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Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Stephen Malkmus, Todd Snider, Karen O & Danger Mouse, Snarky Puppy, T Sisters and Jerry Garcia Band.
Snarky Puppy shared the psychedelic animated video for “Bad Kids To The Back” from their upcoming LP ‘Immigrance.’
Listen to “Xavi,” the lead single from the upcoming new Snarky Puppy studio album ‘Immigrance.’
Start looking ahead to 2019 with a list of the 10 most anticipated albums due out next year from The Allman Betts Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Snarky Puppy and more.
Snarky Puppy announced the first of two U.S. tours taking place next year with a run of shows confirmed in May and June.
Instrumental act Snarky Puppy’s initial series of 2018 U.S. dates includes a show with David Crosby in New York City and much more.
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About Snarky Puppy
The once Texan, now New York-based, Grammy award-winning quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still “underground” in many respects, the band has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village Voice, Guardian, and Boston Herald, and has performed at some of the best venues and festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.
The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and maintains a more intense tour schedule than almost any band in the idiom. Over the course of 2013, Snarky Puppy gave almost 200 performances and workshops on four continents, including North Sea Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, Blue Note Tokyo, and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Their most recent album, “Family Dinner – Volume One,” earned a Grammy for Best R&B Performance with featured guest Lalah Hathaway, as well as charting #1 on the ITUNES Jazz Charts.
Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. The convergence of musicians from white and black America (who also perform regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove, and Marcus Miller among others), which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.
The group is led by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, whose creative grass-roots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a new model for independent artists. Snarky Puppy is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second- a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly- Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with groups like ROAM (Roots Of American Music) in inner city Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, as well as giving clinics at hundreds of colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide, the band has made a strong commitment to spreading their love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to be inspired by.
The music of Van Morrison was interpreted by an all-star collection of musician last night at Carnegie Hall.
Watch Trey Anastasio perform his first-ever full solo acoustic show at the 2008 Newport Folk Festival.
Andrew Bird will support his just-released new album ‘My Finest Work Yet’ with an extensive tour in support.
Paul Simon will headline the 2019 Outside Lands Festival and the singer-songwriter will again appear on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.’
Listen to “Cry Cry Blood,” a new single from Steel Pulse’s upcoming album ‘Mass Manipulation.’