They came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early '70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released two full-length albums-a self-titled 2009 debut, and 2014's Cycles Of Existential Rhyme-and two EPs.
The band has played Coachella, and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, among others. Now, they're making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut.
It's impossible to describe Beats Antique using just a single genre. One listen to their forthcoming album, Shadowbox (released on their own Beats Antique Records imprint), and their unique hybrid of sound makes perfect sense; their ability to blend so many different kinds of music in to an incredibly vibrant, distinctive and peerless album is what this band has been doing for the past ten years.
Sidecar Tommy, David Satori and Zoe Jakes make up Beats Antique, who is releasing their 10th album on October 5th to commemorate their tenth year as a band. They've mounted a larger-than-life cross-country tour that will take their vision to theaters across America. "Shadowbox is both the title of our new album, the theme of our tour, and our new store front in Berkeley CA. We decided to bring it all together on this release."
Dispatch, the upbeat rock band that's heralded as one of the biggest independent bands in history, is in the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date. Following the release of last year's massively successful album America, Location 12, the trio went back out to Northern California: Stinson Beach's Panoramic House, to wrap up some recording that they didn't finish the first time around. This new collection of music is Location 13 and features the single "Letter to Lady J" - it finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike by building new classics and reaching new heights. It's impossible to deny that few bands - at any level - have been able to achieve what Dispatch has: three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Zimbabwean humanitarian efforts, world tours and a concert in Boston that drew 110,000 fans. They've been known, since the band's inception, as being more than just about the music - they've constantly directed their energy to causes and campaigns along the way. Dispatch is going ahead into this new era with both the passion and vigor of a band in their infancy and the knowledge and power of one together for 20 years and counting. In a world where hope is in short supply, fear runs rampant and alternative facts blare louder than the truth, we need, more than ever, music that is honest. Dispatch is rising to the occasion by creating music that is vital to their fans and beyond.
Energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances. The Brooklyn-based nonet - Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals] - ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life In The City.
Melvin Seals and JGB Feat. John Kadlecik
Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.
The Mighty Diamonds
Formed in Trench Town in 1969, Jamaica's premiere vocal trio The Mighty Diamonds continue to record and perform songs from militant judgment pieces to the sweetest of lovers' rock ballads. The Diamonds celebrate the rare distinction of 50 years of music making together.
Every reggae fan has at least one favorite song by the Mighty Diamonds: "Pass the Kutchie," "Right Time," "Master Plan" "Tamarind Farm" "I Need a Roof," and the list goes on. The Mighty Diamonds are Lloyd "Judge" Ferguson, Joseph "Capo" Williamson and Donald "Tabby" Shaw.
Indeed, these veteran artists know what soul is all about. These reggae warriors have risen from the poverty and despair of inner-city Kingston to become sophisticated reggae ambassadors who have traveled throughout Europe, the U.S., Africa and Asia spreading the gospel of freedom, unity and love.
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance - free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros
Weir is one of the founding members of the legendary Grateful Dead, which received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The band also appeared on Forbes' list of top-grossing entertainers and in the early '90s were the highest-grossing concert attraction in the U.S. Since establishing the band in 1965, Weir has become one of rock's finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. Most recently, Weir has been performing with Dead & Company, which features Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Grammy-winner John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.
Poised to take bluegrass in bold new directions, singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Strings is quickly gaining attention for his incendiary live performances and imbuing his take on Americana with distinctive bursts of psychedelic virtuosity. While deeply reverent of the roots of traditional bluegrass music, which his father shared with him as a boy, Strings learned his high-energy performing skills by playing fleet-fingered guitar solos in a heavy metal band in his native Michigan. While he has matured as a player, singer and songwriter in his own right, and re-embraced the music his father introduced him to, Strings has applied the intensity of heavy metal to bluegrass. The end results, as demonstrated on his most recent release, Turmoil & Tinfoil, provide a fresh jolt to the genre. Look for a new album from Billy Strings this fall.
Golden Gate Wingmen
John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra) - Guitar, vocals
Jeff Chimenti (RatDog, Furthur, Dead & Co.) - Keys, vocals
Reed Mathis (Billy and the Kids, Electric Beethoven, Tea Leaf Green) - Bass, vocals
Jay Lane (Primus, RatDog, Furthur) - Drums, vocals
In the tradition of psychedelic dance music, the Golden Gate Wingmen keep the Grateful spirit alive! Comprised of musicians that have performed extensively with the original members of the Grateful Dead, the Golden Gate Wingmen delight audiences with original songs, as well as a wide variety of covers and Grateful tunes. United by their love to jam and make people dance, Golden Gate Wingmen formed in 2014 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California, when John Kadleciik called upon some of his favorite Bay Area musicians to do a gig in the Grate Room. Touring nationwide over the last several years, the Wingmen have developed a style all their own. From Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, to Bob Marley to Led Zeppelin, the Golden Gate Wingmen create a fusion of rock, funk and jazz like no one else.
Achilles Wheel is a California band that blurs the lines between genres with a mix of infectious high energy dance beats and stark lyrical ballads. Roots Rock storytelling combined with dance hall psychedelia.
Much like life itself, their music breathes in and out with joy and pain, hurtling forward likes a wheel, intent on hope and love. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The harsh light of the modern world does not diminish their idealism as we struggle to live free and have a good time... and in the end - hopefully make a difference. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times, the here and now.
Painted Mandolin is an upbeat and energetic show that explores the acoustic side of Jerry Garcia all the way from his Jug Band days, to Old And In the Way, through the Grateful Dead's 'Reckoning' period, to Garcia/Grisman. This musical treat features Matt Hartle (Lead Guitar) from Spirit of 76, The China Cats, and Shady Groove; Larry Graff (Rhythm Guitar) from Slugs N' Roses and the Banana Slug String Band; Terry Shields (Bass) a favorite accompanist for acts throughout the west coast.