Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend upon Miami for the craziest party week of the year, Miami Music Week. Between the massive Ultra Music Festival, which has expanded to two weekends this year, and a full schedule of pool parties and late night throwdowns, there is almost too much stuff to do in just one short week. That’s where we come in, giving you this easy to follow guide to make sure you can catch everything you want to do throughout the week.The Main EventWhat: Ultra Music FestivalWhen: March 15-17, March 22-24Where: Bayfront ParkWho: Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Carl Cox, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia more.Why: Ultra Music Festival is the grand daddy of them all – the main event of Miami Music Week. All the biggest names will be performing – Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta, Above and Beyond, Bassnectar, and more. Besides top DJs, Ultra has a live stage featuring unique live sets from diverse acts like Snoop Dogg, Sleigh Bells, Azealia Banks, and more. Also – Swedish House Mafia is closing down the festival with what promises to be their last set ever.The Pool PartiesWhat: All Gone Pete Tong Pool PartyWhen: 3/16 and 3/22 11am-11pmWhere: The Surfcomber HotelWho: Pete Tong and FriendsWhy: Pete Tong is known for his Essential Mix radio show on BBC, which has made him one of the most famous radio DJs in the UK. He’s blown up so many up and coming DJs through his radio show, and his list of friends who show up should be awesome.What: Anjunabeats Volume 10 Pool PartyWhen: 3/16 12pm-10pmWhere: The National HotelWho: Mat Zo, Seven Lions, Norin and Rad, Andrew Bayer, Jaytech, Maoer Levi, BeckwithWhy: Above and Beyond’s Anjunabeats label recently released the Volume 10 mix, and it’s a banger, featuring unreleased tracks from many of the artists on this line-up. Check out the next wave of progressive trance superstars before they blow up.What: Circle Talent Agency Pool PartyWhen: 3/16Where: 10am-10pmWho: Flux Pavilion, Datsik, Doctor P, Lucky Date, Carnage, Heroes x Villians, Feenixpawl, Plastik Funk, The Disco Fries, Digital Lab, MoreWhy: The dirtiest pool party in all of South Beach will surely be this one, featuring three of the biggest names in dubstep – Flux, Datsik, and Doctor P.What: Perfecto Pool PartyWhen: 3/16 2pm-10pmWhere: SLS HotelWho: Paul Oakenfold and FriendsWhy: Perfecto Records founder Paul Oakenfold is a legend in EDM circles. Check out his label’s pool party showcase at the brand new SLS Hotel.What: R3hab and Friends Pool PartyWhen: 3/17 12pm-10pmWhere: National HotelWho: R3hab, Adventure Club, TJR, GTA, Bassjackers, David Solano, Carnage, Gregor SaltoWhy: Afrojack’s former protege R3hab is taking to MMW with a pool party of his own, bringing along some awesome friends as well. Check out this lineup, which is a mix of electro, dubstep, and trap.What: Chris Lake b2b Michael WoodsWhen: 3/18 2pm-10pmWhere: SLS HotelWho: Michael Woods b2b Chris Lake, GTA, Congorock, TJRWhy: See two rising stars share the booth with a b2b set at SLS. Support lineup is solid as well.What: Bingo Players Pool PartyWhen: 3/19 12pm-10pmWhere: The Pool @ The ShelbourneWho: Bingo Players, More TBAWhy: The Bingo Players have burst on the scene over the past few years, cementing themselves as some of the biggest names in electro. Hits like ‘Rattle’ have been played by nearly every major DJ at some point, and these guys are only going to get bigger.What: The Elektro Freshman Class of 2013 Pool PartyWhen: 3/19 12pm-10pmWhere: The National HotelWho: DJ 3LAU, Danny Avila, Deniz Koyu, Carnage, Pierce Fultan, Audien, Sazon Booya, MoreWhy: Check out the best rookies to come out over the past year show their show at Elektro’s Freshman Class pool party. These young guns were hand chosen as the next wave of EDM superstars – see them all in one place.What: We’re All Friends! Beach PartyWhen: 3/20 1pm-9pmWhere: Raleigh HotelWho: Body High, Boys Noize Records, Bromance, Fools Gold, Mad Decent, Smog, We Did It, OWSLAWhy: Major dance music labels owned by a whose who of superstars are all teaming up for this giant pool party. Even though no names are announced yet, these labels are run by Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak, Boys Noize, Gesaffelstein, and more so expect a sick turnout.What: Kings of Ace Pool PartyWhen: 3/20 12pm-10pmWhere: SLS HotelWho: Afrojack, Sidney Samson, Quintino, Shermanology, Bassjackers, Bobby Burns, Chocolate Puma, Leroy Styles, More.Why: The Ace Agency brings all of their artists to one pool party, featuring megastar Afrojack and his entire crew – Quintino, Shermanology, and more. This pool party was a banger last year, see what happens this year.What: The Dim Mak Pool PartyWhen: 3/21 12pm-10pmWhere: Raleigh HotelWho: Steve Aoki, Datsik, Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, Dirtyphonics, Felix Cartal, Autoerotique, Clockwork, PeaceTreaty, Yolanda Be Cool, moreWhy: Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak records has released music by some of the biggest names in EDM over the past few years. See Aoki assemble his crew for this huge showcase at The Raleigh.What: The Mixmash Pool PartyWhen: 3/21 12pm-10pmWhere: The National HotelWho: Laidback Luke and FriendsWhy: Laidback Luke’s MixMash Pool Party is always one of the most in demand parties of the week. Last year, all types of special guests showed up – this year, expect nothing less.What: Size MattersWhen: 3/21 3pm-11pmWhere: Fontainebleau Ocean LawnWho: Steve Angello, Thomas Gold, AN21 and Max Vangeli, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, MoreWhy: The swanky Fontainebleau turns their Ocean Lawn into a unique dance music experience. See Steve Angello’s Size Matters crew take over the hotel.What: Skrillex and Friends Yacht PartyWhen: 3/21 3pm-8pmWhere: 400 SE 2nd AveWho: Skrillex, Crookers, Congorock, 12th Planet, Alvin Risk, Koan SoundsWhy: Skrillex is bringing a bunch of friends to the high seas for this yacht party. The main event: Skrillex b2b Crookers b2b Congorock b2b 12th Planet. Four insane DJs sharing the stage.What: Subliminal Sessions Pool PartyWhen: 3/21 12pm-10pmWhere: The Pool @ The ShelbourneWho: Erick Morillo and Special GuestsWhy: House music legend Erick Morillo has been around seemingly forever, and he’ll be taking over The Shelbourne with his friends for what will surely be a highlight of Miami Music Week.What: Dirtybird Players BBQWhen: 3/21 12pm-10pmWhere: Villa 221Who: De La Soul, Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Catz N Dogs, French Fries, MoreWhy: Dirtybird became famous for legendary barbecues in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park.What: HARD Miami Pool PartyWhen: 3/22 12pm-10pmWhere: The Raleigh HotelWho: Felix Da Housecat, Baauer, Skreamizm, Clockwork, Just Blaze, Alex Metric, Destructo, Surkin, Oliver, MoreWhy: The guys at HARD know how to throw a real party – see: Holy Ship. This line-up has a little bit of everything, with Chicago house legend Felix Da Housecat, viral superstar Baauer, and dubstep innovator Skream.What: Dirty Dutch Pool PartyWhen: 3/22 2pm-10pmWhere: Hyde BeachWho: TBAWhy: No official lineup has been revealed yet, but the Dirty Dutch label is home to house superstars like Chuckie and Gregori Klosman.What: Perfecto and APA Artist ShowcaseWhen: 3/22 12pm-9pmWhere: The ClevelanderWho: Paul Oakenfold, DJ Bl3nd, Brass Knuckles, Lazy Rich, Project 46, Spencer and Hill, Starkillers, MoreWhy: Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label joins force with APA to showcase some up and coming names. Solid lineup all around.What: No Sugar AddedWhen: 3/22 and 3/23 12pm-5amWhere: Nikki BeachWho: Arty, Chris Lake, Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, Dennis Ferrer, Bassjackers, Quintino, Sidney Samson, Tommy Trash, Swanky Tunes, John Dahlback, EDX, Showtek, Funkagenda, Danny Avila, Marco CarolaWhy: This monstrous two day mini festival at the world famous Nikki Beach features two distinctive themes and a slew of top notch artists. Day 1 is full of deep house legends headlined by Dennis Ferrer and marco Carola, day two features hard hitting electro from the likes of Sidney Samson and Tommy Trash.What: Gareth Emery and Friends Pool PartyWhen: 3/23 12pm-10pmWhere: Raleigh HotelWho: Gareth Emery, Mord Fustang,Why: Gareth Emery is all over Miami Music Week this year, but he’s got a solid supporting cast here including Mord Fustang, Funkagenda, and Michael WoodsWhat: Wolfgang Gartner and Friends Pool PartyWhen: 3/23 12pm-10pmWhere: National HotelWho: Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash, Kill The Noise, Tokimonsta, Clockwork, Dallas K, Just BlazeWhy: Wolfgang Gartner’s thrown together a solid line-up for this Saturday pool party. One of Gartner’s only appearances during the week.What: Dirty Dutch Pool PartyWhen: 3/24 10am-10pmWhere: The ShelborneWho: Chuckie, Adventure Club, Betatraxx, Gregori Klossman, MoreWhy: Another pool party with Chuckie and the Dirty Dutch crew to bounce around if your not heading to Ultra. Also, special guest: Slash.The After PartiesWhat: Porter Robinson and Mat ZoWhen: 3/15Where: MansionWho: Porter Robinson, Mat ZoWhy: Rising star Porter Robinson just got off a huge tour, and he’s joined here by recent collaborator Mat Zo for a huge party at Mansion.What: Fanfare Miami featuring Thomas GoldWhen: 3/15Where: Space (Terrace)Who: Thomas Gold, Otto Knows, FeenixpawlWhy: Thomas Gold has cemented himself as one of the biggest names in EDM over the past several years. He’s joined by a solid cast of up and comers for this rager at Space.What: DatsikWhen: 3/15Where: Space (Main Room)Who: Datsik, Dieselboy, Terravita, XKore, SchoolboyWhy: Dubstep superstar Datsik headlines this show which is sure to be the hardest pounding show at Space all week. Dieselboy, Terravita, and XKore are among the top notch support acts.What: KaskadeWhen: 3/15Where: StoryWho: KaskadeWhy: Kaskade always has a few big shows during Miami Music Week and this is his first. While his festival sets and tours and well choreographed, he tends to let loose a little more behind the decks in Miami.What: Steve AngelloWhen: 3/15Where: LIVWho: Steve AngelloWhy: One third of the Swedish House Mafia, which are making their last ever appearance together at Ultra, will hit the decks at LIV. When Swedish House Mafia wrote ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, they were talking about LIV, which seems to be their home away from home.What: Pretty Lights Music ShowcaseWhen: 3/16Where: FDR @ The DelanoWho: Michael Menert, Paul Basic, Supervision, Special GuestWhy: Superstar DJ Pretty Lights has been putting out solid music through his own label for the past few years, giving acts like Michael Menert and Paul Basic an outlet for their latest music. See them, as well as a very special guest (wink wink), at this showcase.What: AxwellWhen: 3/16Where: StoryWho: AxwellWhy: Even though they’ll be broken up after this week, you’ll still see these Swedes everywhere solo. Axwell will be holding down the decks at Story for his first Miami Music Week event.What: Sander Van DoornWhen: 3/16Where: LIVWho: Sander Van DoornWhy: Sander Van Doorn seems to get bigger every year, after a busy 2012 that saw the producer hit numerous music festivals including Ultra, 2013 is shaping up to be an even bigger year.What: Thomas Gold and FriendsWhen: 3/16Where: Wall @ The WWho: Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, and Sick IndividualsWhy: Continuing his Miami takeover, Thomas Gold stops at the intimate Wall at the The W. Special guest Deniz Koyu provides support.What: Zedd and GuestsWhen: 3/17Where: MansionWho: Zedd, Alvin Risk, Funkagenda, Seven Lions, Alex MetricWhy: Zedd may have been this year’s breakout artist. After signing to Interscope Records, releases like Spectrum and Clarity crossed over to the mainstream, even garnering an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman. He’s got a solid group of special guests to ensure this party at Mansion will be one for the ages.What: Markus SchulzWhen: 3/17Where: Space (Terrace)Who: Markus SchulzWhy: Last year the DJ Times voted Markus Schulz as America’s #1 DJ, and for good reason. 2012 saw top notch collaborations with heavyweights Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren among a slew of top notch releases. See him tear up Space’s legendary Terrace all night long.What: Benny BenassiWhen: 3/18Where: LIVWho: Benny BenassiWhy: Benny Benassi’s been around seemingly forever. Satisfaction feels like the first song ever created. But he keeps putting out good music and playing huge shows, and the people keep coming.What: Dirty Dutch Featuring Chuckie and Waka Flocka FlameWhen: 3/18Where: StoryWho: Chuckie, Waka Flocka Flame, Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, Mord Fustang, Gregori Klosman, BetatraxxWhy: Chuckie knows how to throw a party, and just having top notch DJs as support is clearly not enough. He’s bringing along Waka Flocka Flame for a special live performance as well.What: AxwellWhen: 3/19Where: Wall @ The WWho: Axwell, No_ID, Sick Individuals, Hook and SlingWhy: Axwell stops by the intimate Wall for a solid show. See this Swedish House Mafia member tear down the house.What: Dirty SouthWhen: 3/19Where: LIVWho: Dirty South, Michael BrunWhy: On the heels of his latest album, Speed Of Life, Dirty South takes over LIV. The man responsible for several past Ultra anthems is back after a year of touring in support of ‘City of Dreams’, his last single with Alesso.What: SkrillexWhen: 3/19Where: StoryWho: Skrillex, Brodinski b2b Gesaffelstein, Crookers, Jack Beats, Alvin Risk, Alex MetricWhy: Look at that lineup! Besides the headline spot for Skrillex, Brodisnki and Gesaffelstein always kill it in the booth together, and every name down the line is solid. This is going to be a banger.What: Knife Party Presents Haunted HouseWhen: 3/20Where: MansionWho: Knife Party, Kill The Noise, Tommy Trash, Candyland, WaldenWhy: Knife Party have made quite the impact over the past few years, vaulting to superstar status and huge shows all across the country. They bring their ‘Haunted House’ show to Miami with a slew of awesome guests at Mansion.What: Gareth Emery “Extended Set”When: 3/20Where: Space (Main Room)Who: Gareth EmeryWhy: Gareth Emery knows how to throw down monstrous sets on the regular – so if they need to warn us that this one is ‘extended’, then you know it’s going to get crazy.What: Roger Sanchez Presents Stealth MiamiWhen: 3/20Where: Bamboo MiamiWho: Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Prok and Fitch, Mike ValeWhy: Turntable legend Roger Sanchez will be showing off at Bamboo with his ‘Stealth’ crew.What: Super You and MeWhen: 3/20Where: LIVWho: Laidback Luke, RL Grime, Martin Solveig, Showtek, HenrixWhy: Laidback Luke’s superhero themed ‘Super You and Me’ party is always one of the craziest during Miami Music Week. This year, he’s bringing along Martin Solveig, RL Grime, and Showtek along for the ride.What: The Modern Love AffairWhen: 3/20Where: Wall @ The WWho: Pete Tong, Art Department, Damian Lazarus, Luca C.Why: Ultimate song selector Pete Tong is bringing some friends to Wall for a huge event.What: Hardwell Presents RevealedWhen: 3/21Where: MansionWho: Hardwell, Dannic, Dyro, Firebeatz, Jordy DazzWhy: Hardwell brings some friends to Mansion for one of the hottest shows of the week. Tickets are in high demand for the Dutch producer who was ranked #6 on last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 list.What: Fedde Le Grand vs Mark KnightWhen: 3/21Where: Space (Terrace)Who: Fedde Le Frand, Mark KnightWhy: Fedde and Mark Knight are set to put on a clinic with a marathon set that promises to go into the early hours of the morning.What: Ferry Corsten And FriendsWhen: 3/21Where: Space (Main Room)Who: Ferry Corsten, Tritonal, BassjackersWhy: Trance legend Ferry Corsten brings a solid lineup to Space’s Main Room. Ferry’s sets in Miami for Ultra weekend are always incredible, so expect nothing less.What: Sebastian IngrossoWhen: 3/21Where: StoryWho: Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Otto KnowsWhy: Sebastian Ingrosso is bringing along two of his collaborators along for this huge show. Ingrosso and Trash are responsible for the banger ‘Reload’.What: Smog Vs BassheadWhen: 3/21Where: MekkaWho: 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Doctor P, Dirtyphonics, Caspa, Flinch, Goldie, UZ, Craze, Carnage, Bro Safari, Koan Sound, Zomboy, MoreWhy: Who isn’t on this lineup? The craziest bass fueled lineup of the year is at Mekka, featuring some of the biggest names in dustup, trap, moombahton, and drum and bass filtered over 5 stages.What: Richie Hawtin Presents EnterWhen: 3/22Where: MansionWho: Richie Hawtin, Gaiser, Paco OsunaWhy: Richie Hawtin has been bringing his ‘Enter’ production across the country this year, trying to present underground dance music to a wider audience. He’s bringing Paco Osuna, who is one of the most successful producers from Spain, along with a live set from Gaiser for this epic show.What: FUCK ME I’M FAMOUSWhen: 3/22Where: StoryWho: David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Daddy’s GrooveWhy: Electronic Dance Music as a genre owes much of it’s success to David Guetta, who’s crossover hits were some of the first EDM tracks to be consistent radio hits. See him spin all of the classics and some special mixes at Story.What: Danny Tenaglia Classics: Past, Present, and FutureWhen: 3/22Where: ScoreWho: Danny TenagliaWhy: Legendary DJ Danny Tenaglia takes the decks for his yearly ‘Classics’ show at Score.What: KaskadeWhen: 3/22Where: LIVWho: KaskadeWhy: Kaskade’s second big show of the week, this time at LIV. He always throws down here so try to catch this one.What: PRYDAWhen: 3/22Where: Space (Terrace)Who: Eric Prydz, Fehrplay, Pete Tong, Joris Voorn b2b Nic FanciulliWhy: The legendary Eric Prydz is responsible for some of the biggest dance music hits of all time. He’s bringing an all star cast to Space’s Terrace for this awesome show.What: JACKEDWhen: 3/23Where: MansionWho: Afrojack, Quintino, Shermanology, Bobby Burns, Leroy StylesWhy: Afrojack’s bringing the whole Jacked crew to Mansion for this throwdown. Last year’s Jacked party was one of the most talked about of the whole week.What: Boys Noize Records – Miami NoizeWhen: 3/23Where: TherapyWho: Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, Para One, Le1f, Destructo, Franki Chan,Why: Boys Noize’s latest album was fantastic, which is par for the course for this producer. He’s joined by Zeds Dead and a host of other artists, in addition to some promised special guests.What: Erick Morillo Birthday PartyWhen: 3/23Where: LIVWho: Erick Morillo, Sunnery James and Ryan MarcianoWhy: Erick Morillo’s birthday parties are always one of the biggest events during Miami Music Week – you never know who’s going to show up. Expect nothing less from this one.What: Gareth Emery Presents GarudaWhen: 3/23Where: ArkadiaWho: Gareth Emery, Ben Gold, Blake Jarrel, Craig ConnellyWhy: Gareth Emery is really all over Miami Music Week this year, but this is probably the most intimate chance to catch the producer and his Garuda crew.What: Thomas GoldWhen: 3/23Where: MYNTWho: Thomas GoldWhy: Thomas Gold is another guy who’s all over the place this year, and this is a great chance to catch him in a smaller venue.What: APRESWhen: 3/23Where: MekkaWho: Mimosa, Griz, Michael Menert, Break Science, Keys N Krates, Grandtheft, Thugli, Gladkill, Paul Basic, MoreWhy: This monstrous lineup was put together by Pretty Lights Music, Embrace, TSIS and Headtron. Check it out because it’s insane.What: Markus Schulz b2b Ferry CorstenWhen: 3/24Where: MansionWho: Markus Schulz b2b Ferry CorstenWhy: The two legendary producers, responsible for co-producing the banger ‘Loops And Tings’, come together for what is sure to be a legendary set.What: Armin Van BuurenWhen: 3/24Where: StoryWho:Armin Van Buuren, W&WWhy: It only makes sense that the world’s #1 DJ closes down Miami Music Week. This show is going to be insane.What: ShowlandWhen: 3/24Where: Wall @ The WWho: Swanky Tunes, Hard Rock Sofa, Special GuestWhy: Hard hitting electro house is taking over Wall with Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa manning the decks.
Trey Anastasio loves to joke around and last night in Seattle no different. Upon playing “Wilson” he asked his fans in spirit of the upcoming football season each time QB Russell Wilson goes onto the field to chant Wiillllsoonnnn. Here’s exactly what Trey said to his fans:“Now you guys gotta help me with this. First of all, it’s a thrill to be here in Seattle, playing. This is how you have to help me out: I wanted to do this all last football season but I don’t really know how we’re going to pull this off. “We” I say because we’re going to do this together. But by next season, every time Russell Wilson walks onto the field…we want the organ player…I think you know where I’m going with this – you guys gotta help me out somehow. Social media – and tell your friends! Somebody has to make this happen because for 30 years we’ve been waiting for someone with the name to make Wilson be a sports star. So I’ll play the song – you guys make it happen!”Video:Cited From: Jam Base http://www.jambase.com/Articles/118407/Trey-Anastasio-Lobbies-For-Russell-Wilson-Seattle-Seahawks-Chant
It’s Vegas pool season again, and one of the most exciting day parties of the week is shaping up to be Wet Wonderland at Marquee Day Club in The Cosmopolitan Hotel. The party, which will take place every Saturday starting April 27th, is a collaboration between Marquee and Insomniac Events, creators of festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Forest. With such heavyweights on board, you know these parties are going to be absolutely wild.And of course, you can expect only the highest level of international DJ talent. The party will kick off with a set from Avicii, and the upcoming schedule already includes visits from Armin Van Buuren and Gareth Emery, among others. You can also expect secret surprise guests to pop up, as well as the top notch production values you’re used to at Marquee and Insomniac’s events.Marquee partner Jason Strauss described the benefits of having Insomniac on board, saying “Insomniac is a masterful event producer and their unmatched festival experience will deliver a new atmosphere to the Marquee Dayclub venue, creating an amazing daytime party each Saturday.” Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella is equally enthused, noting “I’m very excited that, for the second year in a row, Wet Wonderland will provide a unique experience for guests to be by the pool listening to their favorite DJs while circus-like performers and the energy that our fans bring add to the fun.”Wet Wonderland will take place every Saturday starting April 27th through the Summer season. You can see the first set of performers below: April/May Wet Wonderland Line Up:27-Apr Avicii4-May Armin Van Buuren11-May Cosmic Gate18-May Benny Benassi25-May Gareth EmeryTickets are available now, here.
Dylan’s 100 Finest Songs: An Interview with Jim Beviglia By Bob Wilson & Gloria KeeleyCounting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs (Scarecrow Press, 2013) is a work that is bound to spur debate among the throng of the Dylan faithful, so much so that Jim Beviglia instinctively began to duck before the ink on his tome was dry. Beviglia has an infatuation with the term ‘titular.’ A definition of the word is: “denoting a person or thing from which the name of an artistic work is taken.” It certainly is a word that fits right down in the groove of ‘rock and roll’s most colorful chameleon.’The work is captivating for the casual observer, the ‘Dylanologist,’ and those filling all spaces in between. The tracks were chosen from the released catalog and not from unofficial ‘bootleg’ releases, and each song receives a concise essay. Like a miner seeking gold, Beviglia often strikes a vein of ore in affording proper justification for his picks in his summations. That is not to say that the list is definitive, or that all will nod in agreement with his choices. The charm in such a work is to set a foundation for discussion amongst the passionate. The work is designed to lead the reader into a comparison of his own opinions with those expressed by the author, and those of other fans.Beviglia told Live For Live Music that the book is a “jumping off point” for discussion. He added that “the ratings are kind of like a hook” and that the goal is to “celebrate Dylan’s music.” The author mused that even an album that is sometimes overlooked, like The Times They Are A-Changin, contains enough genius to justify the overall career of most any other songwriter. Dylan is so “special,” the author reminds us, that in time he may be recalled in much the same manner that Shakespeare is studied and reflected upon today.The insights of others into the lyrics of Dylan can be an enjoyable pastime, as it is here. Two of Jim’s choices from the Biograph box set release drew me to consider their lyrics afresh. “Up To Me” and “Abandoned Love” were recorded in the Blood On The Tracks and Desire sessions and were left off of the track list for the final releases. These ‘out-takes’ would possibly be the finest songs that many in the music industry might ever muster. Yet, with a talent as prodigious as Dylan’s, they nearly were left unreleased and unheard by the record buying public. This taken in conjunction with the fact that Dylan came on the scene while JFK led us through the Cuban Missile Crisis, speaks to the caliber and longevity of his muse.Beviglia finds Dylan at his best “when he goes for broke.” Many feel Dylan never went for it more than with “Visions of Johanna,” as does this writer. Beviglia lists these songs at #13, which made me a tad bit annoyed. His own #1 is a song from 1965 that closes out Dylan’s first double album (no ‘spoiler’ here for the top of the chart). After exhaling a deep breath, I did find myself simpatico with his analysis of each of these songs.Live For Live Music asked Beviglia for some top list opinions, just for fun. His favorite cover of a Dylan song is Diana Krall’s ‘A Simple Twist of Fate.’ His #1 choice for a song that rises to a higher plane live is “I Don’t Believe You,’ from The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. The author found that it was hard to associate this with the acoustic version released on Another Side of Bob Dylan. “The band banging away,” he said, “kind of transformed” it, turning it into “a colossal song.”When asked for the three releases he would bring with him to a desert island, Beviglia chose ‘Blonde On Blonde,’ ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin.’ “Blonde” is beloved for the “sheer scale of all those great songs.” He remarked that ‘Blood’ is “the best album about relationships that’s ever been written.” And then he asked rhetorically, “How do you go wrong with that lineup of songs?”In order to spur a reaction among the Dylan-heads, I asked what song Beviglia could most live without. After hesitating at the prospect of drawing the wrath of the faithful, he chose ‘The Ugliest Girl in the World,” co-written with the Grateful Dead’s lyricist Robert Hunter. He found Dylan’s part in it to be “mailed in.”Beviglia has only seen Dylan live twice and he is not one of the collector’s who have nearly every Dylan show ever recorded. His knowledge of the officially released catalog, however, is quite impressive. He has given Dylan fans a book to enjoy and inspire opinionated debate. The author has given us the opportunity to have another excuse to go back and reconsider some tracks that we may have overlooked. For that, we owe him a debt of thanks. For more of what the list contains, we recommend you purchase the tome for your library.Sometime near summer, we can look forward to Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs. Bruce’s studio work may have been sometimes unfairly under-appreciated, due to the juggernaut of his live performances. Beviglia plans on calling attention to that, helping us to expand our debates into the swamps of Jersey. Order Jim Beviglia’s Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs here.
In a press conference, hard rockers Mötley Crüe announced that they would be officially retiring after an extensive 72-date tour. To emphasize the point, each of the band’s four founding members signed a “Cessation Of Touring Agreement” during the conference, preventing any of them from using the band’s name or logo in future performances.Why? Well, according to lead singer Vince Neil, the band “want(s) to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue, and go out on top.” Nikki Sixx agreed, saying that the members “started talking about how we want to go out. We don’t want to hobble off into the sunset.”The band hits the road on July 2nd, touring with fellow rocker Alice Cooper as a special guest. Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, February 5th, and some concerts are as cheap as $15, allowing all of Motley’s fans to say a proper goodbye.Motley Crue/Alice Cooper Tour Dates:7/2/2014 — Grand Rapids, MI — Van Andel Arena7/4/2014 — Milwaukee, WI — Summerfest7/5/2014 — Noblesville, IN — Klipsch Music Center7/6/2014 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center7/8/2014 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center7/9/2014 — Maryland Heights, MO — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre7/11/2014 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena7/12/2014 — Wichita, KS — INTRUST Bank Arena7/13/2014 — Tulsa, OK — BOK Center7/15/2014 — Cedar Park, TX — Cedar Park Center7/16/2014 — Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion7/18/2014 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater7/19/2014 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak-Chin Pavilion7/21/2014 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl7/22/2014 — Irvine, CA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre7/23/2014 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre7/25/2014 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center7/26/2014 — Ridgefield, WA — Sleep County Amphitheatre7/27/2014 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre7/29/2014 — Wheatland, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre7/30/2014 — Chula Vista, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre8/1/2014 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre8/2/2014 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center8/3/2014 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center8/5/2014 — Sturgis, SD — Sturgis Buffalo Chip8/6/2014 — Sioux City, IA — Tyson Events Center8/8/2014 — Tinley Park, IL — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre8/9/2014 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre8/10/2014 — Toronto, ON — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre8/12/2014 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center8/13/2014 — Burgettstown, PA — First Niagara Pavilion8/15/2014 — Pelham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre8/16/2014 — Alpharetta, GA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park8/17/2014 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre8/19/2014 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion8/20/2014 — Virginia Beach, VA — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach8/22/2014 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live8/23/2014 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center8/24/2014 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center8/26/2014 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Saratoga Perf. Arts Center8/27/2014 — Allentown, PA — Great Allentown Fair8/29/2014 — Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater8/30/2014 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center8/31/2014 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center10/10/2014 – Oklahoma City, OK — Chesapeake Arena10/11/2014 — The Woodlands, TX — Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion10/12/2014 — Bossier City, LA — CenturyLink Center10/14/2014 — Louisville, KY — KFC Yum! Center10/15/2014 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena10/17/2014 — Hollywood, FL — Seminole Hard Rock Live10/19/2014 — Jacksonville, FL — Veterans Memorial Arena10/21/2014 — Greenville, SC — Bon Secours Wellness Arena10/22/2014 — Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum10/25/2014 — Atlantic City, NJ — Borgata Event Center10/26/2014 — Montville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena10/29/2014 — Syracuse, NY — The OnCenter Complex11/5/2014 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum11/6/2014 — Southaven, MS — Landers Center11/9/2014 — Moline, IL — iWireless Center11/11/2014 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center11/12/2014 — Madison, WI — Alliant Energy Center11/13/2014 — Omaha, NE — CenturyLink Center11/15/2014 — St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center11/16/2014 — Fargo, ND — FargoDome11/18/2014 — Edmonton, AB — Rexall Place11/19/2014 — Calgary, AB — Scotiabank Saddledome11/21/2014 — Vancouver, BC — Rogers Arena-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have announced a three-night run at New York City’s historic Apollo Theatre from Dec. 4th-6th, along with a two-night stint at San Francisco’s The Fillmore on Dec. 30th and 31st. Jones and her spectacular band have been touring heavily the past eight months in support of her most recent album Give the People What They Want. The group will be on tour in Europe from the end of October through the end of November.Jones has also been slated to sing the National Anthem at tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks at Maryland’s FedExField which begins at 8:30pm EST. The whole month of October is part of the NFL’s “Crucial Catch” Breast Cancer Awareness program, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, which is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older.Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel, as well as additional on-field and in-stadium branding – all to help raise awareness for this important campaign. Jones survived a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2013, and is also an advocate for annual cancer screenings.Much of the apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins will be auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program.
After they surprisingly turned up on the Coachella lineup, famed classic rock group Steely Dan announced a string of Spring tour dates. Now, the rockers have revealed plans for an extensive summer tour, with support from Elvis Costello & The Imposters.The groups will start with a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 6, making their way across the country for a monthlong tour that ends on August 12th in Florida. The full details, including ticket on-sale times, can be seen below.Steely Dan Summer Tour 20157/06 Denver CO Red Rocks | On Sale Feb 20 7/09 Seattle WA White River Amp. | On Sale tbd 7/13 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl | On Sale Feb 20 7/15 Albuquerque NM Isleta | On Sale tbd 7/17 Austin TX 360 | On Sale tbd 7/18 Houston TX Woodlands | On Sale Feb 20 7/19 Dallas TX Gexa | On Sale tbd 7/22 Maryland Heights MO Riverport | On Sale Feb 21 7/24 ** Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival | On Sale Apr 28 7/25 ** Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival | On Sale Apr 28 7/27 Clarkston MI Pine Knob | On Sale tbd 7/28 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom | On Sale Feb 20 7/30 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank | On Sale Feb 20 7/31 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank | On Sale Feb 20 8/01 Holmdel NJ PNC Arts Ctr | On Sale tbd 8/03 Camden NJ E Center | On Sale tbd 8/05 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube | On Sale Feb 21 8/06 Raleigh NC Walnut Creek | On Sale Feb 21 8/09 Atlanta GA Chastain | On Sale tbd 8/11 Tampa FL Mid Florida | On Sale tbd 8/12 West Palm Beach FL Cruzan tbdElvis Costello & The Imposters to open all dates except those with **[Via Jambase]
Four years is a long time between albums these days. In an era of instant gratification and all the music of the world at your fingertips, the modern music fan is not equipped with patience. When My Morning Jacket releases their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall (ATO/Capital Records), on May 4th, you’ll hear exactly why it was worth the wait.It’s not as if the band has been dormant since their last release in 2011, however. Most of the members have been busy with side projects, including front man Jim James’ solo record, and his work with super groups The New Basement Tapes and The New Multitudes. Also for the past two winters, MMJ hosted its own destination festival, One Big Holiday in Mexico (read L4LM’s review of the event here). The band debuted three songs off The Waterfall at the event.Simply due to My Morning Jacket’s place in the music scene, half way between indie band and jam band, they may have already hit their popularity peak. On their upcoming tour, MMJ is playing multiple-night runs at large theatres with some amphitheaters mixed in. They may never play stadiums and they may never headline mainstream music festivals, but the next two years will go a long way towards cementing MMJ’s legacy as one of the best live act that music has to offer.This two-year stretch is important, because even though MMJ fans had to wait for this record, they won’t have to wait longer than a year for the next. The band confirmed they are planning another full-length release in the spring of 2016 and will conduct full tours promoting both albums.2011’s effort, Circuital, was an album met with mixed reactions from the band’s core fans, as it was a complete departure from the their earlier work. The Waterfall continues on the same track as Circuital, but also incorporates the best elements of the band’s earlier sound. The album’s similarities to Circuital shouldn’t be too surprising, as producer Tucker Martine returns on this one. The album begins with James in a Willy Wonka-esque intro, before “Believe (Nobody Knows)” really kicks in and instantly transports you to a place where you can imagine where the band will take this one live. The chorus repeats: “Believe, believe, believe. Nobody knows for sure;” it’s almost as if James is willing the album to the heights that critics say the band hasn’t reached since 2005. The album starts off strong; the second track, “Compound Fracture,” is an attention-grabbing dance tune that blends 80s synth-rock and retro soul with early 2000s indie pop. This song is a good example of what The Waterfall does best. It provides a musical timeline by intertwining eras and genres in a very natural way.“Like A River” is a brooding song that you get lost in. A simple melody entwined with James’ patented, soothing falsetto puts you in a scene not dissimilar to the one set by the Stinson Beach, CA house, where the majority of The Waterfall was recorded. That haze continues into “In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)” before the song morphs into something else entirely. “In Its Infancy” is a song that would fit right in on Circuital; a mix of 70s rock influences, big arena sound in parts and lyrics that may offer an introspective of the band’s time creating this album: “Again I stopped the waterfall by simply thinking.Again I stopped the waterfall before my breathing. Again I stopped the waterfall by finally feeling.Again I stopped the waterfall by just believing.”The album lowers the energy a bit with “Get The Point” and starts building momentum again with “Spring (Among the Living).” This is the most musically intense song on the album, and it is definitely a builder. One of MMJ’s greatest techniques in the live setting is their ability to build the crowd’s energy throughout a song until it finally reaches its climax and leads to one of those concert moments that get etched in your brain. “Spring (Among the Living)” will be one of the songs to do that on future Jacket set lists. It introduces layer upon layer of sound throughout, forcing you to move your body more and more. “Thin Line” is another song that does a masterful job up coalescing sounds from different eras. The song begins sounding like a Blondie song stolen from Motown and finishes with intense guitar work that brings it back to the current day.“Big Decisions” follows, the first single off The Waterfall. This is the most radio-friendly song on the album and has already drawn comparisons to “Off The Record,” from 2005’s Z, which has always brought the ire of a part of the fan base. The band did a great job of creating something that is both enjoyable for their core fan but also accessible to the casual listener alike.Determining the best songs on the album after only a few listens is a fool’s errand- especially with such a varied release as this. With that said, “Tropics (Erase Traces)” may be the leader in the clubhouse. The tantalizing one-plus minute lead-in takes you into a psychedelic jam that is a great song on record and will take on even further life in concert. Being a live music fan first always leads me to think about where songs will fit on a set list, and “Tropics” seems like it would fit neatly as the first song after a rousing encore.The Waterfall is an album that needs time. It is an album that is greater than the sum of its parts and deserves to be consumed as a single piece of art. As a band that lives and dies with their live performances, The Waterfall is an effort that provides for a great listen on record but also allows for unlimited potential on stage- which is all that My Morning Jacket fans could ask for.Key Songs: Compound Fracture, Spring (Among the Living), Tropics (Erase Traces)The Waterfall Tracklist:1. Believe (Nobody Knows)2. Compound Fracture3. Like A River4. In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)5. Get The Point6. Spring (Among the Living)7. Thin Line8. Big Decisions9. Tropics (Erase Traces)10. Only Memories RemainTour Dates:05/15/2015 Athens, GA – GEORGIA THEATRE – Sold Out05/16/2015 Gulf Shores, AL – HANGOUT MUSIC FEST05/16/2015 Knoxville, TN – TENNESSEE THEATRE – Sold Out05/17/2015 Gulf Shores, AL – HANGOUT MUSIC FEST05/23/2015 Boston, MA – BOSTON CALLING06/03/2015 Cleveland, OH – STATE THEATRE AT PLAYHOUSE SQUARE06/04/2015 Pittsburgh, PA – STAGE AE06/05/2015 New York City, NY – GOVERNORS BALL MUSIC FESTIVAL06/06/2015 Toronto, ON Canada – FIELD TRIP FEST06/07/2015 Toronto, ON Canada – FIELD TRIP FEST06/09/2015 Chicago, IL – CHICAGO THEATRE06/10/2015 Chicago, IL – CHICAGO THEATRE06/11/2015 Chicago, IL – CHICAGO THEATRE06/13/2015 Manchester, TN – BONNAROO06/16/2015 Detroit, MI – THE FILLMORE06/17/2015 Detroit, MI – THE FILLMORE06/19/2015 Waverly, IA – GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD STOPOVER – WAVERLY06/20/2015 Milwaukee, WI – RIVERSIDE THEATRE06/21/2015 Milwaukee, WI – RIVERSIDE THEATRE06/23/2015 Columbus, OH – PALACE THEATRE06/24/2015 Columbus, OH – PALACE THEATRE06/26/2015 Minneapolis, MN – NORTHROP AUDITORIUM06/27/2015 Minneapolis, MN – NORTHROP AUDITORIUM07/17/2015 Louisville, KY – FORECASTLE FESTIVAL @ WATERFRONT PARK07/18/2015 Louisville, KY – FORECASTLE FESTIVAL @ WATERFRONT PARK07/19/2015 Louisville, KY – FORECASTLE FESTIVAL @ WATERFRONT PARK07/21/2015 Charlottesville, VA – NTELOS WIRELESS PAVILLION07/22/2015 Lewiston, NY – ARTPARK07/25/2015 Camden, NJ – XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL AT SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER07/26/2015 Columbia, MD – MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION07/28/2015 Raleigh, NC – RED HAT AMPHITHEATRE07/29/2015 Charlotte, NC – TIME WARNER CABLE UPTOWN AMPHITHEATRE07/31/2015 New Orleans, LA – BOLD SPHERE MUSIC AT CHAMPIONS SQUARE08/01/2015 St. Augustine, FL – ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATER08/03/2015 Miami Beach, FL – FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH08/04/2015 Orlando, FL – HARD ROCK LIVE08/07/2015 Atlanta, GA – FOX THEATRE08/08/2015 Atlanta, GA – FOX THEATRE08/10/2015 Birmingham, AL – BJCC CONCERT HALL08/12/2015 St. Louis, MO – PEABODY OPERA HOUSE08/13/2015 Kansas City, MO – STARLIGHT THEATRE08/14/2015 Morrison, CO – RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE08/30/2015 Paris, France – ROCK EN SEINE09/01/2015 Antwerpen, Belgium – RIVIERENHOF AMPHITHEATRE09/02/2015 Köln, Germany – GLORIA09/04/2015 Stradbally Village, Ireland – ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL09/04/2015 Salisbury, United Kingdom – END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL09/05/2015 Stradbally Village, Ireland – ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL09/06/2015 Manchester, United Kingdom – THE RITZ09/06/2015 Stradbally Village, Ireland – ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL09/06/2015 Salisbury, United Kingdom – END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL09/08/2015 London, United Kingdom – O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE09/10/2015 Amsterdam, Netherlands – PARADISO09/12/2015 Groningen, Netherlands – TAKE ROOT FESTIVAL09/13/2015 Berlin, Germany – LOLLAPALOOZA
Live for Live Music and Live for Live NOLA are proud to present a very special evening with Grammy Award-winning jazz-fusion ensemble, Snarky Puppy. The event will take place on Sunday, September 13th at the Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans. Get tickets here.Fans have been begging for Snarky Puppy’s return to the Big Easy since their 2015 Jazz Fest set unfortunately got rained out. This will be their first NOLA venue appearance in over a year and a half.An Inside Look At Snarky Puppy’s New Orchestral Collaboration, ‘Sylva’Led by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, Snarky Puppy is anything but the norm. By fusing orchestral elements with jazz, funk, soul and everything in between, the multi-piece collective has created something never been done before. Snarky is always looking to expand their horizons and explore new techniques and styles, all the while keeping one foot firmly planted in classical jazz roots with a highly trained and fine-tuned musical background.The energy of a Snarky Puppy show is a sight to behold. Fans of all generations can appreciate the level of talent and effort that these guys put into both their compositions and their live show. From performing with the world-famous Metropole Orkest, to playing in the Bonnaroo SuperJam with a wide array of artists like Pretty Lights and Eric Krasno, to getting funky late-night in the Jam Cruise jam room, their approach to music is incredibly dynamic. There’s a reason they are not only well-loved by fans, but by many of the most well-respected artists themselves.Purchase tickets to Snarky Puppy at the Howlin’ Wolf NOLA for Sunday, September 13th at 9 PM here.Win (2) tickets by entering the contest below:
In anticipation of the release of their forthcoming album, Born In The Echoes (which drops July 24th via Astralwerks), The Chemical Brothers recently released two tracks from the album, the minimal, chilled out “Wide Open” which features Beck, and funky-dance number “Go” with Q-Tip. The album also features a guest apperance from St. Vincent.Take a listen to the Beck track, via L.A. radio station KEXP at this link. You can check out “Go” featuring Q-Tip below:The Chemical Brothers currently have tour dates around the world, which you can peruse via the group’s Facebook page.