The spa is going disco this week, as the infamous When In Robe party returns on March 23rd with an extremely funky line up. Headlining this week is a DJ set from disco ensemble Escort, who will be throwing down their critically acclaimed modern take on that disco funk, along with a rare and special set from vinyl afficionado Wyllys, disco king Speakerbot, and of course, our favorite resident, Subset.If you haven’t been to When In Robe yet, here’s the rundown. When you arrive to our beautiful spa, we’ll hand you a robe, a locker key, and a free glass of champagne to get you started. You’ll change into your bathing suit and robe and enter the spa, which has been converted into a night club with full light and sound.Party in one of our two rooms – the wet lounge with hot tub, steam room, saunas, cold plunge, and spa treatments, or our dry lounge, with dance floor, full bar, and some bangin’ music. We also have FREE FOOD so you’re never hungry and tons of random fun shit for you to play with.These parties have been creating a lot of buzz and this one will sell out. We’ve been hailed as the #1 thing to do on a Sunday by Time Out NY, we’ve been talked about in VICE and Thrillist, and we always have a couple of tricks up our sleeve to make sure everyone has an incredible time.Escort is a modern take on disco by Dan Ballas and Eugene Cho, keeping the soul and vibe of the classic 70s dance music and putting on a modern spin on it. Their self titled album was featured in Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2012, they were featured as one of Time Out NY’s best live acts of 2007, and their video for ‘All Through The Night’ was rated one of the top 50 videos of the 2000s by Pitchfork. Check out their track ‘Cocaine’ or the Tiger and Woods remix of their latest single,‘Barbarians’, to see what the deal is.Wyllys has been spinning funky music since he was 15 years old, making a name for himself on the festival scene with appearances at Summer Camp, Mountain Jam, Bear Creek, Camp Bisco, and some legendary marathon sets on Jam Cruise. He’s one of the rare people who can say he’s shared the stage with Justin Martin and The Magician, as well as members of Umphrey’s McGee and The Trey Anastasio Band. His sets blend nu-disco, funk, house, and pure party music that will keep you moving.Speakerbot is robot DJ alias of Aashish Bansal, who spins the greatest mix of funky disco, deep house, and everything in between. Do yourself a favor and stop whatever you are doing right now, and go listen to his Digital Fantasy mixtape series (volume 2 for life).Subset is the greatest living resident DJ in the world, and in the rare club of people who have appeared in both Time Out NY and Time Out Dubai, which is pretty much like winning a Grammy. He’s been blowing minds every week as the host of Webster Hall’s infamous BASSMENT Saturdays, and has been rocking the house at When In Robe since it’s inception. A true DJ who enjoys nothing more than playing great music, he also put out an incredible remix of Above and Beyond’s ‘Sun and Moon’ that you should have already listened to.Limited tickets are available HERE! Our past two events sold out in advanced so act fast!
*** Tickets to this year’s Catskill Chill, which takes place September 5th-7th at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY are currently on sale. Get your tickets here! *** I just want to say thanks so much once again to Dan Kurtz for taking the time to chat with me and discuss the current state of the New Deal, Dragonette, and the Catskill Chill. It certainly means a lot coming from a long-time fan of the band.– Chris Meyer (@Chris MeyerL4LM) We had the opportunity to chat with Dan Kurtz, bassist for the recently reformed and reunited the New Deal for Live for Live Music. Having made the decision to get back together with Kurtz’s fellow Dragonette bandmate Joel Stouffer behind the kit, as opposed to original drummer Darren Shearer, we discuss he and Jamie Shields’ decision to move forward with the current lineup, the transition from taking a couple of years off to getting back out on the road, Shearer’s decision to sit this one out, the ever-changing state of tND’s music, Catskill Chill, and more. L4LM – First and foremost, how does it feel to be back?DK – Fucking awesome! Playing New Deal music, when it’s great, is the best thing….and it’s great most of the time. And I think for that first show back, at the Hudson Project, it really was something new. We had Joel as opposed to Darren and we needed to not only figure out our own roles but to satisfy the crowd, who plays a major role in our live shows. So, that was a relief and a great feeling.L4LM – Now that you have that show, as well as a full summer of tour dates under your belts, how is the comfort level at this point with this new lineup?DK – Well, the comfort level is awesome. The next challenge is for us to get extremely comfortable with out new gear, individually, in that we all have some new sounds going on, and just to get that familiarity, and kind of take the interface element of making music, and concentrating on the fluidity of the music, as opposed to be like ‘what the fuck happens if I hit that button?’. The relationship of technology to the music has always been behind the scenes for us, a lot of mastery of the gear to establish, in order to just focus on the music. But the gear is also important for the sounds that we are creating. The more that you can learn what your gear can do for you, the broader the palate of music that can be created.L4LM – Especially for you and Jamie. You both have fairly elaborate rigs, even just on your bass.DK – Totally. My bass rig has undergone a major overhaul, and has opened up a lot of different possibilities in terms of running stuff through plug-ins through the laptop, with the computers running through it, making it a mind-bending journey of what is actually possible. The only downside to that is that computer are somewhat unforgiving in the sense that you kind of have to anticipate everything you want, and build controls and parameters for everything you think you might need, map them to a limited set of physical set of controllers that I use with my feet. Once a week I sit down and try to monitor the speaker with all of my gear around and I sit and program as if I were writing an app, so that’s certainly new.L4LM – That certainly sounds like a learning experience in and of itself. So, I’m sure everybody wants to know what was the major factor in the decision of the “Why Now?” in the reasoning to come back and hit the road once again?DK – Well, it certainly was a confluence of a couple of things. One was when I heard that new Daft Punk record, it was a signal that EDM was quickly broadening its palate to re-include the retro side of bass music. ‘Retro’ meaning where it all started, and we have always had our feet in that world from the beginning. And the last couple of years with Darren we were kind of increasingly coming up with music that was super hi-fidelity, super loud EDM sounds that didn’t lend themselves particularly well to what we do and how we do it. And I kind of felt like what we did at the time, or at least what we did really well wasn’t where things were headed in the scene we were playing. So, I felt that the re-inclusion [with the Daft Punk release] of those sounds and sensibilities with real instruments, and maybe even more of a melodic sense, was back in play, and we could be a part of that. That’s a very esoteric assumption that I made.And then beyond that, in terms of the nuts and bolts of it all, Jamie and I had more time working together on movie soundtracks and music in general, as I had moved back to Toronto (from England). We discovered that 25+ years in playing together was something we realized we had missed. So we figured that having the ability to play again together, as I was now off the road with Dragonette, who I was touring with pretty solidly for two and a half years, the fact that we were enjoying working together again, and people were interested in having us come and play, was affirming in getting us back out there. Then the only wrench in the plan was that Darren wasn’t able or interested in going back out on the road. This was a conversation that started last May, over a year ago, so this was something we have been thinking about for awhile now.L4LM – So was it a touring thing for Darren? He just wasn’t interested in going back out on the road?DK – Yeah, I think so. It was more so that his current position wasn’t allowing him the flexibility to take off that much time, because his first priority, at this juncture, is to meet the ever-changing demands of what he is doing right now. So we tried to work around it for a good amount of time, but it just wasn’t happening.L4LM – That is certainly understandable. I’m sure it was a tough decision for him, but you get to a certain point in life and tough decisions need to be made. So, with Joel, you work with him in Dragonette and have a solid musical connection, but it’s a very different style of music when comparing it to the New Deal. How has that transition been? Has Joel been working with you and Jamie for awhile now in preparation of getting ready for these summer dates and get tND back on track?DK – We did a lot of playing together, and luckily, Joel understood it very quickly. In retrospect, it really wasn’t a surprise, because Joel came up playing as a jazz musician. So the idea of improvisation and playing off one another, and not just playing part-oriented music, was pretty easy for him. What we were concerned with was just getting on side with the message of transitioning and communicating that Jamie and I would be very hard-pressed to rewrite, you know what I mean? Well, the two of us do it this way, so instead of us changing, as opposed to the three of us coming up with something from scratch, well, you’re going to have to integrate into doing it the way we do it. It wasn’t like a fuck you thing, it was more like it would be very hard to undo 1400+ shows of Jamie and I working together.L4LM – Now that Joel has settled into the mix of being the drummer of the New Deal, have you come up with any new tracks? Or is it more so just going out and concentrating on playing each show to the best of your abilities?DK – We’re just at the stage of feeling everybody out, and stuff will evolve from there. The sure thing, by virtue of the fact that Jamie and I have always worked with the method, has never really lent itself to ‘hey, let’s write some new music and present it in live shows’, most of our music has simply evolved from live shows. It’s almost like an oral history of sorts, we just keep it live, instead of recording things. We did that a long time ago, and some of those songs have carried on throughout our history, but both Jamie and I prefer the kind of ever-evolving part of tND. We never feel at any point, ‘Ok, we have to record and document this and then put it out.’ That could change at some point, but it is not the ethos of tND.L4LM – What are your thoughts on your upcoming Catskill Chill set? I know a lot of “Chill Fam” are very excited for tND’s set at this year’s festival. I promise you one of the best crowds you have seen in awhile. DK – I can say this, I fucking love playing festivals, especially jam-oriented festivals with the New Deal. It has always been our strongest market, for lack of a better term. The appeal for me is simply, at this moment, I get to play a show, I get to play outside, and I get to play for a bunch of people that are coming from all over the place; it’s a great way for us to celebrate coming back. I mean there is a magic to club shows, especially really sweaty ones, but this time of year you are hard-pressed to really want to play in a club. It’s been a long time since I looked at my calendar and thought that I can’t wait to play every single one of these shows. But I did meet Josh Cohen at the Hudson Project and he was really excited to chat about Catskill Chill and having us there and playing whatever we want musically, and that makes you feel good. What could be bad about that?L4LM – It really is a fantastic festival, with an intimate vibe that will be clear to see as you walk around and then make your way on stage to play. But you also announced several other show moving into the Fall, at Red Rocks, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, at Terminal 5 in NYC w/ Conspirator, Philly, Dominican Holidaze and several others. Are you guys looking to continue this into 2015, or are you going to take some time to regroup and look to see what the future holds?DK – Well, we are definitely playing in 2015. We will probably take some time off in December, and then look into more dates. But that is all subject to the will of the people; if the fans want it, we’ll bring it. In order to ramp up a Canadian band to play even one show, the amound of infrastructure with road crew, visas, and whatever else you can imagine, the up front load in order to do a show is phenomenal. But once those things are in place, it becomes so much easier to concentrate on putting together incredible shows for our fans, and having so much fun doing that. So the only caveat in putting this all together was making sure that people wanted to come see us play.L4LM – The visa situation is that difficult, huh?DK – Yeah, it gets harder every year too. But in doing this for a long time, you understand what it takes, and are that much more prepared to deal with what can sometimes be an extremely tough situation.L4LM – So, what is going on with Dragonette, now that the New Deal is back?DK – Well, we are writing music. We actually have a single that is coming out on Canadian and Belgium radio that is going to begin a rather steady stream of Dragonette songs, which will eventually result in a tour. But, we have never had any problems making this all work out. And given the fact that Dragonette isn’t based in England anymore, and I don’t have to fly across the ocean every time the New Deal plays a show, it will make it that much easier. Basically, any New Deal show that I was playing, I was waking up in the UK and flying across that day to play a show that night. And that is something that can be extremely draining after awhile. Two year ago I flew 156,000 miles that year doing Dragonette and tND shows; I think it added up to over 400+ hours of flying. So, without that kind of issue, there is more work that can be done.L4LM – How does it feel being in two successful bands?DK – Pretty damn good, man. I’m 42 years old, and to be able to do this is pretty fucking great. And it’s a testament to a couple of things. One is the awesomeness of the members of both bands, the people that I work with. Working with someone like Jamie has been incredible, and I hope that I have had some of the same influence on him musically that he has had on me. It’s really great to be able to work with people that are excellent at what they do, and that goes right down the line to our sound and lighting guys. And, if you look at it, if you swap out Jamie for Martina [Sorbara – lead singer of Dragonette], you now have Dragonette, all the way down to the crew and the gear. It’s been a super luck of the draw type circumstance. Take a listen to the New Deal’s show from The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD on July 12th, 2014, via Archive.org:[Thanks to Elana Gershuny for taping]
The initial lineup of the 2015 Buku Music & Art Project in New Orleans has been released. The diverse lineup includes Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, Die Antwoord, STS9 and many more. The festival has grown exponentially in its three years of existence and promises to be better than ever. Check out the announcement video and artist roster below.BUKU 2015 INITIAL LINEUPBassnectarSTS9A$AP RockyPassion PitEmpire of the SunDie AntwoordPorter Robinson (Live)TV on the RadioFlosstradomusG-EazyTove LoPortugal. The ManBoosie BadazzBorgoreRun The JewelsZomboyGramatikOdeszaJamie JonesBobby ShmurdaThomas JackYoung Lean & Sad BoysRobert DelongJustin Martin B2B Eats EverythingMr. CarmackRauryBob MosesBig FreediaIn The Valley BelowThe RangePellSuicide YearMusaCarneyvalClutchChriscross
Big Gigantic will return to Colorado this September for the fourth installment of their famed Rowdytown series at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For the fourth consecutive year, Big G and guests will bring the noise out to Red Rocks for what is sure to be a great evening of music.The shows will be held on September 25th and 26th, with a group of guest openers on each night. For the 25th, Thomas Jack, Jauz, and DeFunk will all be performing. On the following night, RL Grime, Snails, and Two Fresh will all be performing. In addition, the night will start with a “Big Gigantic Mixtape 2009/2010,” seeing Big G play a mix of older tunes with a live band.Tickets for the two nights will go on sale this Wednesday, April 8th, via the band’s official website.
The Rolling Stones’ tour is firing on all cylinders! The band rolled through Columbus, OH last weekend, and treated fans to a rare treat: their first performance of the Ohio rock song “Hang On Sloopy” since 1966.The song has a bit of a legendary history, as it was purportedly written by some random teenager in St. Louis, and eventually recorded by Rick and the Rangers, featuring a 16-year-old Rick Derringer. That band changed their name to the McCoys, and went to #1 in October of 1965. The Rolling Stones picked it up around that time, playing it frequently at live shows during 1966, but dropped it shortly thereafter.The band revived the tune for Ohio, some 49 years after they last performed it. You can watch fan-shot footage below:The song also has a unique history with the state of Ohio, as the Ohio State University marching band played it regularly after the song became a #1 hit. “Hang On Sloopy” remained in the band’s repertoire for decades, and, in 1985, a reporter at the Columbus Citizen-Journal created a campaign to name the song as Ohio’s official state rock song. The McCoys were from the Dayton area, and the Ohio State University marching band played the song regularly, so the campaign was well received by the citizens.Naturally, when The Rolling Stones hit the Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State University Buckeyes (where the football team and marching band both play), they couldn’t resist adding another page to the long saga of “Hang On Sloopy.”[Via Rolling Stone/Wikipedia]
5. Late Night Chillwave SetsFinishing up Thursday and Friday nights were two late night sets by Tycho and How to Dress Well, which served as perfect lullabies before sending the crowds off to bed. Both on the Pavillion Stage, the downtempo electropop sets combined with dreamy visuals left attendees in a trance after running around all day in the sun.HTDW’s set was in particularly intimate as few festival-goers had the zest after Paul McCartney’s high energy performance to make it across the grounds to the show. Lead singer Tom Krell took liking to this cozy setting as he passionately serenaded the crowd and gave background stories of the songs. Krell even surprised the crowd with a Taylor Swift cover. 2. Paul McCartney’s BirthdayHeadliner Paul McCartney opened up his two and a half hour long set Friday with “Birthday,” making note of his 73rd birthday the day before. McCartney’s liveliness held strong past midnight as he played several Beatles tunes supported by the crowd and tributes to John Lennon and the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC. McCartney surprised a fan by granting her poster’s request to sign a tattoo she had of his face shortly before finishing out the set with a grand finale of fireworks. Firefly Music Festival’s fourth annual gathering took place in Dover, DE this past weekend, with a sold out crowd of 90,000 attendees and four days of headliners including Paul McCartney, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Modest Mouse, Zedd and more.Severe thunderstorms Saturday night caused cancellations of sets including Kings of Leon, late night Lettuce, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers while cutting short Sublime and Kid Cudi performances. Although fans left disappointed during the evacuation that night, they were happy with the announcement of Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers’ rescheduled sets Sunday, and with the music and festivities overall!Here are some highlights from the weekend:1. The Killers Brighten Up Kings of Leon FansSunday night on the main stage The Killers honored their festival co-headliners Kings of Leon with two cover songs. Kings of Leon’s Saturday night set was canceled due to torrential rainfall and an evacuation of the festival grounds, but fans were happy to hear The Killers pay respect with a full rendition of “The Bucket” and a sing-along, acoustic tease of “Use Somebody”. 3. The Crowd’s Embracement of the MudThe combination of 90,000 people and heavy rainstorms throughout the weekend left the festival grounds of the woodlands with quicksand-like soil. The ankle-deep, and sometimes knee-deep, mud surely didn’t stop festival goers from raging all day and running from one performer to the next. Several attendees abandoned their shoes and danced barefoot throughout the weekend.4. Matt and Kim’s Twerk SurfingMatt and Kim win the award for the wildest set of the weekend as they belted out every ounce of energy they could into a fully reciprocating crowd. The duo jumped around the stage shouting, and Kim even dived into the crowd to twerk surf before returning back on stage to dry hump her drum set. “Let’s make this the best show of our lives!” shouted from both of them. 6. The Guy Who Stole the Show at Snoop DoggSunday night during Snoop Dogg, a crowd member scaled a speaker tower for a few songs before Snoop performed his Akon collaboration, “I Wanna Love You”, with shoutout lyrics of “I see you winding and grinding up on that pole.” Eventually beer bottles were thrown at the attendee who finally came down to be handled by security and Dover police officers.7. Steve Aoki Takes the CakeHouse DJ Steve Aoki, originally scheduled for a midnight set Saturday night, treated his rescheduled Sunday afternoon performance like any other late night set with his tradition of cake throwing and head banging. Eager crowds flooded to the Backyard Stage with signs begging to be thrown a cake. Aoki threw out at least ten cakes along with a plethora of champagne.Photo via Ilya Savenok//Getty Images8. Glass Animals Covers Kanye WestEnglish indie-rock band Glass Animals brought a packed crowd to the Forest Stage Friday evening with several hits off of their award winning album ZABA and a set closer of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.” Dave Bayley on vocals walked his microphone into the crowd to provide a very smooth and slowed down anthem of the top hit.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Brisbane set out to prove a theory that hardcore music leads to hardcore, violent actions. Well, were they in for quite a surprise, as their findings lead them to conclude the exact opposite.The study involved 39 people between the ages of 18 and 34 who are fans of “extreme” music, which qualifies as heavy metal, hardcore, punk, emo, screamo and related genres. The subjects were put through an “anger induction” test in which they were forced to talk about “irritating” topics such as relationships, money, and work.After being riled up for 16 minutes, some sat in silence while others listened to their own aggressive music. The study found that those listening to hardcore music were just as calm as those sitting in silence.“The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired,” the study explained. “Results showed levels of hostility, irritability and stress decreased after music was introduced, and the most significant change reported was the level of inspiration they felt.”Read more about the study’s in-depth findings here.
After an incredibly successful year in 2015 with performances from Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, D’Angelo, and more, Bonnaroo is looking ahead to plan their 2016 edition. Not only will Bonnaroo be returning to Manchester, TN next June, but they’ll be celebrating their 15th anniversary!Bonnaroo 2016 will run from June 9-12, 2016. Expect big things as Roo hits that teenage milestone, with no signs of slowing down. Here’s to another 15 more!
Certainly one of the most outrageous collaborations at the short-lived Fillmore East venue in New York City, NY was that of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.Watch Frank Zappa Destroy Hosts Of CNN’s Crossfire In Censorship DebateWhat started as an innocuous invitation during Zappa’s encore on June 5th, 1971, turned into pure musical mayhem, as Lennon and Ono were somewhat out of their element for the performance. After a relatively straightforward rendition of the blues standard, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, the group circled into an original track called “Scumbag”, and all hell broke loose.Check out the raw footage below:Zappa was recording a live album for the show, so footage from the performance has existed (albeit in low quality) for the past forty years. However, there was controversy, as Lennon’s label took the music and used it to commercialize a dual studio/live album project called Sometime In New York City. The band was unhappy about how the tracks were mislabeled and the band misrepresented.Many years later, Zappa spoke about the incident:What a story! Despite all of that, it’s still quite the sight to see John Lennon and Frank Zappa share the stage.
In the days between their stops in Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles, CA, the Trey Anastasio Band made a stop at the Conan studios to perform on the cable program. While the performance was filmed on November 2nd, it will be aired this Wednesday, November 18th. Top Photos From A Very Trey Anastasio Band Halloween With ShowgirlsThe episode will also see guests John Cleese and Michaela Watkins, and TAB is expected to perform a song (or more hopefully!) from their new album Paper Wheels. Don’t miss out!