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The String Cheese Incident Pays a Visit to the Sirius XM Studio

Electro/Bluegrass/Funk specialists, The String Cheese Incident, stopped by the Sirius XM channel Jam On’s studio to perform a tasty version of their infectious dance-tune, “Rosie.”

With an upcoming New Year’s Eve run in Broomfield, Colorado, Cheese will march forward with tour stops across the country from December through February.

Take a minute out of your day to boogie and listen to my personal favorite set-opener from String Cheese!

Check out our writer Connor O’Flaherty’s review of his experience seeing Cheese at the Tower Theater (11/7/14) right here!

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Is an Oysterhead Reunion in the Near Future?

A recent interview from Stewart Copeland has hinted at the possibility of an Oysterhead reunion. The supergroup was formed in 2000 when Les Claypool of Primus was asked to make a band for the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Having worked with Copeland in the past, the former drummer of The Police and all-around percussion virtuoso, Claypool had another conversation with Phish guitarist and frontman Trey Anastasio about a possible collaboration, and thus, the all-star trio was born. Following the release of their funk-metal album, The Grand Pecking Order, and their Jazz Fest performance, Oysterhead kicked off an extensive tour through the U.S. and Canada in 2001.

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Talks of a reunion have been circulating for a few years now, mainly from Claypool, which can be seen in his Rolling Stone interview from 2013. “Ah…I don’t know what the hell is going on with Oysterhead. We always talk about it. There’s a lot of talk. I think it’s an itch we should start scratching here pretty soon. It’s been long overdue. But there’s a lot of exciting things going on, on all of our horizons – Phish is making a record right now, I’m about to start to play with Tim Alexander again and make a Primus record…”

Copeland’s recent comments in an interview with Radio.com have fans of the wacky and weird trio clamoring for another Oysterhead tour. “We haven’t actually all been in the same room at the same time for quite a while. I saw Trey not too long ago, I see Les all the time, and we all say, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna do it, we’re gonna do it!’ And we all love the idea, but the two other guys have working bands. I’ve got what I’m doing, but I’m probably a lot more available than they are. But when a hole in both of their schedules emerges, we’ll probably do something.”

From what it sounds like, none of them have the time right now to begin any sort of side project, but they are certainly entertaining the idea. With Claypool currently touring with Primus and Trey about to kick off a solo-tour following Phish’s 4-night New Year’s run in Miami, the soonest the trio would be able to get together and work on a new Oysterhead album would be this Spring, hopefully with a tour to follow. Interestingly enough, neither Trey, Claypool, or Copeland have plans on their websites during this time. Could this be information that points toward a reunion? Will we see Oysterhead back in the live music scene, having their first appearance together since their one-off reunion show at Bonnaroo in 2006?

Oysterhead has to be one of the most original acts to be born in the 2000’s. A reunion seems like a great idea to not only bring their unique style back to the scene, but also stir up some creativity and create excitement and inspiration in the minds of these musicians, hopefully transferring new energy to their main bands.

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Bear Creek Interview Series: Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee

Brendan Bayliss | Umphrey's McGee | Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival 2014

Brendan Bayliss | Umphrey’s McGee | Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival 2014

As if Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival couldn’t get better, we got to sit down with Brendan Bayliss, vocalist and guitarist of the collective badassery that is the band, Umphrey’s McGee. I couldn’t tell if it was the coffee I just drank to stay awake, or my sheer nerves that had my foot bouncing off the floor as I sat in front of one of my favorite musicians, but I did my best to keep it cool. Although I only had a few minutes with Bayliss, the conversation that followed my first question helped remind me that we’re all just people trying our best to do what we love. They were once nervous to step on stage and spill their guts through their instruments, hoping that people enjoyed what they were doing half as much as they did, just as I am nervous to sit down and converse with artists, hoping that I can get people to be half as excited reading it as I get while asking the questions. Practice and dedication lead to success, and Umphrey’s is rollin’ in it. In the few short moment I had, we talked about set lists, mash-ups, arena shows, and their New Years Eve run in Georgia. It’s refreshing to know that after about twenty years or two thousand shows, these guys can still be humbled by their experiences and their accomplishments. It makes me love them all the more! Continue reading

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Tour Announcement: alt-J’s 2015 North and South American Tour

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Although this is all happening next year, I can’t help but feel that Christmas is coming a little early.

Alt-J had just announced their 2015 North and South American Tour. It’s brief, with only 11 dates, yet my fellow Pittsburghers and I got lucky. They will be performing at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts on April 2nd. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, starting at 10am.

Also, be sure to catch their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live December 15th!

For those of you outside of Pittsburgh, here’s the complete list of tour dates:

alt-J 2015 North & South American Tour Dates

3/12-3/14 – Bogota, CO – Festival Estereo Picnic

3/14-15 – Santiago, CL – Lollapalooza Chile

3/21-22 – Buenos Aires, AR – Lollapalooza Argentina

3/28-29 – Sao Paulo, SP – Lollapalooza Brazil

3/30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

4/01 – Cleveland, OH – State Theater at Playhouse Square

4/02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center

4/03 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

4/04 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre

4/06 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry

4/08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chevy Bricktown Events Center

In addition to their 2015 tour dates, they will be finishing off the year with a series of radio shows:

alt-J Nov/ Dec Radio shows

11/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room Alt 103.3 Deck The Hall Ball – SOLD OUT

12/01 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion CD 102.5 Holiday Show – SOLD OUT

12/02 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom WLUM Big Snow Show 9 – SOLD OUT

12/03 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant KPNT HoHo Show – SOLD OUT

12/05 – Jacksonville, FL – Met Park Big Ticket 2014

12/06 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park 97X Next Big Thing ’14

12/12 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino 91X Wrex The Halls

12/13 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena Live 105’s Not So Silent Night

12/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

12/16 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom KNRK A December To Remember – SOLD OUT

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Show Preview: Interpol @ Terminal 5, 11/26/14

It’s a rare treat when a band can be continuously great for a few years, then go on hiatus and reunite to produce music that rivals the best in their discography. Interpol’s newest album, El Pintor, released earlier this year, sounds like it could have been recorded in 2008, around the time Our Love to Admire was released. While you want great musicians to mature and grow, you also want them to continue to do what makes them great. This is what I feel that Interpol has done.

Interpol are playing three nights back-to-back at New York’s Terminal 5, starting on the 24th. They will be supported by Hundred Waters, a Los Angeles-based band known for blending electronic and organic sounds to create “a beautiful blend of contradictions, mournful yet colorful, introverted yet aware.” Compared to Bjork and Four Tet, Hundred Waters create a sound that is haunting, mysterious and experimental.

These shows are sold out.

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Show Review: Twiddle @ The Bluebird Theater 11/15/14

All photos courtesy of Seth Palmer - Eyes Wide Shut Photography

All photos courtesy of Seth Palmer – Eyes Wide Shut Photography

I’m not sure I can honestly name the last time I left a show with my cheeks hurting from smiling so much. This was my reality after Twiddle rocked the Bluebird Theater in Denver last Saturday night. The smiles came from a combination of factors: great friends to enjoy the show with, song rarities, and one of the friendliest crowds of any event I have attended so far in Denver (and trust me, there have been quite a few). Continue reading