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WATCH: Up to Speed: Vickers, Dillon in spotlight WATCH: The Preview Show for Michigan Coors Light Pole Award winner Jeb Burton picks first stall off of pit road WATCH: NASCAR Next: Ryan Gifford FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos After winning his fourth pole of the season, Jeb Burton and his No. 4 team chose pit stall No. 2, which is the first stall at pit exit into Turn 1.In stall five, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader, Matt Crafton, who starts the race with a 52-point advantage over Burton, has the fifth stall with an opening behind him.At the start/finish line, Darrell Wallace Jr. is on the Turn 1 side in stall 22 and Max Gresham on the Turn 4 side across the opening in stall 24.Watch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200 live on FOX Sports 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET.MORE: WATCH: Fantasy Showdown: Previewing Michigan
Check out a full gallery of images below, courtesy of Sam Shinault Photography: Load remaining images Lake Street Dive, with supporting act The Suffers, is wrapping up the first leg of their East coast tour before heading out to Europe for a major tour. On Saturday night, March 19th, the band’s Side Pony Tour rolled into Richmond, VA for a sold out show at The National. Considering all the remaining dates of their US tour have sold out, expectations were quite high.The Suffers warmed up the crowd with their ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ groove that paired up well with the genre bending headliner’s sound. The Houston, TX based soul band had a big year in 2015, with performances at the Newport Folk Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, The Late Show with David Letterman, and NPR’s Tiny Desk. They laid down a great vibe that set the tone for Lake Street Dive’s set.Watch ‘The Suffers’ – NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert below:House lights turned down, just a hint of backlighting silhouetting the band, the cheers from the crowd growing increasingly louder, and Lake Street Dive took the stage! The band busted out into an adrenaline inducing version of ‘God Awful Things,’ a tune from their new album Side Pony that was released in February 2016 on Nonesuch Records.Mixing tracks from their new album in with old favorites like ‘Seventeen’, ‘Clear A Space’, “You Go Down Smooth’, and ‘Bad Self Portraits’ the band kept the crowd moving and shaking to their signature jazz/pop/folk rock sound. Mid-show, fans were treated to a special version of ‘Spectacular Failure’ featuring members from The Suffers horn section sitting in.The night came to a close with a rousing rendition of a track from their new album ‘Call Off Your Dogs’. With the crowd demanding more the 4 piece with special guest Kam Franklin from The Suffers returned to the stage for an encore performance of ‘What I’m Doing Here.’Lake Street Dive always puts on a spectacular show and leave you wanting more, amazed at the evolution of their sound as a band that is only getting better with age. LSD used some of that magic that can only be created by spending large amounts of time in a small smelly van on this next tune. For the 2nd encore the audience was left standing in awe as they contemplated in their heads “Is this real life?, Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.” Rachael Price used her sultry soulful sounding voice to wow the crowd with a jazzy version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that featured one of the sickest stand up bass solos I’ve ever seen/heard, performed by LSD’s resident bass wizardess Bridget Kearney. The perfect ending to the night!Watch Lake Street Dive perform ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ below:Visit Lake Street Dive’s website for tour dates and to purchase their new album Side Pony.
If you live in LA and have a ton of old clothes from the 80’s lying around, you are seriously in luck.Tomorrow night, Thursday July 7th a trio of beloved Saturday Night Live alums will gather at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse for a “Stop Making Sense”-inspired parody. Performing as the band Test Pattern, the hilarious trio will poke fun at the classic Talking Heads concert film with a fake performance, which will be filmed as the subject of a future episode of Documentary Now!, Hader and Armisen’s new show on IFC.The event has free entry for the first 200 people on line, and guaranteed prime placement if you come decked out in 80’s gear. See below for the event poster and Armisen’s Instagram post that announced the show.
One the all-time best hip hop collectives reunited this weekend for an almost unbelievable concert. Dungeon Family–the oversized Atlanta-area hip hop super group featuring Outkast, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, and many more–reunited for One MusicFest at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Lakewood, Georgia.First of all, the festival had a ridiculous lineup of Ice Cube, Erykah Badu, A$AP Ferg, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Gary Clark Jr., and Busta Rhymes, on top of scheduled sets from Dungeon Family members Big Boi, Goodie Mob, Cee Lo Green, Killer Mike, and Organize Noize. What. A. Lineup.The individual sets turned into one giant Dungeon Family party, with Andre 3000 making his surprise appearance early on in the set and staying there for the majority of the evening, spitting fire like he was a teenager again. With a live band and DJ combination backing them up, each member/group had their time in the sun. The show featured group blowouts like “Trans DF Express” alongside Outkast hits like “The Whole World”, and “So Fresh, So Clean”, Goodie Mobb hits like “Cell Therapy”, and solo songs like Cee Lo’s Gnarls Barkley mega-hit “Crazy” and Killer Mike’s “Never Scared”, which featured guest appearances by ATL natives T.I. and Bone Crusher.Perhaps the most surprising moment of the night, Erykah Badu hopped on stage with Outkast for “Liberation”, making a rare on-stage appearance with her ex-husband and father of her child Andre 3000. It was that kind of night, as the love on stage between the members of the Dungeon Family was clear. We hope this wasn’t a one-off, as a Dungeon Family tour would be truly epic.See below for a few videos from this incredible and rare performance (please excuse for the extremely heavy bass!!!!)Watch “Trans DF Express” with Dungeon Family, courtesy of YouTube user elbudooWatch “The Whole World” with Outkast and Killer Mike, courtesy of YouTube user AP MorinWatch Outkast perform “Hootie Hoo”, courtesy of elbudooWatch Cee Lo perform his Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy”, courtesy of YouTube user Spencer ClementsWatch “Liberation” with Outkast, Cee Lo, and Erykah Badu, courtesy of YouTube user Amber D Rampley
A staple on the New Orleans funk-jam live music scene, Organized Crime has been holding down support slots at the city’s top-tier venues: Tipitina’s, Howlin’ Wolf, House of Blues, and the Maple Leaf Bar.Forming the group initially as Hammond organ-based trio, members Andriu Yanovski, Patrick Kelleher and Henry Green immersed themselves in a musical lineage, aligned with active groups like Soulive and Medeski Martin & Wood, but with literacy all the way back to Blue Note funk jazz revolutionaries Jimmy Smith and Dr. Lonnie Smith.In keeping with the ethos of their city, they study the musical traditions of their elders with a deep respect for what came before. However, with their sound fine-tuned in the workshop of the New Orleans live-music world (members can be found as a band and also individually with NOLA regulars Brass-a-Holics, Magnetic Ear, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Sexual Thunder!, A.J. Hall and more) Organized Crime transcends their jazz, funk, gospel and R&B roots with a springboard to the future: their debut studio release, “Do You/?”Listen to the new track, below.<a href=”http://organizedcrimefunk.bandcamp.com/track/do-you”>Do You/? by Organized Crime</a>The track features soaring rock guitar tones with organ accompaniment, and virtuosic synth solos that make it easy to forget that this wall of sound is the product of a trio. Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Finney, who himself is steeped in the NOLA traditions (Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Dumpstaphunk) brings the sound to life. Informed by the inimitable musical past of the city but unafraid to dig in to the contemporary, Finney offers the same expertise of experience to OC that he has leveraged in cultivating The Revivalists, Sexual Thunder!, and Naughty Professor.Celebrating this release, OC joined Naughty Professor for a collaborative party at the Maple Leaf Bar, Saturday December 10. With a full-length release on the horizon, we can expect Organized Crime to transform their business from a scrappy sonic enterprise to no less than a full-blown musical cartel.
Quickly rising to the tops of Americana playlists everywhere, The Wood Brothers continue their hold on the live music scene with the announcement of a brand new album! Titled Live At The Barn, the new album showcases The Wood Brothers’ full live performance inside Levon Helm’s famed recording space, The Barn. The new Live At The Barn album is due out on January 13th.Taken from a performance on August 9th, 2016, the musical magic of The Barn only enhanced the band’s abilities. Says Oliver Wood, “We’re huge fans of Levon’s and count him as a big influence. Since we actually got to know him, his influence was more than musical—it was personal. He was one of those unique and powerful personalities, and I’ll always remember how gracious he was. We also got to know Levon’s daughter Amy quite well and have had great tours and collaborations with her. She’s a beautiful soul just like her dad, and we have fond memories of playing with both of them in that barn.”He adds, “It’s so intimate and casual that it feels less like a concert and more like a living room jam. The spirit in there is strong, from the history and the intent that Levon had when he built the place to all the great music and musicians that have played there.”Check out the first track from Live At The Barn below, a fitting cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” which premiered on Rolling Stone earlier today.You can find out more about Live At The Barn on the band’s website, and see both the tracklisting and full Wood Brothers tour schedule below.Live At The Barn Tracklisting1. Mary Anna2. I Got Loaded3. Tried & Tempted4. Trouble In Mind5. Who The Devil6. Wastin’ My Mind7. Postcards From Hell8. Honey Jar9. OpheliaThe Wood Brothers’ Tour ScheduleFeb. 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union TransferFeb. 3 – Albany, NY – Massry Center for the ArtsFeb. 4 – Portland, ME – State TheatreFeb. 6 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomFeb. 8 – Somerville, MA – Somerville TheatreFeb. 9 – Somerville, MA – Somerville TheatreFeb. 10 – New York, NY – Webster HallFeb. 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubFeb. 12 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance CenterFeb. 13 – Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb. 14 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood TheatreMar. 2 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North ParkMar. 3 – West Hollywood, CA – TroubadourMar. 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio TheatreMar. 7 – San Francisco, CA – The FillmoreMar. 8 – Chico, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing CompanyMar. 9 – Eugene, OR – McDonald TheaterMar. 10 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomMar. 11 – Seattle, WA – The Moore TheatreMar. 12 – Vancouver, BC – The ImperialApr. 7 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music HallApr. 8 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
The Brooklyn-born funk juggernaut, Lettuce, will be headed to Japan this year for three dates in late March. The run is set to hit Tokyo and Osaka, and each performance is to occur at the Billboard Live venue in those cities. The two dates in Tokyo fall on March 22nd and 23rd, and the third date in Osaka falls on the 24th. While it’s unlikely that many North American fans will be joining the band for this string of shows, many of us who can’t be there are hopeful that this trip will bring about another live album, like Lettuce’s previously released Live in Tokyo, born from their November 2003 performance at the Japanese jazz club, Blue Note.
PBS recently aired a new mini-series, American Epic, a three-part documentary, with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford as executive producers. American Epic explores early recording technology from the 1920’s and how it captured the sounds of some of the first musicians formative to the genres of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun, and folk music. The series can be seen here.For the occasion, Nas revisited “One Mic,” from his 2001 Stillmatic album, with Jack White on piano. Because of the nature of the special in using instruments from the 1920’s, the rapper utilized one single microphone along with a “recording device timed by a weight-driven system of clockwork gears” that presses the recording to vinyl as soon as the session is over. Watch the stunning rendition below:The series will also feature a full-length movie called The American Epic Sessions, during which various musicians come together to record on the primitive recording technology of the 1920’s. Artists to appear on The American Epic Sessions include Jack White, Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, and the film will be released on June 6th.[H/T Rolling Stone]
There is, quite simply, nothing like an Andy Frasco & The U.N. show. While other bands trudge through their setlists, these renegades fire off the songs from their four studio albums (including 2016’s breakthrough Happy Bastards) with explosive intensity–and leave fans with mile-wide grins. “Basically, we’re trying to freak people out,” explains Frasco. “I want people to be spiritually uplifted and happy–and also make them think a little bit.”On June 30th, Frasco and the U.N. will release a new CD/DVD on Ruf Records that captures all the full-throttle mayhem of the group’s live show. The group’s first live album, entitled Songs From The Road, will be released on June 30th. Says Frasco, “We’ve been asked for years now to make a live record and we’ve been reluctant to make one until we as a band felt we were ready… Well, after 10 years of dive bars and festivals working out all the songs we have written over the years, the day is finally here!” Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a new single, “Make It Work,” from the upcoming album. Says Frasco of the live cut off his 2016 studio LP “‘Make It Work’ was one of the first songs I wrote with my buddy Kenli to start the creation of Happy Bastards. Here’s a live version of my one of my favorite songs!”Stream the live version of “Make It Work” from Andy Frasco & The U.N.‘s Songs From The Road below:What’s captured on both CD and DVD on Songs From The Road isn’t just a regular show (even as much as no Frasco show is “just a regular show”)–It’s a street party! You join the band on Day 142 of their 2016 world tour, and in the sleepy German town of Bamberg, all hell is breaking loose. Fans invade the stage. Tubas are set on fire. And at the eye of the storm, there’s the frontman himself: a wild-haired whirling dervish who spends opening song “C Boogie” bucking his hips, hammering on his piano keys and dancing in the front row. “We’re recording a live album in your town,” Frasco announces to the crowd. “It’s gonna be awesome…”Live bands don’t get this good overnight. Frasco’s own story goes back to the suburbs of post-millennial Los Angeles, where at the tender age of 13, he used his industrial-strength charm to score a job as a record label executive, fitting math classes around business calls. At the young age of 16, he was touring the States with one of his signings. “I grew up too quickly,” he reflects. “I fell in love with the road and I just kept going. Failure was not an option for me.”In his early years as a hype man, Frasco always had charisma in spades, but he’ll admit that he “bullshitted my way til I finally learned how to sing and play piano”. In 2007, he pulled together The U.N. from the cream of the international scene and set out on a world tour that has never really ended. “This band is a group of gypsies,” he says. “We’ve been living in a van for ten years straight, doing 250 shows a year. That’s really not the norm. We’re basically blue-collar musicians, on the road every day, making a living. We might be sleeping on guitar cases, guitar amps, someone’s floor – but we’re happy. We’re fulfilling our dream.”Since the release of 2016’s Happy Bastards, everyone wants a piece of them. With material that took in funk, soul, rock, roots and the band’s self-styled “party blues,” this was an album that you knew would sound amazing live. Sure enough, when The U.N. took the stage in Bamberg, the songs like “Mature As Fuck” never sounded better. As he tells the crowd in the recording above, after after singing “Make It Work,” “That song was for the ladies. This next song is for the dudes. It’s called “Mature As Fuck.” Says Frasco, “That song is basically about doing stuff for yourself and not worrying what other people think of you, because you’re a grown-ass man.”Something for the ladies, something for the dudes, and a whole lot for anybody who gets their kicks from a cathartically unhinged rock and roll show. That’s what fans have to look forward to on Andy Frasco & The U.N.’s Songs From The Road, available on June 30th.You can see a full list of upcoming tour dates from Andy Frasco & The U.N. below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to Andy’s website.2017 Tour Dates:6/27: Boulder City, NV – Boulder Dam Brewing6/28: Boulder City, NV – Boulder Dam Brewing6/30: Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino7/8: Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley PavillionSun Valley, ID – Whiskey Jacques7/20: Victor, ID – Music on Main7/22: Park City, UT – OP Rockwell7/23: Huntsville, UT – Snowbasin7/28: Fort Smith, AR – Peacemaker Festival7/29: Fort Smith, AR – Peacemaker Festival8/4: Lincoln, NE – Hullabaloo Music Fest8/5: Lincoln, NE – Hullabaloo Music Fest8/8: Bethlehem, PA – MusikFest8/11: Cedarburg, WI – Summer Sounds Music Series8/12: Cedar Rapids, IA – Concerts on the Creek8/17: Big Sky, MT – Music In The Mountains8/26: Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC9/27: Berlin, Germany – Bassy Club9/28: Hannover, Germany – Lux9/29: Bamberg, Germany – Live Club9/30: Stuttgart, Germany – Universum10/1: Frankfurt, Germany – Das Bett10/2: Dortmund, Germany – Blue Notez10/4: Luckenwalde, Germany – WunderBar2018 Tour Dates1/17 – 1/22: Miami, FL – Jam Cruise1/30 – 2/4: New Orleans, LA – The Rock Boat[Cover photo via Kayla Woyak of Emerald Tide Photography]