The Zappa Family Trust has become the center of speculation between family members, as they do their best to hash out the musical belongings of their late father in a way that is legally sound. When Frank Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa passed away last year, control of the Family Trust went to two of Zappa’s four children, Ahmet and Diva Zappa, while the other two, Dweezil and Moon Unit, remained beneficiaries. This created a despicable tension between family members that is now under scrutiny of the public eye.The terms of the Family Trust have specifically involved Dweezil Zappa, who both uses his father’s name in his touring band and plays his music regularly. Evidently, last week the Zappa Family Trust informed Dweezil that he did not have the rights to use the name Zappa Plays Zappa, as the last name is a trademark owned by the trust, so he responded by changing the band’s name to Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa.His brother Ahmet responded with an open letter to dispute that claim, among several others made about the Zappa Family Trust, saying, “Your tours help keep Frank’s name alive, just like the work Gail and I have done through the ZFT.” Ahmet’s letter also goes on to say that Dweezil has rejected the plans for a family meeting for quite some time, saying he doesn’t have time in his schedule unless his lawyers are present. In an interview that ran around the same time as Ahmet’s letter, Dweezil explains the situation to the Boston Globe, saying, “I know people are sad and angry. They can’t understand why it’s happening….But for me, I’ve been going through this for a long time, so it’s not a completely raw nerve.” He goes on to say that it was, in fact, his mother Gail, that “began creating the obstacles” by charging him a fee to use his band name, Zappa Plays Zappa. “And it wasn’t a small amount of money.” He also mentions that his mother repossessed fourteen guitars that were left to him by his father, and that his siblings are planning to auction them off. While the Boston Globe interview was not in response to the letter, it certainly sheds some light on the background of this situation. “This whole thing is unfortunate…I’ve been doing Zappa Plays Zappa for 10 years because I want people to experience my dad’s music, to have the opportunity to hear it performed live,” explains Dweezil. “For people to believe what Gail was doing, as far as protecting and nurturing Frank’s legacy, it turns out to be quite a different story.” He plans to eventually lay out his side of the story in an online post, which we will share when it becomes available.Dweezil Zappa is playing with his band at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA, this Saturday, May 7. Whether as Zappa Plays Zappa or Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, we hope you’ll enjoy the show.[via Boston Globe]
It seems like Parisian Radiohead fans are getting all the “bust out” material from the acclaimed British rockers. The band spent two nights at Le Zénith in Paris, France, touring for the first time since 2012 in support of their newly-released album, A Pool Shaped Moon.The first night of the run featured a song that fans thought the band might never play live again: “Creep.” After previously calling the song “crap” and calling fans who request the song “anally retarded,” the band succumbed to a fan request and played the hit single on night one of the run. For night two, however, the band dug into their catalogue and pulled out a great song, “2 + 2 = 5.”The Hail To The Thief classic had not been played since 2009, and its tour debut was celebrated wildly in the venue. Take a look at some great fan-shot footage of the “2 + 2 = 5” performance below, courtesy of Music-A-Live.The band will continue their European tour with two nights in Amsterdam, starting tomorrow. Check out last night’s setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlists
Over the last few months, Saturday Night Live has been lampooning the Presidential election in their cold opens. With Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin playing Donald Trump, sketches have poked fun at both candidates and their campaigns.With Trump’s victory in the election last week, many fans tuned into SNL wondering what the show would do. Instead of making a joke, the show opened with McKinnon at the piano, dressed as Hillary Clinton, performing Leonard Cohen’s anthemic ballad, “Hallelujah.” With Cohen’s recent passing and Trump’s recent victory, the opening provided an emotional moment to open the episode. At the end of the song, McKinnon turned to the camera and said, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.” You can watch the performance in the video below.
Continuing with an increasingly anticipated annual tradition, genre-bending jazz fusion collective Snarky Puppy will once again make their way to New York City for a run of shows at Irving Plaza to help usher in the new year. The band will kick things off with a performance on Friday, December 30th, and follow that up with two shows at the Union Square venue on New Year’s Eve (at 8pm and 1am, respectively). The first show on December 31st will see the band ring in 2017 with the usual New Year’s pageantry. The late show will serve as an after party for Phish‘s performance at Madison Square Garden, one of many late-night shows brought to you by CEG Presents over the course of the Vermont quartet’s annual four-night New Year’s run.Both of these shows sold out in advance last year, so we highly recommend you buy in advance!You can get excited for Snarky Puppy’s 3-show New Year’s blowout with this incredible post-balloon-drop video of Snarky’s 2014 original “Lingus” from the band’s New Year’s Eve show at Irving Plaza last year, courtesy of YouTube user Quim Castelló:Snarky Puppy’s New Year’s shows in New York City consistently sell out. Don’t miss out on these incredible performances. Get your tickets today!CEG Presents Snarky Puppy – Fri, 12/30 @ 8pm: TicketsCEG Presents Snarky Puppy – Sat, 12/31 @ 8pm: TicketsCEG Presents A Phish After-Party w/ Snarky Puppy – Sat, 12/31 NYE Late-Night (technically 1am on 1/1/17): TicketsYou can also enter to win tickets to the Snarky Puppy NYE late show–as well as the rest of CEG’s Phish Afterparties–by entering the contest here.
Though Dan Auerbach certainly cut his teeth with The Black Keys, the singer/guitarist has been forging his own path of late. After spending time with The Arcs last year, Auerbach has announced plans for a new solo album due out in spring 2017.The new album is the focus of a feature in Rolling Stone, which sheds some light on the “old school” music about to be released. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame contributed, as did 78-year-old guitarist Duane Eddy. There’s also tracks from Gene Christman and Bobby Wood, who backed artists like Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley during their heydays. Even a legend like John Prine helped Auerbach write songs for the release.“I learned so much from these guys,” says Auerbach in the article. He describes the album as “a whole history of everything I love about music.” We can’t wait to hear these new grooves!
Delaware State Police are investigating after an attendee at this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival found human skeletal remains in the area surrounding the festival grounds on Thursday evening. According to the report about the incident on Delaware Online, a festival-goer wandering the site’s wooded areas discovered the remains and contacted the authorities. The identity of the person whose remains were discovered is still unknown. The forensic investigation is still in its early stages, as authorities continue to investigate on the scene. You can watch a news clip about the incident below:Fortunately for those in attendance, news of the grisly discovery was virtually unnoticed within the festival. “I’m extremely surprised,” attendee Kyla Beckvermit, an 18-year-old from Cornwall, New York, told Delaware Online, “I’m definitely concerned. It would have been nice to know.” Her friend Gabby Wheeler, a 24-year-old from Wheeler, New York, was more interested than upset by the discovery. “I watch a lot of missing people videos on YouTube,” she said. “If they said it was skeletal remains, that probably means the body has been there awhile. But it’s weird that it was so close.”While finding human remains onsite at a music festival is obviously less than ideal, the as-of-yet unexplained death likely was not connected to the event itself.Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Detective D. Blomquist at (302) 698-8426. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”Firefly Music Festival continues today with performances from Bob Dylan, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd, T-Pain, Wale, Capital Cities, and more and sets from Nahko & Medicine For The People, Phantogram, Muse and more on tap for the festival’s final day tomorrow.[via Delaware Online]
The annual Electric Forest in Rothbury, MI is a melting pot of music lovers, creative souls, and friendly faces all uniting for one weekend under a common goal of experiencing all that one of the country’s most unique music festivals has to offer. Characters from all walks of life flock to Sherwood Forest to explore interactive art installations, see all types of music, and dance until the wee hours of the morning. This year, the favorite annual festival has expanded to two distinct weekends, featuring scores of scheduled sets from some of the finest acts in jam, electronic and beyond, including hosts The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Odesza, My Morning Jacket, Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, The Revivalists, Kamasi Washington, [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, Flume, DJ Snake, Big Gigantic, Claude VonStroke, A-Trak, Consider The Source, Eoto, Eric Krasno Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, Spafford, The Motet, Gold Clap, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Lotus, and so many more (for the full lineup for both weekends of Electric Forest in 2017, head here).But while the extensive musical lineup is undoubtedly a huge part of the festival’s draw, Electric Forest is also notable for attracting music lovers of all genres to its magical electric oasis. As we prepare for our return to the Forest this weekend, here are some of the types of people we’ve encountered during past years in Sherwood Forest:All photos by Patrick Hughes of Faces of Festivals; full gallery at the bottom.1. The Enthusiastic High-FiverWhether he/she has attended one festival this summer or ten, the novelty never seems to fade, greeting you with an ecstatic “Happy Forressstttttt!!!” at each juncture. He/she is also likely to be partaking in the regular “CARRRLLLLLL?!” chant, refusing to believe that it will ever get old. This person was most likely a camp counselor at some point in life.2. The Forest Creature Load remaining images The Hangar Stage is a time portal back to the 1920s, complete with a secret speakeasy/”Mile High Club”, barber shop, fake tattoo parlor, buffing station (yes, they use real car buffers, and yes, it feels incredible), game hall, and more. Electric Forest is certainly not known for skimping on attention to detail, and this whole new world within the festival is a testament to that, complete with character actors straight out of the roaring 20s.10. The Toy Aficionado Forest dwellers can often be spotted playing with various balls, hoops, and toys of all kinds, sometimes practicing for hours on end to show off their latest “flow”. These take the form of light up objects, and the more daring creatures will even incorporate fire.11. Group Costumes Love is everywhere in the forest! With childlike wonder running rampant and inhibitions low, Electric Forest is the perfect place to find your soulmate, or your weekend fling.9. The Hangar Girls Known for constantly going above and beyond, Electric Forest’s hired performers are on another level. Walking through the forest, you never know what you’ll encounter: a zebra, an 18th century porcelain doll, or perhaps the “fun police”. These actors never break character, and add to the playful, engaging environment.3. The Jellyfish HeadWhile the Electric Forest lineup is constantly expanding into new territory, the String Cheese Incident remains a staple of the fest, with six sets throughout the weekend including an annual highly anticipated Saturday spectacle. The Cheese fan tends to be full of positive energy and can often be found sporting jellyfish gear and spinning in circles donning a huge grin.4. The Hammock DwellerThese nocturnal creatures can often be found hibernating for extended periods of time during the daylight hours before embarking on a nighttime adventure through the wild territory of Sherwood Forest.5. The First-Time RaverYou can spot the casual first time raver at almost any festival. We found many first time Electric Forest attendees wandering the grounds, looking for their next dose of electronic music.6. The Spiritual GangstaYou got any heady crystals, bro?7. The BananaThis rare food/human hybrid scopes the forest seeking companionship.8. The Forest Lovers Subsets of forest creatures are known to shed their typical outer layer in favor of a unique or clever group costume, distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack.12. The “This Is A Good Sign” GuyThey can’t ALL be good signs.FIND YOURSELF IN OUR FULL GALLERY BELOW:
Brittany Howard is already a huge name, serving as the lead singer and guitarist for the blues and Americana ensemble Alabama Shakes. Yesterday, via sparse posts on social media featuring the caption “NEW BAND ALERT: BERMUDA TRIANGLE” and a photo of three women, Howard cryptically announced a new project on her plate. The project dubbed Bermuda Triangle is a Nashville-based all-women trio, which also features Jesse Lafser and Becca Mancari, and is crafted with more club-sized venues in mind, with the group’s live debut set for July 12 at Nashville’s East Basement.Alabama Shakes Perform “Killer Diller” On Old Electrical Sound Recording System For “American Epic” SessionIn a brief write-up via NPR, Howard noted that Bermuda Triangle’s sound is focused on “sad dance hall music” and that their upcoming set will feature unreleased music from all three women. As Mancari explained about the group’s inception, “We just sit on each other’s porches and play music. . . . It’s the music that I remember that I used to play before I even came to Nashville, when people just played for fun. That’s my side of the story at least.” When teaming up as Bermuda Triangle, the three singer-songwriters will present “heavy harmonies” paired with drum machines and “someone on a standup bass,” the singer also noted.The Alabama Shakes Have Been Rocking A Tour Through Japan [Full Audio]Their upcoming performance is presented by She Shreds magazine, a media outlet focused on highlighting women guitarists and bassists. While tickets for the project’s debut were originally priced at 7$, the intimate show is now sold-out. Howard, in addition to her work with Alabama Shakes, also fronts a throwback punk side project dubbed Thunderbitch, which released an LP back in 2015. Thus far, plans for an album from Bermuda Triangle have yet to be announced. Keep an eye out for more news from Bermuda Triangle after the project premieres next week, and you can catch Brittany Howard on the road with Alabama Shakes as they make their way through a handful of dates in the summer.
Load remaining images Load remaining images Photo: Paul Citone Load remaining images Over the weekend, the four-day bluegrass music festival, The Bender Jamboree, wrapped up at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featuring multiple stages, across the weekend, some of the biggest names in bluegrass, Americana, and folk music performed, including Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Fruition, Mandolin Orange, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, The California Honeydrops, Shook Twins, Hot Buttered Rum, Lindsay Lou, and more.You can check out an extensive gallery of photos from 2018’s Bender Jamboree below, which contains pictures from photographers Paul Citone, Erik Kabik, Christopher Baldwin, and Pat Gray.Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, NV | Day 1 (4/12/2018) Load remaining images Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, NV | Day 2 (4/13/2018) Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, NV | Day 3 (4/14/2018) Bender Jamboree | Plaza Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, NV | Day 4 (4/15/2018)
Today, John Mayer hinted on social media that he will release new music tomorrow. Co-produced by John Mayer and No I.D., “New Light” is seemingly part one of a multi-“Night” series. While the pop-star turned Dead & Company vocalist/guitarist spends most of his free time in the studio, this new release will mark his first since 2017’s The Search For Everything. The Search For Everything came four years after 2013’s Paradise Valley. While the time gap was never suggestive of Mayer taking any sort of musical break, it became clear that the time was spent working on himself. Now, he’s full speed ahead.Check back tomorrow for John Mayer’s newest release, and head to Dead & Company’s website for a list of the band’s upcoming summer tour dates.