsored by the National Defense Education Act, was in 1966.Vendler learned then what she said is still true today: Most English teachers are forced to teach from inadequate textbooks. “I was shocked at the paucity of first-rate poems [in many textbooks],” she said, “and the proliferation of third-rate poems.”Vendler has also learned that elementary and high schools need “a more coherent curriculum in poetry.” Studying poetry should include memorizing, reciting, and even singing, she has said — a constellation of language arts around the ideals of mastery, imagination, and pleasure.In her Barker Hall office after one of the NEH seminars, Vendler averred that even English majors in college don’t get much formal study of poetry.So her seminars for teachers include a grounding phase. In the first two weeks there’s required reading — up to four poems a day — along with lessons in poetic criticism, including lyric genres, meter, space, time, identity, and ways to describe art. “You can take pleasure out of the poems,” said Vendler, “by finding different ways into them.”During the third week, her students focus on a single poet — this year Walt Whitman. The idea is that earlier lessons on how poems work will be sharpened by concentrating on one writer.Vendler will do the poetry seminar again next year, and has already applied to the NEH. The number of applicants to the 2007 Harvard program, 121, was the highest among the NEH’s 11 seminars for high school teachers nationwide.The experience “is intensely heady,” said seminar observer Daniel Conti, Ed.M. ’01, who teaches English at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. “Having an opportunity to sit with Professor Vendler is immensely enlightening. It gives you a toolbox with which to read a poem.”He opened to a page in Vendler’s 1996 anthology, “Poems, Poets, Poetry.” On it was a list of “speech acts” — the points of rhetoric (apology, boast, command, plea) that help determine the emotional structure of a poem.“We’re getting incredibly soaked in ideas and perspectives,” said Ryan R. Asmussen, who teaches AP English and the humanities in Elk Grove Village, Ill. “After the first week or so, we were all a little dazed by it — pleasantly so.”Before college, poetry is given even shorter shrift than it is in literature programs. “Poetry is the stepchild of American culture,” said Vendler. Along with other arts, she said, it’s greeted skeptically in a practical, Puritan America.That’s reflected in high school, where students think of poetry as “a secret language,” said Catherine M. “Kate” Stearns, who teaches English at Belmont Hill School near Boston. “And they don’t have a key to unlock it.”Conti, who helped administer the NEH program, said poetry can be as intimidating to teachers as it is to students — but that the energizing time at Harvard will dispel that. “I’m going to do more, and do more diverse poetry,” he said of his plans for the fall. “I feel empowered. I have more in the toolbox.”Young will take back to her California classroom “At the Fishhouses,” an Elizabeth Bishop poem she somehow missed all of these years. She will also take back the courage to teach Milton for the first time.In the July 11 seminar, Vendler helped her students parse “L’Allegro,” the 17th century poet’s lengthy and (to the modern ear) dense riff on the necessity of mirth. As always, she prompted discussion by asking questions. Her first was, simply, “Structure?”Vendler quickly uncovered the narrative within Milton’s poem. (To reach young students, she said, “Tell them a story” — reveal the whole of a poem before addressing its parts.) She called the old verse “a slide show” of sounds and pictures.Conti, who in March helped select the seminar finalists, said Vendler works with the NEH students just as she would her doctoral scholars.Classroom ease and collegiality were evident during friendly discussions of the Bishop poem and Seamus Heaney’s “Bogland” — both bell-clear and modern.But during the hour devoted to Milton, open revolt erupted. One teacher was bored by the poem’s purportedly singsong meter. Another was frustrated. “I just thought he could have wrapped it up,” said East Boston teacher Christopher P. Leone, comparing Milton to the boring uncle at a family party. “You want the slide show to end.”John Chaya, a teacher from East Brunswick, N.J., stared at the page with his face cupped in one hand. Of Milton, he said, obliquely, “My mom said if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”Vendler never surrendered, comparing the Milton poem to music, and turning over the soil of its narrative for evidence of playful mythology, intriguing characters, and even rustic allusions to sex and drinking. “Why do I think it’s so beautiful,” she said, “when no one else does?”In the end, Vendler admitted, “It’s a problem, reading poems out of your own century.”But whatever form it takes, poetry has a job to do: “To instruct and delight,” she said. “To instruct you about the vicissitudes of the nonfactual universe. It’s a vocation to strike inwards and downwards.”