David Byrne and Mavis Staples are two legends who come from vastly different musical traditions, but they’ve got a long history with each other. And it’s a history built around one song: “Slippery People,” a twitchy and gospel-influenced jam from the 1983 Talking Heads album Speaking In Tongues. A year after the Talking … More »
Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.
Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration.
Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.
The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.
Tickets on sale now.
Last night, a pretty tremendous lineup of stars gathered at New York’s Beacon Theater to play the second annual Love Rocks benefit. The show raised money for the New York charity God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals and nutrition counseling for people with severe illnesses. Keith Richards, Norah Jones, and Emmylou Harris headlined the … More »
Last year, the soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples teamed up with producer Jeff Tweedy for her album If All I Was Was Black. Today, she’s got a new video for the album’s warm, inviting title track. In the clip, director Zac Manuel films Staples sitting in a diner, while a young … More »
Last fall, Mavis Staples released a new album, If All I Was Was Black, which she worked on with Jeff Tweedy, and last night she took one of its early singles, “Build A Bridge,” onto Jimmy Kimmel Live for a rousing performance. Watch it below. [videoembed size=”full_width” alignment=”center”][/videoembed] If All I Was Was Black … More »
Whichever side you’re on in the “art is inherently political” debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the ’60s through the present day, there has been music made to protest things like war, civil rights violations, the criminalization of drugs, police brutality, mass shootings, and pretty much every president who … More »
Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, at the end of the week. She worked on the whole album with Jeff Tweedy, and she’s shared a few songs from it already, including the title track, “Little Bit,” and “Build A Bridge.” None of the tracks we’ve … More »
For the past few years, the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been working with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, and she’ll release her newest Tweedy-produced album If All I Was Was Black next week. Last night on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Staples was the musical guest. She sang her single “Build A … More »
Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, next week. She worked on it with Jeff Tweedy, and she’s already shared two songs off it, the title track and “Little BIt.” Today, Staples has release a third called “Build A Bridge.” Listen to it below. [videoembed size=”full_width” alignment=”center”][/videoembed] … More »
Next month, Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, that she worked on with Jeff Tweedy. We’ve already heard the title track and today Staples has shared another one from it called “Little Bit,” a soulful song that continues the political bent of the first single by reflecting … More »