In the days prior to Radiohead releasing their ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, the group mysteriously erased their internet presence, effectively throwing the music and social media world into an absolute tizzy. Then they released the Trumpton and Camberwick Green-inspired video for “Burn the Witch”, along with a cryptic logo. While everybody tried to guess what the artwork meant, it became clear that amongst all the speculation over the last year or so, Radiohead was finally ready to grace the world with their latest masterpiece. And a masterpiece it is.Radiohead Shares ‘Burn The Witch,’ Their First New Single Since 2011 [Listen]A Moon Shaped Pool will find those that didn’t quite feel 2011’s King of Limbs back on the bus, as the album takes the listener on a journey of Radiohead’s past and present, while always staying two steps ahead of us in their just-out-of-reach future. The aforementioned lead single off Pool, “Burn The Witch”, delivers a strong opening, especially with the background strings that lead us into an absolute frenzy, quite the “low flying panic attack”, with Yorke never ceasing to fail in the angst category. The strings become a familiarity throughout the album, and find Jonny Greenwood continuing his pursuit of orchestral and compositional dominance.“Daydreaming” has a beautiful melody, very much a lullaby of sorts, with the orchestral strings creating a calming dreamscape. Radiohead has always found a way to be both somber and ethereal at the same time, making us look deep inside while reaching for the stars. “Decks Dark” is a case study of how Radiohead can be both so simple and complex at the same time. A simple piano melody, along with a simple drum beat from Philip Selway, and Colin Greenwood delivering a driving bass line. Radiohead has always been a culmination of all its parts (and sounds, for that matter); so simple, with so much going on. So haunting, yet oozing with sex at the same time. By the time you get to the last stanza, if you don’t find yourself bobbing your head ever-so-slightly while undulating your hips, you aren’t listening properly.The strumming of an acoustic guitar opens up “Desert Island Disk”. Probably the lightest and most straight forward track on the entire album, there are no innuendos here, as Yorke’s lyrics take us on a journey of rebirth and new experience, “Through an open doorway / Across a stream / To another life / And catching my reflection in a window / Switching on a light / One I didn’t know / Totally alive / Totally relieved”….it very much seems that our protagonist has left the past behind him. Could Yorke be discussing his separation from Rachel Owens, his girlfriend of 23+ years and mother to his two children? It is anybody’s guess, but the lyrics are somewhat of a change from the typically angst-ridden Yorke.“Ful Stop” has that walking down the stairs into a dark, dank underground club vibe to it. The music is muffled at first, then as you make your way further down the corridor, the doors burst open and the trip begins. One of the more uptempo songs on the album, this is going to drive people wild in the live setting, a la Kid A‘s “Idioteque“. This is classic Radiohead at their best; they understand how to layer better than any other group of musicians out there. At some point, do yourself a favor and walk through a garden or an arboretum, put “Glass Eyes” on and slowly breathe in and out as you begin to glide effortlessly through nature to the string arrangement that Greenwood has so eloquently composed for our ears. Just do it, and your stress level will go down exponentially. The quintet delves into a jazzier realm with the number “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief”, once again soaring into this ethereal space with strings that eventually fade away as the number comes to a close. It is interesting to see three songs that have been around for years make it onto Pools. “Identikit” carries a straight groove while Yorke and a backing choir chant, “Broken hearts make it rain”. It is also the most lead guitar we see on the entire album. As with “Present Tense” – a bossa nova number which features that all too familiar Yorke lament – and “True Love Waits” (the latter of which dates back to the 90’s), perhaps this is just another example of the band’s patience and perfectionist nature. This group has always been rather meticulous, and that quality is what makes them one of the greatest bands of all-time. One thing that we rediscover with A Moon Shaped Pool is the sheer brilliance that is Jonny Greenwood. He could arguably be one of the greatest composers of the last fifty years. He is able to manipulate sound with these expressive tones, lush textures and layered distortions without being bombastic in any way, shape, or form; a stark contrast from the bands early days on Pablo Honey, The Bends, and OK Computer, yet undoubtedly recognizable. If A Moon Shaped Pool is any indication, Greenwood has a lot left in the tank. And within those Greenwood layers, we find the ever-understated Ed O’Brien, an incredible guitarist in his own right, who adds sweeping arpeggios, pedal effects and rhythm guitar in such subtle fashion.This is still Radiohead, and undeniably so. Thematically, we still receive the alienation and malaise, as well as the serene and beautifully fractured; the band always walking along the precipice of both worlds. Elementally, there is still the balance between embracing the live instrumentation versus the electronic, a concept that Radiohead embraced early on and made no apologies for. We’ve always known that these five gentlemen from England have pushed the proverbial envelope with each of the nine albums they have so scrupulously created. They constantly evolve with each album, make no excuses for it, and sometimes at a pace that is quicker than what their fan base can keep up with. And while most will enjoy Pool on the first listen, this album (and most of Radiohead’s catalogue) typically take a second and third listen to truly grasp the magic that is going on. It could be said that A Moon Shaped Pool is the perfect culmination of each phase of Radiohead, touching upon every different period in the bands career, while at the same time making the argument that this is the band’s swan song, their final statement – as some rumors would make us believe. The album coming to a close on The Bends-era number “True Love Waits” could hint at that, as things may have come full circle. As Yorke sings “Just don’t leave / Don’t Leave” to close the album, we can question the meaning endlessly. Is it about his failed relationship? Is it time for the band to part ways? Or maybe they simply felt that they finally crafted the version of the song that was sought after all along.Regardless of any of that, to concentrate on the dissolution of Radiohead is a depressing thought when they literally just delivered perfection to us within the last forty-eight hours, and a thought that I personally would prefer to keep at arms length for a while longer. It just doesn’t seem like something that many of us are quite ready for just yet. Instead of speculating, we should be celebrating….at least for now. After all, if history tells us anything, we have another four to five year wait anyway. So, just relax and enjoy the album.
As the countdown clock on ProphetsOfRage.com continues to tick, fans are still holding their breath for the slim possibility of a Rage Against The Machine reunion. While reports indicate that the announcement is a new supergroup called Prophets Of Rage, featuring three of the four RATM members with hip hop artists Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real joining the band.The supergroup certainly seems to induce excitement, but fans were really hoping that Zack De La Rocha would get back together with the group for a full-fledged reunion. RATM hasn’t performed in 2011, and they haven’t released new music since 2000; too long for diehard fans eager to experience Rage Against The Machine once again.In that spirit, we wanted to dig through the archives and pull out something truly special: the band’s first live show. Taking place on October 23rd, 1991 – a full 25 years ago – Rage Against The Machine hit the campus of California State University Northridge (CSUN) for their first ever show on The Quad. Many of the band’s critical elements, including hard rocking music and in-your-face vocals, were on display in full force for the CSUN show.Fortunately, someone had the good sense to capture video footage of this debut performance. Without further ado, you can enjoy Rage Against The Machine’s first-ever concert below.Setlist: Rage Against The Machine at The Quad, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles, CA – 10/23/911: Killing In The Name (Instrumental) @0:002: Take The Power Back @2:283: Autologic @8:404: Bullet In The Head @13:175: Hit The Deck @19:086: Township Rebellion 23:377: Darkness Of Greed @29:078: Clear The Lane @33:059: Clampdown @37:2510: Know Your Enemy (alternate version) @41:1311: Freedom @46:23
While fans patiently twiddle their thumbs in hopes of a new Tool album, their drummer Danny Carey will at least find some time to perform. Carey will be joining the house band for Late Night With Seth Meyers starting next Monday, September 26th, and will sit-in for every episode of the talk show next week.See the announcement from Tool, below.Carey joins a cast of elite musicians who have joined the 8G Band, including Tim Alexander, Stanton Moore and more. We can’t wait!
The String Cheese Incident and a new supergroup consisting of Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti and Tom Hamilton are heading to the beach! The new destination event from CID, called Los Muertos Con Queso, will take place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, January 25-28, at The Barcelo.The full lineup includes three nights of the String Cheese Incident, three nights of the Dead supergroup, and special guests the Chris Robinson Brotherhood who will perform a full band set, as well as an intimate acoustic performance from Chris Robinson and Neal Casal.Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Announce Major Fall Tour With Special ‘Masquerade Ball’ ShowsThe all-inclusive event promises that “additional artists, more amigos and unique collaborations will be announced soon”. In the meantime, packages will go on sale on Thursday, September 29th at 1PM ET. More info is available here.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead completed their three-night “Fall Ball” earlier this month at the Brooklyn Bowl with several highlights. The quintet welcomed special guests like John Mayer and Chris Harford to contribute to the reinvention of the Grateful Dead catalog, surprising fans to endless measures. They also incorporated some acoustic moments into their shows, playing on a makeshift stage above the bowling lanes during setbreak of the first two nights. You can listen to soundboards of all three nights here.LazyLightning55a was on site to capture 4K video and has synced it with the official soundboards. Enjoy the first-ever acoustic acoustic set by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, where they played “Candyman”, “The Race Is On”, “Must’ve Been The Roses”, and “Uncle Johns Band.”The band also shared the second night’s acoustic performance with soundboard audio below:Here’s another clip recently added to YouTube by LazyLightning55a:Eyes of The World (10/8/16)
Though their tour is winding down, the energy at a Turkuaz and New Mastersounds party is anything but! The two funk ensembles have been touring the country for the past month, displaying their energetic performance styles and collaborating regularly. The two bands joined forces once more at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA last Saturday, December 10th, bringing the house down for an unforgettable party.Check out a clip of some fresh NMS funk below, as captured by 215music.A full gallery of images can be seen below, courtesy of photographer Stephen Olker.Turkuaz is ringing in the New Year in style for two nights at Providence’s Fete Ballroom on 12/30 & 12/31 with support from Moon Hooch, and Kung Fu and West End Blend. Tickets to both nights of “The Ball Drop” can be found here. Load remaining images
Ringo Starr will return to the road this fall of 2017 for 19 dates in the United States! The former Beatles‘ All-Starr Band includes multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren, keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), bassist Richard Page (Mr. Mister), woodwind player Warren Ham (Bloodrock, Kansas), and drummer Gregg Bissonette.The tour will kick off with eight nights at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in mid-October, and will continue through Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York City, and will end in Newark, New Jersey on November 16 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Additional dates will be revealed soon. More information can be found on his website.“The dream is still unfolding,” Ringo Starr said in a statement. “I love to play, and I love to play with this band. I can’t say that enough, and we’re on the road again.” See below for the full schedule: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Tour DatesOctober 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & CasinoOctober 30 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez TheatreOctober 31 – Austin TX @ Moody TheaterNovember 2 – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Sugarland Civic CenterNovember 4 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Events Center at WinstarNovember 7, 8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Parker PlayhouseNovember 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox TheaterNovember 12 – Norfolk, VA @ ODU PavilionNovember 14 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts CenterNovember 15 – New York City, NY @ Beacon TheaterNovember 16 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center[via Rolling Stone][cover photo via Ringo Starr Facebook]
Tedeschi Trucks Band are fresh off the road from their Wheels of Soul Tour with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. The traveling bands welcomed new opportunities to collaborate with each other across cities nationwide, presenting a different show each time for their beloved fanbases. The Wheels of Soul Tour is especially designed to keep family and friends close on the road with their musical brethren, as to keep the inspiration fresh and within.Tedeschi Trucks Band Shares Video Of Rehearsal With WSP’s John Bell At Red RocksAmong the many highlights was a new cover of “Sweet Virginia” by The Rolling Stones that the band debuted out mid-tour with The Wood Brothers. The collaborators perfected the tune by the end of the tour, as evident in the pro-shot video below, shared by the band. Enjoy!
Sturgill Simpson is a rare breed in the world of country music, part of a relatively recent crop of artists whose work is rooted in country but inflected with elements of rock, blues, and soul, making it appealing to a broader demographic of fans than the more traditional Nashville fare. In addition to winning this past year’s GRAMMY Award for “Best Country Album”, Simpson’s 2017 album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was nominated for the overall “Album of the Year” honor, alongside Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and Drake–although we get the distinct feeling he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t really give a shit about awards.Watch Sturgill Simpson’s Rocking Performance On Saturday Night LiveBeyond the music, a big part of Simpson’s appeal is his devil-may-care swagger and down-to-Earth demeanor. Last night, ahead of the CMA Awards at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena–country music’s biggest night–Simpson made light of the evening’s pomp and circumstance by taking to the street outside the venue for an impromptu busking session. You can watch the full video of Sturgill Simpson’s laid-back busking session outside the CMA Awards below via Simpson’s Facebook page:Just one more reason we can’t get enough of Sturgill Simpson…[h/t – Wide Open Country][Cover photo – Adam Gold] As Simpson remarked to begin the session, streamed live on his Facebook page, “Finally made it, guys…the big show. They’re all out of seats, I couldn’t get a ticket, so I thought I’d come down here and play some country music, since we’re celebrating it tonight in Nashville, Tennessee.” He had come to the arena armed with an acoustic guitar, his GRAMMY statuette in his guitar case (according to him, the first time he’d taken it out of the box) and two signs–one reading “I don’t take requests, but I take questions about anything you want to talk about because fascism sucks” and one reading “Struggling’ country singer. Anything helps. (All donations go to the ACLU.) God Bless America.”Taking things at a leisurely pace, Simpson spoke briefly about the awards show going on in the arena behind him, laughing about how little he knows about who’d actually been nominated as a megaphone-weilding preacher on the street droned away. He did, however, give a nod to Jason Isbell as his choice for “the big prize” (Album of the Year) and remarked on how “it’s even cooler that he’s not here” (Note: Isbell wound up losing out on the award to Chris Stapleton, member of country’s eclectic new guard).He also shot the shit with a small group of fans on the sidewalk (and thousands via his Facebook page) and played a few tunes, including his own “Turtles All The Way Down The Line,” which featured a hilarious off-the-cuff interjection: “The world would be a lot better place if Donald Trump would smoke some DMT.” Simpson also spoke about various polarizing political topics as gun violence in the wake of the Las Vegas attack, while the CMA Awards only briefly referenced the recent and devastating events.
Daze Between Band | One Eyed Jacks | New Orleans, LA | 5/3/17On Wednesday, May 3rd, Eric Krasno led Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), who were all initially billed to perform at One Eyed Jacks as the Daze Between Band. Off the bat, this was an exciting lineup.Originally, the promoters and performers were gathered to help honor the memory of the late Butch Trucks, who had passed away earlier in the year. However, with the passing of the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton as well just days before the show, the the all-star Daze Between Band found its emotional impetus significantly magnified. This brought fellow collaborators Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit) and Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers) into the fold with heavy hearts, but ready for some seriously spiritual musical healing.The night quickly transformed into a tribute to the Colonel, along with Trucks, with the music of the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead to leading the way. All those in attendance could feel the magnitude of the emotions projected from the stage, and returned an inimitable energy to help heal the wounds of those affected by two greatest losses. On this night, music was the answer.Watch full video of the unforgettable performance below Trouble No More, Dreams, Mr. Charlie, Scarlett Begonias, Fire On The MountainWhipping Post, Mountain Jam, West LA Fadeaway, Hot ‘Lanta, Eyes Of The World, Elizabeth Reed, Sugaree, Lovelight, Hey Pocky WaySETLIST: Daze Between Band | One Eyed Jacks | New Orleans, LA | 5/3/17Trouble No More, Dreams, Mr. Charlie, Scarlett Begonias, Fire On The Mountain Whipping Post, Mountain Jam, West LA Fadeaway, Hot ‘Lanta, Eyes Of The World, Elizabeth Reed, Sugaree, Lovelight, Hey Pocky WayPerformers: Eric Krasno led Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit) and Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers)Read our full recap of the emotional Daze Between show in New Orleans here.A Peach Tribute To Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks | The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA | 8/12/17The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania came to a high point on itsSaturday afternoon with “A Peach Tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.” Since the festival’s inception back in 2012, Peach Fest has always served as an extended family gathering for the Allman Brothers Band. Year after year, the event has hosted the band, its members’ various side projects, and their expansive musical family to celebrate the band’s nearly 50-year legacy. Following this year’s losses of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, Peach Fest became a place for catharsis for both artists and fans alike, with the event’s lineup sporting numerous tributes to the historic Southern rock band. However, of the various tributes, scheduled or not, that have gone down over the weekend, none was more anticipated than Saturday’s Peach Tribute, which was put together by the masterful former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who served as the tribute’s musical director.The tribute sported a powerful lineup of musicians, with many of those on tap related to the Allman Brothers Band by blood or musically and making the set function as a family gathering in the truest sense of the word. ABB members Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones were all in attendance, along with Butch’s nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, Gregg’s son and guitarist Devon Allman, and Butch Trucks’s son and guitarist Vaylor Trucks. In addition, former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, keyboardist Bruce Katz (who formerly toured with both Butch and Gregg’s bands as well as Les Brers), Lamar Williams Jr. (son of former ABB bassist, Lamar Williams, and vocalist of Les Brers), Les Brers guitarist Pat Bergeson, musical director of the Gregg Allman Band and guitarist Scott Sharrard, rising guitarist and vocalist Marcus King, GAB keyboardist Peter Levin, and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley) all participated in the massive tribute set.However, while this line-up in and of itself is already the stuff of legends, as was expected, the set hosted a number of spectacular unannounced sit-ins, including those by Warren Haynes and Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring and Dave Schools, among others. For the duration of the performance, Duane was stationed in Butch’s place behind the kit, along with Jaimoe and Marc—mirroring the original Allman Brothers Band set-up—with Oteil holding down the bass for the majority of the set save Schools’ various sit-ins. Chuck Leavell also played for the duration of the tribute, while Katz and Levin traded off in Gregg’s spot. The performance also offered a tribute to another fallen brother lost this year, Col. Bruce Hampton, with a rendition of “Yield Not To Temptation.”Listen to full audio from the set, as recorded by Ted Gakidis and uploaded by JamBuzz:SETLIST: A Peach Tribute To Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks | Peach Music Festival | 8/12/17Statesboro Blues, Don’t Keep Me Wondering, One Way Out*!, Dreams#, Jessica^, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More^, Midnight Rider^!, Stand Back^, South Bound^+, Come & Go [email protected], Whipping [email protected], Yield Not To Temptation, King Grand$* w/ Devon Allman on Guitar# w/ Devon Allman on Guitar, Jimmy Herring on Guitar & Dave Schools on Bass^ w/ Duane Betts on Guitar+ w/ Marcus King on Guitar! w/ Scott [email protected] w/ Warren Haynes on Guitar and Vocals$ Vaylor Trucks – GuitarRead a full recap of the Peach Festival tribute to the late Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman here.Bob Weir, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | 40th Anniversary Tribute To Terrapin Station | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/25/17This year at LOCKN’, founding Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh came together to perform the Grateful Dead’s iconic studio album Terrapin Station, making for one of the most highly anticipated performances of the year. The performance by Lesh, Weir, Nicki Bluhm, and the Terrapin Family Band—featuring Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, Ross James, and Alex Koford—was inspired by the 40th anniversary of Terrapin Station‘s release and closed out the main stage on Friday, August 25th.Terrapin Station At 40: All-Star Artists Discuss The Impact Of The Grateful Dead’s ’77 Studio MasterpieceOne of the most triumphant moments of the set was the ensemble’s show-closing performance of the “Terrapin Station Suite”, which also included a section titled “Jack O’Rose”, which Robert Hunter wrote as the seventh part of the beloved suite. However, the Grateful Dead never recorded this section, so the band performed the younger Lesh’s interpretation of the lyrics. Clocking in at just around twenty-seven minutes, the set-closing suite embodied the reverent spirit of the evening. You can check out the fantastic “Terrapin Station Suite” as performed by Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm, and the Terrapin Family Band at LOCKN’ 2017 below, courtesy of Relix:SETLIST: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | 40th Anniversary Tribute To Terrapin Station | LOCKN’| Arrington, VA | 8/25/17Estimated Prophet, Dancing in the Street, Passenger, Samson and Delilah, Sunrise, Terrapin Station SuiteYou can read a full recap of the set and the rest of the Friday LOCKN’ festivities here.Brooklyn Comes Alive Tributes to Herbie Hancock, Allman Brothers Band, Jamiroquai, Power Trios, Women of the 90’s, & more | Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Schimanski | Brooklyn, NY | 9/23-24/17In September, the third-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive took over three beloved venues in Williamsburg (Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski), bringing with it a stacked lineup featuring once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, all-star supergroups, and tribute sets. Over one hundred artists were brought together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers, with more than thirty-five sets taking place across the festival’s two full days of music.This year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive produced a number of memorable one-off tributes that still have audiences talking months later, including tributes to Herbie Hancock, Jamiroquai, the Allman Brothers Band, the Women of the 90’s, Power Trios, and more. Check out a selection of videos from BCA’s many fantastic tribute sets this year.“Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock – A Tribute to Herbie Hancock ft. Joey Porter, Nate Werth, Robert “Sput” Searight, James Casey, & more:“Apostrophe” by Frank Zappa – Pow Pow Power Trio ft. Rob Compa, Adrian Tramamontano, and Chuck Jones:“Just A Girl” by No Doubt – Bitch! Tribute to Women of the 90’s ft. Hayley Jane, Tim Palmieri, Chris DeAngelis, Adrian Tramontano, Richard James, & more:“Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai – A Tribute To Jamiroquai ft. Joey Porter, Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, Lyle Divinsky, Jen Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Maurice Brown, & Nate Werth:“Whipping Post” by The Allman Brothers Band – The Road Goes On Forever: The Music Of The Allman Brothers ft. Al Schnier, Vinnie Amico, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Nate Werth, Joey Porter, Brett Bass & Brandon “Taz” Niederauer:For a set-by-set breakdown of all the happenings at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, head here. As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the wild ride and whirlwind that was 2017. For this series of Live For Live Music staff picks, we’ll be reliving many of the glorious musical moments from the past year. We’ve already taken a look at a select few of the awesome jams, bust outs, live covers, music festivals and live collaborations that went down this year. Today, we’re revisiting our staff’s favorite tribute sets of 2017. Enjoy!L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Jams Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Bust Outs Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Live Covers Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Festivals Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Live Collaborations Of 2017Fu*k 2016 | A Tribute To Musicians We Lost In 2016 | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA | 4/30/17On Sunday, April 30th, members of Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, and many more gathered onstage in the heart of New Orleans to send a simple message…”FU*K 2016!” While 2016 marked an era of divisiveness, most of us were able to agree on this sentiment. From the ugly, insult-driven presidential election, to the endless outbreaks of violence around the globe, it seemed like every time you turned around there was more bad news to process.The general shitty-ness of the last calendar year hit the music world particularly hard. From David Bowie in early January to George Michael on Christmas day, 2016 seemed to take amazing artists from this Earth at an alarming rate. Thankfully all things, bitter and sweet, come to an end. And luckily for us, the talented “FU*K 2016” lineup (led by Turkuaz’s Craig Brodhead and featuring members of Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, and many more) came together to celebrate the joy created by these amazing performers rather than quietly lament their loss, and turned the giant lemon that was 2016 into funky lemonade!Watch full-set video (starting with the show’s second song) from Fu*k 2016 below:SETLIST: FU*K 2016: A Funky Tribute To Musicians We Lost | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA | 4/30/17Let’s Dance, Shining Star, Tell Me, How Long Do I Have To Wait, Delta Lady, You Got To Funkifize, Off The Wall , I Want Your Sex, Freedom!, Sexy Dancer, Ballad of Dorothy Parker, One Nation Under A Groove, Mothership Connection, What Is HipEncore: In The StoneIn memory of:  David Bowie;  Prince;  Sharon Jones;  Maurice White; Bernie Worrell;  Leon Reussell;  George Michael;  Rod Temperton;  Mic Gillette (Tower of Power)“Fu*k 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost” Artist Lineup:Michelangelo Carubba, Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, Lyle Divinsky, Craig Brodhead, Shira Elias, Sammi Garett, Greg Sanderson, Chris Brouwers, Shane Allen, Drew Sayers, Danny Mayer, Steveland Swatkins, Khris Royal, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, Nate WerthRead the full recap and view photos of Fu*k 2016: A Tribute To Artists We Lost here.Hampton 70 | The Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 5/1/17“Hampton 70” celebration was already mentioned in our Favorite Live Collaborations list, but we’d be remiss in listing our favorite tribute sets without tipping our hats to the man who hosted his own memorial show before shuffling off the mortal coil during its final song. The evening was a loving celebration of a widely adored man, artist, and teacher. Even before Hampton collapsed and died during the show’s encore, this was a performance of epic proportions, a night of music that would be talked about for years to come. Many of the jam scene’s most talented and respected players–including John Bell, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson, Oliver Wood, Jimmy Herring, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer and so many more–came out to pay their respects to a the jam scene elder statesman.The Music Behind The Madness At Col. Bruce Hampton’s Last Hurrah [Photos/Setlist]From the almost overwhelming musical star power featured throughout the night, to the stranger-than-fiction manner in which the evening ended, Hampton 70 instantly became one of the most meaningful, beautiful, tragic, stupefying rock concerts that has ever occurred. Until the end of time, people will talk about the night that Colonel Bruce Hampton gathered the best and the brightest for one final, incredible performance, and left it all on the stage. An iconic occurrence on the timeline of music history. A truly legendary send-off.You can listen to the entire four-hour Hampton 70 celebration below via taper Dfries81: See you in 2018!