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Blind Melon Reunites 2006-10-20 17:54:33
Blind Melon will reunite with Rain Fur Rent frontman Travis Warren taking the place of deceased frontman Shannon Hoon. As first reported by Chart Attack, Warren has started working on new songs with Blind Melon’s remaining members: Glen Graham (drums), Christopher Thorn (guitar), Brad Smith (bass) and Rogers Stevens (guitar). After Hoon’s fatal overdose, his bandmates reworked a handful of rough cuts into the album Nico and began auditioning new singers. Unable to find a suitable replacement, the quartet reorganized with Smith on lead vocals, but the project soon faded away. Tomorrow, October 21, marks the eleventh anniversary of Hoon’s passing. To mark the occasion, the group will release Blind Melon Live At The Palace, which captures an October 11, 1995 concert at Hollywood’s the Palace Theater. A number of Hoon’s former friends and bandmates reflected on the singer in the November 2005 issue of Relix.


The North Mississippi Allstars Family Reunion 2006-10-19 17:14:54
On Sunday The North Mississippi Allstars hosted their first annual Family Reunion in Memphis. In addition to the Allstars, the day-long celebration featured performances by a number of the Dickinson Brothers' closest companions: family patriarch Jim Dickinson, former Allstars guitarist Duwayne Burnside and pedal steel ace Robert Randolph, who occasionally performs with the trio in The Word. After opening its set with "Shake What Yo Mama Gave Ya," the Allstars brought a number of guests onto the stage throughout its headlining spot. Jim Dickson took the stage first, playing organ on J.B. Lenoir's "Down In Mississippi" (a song the Dickinsons perform together in the Hill Country Revue.)

Soon after Randolph appeared on "Without God," a song he brought to The Word's repertoire, before hardcore hip-hop MC Al Kapone joined in for "No MO." (Kapone records for drummer Cody Dickinson hip-hop label, Diamond D). At the end of the night most the day's performers, including Burnside, appeared on a set-closing version of "All Night Long." The Allstars will perform tonight at Lafayette, LA's Grant Street Dance Hall.


Wincing with the Shins 2006-10-18 17:44:01
The Shins will their release along awaited third album, Wincing the Night Away, on January 23 on Sub Pop Records. Wincing the Night Away is the Portland, OR-based group’s first album since 2003’s Chutes Too Narrow and the group’s first since assenting to star status thanks to 2004’s Garden State. After several false starts, the Shins recorded the disc at Supernatural Sound near their hometown with Beck collaborator Joe Chiccarelli. The group will also release a three-song single for “Phantom Limb” through iTunes (November 14), as a CD-single (November 21), and on 7" (December 12). As of press time, the group’s only confirmed appearance is an appearance at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on November 2.


John Densmore Opens Doors to Tribaljazz 2006-10-17 18:41:03
John Densmore made waves several years ago when he refused to join his former bandmates in the Doors of the 21st Century. Since then, the founding Doors drummer has explored his jazz roots, forming a new, world music-driven collective known as Tribaljazz. Today the Los Angeles-based group released its self-titled debut album on Hidden Beach Recordings. In addition to Densmore, the spirited collective also features Art Ellis, a saxophonist the drummer first encountered when he played a benefit at his children’s school. The duo eventually expanded its lineup to include pianist Quinn Johnson, Cuban-born bassist Carlos Del Puerto, Italian-born, Brazil-trained percussionist Cristina Berio and African drummers Marcel Adjibi and Azziz Faye. Michael Franti also lent his vocal talents to the collection. In addition to a number of new originals, Tribaljazz reworked the Doors’ "Riders on the Storm," including a copy of a whispered Jim Morrison vocal from deep within the song’s mix. For more information please visit


Patti Smith Enlists Flea and Richard Lloyd for CBGB Swan Song 2006-10-16 12:23:43
After 33 years of live music--and more than a year of public disputes with its landlord--CBGB hosted its final performance last night. Bringing the club full circle, one of CBGB's first success stories, Patti Smith, returned for one final performance, hosting a guest-laden, two-set show which stretched into the wee hours of the night. Smith, whose proto-punk mix of poetry and rock inspired many of CBGB's early mainstays, took a trip through the club's history, covering material by Blondie ("The Tide is High"), the Velvet Underground ("Pale Blue Eyes"), the Ramones ("Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat the Brat" and "Rock & Roll Radio") and the Dead Boys ("Sonic Reducer"). Smith also nodded to the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, the Who and the Yardbirds and brought out CBGBs veteran Richard Lloyd (Television) for a cover of his group's "Marquee Moon." Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea also emerged for "Redondo Beach" and performed throughout the guitarist's second set. Smith capped off her performance with the one-two-three punch of "Horses," "Gloria" and "Elegie." On Saturday, Tommy Ramone, the only remaining member of the group's original lineup, joined the Dictators for a version of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop." Blondie also crammed into the intimate venue Saturday for a rare acoustic performance.

While nothing is set in stone, CBGB will likely relocate to Las Vegas after Halloween. The club's owner, Hilly Kristal, is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer.


Dave Matthews Band: Best of What's Around 2006-10-13 17:54:37
Dave Matthews Band has confirmed the track listing for its first greatest hits album. While hits like “I Did It” and “Dream Girl” are conspicuously absent, Best of What's Around Volume 1 features most of the group’s best known songs, including "Best of What's Around," "What Would You Say?," "Crash Into Me, " "Too Much, ""Rapunzel, ""Crush," "So Right," "The Space Between," "Grey Street," "Grace Is Gone," "Hunger for the Great Light," and "American Baby." The double disc set also boasts a disc of previously unreleased live material selected online by fans. Choice live tracks include the single “Ants Marching,” a medley combining “Everyday” with “#36” and a jammed out version of “Two Step.” The material dates back to 2000 and features contributions from Robert Randolph, Soulive trumpeter Rashawn Ross and vocalist Vusi Mahlasela, who is profiled in the November issue of Relix. Best of What's Around Volume 1 hits stores November 7. Dave Matthews Band will open for the Rolling Stones Tuesday in El Paso, TX.


The Allman Brothers, MMJ, Bruce Hornsby and Jack Johnson Salute The Band 2006-10-12 18:04:09
The Band is subject of a new tribute album boasting contributions from a number of popular live acts. Endless Highway: The Music of the Band will hit stores January 30, featuring covers by such buzz bands as Jack Johnson ("I Shall Be Released"), the Allman Brothers Band ("The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"), Death Cab For Cutie ("Rocking Chair"), My Morning Jacket ("It Makes No Difference"), Lee Ann Womack ("The Weight"), Jakob Dylan ("Whispering Pines"), Gomez ("Up on Cripple Creek"), Bruce Hornsby ("King Harvest"), Rosanne Cash ("Unfaithful Servant"), Blues Traveler ("Rag Mama Rag"), Joe Henry ("Bessie Smith"), Guster ("This Wheel's on Fire”), Widespread Panic ("Chest Fever"), John Hiatt & North Mississippi Allstars ("Ain't No More Cane”), Jackie Greene ("Look Out Cleveland”), ALO ("Ophelia"), Steve Reynolds ("Stage Fright"), Josh Turner ("When I Paint My Masterpiece)" and Gov’t Mule ("The Shape I'm In"). A number of the abovementioned artists are quite familiar with the Band’s work. My Morning Jacket has regularly performed “It Makes No Difference” since recording the song at Band drummer Levon Helm’s studio, many times with the aid of tour partner Eddie Vedder. While performing together at Kingston, NY's Ulster Performing Arts Center on July 16, John Hiatt and the North Mississippi Allstars invited the Band’s Garth Hudson out on accordion. Similarly, though Jakob Dylan first met Helm through his father, Bob Dylan, the Wallflower brought the Band-alumnus onstage at New York’s Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center for a mandolin jam on July 2, 1997. More recently, Widespread Panic began playing its contribution to the album at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on September 14, a day before Gov’t Mule debuted its cover of “The Shape I’m In” at Washington, DC’s Warner Theater.



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