12.31.2014 - The Tabernacle (Abby Fox)

Umphrey’s McGee and Lettuce Announce Northeast Run

Umphrey’s McGee will be headlining four nights ‘on the water’ in the Northeast with Lettuce this July! The tour starts Thursday, July 16th, in Boston an the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. The following three nights will be in Asbury Park at The Stone Pony Summer Stage 7/17, the River Stage on Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia 7/18, and Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore 7/19.

Tickets will be available pre-sale through Umphrey’s Ticketing at 12:00 pm ET on March 4th; general on sale tickets will be available on March 7th at 12:00 pm.

 

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Four Tet’s New Album is Done!

Sunday afternoon, minimalist electronic producer Four Tet took to Twitter to tell his followers that his “new album is done.”

The upcoming LP will be Four Tet’s first release since October 2013’s Beautiful Rewind. Earlier this month, Four Tet had announced on Twitter he was “working on the album.” The new album is expected to release later this year.

Earlier this month, Kieran Hebden released a full-length LP under his Percussions alias, 2011 until 2014.

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Susquehanna Breakdown Lineup Announced

Cabinet will host their 3rd annual music festival, the Susquehanna Breakdown, on May 8-9th at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The lineup includes Cabinet, Bill Evans’ Soulgrass, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ryan Montbleau, and many more!

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Pretty Lights Announces Two Nights in Telluride’s Town Park

Pretty Lights will be the first ever electronic act to perform in the beautiful Telluride Town Park, Colorado. The event on August 28 – 29th will consist of two full nights of live music and camping under the stars in Telluride, CO in true Pretty Lights form.

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All Good 2015 Initial Lineup Announcement

All Good is back! After a one year hiatus, the All Good Music Festival & Camp Out is back and will take place on July 9 – 11 at Berry Hill Farm in Summit Point, West Virginia. Primus, moe., and Cake are set to headline the 18th annual All Good festival, more lineup and ticket info after the break!

 

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New Music: Wink’s Advantageous Adventure to the Purple Bass Road

Photo by Eric Rowling Photography

Photo by Eric Rowling Photography

Prepare your ears for a double dose of psychedelic, glitchy goodness. Electronic music DJ and producer Wink, aka Jason Winkleman, just released his new mix “Follow The Purple Bass Road” and original track “Echoes of the Past” on his SoundCloud, both of which are guaranteed to bring a smile to any trippy music loving listener. You can hear the tracks below:

This mix perfectly exemplifies Wink’s talent as a DJ. Starting slow with deep bass and drum patterns that draw the listener in, it progresses to melodies that grab your attention before dropping into some seriously funky tunes that make it almost impossible to resist the urge to dance along. This mix gives a wonderful taste of what you would hear from a live Wink set. I can clearly visualize a crowd becoming more and more entranced in the music, for he has an incredible ability to read a crowd’s energy and certainly knows how to play to his audience.

The first time I met Jason he was DJing a summer house party, little did I know in just a few short years his career would be taking off. Producing passionate yet danceable tracks such as “Echoes of the Past” it is obvious why he is appearing on show bookings with the likes of Phutureprimitive, Space Jesus and Freddy Todd as well as incredible festival lineups such as F.A.R.M. Fest and most recently Portal of Love which took place in the Museum of Sex and featured ill-Esha, Branx, and Brightside among many others. I was able to catch up with Jason to get some information about the new mix, his creative process and upcoming shows in Pittsburgh.

What was the inspiration behind “Follow The Purple Bass Road”?

The Wizard of Oz is a journey. It takes you through the ups and downs of a wild fantasy.  Through my mix, I hoped to take the listeners down an auditory freeway filled with twists and turns.

The album art is incredible.

The artwork was done by Ethan Melazzo aka the Owlchemist.  I gave him a few ideas for the artwork and he brought them to life in such an amazing way.  His art captured the essence of this mix and how colorful, erratic glitch music can touch the soul.

How do you prepare for a live set? How does it differ from creating a mix to post online?

To prepare for shows I like to have large lists of tracks, but I always deviate and pull random tunes from my arsenal as well as use samples from YouTube videos and funny movies to add a sense of humor to the mix.  When I’m creating a mix online I like to showcase the music and let it speak for itself, focusing on smooth transitions and the overall flow of the music and not attempting to be flashy – I save the good stuff for the people who come out and support the live show because that’s when the listeners can dive in head first and be consumed by the basslines and complex melodies.

Can you give us some insight to your process of creating an original track?

I have no process for creating original tracks.  I start with a random sound and then I put in some other random sounds until I like it and continue or hate it and scrap it for later…or never.

What was it like playing a show in the Museum of Sex?

The Museum of Sex show was amazing, I got to play set breaks for a jazz band for half the night and then I played for two and a half hours to close the night.  The vibe was great and people were dancing like monsters.

Can you tell us what to expect from your upcoming show with Shpongle and Phutureprimitive in Pittsburgh on March 31st?

I have a lot planned for the Shpongle show.  I have seen Simon play many times as well as the live band twice, so I am so stoked to have the opportunity to share the stage with such a delightfully talented individual!

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me!

No problem!  Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and enjoy. I work hard to get the freshest tracks and am a stickler for perfection when it comes to my own tracks, it’s been over a year since the last one, so I am happy that I finally can share another original with you guys as well as a mix that I’m sure will get bodies moving.

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Photo by Eric Rowling Photography

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area make sure to check out Wink’s up coming shows at Mr. Small’s Theatre. Catch him there this Friday (February 27th) for Creative .Life. Support Revival Series Presents: Bring The Funk ft. The Clock Reads, Wink, Jude Benedict and the Last Drop, Trace the Pattern and again March 31st for SHPONGLE: Simon Posford Presents the Shpongletron 3.1 with special guests Phutureprimitive & Wink. You can buy tickets for that show here.

Philadelphia: keep your eyes pealed for a special date in March! As for (some of) the rest of you, there will be an east coast run happening in April.

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Lurkin’ : An Interview with Jonathan Scales of the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

On Thursday, February 19th, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra generously played a free show at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, with the Nth Power. Just three months ago, They were playing a show with Turkuaz in the same venue.

As if Pittsburgh wasn’t feeling the love already, they’re back again tonight at the Thunderbird Cafe, opening for Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy. Scales is currently working on a DVD of live show videos, part of which comes from their December performance opening for Turkuaz. The DVD is set to release April 1st this year.

Slushy snow and bitter cold threatened the city, but the jazz-fusion quartet, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, was like a glowing fire drawing us closer to the stage. Steel Pannist and Composer Jonathan Scales moves like a maestro, swaying his mallets as if he were directing a symphony in Heinz Hall.

After a mind-blowing performance, including an attention-grabbing solo by Bassist Cody Wright, Scales escorted me to a lounge upstairs. The room had a clean floor with cluttered desks lined up on the wall. I made myself comfortable on a burnt orange leather couch as Jonathan found an adjacent computer chair. Posters of numerous bands lined the wall, and the air was stale with a palimpsest of cigarette smoke, regardless of the blunt sign on the wall that demanded “No Smoking”.

Had the room been intimidating, it wouldn’t matter. The cool and kind demeanor of Scales made me feel like I was among an old friend, like we were catching up after years of silence. Talking to the press was business for him, but it surely didn’t feel like it to me.

You started playing the steel pans right when you entered Appalachian State University, where you received your degree for music composition. How did you become interested?

“I went to my college a week early, and I heard some friends talk about a steel pan group starting up at school. My friend wanted me to try out, but I wasn’t trying to start something new. There was a girl I went to high school with named Ashley Davis, and we went to the same college. She was a French horn player, and was trying out for the steel pan band. I knew that if she could do it, I could do it. I know that sounds terrible, but I wouldn’t be sitting here today, talking to you, if that never happened.”

“I had some drum-line experience before that, so I had some decent percussion chops. There were different spots open for the steel pan band, and I auditioned for the same spot as Ashley. I got it and she didn’t. She wasn’t mad, and we’re still friends today.”

“I didn’t think I could do it.  I didn’t want to try something new, partly because I just wanted to stay focused on music composition, and also because I thought I would fail, especially the first week of college. Seeing that she was trying it gave me the courage to try it.”

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